Amy Gomes

Amy is a pediatric therapist and has been owner of Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Associates since 1991. Amy was the fortunate Physical Therapist to work with the first child in Central Florida to undergo the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.  She has since worked with more than 25 children who have had...

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Renee Phares

Renee has worked as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 26 years. She  the lead OT for Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Associates for 20 years. Renee Phares graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1984. She has practiced exclusively in pediatrics. She worked for Orange County Public Schools for 4 years,...

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Trina Giddens Nussbaumer

Trina is a state-licensed and national board-certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 25 years experience.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Communication Disorders from the University of South Florida.  She currently performs evaluations for the Lake County Early Steps Program and provides the following speech...

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Katie Short

Katie is a Nationally and State of Florida licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She was awarded her Bachelor of Science (2005) and Master’s of Arts (2007) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fl. Katie began her clinical work in the Spring of 2006 at the University of Central Florida Communication...

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Beverly Puritz OTR/L

Bev is a State of Florida licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She was awarded her Master of Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2001, Davie, Fl. Bev has worked full time for the school system for approximately the past 14 years (with both Polk and Orange County Public schools). She also has worked...

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Kelley DeTuro

Kelley received a BA degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University—Fresno before getting her Master’s of Education degree in Early Childhood, Special Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She worked as a Speech Therapist for the Las Vegas Hearing Impaired school district program, serving children pre-K through...

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Ivette Fuller

Ivette Fuller earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Spanish from Suny Brockport in New York in 2001 and certified as an Infant Toddler Development Specialist/ITDS by the state of Florida in 2007. Works with children and their families that have developmental delays and diagnosis conditions for nearly twenty –five...

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Christine Gramaglia

Christine is a State of Florida licensed and board certified Occupational Therapist.  She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree (1992) in Occupational Therapy from Chicago State University.  In 2000 she was awarded an MA in Health Systems Management from Webster University. Christine’s professional experience began in 1992 at a...

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Danielle Mills

Graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Disorders and a Master’s from University of Central Florida in Communicative Disorders. Danielle is nationally certified speech-language pathologist with American Speech-Language & Hearing Association (ASHA). Danielle has experience with school-age students targeting language, articulation and stuttering disorder; medically fragile...

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Lisa Newton

Lisa is a  Florida state-licensed occupational therapist. She graduated in 2003 with a bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida. She continued on for a masters degree in health science at The University of Florida, graduating in 2004. During her graduate year, she specialized in student teaching...

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Shannon Stuckey

Shannon is a graduate of the Speech and Language Pathology Master’s Degree Program at the University of Central Florida.  She also received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Shannon has been a Speech and Language Pathologist for 11 years and...

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Rebecca Wallace

Rebecca is licensed Physical Therapist in the state of Florida. Rebecca was awarded here Bachelors of Science in Health Service Administration (2005) and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy (2007) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  Throughout college Rebecca also worked in an outpatient sports medicine and physical...

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Barbara De Jesus-Rivera

Barbara is a Nationally and State of Florida licensed and certified Medical Speech-Language Pathologist. She was awarded Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts (2002) from the University of Florida in Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders respectively.  She obtained a Master’s of Arts (2004) in Speech and Language Pathology...

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Denise Beckham

Denise graduated from Keiser University in 2011 with an Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant as well as an Early Steps provider for the state of Florida. Denise has been with CFPTA since February 2012 and has a great passion for working with children.

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Iryna Yusupova-Lopez (Ira)

Iryna Yusupova-Lopez is a state of Florida certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist. She was awarded her Bachelor of Arts from Crimean American College (2002) in Crimea, Ukraine and her Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida (2006) in Orlando, FL. Iryna (Ira) began working as...

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Kat Logan

Kat Logan, a transplant from the state of Texas, is a nationally, and State of Florida licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts  (2007) and Master of Arts (2009) from Washington State University in Speech and Hearing Sciences. After receiving her degrees, Kat began her clinical...

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Kacie Short

Kacie is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Illinois State University in 2009 and her Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Adventist University of Health Sciences in 2014. Kacie worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant intern...

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Kristina Blake-Griffin

Hello I am Kristina Blake an occupational therapist at CFPTA. I have only worked in pediatrics and love every minute of it. I have lived in Clermont area for 5 years now. I am original from VA in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I do miss the snow but have grown...

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Ruthie Johns

Ruthie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication of Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida in May of 1994, and later received her Master of Science Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of South Florida in May, 1997.  Ruthie completed her CFY at...

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Liani Steenekamp

Liani Steenekamp is a licensed and board certified Occupational Therapist with over 26 years of clinical experience.  She worked in many different pediatric settings; such as military and charter schools, clinics, hospitals and home health. She developed a pre-vocational program for children with special needs. She also taught Pediatrics for...

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Christina Lacek

Christina is a licensed physical therapist  and an Early Steps provider in the state of Florida. She received a Bachelors degree in Health Science from the University of Central Florida in 2010, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013 from the University of Florida. Upon completion of a...

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Heather Gingrasso PTA

Heather graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1996 with a degree in Physical Therapy Assisting. She has practiced as a PTA in a variety of settings including acute care orthopedics, pediatrics, home health, and outpatient and inpatient rehab. Heather took a few years off from practicing as a...

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