ABOUT US

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OUR STORY

.Jessica Sekhon MS CCC-SLP is the Owner and Founder of Thrive Speech Therapy PLLC. Jessica received her Bachelor's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Texas Tech University. While earning her Bachelor's degree, Jessica worked in long-term care at a skilled nursing facility with patients at the end of life. While there, she gained a passion for patients with communication deficits. Upon graduation, she went on to receive her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from Texas Woman's University. While in graduate school, she began her career as a Speech Language Pathologist - Assistant, working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech sound disorders, language delays, and fluency difficulties. She worked in the school setting, while developing a family-centered approach to therapy. Jessica has worked with clients from birth to end-of-life, but her passion is empowering her clients to use their unique strengths to expand communication. Every person deserves the tools and opportunities to interact with the people they love, and the world around them. Every person deserves to express him or herself and to THRIVE!

Meet Our Team!

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Davinder Sekhon

Chief Operating Officer

Davinder graduated with a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology in 2008 from California State University. He is a former President of an oil & gas company who left the corporate world to further his career making a difference in children's lives! Davinder has over 15 years of experience in operations. While growing up in India, Davinder mentored underprivileged youth, creating a safe environment for them to pursue their ambitions. He has a passion for improving processes, utilizing technology and systems, which helps Thrive to work efficiently. Davinder's heart for service is seen throughout the company across the Greater Houston area.

Ashley Figueredo

Billing & Office Admin

Ashley graduated with her Associates in science and has been working in the medical field for more than 4 years as a Financial Coordinator and Clinical advisor. Ashley is bilingual, fluent in both english and spanish. She has a wide range of experience in the area of behavioral and speech therapy and with children in settings such as day cares and schools. 

Shelby Elrod

Assistant to the CEO

Shelby is currently studying to receive her Bachelors Degree in Education. She is very passionate about working with kids of all ages. She has a vast knowledge and experience working with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old in schools and childcare settings. She has always had a love for serving others and works to help each child and their family Thrive!

Our Treating Therapists

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April Jackson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist & Katy Office Director

April graduated with a Master Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree in 2016 and has previous experience as a Speech-Language Pathology-Assistant. Since beginning her experience in speech therapy in 2013, she has developed expertise in evaluating, diagnosing, as well as treating speech, language, and communications disorders.

As a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with extensive experience working with speech disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, social communication disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, April uses her broad range of skills to diagnose, develop treatment, as well as conduct therapy for speech, language, and communication disorders. A few of April’s professional skills include data analysis, strategic planning skills, and evidenced-based practices.

April is a professional who provides training and education to families/caregivers and other professionals within her scope of practice. She works collaboratively with professionals from many other disciplines such as teachers, OTs, PTs, BCBAs, RBTs.

April is most proud of her extensive experience working in various settings that relate to the area of speech-language pathology such as home health, public schools, and private therapy centers.

Angelica Adame, M.S., CCC-SLP


Angelica Adame, M.S., CCC-SLP graduated with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders in 2017 from Texas Woman’s University. She is a former bilingual elementary teacher. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2010 from Sam Houston State University. She has always loved working with children. After high school graduation, Angelica spent her summers working at a daycare. Going on field trips to the Blue Bell Factory and the Children’s Museum of Houston are some of her favorite memories.

Angelica enjoys seeing the children’s faces light up after learning new concepts. She currently works as a Speech-language Pathologist in the public schools with students 2-18 years old. She enjoys using literacy-based activities, technology, play-based activities, and vocabulary enrichment when working with individuals with communication disorders. Angelica hopes that her clients become confident communicators and are able to express themselves freely using the appropriate tools. Angelica finds joy in serving these precious clients and making an impact in their future!

Kassie Chaffin, M.S., CF-SLP


Kassie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University in 2016. She then graduated with a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Texas Womans University in 2018. She just recently graduated with her Master of Speech Language Pathology degree in 2022 and is currently completing her internship. Kassie has always worked with children for as long as she can remember. She began babysitting at a young age for kids of all ages and abilities. When she decided to pursue Speech Language Pathology while working in healthcare administration in the Houston Medical Center, she tutored students to help with academics and SAT/ACT prep. While Kassie completed her graduate program in Speech Language Pathology, she worked as both a paraprofessional in a structured learning classroom and as a speech language pathology assistant. Kassie began working as a SLPA in 2020 in the public school setting. During the two years of working in the public schools, she gained extensive experience with speech disorders including articulation and phonology, expressive language and receptive language.

Kassie enjoys utilizing play-based therapy and functional therapy to allow her clients to thrive at their full potential. Kassie has extensive experience working with children with special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder. She puts her time and effort into building rapport with her patients to build a trusting relationship that allows for a welcoming and comfortable environment for learning.

In her free time, Kassie enjoys spending time with her family and four dogs at home. She is an extreme animal lover who is involved in animal rescue and fostering. In addition to her love of animals, she also loves experiencing food from all cultures in the Houston area! Kassie is excited to continue learning and growing as a new member of the Thrive Speech Therapy team!

Jessica Reyes, B.S.,SLP-A 

Hippotherapy Department Lead

Jessica Reyes graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She is a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist Assistant with a heart to serve. Her passion to help others with communication differences began when her son was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and global developmental delay. Learning to help her son became a major focus of Jessica's life, and now she is devoted to helping others find their voice as well.

Jessica’s professional background includes working as a Path Certified Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor and as an ABA Behavior Therapist. As a riding instructor, Jessica was able to work with individuals diagnosed with varying disabilities and had the opportunity to teach each student how to gain independence, strength, and healing through learning how to care for and ride horses. Working as an ABA Therapist gave Jessica the unique ability to combine her teaching skills with a specialty; teaching children with Autism how to learn and speak in a way that was uniquely tailored to their learning style.

Jessica has a deep understanding of the rehabilitation aspects of teaching those with disabilities of all types and the unique perspective of not only a clinician, but also of a parent of a child with a speech disorder. It is Jessica’s goal to connect with and serve the families of Thrive Speech Therapy in a way that makes them feel heard and included in their individualized therapy program.

Lauren Aldridge, B.A., SLP-A

Lauren graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She then obtained her speech therapy assistant certification through the University of Houston in 2015. She worked in a variety of settings including home health, in schools, daycare and most recently, in a clinic setting, seeing a variety of speech and language disorders in each. After she had her son in 2019, she decided to stay home and raise him. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time with her child and has had such joy in watching him learn and grow daily. She has continued using her knowledge of speech and language therapy to help him communicate efficiently and effectively. Lauren enjoys utilizing play-based therapy where a child can play and use their imagination while also learning. Lauren has always been so fulfilled helping children with their speech and language difficulties and allowing them to truly blossom through their communication. 

Claudia Alba, B.S., SLP-A

Claudia Alba is a graduate of Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Essentials. She is bilingual, speaking fluent English and Spanish. She has been a speech therapist assistant since 2017 and has worked with children ages 2-15 with varying diagnoses. Claudia also has experience working in the ABA field and holds a Master’s degree in Special Education with a focus on ABA. She has worked in the ABA field for the past year and has worked with children on different levels of the spectrum. Claudia has a passion for helping children communicate and help them become more independent. She truly believes that everyone deserves a voice and should be given the opportunity to learn and grow into independent individuals. Claudia believes that play based and naturalistic approaches intertwined with structure are the most beneficial for children when it comes to learning. Claudia hopes to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst one day, and hopes that her passion for teaching children to communicate and her love for science based approaches will continue to shape the lives of those in need.

Meagan Niamien, B.S., SLP-A

Meagan graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Rehabilitation studies. Meagan is currently pursuing a teaching certification to further more her education. Meagan is currently interested in pursuing a master's in speech-language pathology. She has worked with children of all ages from various childcare facilities. She is bilingual in French and is currently learning American Sign Language. Meagan loves speech and everything about it! She is passionate about helping others grow their communication because she believes that communication is the root and foundation for the path to success.

Marina Mehta, B.S., SLP-A

Marina has always enjoyed working with children, through high school and college she worked in a Montessori school teaching during her summers. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Developmental Disabilities in 2019. After college Marina moved back to California, where she began to work for an applied behavior analysis company as a Registered Behavior Technician. During her two years as an RBT, Marina gained experience working with Children with Autism; utilizing play-based therapy. While working she also volunteered at a speech clinic to attain her clinical hours to get a SLPA license. Recently, she moved to Texas and is excited to continue her goal to work with children and help them become successful communicators. In the future Marina hopes to fulfill her dream of becoming an SLP.  

Joice Acosta, B.S., SLP-A

Joice is a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist- Assistant who graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Disorders. She plans to pursue her masters degree at Texas Woman's University in order to further her education. Joice prides herself in her ability to write, read, and speak fluently in both Spanish and English. She is dedicated to providing bilingual therapy to patients as she was born in Mexico and her family is primarily Spanish speaking. Throughout her career, she has worked with children in a variety of settings.  Before becoming a Speech Language Pathologist- Assistant, Joice worked in daycares and provided care for children at their homes. As an SLPA, she has experience working in a variety of settings including clinics, home health, and daycares, treating a variety of speech and language disorders. 


From a young age, Joice aspired to become a SLPA due to her brother receiving speech therapy throughout his entire life. Joice has a passion for giving back to the community that helped her brother. Joice is motivated by providing play therapy to children to help them learn and play at the same time! She believes that building rapport with a child and their family is essential to help children fulfill their full potential!

Elizabeth Contreras, B.S., SLP-A

Elizabeth is a bilingual (Spanish & English) Speech Language Pathologist Assistant who graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders & Deaf Studies in 2019. She moved to Houston in 2021 from Washington state after completing her clinical experience in Dallas, TX. She has provided services to children with a variety of speech and language disorders; and backgrounds across the Houston area in homes, day cares, schools, clinics, and most recently ABA centers. Elizabeth greatly enjoys helping children on the autism spectrum THRIVE by incorperating movement and sensory play into speech therapy sessions. She plans to pursue her masters to fulfill her dream of becoming an SLP one day. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling and trying new food.

 

Hien Nguyen, B.S., SLP-A

Hien graduated from the University of Houston in 2015 with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has always shown an interest in working with children, and she has worked as a speech language pathology assistant for several years in a multitude of settings. She loves helping others and being a team player. Hien believes in empowering kids to increase their confidence and help them to realize the power of their own voice. She also hopes to make sure kids are having fun while learning as well! She is so glad to be part of such an awesome team of individuals and can't wait to see what the future holds!

Lauren Abowd, B.S., SLP-A

Lauren graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders in May 2020. Currently, Lauren is studying to complete a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology through Stephen F. Austin University’s online program. 


Lauren has worked in a variety of settings including home health, schools, ABA and daycare centers and most recently, in a clinic setting. Lauren has worked with patients 2-13 years of age and has experience with Autism, Dandy Walker Syndrome, Fluency, Phonological and Articulation disorders, as well as Receptive and Expressive language disorders. Lauren believes every child deserves a way to communicate effectively and this is a goal for all of her patients. She loves connecting with her patients and their families at Thrive Speech Therapy!

Emily Blott, B.S., SLP-A

Emily graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. During her time in college, she worked as a home-health caregiver for an individual with Autism and also has experience as a volunteer in a rehabilitation facility for individuals with disabilities. Emily received her SLP-A license through Thrive Speech Therapy and has gained experience in the clinic, daycares, and ABA centers. She is very passionate about making connections with clients and their families and strives to create a happy environment for growth!

Laura Ramirez, B.A., SLP-A

Laura graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2017. She is a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist Assistant who is fluent in both English and Spanish. Laura moved to Katy, Texas at the age fifteen from Colombia to pursue a better education and to learn a second language. Laura began working with children of different ages in settings such as daycares, gym facilities and home settings prior to getting her Communication Sciences and Disorders degree. Her passion to help members of the community and her empathy motivated her to direct her career goals towards the area of clinical pediatrics where she provided services to children from ages 1 to 21 years of age. Laura is a compassionate and dedicated professional who advocates for her clients’ rights and addresses speech, language, articulation, phonology and pragmatic needs in a fun and safe environment.

Melissa Hernandez, B.S., SLP-A

Melissa Hernandez graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She always knew that her career had to revolve around kids but wasn’t sure how specifically until she spent constant time with kids with special needs. After observing several speech sessions, she quickly fell in love with how natural and fun therapy sessions are. She has worked with children ages 2-10 with varying diagnoses. Melissa previously worked in the ABA field as a Registered Behavior Technician for two years and truly enjoyed her time there as she was able to witness how quickly behaviors decreased when kids learned how to communicate effectively. Melissa loves using her bilingual skills in English and Spanish to help children gain an effective form of communication through play based therapy.