About Us

A pediatric therapy resource

A therapist-owned company established in 2001, our outstanding therapy staff consists of over 50 physical, occupational and speech therapists with a variety of specializations, certifications, and additional trainings.

We provide physical, occupational and speech therapy within the fun, playful atmosphere of our clinics as well as in homes, schools, and other community sites.

Our Team

Our outstanding therapy staff consists of over 50 physical, occupational and speech therapists with a variety of specializations, certifications, and additional trainings.

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Donna S. Smith, PT, C/NDT

Southwest Texas State University

LTTS Owner

Donna knew that she would enter a profession that supported the community and provided assistance in some capacity to people, families, and communities in need.

From a young age, physical therapy was her calling, and early in her career she knew her destiny included owning a practice. She never could have imagined the amazing family that is Little Tesoros...

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Amanda May, PT

The University of Texas at Austin and Texas Woman’s University at Houston

When Amanda was in middle school, one of her cousins had triplets. One of the girls was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Amanda had the opportunity to attend several of her physical therapy sessions. She quickly realized that this was the passion she wanted to pursue.

Amanda is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and has a special...

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Audrey Huntsinger, COTA

Austin Community College

Audrey came home from work as a secretary one day and was greeted by her best friend, who was in school to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. Her friend said “I’ve found the perfect job for you! Get your degree to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant and you can play all day!”

That was over 25 years ago, and Audrey has been happily working (and playing) as an OTA ever since.

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Avery Keene, PT, DPT

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Avery has always enjoyed working with children and saw physical therapy as an opportunity to help kids grow and be able to live their best life. She loves creating games to make physical therapy fun and watching kids work hard to reach their goals.

Avery loves the reward of hearing a child laugh or watching their excitement when they are able to do something that they’ve...

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Becky Zeeck, MOT, OT

Wayland Baptist University and Texas Woman’s University

Becky chose the field of OT while she was working in various psychiatric hospitals alongside OTs. She was drawn to the profession because it offered more varied options of practice than psychology.

Her areas of specialty include premature infants, oral motor/feeding with certification in Vital Stim therapy. Her other skills include splinting and adaptive...

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Brooke Braddock, OTR, MOT

Texas Tech University and Texas Woman’s University at Dallas

Brooke enjoys working with kids and loves that they can teach us so much in return. It is her joy to come to work, as each day is different and filled with surprises. Brooke is certified in Therapeutic Listening and has additional training in visual and vestibular treatment.

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Chelsa Bliskey, MA, CCC-SLP

Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin

Speech Language Pathology allows Chelsa to combine her love of language and her passion for helping others.

After working with adults, she discovered a love of feeding/swallowing therapy.

Chelsa is certified in Vital Stim therapy, is trained in PROMPT, Beckman Oral Motor, SOS feeding, and has a special interest in patients with neurologic...

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Christine Hannon, MA, CCC-SLP

The University of Texas at Austin

Christine has a passion for empowering children of all ages to communicate. She finds joy in helping them connect and build relationships with everyone around them through communication.

Christine is bilingual and fluent in Vietnamese. She has a special interest in patients with early speech and language development, feeding/ swallowing difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and...

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Danyle Tutone, PT, MSPT

University of California San Diego and University of Nevada Las Vegas

Danyle became interested in physical therapy after attending sessions for a knee injury as a teenager.

She developed her passion for working with children after visiting a special needs school program with her aunt who was a school nurse.

Danyle has experience in working with children with a variety of neurological, genetic, and developmental...

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DeeDee Barrera, MA, CCC-SLP

The University of Texas at Austin

Irma “DeeDee” Barrera has been a practicing speech language pathologist for over 25 years and has worked in many settings. She worked for the San Antonio, Laredo, Eanes, and Leander school districts, for the CEDEN Early Childhood Intervention program, for the Brackenridge Hospital out-patient clinic, and as a bilingual clinical supervisor for students in the graduate bilingual speech pathology...

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Emily Chiou, MOT, OTR

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Emily became an OT because she was interested in helping people overcome challenges to reach their best quality of life. She first discovered OT through shadowing at Little Tesoro’s as an undergraduate student. Since then, she has loved working with children to help them uncover and reach their full potential.

Emily has previous experience with sensory processing disorders,...

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Erin Gonzalez, MS, CCC-SLP

University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University

Inspired by family members with special needs, Erin pursued a career in Speech Language Pathology. She is passionate about helping her patients communicate and loves making a connection with patients and their families.

Erin’s interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and early speech and language development.

She is...

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Erin Rinderknecht, MS, CCC-SLP

Texas Tech and Baylor University

Erin has a passion for working with children and finds joy in assisting her patients with the gift of communication. Each day is different and exciting. Erin’s interests are Autism Spectrum disorders and early speech and language development.

Erin is trained in PROMPT and Hanen.

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Jennifer Parrish , OT

Baylor University and The University of Texas at Austin and Texas Woman’s University Dallas

After working several years in the hospital setting, Jennifer fell in love with occupational therapy and helping people live life to the fullest.

Jennifer has a passion for working to help children achieve success and independence through play.

She also enjoys helping children and families overcome sensory based feeding...

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Joann Ganci, COTA

Austin Community College

In 1984 Joann’s son was born with Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus and cortical blindness. He attended ECI programs for Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy. It was there that Joann met a wonderful Occupational Therapist that she learned so much from and was mentored by.

Joann has had the joy of working for Little Tesoros since 2002.

Joann’s first passion is to work with the...

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Jocelyn Blitz, PT

College of Charleston and University of St. Augustine

Jocelyn has had an interest in working with children with special needs since a young age. She chose physical therapy because she is motivated by helping kids reach their maximum potential of mobility and become as independent as possible.

One of the things Jocelyn likes best about working in pediatrics is that she is constantly learning from the children and their...

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Julie Donohue, OT

New York University

Julie became an OT because she was always interested in working with people. She discovered she loves helping people overcome obstacles and improve their lives. Julie has been an OT for over 30 years and has worked with all age groups in a variety of settings.

She has gravitated towards pediatrics and loves being able to work closely with families to help them along their journey.

She has...

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Kelli Croll, PT, MSPT, C/NDT

The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University

Physical therapy allows Kelli to help people get back to what they love to do without pain or restriction. Pediatrics is especially fulfilling because it allows her to help teach new skills in a fun environment with an exciting population.

Kelli has worked at Little Tesoros for over 11 years and has certifications in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment...

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Kendall Fritsch, MS, CCC-SLP

Texas A&M University and Texas State University

Inspired by several close family members working in the healthcare field, Kendall knew from an early age that she wanted to help others the way they were. Once she discovered the field of speech-language pathology, she was immediately hooked.

Kendall is Hanen certified (It Takes Two to Talk & More Than Words). Kendall has additional training in PECS.

She is...

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Kristi Hammerle, PT, DPT

Texas A&M University and Texas Woman’s University at Houston

Kristi chose to be a physical therapist to aid in healing of the body through movement and promote healthy living in her community.

She first became interested working with the pediatric population when she tagged along on field trips with her dad’s special education classes. Her love for working with kids grew as she spent time tutoring and volunteering at...

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Laura Poole, MOT, OTR/L

Rhodes College and Texas Tech University Health Science Center

Laura became interested in occupational therapy in order to help make a positive impact in the lives of others. Laura loves working with children to help provide family centered, play based treatment that improves the child’s independence and the family’s overall quality of life.

Laura has a passion for working with children with autism and children who have...

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Lauren Lytle, MS, CCC-SLP

The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University

When Lauren was in high school and trying to decide a career path, she observed both physical and speech therapists here at LTTS. She was so impressed by the love and support they gave the patient and his family, while providing the highest quality of care.

During college, she joined the LTTS family as a clinical therapy tech and worked her way through school...

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Laurie David, PT, C/NDT

Southwest Texas State University

Laurie was introduced to the field of physical therapy in seventh grade when her sister was recovering from knee surgery. While in PT school, she had an opportunity to treat a child, and immediately found her love for pediatric physical therapy.

Laurie is NDT certified and is also certified to teach infant massage. She has particular interest in torticollis, myofascial release,...

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Marissa Dey, MS, CCC-SLP

Idaho State University

Marissa received her master's in Speech language Pathology from Idaho State University, where she worked as a research assistant in both the Infant Phonology and Language Development labs. She completed her master's thesis on the effects of opiates on the central and peripheral nervous systems and the resulting communication deficits.

Being a pediatric SLP allows Marissa to combine her love of...

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Mary Kay Kemper, OTR

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Mary Kay knew she wanted to be an Occupational Therapist when she was a teenager volunteering at a hospital and saw an Occupational Therapist working with a person to regain function after having a stroke.

She has always enjoyed working with children with neurological issues, orthopedic issues, developmental delay and feeding issues.

She is certified in Vital...

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Melissa Clarke, OTR, MOT

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Melissa had the pleasure of shadowing an LTTS OT and PT while in high school, deciding between a career in the education or medical fields. She realized how beautifully OT mixed the teaching and medical worlds and that was that.

She has been a practicing OT since 2011, primarily in pediatrics.

She is certified in Therapeutic Listening and has several...

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Melissa Shiramizu, OTR

University of Puget Sound

Melissa has been a pediatric occupational therapist for over 15 years and still loves the remarkable children she serves and their families. Her objective is to ensure patients are having such a good time that they don't realize they are actually working toward achieving functional goals that will increase their participation in activities across a variety of environments including their home, school,...

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Mindy Li, OTR/L

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Mindy first started at Little Tesoros as a rehab tech and then came back to us after she had finished her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and we are thrilled to have her return. She has a passion for children and wanted to work in the medical field where she could interact with families on a personal level.

She loves her job because she is able to work closely...

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Nadine Smith, SLP

State University of New York Albany and San Francisco State University

After spending nearly seven years in the business sector, Nadine decided to change her career and became a speech language pathologist.

She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of children in school and private practice settings. Although she enjoys working with all children, she holds a special place in heart for children who are 2-5 years...

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Ryan Bliss, MPT

Texas State, Texas A&M University and University of Texas Medical Branch

Ryan has been working as pediatric physical therapist since 2003 and during that time has experience in early Childhood Intervention as well as home health and public school based services.

He is currently the Motor Therapists Supervisor for Bluebonnet Trails ECI as well as working for Little Tesoros part time.

Ryan has 5 children...

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Sarah Tomlinson, MOT, OTR

Texas Christian University and Virginia Commonwealth University

Sarah became an OT because she is passionate about wanting children with challenges to feel loved and known as they work to develop their skills. She desires to care for families as they support their children. She has a special interest in working with children with ASD, sensory processing challenges and general developmental delays.

She has completed...

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Sheila Beichner, MS, CCC-SLP

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Sheila became an SLP because she was drawn to how it allowed her to help people and solve problems using creativity. She chose to work in pediatrics because she enjoys coming up with fun ways to help children learn and achieve their goals.

She has experience working with all age groups. Sheila has an interest in helping children acquire functional communication skills using...

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Stephanie Sheehy, MA, CCC-SLP

The University of Texas at El Paso and Washington State University

Stephanie chose to become a speech language pathologist because she believes that every child should have the opportunity to communicate to their fullest potential.

She loves establishing a collaborative relationship with families so they may work together to achieve a child’s communication goals.

Stephanie is Hanen certified and has extensive...

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