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.
Courtney Addington, M.S. CCC-SLP
Courtney earned her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kent State University. She currently has more than 5 years of experience in settings that include: Skilled Nursing Facilities, Educational Service Center Preschools, Public Elementary Schools, Outpatient Clinics and Home Visits. She pursued a career in Speech and Language Pathology due to her passion for working with children. She is adamant about staying up to date on the most current research to provide evidenced-based treatments. She enjoys using fun, creative, activities and incorporating literature into therapy sessions to keep children engaged and to maximize speech and language opportunities. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, reading and exploring new cities and beaches.
Andres Gordillo, M.S., CCC-SLP
Andres, “Mr. G,” graduated from the University of South Florida with his Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. He is trilingual and provides services in both Spanish and English. As a recipient of the 5th cohort grant from the Department of Education, his studies related to listening and spoken language in culturally and linguistically diverse children who are deaf or hard of hearing earned him additional certification as an Early Intervention Hearing Specialist. He worked as a school-based speech-language pathologist for 1.5 years. His background led him into the field. Andres grew up in Ecuador and came to America when he was 14 years old. Having grown up with a cousin with Down syndrome he noticed the lack of resources for treatment first-hand there. His goal now is to open his own clinic in Ecuador and make a difference in other countries too! In his spare time, Andres likes playing the guitar, soccer, running, and traveling.
Erin Browne, M.Ed. CF-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) 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.
Kristin Carlstrom, M.S. CCC-SLP
Kristin earned her Master of Science degree graduating with Highest Honors from Nova Souteastern University. Kristin pursued a career in speech-language pathology because of her strong desire to help others improve their ability to communicate and in turn improve their quality of life. Kristin is originally from Sarasota, FL and comes from a Peruvian-Scandinavian background. She is bilingual and provides services in both English and Spanish. She has experience providing treatment to children of all ages and with a wide variety of backgrounds and disorders. She has worked in hospitals and outpatient clinics, helping both pediatric and adult populations in need. Kristin’s first priority is to provide therapy that is functional and meaningful to the individual client and their families. While doing so, she strives to make therapy fun, enriching, and uplifting. During her free time, Kristin enjoys movies, music, traveling, playing tennis, dancing, and spending time with her loved ones.
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!