Meet Our Team: Bringing you 50+ years combined experience and more than 25 areas of specialization- served with passion.
M.S.,CCC/SLP Speech Language Pathologist/ Clinic Director
Education: B.S. Speech Pathology and Audiology: Texas State University M.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders: Texas State University Licensed: State of Texas Certification of Clinical Competence: ASHA
Additional Certifications/Training: Early Childhood Development, Learning Disabilities Certification, Licensed Hanen ® provider, with certifications in the parent programs It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words®, Fast ForWord Provider®, Michelle Garcia Winner “Social Thinking”, Wilson Reading Program
Member: American Speech – Language – Hearing Association, Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, American Telemedicine Association, National Stuttering Association, Stuttering Foundation, American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Experience:Private Practice, Round Rock ISD (pre-k, elementary & high school age students), Seton Hospital- adult patients, neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient therapy services.
Community Involvement: Northwest Austin Young Life – Committee Member, DiningForWomen.org – Chapter Leader, Travis County Center for Child Protection – Family Support Volunteer
Favorite Things to Talk About: My 3 children, my little nieces and nephews, and my dog, Ellie.
How did you choose this field? My grandmother worked at a hospital and when I was young she would take me to work with her. She let me observe various hospital employees so I could see all the different types of careers. The speech pathologist was my favorite! I wanted a career where I could make a difference, work with people, and continually be challenged. In my 25+ years as an SLP, I haven’t been disappointed! I love being a part of the therapy team. I look forward to meeting every individual who walks through our doors and especially enjoy getting to interact with the children. I look forward to talking with you and answering any questions you may have about our clinic and team to ensure a positive experience here at Capital Area.
Office Manager/Billing Specialistbilling@capitalareaspeech.com
Education: M.S. in Health Science at University of St. Augustine – Austin, TX
Corrective Exercise Specialist,CES Functional Movement Taping, FMT Certified – Payroll/Billing, FPC
Favorite Things to Talk About: I love to talk about the value of continued education/learning, all things Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, and the greatest hockey dynasty of all time…THE BLACKHAWKS!
How did you choose this field? I have learned how to grow in the health care field by using my education and experience to help others. I have a clinical and professional background that makes it easier to translate my skills in my current role. Helping others is a profound accomplishment and contribution. Being able to apply that knowledge to help others is rewarding in every aspect of health care.
Keisha M. Tennefrancia, CPC
Billing Support Specialistbilling@capitalareaspeech.com
Certified Professional Coder & ICD10 certified through the American Academy of Professional Coders which I have been a member since 2012.
Favorite Things to Talk About: Ha! Almost everything since I love to talk! I love to tell everyone how proud I am of my humble and handsome firefighting and USMC serving husband, our funny, talented and loving son, as well as our high maintenance fur babies. As a musician I love talking and listening to almost all music! And let us not forget fitness, rom com books, and any good binge worthy tv show!
How did you choose this field? I took a position many years back with a Physical Medicine and PT clinic in my hometown and learned that I very much enjoyed the healthcare field. I discovered that though I was not physically helping patients, working on the administrative and billing side, and doing what I do best was my way of helping them in their healing process.
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY TEAM
B.S., CSD/ Speech-Language Pathology Licensed Assistant
Administrative Assistant/Intake Specialist
Education: B.S. in Communication Disorders, University of Texas at Austin Graduate work completed in speech-language pathology at UT Austin Licensure: Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant- State of Texas
Experience: Public School, Private Practice, Hospitals Served as the UT Chapter President of NSSHLA
Community Involvement: Certified/Licensed Tour Director
Favorite Things to Talk About: I love to talk about my kittens, Mims and Rhannin and my puppy Beasley. Travel is my passion. I have been to West Africa to volunteer with a friend in the Peace Corps. The Highlands of Scotland is my favorite place to visit and spend time. I enjoy live music of all kinds. I love to talk and get to know new people!
How Did You Choose This Field? I have chosen to be a speech therapist because I love to help people communicate and I have always had an interest in language, words, and reading.
M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist
Education: Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK Bachelor of Science Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Licenses/Certifications: Licensed in Speech-Language Pathology by the State of Texas, Certification of Clinical Competence for the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol Certification
Experience: Pediatric experience in school settings and outpatient clinics.
Favorite Things to Talk About: I love to talk, so I suppose I chose the right profession. I enjoy talking about travel, my family (especially my adorable nephew) and my dog Chuy! I’m still fairly new to the Austin area, so I enjoy learning about new restaurants and fun things to do around the city.
Community Involvement: I like participating in races for a cause, such as Race for the Cure.
How did you choose this field? I always knew I wanted to work with children and as I was taking a course in early childhood development, speech pathology was brought to my attention. I took my first course and never looked back. I honestly love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else.
Meredith Peyton Meagher
M.S., CCC/SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Education: B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology: Texas Tech University Health Science Center, M.S. in Communication Disorders: University of Texas at Dallas
Licenses/Certifications: Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language – Hearing Association; Licensed in Speech-Language Pathology by the State of Texas, Vital Stim, Neuhaus Dyslexia Program Assistive Technology
Affiliations: Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association, American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, National Stuttering Association, Texas Voice Project
Experience: Public School, Private Practice, and Assistive Technology Team Pre-verbal Program at the Callier Center Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital: FEES evaluations for adult patients, rehabilitation services, Cochlear Implant Camp Facilitator
Pasadena ISD: Implemented Phonics intervention program and established Pasadena area NSA kids support group through the National Stuttering Association. Region 4 Houston area: Assistive Technology Implementation
Favorite Things to Talk About: My new baby boy! Recipes, music, speech and language newest research and interventions, movies, my doggie, Pearl; travels, my family, and connecting with new people and hearing their stories.
How did you choose this field? A good friend of mine was in the Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences undergraduate program at Texas Tech University (Wreck ’em Tech). She would come home with interesting stories involving cochlear implants, stuttering, and traumatic brain injuries. This sparked an interest, so I applied, was accepted and the rest was history. I love interacting with people and making a difference in their lives.
M.S., CCC/SLP Speech Language Pathologist
Education: B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences; Communication Disorders; San Diego State M.S. Clinical Speech Pathology; Northern Arizona University
Licenses/Certifications: Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Licensed in Speech Pathology by the State of Texas; Level 1 PROMPT trained
Experience: Early Childhood Development, Oral motor Development, Down Syndrome, Feeding Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Voice Disorders and Speech Production Impairments. Pediatric practice since 2002 in private practice, schools, and hospitals. I have been a graduate student supervisor for 9 years.
Favorite Things to Talk About: My two young children and my husband, cooking, gardening, music, and theater.
How did you choose this field? I knew I wanted to do something to help others and make a positive difference in their lives. I love this field and have found my calling to work with children with special needs and help them reach their highest potential.
M.S.,CCC/SLP Speech Language Pathologist
Education: B.S. Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology from California State University, Sacramento | M.S. Speech and Language Pathology from California State University, Sacramento Licenses/Certifications: Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Licensed in Speech Pathology by the State of Texas. Continuing education in Childhood Apraxia of Speech, including principals of motor learning and DTTC. Trained in PROMPT and the parent program It Takes Two to Talk. Experience: Early Intervention, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Speech Sound Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder Community Involvement/Interests Outside of Work: I have served as president of the Sacramento Area Speech and Hearing Association (SASHA), and for several years I was a board member in my children’s school PTO. I love to read any genre, and I love creating materials to use in therapy. Favorite Things to Talk About: My super supportive family, that helped me get back to my home state of Texas! How did you choose this field? I always knew I wanted to be in a helping profession, and I considered teaching and child psychology. I started my college days thinking I would be a physical therapist, but the school I was enrolled in did not have a PT program. As I completed my general education coursework, before transferring to a PT school, I stumbled across an introduction to speech pathology class. I decided to check it out for the semester, and I was hooked. I love seeing the difference I help make with the children and families I work with. After 20+ years, I still love what I do!
M.S. CCC/SLP Speech Language Pathologist
Education: B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University M.S. in Speech, Language, and Learning at Northwestern University
Licenses/Certifications: Licensed in Speech Pathology by the State of Texas Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), Beckman Oral Motor, Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk”, Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS), CPR Certified
Experience: Skilled Nursing Facilities, Public Schools, and Private Practice
Favorite Things to Talk About: I enjoy talking about Austin restaurants, recipes, fitness/health, my Australian Shepherd named Roo, and travel.
How did you choose this field? I’ve always enjoyed learning about the anatomy of the human body, especially how the brain works in regards to language and motor function. Being a speech pathologist allows me to bridge my interests in both science and helping others improve their quality of life. I am fortunate to work in a field where I get to interact with patients and their families, rather than sit behind a desk!
MS., CF/SLP Speech Language Pathologist
Education: B.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Fullerton M.S. in Communication Disorders & Sciences from California State University, Fullerton
License/Certifications: Licensed to Practice Speech Pathology by the State of Texas, CPR Certified, Safety-CareTm Behavioral Safety Training, student member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences
Experience: Pediatric Private Practice, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Acute Rehabilitation Hospital, Behavioral (ABA) Therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Community Involvement/Interests: I love volunteering with adults with early Alzheimer’s through Memory Connections at the AGE Institute. I also volunteer with Meals on Wheels’ Connecting Seniors with Technology. I am an avid trail runner and love watching the sun rise on my morning runs!
Favorite Things to Talk About: My amazing husband and daughter, anything running-related, and the latest speech therapy research/treatments.
How did you choose this field? I like to think this field chose me, as it was personal experiences with speech-language disorders that drew me to it. I watched my brother struggle with stuttering growing up, as well as my grandfather’s communication difficulties after multiple strokes. As a speech-language pathologist, I knew I could couple these experiences with my strong desire to help others.
M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist
Education: Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Abilene Christian University, Dallas TX Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene TX
Licenses/Certifications: Licensed in Speech-Language Pathology by the State of Texas Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT!® Provider
Experience: Pediatric experience in school settings and private practices.
Favorite Things to Talk About: I love talking about my two dogs, Maizy (a mini Yorkie) and Maya (a lab/great dane mix)! They are the sweetest pups and have the biggest personalities. I also enjoy talking about sports; I love all sports and all teams so it’s always easy to root for someone. I’m still fairly new to the Austin area, so I enjoy learning about new restaurants and fun things to do around the city, as well.
How did you choose this field? I have always known that I wanted to help others in a big way, and what better way than helping others communicate. I started off my undergraduate degree as an Education major, however I quickly fell in love with my language and literacy development classes. My advisor in school redirected me to the Speech Pathology program and I knew instantly that was where I was meant to be! I have loved getting to work with clients and their families and I am excited to be a part of the Capital Area team!
M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Education: B.F.A. Performance and Production from Texas State University Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University
Licenses/Certifications/Training Licensed in Speech-Language Pathology by the State of Texas CPR Certified Parkinson Voice Project SPEAK OUT! and LOUD Crowd Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding Training in Michelle Garcia Winner’s “Social Thinking” Training in Sarah Rosenfeld-Johnson’s Talk Tools hierarchy
Experience: Private practice, hospital, NICU, inpatient rehabilitation hospital, and outpatient rehabilitation center
Community Involvement: Round Rock Community Choir member and participates in their community outreaches Mentor to current graduate students Occasional involvement with community theater productions
Favorite Things to Talk About: My incredible husband, Trevor, and my adorable dog, Milo. I love cooking, singing, traveling, theater, and hiking.
How did you choose this field? I shadowed an SLP and was able to witness a 3-year-old boy say his first word. The joy in that moment sealed it for me. From that moment on, I could not wait to help others improve their quality of life. Being an SLP allows me to combine my loves of voice, feeding, babies, and science.
M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist
Education: M.S. in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Licenses/Certifications: Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Licensed in Speech Pathology by the State of Texas, CPR Certified
Experience: Home Health Care, Public School, Private School, Preschool Language Development Program and MBS studies at Pediatric Imaging Center
Favorite Things to Talk About: My dog Asher, my friends and family, movies, music, fitness, and travel.
How did you choose this field? I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. The idea of being able to improve someone’s life from the inside out is very inspiring to me. I first learned about speech pathology when I was in high school while shadowing a long-time family friend who was an SLP at a preschool. I knew immediately that speech pathology was the career for me. This discipline allows me the opportunity to help patients of all ages overcome daily obstacles and succeed in their everyday lives. I am forever grateful for the field of speech pathology and I feel that that is reflected in my passion for what I do every day.
M.S., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
Education: Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas State University, San Marcos TX Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas State University, San Marcos TX
Licenses/Certifications: Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Licensed in Speech-Language Pathology by the State of Texas, CPR Certified Continuing Education in the following:
- Beckman Oral Motor
- Hanen’s ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ Parent Training Program
- PROMPT: Introduction to Technique (Level 1)
- PECS Level 1 Training
Experience: Pediatric experience in the school, private practice and home health settings, Adult experience in outpatient/inpatient rehabilitation
Favorite Things to Talk About: I love to talk about my favorite sports, football and basketball! I also love talking about my family and friends, food, working out, gardening, music, books, movies and anything that brings a smile to peoples’ faces.
How did you choose this field? I first became interested in the field of speech-language pathology after a close family friend had a stroke, which impaired his ability to speak. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career involving language/communication, and after pursuing a Spanish degree the first two years of my undergraduate studies…I did not feel fulfilled. I wanted to pursue a career that combined my love of language and my passion for helping others, so I changed my major and never looked back! My favorite part of this profession is not only helping people, but also the trust and meaningful relationships that I’m able to establish with my patients and their families.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TEAM
M.O.T, OTR Occupational Therapist
Education: B.S. Health Sciences: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Master of Occupational Therapy: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Experience: Fieldwork experience at University Medical Center Brackenridge: Austin, TX Fieldwork experience at Round Rock Independent School District Community
Involvement/Interests Outside of Work: I love exploring new places with my husband and our dog. I also enjoy reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.
Favorite Things to Talk About: I love to talk about everything! Some of my favorite subjects are my family, my three sweet baby boys, my dog, and fun new therapy ideas.
How did you choose this field?: I shadowed a pediatric occupational therapist as a teenager and have been in love with the profession ever since! I get to play with children all day, while also working on important skills. Pretty awesome, huh?
OTR, Occupational Therapist
Education: B.S. Occupational Therapy: Eastern Michigan University with Departmental Honors Certifications: Certified to administer the Sensory Integration Praxis Test, Therapeutic Listening Provider, Michelle Garcia Winner: “Social Thinking” SOS Approach to Feeding Beckman Oral Motor Training NBCOT Certified
Experience: Pediatric practice since 2001- both school and clinic based.
Community Involvement: I served as co-chair for the Association of Pediatric Therapists in the San Francisco Bay area.
Favorite Things to Talk About: My adorable little boy, a wonderful husband, and two very large cats! I also love to talk about international travel, fun things to do in Austin, and good books.
How did you choose this field? I volunteered under an occupational therapist in high school and fell in love with the field and working with kids. I adore my job, believe that the best kind of therapy looks and feels like play, and can’t wait to help the kids here at Capital Area Speech and Occupational Therapy reach their goals!
MOT, OTR Occupational Therapist
Education: B.S. Kinesiology -Stephen F. Austin State University, Master of Occupational Therapy- University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Experience: Fieldwork experience at Outreach Pediatric Therapy in San Antonio, Texas; Fieldwork experience at HealthSouth RIOSA in San Antonio, Texas Handwriting Without Tears K-5 Certification, Beckman Oral Motor, Trained in Effective Interventions for Oppositional and Defiant Behaviors.
Community Involvement/Interests Outside of Work: I am a Texan born and raised but am new to the Austin area and look forward to exploring all that this wonderful city has to offer. I enjoy the outdoors, reading a good book, dabbling within the realms of cooking, and spending time with friends and family. I am an active member of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association and have done outside involvement work with the Special Olympics and Lion’s Low Vision Centers.
Favorite things to talk about: Just about anything! I enjoy meeting new people and always love to hear interesting stories of others experiences in life.
How did you choose this field? I was introduced to occupational therapy at an early age through my involvement as a camp counselor for children with disabilities. I was able to see the direct impact that was made on the lives of these children and their families. From then on I knew that this was the career path for me and not to mention, its a lot of fun and very personally rewarding.
M.O.T. OTR Occupational Therapist/ SLPA Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Master of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University-Houston
Certifications/Training: Bilingual (Spanish) Beckman Oral Motor Training PECS Communication System
Experience: Pediatric SLPA in an Outpatient Clinic, OT Fieldwork Experience at Methodist Hospital of Sugarland, OT Fieldwork Experience at Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation in Houston
Favorite Things to Talk About: Music, movies, makeup, my niece and nephews, music festivals, food festivals, travel, and my cat, Mia.
How did you choose this field? I’ve always wanted to be in the health/medical field. As a child, I wanted to be a veterinarian, so I’ve always had that desire to help others.
OTR, Occupational Therapist
Education: B.S. Occupational Therapy: Texas Woman’s University
Certifications: Certified to administer the Sensory Integration Praxis Test Michelle Garcia Winner: “Social Thinking” Beckman Oral Motor Training
Trained in Handwriting without Tears and Typing without Tears
Experience: I started my career in 1998 working with adults in both the acute hospital setting as well as in patient rehabilitation. I have been working in a clinical and home health pediatric setting since 2001.
Favorite things to talk about: I will talk about most anything! I love to talk about my wonderful family, traveling to new places, a good book or podcast.
How did you choose this field? I have always wanted to work with kids and began to look at various careers that involved helping kids. I began to shadow an occupational therapist after graduating high school and was hooked. I absolutely love my job because it brings new challenges each day and I get to work and play with so many amazing kiddos!