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Pediatric specialists at Our Children's House at Las Colinas evaluate and treat patients in a warm, comfortable environment designed especially for children.
Our services include:
For a complete list of OCH outpatient services that may be available in other locations, please read more.
Mary K. Hawkins, OTR - Occupational Therapist – Clinical ManagerMary attended Southwest Texas State University where she studied healthcare administration and received her OT degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1987. Mary has more than 25 years of clinical experience and joined the OCH team in July of 2000. Mary manages both the OCH Las Colinas clinic and the staff therapists at OCH Irving Daycare. Mary holds certifications in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome and Saebo Flex assessment and fitting. She has special interests in working with pediatric orthopedic clients and autism spectrum disorders.
Nita Gaona - Supervisor Access Services Nita has worked in the medical field for 18 years. She started as a secretary in endocrinology and geriatrics with UTMB in Galveston. While attending A&M, she worked part-time for Shriners Burn Hospital in quality assurance. Nita moved to the DFW area and joined Baylor Irving in 1998 in the Physical Medicine Adult Rehabilitation Department. She then transferred to OCH Grapevine and has worked at several of our locations.
Mitch Hill, LCSW – Social WorkerMitch has been in the field of social work for over 15 years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology (1995), and a master’s in social work (1998). He has been with Our Children’s House at Baylor for more than 10 years. In addition to working with children with special medical needs and their families, he also provides clinical counseling to at-risk children and teens. He is also a Licensed Clinical Supervisor. He has a special interest in community resource consolidation and providing families with comprehensive yet targeted resource support. Mitch is also Board-Approved (LCSW) Supervisor.Malinda Miller – Office CoordinatorMalinda has worked in the medical field for 22 years. She started as therapy tech at Irving Physical Therapy clinic in the 1990s; she was hired on with Baylor in 1994. Even though she is not involved in direct patient care, she loves working in the medical field and loves the interactions she has with the patients and their families.
Kim McCallister – Office CoordinatorKim has worked in the medical field for 28 years. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has been with Baylor for the past four years. Prior to that she served as a high school personal counselor/teacher. Kim started her career as a psychological associate in private practice and worked as a neuropsychological associate and psychometric specialist over the years. After having “retired” as a counselor, Kim decided to stay involved in the medical field, first serving as a volunteer with Our Children’s House and quickly moving into a front office position.
Azenette Martinez (Azzy) – Therapy TechAzzy has more than 6 years of experience working in customer service. She is pursuing a degree in bilingual education and hopes to start in child education soon. Azzy joined the Las Colinas team in December 2011. She always has a smile, loves working with children and helping others and is instrumental in translating for our bilingual population.
Sarah Halstead, PT, MS - Physical TherapistSarah has 11 years of clinical experience as a pediatric physical therapist. She joined OCH in October 2004. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science in 1996. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Master of Science in physical therapy and was licensed in 1999. She completed the NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuromotor Disorders in April 2006. Her special interest as a therapist includes torticollis, children from birth to 3 years old and developmental delay. Sarah is proficient in Spanish.
Kara Gintert, PT, DPT - Physical TherapistKara is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a doctorate degree in physical therapy. Her career began as a traveling physical therapist working in IP, occupational therapy with adults and pediatrics before joining OCH Las Colinas. Kara also works two days a week at OCH Waxahachie.
Kelli Kadlec, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist Kelli holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is our most recent addition to the Plano team. She can also be found in Las Colinas two days per week.
Elizabeth S. Valdez, M.S.CCC/SLP - Speech-Language PathologistElizabeth has 24 years experience as a pediatric therapist and was grandfathered into Baylor Our Children’s House when Baylor moved into the Irving location. Prior to Baylor moving in to the Irving location, the facility was ECI and then transitioned to a private facility. She holds her master’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas where she received her training at Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She has experience with feeding disorders, receptive and expressive language impairments, articulation/phonology disorders, augmentative communication, autism spectrum disorder and stuttering/fluency disorders. She has received training in the area of oral motor/feeding disorders from Debra Beckman, MS, CCC-SLP, and “It Takes Two to Talk” workshops.
Christin Gagnon, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech Language Pathologist Christin has 20 years of experience. The first nine years of practiced were spent treating neurologically impaired patients, both adult and pediatric populations. She spent two years of her career as a Director of Rehabilitation in an outpatient clinic in Minneapolis, Minn. The last 16 years of practice has been spent primarily in pediatrics. She has been a member of the Baylor OCH Team for the past 10 years. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. Areas of therapeutic interest include: neurological impairments, motor speech disorders, dysphagia and autism.
Mary Pat Reed, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech Language PathologistMary Pat has three years experience as a pediatric therapist and began working at the OCH Irving and Coppell in June of 2009. When the clinics merged into one location, Mary Pat was thrilled to join the OCH Las Colinas team in March 2010. A graduate of the University of North Texas, she has experience with articulation/phonology, expressive/receptive language impairments and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), cochlear implants, stuttering and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC). While at school at UNT, she co-authored a research article on Cochlear Implants and FM Systems which was published in the Journal of Educational Audiology. She also co-authored an AAC curriculum to be used with children who are non-verbal at SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center. Her therapy interests include: stuttering, AAC and language disorders.
Molly Rodriguez, MS, CCC-SLP- Speech-Language Pathologist Molly has three years experience as a pediatric therapist and joined the OCH Las Colinas team in January 2012. She received her undergraduate degree in communication disorders from Texas Christian University and recently graduated with her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has experience with articulation/phonology, expressive/receptive language impairments, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and feeding disorders. She is certified in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (Vital Stim) for dysphagia. She has great therapeutic interest in pediatric feeding and swallowing.
Laurie Miller, MOT, OTR – Occupational TherapistLaurie joined the OCH team in October of 2004. She has worked as an outpatient OT in the Dallas center and currently works in the Irving and Las Colinas clinics. She received her master’s degree in occupational therapy in 1990 from Texas Woman’s University and her bachelor’s degree in special education with a specialty in teaching the visually impaired from Eastern Michigan University. Laurie was a teacher/consultant for the visually impaired for nine years before attending OT school. Her experience includes inpatient, outpatient, and school based OT. Her interests as a therapist include orthopedic impairments, feeding and working with children with visual impairments.
Sandra Van Court, OTR – Occupational TherapistSandra joined OCH in April of 2006. She received a Master of Occupational Therapy degree in December of 2005 from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, she worked as a licensed occupational therapy assistant for 10 years in an outpatient head injury facility. Her areas of passion in occupational therapy include infant massage, visual dysfunction and sensory motor processing. Sandra holds certifications in Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome.
Marla Hardin, MOT, OTR – Occupational TherapistMarla joined the OCH Las Colinas team in February of 2009 as a full-time occupational therapist. She received her master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2008 from Texas Woman’s University and her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Louisiana Tech University. Her experience includes pediatric rehabilitation. Her interests as a therapist include orthopedic impairments, sensory integration and achieving developmental milestones. Marla holds certification in Therapeutic Listening.
Leslie Steed, MOT, OTR – Occupational TherapistLeslie joined the OCH Las Colinas team in February of 2009 as a full-time occupational therapist. She received her master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2009 from Texas Woman’s University and her bachelor’s degree in human development and family sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Her experience includes pediatric rehabilitation. Her interests as a therapist include sensory integration and achieving developmental milestones.
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