Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Co-Founders

Vanessa Chan-Felcman,

Vanessa Chan-Felcman,

Co-Founder, M.A., CCC/SLP

Michelle Reed,

Michelle Reed,

Co-Founder, MOT, OTR

Meet the Speech Team

Ryan Emily Delahunt, M.S, CCC/SLP
Ryan Emily Delahunt, M.S, CCC/SLP
Victoria Calloway, M.S., CCC/SLP
Victoria Calloway, M.S., CCC/SLP
Jennifer Garcia, M.S., CCC/SLP
Jennifer Garcia, M.S., CCC/SLP
Cris Marie Mireles, SPACE Gym Director, B.S., SLP Assistant
Cris Marie Mireles, SPACE Gym Director, B.S., SLP Assistant
Sarah Seymour, Speech Therapy Coordinator, M.A., CCC/SLP, CLC
Sarah Seymour, Speech Therapy Coordinator, M.A., CCC/SLP, CLC
Jessica Sherman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Jessica Sherman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Allison Herring, M.A. CF/SLP
Allison Herring, M.A. CF/SLP
Ryan Emily Delahunt, M.S, CCC/SLP
Ryan Emily Delahunt, M.S, CCC/SLP
Victoria Calloway, M.S., CCC/SLP
Victoria Calloway, M.S., CCC/SLP
Jennifer Garcia, M.S., CCC/SLP
Jennifer Garcia, M.S., CCC/SLP
Cris Marie Mireles, SPACE Gym Director, B.S., SLP Assistant
Cris Marie Mireles, SPACE Gym Director, B.S., SLP Assistant
Sarah Seymour, Speech Therapy Coordinator, M.A., CCC/SLP, CLC
Sarah Seymour, Speech Therapy Coordinator, M.A., CCC/SLP, CLC
Jessica Sherman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Jessica Sherman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Allison Herring, M.A. CF/SLP
Allison Herring, M.A. CF/SLP

Meet the Occupational Therapy Team

Gina Drummond, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR
Gina Drummond, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR
Aly Hudec, MOT, OTR
Aly Hudec, MOT, OTR
Jordan Frye, COTA
Jordan Frye, COTA
Fallon Borej, MOT, OTR, CLC
Fallon Borej, MOT, OTR, CLC
Gina Drummond, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR
Gina Drummond, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR
Aly Hudec, MOT, OTR
Aly Hudec, MOT, OTR
Jordan Frye, COTA
Jordan Frye, COTA
Fallon Borej, MOT, OTR, CLC
Fallon Borej, MOT, OTR, CLC

Meet the ABA Program Director

Aleida Duenas, BCBA
Aleida Duenas, BCBA
Aleida Duenas, BCBA
Aleida Duenas, BCBA

Meet the Physical Therapy Team

Colleen O’Connor PT, DPT
Colleen O’Connor PT, DPT
Colleen O’Connor PT, DPT
Colleen O’Connor PT, DPT

Meet the Administrative Team

Henry H. Chan, Financial Manager/MBA, CPA
Henry H. Chan, Financial Manager/MBA, CPA
Judy Nhan, Billing Manager
Judy Nhan, Billing Manager
Vanessa Rivera, Client Coordinator
Vanessa Rivera, Client Coordinator
Henry H. Chan, Financial Manager/MBA, CPA
Henry H. Chan, Financial Manager/MBA, CPA
Judy Nhan, Billing Manager
Judy Nhan, Billing Manager
Vanessa Rivera, Client Coordinator
Vanessa Rivera, Client Coordinator

Vanessa Chan-Felcman
Co-Founder, M.A., CCC/SLP

With over 18 years of speech therapy experience, Vanessa founded Family First Speech Therapy in January 2014. Vanessa has been inspired by the many children that she has worked with and is excited about the opportunity to provide comprehensive programming for families under SPACE Therapy Gym.

Vanessa and her team are dedicated to understanding the whole child. As one of only a few fully certified speech pathologists in Profectum and ICDL in DIRFloortime® in Houston, she understands her clients’ challenges – how they process language, how they become regulated and how they move their body in order to build a strong foundation for communication.

She is passionate about the DIRFloortime® model and recently completed a 1-year course to become a DIR-FCD Trainer. This additional training allows Vanessa to provide training courses, provide tutoring and create workshops under the umbrella of the Profectum Foundation. With the support of an incredible team, Vanessa is the guiding influence behind the Family First Speech philosophy.

Michelle Reed
Co-Founder, MOT, OTR/L

Michelle Reed, OTR/L founded Kids Connect Occupational Therapy (KCOT) in June of 2014. She has over 17 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy and is passionate about improving the lives of children and their families. Michelle is excited to be joining with Family First Speech Therapy to form SPACE Therapy Gym where SPACE stands for what Michelle feels is most important – Social Play And Creative Education!

A graduate of West Virginia University, Michelle has grown Kids Connect into one of the most prominent pediatric occupational therapy clinics in Houston and she is looking forward to adding more therapeutic services at SPACE Therapy Gym.

Prior to founding KCOT & SPACE, Michelle was a lead clinician at the Bridges Program of Texas Children’s Hospital where she was directly mentored by Dr. Serena Wieder, PhD, co-founder of the DIRFloortime® model, for 7 years. Receiving such vigorous education in the DIRFloortime® model has created a true passion in Michelle for integrating these principles with each family she serves.

Michelle is also Sensory Integration and Praxis Test™ (SIPT) certified and has undergone extensive training in sensory processing protocols such as the H.O.P.E Method, Astronaut Training, and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration. Michelle is dedicated to understanding the whole child and focuses on building a strong underlying foundation for learning through developing regulation, engagement, and sensory processing capacities.

Family is the number one priority for Michelle, so she understands the importance of forming strong relationships with her clients and their families in order for each child to reach their fullest potential and experience optimal quality of life. When at home, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and twin daughters.

Ryan Emily Delahunt
M.S., CCC/SLP

Ryan Emily graduated from Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Woman’s University.  She is skilled in providing diagnoses and treatment for various speech and language disorders; receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, social pragmatic communication, feeding, augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and fluency. 

Ryan Emily understands the need for integration of both behavioral and sensory support in the therapy setting. She has begun training in the integration of primitive reflexes, specifically the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) method.

Current certifications include completion of the MNRI NeuroTactile Integration course and Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training. She will be attending the MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration course in June 2020.  Ryan Emily is committed to the SPACE interdisciplinary team approach and working with children and their families to improve functional communication skills!

Jennifer Garcia
M.S., CCC/SLP

Jennifer joined our team in May 2018. She has been providing Speech-Language Therapy to support children and their families since 1998 and has her Expert/Training Leader certification in DIRFloortime® through the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL).

She has advanced training in receptive/expressive language, articulation/verbal apraxia, PROMPT, Autism, voice, feeding/swallowing, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, oral placement therapy, stuttering, Selective Mutism, sensory integration, primitive reflex integration, coaching families in learning to implement DIRFloortime®, and augmentative communication.

She is dedicated to supporting children and their families on their journey to reach maximum potential.

Victoria Calloway
M.S., CCC/SLP

Victoria joined the SPACE Therapy Gym team in January 2020.

She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders and earned her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Victoria has clinical experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings,including home health care, private practice, skilled nursing, public schools, Brooks Rehabilitation-Outpatient facility and Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center. She has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of: receptive/expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, social pragmatic disorders, cognitive disorders, fluency disorders, articulation and phonology disorders, oral motor disorders, tongue and lip tie and voice disorders.

Victoria is passionate about working with children and their families in a clinical setting to promote social, emotional and behavioral health and academic success. She values the multidisciplinary approach and is excited to be a member of the SPACE team!

Cris Marie Mireles
SPACE Gym Director, B.S., SLP Assistant

Cris joined our team in November 2015.  Since 2007, she has been working as a dedicated Speech Language Pathologist Assistant and her experiences providing speech therapy over the past 13 years has driven her to want to do more for families. Cris’ passion, dedication and love for working with kids has brought her a great new opportunity as the new SPACE Therapy Gym Director!

As the Gym Director, Chris will be developing programs through groups and camps at an affordable cost. Her specialized groups will allow children the opportunity to play in an innovative, supportive, and fun gym, participate in gym classes and specialized camps such as Social Thinking Curriculum, and so much more. Over the past 8 years Cris has been passionately integrating the DIR®Floortime® model into her therapy practices and continues to believe in the importance of this piece.

Cris has extensive experience and advanced educational training in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Disorders, ADHD, ODD, Apraxia and Communication Milestones. She has been truly fortunate and touched by so many lives in her career and it has had a great impact on her. She is deeply committed to providing the highest standard of services for all clients and families. She is staying closely connected to all the therapists and is very excited and proud to offer new opportunities for our SPACE families.

Allison Herring
M.A. CF/SLP

Allison Herring is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. While pursuing her undergraduate education, Allison worked as a registered behavior technician serving children with autism. Through that experience she gained a passion for helping children grow in their ability to communicate and relate with the world around them. She then attended Louisiana State University where she earned her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Allison has worked with children with cleft and craniofacial needs, those who use augmented and alternative communication (AAC), as well as children with various levels of social, language, articulation, phonology, and feeding needs.

Allison is dedicated to providing the best, evidence-based approaches for her clients and feels the multidisciplinary approach here at SPACE can provide the best outcomes possible.

When Allison is not working with our wonderful families she enjoys being outdoors,bike riding, and cuddling with her cat, Satsuma.

Sarah Seymour
Speech Therapy Coordinator, M.A., CCC/SLP, CLC

Sarah received her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She returned to her hometown of Houston, TX to join our team in March 2018. She is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor. Sarah fell in love with the pediatric population while training at a DIRFloortime® facility in Austin. She has since developed an area of focus in infant feeding, including providing counseling and support to families who have elected to breastfeed.

Sarah has clinical experience in behavioral/medical dysphagia, articulation disorders, fluency disorders, receptive-expressive language delays/disorders, cognitive delays/disorders, and sensory processing disorders.

She has obtained continuing education hours in the evaluation and treatment of behavioral/medical pediatric and infant dysphagia. Sarah views each child as an individual and is dedicated to providing a holistic treatment tailored to his/her unique profile.

Jessica Sherman
M.S., CCC/SLP

Jessica joined our team as a certified Speech and Language Pathologist in October of 2014. She is passionate and enthusiastic about working with the pediatric population. She has worked in the field for 9 years in a variety of different settings.

Jessica’s experience ranges from articulation/phonological processing disorders, fluency disorders, oral motor disorders, autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing, apraxia, expressive and receptive language delay as well as other learning differences.

She uses a multi-modality approach to therapy to help children achieve maximum success during each session. Family input is important to her and she encourages families to be involved as much as possible.

Gina Drummond
Occupational Therapy Coordinator, OTD, OTR

Gina joined the KCOT team in July 2018 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including outpatient pediatrics, mental health, and inpatient acute, but has always felt her talents lie in working with children.

In the fall of 2017, Gina completed intensive training in northern Italy implementing the DIRFloortime® Approach with a pediatric population. She has seen the positive therapeutic change that can come when incorporating a child’s interests and emotional engagement within the family context.

Gina is passionate about implementing evidence-based care, and actively seeks continuing education experiences while contributing to occupational therapy literature. Outside of KCOT, Gina enjoys traveling (especially back to Italy), indoor cycling, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be back in her home state of Texas as part of the KCOT team!

Aly Hudec
MOT, OTR

Aly joined the KCOT team in February 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor of Behavioral and Brain Science degree in Child Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Dallas and earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton.

She is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist and it is her passion to provide top quality care for both the kiddos she works with, as well as their family. She has clinical experience with a variety of populations including Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADD/ ADHD, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, etc.

She is enthusiastic about joining the KCOT team and supporting children and their families by providing unique, individualized treatment focusing on the child’s strengths while also challenging them to reach their fullest potential.

Jordan Frye
COTA

Jordan joined the KCOT team in October of 2017. She has provided services for children with special needs and their families in pediatric clinics throughout Houston since 2012 and became a certified occupational therapy assistant in 2015.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baylor University and an Associate of Applied Science degree from HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences in the Texas Medical Center. Jordan has 3 years of experience applying the DIRFloortime® Approach with children and families and has completed continuing education in DIRFloortime®, Sensory Integration, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), bilateral coordination, and vestibular-proprioceptive activation.

She has been trained in the application of primitive reflex integration techniques including Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Integration (MNRI) and Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), the Wilbarger Protocol of therapeutic brushing for sensory integration, the Handwriting Without Tears Ⓡ curriculum, and the Astronaut Training Protocol for vestibular-visual-auditory integration.

Jordan has several years of experience providing individualized care to infants, children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and with a wide variety of other developmental conditions. She values every member of the treatment team and views her role in the therapeutic process as that of a facilitator, with the children being her teachers and their caregivers, the experts.

Her passion is providing the highest quality of compassionate and personalized care in enabling each child to meet their fullest potential toward functional independence and equipping families with resources and strategies best suited to meet their unique needs.

Fallon Borej
MOT, OTR, CLC

Fallon Borej joined the SPACE Therapy & Gym team in June 2020. She graduated from the University of Virginia with her B.A. in Psychology and earned her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She is also a certified lactation counselor. Following her undergraduate studies, Fallon joined Teach for America and spent 4 years serving students in the greater Houston area. During that time she discovered her love for empowering children and their families through education.

Fallon brings to the team 3 years of inpatient pediatric experience with special interests in infant feeding and development. Fallon has clinical experience working with adults and children in acute and critical care, including the cardiac ICU, NICU, PICU, inpatient rehabilitation and hematology/oncology units. She is passionate about addressing the unique needs of each child in order to support them in achieving their full potential, including those with complex medical histories.

Fallon considers herself a lifelong learner and continuously seeks ongoing education to support her growth as a therapist. She is grateful for the opportunity to be entrusted with providing therapy for children and their families and considers it an honor to be part of each family’s journey. For fun, Fallon enjoys staying active via running and yoga, traveling, reading, and walking her 3 rescue pups and going to Astros games with her husband.

Colleen O’Connor
PT, DPT

Colleen has over 4 years of pediatric physical therapy experience in multiple settings such as home health and clinic based, serving the infant to adolescent population with a variety of diagnoses ranging from developmental anomalies, musculoskeletal conditions, neurological diagnoses, chromosomal abnormalities, etc.

She has also worked with patients post sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and vestibular/balance dysfunctions.

Colleen develops personalized treatment plans according to the patients’ condition, response to various cues, lifestyle and severity of deficits. She enjoys being creative and developing a strong rapport with not only the child, but the family in order to promote optimal continuity of care and progress.

She has treated a large population of infants, and is passionate about working with kids to promote progress, appropriate gross motor development and likes creating a fun environment that doesn’t feel like work for this population!

Colleen is excited to begin working with such a great team to continue her professional growth and making a difference in patients’ lives!

Aleida Duenas
BCBA

Aleida is a California native who received her B.S in Psychology from California State University Channel Islands and received her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)from Arizona State University. She has 10 years of experience providing ABA services to children on the Autism Spectrum/Developmental Delays both in-home and center-based. Her love for working with children on the spectrum began with her work as a behavior therapist which inspired her to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Aleida had the privilege of working under a dual certified BCBA/Speech Language Pathologist which sparked her passion for collaboration within multiple therapies and integrating them into her programs. She prides herself in not only providing quality therapy but being the voice of positivity to families in times when they may need it most.

Aleida is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about learning and using different modes of communication such as sign language, PECS and other AAC devices.

She is excited to be a part of an amazing team that focuses on providing services to children on multiple levels in order to reach their full potential.

Henry H. Chan
Financial Manager/MBA, CPA

Henry is an accounting, tax, and finance professional with over thirty years of experience in global treasury operations, including risk management at Compaq Computers, McDermott International (Houston, Texas) and Hewlett Packard Inc. (Palo Alto, California).

He jumped at the opportunity to work with and support such a strong team of dedicated speech and language specialists who love what they do. Henry is diligent in providing the highest quality finance and operational expertise and is excited to be a part of the Family First community.

Judy Nhan
Billing Manager

Judy is a Certified Coding Specialist. She joined Family First Speech & Kids Connect Occupational Therapy clinic as a Billing Manager in 2016. Judy has strong knowledge and experience with Medicaid and different commercial health insurance plans, specifically for pediatric therapy services.

In addition to her medical and billing experiences, she also has a wonderful way of adapting to her surroundings, even the most stressful environment. She uses her management skills and applications to solve difficult problems for both clients and staff members. Judy is an excellent addition to our team!

Vanessa Rivera
Client Coordinator

Vanessa comes to us with almost 3 years of operations experience in a therapy clinic along with more than 10 years of administrative and office experience. She displays passion and eagerness to assist our team members, patients and their families.

At the clinic, Vanessa does what she enjoys best and maintains a positive and vivid presence in our front office and keeps the clinic running smoothly. She greets each visitor with warmth and joyousness. Vanessa is also proficient in Spanish and uses her second language to communicate with families and the team for accurate translation. She is ecstatic to have gained new relationships at Family First and Kids Connect!

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