Jessica Mullins, B.S. SLPA
Jessica is a Speech Language Pathology Assistant with her bachelors from Indiana State University. She will be attending graduate school in the fall of 2015. She decided to pursue speech language pathology because of her love and compassion for individuals with developmental delays. She has over 9 years of experience working with individuals of all ages who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jessica has traveled to Africa where she taught English to children and adults in local villages. She likes to ensure that families are well informed of their child’s goals and educates them on therapeutic materials which can be used at home. In her spare time, she likes to go to the beach, shop, travel, and spend time with friends and family.
Jordan Stewart, M.A. CCC-SLP
Jordan is currently completing her clinical fellowship year with Children’s Therapy Solutions. She graduated from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Jordan was brought into this field by her desire to find a career that combined her communication skills and teaching with her passion to help children with special needs. She also holds a teaching certificate, graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is a driven CFY with success in attaining childrens’ speech/language goals through enjoyable and imaginative customized therapy activities that naturally transfer to their daily environment. Jordan is knowledgeable about current evidence-based research findings and effective diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. She has experience in providing group and individual therapy in school and private settings to students ages 1-21. Jordan also has a working proficiency of Spanish and uses it with some of her Spanish speaking clientele. In her spare time she enjoys jet skiing, exploring beaches, reading, watching documentaries, playing tennis and traveling.
Alissa Belmont, M.S. CCC-SLP
Alissa earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She interned in Hillsborough County Elementary School’s and practiced speech therapy with children under supervision at the USF on-site clinic. She was brought into the field by her enthusiasm for language and love for being creative with kids. Alissa has a personal goal of earning an ACE award that is given to SLPs who earn 70 hours of continuing education within 3 years. She loves being creative and making every session full of opportunities to communicate and support language learning. In her spare time she likes to relax at the beach, read, write, cook, and try DIY art projects. Alissa often encourages parents to read to their children to increase their exposure to language every day.
Alexandra Shaw, MS CCC-SLP
Alexandra decided to become a Speech and Language Pathologist after seeing the positive impact that speech and language therapy had on her siblings. Having worked with children since she was a teenager, Alexandra wanted a career that allowed her to assist children and families in the way her siblings and family were helped. She pursued a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Duquesne University. During graduate school, Alexandra volunteered at the Cleft-Craniofacial Center of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has experience with children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Childhood Apraxia, Asperger’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and implementation of AAC devices and ASC in outpatient clinics, public and private schools, and homes. She is certified in, “It Takes Two to Talk” and the Hanen Program. Alexandra is patient and empathetic therapist who always strives to help others in any way that she can and we are thrilled to have her on our team. When she isn’t at the clinic, you can find her at the beach, watching a movie, or playing her favorite game (Uno) with her family and friends.
Jessica Fanning M.S. CCC-SLP
Jessica received her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati and her Masters of Science in Speech Pathology at USF. She has been working as an SLP for over 7 years, in which she has worked with a variety of patients in schools, private practice, homes and Skilled Nursing Facilities. She was inspired to become a Speech Therapist due to the vast variety of settings she could work in. During her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling, going to the beach, spending time with friends and family, and playing in a kickball league.
Ashley Caves, M.S. CCC-SLP
Ashley received her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and her B.S. in Communication Disorders and Elementary Education at University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point. After observing an SLP work in an ESE classroom, she was drawn to becoming a speech therapist and decided to do whatever it took to switch her major. Ashley has been working as an SLP in the school setting, working with children from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. She enjoys working with children under age 5 who are non-verbal and need AAC or PECS to communicate. Her strengths include implementing play-based therapy, teaching the use of PECS, working with children on the autism spectrum, and teaching children how to use AAC devices. During spare time, Ashley enjoys riding on motorcycles with her husband, going on walks with her dog, relaxing at the beach, and cheering on the Packers football team. Go PACKERS!
Megan Simon, M.S. CF-SLP, Bilingual SLP
Megan received her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University and her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Sciences, graduating from both institutions with honors. She was brought to the SLP field by her love and compassion. She has found that the best way for her to make an impact on the lives of others is to help them communicate their wants and needs. She loves making therapy as fun as possible and enjoys finding new ways to learn and have fun at the same time. Her strengths include providing bilingual therapy sessions and working with children with swallowing difficulties. Megan loves traveling, enjoying the outdoors, shopping, and going to the beach. Megan aspires to hold a BCS-S certification, an oral motor certification, and prompt certification. We love having Megan on our team and are blessed to have such a well-rounded therapist on our staff.
Laura Winkler, M.S. CF-SLP
Laura earned her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of South Florida and her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elon University in North Carolina. She spent two years teaching prior to entering the field of speech-language pathology. While working as an elementary school teacher Laura noticed several students who struggled with learning to read and write, make friends, and follow directions in school due to difficulties with language processing. This inspired her to help children strengthen these skills to be successful in school and relations, leading to the decision to pursue becoming an SLP. Laura attained certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling System and maintains her Florida teaching certification in grades K-6. Her strengths incl ude diagnosing and treating language based literacy disorders, language impairments, articulation, and early intervention for speech-language delays. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, volleyball and reading.
Debbie Meissner M.S., CCC-SLP
Debbie joined Children’s Therapy Solutions after working for Manatee County Schools for 35 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her Masters degree from Florida State University. Debbie has vast experience working with a variety of ages and disorders. She has extensive experience working with children having autism, language based reading disorders, mental health, ADHD, stuttering, voice, language and speech disorders. She participated many years on the cleft palate team through Children’s Medical Services. Debbie has also been an adjunct professor for Nova University. She enjoys keeping current with latest therapy trends earning ACE awards from the American Speech Language-Hearing Association. Debbie finds working with her clients and their family to be very rewarding. She truly believes that it takes a village to raise a child.
Michelle Andrzejewski MS, CCC-SLP
Michelle received her B.S. and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology at Purdue University. At Purdue, she was a research assistant for a lab that was researching early predictors of autism spectrum disorders. She became a Speech-Language Pathologist because of her passion for working with children. She moved down to Florida two years ago and has loved getting to know the area. Michelle currently also works in the school setting with students from kindergarten through 5th grade. She loves to combine literacy skills with articulation and language goals. Almost all of her therapy sessions include reading a book. In her free time, Michelle enjoys kayaking, going to the beach, and playing games with her family and friends.
Caitlin Kellogg, M.A. CF-SLP
Caitlin earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She always had a desire to become a part of a field that would allow her to help make a positive impact in the lives of those in need, and speech has given her just that. Caitlin had the opportunity to complete a 14-week internship at Children’s Therapy Solutions and is happy to return to Florida joining the speech therapy team full time. Caitlin strives to make her therapy sessions enjoyable, creative, individualized, and let’s not forget…FUN! She aims to make differences in the lives of her clients one day at a time. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, cooking/eating (let’s be honest!), music, and simply just trying new things!