Therapy 2000 Dallas Newsletter January-March 2017

Upcoming CEU Event

March 24th at Lone Star:

Feeding Focus Group: Medically Fragile Children

West Office: 9:00am - 11:00am

Dallas Office: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

2 CE's for ST and OT

Goal Writing: Developing a Meaningful & Effective Plan of Care (1.5 hour Webinar)

Friday, March 24th

11:00am - 12:30pm OR 2:30pm-4:00pm

Class Description: This course is for all agency clinicians and addresses the expectations for Plan of Care development at THERAPY 2000. The training will review the T2K philosophy of family driven and participation focused plan of care based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model and family autonomy. The process of goal development that focuses on three primary components will also be discussed: medically relevant participation focus, a measurable, meaningful activity, and functional deficits. Further, information on how to report progress on goals and modify goals will be shared.

Link Coming Soon

Linked: Breathing & Postural Control

This CEU is being hosted by our East Texas division...all are welcome:

July 21, 2017 at:

One Realtor Center

2772 S SE Loop 323

Tyler, TX, 75701

8:30-4:30 PM

Course Description: This course will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift; acknowledging the importance of the cardiopulmonary system as an integral component of postural control for patients of all ages. The speaker will present a model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model) that demonstrates how breathing mechanics are linked to motor and physiologic behaviors. This is the cornerstone for the speaker’s multi-system clinical approach to the evaluation and treatment of trunk and/or respiratory impairments for patients with weakness or paralysis. The speaker will finish the day by presenting how to use this information clinically to develop positioning and ventilatory strategies that establish the pulmonary system as an asset rather than a liability for patients. The speaker’s private practice is primarily pediatric, but she will demonstrate the applicability of this material to adult patients as well.

This event is open to SLPs/STAs, OT/OTAs and PT/PTAs.

This course is pending approval for 7 CEUs by TOTA and TSHA and 7 CCUs by TPTA.

For more information and link to register:

New Employees

Keriann Wilmot is our newest OT, and works in Little Elm and the surrounding area. She has been an OT for 17 years, is originally from Massachusetts and has been living here for a year. She says, " I like country music, am a Patriots football fan, hockey mom, I enjoy spending time with my family by traveling to and exploring different cities, new places/ attractions in Texas and all over the US."

Keriann Wilmot

We are thrilled to announce that Donna Burg is our new full-time Community Relations Representative for the Dallas Division. She is a registered and licensed Dietitian with a BS in Dietetics and a BA in Biology from TCU. She comes to us with a lot of great marketing experience. Her background knowledge as a Dietitian has been very beneficial while working in both the geriatric and pediatric side of feeding and DME supplies, and it will serve us well, also. We can already tell she’s innovative, organized, relational and a real “go-getter”! When she’s not working, she loves to craft, especially wreaths and tablescapes. She’s run a half marathon and plans to get back into running this Spring. Although she’s a proud TCU horned frog, she’s crazy about Oklahoma Sooner football.

Donna Burg
Amelia Got Married!

Amelia (Rankin) and Antonio Valenzuela were married on July 1st, 2016 in Waxahachie, at the Fountains. For their honeymoon, they took a road trip from TX to Banff, Canada, and stopped at Colorado and Glacier national park in Montana along the way. They are looking forward to planning their next big trip... maybe a road trip to California and the Grand Canyon, or an adventure to the Caribbean! They have 2 big fur babies, Moses and Duke.

Amelia and Antonio Valenzuela

T2K Apparel Shop!

Thanks to Fort Worth Division Director, Heather Pitner, we have an online shop where we can order T2K branded shirts and scrubs. You can order and pay on the link below, and items will be shipped directly to you!

Happy Birthday

1/02 Jennifer Barbee, SLP

1/04 Marc Fagnan, SLP

1/12 Kelly Chasteen, Patient Services Manager

1/16 Chase Young, SLP

1/21 Michiko Escobido, OTR

1/22 Stephanie Cone, PT, PT Program Director

1/23 Elisabeth Houghton, RN, Case Manager

1/26 Suomi Gandara, SLP-A

1/30 Jessica Lampert, OTR

2/19 Wesley Martin, IT Administrator

2/21 Milford Roque, SLP-A

2/24 Jean Belcher, SLP

2/26 Michelle Acosta-Nabarette, SLP

2/26 Anna Rotter, SLP

3/04 Amy Bihl, DFW Social Worker

3/07 Kathy Clapsaddle, SLP, ST Clinical Program Director

3/08 Ashley Fox, PT

3/14 Megan Ramos, SLP

3/15 Diana Lund, COTA

3/26 Jerre van den Bent, PT, OUR FEARLESS LEADER

Happy Anniversary

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

Success Story

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!

We Are Hiring!

We offer a referral bonus (payable after 90 days of hire date) of $1,000 for Full-time, $500 for Part-time and $250 for PRN.

OT Openings

Part-time/Full-time Garland/Rowlett/Murphy/Sachse/Wylie

Part-time South Dallas

PRN Denton NEW

ST Openings

PRN Garland NEW

PRN Desoto/Lancaster NEW


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