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!

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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Di Di

Di received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin with a double major in Asian Studies and Asian Languages (Mandarin Chinese). After graduation, Di taught lower elementary for four years before returning to school at UTD for her master’s degree in Communication Disorders.

Di has clinical experience working with children in various settings including public schools, home health, hospital NICU, and feeding clinics and particularly enjoys working with children who have speech-language disorders, developmental delays, and feeding disorders. Outside of work, Di enjoys going to the dog park with her pup, exploring the Dallas food scene with her husband, and marathoning shows on Netflix
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Elizabeth Elizabeth

Elizabeth earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She has a passion for working with children, especially those with fluency disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

When not at work, she enjoys travelling with friends and playing board games with family. She’s excited to join the ATC team and get to know her patients and their families!
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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!

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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Megan Megan

Megan began working at A Therapy Connection in May 2018. Megan moved to the DFW area in May 2018 after living in SW Missouri her entire life. Megan graduated from Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Missouri in May 2017 with her degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. Megan is currently going back to school in hopes to receive her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from UT Tyler.

Megan worked in skilled nursing facilities in Missouri after graduation, but always knew her real passion was in pediatrics. She stays busy outside of work by hanging out with friends and family, cuddling with her cat, and going to country concerts.
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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 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. 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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