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 & Founderellen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen’s 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 while in Asia. She 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.
Dr. Kester founded Bilinguistics to meet the speech and language needs of children from diverse backgrounds. She provides workshops around the United States and beyond on bilingualism, assessment of bilingual students, and effective intervention practices with diverse populations. Dr. Kester periodically teaches courses at The University of Texas at Austin in language development, assessment and intervention of language disorders, early childhood intervention, preschoolers with special needs, and measurement. 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 email@example.com or call the office at 512.480.9573.
Ellen Stubbe Kester
Ph.D., CCC-SLP, President & Founder
M.A., CCC-SLP, Vice Presidentscott.firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or contact him through the office at 512.480.9573.
M.A., CCC-SLP, Vice President
Phuong Lien Palafox
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.
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 conferences including the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference and an invited presenter for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conferences and trainings. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.
Phuong Lien Palafox
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.
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 email@example.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.
Chelsea was born in California, but claims Texas as her home. Chelsea’s first language was Spanish and she learned English once she began school. She thanks her parents and grandparents for giving her the gift of bilingualism. For as long as she can remember, Chelsea has had a passion for working with children, likely thanks to her mom being a preschool teacher. When she is not working with students, Chelsea likes to try new restaurants (she especially loves Mexican food), watch a new TV show, or listen to a good podcast.
Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) from Baylor University. She received her Master of Science degree in CSD from New York University. Following graduation, she had the opportunity to work in a culturally and linguistically diverse school district in Dallas, where she discovered her passion for working with bilingual children. She has always had a heart for children and especially loves working with bilingual children, children with Autism, and speech sound disorders. She also has a passion for working with children’s parents in order to provide children with holistic and well-rounded intervention.
You can email Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.
Victoria’s enthusiasm for foreign language began in high school, when she began studying Spanish and realized that bilingualism is a super power for interacting with a multitude of new people and cultures. Her passion for speaking and learning Spanish continued throughout her undergraduate and graduate careers. Throughout her time at the University of Oklahoma, she continued to hone her language skills and focus on bilingualism, second language acquisition, and therapy with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. In her free time, Victoria enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to live music, and continuing her quest to find the best taco shop in town.
Victoria earned her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Oklahoma. Victoria’s biggest professional interests include bilingual speech sound development, accent modification, and culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Victoria’s previous experience includes work in a pediatric therapy clinic serving primarily children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is excited to continue her career as a bilingual speech-language pathologist as part of the Bilinguistics team.
You can email Victoria at email@example.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.
M.S., SLP Internalison.firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison is a self-proclaimed word and bird nerd from Vermont, who has been passionate about languages and different forms of communication for as long as she can remember. She brings her strong background in research and clinical applications to Bilinguistics. When she is not researching or writing, she can be found watching birds or contra dancing.
Alison earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German Studies at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She has also studied linguistics at the University of Konstanz in Baden-Württemburg, Germany. She is interested in different modes of communication, people with bilingual and multilingual backgrounds, and speech-sound disorders.
You can email Alison at email@example.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.
M.S., SLP Intern
Ph.D., SLP Internjie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jie, (aka Jessie if you need more time to practice Mandarin sounds and tones), showed her sensitivity to music and language since early childhood. Born and raised in China, she moved to Austin to pursue her doctorate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Jie creatively combines her root in Chinese language and culture with experience in western practices to inform research and service delivery to people with Chinese descent. Jie specializes in early intervention, speech sound development and disorders in children with diverse cultural and linguistic background. She is also passionate about bringing her personal journey in learning English as a foreign language and decade long teaching of Phonetics into accent modification sessions. In her spare time, Jie enjoys playing the piano, swimming, watching ballet and exploring all forms of classic and folk arts with her children. She is also an avid experimenter of Chinese cooking with a western flare.
Jie received her Master's decree in Theoretical Linguistics in China, and her Ph.D in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been a lecturer at UT-Austin and an assistant professor at West Chester University. Undertaken three roles as a clinician, a lecturer and a researcher, Jie is constantly seeking opportunities to integrate university level teaching and cross-linguistic research into clinic practices. She has employed acoustic and experimental methods to obtain in-depth understanding of speech acquisition patterns in typically developing children, and have worked to apply these methods to clinical assessment and treatment of speech disorders to promote objectivity, quantification and sensitivity. With the support of Bilinguisitcs, Jie looks forward to contributing to the Chinese and Asian Communities in Greater Austin by expanding clinical awareness and by serving bilingual children.
You can email Jie at email@example.com or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.
Ph.D., SLP Intern
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her through the office at 512.480.9573.