Elissa Woods, M.S., CCC-SLP
Elissa Woods is the owner and director of Children's Language Development Center. Elissa founded CLDC in 1998 in order to provide the highest quality, tailored treatment that individual therapy best provides. Elissa believes that every child has potential and that the ability to communicate is what can open the gateway for gains in all areas of development.
Elissa received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Texas. She has extensive experience in both the public schools and the private sector and enjoys collaborating with and mentoring her team of pediatric therapists in a pragmatic approach that addresses the needs of the whole child.
Elissa is a certified DIR/Floortime clinician and works closely with families to promote meaningful communication for children on the autism spectrum. Specialized areas of interest include auditory processing disorder (APD) and semantic-pragmatic language disorder. Elissa has specialized training in Beckman Oral Motor protocol, the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding therapy, the neuro-semantic pragmatic approach to language learning (Arwood), and is a Level II PROMPT trained professional. She is also the recipient of the ASHA ACE Award for continued professional study.
Elissa and her husband have two grown children and are blessed with four grandchildren. When not getting messy and having fun with her young patients or spending time with her family, Elissa enjoys many outdoor activities including scuba diving, hiking, camping, and organic gardening.
Meet Our Team
Leonore Hicks, M.S., CCC-SLP
Norie is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in pediatrics. She earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern Methodist University and her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. She has experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of communication disorders including speech sound disorders (articulation), language disorders, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fluency, and genetic syndromes such as Down syndrome. She is a Level II PROMPT trained clinician and has specialized training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, Beckman Oral Motor protocol, the Social Thinking model (Garcia-Winner), and the neuro-semantic approach to language learning (Arwood). Norie is experienced in several Lindamood-Bell programs such as Talkies, Visualizing and Verbalizing, LIPS, and Seeing Stars.
Before joining CLDC, Norie home schooled her 3 children from elementary through high school and later, worked in the public schools as well as the private sector. She is married and is an accomplished singer who is currently a member of a performance trio that sings at various events around our community.
Caroline Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP
Caroline is an ASHA certified pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has experience treating children of all ages with a variety of disorders including developmental delays, articulation, autism, cranio-facial disorders such as cleft palate, and she has specialized training in PROMPT, the Beckman Oral Motor protocol, and the Social Thinking model (Garcia-Winner). Caroline is a certified DIR/Floortime cinician and also has specialized training in the SOS approach to feeding therapy. In 2017, Caroline earned the American Speech Language and Hearing Association ACE Award for her dedication to continuing education.
Before joining CLDC, Caroline worked in the public schools as well as at a children’s hospital and with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). She has a heart for the little ones and enjoys promoting their language and social development through play-based naturalistic therapy techniques.
Caroline is married and has 2 children and is also “mom” to 3 cats, a large dog, 3 tortoises and a gecko. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, learning about history, and reading.
Tina Boike, M.S., CCC-SLP
Tina is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with a life-long passion for language and learning. She holds a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in Russian Language and Spanish from the State University of New York at Albany. She has a special interest in bilingual language development and enjoys serving the unique needs of families from diverse backgrounds.
Tina has earned an ASHA ACE Award in recognition of her dedication to professional study. She is a certified DIR/Floortime therapist and utilizes this relationship-based approach to promote engagement and build language in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also certified in the Hanen More Than Words program and has additional training in the development of play (Westby), the neuro-semantic pragmatic approach to language learning (Arwood), and the Social Thinking model (Garcia-Winner). She has experience in treating children with motor speech impairments, and she is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol and is a Level II PROMPT trained clinician.
Tina was born and raised in Minnesota but has proudly called North Texas her home for over 20 years. She enjoys organic gardening, road trips, and spending time with her 3 children, 1 cat and 2 dogs. Tina enjoys working closely with families and being part of a team of passionate professionals at CLDC.
Joy Baker, M.S., CCC-SLP
Joy is licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in pediatrics. She received her M.S. in speech-language pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas and her B.S. in speech-language pathology from Baylor University. Particular areas of interest for Joy are working with children with hearing loss, developmental delays. and fluency disorders. Specialized trainings include Beckman Oral Motor and PROMPT.
Joy was a competitive gymnast for many years and still enjoys tumbling at the gym. She loves spending time with her husband and dog named Baylor (sic 'em!) and attending Baylor football games.
Cara Schoonover, OTR, MOT
Cara is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the treatment of children with sensory processing differences. She finds great joy in seeing her patients blossom as their hidden potential is uncovered. Cara received her Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and her B.S. in Psychology from Texas Woman's University.
Cara has specialized training in sensory integration and is a SIPT certified clinician. She uses this child-directed approach daily to create rich, meaningful experiences for the children she serves. Cara enjoys working with children of all ages and different stages of development. She has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum and with sensory-based developmental delays and has treated a wide range of disorders including sensory defensiveness, motor planning deficits, fine and gross motor delays and behavior issues. She is trained in the SOS approach to feeding and uses this sensory-based approach to help picky eaters and those with food aversions.
Cara lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 3 years before returning to Dallas where she was born and raised. Cara is a regular at the rock climbing gym and is involved in church activities throughout the week. She enjoys using power tools for creative projects and has recently learned how to weld.
Megan Fisher, OTR
Originally from Dallas, Megan moved out to Los Angeles to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist. She graduated from the University of Southern California with both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. After working for many years in various settings including a children’s hospital, early intervention clinic, and a specialty healthcare hospital, Megan wanted to moved back home to Dallas where she's been ever since. She loves working with children and their families and incorporating horses (hippotherapy) when she can. During her time at USC she gained experience volunteering at an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Today, Megan specializes in pediatrics with evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, physical disabilities and others. She continues to follow research, especially on Sensory Integration and pathology of movement disorders and applies evidence-based treatment in her practice.
Shifra Robkin, OTR
Shifra is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with a passion for helping each child reach their full potential. She has extensive experience treating the whole child using an approach that incorporates their physical, sensory, social, emotional and life skills. Specialized trainings include Floortime, Handwriting Without Tears and How Does Your Engine Run.
Shifra is a wife and mother of five children which gives her plenty of opportunity to practice her clinical skills through real life experience! She enjoys being a part of the dynamic team of therapists at CLDC.
Wendy McLean, PT, C/NDT
Wendy graduated from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center physical therapy program in 1997. In 2013, Wendy completed 227 hours of advanced holistic pediatric clinical training to earn her certification as a Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) therapist to equip her to provide the most effective treatment interventions to children with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and other neuro-motor disorders. Wendy has extensive experience helping children and adults with developmental and neurological challenges through early childhood intervention programs, schools, hospitals, and outpatient clinic settings in Missouri, Louisiana, New York, and Texas. Wendy is a certified clinical instructor for PT students through the American Physical Therapy Association and has also been trained in the use of Adaptive Yoga, Emotional Regulation Techniques, and Infant Massage. Wendy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association. Wendy also founded and directed Hopeful Horizons, an adoption, foster, and orphan care community outreach Christian ministry during much of her time while living in the Buffalo, NY area from 2004-2014 which provided support and education on attachment and bonding for parents of children from “hard places”.Wendy returned to her home state of Texas in 2014 and resides in Allen with her two daughters. Wendy currently serves children through her private physical therapy practice and leads therapeutic playgroups for young children.