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.To Learn More
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.
Rachel Greenberg, M.S., CCC/SLP
Rachel Greenberg joined our team as a certified Speech-Language Pathologist in 2014. She is passionate about working with pediatrics and her children have spanned from learning difficulties to fluency disorders, social communication disorders, autism spectrum disorders, articulation disorders, motor speech disorders, and dysphagia. Rachel brings additional knowledge and training in the area of pediatric feeding and the neurological management of sensory processing disorder. She utilizes the DIR®/Floortime™ model as her therapeutic approach to foster her patients’ communication, interaction, problem solving abilities and ideas.
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
Iris 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.
Molly Rhoads, M.A., CCC/SLP
Molly Rhoads Weisselberg will move from New York City in the summer of 2016! Molly’s experience includes social cognitive disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, fluency disorders, oral motor disorders, autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing disorders, apraxia of speech, expressive and receptive language delay as well as other learning differences. After offering social pragmatic language groups, she quickly realized that teaching “social skills” wasn’t enough. Hearing Michelle Garcia Winner talk about the Social Thinking® approach changed her way of thinking about how to teach the social aspects of communication that affect all of our daily lives. Molly will be completing an in-depth mentorship program at Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Santa Clara, CA clinic in November of 2016.
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/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.