Staff Bios

Tanya- Owner, Bilingual Speech- Language Pathologist and Certified Orofacial Myologist

Mary Garcia

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Jessica

Office Manager

Nikki

Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Marlene

Front Office Secretary

Rebecca

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kagen

Licensed/Registered Occupational Therapist

Daniella

Administrative Assistant

 

Tanya Lujan

Owner, Bilingual Speech- Language Pathologist and Certified Orofacial Myologist

I attended Abilene Christian University for undergraduate work with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and attained my Master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2011. My experience includes working in public and private schools, home health, outpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities. I started the pediatric outpatient speech therapy clinic at Odessa Regional Medical Center in Odessa, TX in June of 2014, before starting our specialized speech and feeding practice. I have experience in working with a variety of neurogenic and acquired diseases and disorders that affect our human communication abilities, eating/swallowing and quality of life. I love seeing stroke patients regain their communication and feeding, it is my passion. I am the only dually certified “Speech-language pathologist, and Certified Orofacial Myologist” in West Texas currently.

Mary Garcia

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

I was born and raised in Odessa.  I am a SLP and a mom to my amazing 9-year-old Abigail. I Received my Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Texas State University in 2003. I Worked in the schools (ECISD) as an assistant for 4 years while working towards my degree. I received my Master of Science in Speech Pathology from Texas Woman’s University in 2008. I have worked in the schools, home health and rehab settings. I am bilingual and I’ve been trained in PROMPT, Kaufman, Beckman, PECs, AAC and Sensory Integration. I Love working with peds, especially children with Autism. When I am not being an awesome SLP. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking dance lessons, listening to music, cooking, and traveling. I also like to watch crime documentaries.

 
 

Nikki

Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

Hi! My name is Nikki and I am from Dallas, Texas. My husband and I moved to Midland, Texas in 2017. I received by B.S. in Communication Disorder from Stephen F. Austin State University and my M.S. in Communication Disorders from West Texas A&M University. I really enjoy traveling with my husband and our two dogs, interior design, and, of course, learning more about speech, language, and orofacial myofunctional disorders (for real, it is a hobby!). I am trained in Beckman Oral Motor Intervention and have learned so much about Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders through extensive trainings and hands-on experience. Providing therapy and building relationships with my patients and their families is a genuine passion of mine and I feel so blessed to be a part of this team here at West Texas Speech & Myo!

Rebecca

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am from Shallowater Texas and I am a Speech Language Pathologist. I received my undergraduate degree at West Texas A&M in Canyon, TX. I Received my Master’s degree at Harding University in Searcy, AR. I am a Certified Autism Specialist and I have completed the 28-hour IAOM training in orofacial myology. I have completed several continuing education classes in feeding therapy. I love working with kiddos. I especially love feeding and orofacial myofunctional therapy. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my church family, running, visiting my family back home, and vacationing with my Husband’s family in Brazil.

 

Kagen

Licensed/Registered Occupational Therapist

I was born and raised in Whitesboro, TX, upon graduating high school I attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX where I received my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology. I recently graduated from Abilene Christian University with my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. My passion for Occupational Therapy started at a young age as I volunteered for Special Olympics. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, working out, walking my two dogs, and traveling with my husband.

 

Jessica

Office Manager

Jessica Garcia was born in Houston Texas and raised most of her life in Midland Texas. She attended UTPB and graduated in 2012, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. Jessica has been with our practice for over two years. When she is not at the office, Jessica enjoys chasing around her three year old son, spending time with friends and family, and any chance she gets she loves traveling to tropical destinations. Jessica also speaks Spanish.

 

Marlenne

Front Office Secretary

Marlenne was born and raised in Odessa Tx. She graduated from Permian High School and attended Odessa College. She has 2 years in medical administration and has worked with children for 7 years. She loves spending time with her family, but also loves traveling and getting to see new places. She also enjoys making crafts and working on DIY projects especially on wreaths. Tambien Hablo Espanol.

 

Daniella

Administrative Assistant

Daniella Garza was born and raised in Odessa, TX. She has been a part of our clinic for the last 4 years as our Executive Administrative Assistant. She is a recent graduate from UTPB with her Bachelors of Kinesiology, and in the process of applying for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She loves an iced caramel macchiato, organizing, vacationing, staying fit, and hanging out with friends and family.