Speech Language Therapy
Jordan Stewart, M.A. CCC-SLP
Jordan 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 speech language pathologist 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 Hall, M.S. CCC-SLP
Alissa earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She since has gained experience working with pediatric clients in the elementary school, middle school, and clinic setting. She was brought into the field by her enthusiasm for language and love for being creative with children. Alissa attained 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 encourages parents to read to their children and narrate activities aloud to increase their exposure to language every day.
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.
Caitlin Kellogg, M.A.CCC-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!
Alessandra Huertas, B.A. SLPA
Alessandra earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. She has more than 5 years of experience working with individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays. She has worked with children in other settings as well for example, teaching piano at a private school. She wanted to pursue a career where she can teach, be creative, and help make an impact in other people’s lives. Alessandra was born in Peru, but grew up in California since she was 6 years old. She moved to Florida for college and fell in love with this state. She became certain about pursuing a career in speech language pathology after seeing the positive impact it had on her younger sibling first-hand. Now her desire and passion is to help children and their families just as her family was helped. Being bilingual she can help a broad range of children and families! In her free time she loves relaxing at the beach, painting, going to the movies, acting, traveling and exploring new places.
Erin Browne, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
Erin earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. Erin pursued this field because of her passion for assisting others in discovering and developing their voices and abilities to communicate! She is originally from a suburb of Chicago where she completed a partial internship at a pediatric outpatient clinic associated with Little Company of Mary Hospital, and she most recently interned at Peachtree Elementary near Atlanta, Georgia. Erin is formally trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) and D.I.R. Floortime Approach to Feeding. She has experience providing treatment to preschool through high school students and she has completed training in alternative augmentative communication (AAC). Erin strives to provide therapy in a fun, dynamic, and engaging way! She believes keeping families and loved ones involved with intervention is a key to success. Outside of her love for speech, Erin enjoys running, spending time outdoors, cooking and exploring her new city.
Kara Maschmeyes, B.A., SLP-A
Kara earned her Bachelor’s of Communication Science and Disorders degree from the University of South Florida in 2006. She has more than 10 years experience working with children from 2 years old to 21 in a special needs school. Kara has worked with a wide range of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioral issues, and developmentally delayed. She decided to become a SLP-A due to her grandmother having a stroke and loosing all ability to communicate with the family. From that point she had decided what she wanted to major in communication in college. Kara highly enjoys working with young children and has a passion for using the Picture Exchange Communication System. She finds gratification while working with children and families. Kara believes that it takes team work to help children succeed in therapy, school, and at home. She briefly worked for Early Steps as an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist in Highlands County. In Kara’s spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends at the beach, traveling, reading, and shopping.
Sarah Boyce, M.S. CCC-SLP
Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Calvin College in Michigan and earned her Masters degree from East Tennessee State University. Sarah has previously served as a research associate/speech pathologist on a NIH grant providing early speech and language intervention for children with repaired cleft palate. Sarah established and lead a speech and language clinic within a community heath center providing holistic care through interdisiciplinary teamwork with audiologists, primary care, nutrionists, and mental health therapists. In addition, Sarah has been an assistant professor for East Tennessee State University teaching undergraduate students online in Phonetics and Clinical Processes since 2014. Sarah also has experience as a clinical supervisor mentoring graduate student clinicans focused on pediatric evaluation and treatment of early intervention through school-aged children with a variety of disorders including: sensory and behavioral feeding disorders, resonance, fluency, social communication/pragmatics, receptive and expressive language, phonological and articulation disorders, as well as providing bilingual speech and language assessment and therapy. Sarah has a working profiency of Spanish and uses it with her Spanish speaking clientele. Sarah’s passions include early speech and langauge intervention, involving the parent/caregiver in the therapy session, and targeting therapy through play for maximum generalization/carry-over at home. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, traveling, exploring new beaches, reading, and completing furniture renovations.
Elizabeth “Libby” Atkinson
Libby grew up in Houston and moved to the Dallas, Texas area. She attended the University of Texas Daily for Speech-Language Pathology. Thereafter she worked in the school system in Texas before moving to Florida. She was brought to Florida to help her family residing here and her love for the area. She has received additional training working with patients with Parkinson’s disease as well as neuromuscular diseases. She worked for many years on the side of insurance companies as a project manager and claims examiner where she was able to gain understanding on the complexities of that area and how to help families when possible to now understand what is available to them. She believes every person is entitled to be heard and strives to be a champion and advocate for students and families who may be unsure about what to do next. Libby’s hobbies include painting-watercolors are her medium of choice. Her other passions are her dogs and her family.
Whitney Scott, M.S. CCC-SLP
Whitney grew up in Palmetto, FL and graduated from the University of South Florida where she received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She has vast experience in the field including work in the school system with preschool-third grade, outpatient clinic, acute care and inpatient hospital settings, as well as in skilled nursing. She has furthered her knowledge by attending trainings for Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Interactive Metronome, and Red Cross Life Support. Whitney is passionate about helping those in need. Working one on one in a clinical setting is wonderful because of the strong relationship developed between clients and families. Resulting is growth and strong connection with caregivers to support at home communication. She loves working with children, because they are our future. She loves to dance, sing, paint, and spend as much time as possible by the water. In her free time she works on her blog (thesunnyslp.com) and bakes cookies!
Michaela White, M.S. CF-SLP
Michaela earned her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. Her passion for this field came from her desire to work with children and to make a positive impact on their lives. She has experience working with children of all ages and also some experience working with adults who have aphasia, dementia, or individuals who have had a TBI. She was fortunate enough to be able to complete a 16-week externship at Children’s Therapy Solutions during her time at USF and is so grateful to be able to return and become part of the wonderful team of therapists here. Her goal is to build a strong rapport with her clients and their families; she aims to make therapy fun, individualistic, and educational. Michaela was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), but moved to Bradenton, Florida as a child and grew up here. She loves her dog and cats and enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, swimming, watching hockey, and stargazing/looking at the moon and planets with her telescope
Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kaitlyn’s passion for Speech-Language Pathology grew from a love of language and a desire to help children communicate and engage with the world around them. She also majored in Spanish during undergraduate school and uses her working proficiency of the language to complete evaluations and treatment for Spanish-speaking clients. Kaitlyn is dedicated to parent/caregiver involvement to help encourage carryover of therapy goals into children’s daily routines. She strives to make her therapy time engaging and effectual. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family, and hiking with her dog.
Courtney Crooks, M.S. CF-SLP
Diana Aponte, MSed CF-SLP
Diana graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 2017 with her Bachelor’s of Science and 2019 with her MSed. In grad school she had the opportunity to work with both children and adults, but prefers working with the little ones. This year she is contracted to work in a local elementary school full-time and she works in the CTS clinic after school and on school breaks. Working in both the school and clinic, she has experience working with varying age groups and varying communicative abilities. Diana loves speech therapy because it can really improve a person’s quality of life. So much of our day involves communication. She wants to help people make everyday interactions more easily. She has a working proficiency in Spanish and uses both languages with clients and their families. Diana grew up on Long Island, and moved to Florida in 2019 to work at CTS. She spends her free time on the beach, reading, traveling, and working out.
Diana Aponte, M.S. CF-SLP