Owner and Founder
Megan Nicole Simón, M.S. CCC-SLP is a Licensed and ASHA Certified Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist and founder of Speech Therapy & Education Professionals, LLC. Megan saw the need in the Bradenton/Sarasota area for a dedicated Bilingual Speech and Language Therapy & Education Center. Megan received her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University and two Bachelors of Science degrees one in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Sciences, and the other in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. She graduated from all institutions with honors. Megan strongly believes in a holistic approach to treatment across multiple settings/environment. Her therapy sessions are structured around a naturalistic playful environment. She strives to bring out the highest potential of her patients. Megan is PROMPT trained, certified in Interactive Metronome and trained on the Orton-Gillingham methodologies where she is capable of assisting emerging readers with foundational reading skills and early school-age children who struggle with literacy development. In addition, Megan has experience in the evaluation and treatment of receptive-expressive language delays, apraxia, dysarthria, dysphagia, articulation, oral motor disorders, feeding difficulties, fluency, pragmatic/social issues, and reading/literacy difficulties related to a variety of diagnoses. Her love for people and their well being motivates Megan to go above and beyond for all her patients' needs.
Megan received an ACE Award (Award for Continuing Education). The ACE is a formal recognition on behalf of ASHA given to professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning.
Directors of Therapy
Kristina Peréz, OTR/L is a Licensed and NBCOT Certified Occupational Therapist. Kristina received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. She has extensive experience working in sensory integration clinics and school-based services. She is passionate about working with children and is skilled in various techniques. Kristina is certified in Interactive Metronome, an alternative treatment for ADHD and learning issues.Kristina is also trained in sensory-based feeding difficulties as well as handwriting without tears. She builds strong relationships with clients and their families. Kristina strives to reach her clients' highest potential by involving families/caregivers to carry over techniques across settings/environments.
Ashley Mills, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Ashley received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has experience working with children in the inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. Ashley is certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding and is skilled in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, feeding difficulties, oral motor disorders, apraxia, articulation disorders, fluency, receptive-expressive language disorders, and pragmatic language disorders. Ashley is very passionate about working with children and strives to enhance the lives of her patients and their families.
Ashley received an ACE Award (Award for Continuing Education). The ACE is a formal recognition on behalf of ASHA given to professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning.
Jessica Socia, OTR/L is a licensed and NBCOT Certified Occupational Therapist. Jessica received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University. Jessica enjoys working with children and all abilities using a family centered and occupation-based approach. She has experience working with a multitude of diagnoses and has a primary interest in children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and intellectual disabilities.
Lauren Enger, COTA/L is a NBCOT licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Lauren acquired her Associate’s Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from State College of Florida in Bradenton. Lauren has worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years and is very proud of her career in occupational therapy. She has experience working with clients of all ages, and especially adores working with children.
Megan Martinetti, COTA/L is an NBCOT licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Megan obtained her Associate’s Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from State College of Florida in Bradenton. Megan also has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science from the University of South Florida. She is a Florida native, born and raised in Bradenton where she still lives with her husband and two children. She has a passion for working with children and is excited to continue that work here at STEP.
Speech Language Pathologists
Kalyn Schirack, M.A. CF-SLP is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who is completing her Clinical Fellowship years and working towards her ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Kalyn received her Masters of Art degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida and two Bachelors of Science degrees with one in Speech and Hearing Sciences and the other in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. She also completed all necessary coursework for American Sign Language. Kalyn graduated from both universities with honors. Kalyn has experience working with children of various ages and has direct experience within outpatient and the medically fragile settings. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses and treatment approaches specifically working with expressive/receptive language disorders, language delays, pragmatics, autism, neurogenic dysphagia, feeding disorders, taste and texture aversions and AAC. Kalyn is very dedicated to her patients and their families to strive towards making a difference in their lives.
Madison Petty, SLPA, is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. Madison received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University where she also completed a minor in Spanish. Madison has experience working with children of all ages, as well as experience abroad in both Guatemala and Zambia, Africa. Madison provides therapy services in both English and Spanish. She is extremely passionate about working with children and helping them to be the best they can be!
Mercedes Olmos, SLPA is a dedicated professional with more than 25 years of experience working as a bilingual Hearing and Language Difficulties Teacher, Speech and Language Therapist and a ABA therapist with a track record of success in a variety of roles and settings. Accomplished for motivating students and patients especially from birth to 8 + years old to achieve their highest potential with specialization working with students with Autism and successfully implementing behavior modification. Empathetic child advocate consistently striving to build supportive educational environments to execute instruction that addresses the unique needs of each student to improve growth and development. Prior to her move to USA from Venezuela, she also taught and trained other professionals and families who works with children with autism and other disabilities to promote and improve communication in incidental environments and daily routine. Mercedes is a mother of three kids and enjoys nature, photography, and cooking.