Owners

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Jennifer Osorio, M.S., CCC-SLP

President

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Jennifer Osorio and I am the president and one of the treating and supervising Speech-Language Pathologists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. Most importantly I am a wife to Alfredo Piedra, a mother to our dog Yogi Bear, and our two beautiful daughters, Alia and Aileen.

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).

Alfredo Piedra

Co-Founder

Marketing Director

My name is Alfredo (Freddy) Piedra, cofounder of Exceptional Speech Therapy. More importantly, I am a husband to my beautiful wife, Jennifer Osorio, and father to two beautiful girls, Alía and Aileen.

In 2011, I began my Sports Marketing career with the Florida Marlins as an intern in their marketing department. In 2012, I was hired by the marketing department as a Mobile Marketing Specialist. My responsibilities were promoting the new Miami Marlins brand and the new Marlins Ballpark (at that time) with their state of the art mobile marketing unit. Furthermore, I was responsible for season ticket sales, promotional events, operating game activities during games and connecting with the South Florida community.

After my time with the Marlins, I finished my career in Sports working at a global sports marketing agency called Wasserman Media Group. At Wasserman, I worked as a consultant in the multicultural department. My responsibilities were to consult our clients (sports leagues, teams, brands, athletes, etc.) to connect with the multicultural market by establishing breakthrough innovative ideas and activations, exceptional service and business development. 

Sports and marketing have always been a passion of mine, however, there was still one area I wanted to pursue, Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, my wife and I decided to join forces and launch our own speech therapy practice, as we felt this was a good opportunity  our for our family. Our vision was to establish a first class practice that provided exceptional speech and occupational therapy services, in a family friendly atmosphere with outstanding customer service for our clients. I am proud to say we have exceeded expectations. 


Team Leaders


Giselle La Rosa, M.S., CCC-SLP

Director of Clinical Services

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Giselle La Rosa and I am the Director of Clinical Services and one of the treating bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated with honors in 2012 from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Soon after graduating and after receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Army, I received my state license as a bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in 2013. After a couple of years of treating children with speech and language disorders at a private practice in Miami, I had no doubt at all that this was the career path I was meant to be in. I have since graduated from Florida International University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology with a bilingual and bi-cultural emphasis.  Additionally, 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).

Since graduating, my passion for learning has never stopped. I received my Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) Level 1 Training and have attended various workshops to further help the population I treat, including workshops on treating Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I believe that communication is the foundation of all human relationships which is why I encourage family participation in order to facilitate carryover of strategies and techniques to use at home and school. I am so very proud of being a part of Exceptional Speech Therapy and look forward to helping your family.

When I am not working or thinking about Exceptional Speech Therapy, I enjoy family time with my husband and our daughter, binging television series, remodeling our home, exploring new places, and planning our next trip together.

 

Carolina Nuñez, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lead Speech Therapy Supervisor

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Carolina Nuñez and I am a Lead Supervisor and treating bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I am a Florida state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and hold my Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC’s) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

While pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development, I worked as a VPK teacher where I met a little boy who opened my eyes to the amazing field of Speech-Language Pathology. The special thing about him was that he never spoke, at least not in my classroom. He apparently did not stop talking at home. Nonetheless, I did my research and learned that what he was experiencing was known as selective mutism. I was able to see this drawn out young boy slowly come alive in front of others and come out of his shell fully.

I graduated from Florida International University where I earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since then I have gained experience in various settings with pediatric and adult populations and have been trained in “Prompts for Restructuring Oral and Muscular Phonetic Targets” (PROMPT). With this training, I have a broader knowledge of how to holistically treat motor speech disorders in children.

Through all of my experiences, I have learned the importance of working with the patients and also the equal importance of working with their families. Part of my job is to create a professional, compassionate, and friendly environment for them, which is a skill needed as an SLP, but more importantly, a sense of wanting to help others is my human nature.


Ana Garcia Oronoz, M.S., OTR/L

Lead Occupational Therapy Supervisor

Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed

My name is Ana Garcia and I am the Lead Occupational Therapy Supervisor and a bilingual Licensed Occupational Therapist Registered. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When I was originally pursuing psychology, I tutored 3 amazing children who demonstrated difficulties in their academic performance. At that time, it was difficult for me to identify the reason for their challenges. Then, I realized that I wanted to positively impact children in their main occupations of daily living. I became more passionate about Occupational Therapy during one of my volunteering experiences where I was  impressed with the impact this profession has in the daily life, self-esteem and quality of life of many people.

I then earned my master’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Since then, I have worked with adults in rehabilitation centers and with children in pediatric outpatient clinics. I have mainly worked with children with developmental delays, sensory integration disorder characteristics, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I’m currently working on my Sensory Integration Certification in order to further provide children with the most effective therapeutic sessions with supported foundations.


Jessica Torres

Office Manager

My name is Jessica Torres and I am the office manager at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I currently hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida International University. My job as an office manager consists of many things, including assisting patient’s families through phone calls, scheduling, authorizations, in-person, etc. I enjoy being able to help those seeking speech and occupational therapy by assisting them throughout the journey of enhancing their communication and daily lives.


Speech Therapy Department


Evelyn Parra, M.S., CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Evelyn Parra and I am one of the treating and supervising Speech-Language Pathologists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from Florida International University with a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I received my Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) Level 1 Training and have attended various workshops to further help the population I treat.

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.


Rebecca Brito, M.S., CF-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Hello! My name is Rebecca Brito. I attended Florida International University and graduated Cum Laude with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. My dream was always to find a career that allowed me to help others be heard. In my search, I found Speech-Language Pathology and returned to Florida International University to complete the graduate certificate program in Speech Pathology. Upon completion of the graduate certificate program, I was accepted into the Master’s program and graduated with my Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. 

I have worked in a variety of settings including preschools/daycares, homes, clinics, and a rehabilitation hospital. I have served individuals of all ages with receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, social/pragmatic disorders, aphasia, dysphagia, voice disorders, and Parkinson’s Disease.

I currently live in Miami, Florida with my husband, two dogs, and bunny. I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family. I have also recently begun to enjoy traveling and hope to visit many more beautiful places!


Maria Dreseris, M.S., CF-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Hello, my name is Maria Dreseris and I am one of the treating SLPs at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from Florida International University with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. When I was little, my youngest brother received speech therapy. I was able to see the value of therapy first hand and it influenced my decision to pursue a career in Speech Pathology. Therapy effects the child and family immensely and as a bilingual-speech therapist, I am able to serve the multicultural melting pot that is South Florida. When I am not at Exceptional Speech Therapy, I enjoy staying at home with my husband and two dogs, Penny and Robert. When I am not in Miami, I enjoy traveling and aim to visit all of the national parks of the United States.


Cassandra Edmond, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Cassandra Edmond, and I am a treating Speech-Language Pathologist at Exceptional Speech Therapy. My passion for speech therapy began during my six years of working as an after-school teacher at Devon Aire Elementary.  During this significant part of my life, I supported children with many different disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder, and intellectual disability, to name a few. Through these incredible children, I realized my self-worth and positive impact being delivered by providing simple, everyday skills for learning and developing their articulation. At that moment, I fell in love with speech and children simultaneously. 

In December of 2015, I graduated from Florida International University with my Bachelors of Science in Child Development. I then continued at Florida International University to pursue a Masters in Speech Language Pathology where I graduated in July of 2019. Speech is the most important aspect of daily life, as it helps us express our ideas and feelings through verbal and non-verbal communication. Speech Language Pathology, to me, is a field in which passion and profession join together. I view Speech Language Pathology as a fulfilling, rewarding, and empowering career. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the progress and the joy in my children and their families.

On my spare time, I teach hip hop dance class to children ranging from 12-18 and also teach an all women’s inspirational hip hop fitness class. I also enjoy spending time with my family/friends/boyfriend, exercising, traveling the world, and watching movies on Netflix. 


Andrea Scola, M.S., CF-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Andrea. I graduated from University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders with a Bilingual Extension in Spanish, from New York University. I am extremely passionate about working with children and promoting environments that instill confidence in their communication skills and, most importantly, in themselves. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing children smile and laugh, and I feel the best way to do that is by helping them find their voice. I am excited to work at Exceptional Speech Therapy, a place that is dedicated to building meaningful relationships with children and families. For fun, I love to hang out with my family and friends, play guitar, go to farmer’s markets, and cuddle with my dog!


Claudia Tejera Hernandez, M.S., CF-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Claudia Tejera Hernandez and I am a treating Speech Language Pathologist at Exceptional Speech Therapy. My passion for speech and language therapy began during my high school years where I had the opportunity to volunteer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. During those years, I had the opportunity to interact with speech language pathologists and the family of many children receiving the services, I soon fell in love with the field. After completing a certificate in communication sciences, I knew this was the career path I wanted to take. After obtaining a Master’s degree from Florida International University I am able to do what I love, which is helping others!


Ashley Espinosa, B.S., SLPA

Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Assistant

My name is Ashley Espinosa and I am one of the treating SLPAs at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from FIU with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently applying for my Masters in Speech Language Pathology.  I’ve always known I wanted to work with children and when I saw firsthand the impact an SLP can make in a child’s life I knew I had found my passion. Working with kids and helping them overcome the obstacles they face with communication skills is my goal. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, playing soccer, and going to the beach. 


Marianela Medina, B.A., SLPA

Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Assistant

My name is Marianela Medina. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from FIU and decided to further my education by pursuing their graduate certificate in Communication Science and Disorders. Upon the completion of the graduate certificate I decided to become a licensed SLPA. Thus, this has allowed me to become a treating SLPA in providing Exceptional Speech Therapy.

My passion for this field emerged a while back when I was completing my bachelor’s degree in special education in my hometown. As I began to teach as an intern in my hometown, I realized that no matter how much effort I would input or how well I prepared my lesson my students would not improve much. Compared to the students who were improving at a much faster rate because they had been receiving speech language therapy. Therefore, I decided to investigate the job description of a speech and language pathologist. Once, I read their job description I immediately fell in love with the field.I strongly believe that being able to communicate, express needs, wants and feelings, regardless of someone’s age, result in happier and less anxious individuals. Hence, I would like to help people of all ages to achieve this in their lives.


Occupational Therapy Department


Veronica Hernandez, M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed

My name is Veronica Hernandez and I’m an Occupational Therapist at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from Florida International University in December of 2018. My interest in occupational therapy began due to my love for working with children and need to be creative in my profession.  I have had the pleasure of working at EST since April of 2018 and love the opportunity to work with each one of our patients every day. As time has progressed, I am blessed to be in a profession that challenges me to problem solve in order to meet the needs of my patients and permits me to impact their quality of life. My passion for occupational therapy continues to grow and I thank each parent for allowing me to be a part of their child’s journey. 


Mildre Snellings, M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed

My name is Mildre Snellings, I am one of the treating Occupational Therapists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor in Business Administration specializing in Human Resource Management. As I moved up the corporate ladder I began to feel the need to do more for my community. Unbeknownst to me I would soon become part of a family that had cared for and continues to care for a child with special needs. This cemented my decision to go back to school to pursue a career in occupational therapy. In May 2018 I graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Barry University. As I grow and evolve as a clinician my mission is to continue enabling my patients to engage in the meaningful activities of daily life.


Nicole Antomarchy, M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed

My name is Nicole Antomarchy and I am one of the treating Occupational Therapists at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from Keiser University with a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. My journey working with children began as a teacher’s assistant in a private school for children with special needs. During my time as a teacher’s assistant I worked closely with therapists of various disciplines to provide my students with accommodations and an environment in which they could excel. This experience inspired me to pursue a career in occupational therapy to further my knowledge and expand my ability to help others. 


Administrative Staff


Melissa Garay

Billing Coordinator

Greetings! My name is Melissa Garay. I am the Billing Coordinator here at Exceptional Speech Therapy. I graduated from Miami Dade College on May 2019 with a Bachelors’ degree in Special Education for K-12 settings and have recently begun my Master’s degree at Carlos Albizu University for Speech and Language Pathology. My passion and innate ability to work closely with special needs children and their families has allowed me to ignite the drive to pursue a career as a Speech and Language Pathologist. During my undergraduate degree, I aimed to provide effective techniques that were both individualized and strategic for my students. I take pride in my work and look forward to helping future patients reach their speech and language goals! 

Karla Lopez-Silvero

Receptionist

Hi, my name is Karla Lopez-Silvero and I am currently finishing my bachelors degree at Florida International University. I am majoring in Special Education and have worked with kids practically my whole life. I have worked in different schools, as well as, private tutorings to help kids in different aspects. I have recently come across the field of speech and occupational therapy and it’s caught my eye, especially the role of the Occupational Therapist. I like the efforts to help patients of all ages improve or maintain skills for day-to-day activities and well-being. I hope to pursue that career path as I move closer to starting my masters.