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.
Ann-Marie was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received a Master of Science in Speech Pathology from the University of North Texas. She is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Initially, she worked several years in rehab and then transitioned to home health, hospitals, clinical settings, early intervention, and eventually, the schools. Throughout her career, she has completed additional education in autism, auditory impairment, and assistive technology. She has worked for 25 years in the field of speech pathology and enjoys working with children of all ages who have a diversity of needs and diagnoses. Some certifications that she has obtained include: Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD), various Lindamood Bell programs, Interactive Metronome, and The Listening Program. She also is trained in Proloquo2Go, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Visual-Phonics, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and TobiiDynavox eye gazing technology. Her passion is helping children to gain functional, spontaneous communication and experience independence as productive members of our society. As an SLP, she addresses areas such as articulation, phonics, language, voice, stuttering, oral motor, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She also provides collaborative and consultative services for ARD meetings, other professional teams, and AAC programming or training. She believes in evaluating and treating the whole child while providing support and guidance for families.
Bethany was born in Texas but moved overseas with her family when she was 4 years old. She spent her childhood as an expat living in Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Bahrain and attending different schools and experiencing various cultures around the world. Her family now resides north of San Antonio near Canyon Lake, where she calls home. Bethany attended undergrad at Baylor University in Waco, Texas (Sic’em!) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies. She graduated with high honors with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas in August 2018. Bethany discovered her love working with children while on a mission trip to Guatemala volunteering in a hospital for children with special needs. She has experience working in an ABA clinic, home health pediatrics and outpatient sensory integration. She has worked with children with sensory processing difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, anxiety, visual deficits, and developmental delay. She has attended a Frist Strokes handwriting class and has experience using The Listening Program, Interactive Metronome, Zones of Regulation and Handwriting Without Tears. Outside of work, Bethany loves spending time with her husband and two dogs, being outdoors, running, fishing, painting and volunteering with the children’s ministry at Gracepoint Church in Coppell, TX.
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.
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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.
Paula completed her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Xavier University in 2015. She has worked 3+ years as an mental health OT treating adults at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with illnesses like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia. OT treatment focused on cognitive skills like coping strategies, stress management, emotional regulation, executive functioning skills, and appropriate social skills - which benefit children as well! Paula has over 15 years of experience working with children. She worked as a counselor in a sensory summer camp, had fieldwork at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and worked in outpatient pediatric clinics, home health, and in the school. She is very excited to join the TOP therapy team to help children become more independent and functional - all while having fun!
Paula was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved to Frisco in 2020 to be with her boyfriend who works for Toyota. She loves returning home to her toy Australian Shepherd puppy Bindi, finding fun ways to exercise like rollerblading and dancing, and everything chocolate!
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.
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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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