Emily Watkins has always had a love for children, which led her to pursue a degree in speech-language pathology. After completing her Masters from LSU-Health in Shreveport, she worked exclusively with pediatrics in Louisiana's early intervention program. She quickly realized, during her time with Early Steps, that involving parents in therapy is paramount in understanding a child's needs. As a native of this area, she has strong connections in the community and is able to provide additional opportunities and support for her clients. Being a mother of two young children herself, she understands that your child's development is so very important and takes great pride aiding in the success of your little one.
"The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
"It is an honor and privilege to be such an integral part of you and your child's life. I am excited to see the mountains that your kiddo will move."
Emily Watkins, MCD, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist/ Owner
Julia was born and raised in Bunkie, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Louisiana State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her graduate studies, Julia worked with a variety of children with complex medical diagnoses, language delays, and feeding difficulties. Julia has a special interest in early intervention, feeding disorders, and children and infants with restrictive tongue and lip ties. She has extensive training in pediatric and infant feeding therapy including tongue-tie assessment and post-revision treatment. Julia is passionate about providing families and clients with fun and creative ways to increase communication and feeding skills. During her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and their dog, Ranger.
Julia Bryn, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist/ Completed TOTs training course
Katie has been working as an occupational therapist in the pediatric setting for four years. As a high school student exploring careers, she knew she wanted to combine her love for kids with science/medicine. Her interest was sparked when she began working for an occupational therapist in pediatrics during college. From then on, she knew that OT was the field she wanted to pursue- combining creativity with passion to help people of all ages live life to the fullest! Katie values a multidisciplinary approach to treatment,combining the knowledge base of occupational, speech, and physical therapists, in order to achieve best patient outcomes. She brings a broad clinical, pediatric experience and is proficient in treating children with feeding difficulties, tongue-tie/lip-tie assessment and post surgical management, sensory processing issues, self-feeding/self-dressing difficulties, fine motor delays, self-regulation issues, torticollis, brachial plexus injuries and much more!!
Katie says, "There is nothing more fulfilling than helping a child discover his/her abilities. Seeing the way occupational therapy can impact a child's progress and improved self-esteem, increased independence with self-care, and fine motor tasks is very rewarding."
Katie Hebert, MOT, LOTR
Completed TOTS training course