Veronica Llanos Butler
Veronica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and Master’s degree in Education K-12, Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, Veronica is licensed in several other therapeutic modalities and is a Fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapists (NMT). Over the years Veronica has presented on and worked with a variety of populations and age groups in and around the Houston area. She is currently on several different boards and holds memberships advocacy groups to help educate and promote music therapy awareness locally, regionally and nationally.
Vanessa founded Family First Speech Therapy in January 2014 and is dedicated to understanding the whole child. As one of only 2 fully certified speech pathologists in Profectum and ICDL in DIR® / Floortime™ here in Houston, she understands her clients challenges – how they process language, how they become regulated and how they move their body in order to build a strong foundation for communication. She is passionate about this model and in her sessions, family members are encouraged to join and be part of the interaction with their children. With over 10 years of experience, Vanessa is the guiding influence behind the Family First Speech philosophy.
Erica is a Texas certified special educator with experience in early childhood special education in an inclusive classroom environment. Erica graduated from the University of Houston with a Master’s in Education in Educational Psychology, Special Education. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston – Downtown with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, with a focus in child, educational, and abnormal psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she was a research assistant for a multi-university STEM research project. Erica’s philosophy of education ties directly to the Chinese proverb, “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” As she believes that hands on involvement is key to educational intervention for her students both with and without disabilities. Erica has always believed that music is an essential part of learning; however, experiencing the use of music therapy to enhance the learning process of her students has transformed her into a strong advocate for music therapy services for individuals with and without disabilities.
Holly Griffith Terrell
Holly is an attorney in Houston with a practice focusing on helping families with children with special needs with special education and health insurance issues. Holly graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 and South Texas College of Law in 2005 cum laude. In 2012, Holly gave birth to a beautiful baby girl with Down syndrome and discovered a strong passion for helping families of children with special needs navigate the complicated education and health insurance systems to receive necessary services for their children. Having witnessed her daughters’ growth as a result of music therapy, Holly is a staunch believer in the power of learning through music.
Rachelle completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2001. She completed her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2007. Over the years Rachelle has worked with various populations and in multiple settings ranging from school districts, outpatient clinics, and home health agencies. The best fit for her is working in the home health setting. Patients with Autism have always been a wonderful challenge and passion of hers. She founded an annual benefit called Dance for Autism in 2010. The inspiration came after witnessing the amazing effects music therapy has on patients with Autism. In 2013 she was asked to become a board member of The Music Therapy Center of Houston which she happily accepted.