Rebecca has owned TheraPlay since 2014 and it had been operating in the Orlando area since 2004. Originally from the UK, Rebecca had run several businesses that supported young people with a variety of challenges to enter the workforce, gain skills and confidence. Rebecca knows first hand what it means to be a parent of a child with a disability as her own son is on the Autism Spectrum. She is committed to TheraPlay offering up to date, research based therapy solutions with a team of therapists that love their work and care about their team and the families they support.
Darlene was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida on 2017. She is part of our Spanish speaking staff. Darlene has worked in healthcare as a medical assistant, biller and administrator for over ten years. Her first job out of high school was in a pediatric office and that motivated her to attend college for medical billing and administration. She has also volunteered as a ALTA Certified Medical Interpreter. You can come to her for any questions on billing, insurance and access to service questions.
Meredith Morig, OTR/L, ATRIC
I knew very early on that I always wanted work with kids and as a sensory child and adult myself, I really understand and can relate to the sensory integration model. Being able to integrate this model with a variety of modalities, in order to allow children to succeed to their potential, gives me so much joy and I look forward to and enjoy every single day with the kids at TheraPlay.” Meredith Morig has many years of experience providing therapy to children of all ages and diagnoses. Meredith knew very early on that she always wanted work with children and as a sensory child and adult herself, really understands and can relate to the sensory integration model. It brings her so much joy to be able to integrate this model with a variety of modalities, in order to allow children to succeed to their potential. In addition to traditional therapy, Meredith has combined her love for the water with her expertise in sensory integration to provide Aquatic Therapy as a more effective modality to enhance a child's functional abilities. Meredith often shares her knowledge with aspiring graduate/doctoral students and the community in order to help as many children as possible. Years Experience: 12 years Specialties / Certifications: Sensory Integration, Aquatic Therapy, Interactive Metronome, Kinesiotaping, Handwriting without Tears, Greenspan Floortime Education: The University of Florida : 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Health Science and 2009 with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy
Megan Sucich, MOTR/L
Megan graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s of Health Science and a Master’s of Occupational therapy. She has been providing occupational therapy in the Central Florida area for over 15 years. Megan has had the opportunity to work with clients, and their families, in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, and out-patient clinics. She has treated ages from 6 months to 22 years old and a wide range of diagnoses. Areas of focus include sensory processing, handwriting, feeding, and visual motor skills.
Christine Maiorano COTA/L
Christine has been practicing occupational therapy since 2013 graduating from Advent Health University. Christine is is certified in therapeutic listening, oral motor treatment/feeding and physical agent modalities. During her collective career in pediatrics, Christine has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient pediatrics, home health pediatrics, and providing private services within school settings. Christine has experience working with a wide variety of neurological disorders, genetic disorders, sensory processing disorders, and feeding aversions. Christine strives to include parents/caregivers in the therapeutic process to integrate various domains to improve overall outcome for the client.
Stephanie Meyer, COTA
Stephanie is a COTA who has been working with the pediatric population for over 4 years. She graduated in 2017 from Daytona State University and also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University in 2012 (Go Noles!). Prior to becoming a COTA she was a classroom assistant at a preschool which is where she fell in love with helping kids and was introduced to OT. As a new part of the Theraplay team/family and the Oviedo area, she is excited to collaborate, learn, and grow with the company. Her areas of focus are: social emotional interactions, motor planning, and executive functioning skills.
Staci Capps, COTA
Staci has been providing occupational therapy services since 2007, after graduating from Advent Health University. Staci joined the Theraplay family in 2022 and is excited to provide services alongside such a caring and dynamic team. Staci’s therapy experience includes pediatric outpatient clinics, schools, home health, and functional community-based sessions. Areas of fucus/trainings include Sensory Integration, DIR-FCD Floortime, Rapid Prompting Method, TOPSoccer, Executive Functioning, and community-based functional skill acquisition.
Italia Alicea, OT
“Play is the work of childhood.” - Jean Piaget At theraplay, we integrate a holistic, multidisciplinary perspective to foster a meaningful and individualized experience for your child. It is a privilege working and collaborating with such a passionate team! As an occupational therapist, play is a child’s “job” and is how we learn and grow our skills. I combine all of the roles and contexts in a child’s life to create goals that enable independence in daily living, confidence in their abilities, and engage in meaningful occupations. Italia is a bilingual (English, Spanish) licensed and certified Occupational Therapist who graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2015, and her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2022 from AdventHealth University. Italia is a third generation pediatric specialist and began her career working in community mental health and acute behavioral health with at-risk children, teens, and families in Central Florida. She continued to focus on academic support and the education system within OCPS. Italia has extensive experience and training in visual dysfunction and oculomotor disorders. As a vision therapist for 5 years, she has worked with various populations including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Vision Therapy was her gateway into occupational therapy, as she noticed many patients had overlap with gross motor and sensory processing difficulties. Specialities & Experiences Include: Sensory Integration: utilizing sensory processing techniques to help perceive, engage, organize, interpret, and facilitate the various sensory systems in your child’s body to promote participation and occupational performance Primitive Reflex Development: the building blocks of voluntary movement and motor skills Visual Perceptual Disorders: inability to make sense of information taken in through the eyes, these can affect all skills that involve coordinated and precise movements (reading, writing, using a spoon, sports, arts, etc.) Beckman Oral Motor Sensory Techniques: interventions to increase functional response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movement for the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue Emotional Regulation Skills: our ability to register, regulate, and respond to emotional distress and stimuli Therapeutic Gardening: utilizes executive functioning and sensory interventions into a therapeutic medium
Kristi Grainger COTA/L, ATRIC, NDTC
I am a certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant in the state of Florida. I have always had a passion for helping others and being able to be there for the big and small wins of my patients. Being able to help people along their journey is what has drawn me to this field. I have experience in various settings throughout my academic journey which include pediatrics, neuro, adults, cardiac rehab and acute care, and geriatrics. For over a year now I have been working as a coach for the Rock steady Boxing program for the Parkinson’s population. Alongside experience working with that population I am also a certified personal trainer. Being able to meet someone where they are at and motivate them to become a better version of themselves is something that motivates me and pushes me. Specialties/certifications: Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Aquatic therapy Rock steady Boxing for Parkinson’s NASM and ACE certified personal trainer since 2007 Education: AdventHealth University Master's degree in Occupational Therapy (In progress) AdventHealth University Bachelors of Science in Health Science 2023 AdventHealth University: Occupational Therapy Assistant 2022 Fun facts: - I have a Bachelors in fine arts (Dancer athletic modern Partnering) - My passions include helping others, traveling and living my life to the fullest actively and outdoors. - I was a past fitness competitor at a national level (10yrs) - I also enjoy Aerial silks and have performed in their showcase.
Alex Del Llano M.S, CCC-SLP
Alexandra is a bilingual (Spanish) Florida licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She was awarded her Bachelor of Science (2005) and Master's of Science (2013) from Nova Southeastern University. Alexandra began her clinical work in the elementary setting with Orange County Public schools (2007-2012). She continued her career working in the private practice setting in 2013 and joined TheraPlay in 2019. Alexandra specializes in the areas of: Articulation Disorders Phonological Disorders Language Disorders Developmental Delays Autism Spectrum Disorders/Pervasive Developmental Disorders Pragmatics (social skills) Early Intervention for speech and language delays (children 0-3 years)
Natassia Parr M.A, CCC-SLP
Natassia is a Speech Language Pathologist who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2011 and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2013 at the University of Central Florida. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Natassia is fully bilingual (spanish) and has experience working with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including home health, outpatient, and private practice, school districts and tele-health. Natassias experience extends to working with children in many areas of speech language pathology, however, she has a special love and professional focus working with children who have feeding difficulties and those who benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Kim Goldberg, SLP
Kim is a Florida licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated with her Bachelors in Science from the University of Central Florida in 2010. She received her Masters degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. Kim has been working in the private practice setting since 2014 and joined the TheraPlay team in 2022. Kim specializes in the areas of: - Articulation and phonological disorders - Language disorders - Early intervention for speech and language delays (children 0-3 years old) - Childhood Apraxia of Speech - Pragmatics/social skills - Autism Spectrum Disorder - Developmental delays - Auditory Processing Disorder
Krysta Persampiere, M.S., CCC-SLP
Krysta is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015 from University of Central Florida, and her Master of Science in Speech Pathology in 2018 from East Tennessee State University. Krysta’s SLP career started working in the school system, and has continued to variety of settings including private practice, daycares, home-health and tele-health. Her experience extends to working with children in many areas of speech language pathology, such as children with developmental disorders and delays, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and early intervention.
Taylor Smith, SLP
Taylor is a Florida licensed Clinical Fellow Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders in 2018 and then completed her Masters in the field in 2023. She previously worked in the public school setting where she gained experience working with varying exceptionalities in the age range of toddlers to young adults. She joined Theraplay in 2023. Taylor's experience extends to many areas of speech-language pathology, however, she is very passionate about the following areas of the field: expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, literacy, and pragmatics/social skills. She enjoys working with a variety of pediatric populations including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Bethany Christian graduated from UCF in 2010 with a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. She is a Speech-language therapist and has been a school teacher for preschool through high school children. She has worked with children with special needs for fifteen years, and has experience with many diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, ADHD, vision and hearing loss, mental health disorders, speech and language disorders, and many more. Bethany believes in whole-team communication and addressing the individual needs of each child to help them reach their full potential. Bethany has experience with all subject areas and can assist with home/virtual schooling. She is available for in-person tutoring/teaching as well as virtual sessions. Tutoring with Bethany can also be provided on a Direct Pay basis for children with the PLSA Gardiner Homeschool Grant.
Leigh Delgado RPT
Leigh is a registered and licensed physical therapist with 35 years of experience. She was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University, CA in 1985. Leigh began her career in the California school system working in a team setting collaborating with orthopedists, orthotists, pediatricians, teachers, medical equipment companies, and parents. Following her move to Florida in 1990, she worked as a physical therapist in Orange County Schools, and as an Assistant Administrator/Physical Therapist in an Outpatient Rehab serving all ages and diagnoses. She has worked with every age and in many settings including pediatrics, geriatrics, rehab, outpatient orthopedics, sports, and acute hospital setting. She has been with TheraPlay since 2017. Leigh specializes in: ● NDT(Neurodevelopmental technique) to promote normal development patterns in infants and children ● Kinesiotaping certification for postural support and to promote correct movement patterns ● Myofascial release certification for treatment of post surgical restrictions and other movement difficulties ● Dolphin Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) effective for post surgical scars, relieving myofascial restrictions limiting movement, calming neurological system, assisting with scoliosis correction ● Early Intervention for gross motor delays (age 0-3) ● Orthotic/bracing intervention consultation ● Medical equipment consultation and positioning for home ● Core strengthening programs using pilates and yoga My passion is pediatrics which I have spent most of my career doing. I use a Holistic approach to treat the whole child and enjoy collaborating with other therapists and parents for the best outcome.
Tara Holcomb PTA/L
Tara has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant since 2020, graduating with an A.S. Degree from Herzing University - Orlando. Tara has experience treating a wide variety of patients, including neurological, post-surgical, acute and chronic pain, as well as injured athletes. Working in an Acute care pediatric setting for 5 years prior to earning my PTA license, I knew I wanted to continue pursuing a career working with children. I will provide individualized treatments for each child, including therapeutic exercise to promote strength, endurance, improve balance, coordination and fine/ gross motor skills in order to increase functional independence in daily routines and activities.
Nick Christy PTA
Nick graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Seminole State College in May of 2022. While in school, he interned at TheraPlay with Leigh as well as Advent Health Acute Care. He was inspired to go into the field of Physical Therapy while suffering injuries requiring PT, one being a torn ACL, and saw an appreciation for the role. During high school, Nick took part in playing football and was a student Athletic Trainer for football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, and track and field events. He also volunteered as a youth basketball couch at the recreational center and did videography work for youth football.