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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

Alison. M. Evans, MS, CCC-SLP

Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist

Alison earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Elmira College and a Masters degree in Communication Disorders from Penn State University. Alison is originally from upstate New York, yet has been practicing in South Florida since 1995. Alison has experience in treating and managing 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, 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.

 

Lauren Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Florida State University (GO SEMINOLES!) and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Florida. Lauren has experience with the pediatric population from age 2 through age 15. Her primary interests include pediatric feeding and swallowing and childhood Apraxia of speech. When not at Spectrum Speech, Lauren works part time as a Pure Barre instructor.

 

Karen Shusterman, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

A graduate from Penn State and Temple Universities with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Karen has over 27 years of experience working within the school environment with children having communication disorders in regular and special education programs.

 

Stacey Cooney, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Stacey earned her Bachelor of Science, in Communication Sciences and Disorders, from the University of Arkansas, in May 2014 (Woo Pig Sooie!). After graduating, Stacey moved to Texas where she went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Woman’s University, in May of 2016. She worked in Texas for about 2 years for a pediatric home health company working with a variety of disorders and age ranges; however, she especially enjoys pediatric feeding and swallowing. Stacey recently moved to Florida and currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to the beach and soaking in the beautiful Florida weather!

 

Heather Wisniewski, MS, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Heather earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Florida State University (GO NOLES!) in May of 2015. She then got accepted to the University of South Florida where she earned her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Heather has worked at the USF Speech and Hearing Clinic as well as the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL. Heather feels excited and honored to join the Spectrum team as a Clinical Fellow and knows that Spectrum will sculpt her into the speech pathologist that clients will trust and love.

 

Sabrina Young, BS, SLP-A

Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Sabrina earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders, with honors, from the University of Central Florida (GO KNIGHTS!). She has much experience working with children in their homes and in the school setting. Sabrina also has experience as a clinical behavioral technician, substitute teacher, and an emergency room medical scribe. When not working, Sabrina enjoys taking her German Shepherd on adventures, spending time with family, and traveling. She is very grateful to be a part of the Spectrum team!

 

Bill Appelbaum, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist 

Bill earned his Master’s of 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 resided in Boca Raton and enjoys traveling with his family, playing board games with friends and cooking.

 

Renee Rocha, COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant 

Renee joined the Spectrum OT team in December of 2016 and earned her Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy at Keiser University in 2015. Renee has a passion for pediatrics and sensory integration. She brings with her experience working with fine motor skills and gross motor skills. She also brings with her tremendous experience in massage therapy as a licensed Massage Therapist. Renee especially loves working with the pediatric population.

 

Calley Rock, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist 

Calley earned her Bachelor of Science in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies with a Minor in Psychology and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, with honors, from the University of New England in Portland, ME. She is originally from Rhode Island and moved to Florida in 2017. Calley has experience working with children on the autism spectrum, as well as working with adults in rehabilitative and psychiatric settings. Her research studying the effects of sensory strategies on children’s self regulatory abilities is an asset to her pediatric clinical skills. In her free time, Calley enjoys travelling, running, and paddle-boarding with her dog. Calley is passionate about working with children of all abilities and is excited to be a part of the Spectrum therapy team!