About Our Team

Our dedicated and imaginative team of bilingual speech pathologists is based in Austin, Texas.  We are vastly different in our individual pursuits but share in our love for international travel, language, and serving the community.  Click below to meet those who have come together to form Bilinguistics.

Ellen Stubbe Kester

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, President & Founder
ellen.kester@bilinguistics.com

Ellen’s passion for passion for languages started when she lived in Asia as a teenager.  She learned a little Malay and Mandarin (mostly bad words) and studied French in Asia, then returned to Texas several years later and decided Spanish would be more useful.  She dove into the world of bilingual assessments in graduate school and that continues to be her passion in the field of speech-language pathology.  When she’s not working (or driving her three children around) she loves to be on the tennis court.  Travel with her husband and kids tops her list of favorite things to do.

Professional Bio:
Dr. Kester founded Bilinguistics to meet the speech and language needs of children from diverse backgrounds. She co-chairs the Task Force on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity for the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association and leads the bilingual speech-language pathology trainings for many of the Regional Educational Service Centers in Texas. She frequently provides workshops on bilingual issues and parent and teacher involvement for the State of Texas Early Childhood Intervention Program and for Texas school districts. She has performed workshops, trainings, and presentations both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kester teaches courses in language development, assessment and intervention of language disorders, early childhood intervention, preschoolers with special needs, and measurement at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research and clinical work address the important issue of differentiating bilingual children with typical development from those with language impairment, and identifying appropriate goals for intervention with bilinguals.

You can email Ellen at ellen.kester@bilinguistics.com or call the office at 512.480.9573.

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Ellen Stubbe Kester

Ellen Stubbe Kester

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, President & Founder

Scott Prath

M.A., CCC-SLP, Vice President
scott.prath@bilinguistics.com

Scott is fascinated by the art of storytelling.  His conversations and presentations are fun, circuitous rides that weave quotes, history, and humor into any discussion.  Scott is masterful and methodical at turning the passions and interests of the staff into the books, presentations, and courses that you see throughout this website.  His creative abundance of therapy ideas has also led him to be dubbed “Sensai” by his fellow clinicians.  Scott presents to Speech-Language Pathologists nationally and internationally, and translates for the Spanish-speaking community in Austin.

Scott has been working as a bilingual speech pathologist since 2004 and is the Vice President of Bilinguistics Speech and Language Services in Austin, Texas.  He currently serves as the Vice President of Public Relations for the Hispanic Caucus of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

He has worked in Early-Childhood Intervention and currently serves bilingual children in the schools and clinic setting. His research focuses on developing protocols, materials, and professional development to better serve special population such as Autism, VPI, and second-language learners. Scott has authored and co-authored several books and evaluations including:

  • Literacy-Based Speech and Language Therapy Activities
  • Curriculum-based Speech Therapy Activities: Pre-K/K: English & Spanish Edition (Volumes 1&2)
  • Routines-Based Early Intervention Guidebook
  • Developmental Speech and Language Norms for Spanish and English E-book
  • Bilingual Articulation and Phonology Assessment (BAPA)
  • Test of Articulation and Phonology (iTap)

His recent focus has been on the correct identification and evaluation of special education populations.

You can email Scott at scott.prath@bilinguistics.com or contact him through the office at 512.480.9573.

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Scott Prath

Scott Prath

M.A., CCC-SLP, Vice President

Phuong Lien Palafox

M.S., CCC-SLP
phuong.palafox@bilinguistics.com

Phuong, phenomenal Phuong, is a passionate and dynamic public speaker on the topics that are near and dear to her heart.  Those topics include autism, cultural and linguistic diversity, poverty, literacy-based interventions, collaborating in the classroom, intensive intervention approaches, and the list goes on.  Her high energy and sincerity, conveyed through personal stories and creative messages, resonate with those who attend her presentations.  When not thinking about the heart-needs of her profession, Phuong enjoys dropping beats and eating breakfast tacos with her kind husband, book-hoarding and oh-so-lively 3 cherubs and lovely friends.

Professional Bio:
Phuong received her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and her graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Phuong has been working as a speech-language pathologist for 13 years. She has worked as a school-based speech-language pathologist, lead speech-language pathologist for the Round Rock Independent School District and served as the Education Specialist in speech-language pathology and Autism Specialist at Region 13 Education Service Center. Phuong has presented to speech-language pathologists and special education educators throughout Texas and the United States. She has been published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and ASHA Leader. She has been honored as the keynote address for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference (2015) and an invited presenter for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association CONNECT Conference (2016). Her focus has been on service delivery models, literacy-based interventions, students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and social skills for students with autism.

You can email Phuong at phuong.palafox@bilinguistics.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.

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Phuong Lien Palafox

Phuong Lien Palafox

M.S., CCC-SLP

Katherine Johnson

M.A., CCC-SLP
katherine.johnson@bilinguistics.com

Katherine Johnson packs a punch.  There is no question she cannot answer and no challenge she cannot meet.  P90X is just a warm-up in her day.  Katherine is a puppeteer, managing the intricate details of multiple school districts with a level of organization that Martha Stewart would envy.  She approaches every endeavor with a level of enthusiasm that is infectious.

Professional Bio:
Katherine earned her master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Southeast Missouri State University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders with a minor degree in Spanish from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She studied abroad in Spain during her undergraduate degree, and later spent a month in Guatemala improving her Spanish and working in an orphanage for malnourished children. While feeding and caring for the children, Katherine provided language therapy and stimulation to those with language delays. Her interests include cleft lip and palate, swallowing disorders in infants, and bilingual effects on language learning and disorders.

You can email Katherine at katherine.johnson@bilinguistics.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.

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Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

M.A., CCC-SLP

Alisa Baron

M.A., CCC-SLP
alisa.baron@bilinguistics.com

Alisa, a polyglot master of four languages, has the brain of Einstein and the passport of Beyonce.  She brings her well-traveling ways to Bilinguistics to tackle evaluations and speech therapy with a shrewd research brain that is unmatched.  When not delving into speechy shenanigans, Alisa can be found globetrotting and learning (more) languages with the finest shoe collection on this side of the equator.

Professional Bio:
Alisa Baron earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and disorders from The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from The Ohio State University with honors and research distinction. Alisa enjoys working with a variety of age ranges, cultural backgrounds, and disabilities. She is currently on the standing committee on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity for the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association. Her research interests lies in the areas of bilingual language development and language impairment. She has presented her research on numerous occasions at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders and has been published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

You can email Alisa at alisa.baron@bilinguistics.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.

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Alisa Baron

Alisa Baron

M.A., CCC-SLP

Maria Mitidieri

M.A., CCC-SLP
maria.mitidieri@bilinguistics.com

Maria is originally from southern New Jersey but her love of speaking Spanish brought her to Texas in her pursuit of a career as a bilingual speech-language pathologist.  Although she hails to the Philadelphia Phillies and her native pasta and meatballs, pizza and Philly cheesesteaks, she has found her niche in Austin’s food, music and outdoor activity scenes.  When she isn’t working, Maria enjoys completing “do-it-yourself projects”, reading, playing sports and volunteering at one of east Austin’s nonprofit organizations, Casa Marianella.

Professional Bio:
Maria earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a bilingual certification from the University of Texas at Austin.  She completed her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish at Loyola University Maryland.  While completing her bachelor’s degree, she studied abroad for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina and participated in two trips to the west coast, serving Spanish-speaking communities in various United States-Mexico border towns.  Maria’s professional interests lie in language disorders and stuttering in bilingual populations and is particularly passionate for therapy intervention in academic settings.  In addition, since earning her master’s degree she has developed interests in oral-pharyngeal dysphagia in infants and children and has completed numerous continuing education courses addressing the presentation of feeding disorders as a result of anatomical and sensory etiologies.

You can email Maria at maria.mitidieri@bilinguistics.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.

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Maria Mitidieri

Maria Mitidieri

M.A., CCC-SLP

Leah Joseph

M.A., CCC-SLP
leah.joseph@bilinguistics.com

<p style="text-align: justify">Leah, a born and raised Texan, is passionate about language and communication. In fact, she is most likely to square off against Alisa in a cage match for speaking the most languages in the office. Leah brings her expertise in the areas of phonological remediation and foreign accent reduction to the Bilinguistics team.  When not teaching the intricacies of English/Spanish articulation, Leah can be found trying new eateries around Austin and enjoying fro-yo with her husband.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">Professional Bio:
Leah earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) from the University of Texas at Austin.  Leah also received both a B.S. in CSD and B.A. in Linguistics from UT Austin. Her interests primarily lie in the areas of speech sound disorders, accent modification and culturally/linguistically diverse populations. Previously, Leah volunteered as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at local non-profit, El Buen Samaritano. Most recently, she helped out with the early literacy initiative at AVANCE! Austin, serving Spanish-speaking children.  Leah has also worked with Latinitas Austin, empowering and educating at-risk youth.  She is excited to begin her career as a bilingual speech-language pathologist with Bilinguistics.</p>

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Leah Joseph

Leah Joseph

M.A., CCC-SLP

Erich Reiter

M.S., SLP Intern
erich.reiter@bilinguistics.com

Erich earned his Master’s in Speech and Language Pathology from Boston’s MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2016. His main interests include multilingualism and technology.

Before entering the world of speech pathology, Erich worked as a speech recognition engineer in San Francisco, Montreal, and Belgium.  The transition from speech technology to speech pathology has been a wonderful journey, with surprisingly many overlapping traits.  Erich also loves learning languages, traveling, and playing volleyball.  Erich has found his new home in Austin pursuing his clinical fellowship with the bilingual therapy specialists, who are also digging their heels in the tech world.

You can email Erich at erich.reiter@bilinguistics.com or contact him through the office at 512.480.9573.

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Erich Reiter

Erich Reiter

M.S., SLP Intern

Maritza Jacobs

Office Manager
maritza.jacobs@bilinguistics.com

Maritza brought her grit from a lifetime in Cleveland to Bilinguistics.  Your phone calls with Maritza are over before they start.  She is the air traffic controller of the SLPs and clients of Bilinguistics.  She is a no-nonsense, deal-closing, getting-things-done person with the biggest heart you’ve ever known.

You can email Maritza at maritza.jacobs@bilinguistics.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.

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Maritza Jacobs

Maritza Jacobs

Office Manager