Meet Miss Melissa
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Elizabeth Bowden, OTD, OTR/L
Lizzie is from Cincinnati, OH but currently lives in the Riverview area. She received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in December of 2022 and became NBCOT certified in Spring 2023.
Lizzie has experience working in inpatient rehab and pediatrics. She also completed her Doctoral Capstone research focusing on infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – specifically on the importance of occupational therapy involvement during the transition home from a NICU setting to monitor milestones, prevent developmental delays and initiate intervention for any diagnoses or lasting impacts from a stay in the NICU. Lizzie is very passionate about working in pediatrics and is very excited to start her post-graduate career with Amazing Kidz!
Outside of the treatment room, Lizzie enjoys going to the beach, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and cuddling with her dog, Bentley!
Andrea Esinhart, M.S., CCC-SLP
Andrea was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Health Science with a minor in Disabilities in Society. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Andrea worked as a summer camp counselor and nanny for children with special needs. She then attended the University of South Florida where she received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. While obtaining her graduate degree, Andrea studied abroad at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering and Treetops Learning Community in the UK.
Andrea is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in rehabilitative services for early intervention, autism, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, chromosomal syndromes, AAC, phonology, articulation, apraxia, receptive language, expressive language, pragmatic language, social interaction, literacy, feeding, fluency, play, and auditory processing. She has experience in assessing and providing skilled intervention services in the outpatient clinic, school, and tele-practice settings. Andrea is adept at coordinating with multidisciplinary teams to provide high-quality treatment using a variety of therapeutic techniques. She has a vast knowledge of ACC devices and applications, early identification and diagnostics, IEP implementation, and community resources. Andrea’s specialized trainings include AEIOU Feeding Approach, CAN-EAT Feeding Approach, Seeing Stars Lindamood-Bell Program for Symbol Imagery in Reading and Spelling instructor, LAMP for AAC Parts 1 & 2 “App Partner”, Environmental Communication Teaching Prompting Hierarchy for AAC, DIRFloortime, and Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia to Self-Generated Language. Andrea believes all children deserve the opportunity to communicate their wants, needs, and ideas in a loving and nurturing environment.
Andrea enjoys spending time with her friends and family, walking her dog Sasha, exercising, traveling, going to the beach, and attending book club.
Morgan Hamlet, PT, DPT
Morgan was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Virginia at the age of 3 where she grew up in Fredericksburg, VA. Morgan attended Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise with a minor in Psychology. Morgan completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of South Florida.
Morgan's has held a passion for pediatric therapy through out her education journey and produced a group systematic review titled "The Effect of Physical Activity on Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" as a conclusion to her doctoral program.
Morgan has experience treating children of various ages and diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Toe Walking, Spina Bifida, and Developmental Delays.
Outside of the clinic, Morgan enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband, playing with her two dogs and cat, going to the beach, spending time with family, going to new coffee shops, crafting, and being active including completing 3 half marathons.
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Kathleen Pici, OTR/L, CAS
Kathleen attended Utica College of Syracuse University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2002. While obtaining her degree, Kathleen worked as a Community Integration Specialist with children, assisting them assimilating within a variety of environments to expand their social skills and community involvement.
Kathleen has specialized training in Hand Writing Without Tears®, Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention, Interactive Metronome, Orthotic Contracture Management and Seating and Positioning. Kathleen is a certified Autism Specialist with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. In addition, she is a certified trainer in Spaced Retrieval cognitive strategies. Kathleen is incredibly passionate and enthusiastic in her work within the pediatric population. Her experience spans evaluating and treating a variety of populations including (but not limited to) Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Behavioral Disturbances, Down Syndrome, Selective Mutism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ODD, ADHD, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Torticollis and congenital neurogenic motor disturbances. Kathleen approaches her treatment with a client centered, individualized approach for each patient and family with the understanding that each child and family is unique and deserves their treatment to be tailored to their specific needs. Her evaluation and treatment is centered around the whole child to ensure that all needs are addressed to allow the child to maximize their development and thrive within their multitude of environments.
Outside of the office, Miss Kat enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, time with friends, participating in various charity organizations, cooking, crafting, and reading. She loves to travel, especially to places that have a beach!
Tracy Farrar, MA, CCC-SLP
Tracy graduated with a Master’s of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University, Florida and has over 15 years of pediatric experience. She has worked mainly in private practice facilities. Tracy completed Level 2 "Bridging" Instruction though the PROMPT Institute, and specializes in the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). With opportunities and experiences co-treating with occupational and physical therapists, Tracy enjoys taking a multi-sensory approach to her treatment strategies. She has special interest and treatment experience in oro-facial myo-functional therapy. She can communicate in American Sign Language and is well versed in reading therapy programs, like the Barton System. Areas of expertise include oral motor dysfunction, CAS, and feeding-swallowing disorders.
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Aja Perry, M.S., OTR/L
Aja is a licensed, board certified occupational therapist, wife, and military veteran. Aja was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. Aja graduated from Brenau University in 2021 with her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree and started her journey in pediatrics. As a therapist, Aja found herself treating in the tranquil country of Japan, and now Florida, where Aja's love for working with the little hands has been enhanced.
Aja's areas of expertise are sensory processing, feeding, self-regulation, and more! Her passion for helping others along on their journey is why OT was her chosen career.
Outside of treatment Aja has a passion for the outdoors and all things health and wellness.
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Melissa Pueschel COTA/L
Melissa was born in Anchorage, Alaska and returned back to Florida at a young age where she grew up and completed her schooling. She attended Polk State College and graduated in 2019 with her degree in Occupational Therapy and became NBCOT certified in the same year.
Melissa worked as a rehab tech in a large hospital throughout school and worked at Amazing Kidz helping with the front desk after finishing her clinicals before her board exam. Melissa has been with Amazing Kidz since 2018 where she completed a clinical rotation and continued to remain with Amazing Kidz. Since graduating, Melissa has worked at the number one ranked hospital in Tampa working with pediatrics and adults ranging from critical care to outpatient. She has also continued to grow with Amazing Kidz. Melissa is now full time with Amazing Kidz and has always felt like this was her true home.
Melissa has been involved with the Autism Speaks committee in Tampa the last 3 years and is trained in Handwriting Without Tears. Melissa is very passionate about working in pediatrics and helping each child achieve their greatest potential. She strives to meet the needs of her patients and their families.
Outside of the treatment room, Melissa enjoys spending time with her dogs, loved ones, and going to the beach.
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