FASD Clinic Team
Tamra Cajo, LCSW
Director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ClinicTamra Cajo, LCSWTamra graduated with a master's degree in social work from Loyola University in Chicago (2005) and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa (1993). Tamra is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience working in early childhood and prevention. Previously, Tamra was the lead trainer in the Midwest for ACT Raising Safe Kids, an evidence-based violence prevention curriculum. In addition, Tamra has been trained in a number of other evidence-based curriculums including Circle of Security Parenting, Families Moving Forward (FMF), Helping the Non-Compliant Child, Chicago Parent Program and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Tamra was certified in Kundalini Yoga in 2001 in Santiago, Chile and has continued to further her education in both yoga and mindfulness for young children. Tamra practices mindfulness and meditation on a daily basis as a way to stay grounded and be present both at work and at home.
Director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic
Bailey A. Jackson, LCSW
Assistant Director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ClinicBailey A. Jackson, LCSWBailey graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology. She completed her master's degree in social work at The University of South Carolina. Bailey has worked with numerous nonprofits that provide support, advocacy, and clinical services to abused and neglected children. She is nationally certificated in providing many evidence-based treatments including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Attachment, Regulation, Competency (ARC), and FASCETS Neurobehavioral Model. Bailey is also trained through the University of Oklahoma in facilitating the Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for preschool, school-aged, and adolescent children. In 2017, Bailey became the primary handler of Canine Companions for Independence® Facility Dog Poppy VII. Poppy underwent a two-year, extensive and specialized training program and learned over 40 commands before being matched with Bailey. Poppy’s job is to help motivate and engage clients in the evidence-based treatments provided at The Florida Center.
Assistant Director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic
Kim Williams, M.S., CCC-SLP,
Speech-Language Pathologist, Director of Developmental Therapy ServicesKim Williams, M.S., CCC-SLP,Kim earned her bachelor's degree in speech and audiology from SUNY Cortland in 1981 and a master's degree in communication disorders/speech-language pathology from Boston University in 1983\. She maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1984.Kim has 36 years of experience working with young children birth to 9 years of age. She has worked with many children who have had established diagnoses and/or developmental delays leading to areas of need in oral-motor/feeding, articulation, fluency, and/or language and literacy skills to include receptive, expressive and pragmatic language. Kim has participated on the agency's only statewide Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Clinic team for over 12 years. She has been grateful for the opportunity to work with such an exceptional team of professionals and to work with such incredible children and families who remind us that life is a journey that often takes hard work to achieve our goals and that it's always a bit easier when someone is there to support you and who cares about your future. Kim has always been mindful of respecting the feelings and thoughts of others both at home and at work. Being well rounded has always been important to her in keeping herself energized and focused; it makes home and work a pleasure!
Speech-Language Pathologist, Director of Developmental Therapy Services
Melissa Cox, M.S., OTR/L
Occupational TherapistMelissa Cox, M.S., OTR/LMelissa is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from The University of Buffalo in 2015 with degrees in Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is a new member to the FASD team and thoroughly enjoys working collaboratively between all disciplines to holistically view a child and develop a plan of care to best meet a child's needs. She has completed continuing education courses in the areas of executive function skills, sensory integration, self-regulation, feeding, oral motor skills, reflex integration, and more. She enjoys building relationships with children through play, and helping children to reach their best potential through encouragement and motivating activities. Melissa uses her occupational therapy skills and passion for pediatric clients in her personal life serving in her church's Special Needs Ministry.
Sharon J. Robertson Ph.D. OTR/L ATR
Occupational Therapist and Registered Art TherapistSharon J. Robertson Ph.D. OTR/L ATRSharon earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in occupational therapy , her master's degree in Art Therapy, and a doctorate in spiritual science. She is a registered occupational therapist and a registered art therapist. Sharon began working as an occupational therapist in San Diego, Ca with cerebral palsy children using a neuro-developmental therapy and sensory integration frame of reference. Upon moving to Bradenton Fla., Sherry worked for Child Youth and Parent Services, a department of what was then the Glen's Corporation, providing therapy for private clients and workshops to parents and the community. Sharon was one of the first occupational therapists employed by the Manatee County School Board. Sharon has also worked at several different psychiatric institutes in Manatee County including Manatee Memorial Hospital. Sharon is an accomplished artist who seeks to explore the use of art to manage stress and use as a valuable tool for managing the inevitable trauma that results from being a conscious member of the human community. She writes poetry and on the weekends you will usually find her gardening. Sharon has a rich background of spiritual development and the use of meditation and art as a means to calm and center one in the wholeness of one's being.
Occupational Therapist and Registered Art Therapist
Anika Trancik, Ph.D.
NeuropsychologistAnika Trancik, Ph.D.Anika received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1994 and doctoral psychology degree from the University of Washington in 2006. She has served as a neuropsychologist on the Florida Center for Early Childhood's FASD Clinic team since 2007. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in FASD diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, with over a decade of research experience in the field. Since 2002, Dr. Trancik has dedicated her career to FASD, starting while in graduate school at the University of Washington. There she assisted Dr. Carmichael Olson in developing the Families Moving Forward (FMF) Program as a scientifically validated FASD intervention. Since 2007, on staff at The Florida Center for Early Childhood in Sarasota, Anika has continued her work in the field at Florida’s first and only state-wide FASD diagnostic and intervention clinic. She is an experienced FASD trainer and is passionate about educating others on the risk of prenatal alcohol exposure and stopping this 100% preventable condition. Anika volunteers her time at the Kadampa Meditation Center Florida as Administrative Director. She started meditating in 2001 and has a strong daily meditation practice. Her meditation practice is dedicated to improving her inner peace and increasing her capacity to benefit others.
Jennifer Werden, BSW
FASD Parent AdvocateJennifer Werden, BSWJennifer earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Florida State University in 2021 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in the same field. She is a certified Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner. Jennifer has had experience working with multidisciplinary teams providing services to children and adults with trauma histories or who are victims of crime. She is the parent of a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and has assisted in helping families involved in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Clinic. Jennifer enjoys connecting with other caregivers, especially in the areas of foster care and adoption. Interacting with others who have encountered similar experiences helps provide a sense of community and support.
FASD Parent Advocate