Meet Our Team

Vanessa Chan-Felcman, M.A., CCC/SLP


With over 14 years of speech therapy experience, Vanessa founded Family First Speech Therapy in January 2014 and is dedicated to understanding the whole child. As one of only a few fully certified speech pathologists in Profectum and ICDL in DIR® / Floortime™ in all of Houston, she understands her clients’ challenges – how they process language, how they become regulated and how they move their body in order to build a strong foundation for communication. She is passionate about this model and in her sessions, family members are encouraged to join and be part of the interaction with their children. With the support of an incredible team, Vanessa is the guiding influence behind the Family First Speech philosophy.


Nicole Bryson, M.A., CCC/SLP

Nicole joined our team at Family First Speech Therapy in 2015 as a certified Speech Language Pathologist and brought with her a passion for feeding and oral motor therapy. She has particular interest in treating sensory feeding disorders and uses the SOS Approach as her model. Nicole has experience working with pediatric patients with a wide range of challenges including: articulation disorders, developmental delays, language delays, cerebral palsy, dysphagia, autism spectrum disorders, various genetic syndromes, failure to thrive and sensory processing disorders. Nicole believes in treating the whole child and incorporating movement into her sessions.

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Cris Marie Esquivel, B.S., SLP Assistant

Cris joined our team November 2015. She has been working as a dedicated Speech Language Pathologist Assistant since 2007; Providing speech and language therapy while integrating the DIR®/Floortime™model for children with autism and other communication disorders since 2012.  Has over 100 CEU hours in advanced training added to her knowledge and applied practices, some which include: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Disorders, Communication Milestones & etc. Cris truly believes that every child has the ability to improve their communication skills through specific individualized treatment plans and is deeply committed to providing the highest standard of services for all clients and families.


Tasneem Kajani, M.A., CCC/SLP

TasTas is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist with 10 years of experience working with children. She has been trained in Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Musculature (PROMPT), Social Thinking®, and DIR® / Floortime™. Her experience extends to, although is not limited to- Autism Spectrum, Executive Functioning, Apraxia/Motor Speech, dysphagia, pragmatic language disorders, and receptive/expressive language disorders. Tas is passionate about discovering and encouraging a child’s full potential. She is honored to be a part of each child’s journey in helping them to communicate with loved ones and to build meaningful relationships.


Jessica Sherman, M.S., CCC/SLP

Jessica joined our team as a certified Speech and Language Pathologist in October of 2014. She is passionate and enthusiastic about working with the pediatric population. She has worked in the field for 9 years in a variety of different settings. Jessica’s experience ranges from articulation/phonological processing disorders, fluency disorders, oral motor disorders, autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing, apraxia, expressive and receptive language delay as well as other learning differences. She uses a multi-modality approach to therapy to help children achieve maximum success during each session. Family input is important to her and she encourages families to be involved as much as possible.


Iris Abrego-Ortiz, B.S., SLP Assistant

IrisIris joined our team as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant in September 2014. She has passionately been serving the pediatric population for over nine years. Her love and commitment for the children grew stronger as she became involved in her nephew’s life who has special needs.  She not only approaches therapy from a professional perspective, but from a personal level delicately understands the journey many families take when having a child with special needs. Iris’ professional experience has given her the opportunity to grow stronger as a clinician and given her an understanding of serving the child as a whole. Since joining the Family First Speech Team, Iris is continually expanding her knowledge and training in the DIR®/Floortime™ model and management of sensory processing disorder.


Chan Luong, M.A., CCC/SLP

Chan has worked in a variety of settings, which include public school, skilled nursing, and home health care. She has experience working with children who have varying degrees of challenges such as articulation disorders, phonology processing disorders, fluency disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, and expressive and receptive language disorders. Since 2013, she has been committed to and passionate in serving children with unique needs. She strives to make a positive difference by helping children successfully communicate. Chan is grateful to be a part of Family First Speech and looks forward to seeing the children at our clinic discover their abilities and reach new potentials.


Henry H. Chan, MBA, CPA, Office Manager


Henry is an accounting, tax, and finance professional with over thirty years of experience in global treasury operations, including risk management at Compaq Computers, McDermott International (Houston, Texas) and Hewlett Packard Inc. (Palo Alto, California).  He jumped at the opportunity to work with and support such a strong team of dedicated speech and language specialists who love what they do.  Henry is diligent in providing the highest quality finance and operational expertise and is excited to be a part of the Family First community.



Carina Rubio, Patient Account Specialist

Carina brings 20 years of administrative and office experience combined with hands on experience with children as a lab instructor.  She brings a true passion, joy, and enthusiasm for our team members the children and their families.  At the clinic, Carina is doing what she loves and it shows through the relationships that she has built.  Carina takes pride in keeping the clinic moving smoothly, but most importantly, she greets each new person that enters with warmth and compassion.  Carina is fluent in Spanish and uses her second language to assist with intakes and assessment when needed.

While we do not have any current openings for speech and language pathologists or assistants, you are welcome to submit your resume for possibilities in the future. To apply, please feel free to call 713-522-8880 or to upload your resume.