Meet the Staff

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Amber du Preez

Volunteer Coordinator
adupreez@midlandchildrens.org

Amber was born in Southern California. She has a medical background and has attended nursing programs at Weber State University and University of Washington. She has four children: two boys and two girls. Her twin boys were born micro-preemies and both have varying degrees of Cerebral Palsy. Amber and her family have moved to several different states over the years and have been involved with several organizations related to special needs. Amber looks forward to helping volunteers find their place at the Center. Please contact Amber at adupreez@midlandchildrens.org for volunteer opportunities.

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Amber du Preez

Amber du Preez

Volunteer Coordinator

Jennifer Austin, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Director of Speech Therapy, Speech-Language Pathologist
jaustin@midlandchildrens.org

Jennifer Y. Austin, MS CCC/SLP is MCRC's Director of Speech Therapy. She grew up in Midland, and while in high school, she volunteered in the hippotherapy program at MCRC, which was the Cerebral Palsy Center at that time. She decided to pursue a degree with special needs children after her volunteer experience at the Center.

She received her BS from Abilene Christian University and her MS from Texas Women’s University. She has been a Pediatric SLP since 1998. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with her family and watching her kids’ sporting events. She has two daughters, Ansley and Charlotte, and three step-sons, Cole, Zane and Sawyer. She loves every part of her big and active family! In addition to what she does in her free time, she loves spending time with her amazing husband, Jon.

Family is very important to Jennifer, which is why she loves working at MCRC. She loves being a speech therapist. Not only is it her occupation, it is her ministry. She loves to see kids and families lives changed for the better.

“It is an honor to work with the children at MCRC.”

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Jennifer Austin, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Jennifer Austin, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Director of Speech Therapy, Speech-Language Pathologist

Brandon Hamilton, D.P.T.

Director of Physical Therapy
bhamilton@midlandchildrens.org

Brandon was born and raised in Midland, Texas. He graduated from Lee High School and received his undergrad at Hardin-Simmons University. He moved to Austin where he lived for five years before returning to Midland for PT school. He went to Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Odessa, Texas. MCRC was his last rotation during school; he wasn't sure how practicing PT would work with young children, but he loved it either way, especially when he was offered a job at the Center!

He loves to tell people that he gets to play with kids as his job! How cool is that? He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010 and has been working at MCRC for four amazing years.

He enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two awesome sons.

In his spare time, Brandon LOVES to work with the youth group at his church, Fannin Terrace, play the bass guitar in the praise team at church, play/coach football and baseball with his boys, exercise, and hang out with family and friends.

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Brandon Hamilton, D.P.T.

Brandon Hamilton, D.P.T.

Director of Physical Therapy

Kristal Kidd, M.P.T.

Physical Therapist
kkidd@midlandchildrens.org

Kristal Kidd grew up in Odessa and did her undergrad at Odessa College, Texas Tech. She later went on to PT school at UTEP in El Paso, Texas.

Her last affiliation for PT school was in Lubbock, Texas, where the only affiliation open at that time was in pediatrics. At first, she was not that interested in pediatrics but soon fell in love with the kids and families. From that moment on, she realized that she has a heart for serving kids. It led to her first job, which led her to MCRC when upon moving to Midland.

She has an amazing husband, Cody and three awesome kids: Jaycee, Abbey and Jaxson. They also have one very anti-social dog, Chloe who they love dearly!

Outside of work Kristal runs a volunteer carpool for the Kidd kids and their friends. She loves watching volleyball, baseball, and anything her kids participate in. When she has down time, she likes to go camping or cook delicious meals with her husband. Her passion is living daily according to His purpose which the Kidd kid carpool interrupts on occasion.

“I love MCRC. It is an amazing place! My favorite part of my job is the people, the ones we serve AND the ones I serve with. “

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Kristal Kidd, M.P.T.

Kristal Kidd, M.P.T.

Physical Therapist

Emilie Billingsley, M.O.T.

Occupational Therapist
ebillingsley@midlandchildrens.org

Emilie Billingsley grew up in Georgetown, Texas and attended Georgetown High School. After high school, she attended Texas Tech University where she studied Psychology. She went on to get her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. After graduating from TTUHSC, Emilie moved to Midland to be with her husband, Taylor. Taylor, a Midland native, landed a job in Midland after also graduating from Texas Tech University. They are the proud parents of one sweet rescue pup named Cheyenne.

Emilie always knew she wanted to work with kiddos and fell in love with the MCRC family and community when completing an internship here. When presented with the opportunity to work at MCRC, Emilie leaped at the opportunity! Outside of work, Emilie enjoys the company of friends and family, exploring the outdoors, and reading a good thriller/mystery.

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Emilie Billingsley, M.O.T.

Emilie Billingsley, M.O.T.

Occupational Therapist

Sharla Gray, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Speech-Language Pathologist
sgray@midlandchildrens.org

Sharla grew up right next door in Odessa, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree. She then went on to get her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders from Texas Women’s University. Sharla is married to Brian Gray of Kingwood, TX. Sharla and Brian met while they were attending Texas Tech. They have three young active little boys: Whitten, William, and Waylon. They have one dog at home, a lab named Grayson. Sharla currently works part-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Midland Children’s Rehab Center. She has a passion for helping people, especially kids. Her hobbies include looking at magazines, running, gardening, and chasing her boys around.

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Sharla Gray, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Sharla Gray, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jami Romero, M.P.T.

Director of Therapy Services, Physical Therapist
jromero@midlandchildrens.org

Jami Romero currently serves as Director of Therapy Services for Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center. She has been a physical therapist at MCRC for just over 10 years now. Midland is very dear to her heart, this is where she grew up and now raises her family. She is married, has a son, and 2 dogs. Jami did her undergraduate work at Texas Tech University and received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She became very interested in physical therapy after having to receive PT herself as a result of a sports related injury in high school. Jami loves being a part of the MCRC family. Midland Children’s Rehab Center allows her to do 2 of her favorite things…..physical therapy and working with children!

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Jami Romero, M.P.T.

Jami Romero, M.P.T.

Director of Therapy Services, Physical Therapist

Susan Byerly, O.T.R.

Occupational Therapist
sbyerly@midlandchildrens.org

Susan was born in southern California and was adopted as an infant by the best parents God could have ever given her. They both passed away in 2001, but God has blessed her by bringing her birth parents into my life as well! She has lived in Pennsylvania, upstate New York, and Minnesota, and graduated from High School in Jersey Village (Houston).

Susan met her husband of 27 years the first day of school at Tarleton State University. They both transferred to Texas Tech where she graduated from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center with a degree in Occupational Therapy. They have 3 children: a daughter Chelsea, a son Cole, and another son Cade. They also have 2 horses, 2 dogs, a kitten and a fish.

They moved to Midland in 2002 and, though MCRC was well staffed at the time, Brooke was gracious to give Susan a part-time job. She is so thankful as she has never worked with such amazing people, nor has enjoyed a job so much. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family at their ranch and to read (especially about autism).

"MCRC is absolutely blessed by God and I have seen so many miracles happen here!! I enjoy not only working with the children and our staff, but I love to see parents get to connect with other parents; I love to help families feel loved and supported.
I feel EVERY child has a gift and I am so blessed to work at a place where insurance does not dictate how much assistance a child needs to unwrap that gift. We are able to provide everything we are capable of giving, thanks to God’s blessing and the amazing selfless people who give of their time and money."

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Susan Byerly, O.T.R.

Susan Byerly, O.T.R.

Occupational Therapist

Liz Hopper, M.A.

Development and Communications Coordinator
lhopper@midlandchildrens.org

Liz Hopper grew up in Midland and is invested in seeing her community thrive. She attended Southern Methodist University, where she received a Bachelor's in English Literature and another Bachelor's in Spanish Language. She continued her education at the University of North Texas, where she received a Master's in Professional and Technical Communication.

Liz loves the opportunity to serve the children and families of West Texas. She believes in the Center's vision to provide every child who needs therapy with the resources to be well and reach their greatest potential.

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Liz Hopper, M.A.

Liz Hopper, M.A.

Development and Communications Coordinator

Charlotte Doucet

Administrative Assistant
cdoucet@midlandchildrens.org

Charlotte Doucet grew up in Iota Louisiana – better known as “Cajun Country”.  She graduated from Iota High School.  Her working career has always been in the “numbers world”.  Once Charlotte and her wonderful husband Keith married the Cajuns relocated to Redondo Beach California for 4 years then Walnut Creek California for 16 years, moving to Midland Texas in 2006.  They were blessed with their daughter in 2000.   After their daughter was born Charlotte’s working career came to a halt.  She was a stay at home mom with her until 2011 when she returned to the working world and was blessed by the Lord to be employed with Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center.  Charlotte was very familiar with Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center as her daughter was a client, prior to  employment Charlotte was a volunteer, and she is a member of Children’s Service League.

Growing up Charlotte went to school with a special needs girl.  Little did she know many years later the Lord would bless her & Keith with a special needs daughter.

Working here at Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center is a blessing.   I get to see the miracles. I get to see all the precious children.  And witness “Changing Lives One Step at a Time.”

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Charlotte Doucet

Charlotte Doucet

Administrative Assistant

Kelly Gillett

Dyslexia Tutor
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Kelly Gillett

Kelly Gillett

Dyslexia Tutor

Debra Elander

Dyslexia Tutor
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Debra Elander

Debra Elander

Dyslexia Tutor

JoAnn Nolan

Dyslexia Tutor
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JoAnn Nolan

JoAnn Nolan

Dyslexia Tutor

Elnora McKee

Facility Maintenance
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Elnora McKee

Elnora McKee

Facility Maintenance

Jasper McKee

Facility Maintenance
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Jasper McKee

Jasper McKee

Facility Maintenance

Leola "Cookie" Clater

Facility Maintenance
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Leola

Leola "Cookie" Clater

Facility Maintenance

Brooke Mueller, P.T., M.Ed.

P.T., M.Ed. Executive Director
bmueller@midlandchildrens.org

Brooke Mueller grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Physical Therapy. She went on to get her Master’s degree in counseling from Mississippi State University. She and husband Bill have three married children and seven grandchildren.  They have lived in Midland twice, courtesy of Bill’s work in the oil business, for a total of 22 years.

Brooke first worked at the Center as a staff physical therapist and now holds the position of Executive Director.  “I have loved watching MCRC grow and evolve as a premier medical therapy center and consider MCRC a stellar example of what a caring community like Midland can accomplish for children with special needs.

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Brooke Mueller, P.T., M.Ed.

Brooke Mueller, P.T., M.Ed.

P.T., M.Ed. Executive Director

Brittany Blair

Secretary/Receptionist
bblair@midlandchildrens.org
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Brittany Blair

Brittany Blair

Secretary/Receptionist

Terrye Childers, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Speech-Language Pathologist
tchilders@midlandchildrens.org

Terrye was raised in Dallas, Tx, moved to Odessa when she was in junior high, attended Permian High School for 2 years, moved again to Golden, Colorado the summer before her senior year where she graduated from Golden High School.

She received her BS from Abilene Christian University and MS from Texas Woman’s University.  Terrye currently works full time for Midland Independent School District as a speech pathologist and also serves as an Autism Specialist.  She have been privileged to work part-time after school at MCRC for the past few years.

She has a wonderful husband Bill, two great sons Garrett and Taylor and one crazy cat, Moby.   Terrye enjoys spending time with her family, which is so very important to her.

She knew she  wanted to become a speech pathologist when she was in high school and continues to LOVE what she does.  Terrye is happiest when  working with children and sharing their progress and achievements.  Outside of work, she loves to shop, decorate and read.

"MCRC is a magical place and I feel so blessed to work with such a wonderful and talented staff.  When I walk through the door in the afternoons at the center, I so look forward to working with the children I serve and getting to enjoy time with them as we learn <strong>together."</strong>

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Terrye Childers, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Terrye Childers, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Candy Bejarano

Therapy Secretary
cbejarano@midlandchildrens.org
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Candy Bejarano

Candy Bejarano

Therapy Secretary

Leigha Foote, M.O.T.

Director of Occupational Therapy
lfoote@midlandchildrens.org

Leigha Foote, Director of O.T. at MCRC, is a Midland native. Leigha graduated from Lee High School and went onto Texas Tech University for her undergraduate studies. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2007. She loves Texas Tech University and is proud to be a Red Raider!!

She met her husband in college as he is a TTU alumni as well. Occupational Therapy is a HUGE part of Leigha’s life, as her husband Jay is also an Occupational Therapist. Leigha’s heart is in pediatrics, as his is in the adult population.

She and her husband are extremely blessed with a daughter who has a larger than life and hilarious personality and a young son who is constantly on-the-go and into EVERYTHING! Our 5th family member is a sweet rescue dog named Nash. Most of all, Leigha loves to laugh and have fun times with family and friends.

“It is an honor to serve our MCRC children and pour into their precious lives”

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Leigha Foote, M.O.T.

Leigha Foote, M.O.T.

Director of Occupational Therapy

Leah Gerhard

Dyslexia Tutor
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Leah Gerhard

Leah Gerhard

Dyslexia Tutor

McKayla Morton, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
mmorton@midlandchildrens.org

McKayla is a Speech-Language Pathologist at MCRC. She attended West Texas A&M University where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication Disorders. She has always had a passion for helping children with disabilities and loves impacting young children's lives. She is originally from Lubbock, Texas and moved to Midland in 2015.

In her spare time, you can find McKayla hanging out with her dog (Kate), her family, watching her dad coach (GO MAVERICKS!), working out, and cooking! McKayla is very fortunate have a career at such a wonderful family orientated place like MCRC.

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McKayla Morton, M.S. CCC-SLP

McKayla Morton, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Equine Team

Laura Buzbee: Asst. Barn Manager, & Gwen Anderson
lbuzbee@midlandchildrens.org
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Equine Team

Equine Team

Laura Buzbee: Asst. Barn Manager, & Gwen Anderson

Gail Heathington

Development Director
gheathington@midlandchildrens.org

Gail Heathington was born in Oregon but got to Texas just as quick as she could.  From age 6, she has called Texas home and lived on the Gulf Coast, in the Hill Country and finally the great Permian Basin.  She has a degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in Journalism and Speech Communications.  Gail is married to her “best friend” Mike and has three grown daughters and one precious granddaughter (but is hoping for more).  Her passions include horseback riding, cooking and traveling.

“I had been in the for profit working world for twenty years before coming to MCRC.  I had volunteered for the Center so I knew what they did and what a tremendous impact they have on children and their families.  Everyone here is so great and always thinking about what we can do to help the kids reach their full potential.”

 

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Gail Heathington

Gail Heathington

Development Director

Elizabeth Chalambaga, D.P.T.

Physical Therapist
echalambaga@midlandchildrens.org

Originally from Odessa, Elizabeth is a new grad physical therapist.  She received her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology at UTPB and graduated from Texas Tech Health Science Center in May with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Elizabeth has always enjoyed helping others and loves working with kids so, after a few volunteer experiences, she decided physical therapy was the best way to combine these two passions.  She volunteered for We Are the World summer camp at MCRC when she was in undergrad and loved working with all the kids.

"I am enjoying seeing the smile on those adorable faces and helping them achieve their highest potential.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching movies, reading, photography, and participating in the young professionals group at my church.  I look forward to beginning my career at such an amazing place!"

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Elizabeth Chalambaga, D.P.T.

Elizabeth Chalambaga, D.P.T.

Physical Therapist

Juliana Wright, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Speech-Language Pathologist
jwright@midlandchildrens.org

Juliana Wright is a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at MCRC. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!) and her master’s in Speech Language Pathology from Abilene Christian University. She has always had a passion for helping children with disabilities, and once she found speech pathology, she know it was a perfect fit. She is originally from Colleyville, Texas, and followed her husband to Midland in 2011. She enjoys spending time with her husband, twin daughters, two dogs, family and friends.

“I love working with the children of MCRC. There is never a dull moment and my day is always full of new adventures.”

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Juliana Wright, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Juliana Wright, M.S.-C.C.C.-S.L.P.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jessica Neves, M.O.T.

Occupational Therapist
jneves@midlandchildrens.org

Jessica Neves is an occupational therapist at MCRC. She was born in Pampa, Texas and moved to Lubbock when she was 12. She graduated from Coronado High School and went on to Texas Tech University where she received her bachelor’s degree in general studies, minoring in psychology, sociology and biology. Jessica became interested in pursuing a career in therapy when she was taking a therapeutic riding class at Tech and was able to work alongside an OT and PT. Her interest grew when she was taking a dance class and learned that a well-known dancer had rehabilitated himself after a stroke through therapeutic dance. Jessica has always loved dance, she was excited to see how therapy could fit with it. In 2010, she received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

She moved to Midland when she married her husband, and they live happily here with two dogs, Pie-Annie and Maybelle. She loves music and watching her husband play at his shows!

“I love working with my kiddos at MCRC and love seeing them become successful and excited about their lives”

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Jessica Neves, M.O.T.

Jessica Neves, M.O.T.

Occupational Therapist

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