Our speech pathologists and occupational therapists are licensed by the State of Texas and have extensive training in working with children with motor, sensory, processing and communication issues. Our Speech and Occupational therapists have obtained training and/or degrees in Education and specialize in different aspects of child development. We are proficient in dealing with children who exhibit communication difficulties, which could eventually affect their abilities to advance socially and academically. To help your child achieve to their fullest potential, we continue to research the best possible firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Davison is the owner and director of Village Therapy Works. She holds a Master of Education degree from Texas State University, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology. Mrs. Davison has researched and specialized in working with children who experience processing difficulties that affect communication and language/ learning abilities. She has worked as an Early Childhood teacher and a Speech Pathologist in the public school for 5 years before starting in private practice. For the past 15 years, she has also been a consultant for private preschools in the Spring Branch and River Oaks area of Houston, providing support for teachers, parents, and administrators. Village Therapy Works was started in a preschool setting in 1987 and has grown into a wonderful, caring private practice located in the Houston Spring Branch/Memorial area. Mrs. Davison takes great pride in mentoring young speech pathologists and being a resource for parents pursuing adequate help for their child who may experience communication and learning difficulties. She is also a member of the Texas Speech- Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) and is continually researching innovative methods to provide high quality speech, language and learning therapy and evaluations.
Genie Walters, Education Specialist
Mrs. Walters is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and returned to Houston in 2007 after a 25-year oversea assignment in Jakarta, Indonesia. She served as the Director of the English Department at the Taipei School and taught at private international schools in Jakarta before establishing a successful private tutoring practice. Before joining Village Therapy Works, Genie worked with the University of Texas, Houston in testing and tutoring students in the Reading and Learning Disabilities' program using the Reading Reflex phonographix method by Read America! Mrs. Walters believes confidence in reading and effective study skills are the foundations of academic success. During her tutoring sessions, she enjoys incorporating the Susan Barton Reading and Spelling system to solidify her student’s knowledge in phonological awareness and phonetic decoding. Mrs. Walters considers it a privilege to help children become successful and confident students by reducing stress in their lives and in the lives of their parents.
Christine Peyton, M.S., CCC-SLP
Christine grew up in the Spring Branch area and is an ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist. She earned her undergraduate degree in Allied Health from Texas A&M University and her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from the Callier Center at the University of Texas at Dallas. Christine completed her internship at the Parish School and Carruth Center in Houston, where she worked in a social language classroom as well as a private clinic environment. Christine joined the Village Therapy Works team in 2010, working with a variety of clients to develop receptive, expressive and social language skills as well as remediating apraxia and articulation disorders. She also enjoys the evaluation process and determining the most appropriate and well-rounded approach to working with each child.
Laura Bray, OTR/L, MS
Laura, our enthusiastic occupational therapist, received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia in 2001. After working in case management for children with autism, she obtained a Master’s degree in Occupational Science from the University of North Carolina. For the past 4 years, she has worked primarily in inpatient rehabilitation settings with a varied client population. Laura, originally from Kentucky, recently moved to Texas from California where she was the therapy services supervisor in a local hospital. She has completed training in the Handwriting Without Tears, as well as taken courses on handwriting methods based in the Zaner Bloser and First Steps philosophies. Laura has also taken continuing education by Winnie Dunn on sensory processing disorders. She enjoys engaging the children by using a play based approach to help them achieve success in home and at school.
Kisi Rodgers, M.A., CCC-SLP
Kisi is a state licensed speech language pathologist from Houston, TX. A former preschool teacher, Kisi has a great deal of knowledge of and experience with the younger population, specifically with those aged 2-5 years. Her love of helping children with disabilities led her to explore speech therapy as a career. She attended the University of Houston where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has experience in working with children diagnosed with autism, apraxia, developmental delay, and hearing impairments. She has evaluated and treated children with language (expressive, receptive, and pragmatic), voice, fluency, and articulation disorders, as well as those in need of alternative augmentative communication (AAC) devices. She enjoys working with the preschool population and is particularly interested in working more with children in need of AAC devices.
Ann Schmidt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ann is a long time Houston residence that graduated from high school in Spring Branch ISD, earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University, and her Master degree in Communication Disorders from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Ann’s previous experience as a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher in Houston gave her a strong knowledge base for working with young children. Her practicum during graduate school included working in public schools with students of all ages, a skilled nursing facility, and for Texas Children’s Speech, Language and Learning Clinic. Ann is also currently employed in a highly rated public school district. This has provided her with the knowledge and experience necessary to work with the variety of clients and disorders, including receptive and expressive language development, social skills development, fluency, autism, voice and articulation disorders. She is currently being mentored to become a nationally recognized expert on fluency disorders.
Christie Melebeck, M.A., SLP-CFY
Christie is a Texas licensed speech language pathology intern (CFY) from Abbeville, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While in graduate school, Christie worked with children and adults with a variety of disorders. She is very grateful for the opportunity she had during graduate school complete her internships in multiple settings, including hospitals, clinics, preschools, and a day health center for medically fragile children. She provided intervention to children diagnosed with autism, apraxia of speech, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, developmental delays, Down syndrome, Rhett syndrome, Spina Bifidia, and failure to thrive. She evaluated individuals ranging in age from infant to adult with a variety of disabilities including, language (expressive and receptive) delays, articulation, fluency, voice, cognitive, feeding and swallowing disorders. During her time at LSU, she volunteered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and worked in the local school district as a shadow for a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles. She enjoys working with young children, specifically children aged birth-5, to facilitate expressive and receptive language development.
Meredith Thompson, M.S., SLP-CFY
Meredith is a Texas licensed Speech-Language Pathology Intern (CFY) from Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. As a graduate student, Meredith interned in a variety of settings, including Medical City Dallas Hospital, a pediatric dysphagia clinic, and a Dallas ISD elementary school. She has experience evaluating and treating children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, craniofacial anomalies, genetic syndromes, and articulation and language disorders. In addition, Meredith provided feeding therapy for children between the ages of birth and 7 years who were diagnosed with dysphagia (swallowing problems) and sensory and motor-based feeding disorders. She loves working with the preschool and early elementary populations and providing therapy that is both functional and fun. Meredith believes that parent education and establishing rapport with the family are essential in helping each child succeed beyond the therapy room in his/her daily environments.
- Laura Knowles - Office Manager
- Shelly Gray - Office Assistant
- Bill Davison - Accounting