I have been working in the speech-language field since 2007. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2006, and my masters from University of South Florida in 2009. I have worked in the school system, hospital, independent clinic, and home health settings.
I decided to leave the hospital to work for myself, because I was frustrated with the amount of children required for me to see daily. Starting my own company has allowed me time to adequately prepare for each of my patients so that I can serve them and their families in the best way possible. Every child is so different, and I can now give them the time they need.
I myself was in speech therapy as a child and know what it feels like not to be understood. It is my passion to help every child reach their fullest potential in the area of communication. There is nothing more fulfilling than hearing a child tell their parents they love them for the first time! I would be grateful to be a part of your child’s journey.
I have been working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist for almost a decade. I received my undergraduate degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida. I have been married to my husband, Kris for 5 years and we have two wonderful children with one pesky puppy.
Previously, I worked at UCP of Central Florida which is a charter school and outpatient rehab facility. I have also been an Early Steps Provider and worked at the following establishments: Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital outpatient clinic, Florida Pediatric Therapy for Home Health, The Children’s Rehab Center in Fort Myers, and have owned my own company. I have also provided services at an Autism clinic for newly diagnosed children and gained experience through a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC).
I hold my Florida occupational therapy license, as well as being certified through the National Board of Occupational Therapy. I have also been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2007. I have completed advanced education courses in oral-motor techniques to foster improved feeding and nutrition in young children along with courses to facilitate sensory processing techniques, implement handwriting, SPIO-compression bracing training techniques, handling techniques of the baby and young child, linking NDT and sensory integration strategies, vision disorders, and Microcurrent Point Stimulation Therapy (MPS). Additional information on any of the above mentioned trainings and techniques is available upon request.
Throughout my career I have learned an array of skills to work with various diagnoses. I recognize that each child and their families are their own unique selves with their own unique needs; I truly have a passion to understand each family in their own way. I strive to provide strategies to assist them in fulfilling their functional potential within their everyday environment. Whether it is a child diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome, prematurity, Cerebral Palsy, a genetic disorder, sensory processing concerns, low tone, or developmental delay, I love helping them strive to meet their therapeutic potential. . It is truly rewarding to witness a child overcome their sensory aversions, a picky eater consume new foods into their daily diet, a child learn to use bilateral sides of their body to independently complete an activity of daily living (ADL) after having a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a child being able to produce legible handwriting, or seeing the look on a loved one’s face when their child can now tolerate hugging and kissing them!
One thing I have learned from all of my kids over the past 10 years is that they can amount to the unthinkable! They truly have a wonderful energy to life. Many of our kids have been born with their diagnoses and have learned how to function with their special needs since birth. I’m truly grateful to be a part of this learning process and helping them achieve new goals through every developmental stage.
I look forward to helping you and your child, as every child deserves a chance to succeed in their everyday environment!
I graduated with a BS in Physical Therapy and an MS in Speech -Language Pathology from the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. I completed a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University at New York.
I have worked in various places such as the Department of Defense, Elementary and Secondary Schools and also at Head Start Programs. I was the Director of the Graduate Speech and Language Program at Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. I coordinated the Speech Language Pathology Program from Marion County at Ocala.
I have lots of experience in language delays, autism, learning disabilities, apraxia, dysarthria, traumatic brain injury, voice disorders, phonological disorders, and articulation disorders.