Kristie Gatto


Houston, Texas

Kristie Gatto | Houston, Texas | Top 100 Speech-Language Pathologists Impacting the Field

Practicing Since


Graduate Program

University of Houston, COMD program

Therapeutic Focus

Pediatric, clinic

Accolades, Award or Notable Achievements

  • Understanding the Orofacial Complex: Muscle Manual, and Understanding the Orofacial Complex: The Evolution of Dysfunction, 1 children’s book (Sam, the Super Chewer Eats)
  • Externship site: 4 universities, mentored 2+ graduate students per year for the last 12 years for more than 6 months each
  • CFY supervisor for 9 SLPs that are now specialists in the feeding world
  • Volunteer for the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Private Practitioners in Speech Pathology and Audiology (2nd term)
  • President-Elect for the International Association of Orofacial Myology (previous the OM rep in 13-15, Marketing Chair, Mentoring Committee, and Executive Committee
  • On the Community Advisory Board for the University of Houston’s graduate program
  • Asked to write for the ASHA leader twice

Favorite Quote

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kristie Gatto


Houston, Texas

“I work with all ages of children with feeding, swallowing, and orofacial disorders.”


Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM® received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public and private school systems, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and children’s hospitals, and in private practice. In 2004, Ms. Gatto became the co-owner of a private practice in Northwest Houston and began her journey in treating children with pediatric feeding disorders.

After years of searching for answers in traditional feeding approaches, she underwent training in the field of Orofacial Myology and became the first certified orofacial myologist in the city of Houston in 2011. Ms. Gatto is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection, which has three offices in the greater Houston area and employs 20 speech-language pathologists with various specialties.


For the past ten years, she has focused her clinical skills on treating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, and swallowing- related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, and early childhood intervention.

Kristie Gatto is the author of three books Understanding the Orofacial Complex: The Evolution of Dysfunction (Outskirts Press, 2016), Understanding the Orofacial Complex – Muscle Manual (Outskirts Press, 2014), and Sam the Super Chewer, Eats (Mindstir Media, 2016) for which she receives royalty payments. She is also the owner and a treating clinician with The Speech and
Language Connection in Houston, as well as an instructor for the International Association of Orofacial Myology.