Our Team

hs-MichelleReed Michelle Reed, OTR/L

Mrs. Reed founded Kids Connect Occupational Therapy in June of 2014. She has over 15 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy and is passionate about improving the lives of children and their families. Michelle is originally from West Virginia and moved to Houston 10 years ago, where she started her journey with learning the DIR®/Floortime model. She has extensive training in DIR®/Floortime and is also SIPT certified, which involves assessing and treating sensory processing disorders. Michelle is dedicated to understanding the whole child and focuses on building a strong foundation for learning through developing regulation, engagement, and sensory processing capacities. Family is the first priority for Michelle, so she understands the importance of providing top quality care in order for each child to reach their fullest potential. When at home, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and 5-year-old twin daughters.

 

    Faye Barnhart, OTR/L MOT

Mrs. Barnhart joined the KCOT team in June 2016. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2014. Since starting her career as an Occupational Therapist, Faye has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses and needs. She has completed continuing education in Brain Gym®, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and the DIR®/Floortime Approach and has experience with Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, pediatric behavior management, and the Handwriting Without Tears® program. Faye continues to expand her knowledge and skills through attendance in relevant continuing education courses in order to provide top quality treatment and care for her clients. It is her goal and passion to help children reach their fullest potential and engage in meaningful experiences with their families and peers. In her free time, Faye enjoys traveling the world with her husband and ballroom dancing.

 

Leslie Werner Bio Pic JPEG  Leslie Werner, OTR/L  MOT

Mrs. Werner graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2017 with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree.  She began her occupational therapy career in 2012 in the adult hospital acute care and rehabilitation setting and gained experience in the mental health setting as well. She first began building and developing her pediatric skills in 2013 at a Houston area Autism ABA center. There Leslie became proficient in treating children with Autism and other conditions and knowledgeable regarding implementation of behavior management techniques. Leslie has spent the last 5 years of her practice in pediatrics with experience in the clinic and hospital settings.  She joined the Kids Connect OT team in April of 2015. Leslie strives to gain a thorough understanding of her clients’ needs in addition to the family’s focus for treatment, for improved participation and active engagement in family relationships.  Leslie has completed continuing education in the use of the Integrated Listening Systems (iLS), Astronaut Training Protocol and completes ongoing relevant professional learning courses. She has received mentoring in the Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and the DIR®/Floortime Approach. Leslie has always had a passion for working with children and strives to help them participate in daily activities that are meaningful and desired

 

 

  Ashley Nakatsuka, MSOT,OTR/L  

Mrs. Nakatsuka was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy.  She has been working as an occupational therapist since 2008, and has experience working in a variety of settings, including private sensory integration clinics, early intervention, schools, and adult inpatient rehab.  Ashley holds an advanced certification in the Integrated Listening System (iLs) and is also certified to utilize the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). She has training in the Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) method for primitive reflex integration. She is also certified in DIR/Floortime, SOS Approach to Feeding, Interactive Metronome, and the Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol.  Ashley is very passionate about helping children to reach their fullest potential by building strong engagement, improving self-regulation, integrating the sensory system and making learning fun!  Ashley loves supporting family members in understanding their child’s needs and strives to find creative and innovative ways to help families thrive.

 

 

  Jordan Truman, COTA 

Ms. Truman joined the KCOT team in October of 2017. She has provided services for children with special needs and their families in pediatric clinics throughout Houston since 2012 and became a certified occupational therapy assistant in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baylor University and an Associate of Applied Science degree from HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences in the Texas Medical Center. Jordan has 3 years experience applying the DIRⓇ/FloortimeTM Approach with children and families and has completed continuing education in DIRⓇ/FloortimeTM, Sensory Integration, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), bilateral coordination, and vestibular-proprioceptive activation. She has been trained in the application of primitive reflex integration techniques including Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Integration (MNRI) and Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), the Wilbarger Protocol of therapeutic brushing for sensory integration, the Handwriting Without Tears Ⓡ curriculum, and the Astronaut Training Protocol for vestibular-visual-auditory integration. Jordan has several years experience providing individualized care to infants, children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and with a wide variety of other developmental conditions. She values every member of the treatment team and views her role in the therapeutic process as that of a facilitator, with the children being her teachers and their caregivers, the experts. Her passion is providing the highest quality of compassionate and personalized care in enabling each child to meet their fullest potential toward functional independence and equipping families with resources and strategies best suited to meet their unique needs.