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Jennifer Colombo, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinic Director and Owner

Education:

Jennifer is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences.

Experience:
Jennifer has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 1997 in a variety of clinical settings; providing her with extensive experience and training in communication disorders, feeding/swallowing disorders, and reading/learning differences.   In 2002, Jennifer established Therapeutic Potentials, Inc. as an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic serving individuals from birth-21 with a wide-range of delays, disorders, and differences requiring specialized therapy interventions.  She has dedicated herself to developing, training, and incorporating individualized, multi-sensory, eclectic programs which meet the unique needs of every child seen at TPI.  Her ultimate goal is to facilitate successful outcomes and assist children in achieving their highest potentials.  She loves the diversity of her entire caseload, however; has significant interests and expertise in the areas of Apraxia, Auditory Processing, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Dyslexia.  Jennifer is involved in numerous research and development projects in her areas of expertise.  She is associated with mentoring programs for high school and college students who have an interest in research pertaining to communication disorders. TPI has an educational affiliation with several state universities through their Speech and Hearing Departments and provides clinical supervision and practicum support for Master’s level and CFY clinicians.  In addition, TPI is a research site for various standardized testing tools.

Associations:

American Speech and Hearing Association, International Dyslexia Association, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, Education Foundation of Sarasota County Mentor, Manatee County Mentor

Specialized Training in:
Apraxia-PROMPT trained, Oral-Placement Therapy, (Augmentative Assessments and Interventions)- Picture Exchange Communication System, Proloquo2Go, Autism Spectrum Disorders and
behavioral interventions, Floortime, (Dyslexia interventions)-Orton-Gillingham/subscriber level and structured, multi-sensory O-G based programs,  Fast ForWord, Swallowing/feeding disorders, and Social Thinking.

Molly Gilbert, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:
Molly is a graduate of Indiana University, where she received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Experience:
Molly has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2005 and has clinical experience in both school and outpatient clinic settings. She has advanced training in motor-speech disorders (apraxia/dysarthria) and extensive experience providing individualized assessments and interventions to children with a variety of language, voice, fluency, phonology disorders and pragmatic-social language skills. Molly provides fun, motivating, multi-sensory therapy services in both individual and group programs offered at TPI. She believes that the development of home programs for children and their families to follow for carryover of skills and goals addressed in her sessions are critical for successful outcomes.

Associations:
American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in:
Apraxia-PROMPT trained, Oral-Placement Therapy for speech clarity and feeding safety, (Augmentative Assessments and Interventions)- Picture Exchange Communication System, Proloquo2Go, Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral interventions.

Brooke Tovar, MEd, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:
Brooke is a graduate of Valdosta State University, where she received her Bachelors of Science on Education-Communication Disorders and Masters of Education-Communication Disorders.

Experience:
Brooke has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2007 and has clinical experience in both school and outpatient clinic settings. She has significant experience in working with children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Oral Motor delays/deficits, pediatric language delays/disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Brooke believes it is important to incorporate a blended approach of research evidenced programs to meet a child’s unique speech and language needs.

Associations:
American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in:
Apraxia-Oral-Placement Therapy for speech clarity and feeding safety, (Augmentative Assessments and Interventions)-Picture Exchange Communication System, Orton-Gillingham Philosophy, Scope and Sequence, and Methodologies for Dyslexia, LindaMood Phoneme Sequencing- LiPS program, Proloquo2Go, Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral interventions.

Emily Wodusky, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:
Emily is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she received her Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences and Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology

Experience:
Emily has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2009 and has experience in both school and rehabilitation center settings. She has significant experience in working with children diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Pediatric Language Delays, Phonological Delays, Auditory Processing Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Emily believes in an individualized multisensory approach to meet each exceptional child’s speech/language needs.

Specialized Training in: 
Oral-Placement Therapy, Picture Exchange Communication System, Proloquo2Go, Apraxia, Auditory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral interventions.

Amanda Thress, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:

Amanda received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Experience:

Amanda has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 1995.  She has extensive experience in both school and outpatient clinical settings. Amanda has significant training in the assessment and treatment interventions for auditory processing disorders, speech, language-disorders, oral motor functioning, communication skills related to children with hearing, visual impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various syndromes.  Amanda believes in the collaboration and coordination of speech-language and academic goals with the multidisciplinary team to achieve the most successful outcomes.

Associations:

American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in:

Augmentative Communication, Oral Motor Skills, Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral interventions.

Kelsey Benham, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:

Kelsey is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Experience:
Kelsey has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2013. Prior to completing graduate school, Kelsey provided tutoring, respite care, and para-professional ABA therapy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In addition, her internships and externships have provided her with experience in the evaluation and treatment for pre-school and school age children with apraxia, articulation, oral motor disorders, fluency, receptive-expressive language disorders, pragmatic/social disorders, and literacy difficulties related to a variety of diagnoses.  Kelsey believes in providing multi-sensory, play-based therapy techniques in conjunction with research evidenced-based programs to ensure the most successful outcomes.

Associations:

American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in: 
Apraxia-PROMPT trained, Oral-Placement Therapy for speech clarity and feeding safety, (Augmentative Assessments and Interventions)-Picture Exchange Communication System, Proloquo2Go, Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral interventions.

Lauren Galvan, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:

Lauren is a graduate of Governors State University, where she received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders.

Experience:

Lauren has practiced in the field of speech-language pathology since 2006. She has clinical experience in both school and outpatient clinic settings. She has diverse experience in working with a variety of communication disorders and delays.  Lauren has extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Social/Pragmatic Impairments, Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, and a variety of Speech Sound Disorders. Lauren is a lead clinician for TPI’s Dyslexia Enrichment Program. Lauren believes it is crucial to educate and model communicative strategies for families to use in everyday activities and routines with their children.

Associations:

American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in: 
Oral-Placement Therapy for speech clarity and feeding safety, Orton-Gillingham Philosophy, Scope and Sequence, Methodologies for Dyslexia, LindaMood Phoneme Sequencing- LiPS program, Apraxia-PROMPT trained, (Augmentative Assessments and Interventions)-Picture Exchange Communication System, Proloquo2Go, Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral interventions.

Kristen Varga, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:

Kristen received her Bachelor’s degree of Health Science from the University of Miami prior to obtaining her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Experience:

Kristen has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2008.   She has clinical experience in both school and outpatient clinic settings. She has provided assessments, consultations, and weekly treatments for a variety of clients including: articulation and phonological disorders, pragmatic language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, oral motor difficulties, fluency, motor speech disorders, and early language development.  She has advanced training in motor-speech disorders (apraxia/dysarthria) augmentative communication technology, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kristen believes that fun, creative therapy assists students to achieve their goals.

Associations:

American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in: 
PROMPT-trained, DIR/Floortime, IPad therapy and communication devices, SCERTS, Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioral interventions.

Shannon Filipponi, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:

Shannon received her Masters of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida.

Experience:
Shannon has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2011. She has clinical experience in both schools and outpatient clinic centers. Shannon has advanced training in a full range of communication and learning disorders including: dyslexia, apraxia of speech, pragmatic language, language processing, and autism spectrum disorders. Shannon is dedicated to achieving the highest communication and learning potentials in the students she works with. Shannon is a lead clinician for TPI’s Dyslexia Enrichment Program.

Associations:

American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in:
Orton-Gillingham Philosophy, Scope and Sequence, and Methodologies for Dyslexia, LindaMood Phoneme Sequencing- LiPS program, Oral Placement Therapy for speech clarity and feeding safety.

Katie Doerner,MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:
Katie is a graduate from the University of South Florida, where she received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Experience:
Katie has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2012. She has clinical experience in brain injury rehabilitation centers, schools, and outpatient clinic centers. Katie has advanced training in voice disorders, articulation disorders, and dyslexia. Katie has found working with children and collaborating with their families to be very rewarding. She always finds creative and fun ways to facilitate a student’s communication and learning skills. Katie is a lead clinician for TPI’s Dyslexia Enrichment Program.

Associations:
American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in:
Orton-Gillingham Philosophy, Scope and Sequence, and Methodologies for Dyslexia, LindaMood Phoneme Sequencing- LiPS program, LMRVT-Adventures in Voice, P-ESL Accent Modification Method, Oral Placement Therapy for speech clarity and feeding safety.

Sunda Kamiya,MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:
Sunda is a graduate from Florida State University, where she received her Master’s degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology.

Experience:
Sunda has practiced and participated in ongoing continuing education as a speech-language pathologist since 1996. She has clinical experience in both private and public schools. Sunda has a variety of experience in expressive-receptive language disorders, language and auditory processing, articulation disorders and dyslexia interventions. Sunda incorporates functional, engaging, and evidenced-based therapy techniques to promote the most successful outcomes.

Associations:
American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in:
Orton-Gillingham Philosophy, Scope and Sequence, and Methodologies for Dyslexia, LindaMood Phoneme Sequencing- LiPS program.

Jordan Obemma, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Education:

Jordan is a graduate from University of South Florida, where she received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Experience:

Jordan has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2013. She has clinical experience in hospitals, schools, and outpatient clinic centers. Jordan has advanced training in feeding/swallowing disorders-including modified barium swallow studies, apraxia of speech, pragmatic language, dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorders. Jordan has immense dedication to improving student’s feeding/swallowing, communication, and learning skills. Jordan loves theater/performing arts and incorporates writing scripts, acting, and role playing into many of her social and executive functioning groups. She is a lead clinician for TPI’s Dyslexia Enrichment Program.

Associations:

American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in:
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Orton-Gillingham Philosophy, Scope and Sequence, and Methodologies for Dyslexia, LindaMood Phoneme Sequencing- LiPS program, Oral Placement Therapy for speech clarity and feeding safety.

Meghan Ostema, MS, SLP-CF

Speech-Language Pathologist

Education:

Meghan is a graduate from the University of Central Florida, where she received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Experience:
Meghan has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2012. She has clinical experience in both schools and outpatient clinic centers. Meghan has advanced training in oral motor disorders, feeding programs, pragmatic language, dyslexia interventions, and communication disorders associated with children who exhibit a diagnosis of Autism and Down Syndrome. Meghan loves to incorporate music into her sessions and plans on becoming a board certified music therapist.

Associations:

American Speech and Hearing Association

Specialized Training in:
Orton-Gillingham Philosophy, Scope and Sequence, and Methodologies for Dyslexia, LindaMood Phoneme Sequencing- LiPS program, Oral Placement Therapy for speech clarity and feeding safety.

Lieselot Ober, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Education: Lieselot received both her Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy from New York Institute of Technology.

Experience: Lieselot has been practicing occupational therapy since 2005 in a variety of pediatric settings, including the public school system, outpatient clinics, and early intervention. She has experience with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Sensory Processing Disorder and different learning disabilities. Lieselot uses sensory strategies to address fine motor, visual motor and gross motor concerns, and has a particular interest in helping to correct handwriting difficulties. She has served as a fieldwork supervisor for the State College of Florida’s Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Lieselot believes that working closely with family members, other health care professionals and educators is vital to developing the right treatment plan and looking at the whole child.

Associations: The American Occupational Therapy Association, Florida Occupational Therapy Association

Specialized Training: Handwriting Without Tears, Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, Sensory Integration Therapy, The Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT), The Alert Program (How Does Your Engine Run?)

Nathalie Trujillo Navarrete, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Education:

Nathalie received her Master of Science in Occupational therapy from Florida International University, Miami.

Experience:
Nathalie has fieldwork experience in Occupational Therapy since 2013. She has clinical involvement in schools, home-health, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient clinic centers. She has provided interventions for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and a variety of Developmental Disabilities, and Learning challenges. Nathalie loves to assist children to functionally participate in their “occupation”; which is to play and learn effectively. Nathalie is creative and incorporates fun tasks for children with a variety of challenges to engage fully in a variety of school, home, community, and social situations.

Associations:

American Occupational Therapy Association

Specialized Training in:
Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program (How Does Your Engine Run?), Brain Gym

Jean Ott, MS, BCBA

Director of Behavioral Services

Education:

Jean received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of South Florida.

Experience:
Jean has experience in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis since 1992. She initiated her career as a senior therapist with the esteemed Wisconsin Early Autism Project, which is a program officially approved by Dr. Lovaas. Additional experiences include consultative services to school districts for students with autism and other developmental disabilities, developing intensive in-home programs utilizing applied behavior analysis (ABA) discrete trial instruction (DTT), applied verbal behavior (AVB), and natural environment training (NET). She conducts Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and develops Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). She conducts trainings in behavior tools, autism, picture exchange communication system (PECS), visual strategies and structured teaching methods for staff, caregivers, families, and paraprofessionals. She supports teams when developing student’s individualized Behavior Plans in schools and homes throughout the United States. She believes in utilizing evidence based practices and outcomes that offer the best quality of life for all individuals. Jean loves to work with children and families in the home and believes understanding the whole child is key.

Associations:

Florida Applied Behavior Analysis Association (FABA)
Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)
National Autism Society

Specialized Training in:
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) 10+ years • Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA) 2 years • Certified Practioner 2 in Professional Crisis Management • Behavior Tools Instructor 1 • Behavior Tools Instructor 2 • Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) Coach Pre-K • Certificate – Fundamentals of Structured Teaching with TEACCH division • Certificate – Picture Exchange Communication Phases, Incorporating PECS across the Day and PECS Review, Practice and Problem Solving Training Workshops • Certificate -Teaching Language To Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities and The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) • Certificate – Functional Analysis & Treatment of Severe Behavior Disorders • Certificate – Continuing Education Units in The Applied Behavior Analysis Masters Series 5, Patrick McGreevy and Merrill Winston Certificate – Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)

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