Children’s Therapy Associates, Inc. (CTA) was created to offer therapy services to the greater Tampa Bay Area. Children’s Therapy Associates, Inc. views itself as partners with our clients and community. CTA’s goals include being a respected and utilized resource in this community by providing consistent and quality occupational, physical and speech therapy intervention. In addition, CTA will provide consultation, educational programming, participate in research, and participate in professional and program development. As a result of our commitment to be on the leading edge of effective treatment interventions and our commitment to professional satisfaction, we strive to offer our practitioners the opportunity to follow their areas of interest. This serves to enhance our organization professionally, allowing CTA to offer a broad range of interventions and modalities to best meet the challenges of our clients. We hope as a result of CTA’s programming, children and families may experience success at home, school and in the community.
Meet Our Team
She loves kids and loves to play! Sue is mom to a “crazy wonderful” son, Diego. It is her strong belief that children learn best through play and that they are most successful when they feel good about themselves. Sue feels it is essential to “be in the moment” with her clients. Sue has provided services to children, families and other professionals in a variety of settings including clinic based, home and community based intervention, as well as, service to public, private and charter schools. Sue enjoys working with children of all ages from birth through adolescence with a variety of diagnosis including ASD, SPD, Physical Disabilities, Cognitive Difficulties, Motor Incoordination, Dysgraphia, Developmental Delays/Disabilities, and Social Emotional Difficulties. Her bag of tricks, also know as, frame of reference and specialty training involves an integrated approach including; Sensory Integration/Processing, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Mindfulness Training, Craniosacral Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, Oral Motor and Feeding, Self-Help Development, Social/Emotional, Writing Interventions, and Compensatory Strategies including Assistive Technology. Sue enjoys a team approach to intervention, as well as, opportunities to develop new programing. Sue enjoys working with children and families on an individual basis but also enjoys group-based intervention. It is her desire to continue developing her skills and to be a life long learner. She aims to work as a team with families to help children to reach their fullest potential.
and had worked in a variety of settings early in his career as a traveling Occupational Therapist.
Traveling as a therapist afforded Don opportunities to see many places across the U.S. gaining experiences in variety of clinical settings including: hand therapy, home health, home and environmental modifications, wheelchair positioning, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic/stroke rehabilitation and geriatric settings. He began working with children and families in South Florida in an inpatient pediatric brain injury facility in 1996. Since then he has continued to have a passion for working with children and families as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.
Don sees children from birth to adolescence in schools, homes, out in the community, and in CTA’s clinic. He works with children with a variety of diagnoses including: sensory processing disorders, social- emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and motor -based delays. Don has a particular interest in working with children presenting with challenging behaviors using a holistic approach including sensory, behavioral, and cognitive strategies.
He has training with CranioSacral Therapy, Floor-time, Therapeutic Listening, and is a certified Interactive Metronome trainer (since 2000). Don feels it is essential to connect with kids and that kids, like adults, sense how we feel about them. He believes helping kids develop self-confidence and esteem is pre-requisite to gaining skills. He enjoys developing new program ideas and finding alternative and sometimes unconventional ways to help kids reach their goals and potential. Don has consulted with teachers and schools and has lectured on topics including how Sensory Processing Delays impact academic, social, and motor skills development.
Away from work, Don enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and family, Alejandra, Olivia, and Nicolas.
Chandelle served as a volunteer for Gift of Life Michigan and spoke to groups to educate the public on the importance of organ donation and the positive impact it makes to enhance and to save lives. Currently, she is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarasota. She is professionally trained in event planning. Chandelle shares her home with her grandmother, her husband, who owns a local 5 star AC company, 3 children and their dog. Outside of work, Chandelle enjoys relaxing at the beach and exploring Florida. Her favorites include ice cream and chocolate, children’s games such as kickball and UNO, and children’s book authors Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss!
Heather is a member of the Florida Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. She has presented on speech and language topics locally and at the state level. Heather received the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s Award for Continuing Education in 2014 and in 2017. She has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, public schools and her current setting in CTA’s Bradenton clinic. Heather’s experience treating children with Autism is considerable, including toddlers through adolescents with mild to profound communication impairments. She has many years of experience successfully treating children who have disorders of articulation, phonology and fluency. Because she worked in public schools for over a decade, she has relevant knowledge and expertise treating disorders of language and literacy to improve children’s academic performance. Heather shares her home with her husband and son. Her favorites include the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game, children’s book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day”, and Mr. Potato Head.
Sadie volunteers in her church’s nursery and serves as Nursery Supervisor. She is a proud, 5th generation resident of Bradenton! Sadie shares her home with her husband and 2 children. She loves to spend time with her family, especially boating and fishing.
Margaret enjoys teaching students pursuing degrees in Physical Therapy. She served as an Associate Professor at State College Of Florida in their Physical Therapist Assistant program. Currently, she serves as a Clinical Instructor for students involved in internships as part of their PTA and PT degree programs. Margaret has attained training and/or certification in modalities including Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) for child and baby, Myofascial Release for pediatrics, Craniosacral Therapy, Micropoint Stimulation (MPS), Somato Emotional Release and Kinesiology Taping. Margaret shares her home with her husband, a music teacher, and their 2 dogs. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Outside of work, Margaret loves exercise including kayaking and cycling. Margaret enjoys running and has completed Half Marathons. She loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Brent holds certification by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Currently, he is President of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA), for the term July 2017-July 2019. He has been a member of FOTA since 2007, and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2000. In 2012, Brent received an Award of Service Recognition from FOTA for his roles as Newsletter Editor and Website Manager. In 2010, he received the Fieldwork Educator Award of Excellence from the Florida OT Educational Consortium, and in 2009, Brent received the Therapist of the Year Award from Life Care Center of Sarasota. Brent’s Clinical Doctoral work was on developing Social and Emotional Learning Skills in Students from Pre-K to College Performance in Health Professions. Before beginning work in Pediatrics in 2016, Brent worked in Community College instruction and Adult Rehabilitation including special focus on neurological disorders, cardiopulmonary diseases, and orthopedic rehab. Brent shares his home with his wife, who is a teacher, 3 cats and a dog. Photography has become a new hobby. He is a big fan of spy novels, history books, and the Harry Potter series.
Toni is a member of the Southbay Forum, a local OT group that comes together for networking and education. She shares her home with her husband and is the mother of 3 grown children. Toni is a grandmother to 6 children. Also, she happens to be an identical twin! Outside of work, Toni’s favorites include fine arts, music, the beach, hiking, traveling, and playing with her grandchildren.
Jackie enjoys working with children with various special needs, with a special interest in Autism. She shares her home with her husband, who was her High School sweetheart, and 2 children. Jackie’s favorites include Disney, camping in their pop-up, traveling, and enjoying time with her family.
In 2015, Sue received the Outstanding Student Award from the OTA program at State College of Florida, where she also served as Class President. She is a Past President of the United States Junior Chamber, also known as the Jaycees, of Northwest Pennsylvania. Sue and her husband, who have 2 children, will celebrate 40 years of marriage in 2018. Sue’s favorite snack foods are homemade chocolate cookies and Dove’s chocolate! Her favorite things to do include walking at the beach, yoga, swimming and spending time with her family and her “grand-dog”.
Jenny holds professional certification in ABA therapy. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Jenny’s career began in an outpatient pediatric and ABA clinic where she fell in love with working with children. She moved to Florida in 2013 and has enjoyed working in schools. She shares her home with her daughter. Jenny’s favorites include paddleboarding, hiking, arts and traveling.
Scott was a proud recipient of South University’s award for Clinical Excellence in Pediatric Therapy. He is a member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association and is experienced in the areas of pediatrics and orthopedics. Scott is the father of 2 sons who attend Eckerd College and USF Graduate School. He serves as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Outside of work, Scott enjoys sailing, watersports, cycling, golf and tennis.
Ashley is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and has interests and/or training in Apraxia and feeding difficulties. Previously, Ashley worked in the field of finance and non-profit development. Through personal growth and professional discovery, Ashley decided to pursue a vocation in which she could connect meaningfully with people and use science, research and clinical skill to positively impact lives. She loves connecting with each child and strives to empower caregivers to help their children within their family’s daily routines. Ashley enjoys spending time with her cat, her nieces and nephews. Outside of work, Ashley loves playing tennis, cycling, and reading. Her favorite children’s book authors are Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss, and her favorite children’s game is Feed the Woozle!
Barbara holds certification by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She moved to the USA as a traveling therapist in 1994 and has worked in Manatee County schools since she joined CTA in 2000. In South Africa, she worked in a hospital, a rehabilitation facility and in a school for students with learning disabilities. Although she enjoys working with all age groups, working with children is, and always has been, her passion. Barbara volunteers her time with the Manatee High School Marching Band and is very involved. She shares her home with her husband, who also is an Occupational Therapist, and their 2 daughters. One daughter currently attends Emory University in Atlanta, while the other is a student at Manatee High School. Barbara’s favorites include walking, hiking, camping, swimming and traveling anywhere with her family. She enjoys being creative! Her favorite movie is the Sound of Music.
She has professional interests in all diagnoses and is experienced in treating orthopedic injuries. Leah shares her home with her husband and is the “dog mom” to 2 beautiful pups. Outside of work, she enjoys exercising, playing soccer, fishing, playing with her dogs and spending time with family and friends. Her favorites include cookies and cake, the children’s game Heads Up, and children’s book authors Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss!
Tara has professional training in Pediatric Yoga for Special Needs as well as the Handwriting Without Tears program. She enjoys working with Elementary school aged students. Tara serves as a volunteer in children’s programs at her church. She shares her home with her husband, 2 daughters and their bulldog. Tara enjoys running races and has completed Disney Half Marathons. She loves camping, traveling, cooking, crafting and spending time with her family.
Caroline is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She is trained in Therapeutic Listening, and has professional interests in the area of Sensory Integration. Caroline serves as an Advisory Board Member for The Kind Mouse, an organization which assists food insecure children and families. She is a proud wife and mother of 3 children. Caroline’s favorites include cooking with her family, being outside, chocolate chip cookies, dogs, and going to the beach.
Emily is a member of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association. Prior to her transition to pediatrics in 2016, Emily worked in adult rehab/skilled nursing as an OT. Emily’s favorites include exercising, visiting the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jackie holds certification by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and is certified in Aquatic Therapy through the Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute (ATRI). In addition, she holds certification in Basic Life Support and CPR through the American Heart Association (AHA). Jackie co-presented on integrating movement into speech language therapy at the Florida Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA) Annual Convention in 2017. She enjoys mentoring students and has mentored Level 1 and 2 OT and OTA students as a Clinical Fieldwork Supervisor. Jackie shares her home in St. Petersburg with her husband and their dog. Her favorites include yoga, reading, cycling and traveling, while her favorites for kids include creating things from clay, playdough, or paper mache; relay races, parachute games and obstacle courses!
Samantha has considerable experience in hospital, clinic and school settings, primarily in pediatrics. She holds certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has extensive training in Sensory Integration and Therapeutic Listening. She completed the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding courses at both introductory and advanced levels. Samantha loves Odyssey of the Mind, a creative thinking competition, and coaches an Odyssey of the Mind Team. She grew up in Sarasota, Florida with her 3 sisters. Samantha shares her home with her husband. Together, they have 3 children, who now are adults. Samantha’s favorites include spending time with her family, traveling and crafting.