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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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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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. Leeann's specialty is in Ayre's Sensory Integration and enjoys the puzzle that is difficult sensory integration processing. Play is her favorite occupation!

Karly Karly

Karly received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree’s at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. She is a New Jersey native, and has recently moved to the Dallas area, and she is so excited to be a part of the A Therapy Connection team as an occupational therapist. Karly has also practiced OT in the acute care, home health, and school settings in New Jersey and New York. She looks forward to having the chance to work with pediatric patients at A Therapy Connection and their families to find the “just-right” challenge and assist each patient to participate functionally in their environments with the highest level of success.

Valerie Valerie

Valerie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia College and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University of Dallas. Her clinical experience is in pediatric and adult inpatient hospital settings. She has 4 kids, one of whom has been the recipient of occupational therapy for sensory processing disorder and hand therapy. She loves to have fun and is excited to be at a clinic that is so kid focused where she can help make a difference in the lives of children. Valerie enjoys continuing education to further improve herself as an occupational therapist and the fast growing environment that we work in.

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.

Nina Nina

Nina started her Physical Therapist journey as a therapy aide in a pediatric outpatient setting where she worked with multi-therapeutic disciplines, collected research, and helped develop the first therapeutic paddle boarding summer camp. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Exercise Science at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Following her Bachelors, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Nina had the opportunity to learn in the pediatric intensive care unit and St Jude Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois learning various diagnosis and severity of conditions. She has achieved clinical hours in the adult intensive care unit, outpatient orthopedics, aquatic therapy, and women’s health physical therapy. Nina is excited to be in the Dallas, TX area and to be a Physical Therapist at ATC so that she can help families and children reach their future potential, reduce participation barriers, and be a dependable health care advocate.

Krystal Krystal

Krystal is a north Texas native from Denton, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Oklahoma Baptist University. Following that, she attended Brightwood College in their Physical Therapist Assistant program where she graduated 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 an important member of the A Therapy Connection time and we are happy to have her as a part of our Physical Therapy team.

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 A Therapy Connection 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. At A Therapy Connection she is able to continue her love for skilled occupational therapy in an outpatient environment.

Sherrie Sherrie

Sherrie is the office assistant who is the credentialing specialist. She is our patient advocate and care coordinator. She assists patients in finding external resources in the community. She has a background in education but has a huge respect for the therapy community because of her personal connection due to her son that has special needs. She is an active volunteer with Miracle League of Frisco who serves children with disabilities.