Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Accolades, Award or Notable Achievements
- ACE Award 2016
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
“I challenge my kids and never believe that the test scores are a reflection of the fullest potential.”
My humble beginnings began in New York City. I was raised by a strong unit of women (my mother, grandmother, aunts, and grand-aunts). Throughout my childhood it was instilled in me that the formula of hard work, perseverance, humility, and more hard work would be the key to my success. Initially when those traits were being taught to me through different life experiences I was skeptical, but as I observed the women in my life ride of the waves of life’s highs and lows it gradually became apparent they were right and continue to be right. So, of course I have humbly admitted this fact to each of them on countless occasions. I did countless research to find a school and I thankfully stumbled upon Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. By July I received the admissions letter and we eagerly planned our visit to Saint Xavier. From then on I never looked back and three years later I graduated Cum Laude with my Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
My next hurdle was grad school. After endless studying for the GRE’s and taking the test, I applied to a few schools only to get waitlisted. In the summer of 2009 I received notification that Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, accepted me. September 2012 beaming with as much pride and joy as my family. I could not have done it without them. Fast forward to working as an SLPA in a private practice while going through grad school. I passed my Praxis exam with a lot of studying and prayers, completed my clinical fellowship, and is now transitioning to my own private practice.
I diligently work with the families of my parents to educate them on the qualities that their child has. I tell them to not get bogged down on the weaknesses because none of us are superhuman but work with me to help develop their “best self” each of them has the potential for. Sure, it will take time and will not always be smooth sailing, but each child has great potential and that should not and will not be overshadowed because my focus is and will continue to be, impacting their life positively given my opportunity to work with them. As I travel this journey of being an independent practitioner I envision growing a multi-disciplinary practice which would include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Psychology. Will my practice be in my current location of Florida or another state? I don’t know. But what I do know for sure is I’m traveling this journey luckily with an amazing entourage of my family both direct and extended (my patients) and the formula that has led me to this point. The highs and lows will come but I will treat those two impostors just the same and fill as many moments with laughter and joy.