Melissa Balthazor is the owner of Round Rock Children’s Therapy Center. She was born and raised in Baileyville, Kansas. Melissa received her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University in 2004.
Melissa has 12 years of experience providing treatment to the pediatric population in public school settings (both at the primary and secondary levels) and pediatric outpatient clinics. Areas of exposure include spectrum disorders (e.g., Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Asperger’s Syndrome), Apraxia of Speech, Rett’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, phonological disorders, fluency disorders (i.e., stuttering), cognitive deficits, cleft lip and palate, and other general speech, language, and oral motor delays.
Melissa has attended numerous conferences and workshops to ensure that she is providing the most current methods of treatment to all her clients. Some noteworthy speech therapy trainings that she has completed include The Social Thinking Clinical Training Program Level 1-Assessment at Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic in San Jose, CA, The Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing program (LiPS) provider program, and the SOS Approach to Feeding.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys running, shopping, reading, traveling, gardening and spending time with her husband Colt and her two boys Oliver and Charlie.
Danya was born in San Angelo, TX but was raised in Lubbock, TX. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science at Texas Tech
University, Health Science Center. Even though she bleeds red and black, she decided to head east to attend Abilene Christian University for her Master’s
degree. Her life adventures brought her to Austin, TX and she began her career in August 2013 at Round Rock Children’s Therapy Center and she is currently the lead speech therapist at the clinic. She has provided treatment to a variety of children with different diagnosis that include: apraxia of speech, Autism spectrum, fluencydisorders, hearing impairments, sensory processing disorders, developmental disorders and delays, and accent modification. She attended the SOS approach to feeding in February 2015 and the Michelle Garcia Winner conference in March 2016 and has led several feeding sessions and social thinking groups since that time.
Along with working hard, Danya loves to play hard. During her free time, she loves to go shopping for classic vinyl records, antiquing, reading, running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Kristen Benavides was born and raised in the Austin area. She has 4 years of experience providing treatment to the pediatric population in outpatient clinics. She joined Round Rock Children’s Therapy Center in October 2015 and has provided treatment to a children with a variety of diagnosis. Kristen excels in treating children with articulation difficulties and developmental delays. She has been an integral part of several social thinking groups.
Kristen recently attended the 2017 TSHA conference hosted in Austin where she gained knowledge and treatment ideas for feeding and articulation. She is an avid gardener and loves raising chickens!
Una is originally from a small town in Northwest New Mexico. She graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Mexico and has 4 years of experience with the pediatric population. She is nationally licensed with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and licensed in the state of Texas. Since her graduation, Una has worked in private clinic settings and public school settings. She has experience treating children with autism, developmental delays, dysgraphia, feeding difficulties, fine and gross motor skills, feeding difficulties, handwriting difficulties, sensory processing disorders, and visual motor and perceptual difficulties. She has specialized training in the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, Therapeutic Listening, and the SOS Approach to Feeding. Una has been a part of the team at Round Rock Children’s Therapy Center since April 2014.
Brandi was born in the small town of Socorro, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of Eastern New Mexico-Roswell and received her Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. A year later she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from Eastern New Mexico University- Portales. Brandi has 7 years of pediatric experience, working in home health and the school setting. Areas of experience include ADHD, developmental delays, visual perceptual skills, handwriting and behavior interventions. Brandi is excited to start working in the clinical setting and with the team at Round Rock Children’s Therapy Center.
Brandi’s hobbies are reading, painting pottery, traveling and spending time with her husband, Kevin, and three children, Annika, Josh and Brayden.