Director of Developmental Therapy Services/FASD Assessment TeamKim WilliamsKim 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 and/or language and literacy skills to include receptive, expressive and pragmatic language delays or disorders. Kim has always been mindful of respecting the feelings and thoughts of others both at home and at work. She stays busy with home projects, outside sport activities, socializing with friends and families, and most of all keeping up with her husband and Jack Russel terrier. Being well rounded has always been important to her in keeping herself energized and focused; it makes home and work a pleasure!
Director of Developmental Therapy Services/FASD Assessment Team
Occupational Therapist/SarasotaMelissa CoxMelissa graduated from The University of Buffalo in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in occupational science and a master’s degree in occupational therapy. She has completed continuing education courses in the areas of executive function skills, sensory integration, self-regulation, feeding, and oral motor skills. Melissa moved to Florida from New York after graduation and has worked in pediatric clinics ever since. Her favorite aspect of working with children is incorporating parent education into a child's therapy in order to equip and empower parents to uniquely work with their child in engaging and functional ways. Melissa uses her occupational therapy skills and passion for pediatric clients in her personal life serving in her church's Special Needs Ministry.
Infant and Toddler Developmental SpecialistElizabeth CrouseElizabeth earned her bachelor's degree in child and family studies at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1995. In 2007, she achieved her master's degree in teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in early childhood at Penn State University. Elizabeth has worked with young children for 30 years. Before moving to Florida, she was an educator, director, and a specialist involved in the State of Pennsylvania's Quality Child Care Initiative. She has spent the last 10 years working at the Florida Center for Early Childhood as an early interventionist. Elizabeth received numerous awards over the years including Outstanding Child Care Professional (2001-2004); the Terri Lynn Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Award (2001); and The Florida Center Outstanding Intervention Specialist of the Year Award (2010). Elizabeth is devoted to her family and her passion and commitment carry over as she is engaged with families she supports as well as Early Learning.
Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist
Susan Del Gallo
Occupational Therapist/North PortSusan Del GalloSusan graduated with honors earning her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut (1986). She has advanced training in sensory integration and is sensory integration and Praxis Test certified. Susan has worked exclusively in pediatrics for 30 years in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, birth to three programs, home care and outpatient therapy clinics. Susan has recently relocated to Florida following 40 years of beautiful New England foliage and snow storms but is quickly adjusting to the wonderful Florida sunshine. She has extensive experience using scientific research-based interventions, behavioral interventions and therapeutic techniques working with a wide variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, genetic disorders, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, learning disabilities and Dysgraphia as well as visual perceptual, fine motor and sensory processing deficits. Susan enjoys spending time with her family and dogs as well as spending time outdoors. She likes exploring all the exciting activities living in Florida full time allows and exercising. She believes all children need time to learn through play and gross motor movement activities.
Occupational Therapist/North Port
Denise A. Jensen, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist/North PortDenise A. Jensen, M.S. CCC-SLPDenise earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in communication disorders from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science Degree in speech/language pathology from Moorhead State University. She has held the Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1985. Denise has had extensive experience working in a variety of environments with children, adolescents and adults including: early childhood, public schools, self-contained language classroom, reading resource, varying exceptionality, itinerant speech language pathology in grades K-5, traumatic brain injury, neurological disorders, private practice, home health, outpatient and nursing homes. Denise's experiences have made her a more patient and compassionate individual. She enjoys spending free time visiting with family and friends, being outdoors, gardening, reading, and writing.
Speech-Language Pathologist/North Port
Speech-Language Pathologist/SarasotaDiahn JohnsonDiahn is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who received her master’s degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. in 1991. Diahn is a Florida native with more than 20 years of experience providing speech and language services to children (from infants to teenagers) in a wide range of settings including private practice, elementary and middle schools, and a children’s hospital. Diahn believes therapy sessions should be productive and fun with the element of hands-on learning. She has a strong passion for nature and animals and enjoys being creative. A primary goal is to see her clients smile, and it is not uncommon to see Diahn's clients learning speech and language skills through crafts, outdoor games, nature walks or various cooking/science experiments.
Sharon Robertson, Ph.D. OTR/L ATR
Occupational Therapist/SarasotaSharon 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.