Northwest Staff

  • Carol Nunez Parker, OTR 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 Gleason Syrek, OTR

    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.

  • Cindy Hornsby, OTR

    Cindy graduated with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy in 1991 from the School of Allied Health Sciences at U.T.M.B. in Galveston, where she grew up. She has always worked in pediatrics, but has seen a few adult clients over the years as well. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and has taken extensive coursework in Cranio Sacral technique and kinesiotaping. She has also taken Handwriting Without Tears, ILS, Therapeutic Listening, Zones of Regulation, Nurtured Heart Approach, and several sensory courses in addition to her SIPT certification. She also has experience with aquatics, Social Thinking, feeding and several oral motor techniques.  She has worked in both public and private schools, ECI, inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, horse riding therapy facilities, and home health. She has a strong affinity for children with sensory processing disorder, including children with autism. In her spare time, she gives and takes classes in essential oils. She is hopelessly addicted to grown-up coloring and Zentangles. She lives with her teenage daughter, who is her “happy thought". They share space with 2 dogs and 4 cats. She and her daughter enjoy attending festivals, going to concerts, theatre, anything on/in/around the water, attending painting classes and being around horses. Her favorite holidays are April Fool’s, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving (all that yummy food and no shopping in the malls!). She previously worked at NTS from 2004-2006, and then returned again to work for NTS in 2016.

  • 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.

  • Stephanie Sidoruk, CCC-SLP

    Stephanie is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in both Texas and Massachusetts.  In high school and early college years, she worked as an assistant to children with Autism and other syndromes, when she discovered the joy that comes from teaching children to communicate.  After these summer jobs and exposure to various teaching methods (e.g., PECS, ABA, sign language, etc), Stephanie was eager to learn more about communication disorders.  After graduating from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst with a Masters in Communication Disorders in 2008, Stephanie began her career working with children birth to three and became a Certified Early Intervention Specialist in Massachusetts.  She facilitated a feeding group designed for picky eaters, concentrated on working with infants and toddlers with hearing loss, and focused her continuing education on effective treatment approaches for chirlren who are non-verbal.  She has worked with a wide range of disabilities and various levels of severity, including autism, receptive/expressive communication disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, hearing impairments, fluency, etc. She began working at both NTS locations in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, exploring Texas, spending time with friends, reading, and cooking.

  • Jodie Montemayor, Massage Therapist

    Jodie graduated from Houston School of Massage in 2007. She has experience working as a Massage Therapist in spas and with private clients. She specializes in Swedish Massage, and enjoys learning about new therapeutic techniques to promote wellness and relaxation. Jodie has an interest in clinical settings and is currently studying to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Jodie is also an Army veteran! On weekends, she enjoys biking, watching movies, and exploring nature with her children.

  • Hanan Khalil, Therapy Tech

    Hanan has a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Sam Houston State University. She has experience working as a registered behavior therapist with children with autism and is currently pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. She is very passionate about working with individuals with special needs and began working at NTS in May 2017. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Houston and Austin, camping, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family. She is excited to be a part of the NTS team and is looking forward to gaining insight and experience in therapy and empowering others to reach their full potential. 

  • Jessica Maddox, Bookkeeper

    After 15 years in the banking industry, Jessica graduated from DeVry University in 2015 with a degree in Business Adminstration. Shortly after, she began working as a bookkeeper at NTS. In her spare time, she enjoys chasing around her five children!

  • 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.

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NTS will be offering handwriting camps, feeding camps, social/movement camps and SCUBA classes this summer? Stay tuned for more details!