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.
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.
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.
McKenna Bachmann, SLPA is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. McKenna received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also obtained a topical minor in Early Childhood Communication and Intervention and received her certificate in American Sign Language. McKenna has always enjoyed working with kids and loves to watch them grow. She has experience with autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, as well as language and speech delays. McKenna is a positive, energetic individual who strives to bring out the best in all her clients!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Laryssa Cagle, M.A. CCC-SLP is a licensed and ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Laryssa received her Master of the Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado and her Bachelor of the Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. Laryssa began her career as a secondary teacher of English as a second language with middle school students in Denver, Colorado, and from this background draws on a variety of skill sets to work with students of differing backgrounds from her own. She also earned a bilingual endorsement in education in order to work with students who speak Spanish as their first language. Laryssa has utilized her skills as a teacher and speech-language pathologist to support bilingual/bicultural development in her clients. Laryssa has worked in early intervention, preschool, Head Start, Child Find, dual-language (Spanish-English), Montessori, elementary, middle, and high school programs, as well as a center-based program for students with augmentative/assistive technology communication needs in both the public and charter school settings. She recently relocated to Florida and enjoys exploring her new state with her family.