Betsy received her BA in Psychology from Austin College and received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She has always had a special place in her heart for people with children and has been grateful to have been provided early learning and growing opportunities that directed her to the field of occupational therapy. She has been a counselor for 20+ years at a summer camp for teenagers (now adults) with special needs and gotten to work with amazing people. Betsy has several certifications including SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing), Interactive Metronome, The Listening Program, InTime, Beckman Oral Motor and has taken several classes from the Upledger Institute in the Craniosacral Therapy curriculum. She has also partcipated in the Level I mentorship program at the STAR Center in Denver Colorado and was fortunate to learn from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, OTR/L and Dr. Sarah Schoen, OTR/L. In addition to her work as an occupational therapist, Betsy has several years experience working as an ABA (behavioral) therapist and is happy to incorporate applied behavior analysis techniques as needed. Betsy has experience working with a variety of children with different diagnoses including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia and other learning and motor disorders. She pulls from all her knowledge and training as she strives to create the most innovative and individualized treatment for her clients. Betsy believes that working collaboratively with families and the team of professionals they choose is key to transforming our potentials and helping our kiddos reach their fullest potential.
When not at TOP Pediatric Therapy, Betsy enjoys spending time with her son and daughter.
Brittney was born and raised in McKinney Texas before attending UT Dallas for her bachelor's. She double majored in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology and Child Learning and Development. As her passion for working with pediatrics grew, she became a part-time clinic ABA therapist for three years while in college and a full-time in-home ABA therapist during a gap year before moving to Arkansas. The Communications Disorders masters program brought her to the University of Arkansas. During study breaks, she spent her time outside either backpacking, kayaking, or rock climbing. She has now adventured back to her hometown to be with her Dallas Paramedic husband and is excited to be a part of the TOP family.
Dani has been a speech language pathologist for 4 year and has worked in a private practice and in-home setting. Dani received her Bachelor's Degree from Baylor ("Sic 'em Bears!") She received her Master's Degree from the University of North Texas.
She believes the best thing about being a speech language pathologist is helping her students reach their full potential in their communication skillls. She loves watching students increase their ability to communicate with their family and friends and gain confidence as they progress. She is very excited to get to work with her TOP clients and families.
Interesting facts about Dani: 1)She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 4 years and has a one year old son. 2) She loves to read. 3)She has a dog named Aurora. 4) She loves being outside with friends and family. 5)She lived in San Diego for 2 years and she loves the beach.
Gail earned her BS in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University. She taught preschool for 14 years. During her time as a teacher, Gail worked with children with special needs and wanted to find new ways to assist children and their families, leading her to pursue a degree in occupational therapy. Gail graduated with her Master's in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University at Dallas in 2015. She has experience with integrating sensory diets into the classroom setting, creating accommodations to increase participation in the educational process, and advocating for 504 and special education IEP strategies. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, The Listening Program, The Relational Table, and implementing the First Strokes handwriting program with the creator, Jan McCleskey, OTR. Gail has experience working with children with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Integration deficits, Dyspraxia, PANDAS, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays, fine motor difficulties, and handwriting delays. Gail enjoys the parent education aspect of outpatient therapy and looks forward to creating relationships with the families at TOP Pediatric. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, hiking, camping, and playing games with her family.
Helen received her BS in Science and her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She has experience working in a hospital and nursing homes. She has worked in schools for most of her career, with knowledge of 504 accommodations, assistive technology, and generating IEP goals. She has knowledge working with learning disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, sensory processing and sensory diets, cerebral palsy, and dysgraphia. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, now called Learning Without Tears.
Megan Ward is a Speech Language Pathologist with 20 years of experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings including early childhood intervention, clinical settings, and home health. She received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her therapeutic style is naturalistic and focuses on the individual as a whole. Megan strongly believes that support and guidance for the family is integral to progress and success. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as getting creative with photography and baking and decorating cakes!
Michelle graduated with her Bachelor’s of Art in Dance from the University of North Texas in 2005 and, shortly thereafter, attended Texas Women's University at Dallas to receive her Master's in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Michelle decided to get into occupational therapy when she was a part of several after school programs and working with children with special needs. She realized she needed more education and specialized training if she wanted to really assist children to their potential. Michelle has several certifications including SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test), The Listening Program, InTime, Interactive Metronome and Handwriting without Tears. Michelle has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD (pervasive developmental disorder), Dyspraxia, Sensory Integration deficits and handwriting difficulties. In addition to her work as a pediatric Occupational Therapist, Michelle is also an independent Certified Health Coach. She loves helping people gain Optimal Health and giving them the tools to have Lifelong Transformation. She enjoys dancing, spending time with her husband and three kids, and finding new ways to build community.
Rochelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Child Development and subsequent Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University at Denton. She has experience in working with children with diverse needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and sensory integration deficits. During her undergraduate studies, Rochelle worked as an occupational therapy technician at an outpatient pediatric clinic utilizing a sensory integration practice framework. She also completed fieldwork in a variety of settings, including Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation at Dallas, Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and Therapy 2000. Following these experiences, Rochelle has a passion for developing creative, collaborative, and individualized interventions to help clients achieve their fullest potential. When not working, she enjoys writing to international penpals and going on walks with her dogs.
Sarah received her B.S. in Psychology frim Abiline Christian University, her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University and her Master's of Occupational Therapy from Texas Wonam's University. She has spent her career teaching life and relationship skills to couples and teens, conduting research on non-medication ADHD interventions for children, and assisting families in navigating the stormy waters of Alzheimer's Disease. We are excited that Sarah has been on our TOP Team for five years. She has experience working with children who have a variety of needs including sensory integration, attention deficits, learning differences, feeding differences, fine and gross motor delay. She is thrilled to continue her work at TOP and enjoys working with such special families and children.
Taryn was born and raised just north of Seattle, Washington and has traveled across the country to receive her education. She earned her BS in Family and Child Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2016 and went on to receive her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2020. She completed her fieldwork at TOP, receiving training in The Listening Program, Interactive Metronome, Sensory Integration and Handwriting Without Tears. Taryn has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ ADHD, developmental delays, gross and fine motor delays, sensory integration deficits, and emotional regulation deficits. Taryn has over 10 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings such as being a paraeducator in a middle school and adult transition program, a counselor for an outdoor recreational camp for kids and adults with disabilities, a church leader for a kids program, and a nanny for kids with a variety of needs. In her free time, Taryn enjoys spending quality time with her husband and corgi in Fort Worth. She also loves baking, music, and
Kate joined us in 2019. She brings 15+ years of working in healthcare administration to our TOP team. She lives in Carrollton with her husband Adam and loves baking and volunteering. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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