Our Therapists

Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP
Kristie graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 2000 and received a minor in Psychology. Kristie received the honors of Magna Cum Laude. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders in 2002. Kristie's experience includes working in public schools, private schools, private practice, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, early childhood interventions sites, pediatric/childrens' hospital, and audiology clinics. She has performed diagnosis and treatment of receptive language disorders, expressive language disorders, aural habilitation with an emphasis in intervention post cochlear implant, articulation, phonological processing, oral-motor functioning disorders, voice, fluency, dysphagia, and pragmatic language disorders in infants, pre-school and school-aged children, and adults. In addition to her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Kristie has served on committees regarding eligibility for school-aged students for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, is a counselor for sexually assaulted children and adults, has worked for the Alzheimer's Association/Greater Houston Chapter, worked for The Parish School, and is currently seeking a sponsor to gain certification in Auditory-Verbal Therapy.

Jennifer Swearengin, MA, CCC-SLP
Jennifer graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders in 1999 and received Minors in Psychology and English. She was a Member of the Honors College and received the honor of Magna Cum Laude. Jennifer graduated from University of Houston with a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders in 2001. She received the Outstanding Clinician Award from University of Houston while attending graduate school.

Jennifer's experience includes working in private practice, public schools, early childhood intervention, hospitals, and on two aphasia research projects - "Intensive Speech-Focused Treatment for Chronic Aphasia" and "Treatment for Aphasia and Related Disorders: Subproject 3: Contrasting Treatment for Sentence Production Deficits." She has performed diagnosis and treatment of expressive language, receptive language, articulation, voice, fluency, dysphagia, oral motor functioning, and pragmatic disorders in children and adults. Jennifer is currently in the process of becoming certified as an Orofacial Myologist through the International Association of Orofacial Myology.

Publications include "An errorless learning approach to sentence production in aphasia." Journal of International Neuropsychological Society; Co-author on poster presented at the 3rd Annual VA RR&D Research Conference (2002) and poster and published abstract at the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting (Toronto, 2002): "An Errorless Learning Approach to Sentence Production in Aphasia"; Co-author on poster presented at 2003 ASHA Convention: "Impact of Different Stimulus Attributes on Narrative Discourse in Aphasia"

Jennifer is currently serving as VP Finance for the Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD).

Kathy Ann Swiney, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD
Ms. Swiney holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology with specialty recognition in fluency disorders from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her A.A. from Stephens College, B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and M.A. from Oklahoma State University.

Ms. Swiney is an active member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA). She is a frequent speaker at the Annual Conventions of the organization. TSHA awarded Kathy its Certificate of Appreciation three times for her service to the organization. She is a fellow of the Texas Speech and Hearing Foundation and has received special recognition for her fundraising efforts on behalf of that organization.

Ms. Swiney is an active member of the Houston Association for Communication Disorders (HACD). HACD awarded Ms. Swiney with its Presidentís Award in 1999, Certificate of Appreciation in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Tina E. Bangs Service Award for long term service to the association and Houston community.

Ms. Swiney serves on the AGS/Pearson National Speech and Language Pathology Advisory Board. She is a nationally known speaker, author of several on-line professional articles, and co-author of:

Gilbert D. & Swiney, K.A. (2006). Sound Strategies for Sound Production: A Multisensory Approach to Articulation Remediation. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed

Patricia Breaux, MS, CCC-SLP
Patti graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders in 1999. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders in 2002. Patti is certified by the American Speech Hearing Associaiton (ASHA) and is licensed by the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology. Pattiís experience includes working in public schools, private practice, and a rehabilitation center. She has performed diagnosis and treatment of receptive language, expressive language, articulation, phonological processing, oral-motor functioning, voice, fluency, dysphagia and pragmatic language in toddlers, preschool and school-aged children, and adults. She has experience with individual and group therapy, augmentative communication (including pictures and device based communication), social stories, play-based therapy, LINC (language intervention in the classroom setting), and the Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment Approach. Patti has experience working with children with developmental delays, various syndromes and autism. She attends continuing education classes to remain current on the most up to date therapy techniques and approaches.

Christi Morrison, MS, CCC-SLP
Christi graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 2005 and received a minor in Spanish. She received the honors of Magna Cum Laude. Christi then graduated from Texas Christian University with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders in 2006. Christi is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology. Christi has experience diagnosing and treating various areas, such as receptive language disorders, expressive language disorders, fluency, articulation, phonological processing, voice, oral motor functioning, pragmatic language disorders, and aural rehabilitation. She has worked in individual and group-based therapy settings, and her primary experience has been in the schools and in private practice. Christi joined The Speech Emporium in the spring of 2008.

Lisa Blankenship, MS, CF-SLP
Lisa graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, receiving highest university honors. Lisa graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2008 with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She has worked on research investigating literacy and language development in children with a focus on inferencing abilities in preschool-aged children. Lisa has experience in the evaluation and treatment of receptive language, expressive language, pragmatic language, articulation, phonological processing, fluency, motor speech disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and dysphagia. She has experience working with children with autism, Downís syndrome, and cerebral palsy. She also has experience in voice evaluation and treatment for adults with Parkinson Disease and evaluation and treatment for adults with aphasia. Lisa has clinical experience in the public school, private preschool, private practice, out-patient rehabilitation, and non-profit organization settings. Lisa first joined The Speech Emporium in January of 2006 as a licensed Assistant Speech-Language Pathologist. After completing her Masterís degree in May of 2008, Lisa again joined The Speech Emporium as a licensed Clinical Fellow-Speech Language Pathologist.

Iris Abrego, BA, CCC-SLP
Iris graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 2006 and received a minor in Spanish. Iris is a licensed assistant under the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology. Irisí experience includes working in public schools and private practice. She has provided treatment primarily to preschool and school-aged children. Her experience includes individual and group therapy, play-based therapy, and LINC (language intervention in the classroom setting). She has performed vision and hearing screenings and speech and language treatment for children in PPCD (Preschool Program with Children with Disabilities), children with developmental delays, TBI (traumatic-brain injury), autism, articulation, phonological processing, pragmatic language, receptive and expressive language disorders. Iris was recognized as 1st Year Teacher of the Year in the Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District in 2007. Iris joined the Speech Emporium Fall 2007, and is currently in the process of pursuing her masterís degree.

Lesa Skiles, MS, CCC-SLP
Allison Bihm, MS, CCC-SLP
Tiffany Tucker, MA, CCC-SLP
Kimberly Tanner, MA, CCC-SLP
Denise Boyd, MA, CCC-SLP
Sheila Jamison, MS, CCC-SLP