Occupational Therapy Department
Monica Belanger, OTR/L, CAS
CEO of Dedicated Pediatric Therapy
I am a pediatric occupational therapist and Certified Autism Specialist. All my life I have been shaped by challenging the standard. I was born and raised in Maine and attended Husson University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. After my coursework curriculum I moved to Florida to pursue my clinical rotations in OT. I love working with children of all ages and do all that I can to ensure my kids are enjoying therapy. My most rewarding days include when a child achieves a skill they may have previously thought was impossible, but by adapting the environment and building strength and coordination, we are able to achieve almost anything! I enjoy cooking, traveling, kayaking and paddle boarding, and volunteering for our local Cocker Spaniel rescue. I absolutely love every day of my job and look forward to seeing my kids make progress in all areas of their lives!
COTA/L & SLPA
Tiffany Harris, COTA/L
Hi! My name is Tiffany and I’m a South Florida native. I enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with family. I have one beautiful daughter and she is my world! I graduated from Keiser University and I’ve been a COTA since 2012. In 2014, I went on to earn my Bachelors of Health Science degree. I absolutely love the career field I have chosen. I’ve worked with the geriatric population - outpatient, inpatient acute care and long term care for many years. I enjoyed it but eventually wanted a change. So I decided to explore Peds. And let me tell you, working with special needs children has been so rewarding. Seeing their little faces light up everyday when they see me, makes my heart melt. I make sure to build a rapport with each family. I find out every child’s likes and dislikes, this will then help me create a session that makes them feel comfortable and safe. The growth and progress that I see daily from many of them, makes it all worth it. It could be something as simple as trying a new food or properly combing their hair. I’ve had moments when parents have shed tears because their child is doing something new that they believed was impossible. I’m so excited to be apart of DPT family and to reach my full potential. I love making a difference in these families lives, I have finally found my calling.
Kaitlyn Worthington, COTA/L
My name is Ms. Katie and I’m a pediatric occupational therapy assistant. I was born and raised here in South Florida, and graduated from Keiser University in 2014. While completing my internships, I fell in love with the pediatric setting. Being able to work with kids has taught me a lot about myself and has been such a rewarding experience. I strive to help each child reach their specific goals in a fun and creative way, while also building a trusting relationship with that child’s family. I am also a mom to two beautiful young girls, both under the age of 5! In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors with family and friends, going on long walks with my dog, reading, doing yoga, and creating arts & crafts. I’m very excited to be a part of the DPT team, and I hope to make a difference in the lives of each child that I get to meet!
Brianna Kneebone, COTA/L
Hi! My name is Brie, and I’m an occupational therapy assistant. I found my way to the field of occupational therapy after working as a teacher assistant, nanny, and behavior technician and seeing the results of OT in my students and clients. In 2022, I graduated with an Associate of Science degree from Keiser University’s OTA program. I am passionate about helping children and their families accomplish their goals by using evidence-based approaches. I love using child-led, play-based activities to work on increasing skills and independence while also making therapy engaging and meaningful. In my free time, you can find me practicing photography and trying to find the best coffee shops in Broward. I’m thrilled to be a part of the DPT team and hope I can make an impact on the children and families in this community.
Michelle Merandieu, COTA/L
My name is Michelle. I graduated from Keiser University's occupational therapy assistant program in 2017. I have had the pleasure of working as a COTA in the pediatric population in outpatient, daycare, PPEC, and home health settings. I love working with kids! I am also a mom to three wonderful tiny humans. I have learned so much in my professional and personal life in regards to helping children learn to be as independent as possible in their day to day life, and activities. Working in this population requires dedication, patience, and innovation. It is among the most rewarding aspects of my life. I am happy to be a part of the DPT team.
Speech Therapy Department
Speech Therapy Department Lead
Amy Cole is a nationally certified and Florida state licensed Speech Language Pathologist. Since 2011, she has been working to improve the communication and quality of life of her clients. Amy earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida, and her master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University. Amy has provided services in schools, home health, hospitals, pediatric private practice, equine therapy, and outpatient rehab centers. She has had the opportunity to work with an extensive variety of populations and disorders, in clients aged 6 months through 90+ years. She loves working with both adults and children, and her specialty areas of focus are Dysphagia, Language Disorders, and Alternative Augmentative Communication. Amy is a South Florida native. She is a mom of two and enjoys being outdoors. Her goal is to support and collaborate with parents and caregivers while providing the highest quality treatment techniques to her clients.
Kari Hendry, CCC-SLP
Kari Hendry is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Processes and Disorders and from Nova Southeastern University with a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She specializes in pediatric therapy and has provided services in schools, home health and private practice environments. She has administered therapy to individuals with language delays and disorders, fluency, articulation and voice. She also has expertise providing teletherapy to people with a variety of exceptionalities. Kari has evaluated and administered therapy to students ranging from 2 to 21 year olds.
Silvia Azcárate, CCC-SLP
Silvia Azcárate M.S., CCC-SLP brings her experience to Dedicated Pediatric Therapy by treating children through the teletherapy platform. She treats articulation disorders, language disorders, dysphagia, aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, phonological disorders, voice disorders, and provides cognitive retraining. Silvia graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the State of Florida in Speech-Language Pathology. With a second Master’s degree in early intervention, Silvia addresses the needs of children birth to 5 in a holistic manner. Her passion lies in working with children with different levels of ability, finding creative ways to carryover skills from the virtual platform to the home environment, and empowering parents through education.
Sarah Ribeiro, SLPA
Hi! I am Sarah Ribeiro and I am a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Born and raised here in South Florida, I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2022 having majored in Psychology. It wasn’t until I took my very first speech language pathology class that I fell in love with the intricacies of this field. Learning about articulation disorders and the cognitive aspects of communication are two of the areas of study within speech language pathology that really drew my interest to the field. Since I was an adolescent, I have been involved in several opportunities to care for children. From babysitting, summer camp counseling, leading in the children’s ministry in my church to working as a youth soccer coach and behavior technician to children with Autism, I have had the privilege to work with children of diverse ages, personalities, and capabilities. My passion for this field and my passion to see children thrive in every area of their lives make it all the more exciting and rewarding to work as an SLPA with this company. Children inspire me daily, and because of that, one of my other passions is to write books for them. I am always looking for a way to increase the amount of resources children have that allow them to develop into the strong and flourishing leaders that this world needs.
Brock Blackler was born & raised in Maine until he moved to South Florida in 2015. His schooling was completed while living in Maine including graduating from the New England School of Communications (2014) with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Communications Technology. He completed an internship with Record Room Studios in Miami under super producers Cool & Dre. Following the internship, Brock continues to work on the side building his music business. He has been working with DPT since 2019, behind the scenes in the office completing all billing, operations, and managerial tasks. Brock enjoys creating music, kayaking, swimming in the ocean, traveling, and volunteering with our local Cocker Spaniel rescue.
I was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and have lived in South Florida for most of my life. This is where I raised my daughter and son while establishing my career as an Administrative Assistant working in the legal field with banks, attorneys, trustees, and judges for over 20 years. In 2015 my twin grandsons were born premature and with this came some complications; they were both diagnosed with special needs. Each having their own special “personalities”, they have made a tremendous impact in my life. Everyday teaches me to have patience with others and to understand that some things are beyond my control. Over the years, therapy has been an incredible resource in assisting our family with unique and creative ways of helping our boys and our family live our best lives possible. Seeing how much therapy has helped us over the years sparked my interest and inspired me to change my career. I am currently in school obtaining my BBA as well as becoming DSPATHS Certified to better help me build my skills in working with individuals with developmental disabilities and other specialized care needs. I look forward to building lasting relationships as well as developing my knowledge in this industry and leaving a positive impact in the lives of others by helping families like mine find the assistance and resources necessary to make each day worth smiling about.
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Are you a creative, energetic, and reliable therapist? Are you wanting a job that gives you the freedom to create your own schedule, choose your clients, choose the areas you travel to, and provides exceptional supervision & mentorship? At Dedicated Pediatric Therapy we're committed to our therapist's professional development and job satisfaction just as much as we're committed to our client's success.
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