About Us

Our Practice

 

Keystone Pediatric Therapy offers services to infants, children, and adolescents in McKinney and the surrounding areas.  We provide speech, language, feeding, and occupational therapies on an outpatient basis.

Our therapists are licensed, experienced, and have additional training in specialty areas such as sensory integration, PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, Handwriting Without Tears, and ABA.  Continuing education classes are attended regularly to remain current with new theories and treatment techniques. 

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Our Therapists
Kathy 

Kathy is the owner of Keystone Pediatric Therapy.  She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL, and received her Master of Science in Speech & Hearing Science from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.   She has over 15 years of speech pathology experience working in private practice and pediatric outpatient settings. 

 

Prior to opening Keystone Pediatric Therapy, Kathy worked at Our Children's House @ Baylor – Allen where she headed the clinic’s outpatient feeding assessment team. Kathy has had extensive feeding training with Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP, Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP, and Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP.  She has presented at conferences regarding therapies for pediatric dysphagia.  These skills along with her training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding by Dr. Kay Toomey, and her behavioral background make her a well-rounded oral-motor/feeding therapist.

 

Kathy also enjoys working on children's language skills, speech intelligibility and motor-planning.  Her use of PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) therapy is essential in the treatment of motor-planning disorders (apraxia).  Kathy sees parents as partners in the therapy process, and enjoys giving families simple yet effective ideas for home carry-over.

Julie 

Julie earned her B.S. in Health Science degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX, and received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  Julie has over 20 years of O.T. experience working in a variety of settings, including early childhood intervention, rural home care, inpatient orthopedics, adult rehabilitation, and pediatric outpatient. Pediatrics was always the reason Julie studied occupational therapy and she is so happy to have landed at Keystone Pediatric Therapy 10 years ago. Julie always brings a high degree of enthusiasm to her therapy sessions to motivate the kids.  She strongly believes that “play” is the “occupation” of children, and it provides the best way for them to learn and to improve in any areas of weakness. Julie enjoys working with children from newborns to late teens with a variety of diagnoses or concerns to reach their potential and improve their daily life.

In her time away from Keystone, Julie enjoys watching her daughter play volleyball, her son play soccer, traveling, reading, walking her dog Chewie, playing tennis, and watching movies with her husband and Leia, the “world’s most rested” cat.

Jaclyn 

Jaclyn earned her B.S. degree in Communication Disorders from Biola University in California. She moved to Texas to earn her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. Jaclyn has worked as an ABA therapist. Therapy was provided to children in their home and natural environments and promoted functional communication and behavior skills. She previously worked as a Speech Pathologist in Allen ISD serving children between the ages of 3 and 16 with varying needs including articulation, language delay, learning disabilities and autism. She loves to work with children and their families and be a part of the child's success.

Heather 

Heather attended Oklahoma State University for her B.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She took the big leap to Texas and received her Master’s degree from Texas Woman's University in 2002. She worked for six years for the Collin County Special Education Cooperative in various schools with children from preschool to high school age. She also worked for McKinney ISD for 4 years at the elementary level and as a quadrant lead. Currently, she works at Melissa ISD in the PK/elementary level. Previously, she served on the board, including the role of President for 7 years for the Speech Pathologists Association Near Dallas.

Emily

Emily has always been a Texas girl.  She was born and raised in the DFW area, received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and minor in Child Development from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX and her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX.  Prior to Keystone, Emily gained experience at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Our Children's House - Allen.  She has treated children with a wide range of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, receptive and expressive language delays/disorders, speech sound disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, and fluency (stuttering) disorders.  Emily has always had a passion for helping children and loves being a part of the Keystone Family.

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Brittney 

Brittney was born and raised here in McKinney before attending UT Dallas for her bachelor's.  She double majored in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology and Child Learning and Development.  As her passion for working with pediatrics grew, she became a part-time ABA therapist for three years while in college.  The Communications Disorders masters program brought her to the University of Arkansas.  In Fayetteville. she spent her free time outside either backpacking, kayaking, or rock climbing.  She has now adventured back to her hometown roots and is excited to be a part of the Keystone family.

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Morgan

Morgan received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and her Master's of Occupational Therapy from Texas Women's University in Denton, TX.  She has worked with children from 18 months to 17 years with a wide variety of diagnoses in the pediatric outpatient setting.  Morgan has a passion for helping children of all ages and skill levels achieve their fullest potential, all while having fun doing it.  She is so excited to join the Keystone Pediatric team and help children and their families reach their goals.

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Laura

Laura received her B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from UT Dallas and her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Women's University.  Prior to joining Keystone, Laura spent over 15 years working as an SLP at Children's Health Specialty Center (aka Our Children's House @ Baylor) where she evaluated and treated children ages birth through 18 years.  She has worked with children exhibiting a wide variety of speech and language disorders including receptive and expressive language impairments, articulation disorders, motor speech disorders and childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorder, pragmatic language deficits, Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities, oral motor impairments, feeding disorders, auditory impairments, and developmental delays.  Laura is recognized as a preferred provider on the apraxia kids website.  She has specialized training in PROMPT (Prompts for Re-structuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), DTTC (Eydthe Strand’s Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing), feeding (SOS, Beckman Oral Motor, behavioral feeding, and more).  Laura believes in the importance of a positive and fun therapy environment centered around each child’s individual needs.  She also emphasizes the importance of family involvement to encourage the greatest success in therapy.  Laura cherishes her role as a speech therapist because of her ability to impact the lives of children and their families.

Heather

Heather has over 20 years of experience as an SLP. She received her B.A. degree from Louisiana Tech University and her M.S. degree in the area of Communication Disorders from the University of Louisiana. She has experience working in various settings including hospitals (ICU, acute care, and inpatient), in-home care, pediatric outpatient rehabilitation, and public schools. Heather worked with children Birth-18 years of age for 14 years at Our Children’s House at Baylor. She has spent the last 8 years working for Frisco ISD with early childhood and elementary populations as well as serving in leadership roles as an Advisory SLP and Dysphagia team lead for the district. 

 

She has extensive knowledge treating oral motor/sensory feeding disorders in pediatrics and uses training from Beckman Oral Motor, SOS approach to feeding, and Lori Overland Talk Tools. Motor planning/Apraxia disorders is also an area Heather enjoys treating and has training through PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and uses Kaufman Apraxia system. In the area of language, Heather has experience treating children with mild to severe/profound language disorders including use of various Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems to promote functional communication in a child’s environment. Heather has a love for working with families and being their child’s biggest cheerleader to reach their communication and feeding goals. She has a passion for relationships and feels blessed to be in a field that connects lives through communication and feeding. 

 

Outside of being a therapist, Heather is the proud mom of three very active boys. When not working at Keystone, she loves spending time with her husband cheering on their boys in their sports and band activities and lives to go hiking with her family each year in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Our Office Staff
Sara 

As a former U.S. Figure Skating Champion and Master-rated coach, Sara brings to the practice a commitment to precision, a passion for educating, and a proven ability to build lasting relationships. She draws experience from a variety of different fields, as she has backgrounds in administration, education and child development, studied physical anthropology at Texas A&M University and developed instructional programs with professional sports teams, including the Dallas Stars and Allen Americans. Sara has spoken at national and international conferences about the importance of self-confidence, communication, parenting and youth sports. Sara easily relates to patients and families with her desire to help others. Her experience in working with non-profit organizations and veterans makes her an asset to Keystone Pediatric Therapy and its families.

 

On a personal note, when Sara is not in clinic she loves spending time with her family of four, along with their rescue dog Gracie and off-roading in her Jeep.

Carla 

Carla earned a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health from Brigham Young University.  She has many years of experience working in the medical field.  Her experience includes customer service, scheduling, billing, and insurance.  She strives to help families receive the care they need.  Carla is also the mother of 4 children and stays busy volunteering in the schools, attending music and athletic events, and participating in cub scouts with her youngest.  She is delighted to be a part of the Keystone team and enjoys working with our patients and families.