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Line Leader Pediatric Therapy has a specialist for all of your needs.

  • Speech Therapists

    Our speech and language pathologists are experienced and skilled in working with children with various disorders. They have extensive continuing education including the following topics: PROMPT, Kaufman speech and language training, childhood apraxia of speech, feeding/swallowing, articulation, pragmatic/social skills, and Social Thinking training.

     

    Meghan Gale, M.S., CCC-SLP, graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders in 1999.  She is licensed with the American Speech and Hearing Association as well as by the Texas Department of Health.  She has experience and specialized interest providing the following types of speech therapy: Expressive/receptive language therapy for both Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Specific Language Impairment (SLI), pragmatic language therapy primarily using Michelle Garcia Winner's 'Social Thinking' concepts, feeding/swallowing with infants and children, articulation/phonology, early intervention and activities of daily living (ADL).  In the past, Meghan has worked in schools, clinics and acute hospital settings including neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids and traveling.

     

    Rachel Israelson, M.S., CCC-SLP, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics (2007) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (2011) from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University in 2012. Rachel has extensive experience with pediatric patients with a variety of communication and cognitive delays and disorders. She has skillfully worked with children experiencing articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders/delays, language and literacy disorders/delays, pragmatic language disorders, and hearing impairment/aural rehabilitation. Rachel also participated in Baylor’s Language and Literacy summer camp 2012 for children with reading and language disorder. She taught the Story Grammar Marker and the Expanding Expressions Tool, as well as additional strategies to facilitate reading comprehension. Rachel is a PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) trained therapist. She utilizes this method with children who demonstrate motor speech disorders, articulation problems, or are non-verbal. She has also completed continuing education in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking method to address pragmatic deficits in child on the spectrum and other conditions.

     

    Abbey Ames, M.S, CCC-SLP, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She went on to attend The University of Texas at Dallas and received her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Abbey then completed her clinical fellowship in Austin through the Austin Independent School District.  She holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and is licensed as a speech-language pathologist in the state of Texas.  Abbey has experience in the public school system, outpatient rehabilitation, and private practice.  She has training in the areas of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum, pediatric feeding and swallowing, neuromotor development, TalkTools, and PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets).  Abbey enjoys treating a variety of diagnoses, including articulation & phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, developmental delay, social pragmatic disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication.  In her free time, Abbey enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Wesley and Quinn, volunteering with The Junior League of Austin, and traveling with friends & family.

     

    Allison Ely, M.S., CCC-SLP, is originally from Lewisville, TX and has lived in Austin since 2001. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders form the University of Texas at Austin and then moved to Seattle, WA, to receive her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. Allison returned to Austin and provided speech therapy services to children ranging in ages from 3-14 years old in elementary and middle school settings. She is licensed by the Texas State Board of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Allison has experience working with children who have a variety of speech and language deficits including: articulation impairment, phonological processing disorder, expressive/receptive language delay, fluency disorder, developmental delay, learning disability, and autism spectrum disorder. In her free time, Allison enjoys running, volunteering, watching her daughters play sports, and traveling the world with her family.

     

    Jessica May, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following graduation, she moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where she received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University. Jessica moved to Austin in 2013. Th majority of the work as a speech-language pathologist has been spent serving children in pediatric clinics and the school setting. She has experience working with children who have a variety of speech and language deficits including: hearing impairments, articulation impairments, early childhood expressive/receptive language delay, learning disabilities, and cognitive delays. She is licensed by the Texas State Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Jessica enjoys spending time hiking, being on the water, exploring Austin, and spending time with her two nephews.

     

  • Physical Therapists

     

    Janet Magajna, PT is a graduate of the physical therapy program at SUNY-Stony Brook and a highly skilled physical therapist on the Line Leader team.  She has  worked exclusively with the pediatric population in outpatient, school and home based settings since 1999.  Janet has evaluated and treated children with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, torticollis, developmental delay, general muscle weakness, hypotonia, idiopathic toe walking, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and coordination disorders.  Janet enjoys challenging kiddos to reach their utmost potential and firmly believes anything is possible.  Once an avid cyclist, Janet has cycled in many states, across Canada and in France where she became a PBP ancienne in 2003.  She looks forward to many more adventures on the seat of her bike.

     

  • Occupational Therapists

    Sharon Wisnieski, MS, OTR/L has provided skilled pediatric occupational therapy via inpatient, outpatient, home-based, and aquatic settings. Her work experiences include Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Children’s Hospital of Austin (now Dell Children’s Hospital), and the private clinic environments. She opened Line Leader Pediatric Therapy in September, 2009. Sharon is certified in the testing and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT certified), successfully completed the STAR Institute Advanced Intensive Mentorship: Diagnosis and Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder, and has completed numerous additional continuing education courses regarding sensory integration techniques and behavioral strategies for children affected by sensory processing dysfunction. Sharon completed all levels of the Handwriting Without Tears program and has extensive experience treating children with torticollis, developmental delay, neuromuscular and neurodevelopmental impairments, upper extremity injuries, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, oral motor concerns/feeding, Down Syndrome, and dysgraphia. Sharon enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering her time to present to various parent and professional groups across Austin. She also volunteers with her dog, George, providing pet therapy services. Her biggest joy is her family - her two children and husband contribute to Line Leader Pediatric Therapy and help make her dream of helping children and families a reality! 

     

    Liz Saywers-Robles, OTR, moved to Austin 18 years ago to attend the University of Texas at Austin, and has been an Austinite ever since.  Before she entered the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Liz knew she would always work with children.  While in college, she was a live-in nanny for a family that had a child with sensory processing difficulties.  In addition, she worked at a local therapy clinic interacting with children receiving occupational and speech therapies.  Liz has a specific passion working with children having autism and other developmental disabilities.  She especially enjoys using therapy dogs as tools to assist her in her work.  Liz has extensive experience developing a pet therapy program, as well as incorporating her own dogs into the program.  She incorporates techniques from the ALERT Program, as well as Superflex Social Thinking curriculum designed by speech pathologist Stephanie Madgrial and Michelle Garcia Winner.

     

    Rocio Camusso, MS, OTR/L  is from Miami, FL and received her Master's from New York University. She has experience in a sensory gym setting where she worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, dyspraxia, and cortical blindness. There she applied programs such as Sensory Integration, Astronaut Training, Handwriting Without Tears, and Wilbarger Protocol. She also has fieldwork experience in a city hospital setting at an outpatient hand clinic treating diagnoses such as carpal tunnel, trigger finger, fractures, amputations, and contractures. She's fluent in Spanish, enjoys exploring everything Austin has to offer, and loves dogs!

     

    Sarah Hunter, COTA moved to austin in 2003. She has experience working with children in the both the clinical and home settings. She is experienced in working with children with conditions including Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, Autism, Developmental Delay, and Social/Emotional Difficulties. She is dedicated to continuing education and learning new skills pertaining the pediatric population she serves. She participated in the Zones of Regulation and Handwriting Without Tears conferences and maintains her Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) and American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) memberships. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and cooking with her husband.

     

    Susan Dezelle, MS, OTR/L moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where she earned a Bachelor's of American Studies. She went on to earn a Master's of Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. She also has experience working with adults in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital setting. There she treated patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, hip fractures, heart surgeries, and joint replacement surgeries. She enjoys bouldering, third wave coffee, playing with her dog, and she holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. 

     

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  • Office Manager

    Denise Reyes (bio coming soon)