Michelle Mitcham MA, CCC-SLP, Co-Owner / Speech Language Pathologist

Hello, y'all! My name is Michelle Mitcham CCC-SLP. I am the Co-Owner of Open Door Pediatric Therapy (ODPT) and a Speech Language Pathologist. I am married to Andrew, our awesome IT guy, and have 3 little girls, Maci, Allie and Jane, and 2 Boston Terriers, Scott and Abby. Amber and I created ODPT to be a home away from home for children, parents, and therapist. We are all about Southern Hospitality and Expert Patient Care bundled into one. From our free snacks and coffee to our 30 minute a day all-staff Yoga time, I understand that it is the little things that make the days brighter. Our office is full of laughter and growth in every aspect. I take pride in watching our patients and staff members grow. We are all in this together. On my journey to become a Speech Language Pathologist, I went to undergraduate school at University of Texas and went to graduate school at University of Houston. I have been practicing since 2005. I really enjoy working with all pediatric patients, but children with Autism have a special place in my heart. I am trained in various behavior modification techniques and neuro-based language interventions. We consider ODPT to be "therapy forward" and are constantly learning the most current and efficient therapeutic interventions. ODPT is my baby and I am honored that so many people love and believe in our concept. I. Love. My. Job.

 

Amber Humphrey OTR, MOT, Co-Owner / Occupational Therapist

Hello everyone! My name is Amber Humphrey, OTR, MOT. I am one of the Co-Owners of Open Door Pediatric Therapy (ODPT) and an Occupational Therapist. I am married to my incredibly supportive and loving husband Cole and have one daughter, Brinley. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to create a one of a kind therapy clinic with my best friend, Michelle. We decided that if we worked hard enough and dreamed really big we could make this place an exceptionally unique and remarkable place for families and therapists alike. Opening this clinic with Michelle has been the best decision I have ever made. I graduated with my Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. I went to undergraduate school at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Go Roadrunners! I have been practicing since 2011 as a pediatric occupational therapist. If there is one thing you should know about me it's that I absolutely love to learn. I love learning about neuro-based therapy methods, reflex integration, sensory integration, oral motor interventions, feeding therapy, and techniques to improve attention and emotional regulation. I have fallen in love with reflex integration therapeutic interventions which include the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Method (MNRI) and Brain and Sensory Foundations from Move Play Thrive. I incorporate intensive sensory integration techniques, Brain Gym, and Handwriting Without Tears into my therapy sessions. I had the unique experience of being a mother to a child with swallowing dysfunction, silent aspiration, and oral motor difficulties. It was challenging being a therapist and not having all of the tools to help my own daughter. During this difficult time in my life, I threw myself into getting as many certifications in oral motor and feeding therapy to better help my child and my patients. I walked away from this experience having a greater understanding of how parents feel when they come to us for therapy needs with their child. It has fundamentally changed how I approach therapy and my interactions with caregivers. I genuinely care about you and your child. We will get through this together as a team. I am here to help and I will do everything in my power to help you feel like your child's cheerleader, coach, and advocate! Open Door Pediatric Therapy has been a dream come true for me. I have never worked at a place where I feel this happy every single day. I love what I do. I love helping families. I love that I get to be a piece of the puzzle in these wonderful children's lives setting them on their journey to independence and happiness. I feel grateful every day that parents allow me the opportunity to work with their beautiful children. They make life worth living!

Megan Williams MCD/CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist / Feeding Specialist

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Hi friends! My name is Megan Williams, MCD/CCC-SLP and I'm a Speech Language Pathologist/Feeding Specialist at ODPT. Over the past seven or so years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of pediatric settings learning from amazing children with special needs and their caregivers. Being originally from The Pelican State (Go Saints!), I received my Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University and my Masters in Communication Disorders from LSUHSC- Shreveport. My husband and I relocated to Houston from Little Rock, AR in 2014 and have enjoyed making this area our home with our sweet Boston Terrier, Ruby. My professional interests include developmental feeding and swallowing issues, sensory based feeding disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Down Syndrome. In an effort to advance my knowledge in these areas, I have obtained continuing education in the following courses: Beckman Oral Motor Assessment/Exercises, Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach (Overland), Developing Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population (Overland), Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding Skill Development (Rosenfeld-Johnson), Solving Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Issues (Arvedson), Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing (Potock), Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding Basic and Advanced courses (STAR Institute),  Quickshifts (Vital Links), MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflexes, and MNRI Facial Reflexes 1. The part of my job that makes me eager to return to work each day is the shared camaraderie the therapists and staff have and our driving desire to make children and their family’s lives more joyful.

Lauren Hicks, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

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Hey wonderful people! My name is Lauren Hicks CCC-SLP. I'm a Houston native. I enjoy traveling, music, and being crafty. I completed my Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science at Lamar University. I have had the opportunity to intern and work in the Nursing Home, Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Home Health, and Pediatric Outpatient Clinic, and the amazing pediatric population has my heart. Working in the pediatric clinic setting, with a multidisciplinary team, I have taken an interest in how deficits in one area of the body has an impact on articulation, language, and social skills. In order to better assist the populations I serve, I have received training in  Sequential Oral Sensory Basic and Advanced Feeding, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and preliminary training in DIR Floortime. The Open Door family truly cares about and supports one another. I look forwarding to growing with and sharing life we these AMAZING people!

Misti Christian, Speech Language Pathology Assistant

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Hi. I'm Misti! I am a SLP Assistant at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I am married to Shane and we have a wonderful little girl, who is my world, Kylie. Our family also consists of two little chihuahuas, Sophie and Lexie. I began college at Baylor University in August 2001, where I first was a business major. After two years of trying to make that work, I decided I needed to be a part of something that involved changing children's lives. A great friend introduced me to speech pathology and I fell in love with the field. I graduated from Baylor in August 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have been a practicing therapist for 10 years now. (Can it really be that long?!) I have worked in different settings to include: the school system, home health and now the clinic. I love my job, who wouldn't want to play with kids all day, while increasing their language and working on social skills? Providing therapy to little ones is where my heart is, especially children on the autism spectrum. I'm trained in various techniques to include: Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, Sara Rosenfeld Johnson Oral Motor techniques, Braidy the Story Braid/Story Grammar marker, and basic ASL. I am excited to be a part of a team that is continually growing and learning, in order to provide the best therapy for our kiddos and their caregivers!

Megan Gross PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Hi! My name is Megan Gross, PT, DPT and I am a Physical Therapist here at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I first became interested in physical therapy when I was 12 years old and saw my grandfather working with a PT in the hospital after having a stroke. The ability to come in and help someone regain lost or missing function is not only an amazing job but a privilege to help someone along their journey. I am married to an awesome guy named Adam who not only is a supportive and loving husband, but he is also my partner and sidekick in all of my daily shenanigans. We love to travel and go on adventures together, with our latest adventure being raising children! I have a 4 year old daughter, Caroline and a 2 year old son Eli; both have boundless energy and love. I received my Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. How 'Bout them Dawgs! I received my Doctor Of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University in Houston. Being able to learn in one of the country's largest medical centers was a wonderful experience. I've been practicing Physical Therapy with an emphasis in pediatrics for 6 1/2 years. I knew I wanted to work with kids once going on an affiliation in school. Playing with a purpose! I particularly love working with babies with torticollis or young toddlers with delayed gross motor skills, such as difficulty rolling, crawling or walking. It is such a joy to see a child take their first steps. (I will cheer and cry right along with you mom!) I love my Open Door family! This facility fosters a supportive learning environment and multi-disciplinary approach to therapy that I love!!

Sneha Guwalani PT, DPT, Physical Therapist 

Hello! My name is Sneha Guwalani PT, DPT. I am a pediatric physical therapist at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I love exploring new cities, traveling abroad, taking pictures, and crafting/interior design. I am a big foodie and enjoy all types of cultural foods especially Mexican and Thai food. I was born in India and moved to New Jersey when I was 4 years old. My family and I have lots of family back in India and we visit every few years. I watch Indian movies, speak Hindi fluently with my family, and enjoy Bollywood dancing. I moved to Houston in the summer of 2016 and live with my sister, brother-in-law, and adorable niece, Amaya. I attended an accelerated 6 program at Drexel University in Philadelphia where I received my Bachelors of Health Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Go Dragons! I have been a physical therapist for almost a year now and have worked in pediatrics for the year. My clinicals have given me great experience in different settings and I strive to continue learning, especially from my co-workers at Open Door Pediatric Therapy and with continuing education courses. Physical therapy is such a wonderful field in that you can see progress in your patients no matter if they are a few weeks old or a 100 years old. My interest is in pediatrics, especially gross motor delay, and working to help my patients keep up with their peers. It is such a pleasure to watch a kiddo crawl for the first time or even learn to jump! I look forward to challenging myself and learning new skills and techniques to better improve my treatment and see my patients achieve their goals faster.Open Door has welcomed me with open arms. I recently transitioned to full time because of how much I love it! Our clinic fosters love, support, and the skills to succeed for the staff as well as our patients/parents!

 

Melissa Newberry OTR, MOT, Occupational Therapist

Hey folks! My name is Melissa Newberry, OTR, MOT and I am a pediatric occupational therapist at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. My husband John and I recently moved to the Spring area with our two pups, Yogi and Levi. We are excited to be closer to the forest where we enjoy hiking, biking, exploring, kayaking and Jeeping it when we have the chance. When we aren't getting dirty, we are spending time with our family and friends, taking mini adventures, and pretending to be Joanna and Chip from Fixer Upper to make our new house feel like home. I grew up in the Richmond and Sugar Land areas before heading off to college at the University of Texas at Austin...Hook 'Em Horns... where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology in 2008. I then went on to study Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University-Houston graduating with my Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2011. I have always enjoyed working with children and was blown away when I discovered occupational therapy as a career path. I was so excited by the vast occupational therapy interventions and scope of practice as well as the gains occupational therapy provides children with special needs. I have been working in pediatrics since 2012 and LOVE it! I love working with all children from all walks of life, diagnoses and ages. Every child is so unique and special in their own way. I am currently focusing on continuing education related to reflex integration specifically with the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Method (MNRI) and Brain and Sensory Foundations from Move Play Thrive. Understanding reflex integration has helped me to better address the neurological foundation from which each of us is made of. I enjoy implementing intensive sensory integration techniques, Brain Gym, and Handwriting Without Tears into my therapy sessions. ODPT feels like home away from home. From our friendly staff, wellness time, and learning opportunities, I am proud to be apart of this unique company.

Norma Aguirre, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Hi friends! My name is Norma Aguirre, COTA. I am a certified occupational therapy assistant at Open Door Pediatric Therapy. I love music, watching movies, and spending lots of time with my loved ones. I enjoy going to concerts and being outdoors when possible since Texas weather can be a pain sometimes. I have a dog, Dixie. She is a handful, but I love her. I received both my Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy (COTA degree) from Lone Star College. I first completed my AAS and had transferred to University of Houston to complete my B.S. in education and graduated with my AAS in OT in May 2016. Although I loved the idea of teaching I wanted to be part of something greater like helping children with various diagnoses. That is when I discovered occupational therapy and completely fell in love with the profession. I have been a practicing therapist in pediatrics for about a year now. I completed various clinicals in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics. Open Door was one of my clinicals!! I have countless volunteer hours in various OT settings such as equine therapy. I am currently interested in broadening my education in neuro-based therapy methods, sensory integration, reflex integration, and techniques to improve attention and emotional regulation to help my patients appropriately. I am currently intrigued with Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Method (MNRI) and Brain and Sensory Foundations from Move Play Thrive. Reflex integration is incredibly important to understand as it has a huge impact in our daily activities. I like to implement sensory integration and reflex integration in my sessions while of course keeping it fun for the children. Creating a bond with my patients is very important to me so they can feel comfortable and safe around me. Open Door has become my second home and I am incredibly proud to be part of this amazing team. Our team is so unique in the sense that we truly care for all of our children and caregivers. GO ODPT!!

Jenny Scaife, Patient Coordinator, Lead Tech

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Hello! My name is Jennifer Scaife. I'm a Therapy Technician preparing to enter the Master's Program for Occupational Therapy. I recently graduated with my bachelor's degree and look forward to the next steps in my career. I love to be active and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle! I love the outdoors in every capacity - hiking, swimming, and herbal gardening are a few of my favorite pass-times. Yoga and mixed-martial arts are my favorite ways to stay in shape. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology, Pre-Occupational Therapy. I volunteered throughout my teen years assisting with Equine-Assisted Therapy which grew my love for children with special needs. When I found pediatric occupational therapy, it was my dream come true! I have volunteered teaching adults with special needs how to cook and be active, and worked at a special needs day-camp as a counselor as well. I've been with ODPT since August 2016, and it is preparing me more and more everyday to become an OTR. I am very interested in the reflexology aspect of OT at ODPT. I also really enjoy working with children on forming bonds and relationships. I have an eidetic memory that helps me learn very quickly and provides a stable memory. ODPT is my second home. The staff are amazing and genuinely care about their patients - and coworkers. These ladies go above and beyond to provide the best care possible and love doing so.

Maria Esmeralda, Receptionist 

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Hey All!! My name is Maria Esmeralda and I am The Receptionist here at  ODPT!! I love music, comedy movies, and all things art. I love hanging out with my family and I love meeting new people and making new friends!! I am attending Lone Star College Cyfair pursuing my Associate Degree is American Sign Language Interpretation. I was a CNA for 5 years and and helped patients accomplish their daily activities. I have also worked with Financial Services, collecting co-pays and verifying insurances for patients in the trauma unit. Seeing all of these therapies in action with all the beautiful kids that come through ODPT is actually steering me to want to become an Art Therapist. To see how involved everyone is with their patient is so beautiful because I believe that developing that trust and bond during patient care is so important. I am familiar with ASL and I am also familiar with ADHD and ASD as I do have a special puzzle piece that is part of my heart! (my daughter) <3 I love how ODPT is all about family because here we are a family. I love how we all go above and beyond helping all the kids here from therapy to ending their session with amazing snacks!! I love that no matter how big or small, every achievement is celebrated here! I'm just so happy to be a part of it all!!

Yssel-Ahmarys Bermejo, Technician, Pre-Occupational Therapy Student

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Hello everyone! My name is Yssel-Ahmarys Bermejo. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Texas and San Antonio. I am the this eldest of eight children (having my youngest sibling 6 years old) and grew up in an airplane! I was born in the Philippines and at a year old until I was 11 I considered Saudi Arabia my home. I am a travel enthusiast. Having to move from one country to another,  traveling has been a huge part of my life for my parents live across the globe and we make it a mission to visit and experience new culture every chance we have. I have two puppies, CoCo and Duke, who are my life! If I am not on campus studying or here at Open Door, I am out exploring and being a tourist in my own city, Houston. I love food and music! I love to spend my time creating memories with the ones I love. I am a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio with a major in Kinesiology - concentration in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. I am preparing to enter a new phase in my academic career and attend Occupational Therapy School in the near future. I have volunteered with many licensed Occupational Therapist in various settings and collected over 200 shadow hours outside the required internship hours to graduate. I have worked in settings such as home health, acute care nursing homes to private facilities. ODPT is the second pediatric environment that I had shadowed and it had surprised me in such an amazing way! As soon as I was on the floor, I was introduced to MNRI and reflex integration. Coming from an acute rehabilitation facility to ODPT opened a new world for me and I love it! Open Door has welcomed me with open arms from the moment I walked in the interview until now. They make sure that everyone in their team is comfortable and knowledgable with what is happening and their main goal is as a team. They not only make every family that walks in the front doors welcomed, but they strive for success and reaching each child's goals in every visit. I am very fortunate to be a part of ODPT and the changes they make on every child's life!