About Us

The Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists at Premier Pediatric Therapy are state licensed and have the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Each therapist has at minimum of a Master’s Degree and post-graduate training. Our close team of Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists each have our own unique areas of interest and expertise.

 

 

Dr. Laura F. Mac, M.S., CCC-SLP.D/Founder

Laura is the owner and director of Premier Pediatric Therapy, P.A. Laura received her Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida. She then continued to earn a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Laura has a passion for learning, researching, and helping children communicate. In December of 2015, she received her Doctorate in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, with a research concentration in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Laura is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Florida and a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

On a personal note, Laura is a Florida native and mother of 3 beautiful children. She has had field experience working with pediatrics across diverse professional settings (hospitals, schools, private practice). She has a special interest children with autism spectrum disorders, pragmatic disorders, language delays, articulation disorders, feeding disorders/aversions, and apraxia. Laura has extensive experience working with various populations including patients with central auditory processing disorder, ADD/ADHD, developmental delays, various genetic syndromes and neurological disorders, dysphagia, dysarthria, cleft lip/palate, pervasive developmental disorder, voice disorders, and traumatic brain injury.

 

Speech-Language Pathologists

Amber Stephens, M.A., CCC-SLP

Amber has a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Florida. Amber is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Florida and a Certified Member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She has had a vast range of clinical experience. She has worked in the hospital, clinical, and public school system. She also works as part of a multidisciplinary team consulting local children and families with extensive medical/feeding issues. Amber’s enthusiasm, knowledge base, and passion for others makes her an asset to the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

Shannon Rielly, M.S., CCC-SLP

Shannon earned a Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Florida State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has gained a variety of clinical experiences in outpatient clinic, school, and hospital settings. She has worked with children in the areas of articulation, language, pragmatics, and fluency. Shannon is passionate about working with children and their caregivers to help them reach their full potentials.

Ashley Nastri, M.S., CCC-SLP

Ashley is a native Floridian and has practiced Speech-Language Pathology in the state for 8 years. Ashley earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida State University. She is licensed in the state of Florida and nationally certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Ashley has clinical experience across several settings, including schools, medical and private. She has experience treating a variety of impairments and disorders including articulation/phonological, language, voice and fluency and pragmatic language. Ashley has a love for music and often incorporates it into her sessions to help facilitate client progress.

Brittany Capriotti, M.S., CCC-SLP

Brittany has earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Florida State University. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Florida. In addition, Brittany has a diverse clinical background. She has completed field experiences in a variety of therapeutic settings including, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and private pediatric clinics. While completing her Master’s degree, Brittany worked for the Palm Beach County School District, providing speech and language therapy services to children aged from Pre Kindergarten to 5th grade. As a Palm Beach County native she has a passion for serving the children of our local community.

Jodi Phillips, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jodi began her educational career abroad at Westminster University in London. She then completed her undergraduate studies at Kent State University, in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Jodi then continued her studies and received a Master of  Science in the field of Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University, cumulative GPA of 4.0. Jodi has extensive experience working in a variety of clinical settings including schools, private practice and with medically fragile children in a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care setting.  Jodi is experienced in working with a diverse range of  pediatric speech and language syndromes, disorders and/or delays. Because of Jodi’s clinical knowledge and experiences, she has, and will continue to maximizing the learning outcomes of our local children. Ask any one of her former clients and they will rave about her.

Jennifer Rodriguez, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jennifer has earned a Bachelor’s with a (double major) in Psychology and Linguistics from Cornell University. She then went on to earn a Master’s of Science in bilingual (Spanish) Speech and Language Pathology from Columbia University. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Florida and a Certified Member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Jennifer has a diverse clinical background. She was the Clinical Director of OT, PT and ST for the Kennedy Child Study Center, Clinical supervisor for Teachers College in NY, Early Intervention Speech Therapist, and has extensive experience in providing bilingual speech therapy treatment to a variety of pediatric developmental delays and disorders. Jenifer is PROMPT technique trained, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) certified and has been trained in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding Therapy.

Lynne Pesklo, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lynne completed her undergraduate degree from SUNY Cortland and her Masters degree from Ithaca College in upstate New York. She has worked as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for 25 years in a variety of settings including the clinic/private practice, daycares, preschools and the home. She owned her own therapy agency in New York for 13 years. She is trained in PROMPT and certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to feeding (Kay Toomey’s SOS approach) . Lynne has coursework in Neuro-developmental training, to aid in facilitation of positioning and movement for optimal feeding skills and speech production with children with neuromotor involvement. Her areas of interest include Apraxia/Motor speech disorders, Feeding Disorders, and Early Language Development.  Lynne was a clinical supervisor for graduate students from Ithaca College for 13 years. She happily traded in her UGG boots for flip flops in 2013 when she and her husband moved to Florida to escape the cold, snowy winters in New York.

Alicia Perfetto M.S. CCC-SLP

Alicia is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Feeding Therapist. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1996, from Florida State University. She has been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 20 years, and has experience with both adults and children in a variety of settings. Alicia has extensive experience in the areas of sensory and behavioral feeding disorders, but enjoys working with a diverse clientele. Alicia is a native New Yorker, but has recently moved to Florida to be with family and friends, and to escape the cold. She enjoys country living, yoga, horseback riding, beaching it, and hiking and swimming with her water dog, Lola.

Occupational Therapists

Melissa Frey, M.S., OTR/L

Melissa Frey graduated from Touro College, New York in 2001, were she earned a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. To date, Missy has more than 13 years of experience in pediatric treatment with children of all ages. She has provided occupational therapy in many different settings and environments from Hippotherapy, home based, school based and center based therapy. Missy has extensive training in Tomatis, Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Motor Integration, Visual Motor Interventions, Handwriting Without Tears and Brain Gym. an experienced occupational therapist with specialized training in Sensory Integration (SI), DIR/Floortime and Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). She is dedicated to helping children improve self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Madeline Marianacci, M.S., OTR/L

Maddy has earned her Bachelor’s degree from her home state, at University of Connecticut. She then turned in her snow shoes for flip flops to pursue a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in Florida. Maddy graduated with high honors from Nova Southeastern University and is a proud member of the National Occupational Therapy Honors Society, Phi Theta Epsilon. Maddy’s passion has always been helping children, as she has volunteered her time with the Pediatric Special Olympics and Hippotherapy. She has even taken that passion all the way to Dublin, Ireland, at which time she volunteered at a school for visually impaired children. Maddy has clinical experience with a variety of impairments, including Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Developmental Delay, as well as a special interest in sensory processing and integration. Maddy strives to find innovative, creative, and fun ways to connect with children.

 Physical Therapist

Dr. Kelli Salm, PT, MPT, DPT

 Dr. Salm was born and raised in southern Ohio.  She graduated magna cum laude from the College of Mount St. Joseph with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.  She is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.  Ten years after completing her Master’s Degree, Kelli returned to school to further her education.  She graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  Although she has experience working in acute care and skilled nursing facilities, the majority of Dr. Salm’s career has been focused on pediatrics.  She worked for nine years in various school systems in Ohio.  Upon relocating to Southeast Florida, Dr. Salm worked at a pediatric specialty orthopedic clinic, and is excited to now be working for Premier Pediatric Therapy.  She has experience working with children from birth to age 21 who have a variety of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and autism.  Dr. Salm has extensive knowledge and experience prescribing adapted equipment and wheelchair seating systems.  In addition, Dr. Salm has taken many continuing education courses focused on Neurodevelopmental Treatment and is Interactive Metronome certified.  She enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them improve their mobility.