KSPS is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of our clients and their families. We are committed to providing flexible scheduling options. Speech-language pathologists review progress and provide training to families on a weekly basis. Consultations with teachers, physicians, and other professionals are scheduled to coordinate services. Our staff will obtain referrals, prescriptions, and reports as needed from the appropriate source.
All speech-language pathologists meet the criteria for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and license from the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.
- Elizabeth Riser Parker, M.A., CCC-SLP »
- Amber McIlroy, M.A. CCC-SLP »
- Amy King, M.S. CCC-SLP »
- Kim Richards, M.A. CCC-SLP»
- Kayla O'Connor, M.S. CCC-SLP»
- Joyce B. Marston, M.A., CCC-SLP »
- Amy Curry, M.S., CCC-SLP »
Elizabeth Riser Parker, M.A., CCC-SLP earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in Communicative Disorders from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her interest in people with communication disorders started with taking sign-language classes and later interpreting for the deaf at church at the age of 16. Elizabethís career includes a diverse background in speech-language pathology including public schools, where she completed her Clinical Fellowship Year, as well as hospitals, nursing homes, home health, and private practice. Elizabeth has a passion for helping people of all ages to communicate; however Elizabeth has a special interest in children with severe unintelligibility and training parents of preschoolers. In addition to treating patients, ElizabethĎs main responsibility is in overseeing the clinic operations and mentoring, supervising and training staff.
Elizabeth holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and a license from the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Currently, she is active with Independent Therapy Providers Association, focusing on how to advocate for the patients of private therapy clinics including better health care reimbursement rates and polices for people with communication disorders. Elizabeth enjoys speaking at conferences regarding the operation and management of private practice as well as at parent groups to answer questions and provide guidance about speech and language therapy and development.
In addition to operating KSPS, Elizabeth is very busy with her husband, school age son, and twin girls who are now pre-schoolers! Elizabeth enjoys traveling, cheering on the local sports teams, attending musicals, volunteering at church, and participating in community groups including the Kingwood Area Mothers of Multiples and her college alumni group.
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Amber McIlroy, M.A., CCC-SLP received her Bachelorís degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University, in 2005 and Masterís degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston, in 2007. Amber completed her clinical fellowship in Humble I.S.D. and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She also holds a license from the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.
Amber primarily works with children and has a special interest in working with children with autism. Amber has diverse experience working with children of all ages. Amber serves as a caring and compassionate speech-language pathologist who takes her clientsí goals and desires into consideration when determining the best therapy techniques to implement.
Amber has had a passion for speech-language pathology since she graduated from high school. She worked for Kingwood Speech Pathology Services whenever possible throughout her college career because she enjoyed the exposure to the world of speech pathology. Amber enjoys spending time with her family (especially her baby girl) and friends, reading, and traveling.
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Amy King, M.S., CCC-SLP grew up in the Dallas area. She went to college in the great city of Lubbock, Texas! Amy graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a bachelor of science in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in May 2005, and a master of science in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2007. She joined the staff of Kingwood Speech following graduation and completed her Clinical Fellowship Year there too. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA as well as a license as from the Texas Board of Examiners. Amy is active in the state professional organization (TSHA), and a member of the TSHA Career Awareness Committee.
She has worked with children and adults with a variety of diagnoses including: articulation, language, autism, Down syndrome, cleft lip/palate, aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, accent reduction and more.
Amy became interested in speech-language pathology as her sister's speech improved through speech therapy. Her sister was born with a cleft lip and palate. Amy often served as an 'interpreter' for her sister until she was dismissed from therapy. Now, her sister is a beautiful college student who could talk to you or the president without a trace of an articulation disorder. No one knows how much work she did growing up!
Amy enjoys water skiing, wake boarding, tubing and floating at the lake with her family and friends. She likes laughing, dancing, and playing games as well as Dallas Cowboy and Texas Tech football!
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Kim Richards, M.A., CCC-SLP grew up in the Dallas area, but has called the Houston area home since 2008. She joined the team at Kingwood Speech Pathology Services in May 2012 and completed her Clinical Fellowship Year at KSPS in March 2013. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as a license in speech-language pathology from the Texas Board of Examiners.
Kim attended Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelor's degree in English in 2006. She worked in retail management and as a high school English teacher before returning to school to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. She received her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from The University of Houston in May 2012. During her studies, she completed clinical experiences at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital and Texas Children's Hospital- Main, as well as at the University of Houston Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.
Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, baby boy, and energetic dog. She likes to read comic books and online shop. Kim loves all kinds of animals. If she weren?t a speech-language pathologist, she would love to work at the zoo! She feels so blessed to be part of the Kingwood Speech Pathology family!
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Kayla O'Connor, M.S., CCC-SLP received both her Bachelorís and Masterís degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Kayla knew at an early age she wanted to pursue a career in which she was of service to others. Thankful to a high school research project focusing on further careers, she discovered the wonderful field of Speech Pathology.
As an undergraduate, a unique research project allowed Kayla to present her research with a mentoring professor at the national American Speech and Hearing Association conference in 2008.
Professionally, she has worked in the public school system, home health and private practice settings, with populations ranging from 3-22 years of age. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and a current state license from the Texas Board of Examiners. Kayla thoroughly enjoys what she does and is excited about all there is to continue to learn.
In her free time, Kayla enjoys live music, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on her home stateís beloved New Orleans Saints.
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Joyce B. Marston, M.A., CCC-SLP received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology from San Jose State University. She holds a Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a license from the Texas Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA).
An elective course in Communications during her Freshman year of college, sparked her interest in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Prior to moving to Houston and joining Kingwood Speech Pathology Services, Joyce was a speech-language pathologist with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. After retiring from the school district, she started a private practice providing services to preschoolers and school age children in their homes and/or school setting.
Joyce has served as coordinator of the Speech Pathology Program in the School of Education at Nevada State College in Henderson, Nevada, and has been a part-time faculty memberfor San Jose State University, Nova Southeastern University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Nevada State College.
Joyce comes to KSPS with many years of experience working with children primarily in the areas of apraxia, phonological disorders, autism, language and literacy.
When not working, Joyce enjoys the companionship of her two dogs, Yoga, music, theater, traveling, and visiting with family and friends.
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Amy Curry, M.S., CCC-SLP grew up in Atlanta, GA, but has lived in many places. Sheís lived in Charleston(SC), Dallas (TX), and Grande Prairie, AB (Canada) before calling Houston home in November 2015. She joined the team at Kingwood Speech Pathology Services in September 2016, and she couldnít be happier to be here! She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as a license in speech-language pathology from the Texas Board of Examiners.
Amy attended the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where she received Bachelorís degrees in both German and Theatre. She worked as a corporate event planner before returning to school to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Masterís degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in May 2011. During her time in graduate school, Amy worked with both the adult and pediatric populations in multiple environments, such as nursing homes, outpatient facilities, public schools, and hospitals.
Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She loves reading, cooking, and traveling. Additionally, she has a deep affection for animals and tends to adopt strays that come across her path (much to her husbandís annoyance!). She is thrilled to join the team at Kingwood Speech Pathology.
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American Speech Language and Hearing Association »
Our speech-language pathologists participate in the following organizations:
Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association »
Houston Association for Communication Disorders »
American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology
and Audiology »
Independent Therapy Providers Association »
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