The Speech Emporium

About Us

The Speech Emporium is a speech and occupational therapy practice with offices based in Cypress and Houston, Texas. All of our therapists are committed to providing the highest quality of speech and occupational therapy. 

Speech Pathologists

Jennifer Swearengin, MA, CCC-SLP

Jennifer graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders in 1999 and received minors in Psychology and English.  She was a member of the Honors College and received the honor of Magna Cum Laude.  Jennifer earned a Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston in 2001.  She received the Outstanding Clinician award from the University of Houston while attending graduate school.

Jennifer's experience includes working in private practice, public schools, early childhood intervention, hospitals and two aphasia research projects: "Intensive Speech-Focused Treatment for Chronic Aphasia" and "Treatment for Aphasia and Related Disorders: Subproject 3: Contrasting Treatment for Sentence Production Deficits."

Jennifer has performed diagnosis and treatment of expressive language, receptive language, articulation, voice, fluency, dysphagia, oral motor functioning and pragmatic disorders in children and adults.

Jennifer's publications include:
  • "An Errorless Learning Approach to Sentence Production in Aphasia." Journal of International Neuropsychological Society;
  • Co-author on a poster presented at the 3rd Annual VARR&D Research Conference (2002);
  • Poster and published abstract at the International Neuropsycholgical Society Meeting (Toronto, 2002): "An Errorless Learning Approach to Sentence Production in Aphasia;"
  • Co-author on a poster presented at the 2003 ASHA Convention: "Impact of Different Stimulus Attributes on Narrative Discourse in Aphasia."

Jennifer was a Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Districtwide Educational Improvement Council Member from 2012-2013 and served on the University of Houston Community Advisory Board from 2010-2012. She also served as VP for Finance for the Houston Association of Communication Disorders (HACD) from 2009-2010.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys co-leading her daughters' Girl Scout troops and spending time with her family.

Patricia Breaux, MS, CCC-SLP

Patti graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders in 1999.  She earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2002.  Patti is certified by the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology. 

Patti's experience includes working in public schools, private practice, and a rehabilitation center.  She has performed diagnosis and treatment of receptive language, expressive language, articulation, phonological processing, oral-motor functioning, voice, fluency, dysphagia, and pragmatic language in toddlers, preschool and school-aged children, and adults.  She has experience with individual and group therapy, augmentative communication (including pictures and device-based communication), social stories, play therapy, Language Intervention in the Classroom Setting (LINC), and the Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment Approach.  Patti has experience working with children with developmental delays, various syndromes and autism.  She attends continuing education classes to remain current on speech therapy techniques and approaches.

Dana Wierzbicki, MA, CCC-SLP

Dana graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Psychology. In 2011, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate COMD Student award. She is a member of the Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD). In 2015, Dana received an Award for Continuing Education from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dana believes in thorough assessments to ensure the best speech therapy treatment plan. She aims to help individuals and families understand a diagnosis and plan of care, incorporating their goals into the treatment. Dana's experience includes evaluation and treatment of children with communication disorders in the areas of expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language, articulation, oral-motor functioning, and fluency. In 2012, Dana was trained in the Lidcombe Program for preschool children who stutter. She utilizes a variety of methods to treat fluency disorders in children, teens, and adults. Dana has worked at summer camps for children with language disorders and hearing impairment and volunteered with Special Olympics. In addition, Dana has evaluated and treated adults in a rehabilitation setting and in private practice. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with family and friends, travel, reading, and photography.

Lauren Walker, MS, CCC-SLP

Lauren graduated with Highest Honors from The University of Illinois in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science. She attended Rush University in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011.


While working in hospitals and nursing homes in central Texas, Lauren gained experience treating adults with a variety of cognitive-communication, language, and swallowing disorders. Lauren, along with two of her colleagues, presented a poster at the 2012 American Speech and Hearing Association convention titled "Patients with Terminal Illness: End of Life and Quality of Life considerations." This poster outlined key factors and methodologies that are considered when providing appropriate speech-language/swallowing intervention to adults nearing the end of their life. Lauren has also worked in an outpatient pediatric clinic that served military families in the Killeen/Fort Hood area. Lauren had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of children with special needs, including children with autism, receptive/expressive language disorders, feeding disorders, medically fragile children, and children with cerebral palsy.

Caitie Holman, MS, CF-SLP

Caitie graduated Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In 2015, she earned a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Stephen F. Austin and conducted research on The Impact of Dual Coding on Listening Comprehension and Story Retelling. Caitie mentored college-aged girls through a local organization during her time in undergraduate and graduate studies. She is a member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA).

Caitie’s clinical experience consists of working with both pediatric and adult clients in out-patient rehab, hospital, private practice, public school, and skilled nursing facility settings. Her work has included evaluation and treatment of children in areas of expressive, receptive, and pragmatic disorders; articulation and phonological disorders; central auditory processing disorder; fluency; autism spectrum disorder; hearing impairments including cochlear implants; oral-motor functioning, feeding, and apraxia of speech. Caitie has evaluated and treated adults affected by stroke, traumatic brain injury, fluency disorders, and Bell’s palsy.

Caitie joined The Speech Emporium as a speech language pathology assistant in 2013. She attained her Master’s Degree and rejoined our team in 2015 for her clinical fellowship year. In her free time, Caitie enjoys a cup of coffee and spending time outdoors.

Rekeitta White, MA, CF-SLP

In 2012, Rekeitta graduated Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston in 2015.

While in graduate school, Rekeitta gained experience working in the public school and hospital settings. She has evaluated and treated children and adults for a variety of disorders ranging from expressive language, receptive language, pragmatic language, articulation, voice, fluency, and dysphagia.
In her spare time, Rekeitta enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Angela Bullock, MS, CCC-SLP

Angela graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Christian University in 2009. In 2011, she graduated from Oklahoma State University where she obtained a Master's of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Angela is certified by the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology. She is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Angela has experience in the public school setting an in private practice. She has performed assessments and treatment of receptive language, expressive language, articulation, phonological processing, oral-motor functioning, fluency, dysphagia, and pragmatic language. She has worked with toddlers, pre-school aged children, school aged children, and adults. Angela has experience with group and individual therapy.

Valerie Briscoe, MA, CCC-SLP

Valerie comes to The Speech Emporium after a 35+ year career in public/private school settings and running her own private practice in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. She worked in Arlington and Richardson ISD as well as The Shelton School, a private school that centers on dyslexic and learning different children. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Texas Tech University and her Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from University of North Texas.

Valerie has worked with children of all ages from preschool age through college age, diagnosing and treating of receptive/expressive language, articulation, fluency, and voice disorders. She has worked with a variety of students diagnosed with autism, behavior difficulties, dyslexia and curriculum based language disorders that interfere with academic success.

An empty nester, Valerie moved from Dallas in 2014 to share her life in Houston with her husband who has been working in Houston and commuting for eight years. She enjoys cooking, handwork, decorating, light gardening, and keeping up with her friends and family.

Julie Kastor, M.Ed, SLP-A

Julie has a bachelors degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston and a masters degree in Special Education from Sam Houston State University. She has worked in the public school setting for over 20 years in several capacities which include speech therapist, general and special education teacher, PPCD teacher (preschool program for children with disabilities), and an educational diagnostician.

Nikita Shah, BS, SLP-A

Nikita completed her Bachelor’s at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2012. She was trained in the Speech-Hearing Clinic at Dallas, with some research background in the phonetics lab. She was also a leader in the National Speech and Hearing Organization on her campus. Nikita helped raise funds to send to organizations that helped underprivileged children in the local areas, along with any families who had children with speech or language disorders.

Prior to joining The Speech Emporium, Nikita worked as a speech language pathology assistant for two years in a pediatric clinic in the Houston area. Her passion is working with children with Autism and behavioral issues. She also enjoys treating children diagnosed with articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, expressive and receptive disorders, adolescents, children with ADHD, and children with Down syndrome.

Nikita learned Spanish and earned her certificate to provide therapy with bilingual children under the age of 5 years. She is currently enrolled in school to further pursue her education in speech language pathology and special education services.

Occupational Therapists

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.

Erika has done an amazing job developing and leading the Occupational Therapy program at The Speech Emporium!

Karen Glosson, OTR

Karen graduated in 1987 from Texas Woman’s University, Houston Campus in the Texas Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a psychology/sociology undergraduate degree.  She has worked for such notable facilities as Herman Hospital, Shriner’s Orthopedic Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Spring ISD, Early Intervention Keep Pace, home health, hospital inpatient and outpatient programs, and private practice facilities. Job responsibilities included clinical coordinator, COTA supervisor, student supervisor, lead therapist, and department director. Karen has experience in neonatal intervention with level II and level III infants, burn rehabilitation, hand rehabilitation, splinting fabrication, brachial plexus intervention, as well as identification and treatment of developmental disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and genetic disorders.  She has a special interest in sensory awareness and sensory processing disorders.

In her free time, Karen enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and travel. She has been married to her husband for over 20 years. They have a daughter attending Stephen F. Austin State University and a son who is a senior attending Cy-Fair High School.


Wendy Stroda, MOT, OTR/L

Wendy graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 2002 with a B.A. in Psychology.  From there, she went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Recreation Therapy from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. As a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS), Wendy has worked through the CLASS program for the past 8 years providing home health services. Wendy has also run an adaptive gymnastics program, called SOAR, through K2 Academy of Kids Sports in Cypress, Texas for the past 10 years.

In 2014, Wendy completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, Houston Campus. She is certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed through the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners.  Wendy has completed the Handwriting Without Tears course, and attends continuing education courses to remain current on occupational therapy techniques and approaches.

Wendy has worked with children and young adults with developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, motor delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Spina Bifida, cancer, and Angelman’s Syndrome. Wendy has experience working in individual and group therapy settings; incorporating play therapy, social stories, physical activity, and community outings during her sessions.  Wendy really believes in working with the families and making sure her treatment techniques are client centered. 

In her free time, Wendy is the mother of 2 young children and enjoys running. She has completed one marathon and two half marathons through Team in Training. 

Administrative Team

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.

Susan Lee - Billing Manager

Susan was born in Oklahoma but moved to Texas as soon as she could.  She moved to the Cypress area 3 years ago when she married her husband, Daniel.  She had previously worked in College Station, Texas where she was the Practice Manager for a 6 physician group for 16 years.  She has 3 teenage children and loves to travel in her down time.

Cherish Whitfield - Administrative Assistant

Cherish is a Veteran of The United States Air Force where she served as an Information Manager Specialist. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two wonderful daughters. When not with her family, Cherish enjoys reading and being outdoors.

Olivia Wolfe - Administrative Assistant

Olivia moved to Houston at the end of July 2015 from Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology. Since then, she has worked in the public school system in Nebraska as a special education paraprofessional. In Houston, along with working at The Speech Emporium, she works with special education in the Alief school district. Olivia is currently working toward obtaining her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and becoming a clinician. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and doing anything outdoors.