About OUR TEAM

Crown Pediatric is made up of a team of board-certified, licensed therapists, as well as interns and volunteers. Everyone on our team is passionate about play and making sure that all kids are treated like royalty!

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KIM BRADLEY

Speech Language Pathologist, Owner

Education: Bachelors and Masters in Communication Disorders from Florida State University.

Favorite Quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world”-Ghandi

Kim became interested in speech and hearing after taking a sign language course in college.  Following a class focusing on autism, she became passionate about severely language impaired children and early intervention.  Since 1990, Kim has worked in a variety of settings being a school SLP, a teacher for autistic students, as well as private practice.

Seeing the need for an interactive therapy approach, Kim decided to start Crown Pediatric Speech Therapy. Reaching all kids and helping them communicate in their own way is the motivation that created Crown Pediatric Speech Therapy.  Engaging families and creating interactive and fun activities that create communication opportunities is what drives Kim and all therapists at Crown Pediatric.

Kim has lived in The Woodlands for 23 years with her college sweetheart and husband of 27 years, Mike. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her 3 kids (Cameron, Kendall, and Kirsten), traveling (especially to the beach), listening to country music, and supporting the FSU Seminoles!

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Lexie Russell

Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Therapist

Education: Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology,Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Lexie is from Tupelo, Mississippi. She was introduced to speech pathology as a sophomore in college when navigating various career paths in the medical field. She has always been passionate about serving others and enjoys using the abilities God has blessed her with to serve children and families as a pediatric speech-language pathologist.

Lexie has been practicing for 2 years and has worked in the outpatient private practice setting since graduation. She enjoys serving children with autism, articulation disorders, language disorders/delays, etc. She also specializes in implementing the use of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) devices in therapy.

One great interest of hers is feeding therapy! She is excited to bring this service to Crown Pediatric and open up many doors for children and families faced with feeding/swallowing challenges. She is experienced in using the SOS Approach to Feeding to diagnose and treat feeding difficulties in children.

Lexie is married to Ben Russell from Tupelo, MS. She and Ben have 1 Labrador, 1 standard poodle, and 1 chihuahua. She and Ben enjoy working out, spending time with family, and attending and serving in the local church.

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ALYSSA Keller

Speech Language Pathologist

Education: Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University, Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas-Callier Center

Alyssa is from Kingwood, Texas. She has always been passionate about serving kids with special needs. She took an intro to speech therapy course in college and fell in love. She knew that this was the right fit for her!

Alyssa has experience providing therapy to children targeting social communication, articulation, and early childhood language intervention. She loves interacting with each child and their family on a personal level and making goals and therapy most functional for each child. Alyssa feels that this is the most rewarding job in the world. From hearing a kid say their first word, to seeing a child with autism greet others and interact with peers. Every day in this field is different, just like every child is different!

Outside of work, Alyssa’s hobbies include working out, COFFEE, traveling, watching college football (GO FROGS!) and hanging out with her family, especially her 4 precious nieces!

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CAITLIN MCPHERSON

Occupational Therapist

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Baylor University, Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
 
Caitlin is from Kingwood, Texas and has always loved serving others and spending time with kids. Caitlin knew she wanted a vocation in the medical field after witnessing her mom’s medical team work relentlessly with compassion during her battle with cancer.
 
Caitlin discovered Occupational Therapy during college and saw that it combined many of her passions and knew she felt called to enter into this field.
 
Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her family, being the fun aunt, playing with her dog, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and anything pertaining to sports!
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McKenzie Martin

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Education: Associate's of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Lone Star College, Bachelor's of Science in Public Health from Sam Houston State University.
 

McKenzie is from Corrigan, Texas. She discovered her desire to be a therapist in high school after witnessing her grandmother's experience with occupational therapy. She learned the role and the effect this field could have on a person's life and knew that she wanted to impact others' lives in a meaningful and FUN way. McKenzie is also trained in using the SOS Approach to Feeding to treat sensory difficulties with feeding in children. 

McKenzie loves being surrounded by children and loves interacting with them. She loves seeing the joy they get from the simple things in life and watching them learn, grow, and succeed. She loves connecting with them, pushing them to be and do their best, and supporting their ability to thrive in everyday life. 

Outside of work, McKenzie enjoys spending time with her husband Jordan, her son Tate, and her Beagle pup Cooper, as well as family and friends. She enjoys playing sports, crafting, and watching two of her favorite teams, the Texans & Astros. 

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Madison Wenner

Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Therapist

Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Texas State University and Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Lamar University.
 
Madison is from Kingwood, Texas. Her interest in the field of Speech-Language Pathology began her senior year of high school after talking to family members about this amazing field and the variety of opportunities it holds. She is enthusiastic about helping others and loves the opportunity to work with children, collaborate with families, and also with other professionals. 
 
Madison is a newly practicing speech-language pathologist and has experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, schools, and hospitals. She has experience working with children with autism, articulation, and language disorders. She is also experienced in using the SOS approach to feeding to diagnose and treat feeding difficulties in children.
 
Madison has found a passion in working with children of all ages to improve speech and language skills through play or other functional methods to make it the most natural and fun environment for the child. Each child is unique, and Madison enjoys getting to know them to find ways to help their speech and language skills grow.  
 
Some of Madison’s hobbies are training for half marathons, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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Kendall Bradley

Speech Therapist

Education: Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas

Kendall was born and raised in The Woodlands, Texas. Her first introduction to working with children with disabilities came at 13 when she began coaching Special Forces, a competitive cheer team for special needs athletes. While in college, Kendall studied product management and development.  She researched the sensory needs of children related to retail products including clothing.  For a class project, she created a sensory-friendly outfit for children. 

Combining her love for the kids at Crown with her retail knowledge, Kendall opened Royal Necessities, a store at Crown featuring therapy toys and materials.   She hopes to expand this to include sensory-friendly clothing and products developed by the special needs community.  The use of technology in therapy including AAC is an area of interest as well. Kendall is part of the LAMP team working to use technology to give all children a voice.

One of the best things about this job, according to Kendall, is the collaboration and team approach taken here at Crown Pediatric.  Kendall is a mom to her dog, Zeke. Her hobbies include working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Carol White

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Education: Associate of Applied Sciences in Occupational Therapy Assistance from Philadelphia University, Philadelphia PA.  Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
 

Carol recently moved back to Texas after moving around the country, with her family, over the last 30 years. Carol grew up in The Woodlands area, arriving when The Woodlands was a sculpture and a dirt road to Lamar Elementary.  She was lucky to attend many new schools due to the growing community of The Woodlands, then graduating from McCullough High School.  She went on to pursue Marketing at SFASU, then met her husband, Tim, when both worked in management at Kmart.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, Michael, Matthew, and Mark.  Her husband is a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker.

While working as a substitute teacher and Paraprofessional in a deaf and hard of hearing classroom, Carol was introduced to Occupational Therapy. Working within the classroom for 7 years, Carol decided to attend Philadelphia University’s COTA program. Carol’s OT career started in Indiana at a skilled nursing facility.  Though she loves working with the older generation, she missed working with children.  She is so happy to be part of the Crown family and working with your children to excel.

In her free time, Carol enjoys the beach, traveling, true crime, reading, cheering on Houston teams, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Audrey Poplin

Speech Language Pathologist

Education: Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from Abilene Christian University.  

Audrey is from Austin, Texas. She has always been passionate about helping others and loves working with kids. While taking American Sign Language in high school she was introduced to the field of speech therapy and knew that was exactly what she wanted to do! Fun fact- her brother also went to speech therapy to help develop his expressive communication when he was 2 years old due to hearing loss following ear tube placement!
Audrey started her career in 2017 working in the public school system at the elementary level. 4 ½ years later she decided she wanted an opportunity for more connection with kids and their families and really getting to see more progress. She has experience providing therapy to children targeting social communication, articulation, and expressive/receptive language disorders. Audrey loves working with kids and seeing the moment communication clicks in their brains!
Audrey is engaged and getting married in April! Outside of work, Audrey enjoys hanging out at home with her cat (Lady) and fiance, listening to her favorite true-crime podcast, hanging out with family and friends, and trying to find the best Mexican food!
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Cory Gonzales (He/Him)

Speech Language Pathologist

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, University of North Texas

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Texas Tech University Health Science Center.

Cory is from San Antonio, Texas. He has always had a passion for helping others. Cory stumbled his way into speech language pathology as a sophomore in college when discussing career paths with fellow students. Since then, he has always developed a huge passion for the pediatric population and has greatly enjoyed his professional career thus far.

Cory has been practicing for 2 years and has worked in a variety of settings since graduation. Cory began his professional career in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) where his love for the 0-3 population began. Moving into the Private Practice/Outpatient Cory is excited to continue his professional career with Crown Pediatrics. Cory’s interests are Infant feeding, oral motor development, early language development, and AAC.

Cory currently lives in Conroe, Tx with his dog Puddin (check out her Instagram @mydearpuddin). Newly transplanted from Dallas he is so excited to explore Houston and to see all it has to offer. 

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Heather Skinner

Speech Therapist

Heather has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston, where she also minored in Human Development and Family Studies. Heather lives in Cypress and has lived in Texas for almost 15 years. She has always had passion working with children but knew her heart belonged to speech whenever she started to teach preschool. She loves using play to engage her kiddos and make reaching their goals fun! Heather has been in the field for two years working with the pediatric population in the home health setting. She has experience with AAC, articulation, and has a particular passion with expressive and receptive language development. Heather believes in total communication and providing a variety of tools to help each child achieve their goals. She also believes in the the importance of home education and sharing ways to implement strategies to help increase speech and language development during daily routines. Outside of work, Heather is a mother of two and loves spending time with her family. She enjoys being outdoors, musical theatre, reading and coffee.

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Mercedes Behunin

occupational therapist

Education: Associates for Occupational Therapy Assistant at San Juan College in Farmington, NM.

I moved to Texas in August of 2021 with my two dogs for a fresh start. I come from the Four Corners area of Farmington, NM but grew up in Colorado and Utah as well. I have been working in pediatrics for the last year with experience in home health as well as outpatient. My favorite part of my job is watching the kiddos grow and being silly. Outside of work, I love to hang out with my dogs, Chloe and Macey, going to watch live country music, hanging out with friends, or doing anything outdoors. I also love a good Marvel movie or cheesy, romantic comedy.

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Bailey Bowlen

occupational therapist

Education: Bachelor of Science in Health from Lamar University, Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Bailey is from Southeast Texas. Her older sister has Down syndrome, which inspired her to want to work with people with special needs. While in college, Bailey discovered the field of occupational therapy and knew it would be the perfect fit!
Bailey has experience providing outpatient and in-home therapy.

She strives to use a strengths-based and neurodiversity-affirming approach in her practice. She has received advanced training and mentorship in the areas of DIR Floortime, SCERTS, sensory processing, interception, emotional regulation, and ADHD
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Outside of work, Bailey enjoys hiking, bike riding, thrifting, going to restaurants, and smuggling with her three pups.