Clinic Faculty

Kristy Armer

Office: CMA 2.256
Phone: (512) 471-2019

Kristy Armer, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Mrs. Armer received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Texas Tech University Health Sciences. She is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (ACBIS).

Mrs. Armer is a certified speech-language pathologist and has experience with adult populations in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehab, private practice, and long-term residential care facilities. In addition to clinical work, she has supervised graduate students, SLP assistants and clinical fellows. Her primary interest is adult swallowing and speech-language-cognitive disorders related to aphasia and brain injury.

Jessica H. Franco

Office: CMA 2.248
Phone: (512) 471-2017

Jessica H. Franco, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, joined the UTSHC as a Clinical Assistant Professor in summer, 2011. She holds degrees from the University of Kansas and University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Franco has focused her clinical practice and research on assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  She founded a diagnostic and training center in San Antonio and has traveled as a consultant for schools and autism centers around the country.

Dr. Franco has experience with a variety of approaches for teaching communication skills and methods for reducing severe challenging behaviors. She is active in many autism-related committees and boards, including the Texas Autism Resource and Research Center, Texas Autism Council Advisory Task Force, and the Autism Community Network.

Monike Garabieta

Office: CMA 2.258
Hours: By appointment only
Phone: (512) 232-1517

Monike W. Garabieta, MS, CCC/SLP is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Garabieta received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University. She has experience with pediatric populations in outpatient, private practice, home health, NICU, and public-school settings. Additionally, Ms. Garabieta gained familiarity with adult patients with swallowing and neurogenic disorders during previous employment at Baylor Scott and White in Temple and Cedar Park’s Regional Medical Center. Ms. Garabieta has particular interest in narrative-based intervention across various domains and ages in order to increase processing, receptive-expressive skills, phonological awareness, and recall. She lives in Austin with her husband and two cats, Toby and Waffles.

Sangeeta Kamdar

Office: CMA 2.252
Phone: (512) 471-2019

Sangeeta Kamdar, Au.D joined the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in August of 2016. Dr. Kamdar received her doctorate of audiology (AuD) from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Her research interests include exploring the contribution of cognition in speech perception.

Dr. Kamdar specializes in diagnostic audiology, amplifying systems, and aural rehabilitation. Prior to lecturing, she worked as a clinical audiologist for over 9 years at an ENT practice that focused exclusively on diseases of the ear.

Mirza Lugo-Neris

Office: CMA 2.262
Phone: (512) 232-1503

Mirza J. Lugo-Neris, PhD, CCC-SLP, joined the Department in August 2016. She holds graduate degrees from Florida State University and The University of Texas at Austin. Her experience includes working as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in multiple settings (private practice, public schools, contractor, consultant), clinical supervision of SLP assistants and graduate students, as well as providing community in-services.

Dr. Lugo focuses on educating graduate clinicians in providing appropriate diagnostic and intervention services for children and adults with speech and language disorders, with a focus on Spanish-English bilinguals.

Amanda Zappler

Office: CMA 2.250

Amanda Zappler, Au.D., CCC-A, is a clinical assistant professor teaching both graduate and undergraduate SLHS and audiology students. She received her doctorate of audiology (AuD) from A.T. Still Health Sciences University in 2006 and her M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

Dr. Zappler specializes in audiology, amplifying systems, aging auditory systems, and noise exposure and hearing loss. She has worked as an educator, private practice clinical audiologist, hospital audiologist, and manufacturer’s technical audiologist and trainer. Zappler currently has publications under review for Ear and Hearing and Audiology Now.