Our Staff

Physical Therapists

Gabi RoseGabriele Rose, PT – Owner of Children’s Therapeutics of Austin. Graduated from The University of Texas – Southwestern Medical School in 1977 with a degree in Allied Health Sciences and certification in Physical Therapy. She has had a varied experience with emphasis in pediatrics throughout her career. Gabriele has been providing pediatric physical therapy in the Austin area since 1986 and is well known in the community. She is trained in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)- pediatrics, and is certified in Therapeutic Listening. Gabriele is also trained in both Craniosacral Therapy and Myofacial Release and holds a certification in Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation. She has significant experience and interest in work with neuromuscular disorders, oral motor dysfunction, sensory processing disorders, and Autism.


EmilyEmily Rowe, PT – Received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in May of 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas in Austin. Emily has worked with children from birth to 19 years of age with diagnoses including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, motor coordination dysfunction, developmental delay, torticollis, congenital disorders, sports injuries, and gross/fine motor dysfunction.


ChristeneChristene Schwarzbach, MS, PT – Received her Master of Science degree from Washington University, School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy in 1992 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin in 1990. She joined the Children’s Therapeutics of Austin team in 2013. Christene has worked with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including large acute care hospital, hospital based outpatient clinic, pre-school for children with and without special needs, home health, private practice, and rehabilitation hospital allowing her to work with children from newborn to 21 years of age with a wide variety of diagnoses. Christene is certified in the DIR/Floortime model, a developmental, individual differences, relationship-based model intended to build healthy foundations and capacities for children of all ages and diagnoses but especially for children with autism spectrum disorder. She has extensive training in sensory processing and is SIPT certified. Christene is also trained in Integrated Listening Systems, iLs, a multi-sensory program incorporating components of air conduction, bone conduction, and movement.


Occupational Therapists

Lisa TobiasLisa Tobias, OTR – Received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2002 and has worked with the pediatric population for several years. She joined the Children’s Therapeutics of Austin team in 2006, then relocated to New York City to work with children with special needs. Lisa has worked in the school, hospital, home, and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She has provided therapeutic services for children with various needs and diagnoses of all ages which have included cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, sensory integration dysfunction, ADD/ADHD, mental retardation, congenital abnormalities, and developmental delays. Her areas of interest include toddlers and school aged children. She has extensive continuing education experience in areas such as autism, pervasive developmental disorders, fine motor/visual motor difficulties, handwriting issues, oral motor challenges, visual vestibular issues, sensory integration techniques and behavior modification techniques. In addition, she also has experience with aquatic therapy and splint fabrication.


BrittanyBrittany Polston, MOT OTR – Received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and has worked with the pediatric population since her entry into the field. She joined the Children’s Therapeutics of Austin team in 2012 and specializes in working with children with sensory processing and proprioceptive disorders, including children on the Autism Spectrum. She also has experience working with children with Down Syndrome, congenital abnormalities, developmental delay, Rett Syndrome and ADD/ADHD. Her other areas of interest and experience are oral motor/sensory challenges, behavior modification techniques, fine motor/visual motor challenges, dysgraphia/handwriting and more. She is trained in Therapeutic Listening, as well as The Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges. In addition, she is trained under PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) as a therapeutic riding and hippotherapy instructor.


Speech Therapists

Megan O’Malley, SLP – Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Masters of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2003. She is a certified instructor of the Hanen parent programs It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words for helping parents promote increased communication in the home. She has worked in various settings including a pediatric rehab hospital and the Austin public schools for three years. She joined Children’s Therapeutic of Austin in July of 2006. Her areas of interest include infants, toddlers, and school aged children with extensive continuing education experience in the area of autism, oral motor/ feeding disorders, fluency disorders, apraxia of speech, augmentative communication, language development, and receptive/ expressive language disorders.


AlisonAlison C. Gillies, MS, CCC/SLP – Received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Texas at Dallas, and has worked with both pediatric and adult populations since her entry into the field. Alison has previously worked in the Texas public school system as well as the hospital setting, evaluating and treating children from ages pre-school to high school. In 2015, Alison joined the Children’s Therapeutics of Austin team where she treats children demonstrating challenges in feeding, articulation, fluency, receptive and expressive language disorders, as well as using social language.  Alison works with a variety of disorders including: developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum. Alison has specific interests in oral motor/sensory challenges, ‘picky eating’, fluency skills, and using social language. She has attended continuing education courses for Beckman Oral Motor Therapy addressing oral motor deficits essential for feeding skills as well as Social Thinking principles to help a variety of children on the Autism Spectrum.


amy-sowa Amy Sowa, MS, CCC/SLP  – Amy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas. She joined the Children’s Therapeutics of Austin team in 2015 and has experience in working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cleft Lip/Palate and Down syndrome, Feeding disorders, Stuttering, Speech and Language delay, Social Communication disorder, and other genetic syndromes. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed through the State of Texas Speech Pathology and Audiology Boards. Additionally, she has received training in The Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program, Kaufman Speech Praxis Program, Social Thinking, and is Hanen certified in “It Takes Two to Talk.”


More Friendly Faces

LeshaLesha Mitchell- Office Manager – A native Texan born in the hill country of Kerrville, Texas, she earned a full athletic scholarship in volleyball and received a BBA in Accounting at Texas A&M University. From there, she worked in both the audit and tax departments at Ernst & Young in San Antonio before moving to Austin.  After receiving her CPA license in 1994, she worked at Dell, Inc. for almost 10 years in both Finance and Sales Management before leaving the business world to start a family.  Lesha has a deep passion for helping children with all types of challenges as she experiences first hand with a son who is on the autism spectrum and receives therapy intervention at this clinic.  She loves all of the children who come to CTOA and refers to them as “her children”. She is often called the “child whisperer” throughout the clinic and will go above and beyond for the families because she truly wants to see each child maximize his/her potential, no matter the challenge.


Our Four-Legged Friends

Audrey, Kenzie and Maddie are calm, gentle dogs who the children just love working around!

Audrey, Kenzie, Maddie