Our Staff

Brittany Smith, MOT, OTR

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 Brittany is a registered occupational therapist with a Master's degree in occupational therapy. She has been an occupational therapist for 17 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 2000. She received her Master's degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman's University in the Houston Medical Center in 2003. She has extensive experience with sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment, DIR/Floortime Approach, feeding therapy, strength, balance and coordination training, multisensory handwriting, concussion rehabilitation and yoga for children. She is passionate about empowering her patients and their families to reach their highest potential. She is devoted to bringing joy to the lives of her patients and their families.

Yazmin Ramos, Child Development Specialist

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Yazmin Ramos has lead Empower’s Educational Program for 2.5 years. She began her studies at Houston Community College (2000) and Texas A&M University (2001). In 2009 she received her CDA credential through Child Development Council for Professional Recognition. Her 15 years of previous professional experience were acquired in a center based Early Childhood Education Program as a lead teacher. Yazmin led a teacher mentoring program at one of the most reputable and prestigious schools in the Spring Branch/Memorial area. As well as teaching, Yazmin served on the TUMC school board as a teacher representative and is a current member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She is CPR trained and First Aid certified with the American Red Cross. She specialized in writing a rich curriculum focusing on early literacy/math/social and emotional development/creative art/social studies/STEM/Character Building/Handwriting without Tears. Her multi-sensory teaching approach allows for each child to be supported in their individual learning style. Yazmin also assists in regulating social skills groups and handwriting classes offered at Empower. She is passionate about providing a rich and learning environment that implements an individual program tailored to each child’s educational need. When Yazmin isn’t pouring her love of teaching into the classroom she devotes her time to her two teenage children. Her daughter Arianna  and son Eduardo enjoy sports and are very active in the community through Student Council, Honor Society and church volunteer programs. Yazmin is very proud of her children and is thrilled to help each child at Empower reach their greatest learning potential while giving the needed support for successful school year.

Brooke Paulsen, COTA/L

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Natalie Manteca, COTA/L

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Jamie West, MS,CCC-SLP

Jessie Saladino, B.S., SLPA Office Manager/Patient Relations

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Jessie graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in speech-language and hearing sciences. Since graduation she has built her career in a variety of professional settings such as, multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, home healthcare, and behavioral mental health clinic as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA). Her favorite part of being a therapist was making those personal connections with patients and their families, advocating for the most beneficial services, and seeing their personalities bloom through therapy intervention. Jessie has maintained her license through taking continuing education course related to creating highly engaged teams, ethics, HIPPA regulations, and documenting medical necessity which she is so excited to utilize those skills in her new role at Empower!  

In Jessie’s free time she enjoys volunteering for various special needs organizations, fundraising for non-profits, being outdoors, and hanging out with her cats!