Team

Downie Downie

Downie Mathis is the owner of A Therapy Connection. She earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'em horns!), a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Texas Woman's University, and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of North Texas. Downie wanted to practice everything she had learned in school, so she began her career working in public schools in the morning and hospitals and nursing homes in the evening, weekends and summers breaks. After gaining extensive experience in various settings working with patients across the life span, she accepted a job at an Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility where she served as Lead SLP and eventually Director of Clinical Services.

Downie really enjoyed the outpatient setting and the valuable progress that can be made when seeing patients one-on-one in a controlled environment. In 2000, when she was working as a clinical director, she had a 3 year old patient with Autism at the clinic. His therapy team decided that he was too severe for therapy due to his aggressive behavior and wanted to discharge. When she received his paperwork, Downie was not comfortable with the idea of giving up on a three year old, so she put him on her own caseload so she could see for herself if there was anything at all that could be done. With the help of an outstanding OT (who is now our billing specialist!) they worked with him and his family until he was able to attend public school with inclusion and pull out support. This experience really spurred Downie to pursue opening a practice of her own where she could personally decide if a child was able to benefit from therapy and she could ensure that we do not give up on children and we do not leave their parents with nowhere to turn. If we can't serve your needs, we will lead you to someone who can. A year ago, Downie was having her house painted and that three year old, now a high school graduate, was working as an assistant to the painter and was a valued part of his team. He actually remembered Downie and it was one of her proudest moments as a speech pathologist. Downie tells her kids all the time, "My job is to make you a happy adult, not to make you a happy child right this minute!" I think this is so true in therapy, too. The hard work the patient and the care giver put in to therapy now- whether its rehab for a broken ankle, articulation therapy for a lisp, or intensive feeding therapy- will enhance their lives forever. At ATC our mission absolutely is "helping you provide the best possible future for your child!" In addition to managing ATC, Downie is a mom of two, a travel nut and a Musical Theater junkie!
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Brittney Brittney

Brittney is our Director of Therapy. She is a speech pathologist with specialized training in pediatric feeding disorders and behavior modification therapy. Brittney earned her BS in Communication Disorders from The University of Houston where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and danced for the Cougar Dolls. Her Masters degree in Speech Pathology was earned at The University of Texas at Dallas. Upon graduation, Brittney began her career at Children’s Medical Center where she divided her time between the NICU and outpatient clinic.

She joined ATC in 2011. Brittney has a special passion for working with children with feeding disorders and children who display difficult behaviors. Brittney spends lots of her free time shopping for fun Therapy materials on Amazon or Zulily. A new box of goodies arrives at the clinic at least once a week! When she isn’t at work, Brittney loves to travel. Be sure to ask her about her latest exotic vacation!
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Maria Maria

Maria has been the official Manager at ATC since March 2011. In that time, she has gained the love and respect of our patients and most importantly their parents! Maria works with families to find therapist who will be the best fit at the best time for your schedule. She works to maximize insurance coverage for your services and she juggles all the complicated regulations and requirements to ensure our therapist know exactly what each payor needs in their reports to get the coverage you need. In short, she and her team make sure our therapist can do what they do best to give out patients what they need most; a comfortable and effective therapy experience.

Maria and her husband have three girls and one boy who are her pride and joy. In her free time, Maria enjoys taking pictures, dancing, spending time with her family and volunteering at her church. Maria loves being able to help provide services to the community and those in need both at work and after hours.
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Sophie Sophie

Sophie joined the ATC team in August of 2017. After growing up in Louisiana, she attended TCU where she received her Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in child development. Upon graduation, she decided to head back to Louisiana where she received her Masters degree in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University. She recently moved back to Dallas and is excited to be a part of the ATC team. Her clinical externships have included working with children and adults with a variety of diagnoses and severity in both the outpatient and inpatient settings, working at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center NICU, the school system, Pediatria Day Health Center for medically fragile children, ASCEND center for children with Autism, and the university clinic.

She enjoys working with children with feeding disorders, language delays, complex communication needs, and preverbal children, helping them achieve the skills needed to communicate and interact with the world around them. Sophie recently completed her training in the SOS feeding program. In her free time, Sophie enjoys spending time outside with here rescue pup Elton, cooking (and eating!) gumbo, and cheering on the TCU Horned Frogs and the LSU Tigers!
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Traci Traci

Traci is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s degree from Texas Woman's University in Speech Pathology. Traci loves working with all of her patients and especially enjoys working with the pediatric population. She has a passion for working with children who have articulation, fluency, and picky eating issues.

She has advanced training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to feeding and loves being able to help families enjoy mealtime. When she isn’t serving her patients, Traci loves spending time with her husband and two children watching Texas Tech football.
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Meredith Meredith

Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Minor in General Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She attended The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, where she completed her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. During her time there, Meredith served as the President for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. Meredith’s practicum experiences in graduate school included acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and home health. She gained valuable experiences across the lifespan in assessment and treatment in various communication disorders.

Katie Katie

Katie earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Christian University (go frogs!) in 2015, then went on to get her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Woman’s University. Katie is passionate about working with kids and has experience with a variety of needs including articulation and language disorders, developmental disorders, stuttering, voice & resonance disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and more. In 2018, Katie became certified in the SOS approach to feeding therapy. Katie recognizes the impact that communication abilities can have on an individual’s life, and she strives to provide an individually tailored treatment plan to all of her client’s and their families!

Katie is also passionate about being a mom and loves spending time with her son and husband!
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Missi Missi

Melissa, known as “Missi” is a national certified and state licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She has been a resident of Texas since childhood and is excited to be able to practice speech pathology at A Therapy Connection. MIssi attended Texas State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. She attended Texas Woman’s University with ATC’s owner, Downie Mathis, where she completed her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. During her professional career, Missi has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. She also has gained experience working as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings including schools, daycares, and homes. Missi works for Plano Independent School District and also has a great deal of knowledge and experience in early intervention. Missi has had the opportunity to professionally work with children with children with Developmental Delays, Feeding/Oral Motor Disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism, Apraxia, Language-Based Literacy Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Medically Fragile Children, and Articulation/Phonological Disorders. She has received training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Picture Exchange Communication System. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and their families.

Missi is married and has three girls who keep her on her toes and in her car when she is not working. She enjoys watching her girls play soccer and basketball, reading, cooking, and fitness.
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Anna Anna

Anna received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. She has just moved back to Dallas and is so excited to be part of the ATC team! During her time in graduate school, she gained clinical pediatric experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Her mission is to provide evidence-based treatment and education while partnering with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for her pediatric patients.

Outside of work, Anna enjoys spending time with friends and family, practicing martial arts, and reading.
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Melissa Melissa

Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University (Sic 'Em Bears!) in 2019. She then attended The University of Texas at Dallas-Callier Center and received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Melissa has a passion for working with children with various communication needs; especially Autism Spectrum Disorder, and loves helping all children find their voice.

Diana Diana

Diana is originally from Houston, TX and moved to the DFW area in 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Prior to graduate school, Diana worked as a behavior technician providing ABA therapy under direct BCBA supervision. Diana's graduate school practicum experiences included adult and pediatric outpatient and a brief stint in the NICU. Diana is excited to join the ATC team and looks forward to helping her patients achieve their goals to succeed in life outside the therapy room.

Beth Anne Beth Anne

Beth Anne went to the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie) where she received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. She then went to the University of St. Augustine where she graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Beth Anne is from Shreveport, LA but has always loved the Dallas area and was excited to move and become a Texan after graduating. She has always known she wanted to work with kids, and especially loves working with kids with fine motor difficulties.

Pat Pat

Pat is a graduate of Indiana University/Purdue University Medical School with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She just finished an extensive career as an OT in RISD, and has worked for ATC since 2012. She loves working with children and wants to help them be all they can be. She is glad to be working in such a friendly environment where the focus is on the kids and their families.

Brynn Brynn

Brynn received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University in Chicago, IL. She has spent most of her OT career in Phoenix AZ where she worked in various setting from pediatrics to rehabilitation hospitals. Brynn's passion is working with children of all ages; she holds continuing education/certifications in the DIR/Floor time approach to therapy, S.O.S. feeding approach and sensory integration. She is excited to join the ATC team and work alongside fellow therapists with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disorders. In her spare time, she loves to travel, try new restaurants and spend time with her newborn baby boy.

Leeann Leeann

Leeann is a Dallas native. She received her Bachelors of Science in kinesiology from Texas Tech University (Wreck’em) and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. Her clinical experience is working in acute care, pediatric outpatient, and pediatric home health. Leeann enjoys working with children and helping kids just be kids.

Tarju Tarju

Tarju has received her Bachelors in Physical Therapy from India after which she moved to United States to pursue Masters degree in Physical Therapy majoring in Neuromuscular PT from University of Pittsburgh. She intensively participated in Pediatric Social Work during her school years which developed an interest in her to study for and work with kids. After gaining a wide experience at Texas Children’s Hospital and pediatric outpatient setting specializing in Autism, she joined our team and is excited to be a part of ATC family. She has added interest in working with 0-3 years of age group and has NDT certification for the same which qualifies her to provide quality care to kids with torticollis, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, autism, and other genetic and rare disorders. She keeps herself updated through continued learning and believes in providing evidence based treatment approach for best outcome.

Krystal Krystal

Krystal is a north Texas native from Denton, TX. She received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and exercise science at Oklahoma Baptist University. Following attending Brightwood College in Physical Therapist Assistant program graduating in 2018. Krystal always knew she wanted to be in the physical therapy field from playing sports herself and enjoyed helping others return to activities they love. Krystal is joining A Therapy Connection as a PTA and we are excited to have her.

Viven Viven

Vivien moved to Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children from California by way of Colorado. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies with an Elementary Education emphasis from California State University, Fullerton and her Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis program at Arizona State University. After graduating from ASU, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Vivien has provided ABA in the home, school and clinic settings and has experience working with a wide range of clients including toddlers, children, teens and adults. She enjoys using her expertise to train caregivers, school staff, RBTs and other BCBAs in ABA principles.

Vivien enjoys spending time reading, baking and binge watching TV shows. She is excited to join the ATC team!
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Katelyn Katelyn

Katelyn is a Baylor graduate with a degree in early childhood education. After teaching first grade for 5 years in RISD, she took time off to start a family. When she was ready to return to the workforce part-time, she joined A Therapy Connection for the flexibility she needed and to continue working around children, which has always been a passion. She is in charge of HR, Credentialing, and community events. Taking care of patients, and making their families feel comfortable in Katelyn’s top priority. She is glad to be working with such a wonderful team of therapists, and ATC is thrilled to have Katelyn on board!

Bianka is part of Maria’s patient services team and is fluent in English and Spanish. She is also a student at Collin College working toward her associates degree in Science with plans to transfer to the University of Texas, Arlington for nursing. She has extensive child care experience and served as nanny for one of our therapists before coming on board with ATC. Bianka loves kids and has a passion to help and care for them. She highly respects our patients’ parents and strives to make sure their children and family members are in good hands!

Sheena Sheena

Sheena is native to the Dallas area. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Sociology with a Minor in Social Work. She continued her education at SMU and received a Masters degree in Urban Ministry and Christian Education. Sheena has spent the last 10+ years working in various roles that impact young people in a positive way. Sheena has a passion for children and youth to help them become the best version of themselves. She joined A Therapy Connection as the Patient Care Coordinator. She assists as a liaison with doctor offices to ensure best care for our patients, marketing material, and more. Sheena is happy to be a part of the team at ATC!

Sheena is happily married to her best friend and they have a beautiful daughter, Remi Jane. When she's not at work, she is spending time with her family and enjoying the little moments in life.
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Sherrie Sherrie

Sherrie is the office assistant.