April Fontenot MOT, OTR (Occupational Therapist)
April Fontenot has lived in Houston for 16 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in special education and taught in Louisiana for 3 years and in Alief ISD for 2 years. April received her Master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in Occupational Therapy and has since been employed as an occupational therapist in the Houston and Katy areas. She has experience as an OT in a variety of settings, including school based therapy, clinical and hospital settings including adult and pediatric acute care and rehabilitation settings, as well as long term care and nursing facilities. April’s career path has taken her full circle to return to her first love which is working with differently abled children.
Faith Stilen MOT, OTR (Occupational Therapist)
Faith Stilen has lived in Richmond for the past 24 years. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2000 in Occupational Therapy, knowing her true love was to specialize in pediatrics. She has since worked in a variety of pediatric settings ranging from the hospital (NICU) to early childhood (ECI) to home health to the private clinic. Faith’s passion in life is to continue helping to improve the lives of children with “dis”abilities, making their lives, and their families’ lives, happier, healthier, and more fulfilling!
Kathryn Gort MOT,OTR (Occupational Therapist)
Katie graduated from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2011. While a graduate student, she received clinical experience in the inpatient, outpatient, and pediatric settings. She has a love for children and has focused her career in pediatrics. Katie has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, and other genetic and neurological disorders. Katie is trained in Brain Gym 101, aquatic therapy, and NDT facilitation techniques, sensory integration, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, SOS Approach to Feeding, and Kinesiotaping.
Taryn Curty MOT, OTR (Occupational Therapist)
Taryn Curty was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Sweetwater, Texas. Growing up she always knew she wanted a career where she could help and work with children. She discovered occupational therapy from observing at a pediatric outpatient clinic as an undergraduate student in Lubbock, Texas at Pediatric Therapy Inc. She graduated from the newly founded OTR program at Abilene Christian University in 2017 from their second graduating class (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy). While a graduate student, she gained experience with adults in the hospital acute care setting, as well as pediatric outpatient experience through West Texas Rehab Center of San Angelo. She was also able to observe as a level 1 student in mental health and ECI settings. After graduation and passing her board exam she moved to Richmond to work as an occupational therapist here at FPR for her first job as an occupational therapist. She also works part time for a pediatric home health company that serves clients in the home health setting in the Houston area.
Madisyn West COTA (Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant)
Madisyn was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Madisyn received her Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University then attended Houston Community College to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. While pursuing her dream of becoming an occupational therapy practitioner, Madisyn taught competitive dance to children ages 2-18 years old and coached gymnastics classes for special needs children. While a student, she received experience in treating children with various diagnoses in a clinic setting as well as hippotherapy. Madisyn also experienced providing services for adults in an in-patient and out-patient medical facility and hospice care. Madisyn became a pediatric COTA to follow her passion of working with children. Her favorite part of being a COTA is helping children find their independence and love for life! Madisyn will be attending UT Tyler’s Masters of Occupational Therapy program in the fall to pursue her career to become an OTR.