Northwest Staff

  • Carol Nunez Parker, OTR/L, C/NDT, President

    My name is Carol S. Nunez Parker and I have been an Occupational Therapist for over 46 years. I started out so very long ago working at “The Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center” in San Antonio, TX and ever since, serving children with disabilities has been my life, my love, and my passion. Throughout my career I have held various positions: The CP Center- 5 years; Trans-disciplinary Team in Oregon, City County Health Dept. 7 yrs in Montana; Harris County Dept. of Education in Houston; and finally my own private practice, which began in 1986.

    Completing the Neurodevelopmental Training both for Basic and Advanced baby course was a life long dream.

    I have learned much from all my clients and want to provide the help and nurturing environment they need. I gave thanks to all that have crossed my path as each and every one has touched my life.

     

  • Kara Syrek, OTR/L

    Kara received her M.S. in occupational therapy from Boston University’s prestigious Sargent College in 2012, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008.  Kara’s Spanish degree combined with over a year living in Spain and Mexico allow her to seamlessly communicate with clients in both Spanish and English.  Kara was born with a below-elbow amputation and wears a prosthesis on her left arm.  The personal experience living with a physical difference and learning to do tasks one-handed helps her understand the experience of children with disabilities.  Kara decided to become an occupational therapist to inspire children with disabilities to be successful in their everyday activities, and she takes pride seeing her clients make progress toward their goals.  Kara’s clinical experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, sensory processing difficulties, ADHD, extreme prematurity, cerebral palsy, visual-perceptual issues, and motor delays.  Her experience with a variety of treatment interventions such as Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Astronaut Training, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) gives her the broad skill-set and knowledge necessary to work with children with a variety of needs. She began working at NTS in 2013, and loves playing with clients in the large sensory gyms!  Kara enjoys traveling abroad, playing soccer, salsa dancing, biking, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Maegan Cardenas, OTR/L

    Maegan received her M.S in Occupational therapy from University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Exercise Science from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012. As an Occupational Therapist Maegan’s goal is to help children reach their maximum potential despite the day-to-day difficulties that they may face. Maegan loves working with children of all ages and their families. Maegan enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and spending time with her boyfriend and dog!

  • Courtney Denk, DPT, CIMI

    Courtney is the Therapy Manager for the Northwest and Katy NTS locations. She graduated from Marquette University in 2010 with a doctorate in Physical Therapy and a BS in Exercise Science in 2008. Prior to earning her physical therapy degree, Courtney worked as a certified personal trainer with an emphasis on childhood obesity, and designed fun and engaging workouts to optimize healthy living habits. Since graduation, Courtney has dedicated her PT career to pediatrics, treating all diagnoses from children with rare chromosomal disorders, to children with torticollis. She also is certified in Infant Massage. Courtney spends her weekends chasing her own children around, volunteering as a youth soccer coach, and of course during NCAA basketball season, cheering on her alma mater, the Marquette Golden Eagles.

  • Carmen Kelly, PT

    Carmen is a pediatric and adult physical therapist. She graduated from Southwestern University in 1985 with a degree in Biology.  She then completed her Master’s degree in physical therapy from Texas Women’s University in Houston in 1987. She has been a physical therapist for over 30 years, working with a varied adult and pediatric caseload.  She began working at NTS in 2001 and works part time at the Northwest location.  She has received her certification in the Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT), and incorporates those interventions into her therapy sessions. She is also certified in Education Through Music (ETM) and kinesiotaping. She is also applying to the TWU PhD Physical Therapy program. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano, gardening, crocheting, reading, volunteering, and spending time with her family.

  • Toni Perkins, PTA

    Toni has been practicing as a physical therapist assistant since January 2000.  She enjoys treating clients on land and in aquatic settings.  She began working at NTS in October 2006.  Prior to this, she practiced at an outpatient rehabilitation center specializing in pediatrics, school based therapy and early childhood intervention program.  Toni has attended numerous continuing education courses to develop skills in NDT, Myofacial Release (MFR), kinesiotaping, and aquatics.  She enjoys working with adaptive equipment – standers, walkers and wheelchairs, to see that functional use and positioning is optimal.  In her spare time, she likes to work in the yard, visit friends and go to the beach.

  • Tahira Gibson, CCC-SLP

    Tahira received her M.S. in speech-language pathology from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX in 2017. She also received her B.S. in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2015. During her graduate career, Tahira conducted research on improving the articulation abilities of children with cochlear implants using ultrasound technology. Tahira has worked in public schools, home health, and outpatient settings.  She has experience working with children and adults with difficulties in language, articulation, fluency, dysphagia/feeding, cognitive communication, social communication, hearing loss, etc. She has experience with several populations from late-talkers and autism to genetic syndromes, neurologic conditions, and cognitive disabilities. Tahira is passionate about helping others share their lives and experiences through the enhancement of communication skills. Tahira enjoys fishing (when her dad is there to manage her line), exercising, taking trips to the beach/lake, reading, cooking (and eating), and spending time with loved ones.

  • Blanca Alonzo, Medical Records

    Blanca is the medical records coordinator for NTS.  She has been with NTS for over 25 years.  Along with records coordinator responsibilities, she also takes on many other roles including:  typing, reception duties, financial liaison, & decorator.  In other words, Blanca is everyone’s right hand woman!  In her spare time, she enjoys painting and spending time with her family.

  • Cristal LaBelle, Financial Representative

    Cristal graduated from Lonestar College in 2013 with an associates degree in Applied Science as a Paramedic. She has experience woking with children in a daycare and working as a paramedic. She began working as a financial representative at NTS in 2014. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and playing with her young son.

  • Oralia Meneses, Scheduler

    Oralia grew up in Spring Branch, near the NTS Northwest location. She has extensive experience working as a receptionist and scheduler in hospital and clinic settings. She joined the NTS Northwest team in 2015, and excels at interacting with clients and their families. On weekends, she enjoys being with her family and walking her dogs.

  • Aubrey Tate, Therapy Tech

    Aubrey just graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She's worked with children since her freshman year of college, and was a tech at another pediatric clinic before she moved to Houston. She knows that she wants a career centered around helping children and their families, and is leaning towards Marriage and Family Therapy at the moment. She hopes that NTS will solidify her goals and provide her with more hands-on experience before graduate school. During her free time, Aubrey enjoys trying out new vegetarian recipes, spending time with her boyfriend and two cats at home, and scaring herself with mystery novels.