Gladys is a first generation Houstonian who graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish. After graduating, she moved to Nicaragua and spent four years working in education there in a wide variety of roles from teaching English and Psychology to counseling children in school.

Upon returning to Houston she worked as a research assistant for four years at the Children’s Learning Institute helping to test educational programs for elementary school aged children within HISD and the homes. Through her work there, she was exposed to Occupational Therapy and was blown away by the endless possibilities to improve the daily lives of others. Convinced this was the path for her, she decided to pursue an Associates degree in Occupational Therapy at Houston Community College. She completed her fieldwork in Ben Taub's inpatient psychiatric unit and at Special Cheers Pediatric Therapy. Gladys has been practicing as an Occupational Therapy Assistant since 2016 and regularly seeks new learning opportunities in this amazing field. 

Since being hired on at Foundations when the clinic opened in 2018, she has earned certification in the SOS Approach to Feeding, DIR/Floortime approach and the implementation of Safe and Sound and Integrated Listening systems.  

Gladys is honored to be part of the amazing team and unique work environment at Foundations Pediatric Therapy and provide this invaluable service to kids and their families. She is currently the clinic’s Clinical Supervisor. When not at work Gladys enjoys spending time with her family and doing freelance writing work for The Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine about Houston’s bustling music scene.