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Q1 2018 Newsletter

Birthday Celebrations

January 4 Tricia Loucks

Chase Young January 16

Debbie Grimes February 26

February 4 Sara Russell

March 2 Rachelle Elliott

Work Anniversaries

January 4 Alyssa Ramirez PT 1 year

January 5th: 3 years Ashley Kops

February 1st: 8 years Crisann Skinner

February 2nd: 3 years Ashleigh Wilson

February 28th Rachelle Elliott 4 years and first employee hired

March 22nd Val Betts 4 years First SLP hired

New Staff

Emily W. SLP PRN Dalhart

I moved to Texas in 2012 from Colorado. I miss the mountains and snow like crazy! I graduated with my MA in Communicative Disorders-SLP from California State University-Fresno in 2009. I have 3 children Colton-2, Branch and Emma 8 months. Dave and I have been married for 5 1/2 years. I've worked in the schools, outpatient therapy, teletherapy and now home health 😊 Life is fun and always an adventure!

Grey Edison (Shelah J's new addition)

Birth: 6 lbs 14 oz 19.5 inches 1-17-18 100% adorable

Kristi P. SLP PRN Amarillo

I attended WTAMU for both undergraduate and graduate, graduating in December 2008. Since graduation, I have developed a love for feeding therapy and language/social therapy with children with autism. I have the privilege of working in the outpatient setting which allows for a variety of patients and opportunities. Through contracts I have served kids through ECI for the past 5 years. also have the opportunity to travel with student clinician's from WTAMU to Guymon, Oklahoma where I serve as their clinical supervisor for the special education classrooms.

Kirstie C SLP Part Time Amarillo

My name is Kirstie , I am 27 years old and born and raised in Amarillo, Tx. I graduated West Texas A&M University with my Masters degree last May and just finished up my Internship year, woohoo! I am married and have 3 dogs, no babies just yet. I have been practicing as a speech therapist for almost 4 years now going from an SLPA to almost SLP. I love working with the pediatric population, especially language babies. I am so excited to join this team of great individuals and to get to know all of you! So thank you for letting me be a part of your team.

Heather F-J SLP PRN

Heather joins our team with a wealth of information and extensive experience as a Speech Pathologist!

Melissa W. PRN SLP

Melissa joins our team with great experience from school districts in Texas and Virginia. She has completed additional trainings in the areas of Autism and Aug Com.

Amanda G. SLP Lubbock Part Time

Although I was born in New Mexico, I moved to Lubbock when I was 8 years old and call this my home. I graduated from Frenship High School and attended South Plains College for a little while before moving to Carrollton to attend the University of Texas at Dallas. I worked at the Callier Regional Day School Program for the Deaf after graduation for six years but when my second child was born at 31 weeks, I left my job to stay home with her for a few months while we worked on bottle feeding and breastfeeding. This is where my passion began and still remains! For the last 6 years I have worked at ECI in Lubbock, primarily doing feeding therapy. After my struggles nursing my children who were tongue tied and after having a NICU graduate that was working on breastfeeding, I decided I really wanted to pursue my Certification as a Lactation Counselor as well. I love helping mom and their new babies have enjoyable mealtimes. On the home front, I have been married for 15 years to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 children ages 9,6, and 4. Our kids attend a university model school here in Lubbock called Kingdom Preparatory Academy which means they go to school with a teacher and classmates two days a week and are homeschooled the other days. I love spending time with them, seeing them have those aha moments, and watching them build friendships with their siblings. It sure makes my life super busy though! When I am not working, being a homeschool teachers, or managing the house, I love to go out with friends for margaritas and queso!

Whitney Jo W. OTR PRN Lubbock

Whitney Jo has served patients in Texas and Louisiana as well as some special places abroad...she is a world traveler! She is certified in Infant Massage and a realtor...one busy lady!

Jessica J OTR PRN

Jessica joins our team with varied experience! She is an avid dog lover and loves to go hunting with her husband.

Jordan C. PT DPT PRN

Jordan is another one of us dog lovers! We seem to attract them at T2K! She has had some great pediatric experiences. You will have to ask her about her experience with a soccer ball!

Reminders and Upcoming Events

Join us on April 20, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm, for the CEU webinar, “Demonstrating Medical Necessity for Children with Severe Disabilities.” Children with severe and multiple disabilities often require multiple episodes of care to support their meaningful participation in the home and community; however, medical necessity guidelines require that therapists not only demonstrate that the child still needs therapy, but also show meaningful growth on standardized assessment as a result of therapy. This session will discuss the challenges of standardized assessment with patients with severe and multiple disabilities. Options for assessment tools that may be more sensitive to change will be discussed. Further, resources for criterion referenced assessment measures that can support standardized scores will be shared. Finally, strategies for ensuring that evaluation documentation accurately reflects progress will be discussed. This webinar is pending approval for 3 CEUs from TSHA and TOTA, 3 CCUs from TPTA. To Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2060232292165194754

Cooking Contest and Game Night

Thursday March 22 6-8pm. Ed Davis Room 9th Floor Game night and Appetizer/Dessert Contest (Please bring your favorite entry) Judge: Amarillo Club Chef

Jerre is coming! Jerre is coming! I sound like Paul Revere….He is set to come Friday April 6th. He will be bringing a special guest from Holland with him. He will be here around 10 am on that Friday so we want staff to come in as they can that day and visit with him! We will have snacks for you as well!!!

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