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Jennifer Osorio, M.S. CCC-SLP
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Jennifer Osorio and I am the director and treating Speech-Language Pathologist at Exceptional Speech Therapy. Most importantly I am a wife to Alfredo Piedra and a mother to our dog Yogi Bear.

In the year 2004, I had a major impact in my life. My uncle, a man with so much life inside of him, had a cerebral vascular accident that left him aphasic. After developing Broca’s aphasia, his life was altered in a matter of minutes. He was no longer able to express his thoughts, ideas, and emotions through verbal expression. Consequently, I came to the realization that I really wanted to help people with communication disorders and it has become my passion ever since.

I went to school at Florida International University where I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since receiving my Master’s degree, I have worked at various settings with pediatric and adult populations, such as rehabilitation centers, private schools, private practices, home health settings and skilled nursing facilities throughout Miami, FL. I have developed programs for children and adults with Receptive/Expressive Language Delays, Articulation Disorders, Phonological Disorders, Apraxia, Fluency Disorders, Voice Disorders, Neurogenic Disorders, Attention Deficit, Auditory Processing, Autism and Swallowing Disorders. In addition, I am a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA) and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

Evelyn Parra

Evelyn Parra
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Evelyn Parra and I am one of the treating Speech Language Pathologists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from Florida International University with a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Growing up, I was able to see first hand all of the effects that a communication disorder can have on an individual. As a child, my younger brother stuttered severely. In his teenage years, I saw the toll that stuttering took on his self-esteem and his ability to communicate with others. In private, he would confide in me that he was worried people would never understand him and that he could never communicate confidently with anyone. The thought that something as common as talking could so greatly impact a person’s life was a revelation to me; I realized that as a speech pathologist, I could make a difference and help those with communication disorders.

 

Gina Martin
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Gina Martin and I am one of the treating Speech Language Pathologists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from Florida International University with a Master of Science Degree in Speech¬Language Pathology.

During my time as a first grade teacher, I had students in my class that had difficulties with language and communication skills. Watching them struggle and at times become frustrated during class time, I became aware of the fact that I wanted to better reach and help these students in a way that I knew I couldn’t as their teacher. I soon realized that as a Speech¬Language Pathologist I could make a better impact in helping those students as well as others with language and communication disorders.

Nicole Batista
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

My name is Nicole Batista and I am one of the Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant at Exceptional Speech Therapy. In kindergarten, I had trouble speaking to my teacher and would get very anxious when I was asked to speak to adults. As the year progressed my anxiety got worse and it began to affect my everyday life. I was referred to a Speech Language Pathologist and a Psychologist who diagnosed me with selective mutism. After months of therapy, I was able to communicate to adults and learn how to cope with my anxiety. Little did I know that experience was the beginning of my love for Speech Pathology.

In May of 2015 I graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. My love for this field continues to grow the more I learn about what it consists of. I hope to start a graduate program next fall to become a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and help children who have trouble communicating just like I did. Working with these children everyday has taught me so much and I can’t wait to continue to this amazing journey.

Estefania Romera
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

My name is Estefania Romera and I am an SLPA at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I am currently working on my Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University. For many years, I worked with pre-school aged children and what stood out to me the most were those that had difficulties communicating with their families. Their frustrations were due to a lack of words and communication skills and it was evident that this did not only affect them, but their entire families. It was then, that I realized the great impact of language and communication. Working with kids has always been my passion and helping them express their needs and wants is the most valuable and rewarding of experiences.

Marcela Porro
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Marcela Porro and I am one of the treating Speech-Language Pathologists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I received a Masters of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida International University.

My inspiration to work in this field began when my niece was 2 years old and had a severe expressive language delay. At that time, I realized the significance which communication holds in our daily lives, regardless of age. Within months of my niece beginning speech therapy, her language development improved drastically. I was able to personally observe her progression from just a few words, to eventually phrases and complete sentences. Such an experience ignited a great passion within me to help treat a broad spectrum of communication disorders. To this day, that passion continues to grow, and I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to help others on a day to day basis.

Jimena Calleja
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Jimena Calleja and I am one of the Speech-Language Pathologists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I had the opportunity to graduate from Florida International with a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

As a child, my brother suffered from stuttering. Being the older sister, I was encouraged to participate in his speech therapy sessions with him. I remember going 2-3 times a week to what I called, at the time, his “talking teacher”. I never realized until then how much my brother struggled to communicate his basic wants and needs. This personal experience later became my passion, to help those with communication disorders. As a speech-language pathologist I feel as though I can help others with the ability to communicate with their loved ones and others they may encounter.

 

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Vickie Zamora MS, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Vickie Zamora the new occupational therapist! I graduated with a BS from FIU in Health Sciences and minor in Administration in 2007. I achieved my Masters in OT in 2011 and have specialized in the pediatric field ever since. I have experience working with children with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, seizure disorders, genetic conditions, and more. My experiences also extend to schools and involvement in IEPs.

I am a creative thinker who seeks to think outside the box to engage children in tasks to promote functional development and skill building. I enjoy education and helping parents to build skills to bond with their children and function in all settings.