Vanessa Sifontes

  • M.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders – Baylor University
  • PORi Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Burn Scar Massage Therapist

Vanessa Sifontes is a Licensed Speech Therapist and Manual Therapist with a diverse background in hands-on work, including myofascial release, trigger point therapy, lymphedema management, scar tissue management, traditional Chinese Cupping Therapy and TMJ treatment.

Vanessa is also an Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist who has dedicated the bulk of her career to Head & Neck Cancer Rehabilitation with hands on intervention, as well as significant research within Oncology.

Her career started at Baylor University where she graduated with a Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her first rotation in Houston, TX she was exposed to the rehabilitation of oncology patients via a multi-modal approach which she then adopted and improved. , Vanessa is able to address patients’ needs with a well-rounded approach and unique skill set.

As a trained Burn Scar Massage Therapist (BSMT),  she is qualified to handle full-body massage for 1-4 degree burns. This process promotes healing, releases scar bands to improve range of motion, improves blood circulation, decreases anxiety, and improves immunity by promoting lymphatic health among other benefits.

In addition, Vanessa provides treatment for:

  • Dysphagia
  • Cancer-related Cognitive Impairment 
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Headaches 
  • Lymph massage 

Vanessa is also a highly trained Krav Maga practitioner and will be offering small-group self-defense classes with an emphasis in Krav to those interested in developing body awareness and confidence.

Vanessa’s enthusiasm toward education, treatment, and contribution to development of protocols and strategies that maximize overall patient care is inspiring and contagious. Her passion for innovation, research and patient-driven outcome is evident in everything she does. In her spare time you can find her hiking with her service K-9, Kylo, rowing, mountain biking and often enjoying a good book. 

For information on self-defense training, email her directly at

We are so excited to have Vanessa bringing her unique skill-set and wonderful energy to the DPPS team!