Founders 

Bravo Therapy & Independent Living Center was founded in 2021 by Latino and Afro-Latina occupational therapists Hiram and Vanessa. They had a dream of serving their community through a culturally competent organization, grounded in respect and integrity, to provide the highest quality of service. They combine their education, experience, and the latest research to provide clients and their families with the best possible care that is truly client-centered. They are both passionate and dedicated therapists, who feel honored to serve the San Antonio community.

Hiram J. Corona Martinez, MSOT, OTR/L

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Licensed & Board Certified Occupational Therapist

Specializations: Pediatrics & Autism

Hiram is a warm and approachable clinician who is fully invested in improving the quality of life of children with sensory processing differences, developmental delays, and other neurological conditions. He has experience working in various settings including outpatient, early intervention, home health, school-based, and community-based. He has served as an advisory board member to nonprofit organizations helping at-risk children and youth achieve academic success. He has also developed and established several pediatric OT departments for other organizations across the country.

 

His hobbies and interests include reading, classical music, art, and horology. 

Hiram is fluent in English and Spanish, and currently studying Italian and French. 

Vanessa Monique Yanez, MSOT, OTR/L

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Licensed & Board Certified Occupational Therapist 

Specializations: Adults & Cancer Care/Oncology

Vanessa was inspired to become an occupational therapist after undergoing cancer treatment and a bone marrow transplant at the age of 19.  She understands some of the challenges of a medical diagnosis and the toll it can take on a person and those around them. She has dedicated her life to helping individuals of all ages with or without a disability live their best life. She has experience working with children, young adults, and older adults with physical and psychosocial difficulties in many settings, including inpatient (acute care and acute rehab), outpatient, telehealth, home health, school-based and community-based. She received her training at City of Hope National Medical Center, ranked among the nation's 'Best Hospital' in cancer by US News, and a NCI-designated cancer hospital. 

Vanessa holds a faculty position for the master's and doctoral OT programs at the University of St. Augustine Health Sciences. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University. She has experience in program development, collaborates with research institutions to improve therapy services, and recently co-authored two book chapters on psychosocial distress in breast, gynecological, and lung cancers. Vanessa is also a frequent presenter at state and national professional conferences on relevant issues in cancer care, such as sexuality, body image, mental health, and fatigue/symptom management.

Her hobbies and interests include dancing, traveling, poker, reading, and watching movies. 

Vanessa is fluent in English and Spanish.

  Find her on Instagram @the_onco_ot
 

Upcoming Presentations

  • AOTA - 2022 Annual Conference & Expo
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    San Antonio, TX, USA
    Please contact me for details.
    San Antonio, TX, USA
    Conference Presenter (one 3-hour workshop & two 1-hour short courses)
  • WFOT International Congress and Exhibition 2022
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    Paris, France
    Please contact me for details.
    Paris, France
    Conference Presenter (poster)
Holding Hands

Our Vision and Mission

Vision: To lead our world in bringing the highest quality of life for all.  


Mission: We provide holistic, compassionate, and high-quality services to all (with or without disability) to enable participation in life through the use of meaningful activities.

Our Values

COMPASSION 

Genuinely concerned with your situation and needs. 

KINDNESS

A warm smile and words of encouragement do not cost a thing. We like to spread it. 

INTEGRITY

Always doing what is right. 

 

RESPECT

Everyone deserves to feel valued and listened to. We believe this is the foundation of any relationship. 

EXCELLENCE

Because great is just not good enough for us.  

LEADERSHIP

Exploring and leading new territories in therapy treatment. 

EVIDENCE-BASED

Using research to provide you the latest and best treatment available.  

EQUALITY

Everyone deserves to be treated the same. 

IMPARTIALITY

We strive to do what is fair. Always. 

COLLABORATION

It takes a village to care for a person, and a multidisciplinary approach strengthens and unifies the team to provide the best quality of care.  

SENSE OF URGENCY

There are services that cannot wait, and we'll do our best to address your concerns ASAP. 

OCCUPATIONAL JUSTICE

Occupational justice is the "right of every individual to be able to meet basic needs and to have equal opportunities and life chances to reach toward [his/her/their] potential but specific to the individual’s engagement in diverse and meaningful occupation.” (Wilcock & Townsend, 2009, p. 193)

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Questions? Simply reach out, we’re happy to help.