Aleisha VanAmburg, MS CCC-SLP, Prompt Trained
Aleisha VanAmburg, MS CCC-SLP is a Florida state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds her Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC’s) through ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association). Mrs. VanAmburg obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of South Florida. She began her career in 1997 working in the public school system as a speech language pathologist in an elementary with a large population of children with special needs. In 2002, she expanded her clinical skills to include working in a private outpatient clinic for twelve years treating pediatric clients with a variety of delays and disorders. Mrs. VanAmburg continued her career as a clinical instructor in the graduate program for Speech Language Pathology at the University of South Florida (Go BULLS!) for three years until realizing her dream of opening her own private practice with a focus on family centered intervention.
Melanie Shea, MS CCC-SLP
Bilingual Prompt Trained Speech Language Pathologist
Melanie is a Florida state licensed Prompt Trained bilingual speech-language pathologist in her clinical fellowship year. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2012 and continued her education obtaining her master’s in 2018, both degrees from the University of South Florida (GO BULLS). Melanie began her career while in graduate school, working in the Pasco County public school system. While working with school aged children, she was able to gain experience in a wide variety of speech and language impairments. These include, but are not limited to: autism, expressive and receptive language impairments, apraxia, articulation disorders, fluency, and social pragmatic deficits. Melanie is dedicated to always providing child centered services to maximize the child’s growth and promote carry-over across all areas.
Lauren Pankow, Prompt Trained, MS CF-SLP
Lauren Pankow, MS CF-SLP is a Florida state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in her Clinical Fellowship year. Lauren obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of South Florida. (Go Bulls!) Prior to attending graduate school, Lauren worked as an SLPA in a private practice for two years gaining extensive knowledge working with a variety of speech and language disorders. Lauren is PROMPT trained for speech elicitation and enjoys researching and learning new strategies to implement with her clients. Lauren believes collaboration between the child, therapist, and the family is the most important way to support mastery of the skills necessary for success in the clinic and for carryover in everyday life. Lauren prides herself in providing engaging, evidence-based services in a supportive environment. When not at work, Lauren enjoys watching sports and spending time with her family and friends.
Melissa Lorenzo, MS CCC-SLP
Melissa Lorenzo, MS CCC-SLP is a Florida state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds her Certification of Clinical Competence through ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association). Ms. Lorenzo earned a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders for the University of Central Florida (GO KNIGHTS!!) and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She began her career working with a large private practice serving children with a variety of communication disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, fluency disorders, and language delay. Melissa is committed to a family based therapy approach and integrates creativity, movement, and play into every child’s therapy sessions in order to reinforce and expand their communication skills.
Pamela White, MS, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Pamela White, MS, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Florida state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds her Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC’s) through ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association). Pam received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida. Subsequently, she earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. After a 10 year career as a developmental specialist, Pam received her Master’s of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of South Florida. She began her second career in 1999 working as a speech assistant, SLP-CFY, and SLP at East Pasco Medical Center. In the hospital setting, Mrs. White gained significant training and experience with medically fragile patients. She has spent the remaining 15 years providing pediatric speech language pathology services in a variety of settings including but not limited to public, private, and charter schools, as well as, clinics, preschools, and homes. Pam specializes in early intervention and oral motor feeding/speech disorders. When not working with clients, Pam enjoys doting on her husband and their puppy, or spending quality time with family, friends, gym rats, yogi’s, paddle boarders, or curled up with a good book.
Rachel Redfern, M.S. CF-SLP, Prompt Trained
Rachel is a Florida state licensed speech-language pathologist in her clinical fellowship year. Rachel earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of South Florida. She began her career by spending a year working in a Pasco county public elementary school, before continuing her education and returning to USF to earn her Master’s degree. Throughout her various experiences, she gained proficiency working with children who are deaf/hard of hearing, social pragmatic disorders, early intervention, articulation disorders, and a variety of receptive and expressive language impairments. She is Prompt Trained and is excited to work at Family First Therapy where she will have the opportunity to work with the pediatric population!
Nelly Escobar, SLPA, ITDS
Nelly Escobar, SLPA, ITDS is a bilingual Florida state licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She is also credentialed as an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist through Children’s Medical Services. Mrs. Escobar provides both bilingual speech therapy services in our outpatient clinic and early intervention services in the natural environment. Mrs. Escobar is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she received a Master of Arts in Special Education. Prior to obtaining her Master’s degree, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in speech pathology from State University of New York at New Paltz. She has extensive experience working with children ages birth to school age who exhibit a variety of delays in disorders in the pediatric population. We are excited that Mrs. Escobar has joined our family!
Micaela Eckert, SLPA, ITDS
Micaela Eckert, SLPA, ITDS is a Florida state licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She is also credentialed as an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist through Children’s Medical Services. Mrs. Eckert received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of South Florida. She has 8 years experience working as an SLPA with infants through school age children in both the public school system and private practice setting.
Alexandra Davis, OTR/L
Alexandra is a Florida state-licensed Occupational Therapist. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida and continued her education earning a Master’s of Occupational Therapy at Advent Health University. Alexandra completed six months of clinical internship prior to joining our team. It was during her pediatric rehabilitation internship that she gained extensive knowledge and experience. She is passionate about helping children participate in all aspects of their lives to the fullest extent. She has worked with a wide array of diagnosis including ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Autism, Brachial Plexus Injuries, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome, Genetic/Chromosomal Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), and Spina Bifida. Alexandra has supported children of all ages in achieving developmental milestones by using evidence-based therapy interventions and a family-centered approach.
Jennifer John, OTR/L
Jennifer is an Occupational therapist with over 24 years experience as well as a mother of three children. She completed her undergraduate degree at William Patterson College in Wayne NJ, and then wet on to get her degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA . Clinical internships included a pediatric rotation at Delaware Curative Workshop and a rotation at Thomas Jefferson Hospital acute trauma rehabilitation unit. While living in Philadelphia, her initial work experience was at a level 1, subacute center that addressed a multitude of acute traumas, including car accidents, spinal cord injuries, strokes, cardiac ICU and a burn unit. After moving to Florida 15 years ago she became fully vested in pediatric sensory integration and has been working with kids ever since. Pediatrics is truly her passion.
Shanta Simpson, ITDS – Tampa
Shanta Simpson, ITDS is a certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist through the Children’s Medical Services program. Shanta received her bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. Shanta has over seven years of experience working with children and families for the Head Start program in Hillsborough county. She also has extensive experience working with children who have differing delays and disorders. Shanta is devoted to ensuring that children build and fortify the necessary communication, gross motor, fine motor, self-help and social skills to enhance their developmental milestones. We are excited Ms. Simpson has joined our family!
Jessica Lipski, M. Ed, ITDS
Jessica is a certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist and Literacy Specialist. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and in 2007 with her masters degree in Elementary Ed, specializing in emergent literacy. She is trained in the Spalding phonics program, and has extensive experience teaching children of varying abilities to read and write. She has experience teaching VPK, Kindergarten, and second grade, in addition to tutoring children aged 3-12 years old. She is passionate about working with children with cognitive and communication delays, and who struggle with language and/or phonemic awareness. Her son is a product of Early Steps and continues to receive speech therapy at Family First. Jessica is excited to share her expertise as a parent and professional!
B Melissa Guidry, BS Ed. ITD
Melissa Guidry is a certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist through Children’s Medical Services. She is also a state certified early childhood educator. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis College of Education. Melissa has years of experience working with children from various backgrounds and exceptionalities, teaching first grade, kindergarten and has spent several years working with preschoolers and their families in the Head Start Program. It is through Head Start where she discovered her passion for Providing support to families of young children. Melissa is a mother of 3 and received early intervention services for 2 of her children. She is dedicated to providing high quality support for children and their families.
Natalia Lavallee, Client Coordinator and Billing
Natalia Lavallee has been in the therapy field for over fifteen years working with billing, authorizations and client care coordination. Natalia is detail orientated and passionate about her work. She enjoys helping clients and their families access the necessary services to improve their overall development. Our clients love to see Mrs. Natalia’s smiling face whenever they visit the clinic. Natalia is a huge support to the entire Family First Therapy team!
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