Carolyn Andrews, MOT, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Carolyn is the owner of Children's Choice For Therapy. She has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of South Florida . Carolyn taught learning disabled students here in the Hillsborough County School System for four years. She then went on to pursue a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University .

Carolyn specializes in the area of sensory integration and is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified . Her knowledge in this area is extensive and she enjoys attending conferences in order to keep current on the subject. Carolyn has attended numerous conferences some of which include: “How Does Your Engine Run”, “Sensory Integration for those with Developmental, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Dyspraxia”, “Sensory Defensiveness and Related Social/Emotional and Neurological Problems by the Wilbargers:, "Practical Sense in Sensory Integration”, "Advanced Practical Sense in Sensory Integration”, "Sensory Integration Intervention in Autism”, “Handwriting Without Tears”, "Hints for Horrible Handwriting”, “From Eyesight to Insight: Visual/Vestibular Assessment & Treatment”, “Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis”. Because of her strong background in sensory integration, Carolyn especially enjoys working with children on the autistic spectrum.

Carolyn is also certified in Therapeutic Listening . She has attended “Listening With The Whole Body” which provides her access to Modulation and Somonas CD's as well as “Advanced Listening With The Whole Body” which are the Fine Tuning CD's. Carolyn is also a certified Interactive Metronome provider.

Carolyn evaluates and treats children in the office on a daily basis. Carolyn is a certified RDI Consultant. RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) is a developmental program that focuses on the remediation of autism.



Andrea Kelley Walter, MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist


 




In Loving Memory of Carolyn Bentley -
Pediatric Occupational Therapist:
October 9, 1960-September 5, 2015


Carolyn graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Her professional interests included working with children with sensory processing disorder especially those on the autistic spectrum. Carolyn was a part of the Children’s Choice for Therapy team from January of 2009 until her passing in September 2015. She will forever be in our hearts and always a member of our therapy team!!!!



Rachel Fisher Sauve, M.A., CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech-Language Therapist


Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida. She continued her education as a Gator, earning her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from UF as well. Before coming on board at Children’s Choice, Rachel completed her clinical externship at Shands Hospital, specifically at the Speech and Hearing Clinic and at Magnolia Parke, an outpatient rehabilitation center for children. Her other clinical experiences have ranged from private practice to a residential community for developmentally disabled adults. Rachel has experience working with children with apraxia, hearing impairment/cochlear implants, Autism Spectrum Disorders, cleft lip/palate, and language delay.

In June of 2009, Rachel moved to the Tampa Bay area. She spends her time hanging out with her family and friends, keeping up with Gator football, reading, and enjoying as much of the beautiful Florida sunshine as possible!



Kristi Bell, B.S.
Pediatric Speech Language Pathology Assistant


Kristi received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma where she was an active member in the National Student Speech/Language Hearing Association. Kristi gained clinical experience at the university and has attended seminars on topics such as Auditory Verbal Therapy. She also has a degree in American Sign Language from Oklahoma State University.

Prior to joining Children's Choice for Therapy, Kristi taught high school American Sign Language in Plano, Texas. She now enjoys coaching gymnastics and working for Children's Choice for Therapy.

 


Maria Sarantis, MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist


Maria received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida, in 1997. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Mississippi University for Women in the Spring of 1999. Her professional interests include language delay, fluency, articulation disorders, Down Syndrome and dementia.

Prior to joining Children's Choice for Therapy Maria has worked in the school setting as a K-12 therapist and Pre-K diagnostician, in a geriatric setting at a Skilled Nursing Facility, privately in the home and preschool setting and provided PRN services for one of All Children's Hospitals outpatient facilities.


Britny Went Leaf, M.S., OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Britny was born and raised in Tampa, Fl. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health and her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. Britny has had the opportunity to gain experience in various settings such as skilled nursing facilities, school systems, and outpatient pediatric clinics in the Fort Myers and Tampa Bay areas. She enjoys working with children of all ages with developmental delay, Autism Spectrum disorders, and sensory integration dysfunction.


Andrea Chidester, M.S., OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Andrea was born and raised in Sarasota, FL. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Andrea has had the opportunity to gain experience in inpatient rehab at Tampa General Hospital where she worked with patients of all levels of involvement. She also has pediatric experience in an outpatient setting as well as the school system. She specifically enjoys working within the scope of sensory integration.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys watching football, working out, and catching rays at the beach. She plans on expanding her knowledge of Autism in particular, and she hopes to eventually contribute to research on this neurodevelopmental disorder.


Jamie Clark, M.S., OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Jamie graduated Cum Laude from Ohio State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology with a business minor. She received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University and is licensed to practice in the states of Florida and Ohio. Jamie uses her creative ideas to make therapy fun in order to assist her clients in achieving their goals. Her professional interests include sensory integration, aquatic therapy, and assistive technology. Jamie helped develop an aquatic occupational therapy program in Ohio. She enjoys working with children of all ages and their families!

Jamie enjoys traveling, sewing projects, and spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends.


Katie Baker, COTA/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist Assistant


Katie attended Keiser University where she earned her Associates of Science degree to become an occupational therapy assistant. Katie is also a licensed massage therapist and has been practicing for over 8 years. She has experience working with both geriatric and pediatric populations however her primary interest is children particularly those with sensory processing disorders. “I love the creativity I am able to utilize while working with kids! It is extremely rewarding to see the potential they have and the progress they can make!” Katie is excited to be part of the Children’s Choice for Therapy team!!!


Lana Patton, MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist


Lana is a Florida-native. She received a Master’s Degree with specialized instruction and educational certification in early intervention (0-3 years old) for children that are deaf and/or hard of hearing from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds. Lana’s variety of clinical experiences includes working with adults and children with swallowing and cognitive disorders, parent/caregiver coaching, children with Autism, and providing adults with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) a high-tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) device. Lana’s current professional interests are working with dual-language learners, child feeding selectivity, child dysphagia, AAC, and phonological disorders to name a few.

Lana lives in Tampa with her fiancé, Pomeranian, and many succulents. She enjoys gardening, trying new food, reading, and chasing after her Godson!


Leah Diaz, MS, CFY-SLP
Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist


Leah earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida and moved to Tampa pursue her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Children's Choice for Therapy, Leah worked as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and teacher's assistant for both special education and ASD classrooms. She completed her clinical externships at St. Joseph's Hospital and All Children's Hospital outpatient facilities. Her other clinical experiences include volunteering in private practice and school settings, as well as completing an internship abroad in Australia at an early intervention center for Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Meghan McMullen, MOT, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Meghan graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Health Science degree and then stayed a Gator by continuing on to achiever her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from UF. She enjoys working with the pediatric population and now has the pleasure of treating the wonderful children at Children’s Choice for Therapy. Meghan currently works with kids in the clinic and in the school system. She has specialized training in Handwriting Without Tears, DIR Floortime, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and sensory processing.

Meghan moved to St. Petersburg in 2016 with her fiancé, Joel, and her dog, Belle. She enjoys keeping up with Gator sports, traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.


Sheena Williams, BS, SLP-A
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology Assistant


Sheena recently moved to St. Petersburg from Orlando where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from UCF in Communication Science and Disorders. Sheena has worked in the school system as well as in private practice. While in these settings she has gained experience with AAC devices, cognitive disorders, autism, and oral motor techniques. She recently received her certification in early childhood intervention and also works as a developmental therapist with children, birth to three years of age, in the home environment.

Sheena enjoys riding her bike and long boarding to the beach or park where she then likes to swing in her hammock and read a book. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and traveling as much as she can.

Sheena is fluent in Spanish.


Kerry Frantz, MOT, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Kerry was born in California but grew up in Massachusetts and Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware, earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, with a double minor in psychology and Spanish. She received a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Kerry has had the opportunity to gain experience in various different school settings, including public schools, schools for the blind and charter schools. She loves working in the school and outpatient pediatric setting!

In her free time, Kerry enjoys running and staying active, as well as spending time with her family and friends.


Dylan Jacobs, MOT, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Dylan received both his bachelor’s degree in health sciences and his master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Dylan has had the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of settings including a local outpatient pediatric clinic, outpatient rehab at the VA Bay Pines, and a hand therapy clinic in Clemson, SC. Pediatrics is where he has found his home; he loves the creativity it allows and the opportunity to positively impact many lives!

Dylan enjoys books, nature, dancing, and Star Wars.


Amanda Beckert, BS, SLP-A
Pediatric Speech/Language Pathology Assistant


Amanda earned her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She is versed in American Sign Language and has an extensive music background. Before joining Children's Choice, Amanda worked as an ABA therapist for special needs children.

Amanda has enjoyed her move to Florida and exploring Tampa! She enjoys the warm weather and being on the water.


Sydney Spelde, M.A., CFY-SLP
Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist


Sydney completed both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Northern Iowa. She is from Illinois and completed two clinical internships there to finish her degree. One of her clinical internships was at a nursing home where she provided speech and language services to the residents there and the other was at her hometown hospital where she provided inpatient and outpatient services to children from ages 0-18 years old. Upon completing her degree in Speech-Language Pathology, she moved to St. Petersburg, FL and started a job here with us at Children's Choice for Therapy!


Children's Choice For Therapy
Veterans Professional Center
6924 W Linebaugh Ave • Tampa, FL 33625
(813) 962-6766