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Spectrum Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy Services is designed to offer the missing link to optimize your potential. Quality intervention and communication keeps your program evolving toward higher level achievements. Therapists are fully licensed and insured. A Master’s level therapist provides an individualized evaluation and treatment plan to target your specific needs.
Who We Are:
Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist
Alison earned her bachelor of science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Elmira College and a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Penn State University. Alison is originally from upstate New York, yet has been practicing in South Florida since over the last 20 years. Alison has experience in treating and managing in a variety of settings including; inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, schools, home health and private practice. She has experience with a variety of pediatric populations including clients with delayed language, apraxia of speech, myo-functional disorders, phonological disorders, auditory processing disorders, food aversion, pediatric dysphagia, social skill pragmatic disorders, and stuttering. Alison’s skill set expands across a variety of adult disorders including individuals with neurological disorders such as stroke, brain injury, and Parkinson’s Disease. Alison has previously developed and managed Stroke and Parkinson’s support groups in Palm Beach county. Alison began private practice in 2005 and Spectrum Speech and Language Services has been growing and serving children and adults with communication disorders. When not at work, Alison enjoys riding horses and traveling.
Donna T. Holder, MA, CCC- SLP
Donna has joined us after relocating from North Carolina. She graduated from South Carolina State with her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She completed her master’s degree in Speech Pathology at Michigan State (Go Spartans!). Donna has over 18 years of experience working with a wide variety of clients in a variety of settings, including: skilled nursing, hospitals, early intervention home health, schools, and private practice. Donna loves working with children to advance and enhance their full communication potential. Donna has 2 school aged boys and a michieviuos dog, Charlie. When Donna is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, attending cultural events and music.
Lindsay DeArce, MS, CF-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow
Lindsay obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas to complete her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. She brings with her experience of working with children within the public school system, within centers for children with autism, and with pediatrics within the home health system. Lindsay has also competed and presented research on the topic of preverbal communication involving assessment of auditory comprehension levels in children with ASD. She enjoys working with a diverse pediatric caseload and collaborating with an interdisciplinary team.
Krista Nichols, BS, SLP-A
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
Krista obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She has previous speech therapy experience working within the Palm Beach County School system as a bachelor’s level speech pathologist as well as working with pediatrics in a private practice as a speech-language pathology assistant. Krista is currently working towards obtaining her Master’s degree in in Speech-Language Pathology from Albizu University. Additionally she has experience working and volunteering with therapeutic riding and mentoring children that are hard of hearing and with intellectual disabilities.
Lauren Appleby, MS, CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow
Lauren obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of Miami. She attended Yeshiva University to complete her graduate studies and obtained her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Lauren has gained experiences with a diverse population including children and adults with communication disorders. She is passionate about advancing and maximizing potential of clients in their journey to maximize improved speech, language, cognition and swallowing.
Bill Appelbaum, MOT, OTR/L
Bill earned his master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, with honors, from NOVA Southeastern University in 2012. Bill Has been working in a pediatric setting since graduating, working with a number of age ranges and populations including clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Bill also has experience with adults in outpatient, inpatient and acute rehabilitation setting. Bill has special interest and training in a number of assistive technology devices including tablets, motion controlled devices, and programs such as Typing Without Tears. Bill currently resides in Boca Raton and enjoys traveling with his family, playing board games with friends and cooking.
Helena obtained her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University. She completed her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Nova University. Helena is passionate about working with children with a variety of abilities to achieve their highest level of independence. Helena has previous experience with working with children in the autism spectrum within a preschool setting, private practice, as well as working with pediatrics within a home health setting. In addition, Helena has worked with children implementing handwriting interventions and has experience assisting with social skills/ peer groups.