Muniba has experience working in hospitals and private practice settings. Her work has included the evaluation and treatment of both children and adults with communication disorders in the areas of expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders, articulation/ phonological disorders, fluency, and dysphagia. Muniba has worked with patients with developmental delays, Autism, Down's syndrome, hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and cognitive communication disorders. She has worked in individual, group, and play-based therapy settings with preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school aged children.
Muniba completed her clinical fellowship in Speech Language Pathology in Pakistan, as part of a Speech Pathology program that was the first of its kind in the country. She worked to raise awareness about speech language pathology and educated parents, teachers, doctors, and healthcare professionals, as well as mentored students in the field. After completing her fellowship, she returned to the US and joined The Speech Emporium in 2013.
Martha Steele, MA, CCC-SLP
Martha received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Texas Lutheran College and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology for the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds teaching certifications in Educational Supervision and Early Childhood Education. Martha is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA), and Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD), as well as Cy-Fair Association of Retired Educators (Cy-FARE).
Martha's experience includes working as a speech language pathologist in a North Carolina public health department for two years and in the public schools in Virginia and Texas for 27 years. Her work includes evaluation and treatment of children with communication disorders in the areas of expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders, articulation, oral-motor functioning, voice, and fluency. Martha has experience working with children with autism, Down syndrome, hearing impairment and cerebral palsy. She has worked in individual, group, and play-based therapy settings with preschool and elementary age children.
In addition to her work as a speech pathologist, Martha serves on the Board of Directors at Reach Unlimited, and volunteers at the Reach Learning Activity Center.
Tiffany Tucker, MA, CCC-SLP
Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University in 2002 and her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana State University in 2004. She is certified by the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology. Tiffany is also a member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA).
Tiffany's experience includes working as a speech pathologist in a public school setting for 8 years and in private practice for 6 years. Her work has included evaluation and treatment of children with communication disorders in the areas of expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders; articulation; oral motor functioning and feeding; voice; and fluency. Tiffany has experience working with children with autism, Down's syndrome, hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, and other physical impairments. She has worked in individual, group, and play-based therapy setting with toddlers, preschool and school-aged children, and adults.
In addition to her work as a speech pathologist, Tiffany volunteers as a "family friend" to a family that has children with disabilities. She also serves as a committeeman with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Jessica Caire, MCD, CCC-SLP
Jessica graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. It was during this time that she volunteered at the University of South Alabama’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital and found her passion for Speech Pathology. In 2012, Jessica earned her Master of Communication Disorders degree from Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. During graduate school, she was the leader of a group for teens and young adults with Autism and Asperger’s.
Jessica’s experience includes practice and clinical experience in public schools, hospitals and outpatient clinics with children ages birth to three as well as toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and adults. She has experience in evaluation and treatment of adults and children with communication disorders in the areas of receptive language, expressive language, articulation, feeding/swallowing, cognition, fluency, and oral-motor functioning. Jessica also has experience working with children with Autism and other medical diagnoses. She is excited to join The Speech Emporium team.
Karen Rivera, MS, CF-SLP
Karen Rivera is a native Houstonian and is bilingual (Spanish and English). In 2011, Karen completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. During her graduate program, Karen volunteered in a variety of capacities: camp counselor at Camp Superstar (a camp for children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies); Florida Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (FCPA); and as a research assistant for a FCPA presenter. She attended the University of Houston and in 2001 earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology.
Karen also has diverse experience working with the bilingual community in research, social services, and educational settings. Research experience consists of bilingual research assistant, psychometrician, and participant recruiter in studies targeting traumatic experiences, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer’s disease. As an Education Coordinator, Karen managed bilingual family-based services focusing on early childhood development and adequate prenatal care in the Houston and Pasadena service areas. Karen promoted grassroots efforts as a Family Education Coordinator for overall family wellness and developed Individualized Family Service Plans. Karen has also provided culturally sensitive support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Karen is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship. Her clinical experience includes working in private practice and a rehabilitation hospital. She has experience in the evaluation and treatment of adults and children with communication disorders in the areas of receptive/expressive language, articulation, feeding/swallowing, cognition, fluency, Autism, oral-motor functioning, Alzheimer’s, and a variety of neurological diagnosis.
Karen volunteers at a non-profit created by her husband targeting at risk youth to promote emotional intelligence and effective communication skills to further students’ personal, professional, and educational achievement.
In her personal time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and perusing professional and personal goals. Presently, her main focus is enjoying motherhood and running after her toddler.
Kasia Simmons, BA, SLP Assistant
Kasia received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston in 2013. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in her major and earned a minor in Psychology.
Kasia is a licensed Speech Therapy Assistant and continues her education towards a Master’s degree with expected graduation in May 2015.
She holds an American Sign Language Communication Certificate and has experience working with hearing impaired children, as well as children in PPCD, Adaptive Behavior, and Life Skills classrooms in public schools.
In addition, Kasia has experience working with children with a wide variety of phonological processing disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, and fluency disorders.
Kasia believes that every child is a unique individual that deserves a therapy approach suited just for him or her. Kasia speaks fluent Polish and enjoys learning foreign languages in her free time.
Erika Cornejo, OTR
Erika graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She earned a Minor in Spanish, including foreign coursework completed at a national university in Lima, Peru. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was also a member of Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy Honor Society.
Erika is licensed to practice Occupational Therapy in the State of Texas through ECPTOTE. In addition, she holds certification through NBCOT, with practice emphasis in Pediatrics. Erika has experience working in the public school setting, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, an adult inpatient rehabilitation unit, and early intervention programs. She has served as a lead therapist in school and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Erika is also a Level I and Level II fieldwork educator for occupational therapist students and occupational therapy assistant students completing clinical fieldwork in pediatric settings. She is fluent in Spanish and able to conduct caregiver interviews, evaluations, and treatment sessions in Spanish, when needed.
Erika has experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of disabilities/conditions, including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder (with and without Hyperactivity), learning disabilities, developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, genetic syndromes, traumatic brain injuries, Aspergar's Syndrome, seizure disorders, coordination difficulties, and feeding aversions. Erika has completed trainings for handwriting intervention (including Handwriting Without Tears), Brain Gym, Therapeutic Listening, assistive technology, sensory processing/sensory integration techniques, and behavioral interventions, among others. She believes in assessing the impact of the child's disability on everyday occupations, such as learning, play, daily living/self-care skills, and relationships. Erika encourages active caregiver involvement in developing goals and setting priorities for intervention and strives to equip caregivers with strategies for use at home, school, and in the community to promote the highest levels of function with daily tasks. She is excited to develop and lead the Occupational Therapy program at The Speech Emporium!
Tiffany Kirk - Office Manager
Tiffany is the Office Manager for The Speech Emporium. She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising and Business in 1998. Tiffany's career background includes work in medical sales, retail management, and most recently non-profit. Tiffany joined The Speech Emporium team in September 2011.
Cherish Whitfield - Evening Administrative Assistant
Bio coming soon!