Darla Grant

Meet Darla Grant – Today’s Role Model for Women in Healthcare

THERAPY 2000 is thrilled to announce that Darla Grant, PT, MPT, has been named Chief Operating Officer. Grant joined the company in 2010 as a part-time Physical Therapist and has been a mentor and servant leader to our employees throughout her tenure. A Modern Role Model A 24-year healthcare and therapy veteran, Grant has worked with clients of all types. She uses her education and expertise to create the kind of experience in which employees thrive. Grant, a single mother of two grown children, Shelby and Hunter, is an example that women truly can have it all – family, career, and personal satisfaction in what they do. Getting to the Top Like most successful leaders, Grant worked her way through the organization, learning and impressing her managers in each role she was given. Soon after joining THERAPY 2000 as a part-time therapist, she was promoted to district supervisor. In 2012, she was promoted to East Texas Division Director, and in 2017, she was named Senior Director, Operations. In this role, Darla was responsible for patient care statewide. In her role as COO, Grant is responsible for aligning the back-office and clinical sides of the organization. In addition to leading the service delivery aspect of the organization, she now oversees the patient intake and insurance authorizations processes, marketing, and recruiting. Local Roots, Global Branches Grant enjoys traveling and has taking cruises. She has spent time in parts of Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Traveling has given her the ability to embrace and appreciate various cultures and traditions, which gives her an appreciation for the uniqueness of her clients and staff. However, she is also a deep-rooted Texan who loves watching Texas A&M football. Grant received her Bachelors from Texas A&M University and her Master’s from the University of Texas-Medical Branch.


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Speech Therapy Success Story- Jane

Jane is an 11-year-old girl who enjoys playing with Beanie Babies and Barbie dolls. Her parents referred Jane for speech therapy due to concerns about her difficulties with speaking clearly and completing given tasks such as daily chores without repeated reminders. Jane’s overall speech intelligibility was notably compromised and was comprehensive to listeners about 50% of the time, especially if the subject of the conversation was unfamiliar to her. She required verbal reminders 100% of the time, even when a single task was given. Initial Speech Therapy Evaluation During the initial speech and language evaluation, the evaluating therapist, Makiko Ogawa, learned that Jane was receiving speech therapy services in a special education classroom at school due to having been diagnosed with intellectual disability. After standardized tests for articulation and language were administered, Makiko gathered additional data and information from Jane and her parents to develop the most appropriate treatment plan. Considering the evaluation results and Jane’s unique learning styles, therapy goals were set in order to maximize Jane’s cognitive-communicative functions, instead of working on specific articulation or language skills. “Things I Can Do Better” Once therapy began, Jane and Makiko discussed what makes a person’s speech intelligible or unintelligible, and they demonstrated intelligible vs. non-intelligible speech. Based on the discussion and reverse demonstrations of the patient’s speaking demeanor by her SLP, Jane chose three elements: the rate of speech, the volume of speech,  and eye contact as “the things I can do better.” Those three elements were practiced repeatedly via a variety of therapy tasks and multi-modal assistance, like using a mirror and creating recordings. As for Jane’s difficulty of completing the given multiple tasks, the visual task board of “First…then…” was introduced. This is a type of low-tech, assistive communication device to indicate with picture icons what needs to be done […]


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Employee Spotlight- Michelle

Meet Michelle Tebout, a Therapy 2000 Speech-Language Pathologist in our DFW division. She was born and raised in Northwest Indiana (near Chicago/Lake Michigan) and recently moved to Fort Worth to enjoy the warmer weather. Education Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Master’s from Indiana State University. Michelle was introduced to speech therapy by a sorority sister who encouraged her to take a speech/audiology class and was immediately hooked. The more Michelle learned, the more she fell in love with the field.  She loves working in pediatric home health because the setting allows her to work alongside caregivers in the child’s environment, and it requires quick thinking Hobbies in Fort Worth and Around the World Michelle comes from a big family. She has three older brothers and four nieces/nephews. They very close-knit, and she has already welcomed a few visitors since moving here three months ago! She is having fun getting to know Fort Worth and eating at various restaurants. Some of Michelle’s hobbies include traveling the world, cycling, hiking and spending time with her 8-month-old puppy, Mowgli. Michelle has traveled several places over the years, and her favorite so far was Bangkok, Thailand.  Her next travel destination is Barcelona, Spain Pediatric Background In Indiana, Michelle worked in a pediatric clinic where she served both ECI and private-pay patients. She has also for an acute-care hospital. Since graduating, Michelle’s passion has been working with the pediatric population. She enjoys early language development as well as helping patients with ASD and motor-planning difficulties. Michelle is excited to expand her knowledge on feeding interventions in the next year. She is looking forward to meeting and working with other therapists throughout the organization.


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Speech Therapy Patient Spotlight: Josue

Josue is a very happy 4-year-old boy who loves Lightning McQueen, playing games with his little sister and friends, and watching movies. Josue was diagnosed with a Specific Developmental Disorder of Motor Function and a Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder. He started receiving speech therapy services with Therapy 2000 in May of 2018. When therapy began, Josue had a vocabulary of approximately 5 words, could not follow simple 1-2 step directions, and only communicated via gestures and single word utterances at times. Ashley Jarrett met Josue when she was shadowing physical therapist Emily Parks, as a new employee.  Josue had been waiting for ST services for approximately 2 years, although he was out of her treatment are Ashely wanted to work with Josue over the summer.  After only 2 and a half months of services, Josue is now able to speak in three to four-word utterances, identify all his body parts, label common objects, follow 2-step directions, request help, and communicate wants/needs in English and Spanish. Josue has come a long way in such a short amount of time due to his hard work, mom’s willingness and motivation to work with him daily, and a physical therapist who went above and beyond to recommend speech/language services to help this awesome kid and family! Ashley is so proud of all the progress they were able to make and the goals they were able to accomplish in such a short time! Ashley Jarrett, M.S. CCC-SLP   After Ashley started working with Josue, Emily was able to notice a huge increase in his talking during physical therapy sessions. Josue was able to name all the colors for the toys that we typically play with. Also, instead of pointing at the toy he wanted to play with, he would say words such as “block”, “ball”, […]


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Before they were SLP Interns, they were superheroes in Uganda

In Spring 2018, Louise Havron and Marissa Fretz had the unique opportunity to spend their final graduate school externship working with Hope Speaks, a nonprofit organization developed to provide speech therapy, advocacy, and education to children and adults across Kampala, Uganda. While in Uganda, Louise and Marissa worked with children and families who have faced and overcome a variety of challenges. Some lived in 10×10 rooms in a slum, walking several miles each day to then sit in a waiting room until their child to be treated. Others have had to remove their kids from school because transportation became unavailable or tuition could no longer be paid. Through speech therapy, they empowered families to help their loved ones and saw both children and adults who had a lot to say once given the means and guidance to express themselves. Both Louise and Marissa were overwhelmed by the selflessness of the community and the motivation of their patients’ families to find help. They observed that when an individual learned something new, it spread through the community and resulted in greater education, awareness, and acceptance. Louise and Marissa both said that seeing communities work together and take care of each other – striving to help each child reach their full potential and participate more fully in life – was indescribable. They felt extremely blessed to have the opportunity to raise awareness about how speech therapy can increase the quality of life. Both feel that working with and growing with the families in and around Kampala was a life-changing experience. As time goes on, Louise and Marissa pray for increased education greater accessibility to therapy services for communities across Uganda. The experience, they said, both changed and molded their perspectives on life and resilience. They learned that while we don’t get to choose […]


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