Occupational Therapists

Our Occupational Therapists help children develop all of the skills they need to play, learn and function successfully at home, school and in their community. Please refer to our Services page for more detailed information.

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Anna Chmiel, MOT, OTR

Owner, Occupational Therapist

  • Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 2008. She later received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, TX in 2011.
  • Out of the clinic, Anna enjoys traveling the world and being outdoors with her family and two dogs. She can usually be found chasing after her two year old at one of the many parks in town!

Amy Narkiewicz, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Amy earned an Associate’s degree for Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant from North Central Texas College in Corinth, TX in 2001. She started her career working with the geriatric population before finding her passion for pediatrics. She has been continuously practicing in the pediatric outpatient setting since 2008. She joined the Mighty Kids team when we opened in 2014.
  • In her free time Amy enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures. She loves watching soccer and roots for her favorite team at every World Cup! But spending time with her family and furry friend Cassius at the lake makes her day, any day.

Brittany Balzano, MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

  • Brittany received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Science from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO in 2017. She continued at Saint Louis University to receive her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2018. Brittany completed her level II fieldwork at Mighty Kids in the summer of 2018 and joined the team in September of 2018.
  • Brittany is from Chicago, IL and new to the Austin area. Out of the office she loves spending time with her fiancé and rescued husky-mix pup, volunteering, exploring new foods, and traveling.
Physical Therapists

Our physical therapists work side by side children to help them play and move independently and safely. To learn more about our Physical Therapy services, please visit our Services page.


Jennifer Coyle, MSPT

Physical Therapist

  • Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston, MA in 2001. She has been a member of the Mighty Kids team since we opened in 2014.
  • Out of the office, Jenn and her husband enjoy attending their daughter’s gymnastics competitions to CHEER her on! When not at a competition, or at home with her family dog Sadie, she loves to volunteer at her local church and for her favorite charity the UMDF.

Carly Paben, BA, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant, Aquatic Therapist

  • Carly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology from Concordia University in Austin, TX in 2005. She went on to receive an Associate’s degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Austin’s Community College in Austin, TX in 2009. Carly has been a member of the Mighty Kids team since we opened in 2014.
  • Carly is a true Texan, born, raised and proud of it! She enjoys crafting, watching movies, enjoying the great Mexican food Texas has to offer and above all spending time with family and friends.
Speech Therapists

Our Speech Therapists help children improve communication skills to their highest level of ability in order to communicate all of their needs and wants. Please visit our Services page for further information and details about our Speech Therapy services.

Ashlee Nealis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

  • Ashlee received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology with honors from the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH in 2000. Upon graduating, Ashlee practiced in Virginia and Ohio in the school setting. She joined the Mighty Kids team in 2016.
  • Texas has been home to Ashlee, her husband, daughter, and twin boys since 2009. Ashlee and her family enjoy exploring the great outdoors with activities such as hiking, bike riding, and splish-splashing the hot summer days away with a good swim.

Samantha Moses, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

  • Samantha received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin. She continued at UT Austin and completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. Samantha has worked at Mighty Kids Therapy since completing her degree in 2017.
  • Samantha is from Boston, but considers herself an Austinite after 8 years in the city. She loves exploring downtown with her fiancé, relaxing on the lake, and working on art projects. Oh, and we dare you to find her without a Starbucks in her hand!

Liana Martinez, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

  • Liana received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She then completed her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. She joined the Mighty Kids Team in 2019.
  • Liana is a bilingual SLP and can deliver therapeutic services in Spanish, as well as English.
  • Outside of therapy, Liana enjoys spending time outside, hiking, running, traveling, doing yoga, and cooking. Although she has taken only one medical mission trip with Austin Smiles to El Salvador to work with kids with cleft palates, she hopes to continue to be a part of more missions in the future to combine her love of speech therapy and traveling abroad.

Kristen Bradshaw, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

  • Kristen graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a degree in Language and Linguistics before completing her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She joined the Mighty Kids team in 2016.
  • Outside of the clinic, Kristen enjoys arts and crafts of all kinds, goes all-out dressing up for themed events, and loves to work the Sunday crossword puzzle!

Deborah Wells, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

  • Deborah received an Associate’s degree in Child Development, a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorder, and a Master’s degree in Speech Language Hearing Science, the latter two from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in 2006. She joined the Mighty Kids team in 2014.
  • Out of therapy, Deborah enjoys going out to the lake with her family, water skiing or just taking the scenery in while strolling along the banks. When not at the lake you can find Deborah crocheting or sewing the day away.

Nicole McCourt, MA, SLP-CFY

Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow

  • Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin. She continued at UT Austin and completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018. Nicole has worked at Mighty Kids Therapy since completing her degree in 2018.
  • Nicole enjoys relaxing with her husband and newborn baby girl. She has lived in Austin for 18 years and loves being close to her family. She enjoys game nights with friends and volunteering within the children’s ministry at her local church.
Administrative Team

Sandra Juarez

Admissions Coordinator

  • Sandra was born and raised in Round Rock, Texas. She graduated from Round Rock High School in 2008.
  • As our admissions coordinator, Sandra coordinates care for all of our patients and ensures everything is running smoothly at Mighty Kids.
  • Out of the office, Sandra enjoys spending time with her family. She has three kiddos who keep her busy, and she loves it! When not spending time on the soccer field, they enjoy going to the pool, park, movies, Adventure Parks, or vacationing far away from home. They love to see the world and have a goal of visiting all 50 states in the US as well as many other countries!