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Kausar H. Zafar, M.A., CCC-SLP

Houston speech therapistKausar 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 of Texas.

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 therapy services.

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 neurogenic disorders.

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 potential.
 

Anita Paryl, M.A., CCC-SLP

Houston speech therapistAnita Paryl 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 of Texas.

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.
 

Lashawn Treadway, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist - LashawnLashawn Treadway received her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Southern University in Baton Rouge Louisiana. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed to practice in the state of Texas by the Texas Speech and Hearing Association.
Lashawn has experience working with toddlers, school aged children and adults. Her special interest areas include autism, language delay, aphasia and dysphagia. She enjoys the field of Speech Language Pathology because it provides her with the opportunity to enhance an individual’s quality of life in the areas of communication, swallowing and beyond, across the age and impairment spectrum.

Lashawn enjoys spending time with her family, meeting new people, traveling, reading and learning about advancements in the field of Speech Language Pathology.

 

Jeanne Coleman, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist - JeanneJeanne Coleman began working at The Speech Clinic in June 2017. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and a Speech Language Pathology license for the state of Texas. She completed her Masters of Arts degree in Communication Sciences at University of Houston.
Jeanne moved to Texas after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences at Purdue University. She served as a speech-language pathologist in Houston ISD, Alief ISD, and Katy ISD.

During Jeanne’s most recent position as Instructional Officer of Speech, Language and Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in Katy ISD, she was the administrator/supervisor for the district itinerant and campus based speech-language pathologists, the special education preschool assessment team, and the speech-language assessment teams, including the bilingual team. Previously, she also supervised the following Katy ISD special education programs: Occupational and Physical Therapy, Adapted Physical Education, Services for the Visually Impaired, Private School Services and the Assistive Technology Team.

She retired from the Texas Teacher Retirement System in December 2016. After six months of travel and relaxation, she was eager to get back to the direct client speech therapy services which has always been her first love. She draws on her years of experience in public schools to focus on improving communication skills which are functional and practical for a client’s home, school, social, and future work environment. Tiny successes are celebrated each session and Jeanne draws joy from the interaction with her clients. Jeanne particularly enjoys language, articulation, and social pragmatic therapy. She believes the focus should be on the client’s overall communication skills and ability to share his/her thoughts and ideas with others. Every client has value and worth and Jeanne strives to maximize each person’s communication abilities.

Lauren Lara, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lauren LaraLauren 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.
 

Alex Jamison, M.S., CCC-SLP Intern

Speech Therapist - AlexAlex Jamison received her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University in 2017. She will be completing her clinical fellowship at The Speech Clinic. She holds a Speech-Language Pathologist intern license in the state of Texas. Alex has experience working with pediatric and adult populations in the areas of articulation, language, dysphagia, literacy disorders, and fluency disorders. She has also worked with adult populations in the areas of aphasia, apraxia, and other neurological disorders. Additional experience includes work with pediatric populations with autism spectrum disorder and other social/cognitive deficits. Alex is familiar with using augmentative and alternative communication devices in both adult and pediatric populations. She believes that communication is a right and is proud to work in a field that helps grant that right to everyone.

Dee Bartolini, Office Manager

Dee Bartolini 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 billing company.
 

Vanessa-Marie Martinez, Administrative Assistant

Admin Asst - VanessaVanessa-Marie Martinez came to Texas from California in 1995. She graduated from Martha Raines High School in Katy, Texas. She has worked for several health care facilities, and has acquired skills in front office management. She excels in customer service, and likes to do everything with a smile. She enjoys her work here as an administrative assistant at The Speech Clinic. Her job gives her an opportunity to provide excellent service to the patients. She is eager to help with whatever needs to be done. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her four year old daughter, and family. She loves traveling, and taking care of her two dogs.
 

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