Michelle Reed, OTR
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.
Aly joined the KCOT team in February 2019. She graduated with a Bachelors of Behavioral and Brain Science degree in Child Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Dallas and earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist and it is her passion to provide top quality care for both the kiddos she works with, as well as their family. She has clinical experience with a variety of populations including Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADD/ ADHD, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, etc. She is enthusiastic about joining the KCOT team and supporting children and their families by providing unique, individualized treatment focusing on the child’s strengths while also challenging them to reach their fullest potential.
Gina joined the KCOT team in July 2018 after graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including outpatient pediatric, mental health, and inpatient acute, but has always felt her talents lie in working with children. In the fall of 2017, Gina completed intensive training in northern Italy implementing the DIR®/Floortime™ Approach with a pediatric population. She has seen the positive therapeutic change that can come when incorporating a child’s interests and emotional engagement within the family context. Gina is passionate about implementing evidence-based care, and actively seeks continuing education experiences while contributing to occupational therapy literature. Outside of KCOT, Gina enjoys traveling (especially back to Italy), indoor cycling, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be back in her home state of Texas as part of the KCOT team!
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.
Judy Nhan, CCS, Billing Manager
Judy is a Certified Coding Specialist. She joined Family First Speech & Kids Connect Occupational Therapy clinic as a Billing Manager in 2016. Judy has strong knowledge and experience with Medicaid and different commercial health insurance plans, specifically for pediatric therapy services. In addition to her medical and billing experiences, she also has a wonderful way of adapting to her surroundings, even the most stressful environment. She uses her management skills and applications to solve difficult problems for both clients and staff members. Judy is an excellent addition to our team!
Henry H. Chan, MBA, CPA, Office Manager
Henry is an accounting, tax, and finance professional with over thirty years of experience in global treasury operations, including risk management at Compaq Computers, McDermott International (Houston, Texas) and Hewlett Packard Inc. (Palo Alto, California). He jumped at the opportunity to work with and support such a strong team of dedicated speech and language specialists who love what they do. Henry is diligent in providing the highest quality finance and operational expertise and is excited to be a part of the Family First community.
Vanessa Rivera, Patient Account Specialist
Vanessa comes to us with almost 3 years of operations experience in a therapy clinic along with more than 10 years of administrative and office experience. She displays passion and eagerness to assist our team members, patients and their families. At the clinic, Vanessa does what she enjoys best and maintains a positive and vivid presence in our front office and keeps the clinic running smoothly. She greets each visitor with warmth and joyousness. Vanessa is also proficient in Spanish and uses her second language to communicate with families and team for accurate translation. She is ecstatic to have gained new relationships at Family First and Kids Connect!