Staff

STAFF

Sandy Mader, P.C., M.A., CCC/SLP

Owner – Over 35 years experience

Sandy Mader is the co-founder of Pediatric Therapy Associates and the owner of the speech therapy portion of this private practice.  She has over 35 years experience.

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EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts University of Missouri-Columbia

Master of Arts University of Missouri-Columbia

CERTIFICATIONS:  

American Speech and Hearing Association Certification of Clinical Competence
License #00082891

Texas State License in Speech-Language Pathology
License #10731

PROFESSIONAL:   

Sandy Mader is the co-founder of Pediatric Therapy Associates and the owner of the speech therapy portion of this private practice.  She has over 35 years experience.

She moved to Corpus Christi immediately after graduate school and worked in the public school system for 8 years, specializing in Autism, cerebral palsy, early childhood, feeding swallowing disorders, and augmentative communication.

In 1983 she opened the Speech Therapy Department and was the director at Ada Wilson’s Children’s Hospital, currently known as Driscoll Children’s Rehabilitation Center.  During that time she introduced Speech Therapy into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Modified Barium Swallow Studies to Corpus Christi.

In 1992 Sandy opened Pediatric Therapy Associates in cooperation with physical therapy. She has watched the practice grow from just 2 therapists to over 15 Speech, Physical, Occupational and Massage Therapists.

Taught over 50 workshops and courses in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

Taught over 50 workshops in Communication Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum.

Provided feeding and swallowing services to the NICU’s in all the hospitals in Corpus Christi. Introduced Pediatric Modified Barium Swallow Studies to Corpus Christi.

PERSONAL: 

Sandy’s passion for speech therapy is rooted in the fact that she has a brother over 50 years old who was one of the first individuals diagnosed with Autism in the United States.  “My family has chosen to live and learn from my brother Eric with love and humor.  Living with someone with a severe disability has given me a unique perspective in how I live my life, accept others and act as both a therapist and source of support for all the families who I have the privilege of working with”.

Jacqueline Heath, M.S., CCC/SLP

Jackie Heath was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from King High School and attended college at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. She graduated with a teaching degree and following graduation Jackie moved to Houston, Texas and taught first grade.

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EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science and interdisciplinary Studies – Texas A&M-CC
Major: Early Childhood Education

Pre-Master’s Leveling Program- Texas Woman’s University
Major: Speech Language Pathology

Master of Science – Texas A&M-Kingsville
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

CERTIFICATIONS:

American Speech and Hearing Association Certification of Clinical Competence
License #14091994
Texas State License in Speech Language Pathology
License #110735

PROFESSIONAL:

Jackie Heath was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from King High School and attended college at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. She graduated with a teaching degree and following graduation Jackie moved to Houston, Texas and taught first grade. She loved teaching first grade; teaching reading and language were her favorite moments of the day. Empowering young minds with the gift of literacy was incredible. When her daughter was born she took a break from teaching to stay at home. She moved back to Corpus Christi after a few years and gave birth to her son. While teaching her own children to sign and talk she became passionate about the field of Speech Language Pathology. This sparked her decision to go back to school and pursue a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She completed clinical internships with Texas A&M Kingsville Speech & Hearing Clinic, CCISD, and Spohn South Hospital (rehabilitation facility and in-hospital care). She joined the staff at Pediatric Therapy Associates in September of 2014. She cares for each child she meets like they are one of her own.

PERSONAL:

Jackie enjoys traveling with her family and friends. She likes staying active by running, snow skiing, and paddle boarding. You can find her most weekends enjoying the sun or doing home improvement projects!

Margot Hopkins, M. Ed. CCC/SLP

Mrs. Margot Hopkins, a Master’s Level, state-licensed, ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist, contributes 30 years’ experience in pediatric communication disorders to the team of Speech Pathologists at Pediatric Therapy Associates.
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EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science SUNY Cortland
Major: Speech and Hearing Science

Post Baccalaureate Courses:
University of Houston,  Communication Disorders

Master of Education with concentration in Communication Disorders
Texas State University

CERTIFICATIONS:

American Speech and Hearing Association Certification of Clinical Competence
License #01036922

Texas  State License in Speech Pathology
License #14176

PROFESSIONAL:

Mrs. Hopkins has dedicated her career to refining therapy skills in the diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fluency/Stuttering Disorder, and Speech and Language Delay in children.  She brings patience, experience, creativity, and a sense of humor to work every day!  Mrs. Hopkins believes that every child has a story to tell.  She dedicates her time at PTA to helping her patients tell theirs.

She started her career working with Sandy Mader at Ada Wilson Children’s Hospital, now known as Driscoll Children’s Hospital. She was the first therapist added after Sandy opened the department. After 7 years she left to open Speech Therapy Services, a very successful private practice in Portland, Texas. After 22 years and a new granddaughter, she closed her practice and rejoined Sandy in January of 2015.

PERSONAL:

Margot loves her added free time because she now has two grandchildren she can visit every week. She also enjoys playing tennis, exercising, and travelling.

Leanna Saenz, M.S., CCC/SLP

Leanna has experience working with both geriatric and pediatric populations in the post-acute medical setting and private practice settings. Leanna enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
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EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Major: Biomedical Sciences

Master of Science from Texas A&M University – Kingsville
Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders

CERTIFICATES:
American Speech & Hearing Association Certification of Clinical Competence
License #14116236

Texas State License in Speech-Language Pathology
License #110168

PROFESSIONAL:
Leanna has experience working with both geriatric and pediatric populations in the post-acute medical setting and private practice settings.

  • Clinical Experience:

Texas A&M University- Kingsville Speech & Hearing Clinic

Little Lighthouse Children’s Rehab- Alice, TX

Post-Acute Medical Hospital- Corpus Christi, TX

Stella Maris School for Disability Children- Belize City, Belize

  • Leanna Joined Pediatric Therapy Associates in June of 2014

PERSONAL:
Leanna enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Her passion for speech therapy comes from her love of kids and helping to give a child a chance to communicate. Her experience at the Disability School in Belize has helped shape her as a therapist and given her an outlook on the importance of communication.

Terri L. Sutphin, MS CCC/SLP

Terri L Sutphin, MS CCC/SLP received a Master’s of Science in Education in the field of Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in December 1992.

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EDUCATION:

Master’s of Science in Education – Old Dominion University
Major: Speech-Language Pathology

CERTIFICATIONS:

American Speech and Hearing Association Certification of Clinical Competence
License #01089663

Texas State License in Speech-Pathology
License #18310

PROFESSIONAL:

Terri brings 25 years of experience with children to her current position.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed to practice in the State of Texas.  Before joining Pediatric Therapy Associates, she served as a staff speech-language pathologist in the Portsmouth Public School District for 2 years and the Corpus Christi Independent School district for 13 years and as the Lead Speech-Language pathologist in the Corpus Christi Independent School District for 4 years.

Terri’s move to this practice was prompted by a need to work in a more direct and personal way with children and their families.  She enjoys watching the growth of speech and language skills and the positive impact that has on children and their families.  She also enjoys helping families learn and implement techniques to better communicate with their children.

Terri brings experience in working with disorders of articulation, phonology, language, and stuttering.  She understands how to develop and use alternative augmentative communication from simple to complex systems.  She understands the importance of working with families to bring about the highest level of carryover for a positive impact with communication.

PERSONAL:

Terri is a dedicated member of this community and blessed to serve our children and their families.She enjoys travelling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Angelique Davisson

Angelique Davisson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. In 2009 she graduated Suma Cum Laude from Towson University with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
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EDUCATION:

Bachelor Degree, Loyola College (Magna Cum Laude)
Major: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Master’s Degree, Townson University (Suma Cum Laude)
Major: Speech-Language Pathology

CERTIFICATIONS:

American Speech and Hearing Association Certification of Clinical Competence
License #14034540

Texas State License in Speech-Language Pathology
License #108022

PROFESSIONAL:

She has been providing pediatric speech therapy for ten years in schools and private therapy clinics, including the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Achievement program for preschool children with Autism.

She has been trained in the most up-to-date research based therapy methods including Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) to facilitate improved articulation of sounds and social skills training techniques based on the Michelle Garcia-Winner framework.

She has experience improving the speech and language skills of children of all ages.

PERSONAL:

Angelique enjoys crocheting and singing with the Corpus Christi Chorale.

Patti Lafreniere, ST Office Manager, Billing

Patti works diligently in keeping the Speech Therapy offices organized and productive. Patti enjoys many outdoor activities including: gardening, swimming, walking and night sky watching.
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EDUCATION:

Bachelor in Business Administration, Corpus Christi State University-Corpus Christi

Associates in Applied Science: Culinary Arts, Del Mar College-Corpus Christi

PROFESSIONAL:   

Patti joined PTA in October 2013

Patti works diligently in keeping the Speech Therapy offices organized and productive.

Her previous work experience in real estate, property management and teaching provides varied management skills.

PERSONAL: 

Patti enjoys many outdoor activities including: gardening, swimming, walking and night sky watching. She loves traveling and enjoys sharing her adventures as well as tips on “best” places to stay and most importantly “where” to eat. Her love of art is evident by the ever changing art pieces throughout the lobby and offices.

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