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Our Staff

Dr. Robin Pearson

Executive Director

Dr. Pearson comes to the Shorkey Center with a myriad of experiences. She brings leadership and programming through management of multi-facility gymnastics program in Austin which provided preschool and afterschool learning opportunities in addition to gymnastics. She is a Special Education teach with over 10 years of experience working in El Paso, Lubbock and California. Most recently, she was the Intake Director at a pediatric therapy clinic in California working with an interdisciplinary team of therapists. Robin completed her Doctorate from Creighton University. Her dissertation project investigated understanding and facilitation of social emotional development at a diverse socio-economic status preschool. She is a 2020 Fellow Graduate in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities Interdisciplinary Training Program from University of Southern California, LA Children’s Hospital. Collaborative interdisciplinary training focused on improving the health of children through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Policy Project: Access to evidence-based mental health treatment for infant and toddlers.

Front Office

Clarissa Medina, BS

Business Office Manager/
Insurance Billing Administrator

Karla Rios

Scheduling Coordinator/Bilingual

Katheryn Littles

Referral Coordinator

Laura Mireles

Marketing and Outreach Manager
/ Bilingual

Physical Therapy

Dr. Christie O'Neal - PT, DPT, ATRIC

Physical Therapist, Therapy Manager

Dr. O’Neal has worked for the Shorkey Center since 2019. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2003 before attending Western University of Health Science’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Pomona, CA. She moved to Texas in 2007, in her last year of graduate school after meeting the love of her life, a born and raised Southeast Texan. She brings over 13 years of experience in a multitude of therapy settings in the Southeast Texas area, including hospital acute care, outpatient, and home health. She has spent the past 11 years working as a pediatric physical therapist in early intervention, school systems, and outpatient settings. In 2019, just prior to accepting her position at Shorkey, Christie traveled to Sanibel, FL to become aquatic therapy certified by the ATRI group. She believes that by combining both land and water approaches it will help her client’s achieve greater therapeutic benefits and clinical outcomes than land techniques alone.

Jessica Salgado, DPT

Physical Therapist

Mallory Haynes – PTA, ATRIC

Physical Therapy Assistant

Misti Carpenter – PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Jiorel Buendia – PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Damaris Thrash – Tech

Therapy Tech

Rosemary Anfonso

Therapy Tech

Occupational Therapy

Chelsea Landry – MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Tyler Wesson – MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Shinette Appling – MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Shinette Appling – MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Aeris Broussard – MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Tyler Wesson – MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Ashley Hester – COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Breanna Richards – BS, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Madison Mueller, COTA/L

Speech Therapy

Tricia Costouros – M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Susan Thomas – M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Alex Henry- MCD, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Therapeutic Recreation

Raquel Emery, BS, CTRS

Raquel graduated from the University of Toledo with her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 2021 where she played Division 1 softball throughout her time in Toledo. Upon graduation, she completed her clinical internship at a Veterans Hospital in Augusta, GA where she led sports therapy, tai chi, mixed martial arts as well as created and implemented Beekeeping Therapy Recreation Program for PTSD and stress symptoms. Shortly after completing her clinical internship, she sat for the national exam to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Coming from a military family, Raquel has lived in a multitude of states but is a former Texas resident as she lived in Austin, TX in her youth. She is excited to be back in Texas and introduce Recreation Therapy to Southeast Texas.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Kaitlyn Joines, MA, BCBA, LBA

ABA Supervisor

Kaitlyn Joines joined Shorkey in October of 2021. She graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development in 2019 before attending University of North Texas for her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. She graduated in August 2022 and obtained her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) certification in February 2023. Kaitlyn has about four years of experience working as a Registered Behavior Technician and has worked with a variety of children aged a year and half to fourteen years old. Kaitlyn is a SETX native and currently resides in Beaumont with her pug and two cats. Outside of work, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with family. She also leads the Family Support Group for the Shorkey Center where they meet at the beginning of each month to share similar life experiences and encourage one another. Kaitlyn has a huge heart for children with special needs and is dedicated to making a difference in her community.

Aleida Duenas, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

ABA Supervisor

Aleida joined Shorkey in July 2022. She is a California native, with 12 years’ experience in ABA, with ages ranging 2-21. Aleida originally started as a behavior technician and loved it so much she worked her way up to become a BCBA. She graduated from California State University-CI with a Bachelors in Psychology, and went on to receive her Masters in Special Education/ Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Aleida is passionate about providing children with an inclusive and holistic approach to learning. In her spare time, Aleida loves to travel to different countries (her goal is 50!) and spend time with her dogs Maggie and Lulu.

Kennedy Rivera, BA

ABA Operations Manager

Kennedy Rivera joined Shorkey as a behavior technician in May of 2022, and in July of 2022 she passed the certification test to become a Registered Behavior Technician. She graduated from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in December of 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. A San Antonio native, she has enjoyed the family, culture, and community that The Shorkey Center and all that SETX has to offer. She currently resides in Orange with her fiancée, cat, and two dogs. Outside of work, Kennedy likes to spend time with her fiancée and fur-babies. She also likes to explore and find new fun things to do when her family comes to visit. Kennedy has always known that she wanted to work with children with special needs and is overjoyed to have the opportunity to help all the wonderful families we serve.

Aleida Duenas, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Timmie (Erin) Vardell – BAS, MA

ABA Intern

Kristina Dula – BS

ABA Intern

Cristina Nix

Tricia Higgins

Haley Boyd

Tatyana Nellison

Ahmiyah Crowder

Davin Kalena

Jenny Green – MA

ABA Intern

Shyanne Nelson

Behavior Technician

Mary (Weezie) Bibbs

Tramail Crane

Instruction Junction
Inclusive Preschool

Christin Hilton, BA

Preschool Director

Christin Hilton joined Shorkey in May of 2022. She graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. She brings over 13 years of childcare experience.  Christin lives in Mid-County with the love of her life and their dog. Outside of work Christin is an auxiliary member with the Jefferson County Water District #10 Volunteer Fire Department. 


Elani Bahena


Elizabeth Lopez


Deanna Spikes

Asst. Teacher

Linda Guillen

Asst. Teacher

Valerie Cane

Kitchen – Cook


Dani Riddle


Dan Durie

RBT, Pathways

Lexi Fair, AA


Breanna Hawk


Willie Williams


Kathleen Burro

Cleaning and Disinfecting

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