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Our Team

Claudia Yagel, OTR/L, CAS

Occupational Therapist/Owner/Administrator

Claudia is an El Paso native and has be serving the community for 8+ years. She obtained her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2011. Claudia has dedicated her time specializing with the pediatric population,  emphasizing in children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders. Claudia is a Certified Autism Specialist  https://apps.ibcces.org/badges/v/4bfd1  and is an Adjunct Professor at UTEP (Masters Occupational Therapy Pediatric Coursework). 

Lucia Esparza, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist/Alternate Administrator

Lucia has been a pediatric therapist in the El Paso area for over 8 years. She obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2010. In her spare time she has organized a non profit martial arts class for kids with special needs. 

Kriste Noel, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kriste obtained her Masters of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico in 1999. She has a wide range of experience from working with newborn to the geriatric population. She has specialized in working in the IDD population and with Autism. She has been trained in a large variety of modalities including but not limited to TEACCH, PECs, and AHA equine therapy.

Kriste is a certified Autism Specialist. https://apps.ibcces.org/cert/certificate/9183

Shelley Lowery, COTA/ Training Manager

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Shelley has been an Occupational Therapy Assistant for 10 years; her focus for the last 6 years has been with the pediatric population. She obtained her Associates of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Western New Mexico University in 2007.  Outside of her career Shelley enjoys spending time riding her horses and competing in rodeos.   

Katherine Kirtley, SLP-A

Speech Therapy  Assistant

Katherine graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree from New Mexico State University. Her degree has a special focus on communication disorders. She is passionate about helping individuals achieve effective communication and language skills. Outside of her career, she is a mother of two children and participates in veteran outreach programs. 

Sofia Garcia, SLP-A

Speech Therapy Assistant

Sofia is an El Paso native and graduated from New Mexico University with her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders. As a member of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, she has volunteered with elementary schools, nursing homes, and private sector. She plans on pursuing her Master's degree in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology.

Connie Franco

Office Manager

Connie has 16+ years experience in the medical field. She manages all office operations and procedures. Connie has a passion to help our patients obtain all services they need. She has a great love for her husband, children and grandchildren. 

"With God all things are possible" -Matthew 19:26

Samantha Vidalez

Executive Assistant

Samantha works with special projects/community events to promote our services. She has a beautiful daughter Gianna, whom she loves to spend time with.  She also enjoys traveling and music events.