Speech Language Therapy Staff
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. There she was involved with stuttering research across the lifespan, working under many NIH grants. 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. Alissa keeps up to date on teletherapy practices and is a member of a special interest group through ASHA on the topic of telepractice. She completed continuing education in Orton Gillingham through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education, and completed an Introduction to PROMPT technique workshop, through the Prompt Institute. 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. Whitney is a board certified speech-language pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) specializing in infant feeding and oral motor impairment. Whitney is passionate about supporting children and women in her community. Her goal is for every parent to feel successful when feeding or communicating with their child. She is a member of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Manatee County. She has furthered her knowledge by attending training for Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Interactive Metronome, and Red Cross Life Support. Whitney loves to dance, sing, paint, soak in the sunshine, and spend time with family and friends.
Michaela White, M.S., CCC-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 Urena, M.A., CCC-SLP
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.
Diana Aponte, MSed, CCC-SLP
Diana grew up on Long Island, NY. She completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She moved to Bradenton when she started working at Children’s Therapy Solutions in August 2019. Diana has a working proficiency in Spanish and uses Spanish during evaluations and treatment sessions with her Spanish-speaking clients. Diana has experience working with both adults and children, but she prefers the pediatric population. Diana has had teletherapy experience using different computer systems in individual and group settings. Diana is contracted to a local elementary school and spends the school year working with children preschool-5th grade, both in-person and online. She sees clients at the CTS clinic after school and on school breaks. Diana’s favorite part of speech pathology is watching the children improve their ability to communicate with friends and family. In her free time, Diana enjoys reading, going to the beach, and kickboxing!
Courtney Cooks, M.S., CCC-SLP
Courtney grew up in Buffalo, New York and earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a passion for impacting the lives of children by helping them to communicate and by advocating for their wants and needs. Courtney has experience working in clinic, school, and teletherapy settings with children ages birth to 21 with a wide range of needs and abilities. She has completed trainings in the CAN-EAT Approach for pediatric feeding and in Interactive Metronome. Courtney strives to help children reach their fullest potential through engaging therapy sessions and by encouraging family members to take an active role in their child’s therapy. In her free time, Courtney enjoys traveling, running, doing yoga, painting, going to the beach, and spending time outdoors.
Theresa Coleman, M.S., CF-SLP
Theresa was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Bradenton, Florida in first grade. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of South Florida (USF) in 2014 as a King O’Neal Scholar (4.0 cumulative GPA). She taught kindergarten and first grade for 4 years in Bradenton and her strong interest in childhood literacy propelled her to graduate with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at USF in 2020. She is trained in the Orton Gillingham Multi-Sensory Approach for Phonics Instruction to support literacy for students with dyslexia and phonological awareness challenges. In addition, she has experience working on social skills/executive functioning for children with Autism, listening and spoken language therapy for children with hearing aids/cochlear implants, articulation (producing sounds), fluency (stuttering) and those needing Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) through the use of communication boards, picture symbols, and iPads. She is passionate about collaborating with families to capitalize on their child’s strengths and interests to develop effective and exciting therapy experiences that generalize across contexts! In her free time, Theresa loves to spend time with her husband and family, do Zumba, cardio dance, run, and drink tea!
Katherine Humenik, M.S., CF-SLP
I graduated from the University of South Florida with my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA. My passion for this field stemmed from seeing the huge impact therapists have by working as a team and including my family as my younger sister received therapy services. I have a vast pediatric clinical experience, working with children 3-20 years old in an outpatient setting working with expressive/receptive language disorder, hard-of-hearing children, articulation disorder, and ASD. I also have clinical experience working in a hospital with adults and geriatrics with a wide range of disorders. My goals are to make therapy fun and engaging, build a strong rapport with all of the children and families, and work as a team so every child can reach their fullest potential. In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tiffany Dominguez, B.A., SLPA
Tiffany chose to pursue speech therapy because she believes “everyone deserves a voice.” She is very passionate about speech after her brother got diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4. Tiffany grew up in South Florida-the Broward/Miami area. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Central Florida. She specializes with children ages 2-8 but has years of experience with children of all ages. She’d like for families to know that she understands every child is unique and she will strive to do whatever it takes to reach therapy goals and believes there is not always a straight line to reaching goals. In her free time she loves spending time with her dog, being outdoors, supporting local restaurants, visiting antique and thrift shops, and traveling.
Shawna Brown, M.S. CF-SL
Shawna grew up in upstate New York and graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She loves working with children and has experience in the elementary school setting. She enjoys play based therapy while working on articulation and language, but also has vast experience in fluency and AAC. Shawna also enjoys literacy and reading books with the children! Shawna wants families to know, “I am passionate about helping children succeed in these areas but doing so in a fun and engaging way. This means incorporating games, toys, and books that a child is interested in for every session!” Shawna loves animals. Outside of work she enjoys being outside in nature, the beach, traveling, exercising, and spending time with her friends and family.
John Demid M.S. CCC-SLP
John earned his Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida in his hometown of Tampa, where he gained experience in working with a wide range of ages and populations in the private clinical setting. He has since been providing therapy for elementary-aged students in the public schools. John has a foundation of experience in working with children with autism, intellectual disability, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and other speech and language disorders. John’s genuine compassion for others drew him to be a therapist. He has a passion for helping children develop communication skills that create positive change in their lives and enjoys adapting his therapy to individual learning styles. In his spare time, he likes playing guitar, exercising, and spending time with friends and family!
Chelsea Barker, M.S. CCC-SLP
Chelsea earned her Master’s from the University of Central Florida in 2012 and her Bachelor’s from the University of Florida in 2010. Before starting, Chelsea knew she wanted to be a Speech-Language Pathologist because she had first-hand experience of what it was like to be a child in speech/language therapy. Chelsea grew up in a small, rural area between Jacksonville and Gainesville, FL. When she moved to Orlando for graduate school, she met her husband Pierce at UCF’s graduate program. Chelsea and Pierce got married three years after graduation and became traveling SLPs for a few years before planting roots in the Bradenton area. Chelsea has worked in a variety of settings: public schools (preschool, elementary, middle, and high school), private practice, home health, and PRN at a skilled nursing facility. Chelsea specializes in speech/language disorders with upper elementary students with a special focus on English Language Learners, which Chelsea has an ESOL certification for Special Area Teachers. Chelsea has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Language and Literacy, Apraxia of Speech, Fluency, Voice disorders, and Feeding/Oral Motor Impairment. Chelsea also speaks a little Spanish and is learning every day so she can better communicate with her clients and families. In her free time, Chelsea also loves cooking, entertaining, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog, Oscar (who she loves to use in teletherapy!) Chelsea believes in the power of visual supports, parental involvement, and plenty of home carry-over practice as the key to improving a child’s communication skills.
Pierce Barker, M.A. CCC-SLP (Bio and Photo to come)