Meet our Team

Clinical Staff

Christine copy (1)Christine Steiner, M.S., CCC-SLP – Director

Texas Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist
Masters in Communication Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas

I am thrilled to be a speech language pathologist on the Village Therapy Works team and have the opportunity to work with wonderful and motivated children and their families in a private practice setting. I specialize in preschool language therapy as well as receptive, expressive, and social language therapy for elementary and middle school students. I spend my mornings traveling to private preschools and elementary schools where I observe children in the classroom and work one-on-one through pull-out sessions. I encourage open communication with teachers and parents to achieve the most functional therapy for each child in his or her personal environment. I also work with our occupational therapist as a resource and consultation team for preschool teachers to promote a language rich classroom environment. In the afternoon, I head off to the clinic to work with my ‘big kids’ to develop strategies and build confidence for successful carryover into their classroom and social environments. I am inspired everyday by my parents’ involvement and their eagerness to work with me to promote change in their child’s life. Outside of the clinic, you might catch me swimming laps in the pool or honing my baking skills.

kisi finalKisi Rodgers, M.A., CCC-SLP

Texas Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist
Masters in Communication Disorders from The University of Houston

My most proud moments are when I know I have been a part of helping individuals meet their fullest potential. I believe my purpose has always been to work with children and I have been fortunate to do just that! I started out as a preschool teacher before deciding to attend the University of Houston to follow my dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist. The level of confidence that they display and the joy that their parents exude are so rewarding. I enjoy collaborating with my fellow speech-language pathologists and I love helping out whenever I can. You may catch me brainstorming ideas with coworkers and assisting them in their treatment sessions to help find the best way to address our client’s needs. I am at my best when I am helping the little ones learn to use words to communicate through play. I also enjoy treating preschoolers and elementary students with apraxia, articulation errors, as well as receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language disorders. I am really happy to be here at Village Therapy Works and am grateful to be able to work with such a positive group of people.

Molly200Molly McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP

Texas Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist
Masters in Communication Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas

After working as a Preschool teacher/Speech Pathologist at a school for children with learning disabilities in Dallas, I was honored to join Village Therapy Works when I moved back home to Houston. I love being able to play a part in helping children communicate. Growing up I always knew that I wanted to work with children but had not heard about speech pathology until college. As I learned about the field of speech pathology, I began to truly appreciate what a gift communication is, especially for children. I enjoy working with kiddos on the autism spectrum, social pragmatic difficulties, and engaging in play therapy for late talkers. I love to work with families, teachers, and my co-workers as a team to help children reach their full potential. It is important to me that the methods we teach the children in their speech sessions enable them to communicate successfully in their unique environments. I am encouraged daily by each child that comes into my room and am grateful to their families for allowing me to play a part in their child’s life. When I am not at the clinic I can be found running, traveling, or spending time with family and friends!

Haneen Shakir, M.A., CCC-SLP

Texas Licensed and Certified Speech Language Pathologist
Masters in Communication Disorders from The University of Houston

My passion for working with children stems from a background in education, working in the classroom in public and charter schools, and as an educational therapist for children with learning differences and special needs. I believe these experiences have allowed me to bring a unique perspective to my practice as a speech-language pathologist, as I apply a holistic, family-centered, child-focused approach to the individualized treatment of every one of my clients. My clinical experience in speech-language pathology includes integrating language and social cognition intervention with a preschool curriculum, providing group therapy to children with social pragmatic communication disorders, and diagnosing and treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, phonological and articulation disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, and dysphagia in hospital, clinic, and specialized private school settings. I am also fluent in Urdu and Hindi and enjoy working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Joining the Village Therapy Works team has given me the opportunity to collaborate with a group of talented professionals, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the wonderful families we serve.

Julie Bernsen, M.A., CCC-SLP

Texas Licensed and Certified Speech Language Pathologist
Masters in Communication Disorders from Utah State University

I am grateful to have been introduced to the field of Speech-Language Pathology during my undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado – Boulder.  I recognized instantly that this field would allow me to combine my passions of research-based practices, collaboration with professionals in related fields, and making a difference in the lives of children and their families.  I declared my major and have not looked back since!  During my masters training in Speech-Language Pathology at Utah State University, I worked in a variety of settings including pediatric and adult hospitals, public and private schools, and private practice.  I received specialty training in facilitating spoken language development in children with hearing loss who use assistive listening devices, such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.  Upon graduation, I worked as an SLP at a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, where I specialized in diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with fluency disorders (stuttering), receptive and expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, speech sound disorders, and working with young children who have speech and/or language delays.  I firmly believe that family involvement and personalized treatment are key factors to helping individuals reach their maximum communication potential.  I am thrilled to be a member of the Village Therapy Works team, where collaboration and a whole-child approach is the central focus of treatment!

Ashley Andrews, M.A., CCC-SLP

Texas Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist
Masters in Communication Disorders from The University of Houston

It is so fulfilling to be doing what I love here at Village Therapy Works! I have always known that I wanted to work with children and, through my education at the University of Houston, I was able to find the field of speech-language pathology and get on the path to helping children communicate and function to their greatest potential. I love doing play-based therapy with early language learners, treating speech sound disorders, and working with school-age kids and children on the spectrum to improve their pragmatic, receptive, and expressive language. Although I have trained in a variety of settings, I enjoy working with children one-on-one and incorporating parents, caregivers, and teachers in their treatment so that the child can better expand his or her skills beyond the therapy setting. Here at Village Therapy Works, there is no question that the families that we work with come first, and the team-work and collaboration that occurs between all of these great therapists contributes to the success we hope to provide to all of our wonderful kiddos!

Emily Quint, M.S., CF-SLP

Texas Licensed Speech Language Pathologist – Clinical Fellow
Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southeastern Louisiana University

I knew at an early age that I wanted to work with children to help them reach their highest potential through my experiences with a family friend who had a child with special needs.  Born and raised in Baton Rouge, I started my undergraduate program at Louisiana State University and majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  It was during these years that I worked very closely with a family who had a child on the autism spectrum, which further cemented my desire to pursue a master’s degree at Southeastern Louisiana University.  I am fortunate to start my career as a Speech Language Pathologist Intern with a great team of hardworking therapists at Village Therapy Works.  Every day, I look forward to coming to work and watching my kiddos’ faces light up as we interact with each other during our therapy sessions.  I love working directly with each child’s parents, as I am a firm believer that carryover activities play a key role in helping children progress toward their goals.  Providing therapy to little ones is where my heart is, and I especially enjoy working with children diagnosed with articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, and receptive/expressive language disorders.  Village Therapy Works is truly a home away from home, and I am so excited to be a part of this family!

shelley copyShelley Berry, OTR/L

Licensed in Texas and Nationally Board Certified
Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

I am so excited to be doing what I love every day! I have wanted to work with children for as long as I can remember and am so glad I was able to find Occupational Therapy as a path to that dream. I enjoy being able to support children in learning how to help themselves; giving each child the tools to be successful in their everyday life both at home, and at school. I want every therapy session to be a fun learning experience that challenges your child in just the right ways. I earned my Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and have been trained in the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum and Evaluation. My interest areas include: self-care skills, fine motor and gross motor development, handwriting, and sensory integration. Sensory integration is how we interpret everyday experiences and the world around us. Working on developing a child’s sensory processing skills is such an integral part of their overall functional and academic development. I consider myself fortunate to be in such a collaborative environment with therapists who work together towards success for each child.

Office Staff

Laura KLaura Knowles

Office Manager

Welcome! How can I help you? That is what I love to do. I am native Houstonian with a love for helping people and family. I have worked for Village Therapy for 10 years and have seen so many lives changed with the commitment of the great therapists at this clinic. I am married with two grown married sons. One of my sons needed speech therapy when he was a toddler so I understand the frustration and nervousness of parents when you call in for the first time. Scheduling clients and filing insurance claims are my forte. I try hard to help all of our families with whatever their needs are at this time. Give me a call….I would love to talk with you!

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Callina Situka

Office Assistant

I understand that at the core of a strong business is a strong administrative and support staff.  It is my honor to support our clients in this way!  In the clinic, I help build the bridge between your insurance and your weekly therapy sessions.  I am also able to assist you with your payment and scheduling needs.  Or, if your little one wants a coloring page of Pikachu, I’ve got you covered!  Outside of the clinic, you’ll find me on the theater stage!  I’m a Houston-based professional actor with a B.A. in Theater from the University of Houston.  I hope to work with you soon!


Judy final 2Judy Davison, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Founder of Village Therapy Works
Texas Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist
Masters in Communication Disorders from Texas State University

The reason I loved going to work everyday had a lot to do with the staff that I employed and the ways we would collaborate to achieve best quality treatment for children with apraxia, autism, articulation issues, and language-learning disorders. I take great pride in mentoring speech pathologists and teaching them the connection between speech, language, and reading disorders. I will definitely miss this very gifted staff of excellent clinicians and know whole heartedly they will carry on my legacy.

I started Village Therapy Works in a preschool setting and it has grown into a wonderful, caring private practice located in the Houston Spring Branch/Memorial area. I enjoyed being a resource for parents pursuing additional advice, such as school placement, for their child who experiences communication and learning difficulties. My greatest moments were helping a child who had unintelligible speech learn to communicate effectively and teaching a struggling student learn how to read!