Team

Downie Downie

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.

I 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 I was working as a clinical director, we 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 I got his paperwork, I was not comfortable with the idea of giving up on a three year old, so I put him on my own caseload so I could see for myself if there was anything at all we could do. With the help of an outstanding OT (who is now our billing specialist!) we worked with him and his family until he was able to attend public school with inclusion and pull out support. This experience really spurred me to pursue opening a practice of my own where I could personally decide if a child was able to benefit from therapy and I 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, I was having my 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 me and it was one of my proudest moments as a speech pathologist. I tell my 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. Our mission absolutely is "helping you provide the best possible future for your child!" In addition to managing ATC, I'm a mom of two, a travel nut and a Musical Theater junkie!
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Angela Angela

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 Bianka

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!

Brittany Brittany

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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Hollis, Physical Therapist Hollis, Physical Therapist

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.

Hollis is also a certified trainer in Action Based Learning and enjoys consulting teachers and parents on the important mind/body connection and the part it plays in learning. Hollis is married and has 4 daughters who keep her very busy when she is not working at ATC!
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Jenny Jenny

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.

Jenny has also completed additional training in visual processing, neurodevelopmental treatment of the infant and young child, as well as the SOS feeding approach, among others. In her spare time, you can find Jenny working as a mom, wife, photographer, and Dallas Chapter President for Hope Mommies.
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Katelyn, Patient Care Coordinator Katelyn, Patient Care Coordinator

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 Katie

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.

Katie has a special professional interest in child language development, as well as feeding and swallowing disorders. 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! In her spare time Katie enjoys going to TCU football games, walking the Katy Trail, and discovering new trendy restaurants!
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Kiki Kiki

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 Lori

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 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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Mary Mary

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.

She has a passion for helping families and children develop an individualized plan to enhance communication in their daily lives and strives to increase the quality of life for all of her patients and families. Mary enjoys all outdoor activities, country/swing dancing and music and incorporates many of these into her therapy sessions.
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Sophie- CFY, SLP Sophie- CFY, SLP

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 severities 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. 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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Vivi Vivi

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.

She takes the time to get to know each child and finds creative ways to help them achieve success. When she is not juggling various clinical and administrative responsibilities, Vivi enjoys cooking, shopping, music, and visiting family and friends. One of her favorite things to do is watch movies with her family while snuggled up with their rescue dog, Rugby, on the couch eating homemade popcorn. As far as she’s concerned, “life doesn’t get much better than movie night with the fam”.
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