Happy T2K Anniversary to the following employees:
14 Years: Cindi Price, SLP, Erin Bellue, SLP
13 Years: Lucel Forte-Foster, SLP, Tamara Myers, SLP-A
12 Years: Karen Neel, OTR
9 Years: Kimmy Gibson, Director of Authorizations and Patient Services
8 Years: Joyce Carter, OTR, Liz Darby, SLP
7 Years: Jan Wehmeyer, SLP
4 Years: Lauren Apodaca
3 Years: Kelly Chasteen, Patient Services Manager, Sarah Do, PT, Catarina Garcia, Staffing Coordinator, Sunny Song, SLP, Kelly Spencer, OTR
2 Years: Araceli de la Rosa, Physician Liaison, Bret Maison, West Community Relations Liaison
1 Year: Jill Alexander, PT, Ashley Fox, PT, Jacqlynn Markstein, HR Generalist, Erin Pepe, OTR, Evelyn Turcios, Physician Liaison
We’d like to introduce a sweet little girl named Josephine. She started receiving speech therapy at THERAPY 2000 at seven months of age. At the time of her initial speech evaluation, she was receiving all feedings through a nasogastric (NG) tube. She refused to drink from a bottle, demonstrated oral aversion and gagged frequently. Her feeding age equivalency was >1 month of age. Josephine’s mom’s primary goal was for her to eat by mouth.
Chessa Jones was Josephine’s first SLP and then she was transitioned to Lauren Apodaca. Under the guidance of both of these skilled Dallas SLPs, Josephine has blossomed! She was weaned from the NG tube. We are happy to report that she now has an age equivalence of 18+ mths in the area of feeding /pre-feeding skills. She drinks up to 12 oz. of liquid in 1 sitting. She is now receiving the same lunch items as her peers in her daycare. The first time she was offered a “big kid” plate of food, her eyes lit up and she was eager to try the foods. At the time of her last speech eval, she is also now using at least 25 words in her verbal lexicon to request or comment and she is able to produce up to 3 word approximations in combination. She is starting to imitate words and enjoys participating in songs and book sharing. She is eating a variety of foods, such as vegetables, chicken, fish, dried fruits, and crunchy grains. She will usually try at least one new food each session, especially if the food is offered with ketchup! It’s exciting to see the progress that Josephine has made in speech therapy!