My name is Downie Mathis and I am the owner of A Therapy Connection. I earned my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'em horns!) and a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Texas Woman's University. I wanted to practice everything I had learned in school, so I began my 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, I accepted a job at an Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility where I served as Lead SLP and eventually Director of Clinical Services.
Angela grew up in Ohio and has lived in the DFW metroplex since 2006. She completed her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University and specializes in mental health in addition to pediatrics. She is fluent in sign language and conversational in Spanish and French. She keeps active in her spare time by running. She also provides therapeutic services offsite as a licensed massage therapist, which she has done for 12 years.
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!
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.
Hollis graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia with a BS in Neuroscience. She went on to get her Masters in Physical Therapy at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 2000. In addition to her 17+ years of experience as a physical therapist, Hollis has helped to publish multiple articles in the area of pediatric neuromuscular research. In addition, Hollis has a passion for school programs and community outreach as the chair of the RISD PTA Council Sage "Understanding Differences Program", a program which raises awareness about those who are differently-abled and offers a "tool-box" for their academic and social success.
Jenny is a native East Texan who, on a weekly basis, wears many hats and loves every single one. Leaving the piney woods behind, she ventured to Denton, TX to complete her studies at Texas Women’s University earning a Bachelors of Science in Child Development and then her Masters in Occupational Therapy in just 5 years. She has been practicing occupational therapy for over 7 years and still enjoys every moment of it, especially working with children who have developmental delays and sensory challenges.
Katelyn is a Baylor graduate with a degree is 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 assists with insurance, community events, compliance programs and more. 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!
Katie earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Christian University (go frogs!), then went on to get her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Woman’s University. She has experience working with a range of age groups, but her main passion is working with children. Katie has provided intervention in a variety of settings including private practice, elementary school, and hospital outpatient rehab. Katie has worked with individuals with a variety of needs including articulation and language disorders, developmental disorders, stuttering, voice & resonance disorders, feeding or swallowing disorders, stroke rehabilitation, childhood apraxia of speech, and more.
Kiki is a speech pathologist in our Multilingual Therapy department. She graduated from Bucknell university with a BA in Linguistics. She came to Dallas to earn her masters degree in Speech Pathology at UTD. Kiki specializes in treating language disorders (both developmental and acquired) in bilinguals of any age. She speaks Spanish and English, and she is trained to help families support home language to improve overall language growth or rehabilitation. Her favorite animals are elephants, and she loves Star Wars, superheroes, and princesses--most of her best therapy sessions happen when patients open up and tell her their favorite characters and activities!
Lori graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors in Family Studies and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She discovered her passion for working with children at a very young age and decided to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy to help children maximize their independence and live a meaningful and fulfilling. She has always worked in Pediatrics, working in the NICU, with Early Childhood Intervention, Home Health, and Outpatient Clinic settings. She has had experience working with a variety of diagnoses such as, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, and other neurological disorders.
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.
Mary earned her bachelor’s degree as a double major in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Child Learning and Development and her Master’s in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas. She has experience in a variety of different child-based settings including private practice, public school therapy, and early childhood intervention. Mary has worked with children and adults with a variety of severities and disorders including speech-language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, patients post-stroke, and a variety of feeding disorders.
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.
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.
Vivian earned her undergraduate degree at Fordham University in NYC and has a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Vivian (aka "Vivi") enjoys working with children and feels very fortunate to be a pediatric SLP and mom. Since graduation, her focus has been on pediatric clientele and she uses her bilingual skills to assist children of varying ages with Speech and Language disorders. Vivian is a native Spanish speaker and has experience working in pediatric home health as well as outpatient facilities. She believes therapy should be functional and fun.