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!
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!
Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Therapist
Madison has experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, schools, and hospitals. She also 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.
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.
Cory Gonzales (He/Him)
Speech Language Pathologist And Feeding Therapist
Education: Bachelor of Science at UNT and Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Texas Tech
Cory was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended the University of North Texas where He stumbled his way into speech-language pathology as a sophomore when discussing career paths with fellow students. Since then, Cory has developed a passion for the 0 to 3 pediatric population.
Cory has been practicing for two years and began his professional career in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). Ready for a change, Cory moved into the Private Practice/Outpatient world. He 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 has received training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and is considered an SOS Trained Therapist.
Cory currently lives in Conroe, Tx with his dog Puddin (check out her Instagram @mydearpuddin). Newly transplanted from Dallas, Tx Cory is so excited to explore Houston.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston, Minor 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.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
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.
Education: Associates for Occupational Therapy Assistant at San Juan College in Farmington, NM.
Mercedes moved to Texas in August of 2021 with her two dogs for a fresh start. She has lived in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Mercedes has experience working in pediatrics in home health and outpatient clinics. Her favorite part of her job is watching the kiddos grow and being silly. Outside of work, Mercedes loves to hang out with her dogs, Chloe and Macey, going to watch live country music, hanging out with friends, or doing anything outdoors. She also love a good Marvel movie or cheesy, romantic comedy.
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
Outside of work, Bailey enjoys hiking, bike riding, thrifting, going to restaurants, and smuggling with her three pups.