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Becky Turner, MA, CCC-SLP
Becky is a Florida native, born and raised on the beautiful beaches of the Florida panhandle. She spent the last 10 years living in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois and is beyond excited to be back “home” in the Sunshine State. Becky received her Master’s Degree (2005) in Communicative Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue the field of speech-language pathology. She firmly believes that no matter the age, the best gift she can give is to help others communicate with their families and loved ones.
Becky has experience working with both children and adults in numerous settings, such as home-based therapy, private clinics, inpatient and outpatient hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. She is experienced in evaluating and providing treatment in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, ASD, articulation, expressive and receptive language, fluency, oral motor dysfunction, sensory processing disorders and both sensory based and structurally rooted feeding difficulties. Becky has worked as an early interventionist, a traumatic brain injury specialist, CFY supervisor, feeding specialist, and therapist mentor. She has lead several school-age social language groups utilizing the Superflex curriculum and has been trained in the use of Interactive Metranome, SOS feeding therapy, Beckman Oral Motor Therapy and several cognitive-communication treatment techniques.
Becky strongly believes that each patient is unique; therefore, takes an individualized approach with each patient and their treatment plan. She sees the importance of working in conjunction with her patients, their families, other professionals, and schools to develop and implement treatment programs to best serve her patients and facilitate carryover of skills into their everyday environments.
Outside of the treatment room, Becky enjoys going to the beach and being outdoors with her family and friends. Traveling, crafting and shopping also bring a smile to her face.
Karly Zengel, PT, DPT
Karly received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. During her time at Florida Gulf Coast, she took a special interest in learning and presenting about the benefits of physical therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum. She is now Autism Fitness® certified where she carries out individual and group fitness sessions for children on the spectrum.
Over the years, Karly has gained experience treating individuals in both outpatient and home health settings. She has worked with a variety of pediatric diagnoses including but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Torticollis, and Toe-Walking. Karly enjoys finding ways to make therapy fun and exciting while still accomplishing the individual goals of the child. Establishing a close and trusting relationship with her clients and families is very important to her to assist in maximizing the child’s independence.
Karly has lived in Tampa for the past two years and just recently bought her first home. In Karly's free time, she enjoys boating in Tampa Bay, checking out new coffee and brunch spots, making charcuterie boards, and decorating her new home (with lots of plants). Karly loves to stay active, whether that be attending CrossFit classes, running, or biking.
Meet Miss Jackie
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!
Katherine Hines-Timothee, MS, OTR/L
Katherine Hines -Timothee is an NBCOT Certified occupational therapist that is motivated and passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals. She received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015. Katherine currently lives in the Brandon, FL area but has enjoyed working in several other counties in Florida and New York City.
Through occupational therapy, Katherine gets to live her passion for helping others. Katherine enjoys working with people of all ages and seeing the results of the hard work they put in together. She describes that there is no better feeling than when it all "clicks" and a child's progress blooms.
While attending Florida Gulf Coast, Katherine gained experience working with a SIPT certified occupational therapist performing therapy sessions in the homes of many children with various diagnoses-- from ADHD to cerebral encephalopathy.
After graduation, Katherine worked for the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation where she worked with both adult and pediatric clients who are survivors of a traumatic brain injury along with other neurologic challenges. Katherine has served in the District 75 school system of New York City. While working in elementary aged schools, Katherine has been able to make a positive impact on both her student's academic and their fine and gross motor goals to allow them to achieve more in and out of the classroom.
In Katherine’s spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband, daughter, dog, and extended- family/ friends. She also enjoys hosting small get-togethers and traveling (her goal is to visit each of the continents- except Antarctica because it is too cold).
Amber Hernandez, MA, CCC-SLP
Amber received her Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Central Florida (2011).
While she currently lives in the Riverview area, she has also worked and lived in Orlando and Arkansas. Amber has worked in the school system, at skilled nursing facilities, at private practices, and in the preschool setting. Working in different settings has afforded her a wide range of experiences.
Amber is experienced in providing treatment to many areas of the speech and language field, including but not limited to, ASD, AAC, Apraxia, Articulation, Expressive and Receptive Language delays, and early language development. She has worked with numerous AAC devices and enjoys implementing visual communication into most of her therapy sessions. Amber believes that it is very important to involve families in the treatment plan to ensure carryover to all aspects of the child's life. She also feels that it is important to look at the whole child when evaluating and treating, including any related disciplines to ensure the child's treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs. Amber enjoys collaborating with other disciplines and has experiences working with a wide range of other professionals.
Outside of the treatment room, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She has 2 dogs, 3 cats, fish, and lots of plant babies that keep her busy at home. Amber enjoys a balance between lazy days at home and outdoor activities. She loves to go to the beach, boat, and be close to the water.
Meet Miss Kat
Nicole Swallow, MS, OTR/L
Nicole received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Indiana State University. Nicole has recently relocated from Illinois, where she has lived for her whole life. She is excited to make her dream of living in Florida come true, with her dog, Belle, alongside her.
Nicole had always wanted to work with kids, and occupational therapy became her dream job shortly after discovering it. She has a passion for helping her kiddos thrive, and has experience working in an outpatient pediatric setting. Nicole has evaluated and implemented treatments for children with diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing difficulties, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, emotional regulation difficulties, Down Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Muscular Dystrophy, and rare genetic conditions. Nicole looks at every aspect of the child throughout treatment and loves to collaborate with other professionals to ensure the best care for her kiddos. Nicole values input from parents and works hard to ensure each kid gets the time and energy they deserve. Nicole is to continue helping as many kids along the way as she can.
Outside of loving her job, Nicole loves her family and friends, Disney, puzzles, and traveling. She is excited to explore the area and make the Tampa Bay area her home!
Meet Miss Karly
Louise Kemp, MS, CCC-SLP
Louise has been a resident of Florida since 2019 after relocating from Chicago, IL where she received her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College.
Louise has spent much of her career working in the educational setting and has a passion for working with young children. Louise's recent experience has provided her an opportunity to work extensively with preschool aged children with Autism and developmental delays.
Louise is experienced in providing treatment in many areas of the speech and language field, including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, AAC, articulation, receptive and expressive language delays, and early language development.
Louise has always found great value in collaborating with families and other professionals to help every child meet their maximum potential.
When not working, Louise enjoys spending time with her husband and son exploring the Tampa Bay area. A personal favorite for Louise and the Kemp family is finding charming coffee shops and fun outdoor hangouts.
Louise also loves learning new songs on the ukulele and singing karaoke!
Provide children the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential, enhance the lives of the families we touch, strengthen the communities we serve.
Meet Miss Becky
Jacqueline "Jackie" Germain
Jacqueline has over 25 years of extensive experience managing accounts through a variety of insurance companies and functioning as a liaison between clients and insurance companies. Jackie is committed to building a talented group of associates dedicated to creating a great experience for therapy recipients and their families.
Jackie is heavily dedicated to community building, having served in a variety of leadership and Chairperson roles in NY including The Parent-Teachers Association and Suffolk County Girl Scouts. Jackie continues to serve her current community thru a variety of fundraising events and programs to serve the pediatric population.
Jacqueline is returning to the Tampa Bay area after spending the last 27 years as a resident of New York. She is the proud mother of 3 children; a son that is an educator in the Philadelphia area, a son enlisted in the United States Navy, and a daughter studying at Hillsborough Community College.
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