Meet Our Team

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


With over 15 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.


Sarah Seymour, M.A., CCC/SLP

Sarah returned to her hometown of Houston, TX to join our team in March 2018. She is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with a passion for working in pediatrics. Sarah fell in love with the pediatric population while training at a DIR®/Floortime™ facility in Austin. She has clinical experience in behavioral/medical dysphagia, articulation disorders, fluency disorders, receptive-expressive language delays/disorders, cognitive delays/disorders, and sensory processing disorders. She has obtained continuing education hours in the evaluation and treatment of behavioral/medical pediatric dysphagia. Sarah views each child as an individual and is dedicated to providing a holistic treatment approach tailored to his/her unique profile.

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Jennifer Garcia, M.A., CCC/SLP

Jennifer joined our team in May 2018.  She has been providing Speech-Language Therapy to support children and their families since 1998 and has her Expert/Training Leader certification in DIR®/Floortime™ through the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL).  She has advanced training in receptive/expressive language, articulation/verbal apraxia, PROMPT, Autism, voice, feeding/swallowing, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, oral placement therapy, stuttering, Selective Mutism, sensory integration, primitive reflex integration, coaching families in learning to implement DIR®/Floortime™, and augmentative communication.  She is dedicated to supporting children and their families in their journey to reach maximum potential..

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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 150 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.


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.

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Jasmine Sackett, B.S., SLP Assistant

JasmineJasmine has been working as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant since 2012. She fell in love working with the pediatric population in a variety of settings which included: academic, clinical, and home health. With this experience she has become proficient in articulation, pragmatic language disorders, and receptive/expressive language disorders. She is most passionate about making genuine connections with families. Her background in psychology drew her to the DIR®/Floortime™model. She truly believes that every child has their own unique potential and ability to grow when provided with a nurturing and caring support system, and is incredibly excited about joining the team at Family First.


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.



Judy Nhan, CCS, Billing Manager

Judy is a Certified Coding Specialist. She joined Family First Speech & Kids Connect Occupational Therapy clinic as a Billing Manager in 2016. Judy has strong knowledge and experience with Medicaid and different commercial health insurance plans, specifically for pediatric therapy services. In addition to her medical and billing experiences, she also has a wonderful way of adapting to her surroundings, even the most stressful environment. She uses her management skills and applications to solve difficult problems for both clients and staff members. Judy is an excellent addition to our team!

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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.