Stephanie Montero, OTR (Owner)

Stephanie Montero, OTR (Owner)

Welcome to OT FOR TOTS! I am excited that you are interested in our services. My name is STEPHANIE A. MONTERO, OTR and I am the owner and I am a registered occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience! I earned my degree in occupational therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1995. I strive to provide quality services to the children to establish functional independence. Throughout the years, I have worked with special needs children in the local school system, home health care, and early childhood intervention. I have specialized training in sensory processing disorder, developmental delays, and self-help skills (feeding and dressing) handwriting intervention.

  • AOTA member
  • LinkedIn member
  • Member of the National Association of Professional Women
  • Member of Continental Who's Who of National business

Specialized Training in:

  • Brain gym
  • SIPTS Certified
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Equine Facilitated I and II Certified
  • Oral Beckman Certified
  • SOS Feeding Program by Dr. Kay Tommey
  • Certified Autism Specialist by the International Board of Credentials and Continuing Education Standards

We also have certified occupational therapy assistants that are also a party of the dynamic and effective team at OT FOR TOTS.

Dana Nielsen Ruiz

Dana Nielsen Ruiz

Dana Nielsen Ruiz is a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist practicing in both El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, and she serves as the Speech-Language Pathologist for the Femap Craneofacial Team.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Bridgewater State University, Dana moved from Connecticut to El Paso to start the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at UTEP, eager to combine her love of Spanish with her passion of Speech-Language Pathology here in the borderland. Dana is currently the Speech Therapy Director (Coordinadora General) at the Centro de Lenguaje y Aprendizaje in Cd. Juárez and is a home health therapist in El Paso. During her 18 years of experience, she has treated cleft lip/palate patients as infants with feeding difficulties all the way through adolescents fine tuning their articulation and resonance.

In addition to her work in Cd. Juárez and El Paso, Dana also participates regularly on international cleft lip and palate missions with Operation Smile, having had the opportunity to participate on numerous missions to Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Through her international work, she has completed more than 2,000 speech and feeding assessments. Now, with the initiation of our binational craniofacial team in 2017, she is able to volunteer her time in Mexico once a month and return home the same day

Christine Mata, COTA

Christine Mata, COTA

I love what I do!! I think the field of occupational therapy is "Awesome Pawsome" I have been working as a COTA since 2017. I worked 1.5 years in the home health setting and in the school setting. I joined the OT FOR TOTS Team in 2018. I am Autism Certified by the International Board of Credentials and Continuing Education Standards.
My goal in working with children is to provide an array of techniques through activities to restore function to accomplish independence for daily living.

Maria Hardin, COTA

Maria Hardin, COTA

I am a graduate of Anamarc College and I have been working as a COTA for 6 years. My experience has been working with the pediatric population. I am Autism Certified by the IBBEC board. I have experience in working with children who struggle with their emotional regulation and demonstrate these difficulties in behaviors. I have working at OT FOR TOTS since 2018.

Andrea Fonseca, COTA

Andrea Fonseca, COTA

I am a 2017 graduate from PIMA college. I have been practicing for 2 years in the pediatric setting. I have been working at OT FOR TOTS since 2019. I plan to continue to grow as a therapist to provide the best patient care. Ever since I was a young age, I knew I wanted to help kids.

Fernanda Murillo, COTA

Fernanda Murillo, COTA

Hello! My name is Fernanda Murillo but most of our little ones call me Fern, I'm a 23 year old Occupational Therapist here at OT for Tots. I graduated from Pima Medical institute in 2017 and acquired my OT certification in 2018. January 2021 will be a milestone in my career marking 3 years of working as an OT here in El Paso. I have an incredible amount of passion for what I do, working with kids and helping them develop and strengthen their capabilities is something I take pride in. I hope to one day return to school for my certification as an OTR and continue my career working in pediatric therapy. One of the joys of working in my field is learning things from my kiddos that no formal schooling could teach me, everyday is a learning experience not only for them but for me as well.

Thanya Martinez, STA

Thanya Martinez, STA

My name is Thanya Martinez I am licensed Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. I earned my bachelor's degree at New Mexico State University with a double major in Foreign Language (Spanish). I have more than six years of experience working with children, I have worked at two different school districts and enjoy working with different age populations. I have provided therapy services to both children and adults. I am dedicated, caring and highly motivated to help each and one of my patients to meet their goals. Nothing is more rewarding than to see my patients grow and meet their goals because everyone deserves a voice, communication is the key. One of my goals is to continue to grow as SLPA to make a difference in each of my patients' lives. My main goal is to continue my education and obtain my master's degree in speech therapy. I plan to continue to serve the El Paso community as a bilingual speech therapist in making an positive impact in people's lives.