Kausar H. Zafar, M.A., CCC-SLP
H. Zafar received her Masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences from
Wichita State University in 1986. She also holds a Masters degree in
Psychology. She is board certified from the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech pathology in the state
Ms. Zafar has lived in Katy since 1987 and has practiced in Houston as a
speech-language pathologist with Houston ISD, The Briarwood School, Katy ISD,
and area nursing homes. She has also worked at Memorial Hermann Katy
Hospital and Christus St. Catherine Hospital. She held the position of
Director of Rehabilitation at Mariner Post Acute Network. There she provided
speech therapy, and supervised physical, occupational, and respiratory
She is the recipient of five awards of Continuing Education from ASHA. She
has held the position of Placement Coordinator for Houston Area Association
for Communication Disorders (HACD) for more than ten years. She is the
recipient of the HACD Tina Bangs Service Award for devoting her time to
meeting the needs of the profession. She also volunteers for several other
organizations in Houston.
Ms. Zafar has extensive experience in working with young children who
present speech and language delay, oral-motor problems,
articulation/phonological disorders, stuttering, and voice problems
associated with vocal nodules, etc. She is experienced in working with
language and learning deficits associated with attention deficit, auditory
processing, and reading disorders. She has also had experience with
pediatric and adolescent cognitive disorders resulting from head trauma or
Ms. Zafar also has extensive experience working with adults who have
neurogenic problems, for example, stroke, head injury, cancer of the mouth,
swallowing disorders, and Parkinson's Disease. She is trained in the Lee
Silverman Voice Treatment Method (LSVT). She also enjoys working with voice
problems associated with vocal nodules and vocal fold paralysis, etc. Her
treatment philosophy encompasses compassion, motivation, and dedication to
her clients in providing them the best possible therapy to maximize their
Anita Paryl, M.A., CCC-SLP
received her Bachelor's of Science degree from Purdue University and Master
of Arts degree from Ball State University. She is board certified from the
American Speech and Hearing Association and holds licensure from the state
Ms. Paryl's professional career has covered a variety of work settings,
including public schools, residential facilities for children and adults
with severe-profound handicaps, long-term care facilities, and private
practice. Ms. Paryl is experienced with the treatment of articulation,
language, fluency, and swallowing disorders. She is also trained in the use
of augmentative communication disorders. Her extensive background in the
academic setting has prepared her to be sensitive to both educational and
cognitive-related language deficits.
Ms. Paryl has obtained specialized training in language learning disorders
with concomitant compensatory remediation strategies. She feels that it is
essential to assist in the development or rehabilitation of foundational
language/phonological skills to facilitate maximized communication
competencies. She enjoys the private clinical setting because it allows for
close collaboration with family, and early identification of problematic
communication deficits with early intervention strategies.
Lorelle Dibeler, M.S., CCC-SLP
Lorelle Dibeler received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 2010 and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2012 from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is board certified from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Texas. Mrs. Dibeler has clinical experience in a variety pediatric and adult settings, including public schools, private clinic, home health, and skilled nursing facility. She enjoys working with both children and adults. She is skilled in providing treatment in all areas of speech-language pathology including articulation, language, fluency, feeding and swallowing disorders. She also enjoys working with aphasia and cognitive linguistic problems. Lorelle is married and has three children. She enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Lauren Lara, M.S., CCC-SLP
Lauren Lara recently joined our team. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University in 2014. She holds a certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech language pathology in the state of Texas. She completed her clinical fellowship earlier this year at a pediatric clinic in the Dallas area and recently moved back to Houston, where she grew up. Lauren has had the opportunity to practice speech pathology in a variety of settings, including schools, outpatient rehabilitation, private clinic, and an acute care hospital. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with both children and adults in each of these settings. Her professional interests include articulation disorders, language disorders, and dysphagia. During her free time, Lauren loves to spend time with family, take her miniature dachshund on walks, and cheer on her Baylor Bears.
Noelle R. Gearring, M.A., CCC-SLP
Noelle Gearring received her
Masters of Art degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State
University in 2004. She is board certified from the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice
Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Texas.
Ms. Gearring has worked in the medical setting with patients in the
intensive care and acute care units. She has worked in the school setting
for five years. She also provided in-home therapy for children enrolled in
an early intervention setting.
Ms. Gearring also has experience providing treatment for children who have
difficulty in the areas of language and fluency. She has worked with
children who have speech disorders, learning disabilities, and mild to
severe mental handicaps. Her experience includes working with children from
pre-kindergarten through high school.
Ms. Gearring finds working with children rewarding. She feels that one of
the greatest gifts that you can give a family is communication. It is
wonderful to see a child who had difficulty communicating, being able to
express his or her thoughts and feelings, and to be able to fully
participate in the family interaction. She believes that making the families
an active participant in the treatment process by practicing newly acquired
skills in the home setting helps to maximize the success that a child has
with the growth in communication.
Hilary Shapiro, Reading Specialist and SLP Assistant
| Assistant Hilary Shapiro received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University in May, 2014. She underwent advanced training through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators to become an Associate Level Dyslexia Practioner. She practiced as a Reading Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant at Auburn Language and Learning for Children in 2015 for four years. She also is pursuing her Master’s in Communication Disorders Science online at Nova Southeastern University. Hilary has recently moved to Houston and has joined The Speech Clinic team as a Reading Specialist and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She is excited to start working with children who need reading intervention either due to Dyslexia or other reasons. In her free time, Hilary enjoys painting, kayaking, Pilates, and weaving.
Lindsay Little, M.S., CF-SLP Intern
Lindsay graduated summa cum laude with honors in major from the University of Houston in 2015 with a B.S. in communication sciences and disorders and a minor in Spanish. The following year she worked as a speech-language pathology assistant in a home health setting. She graduated from Lamar University in 2018 with an M.S. in speech-language pathology. She has experience working with children and adults with a variety of communication disorders, including voice and airway disorders, which are her primary area of interest. One of her graduate externships was spent studying these exclusively at the Texas Voice Center at Houston Methodist. She is also a member of ASHA’s Sig 3, which is a special interest group for voice and airway disorders.
In her spare time, Lindsay studies Shaolin Wing Chun Kung Fu. She also enjoys teaching and playing the violin as well as writing music. In 2013 a local community orchestra debuted her first original orchestral work. Currently, she assists in arranging music for her church orchestra, in which she is the concertmaster.
Dee Bartolini, Assistant Office Manager
has been with The Speech Clinic since 2005, and is responsible for office
management and billing. She
moved to Katy, Texas from Eugene, Oregon in 2002. In Oregon, she was
employed as a bookkeeper and customer service representative with the
Safeway Corporation. Ms. Bartolini is the recipient of two customer service
excellence awards. In Texas, she has worked as a medical biller for a
Shay Gooden, Clinic Coordinator
Please help us in welcoming our new Clinic Coordinator, Shay Gooden. We are excited to have Shay as our new team member and we look forward to working with her. Shay Gooden relocated to Texas from Bloomington, Indiana where she worked for Bloomington Meadows Psychiatric hospital for several years. Shay then moved to work as the Office Coordinator at Milestones Adult and Pediatric Psychiatric Clinic. After several years at the clinic Shay then relocated to Texas and worked as Office Manager for a pediatric psychology clinic KCPA, where she had the pleasure of providing excellent, caring services to many of our local families right here in the heart of Katy. Shay is very passionate about providing professional, compassionate services to each and every family that walks through our doors here at The Speech Clinic. Thanks again for helping us welcome the newest member of our practice!
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430 Park Grove Drive, Katy, Texas 77450.
Tel 281-579-1515. Fax 281-579-1524.