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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.

Lorelle Dibeler, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lorelle DibelerLorelle 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 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.

Hilary Shapiro, Reading Specialist and SLP Assistant

Hilary ShapiroAssistant 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 LittleLindsay 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

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.

Shay Gooden, Clinic Coordinator

Clinic CoordinatorPlease 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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