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Meet Our Team

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Luz E Gaona

MS, CCC-SLP

Luz Gaona, MS, CCC-SLP, es la fundadora de Southshore Bilingual Therapy, Inc. Es patóloga bilingüe del habla y el lenguaje y propietaria de Southshore Bilingual Therapy, Inc. Recibió su maestría en Ciencias y Trastornos de la Comunicación de la Universidad Estatal de Florida. . Luz ha brindado terapia del habla y del lenguaje en una variedad de entornos que incluyen el hogar, preescolar, guardería, escuela pública, instalaciones para personas mayores y clínica ambulatoria del hospital. Sus decisiones clínicas se basan en la práctica basada en la evidencia y cree en mirar al niño en su totalidad cuando se adaptan las metas a cada niño en particular. Luz ha recibido formación en PROMPT nivel 1 Capacitada, DIR Floortime® y liberación miofacial. ¡Está encantada de trabajar con el equipo de terapeutas cariñosos, profesionales y apasionados de Southshore Bilingual Therapy, Inc. para ayudar a los niños y sus familias a alcanzar su máximo potencial! A lo largo de su carrera profesional, ha trabajado con niños, adolescentes y adultos con una variedad de diagnósticos y trastornos del habla y el lenguaje, como trastornos de la articulación y fonológicos, trastornos de la fluidez, retrasos expresivos/receptivos, trastornos pragmáticos, autismo, síndrome de Down, paladar hendido. , accidente cerebrovascular, lesiones cerebrales traumáticas y parálisis cerebral. Ha trabajado en clínicas privadas, así como en centros de rehabilitación para pacientes ambulatorios junto con terapeutas de otras disciplinas y está ansiosa por poder continuar haciéndolo en Southshore Bilingual Therapy, Inc. A Luz le apasiona crear un ambiente seguro y divertido donde los niños puedan encontrar su voz y alcanzar su máximo potencial mediante el uso de programas de terapia funcional y al mismo tiempo asegurarse de que las familias/cuidadores participen en cada paso del camino. En su tiempo libre, Luz se relaja en la cocina aprendiendo nuevas recetas, practicando yoga, viajando, explorando el aire libre y pasando tiempo con familiares y amigos.

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Eunice E. Arias
B.A., SLPA

Eunice E. Arias, B.A. SLPA, is a pediatric speech language pathology assistant at Southshore Bilingual Therapy, Inc. Eunice is a first generation college graduate who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of South Florida. She initiated her career in speech language therapy at a private school setting working with autistic children with a variation of speech-language disorders. Eunice is an advocate for the bilingual and underrepresented population in speech-language therapy. She has presented in FL-ASHA advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of speech language pathology. Eunice is passionate in the evidence based practice that bilingualism does not cause a speech-language delay. Eunice enjoys spending time outdoors kayaking, watching sunrises at the beach, spending time with her puppy and traveling. 

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Anacarolina Berben
SLP-A, B.S.

Anacarolina Berben, SLPA. is a bilingual pediatric speech language pathologist assistant at Southshore Bilingual Therapy, Inc. She acquired her bachelors in Health Sciences with a concentration in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida. Anacarolina was inspired by the field of speech pathology after experiencing the positive impact her brother’s speech pathologist made in his life. Her goal is to provide children with tools for better enrichment and success in life. Anacarolina enjoys Pilates, indulging in gluten-free snacks and spending time with family and friends during her free time.

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Iris Frazier
OTD, OTR/L

Iris Frazier, OTD R/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist at Southshore Bilingual Therapy Inc. She graduated from her Doctorate program at Gannon University located in Ruskin, Florida with a focus in Pediatric Sensory Feeding therapy. She has always had a passion for working with kids and turning work into play. In her free time, Iris enjoys lifting weights, reading, and spending quality time with her dog, Piper.

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Jennifer Torres
COTA/ L.

I became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) to satisfy my heart for healing and to express my innate creativity to help people achieve independence in life.

I graduated from Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York, in 2001, with an Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. I am registered with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy since 2001. Beginning my career in NY, I have 20+ years of clinical experience in diversified fields, including geriatrics and pediatrics in private clinics, rehab facilities and home health. This diverse experience has afforded me the knowledge and opportunities to provide Occupational based interventions for my clients success to achieve the highest functional independence in their lives. I love spending time with my family traveling and being outdoors. The beach, the soccer field, and arts and crafts keep me busy in my spare time.

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Juliana Galarza-Mercado
COTA/L

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Juliana Galarza-Mercado, COTA/L is a bilingual pediatric occupational therapy assistant at Southshore Bilingual Therapy Inc. She acquired her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of South Florida, and recently graduated from Keiser University with her Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has always had a passion for working with kids, and her goal is to help each child live meaningful and functional lives and learn skills through play. In her free time, she enjoys photography, reading, hiking, traveling, and going to the beach. 

Our Patient Coordinators

Patient Care Coordinators assess, plan, and advocate for the patients’ health needs. As trained healthcare professionals, they monitor and coordinate patients’ treatment plans, guide them to comprehend the status of their progress. They answer patient calls, emails and questions, including finding insurance estimates and providing community resources. Our team confidentially manages patient accounts, schedule patient visits, and answer pre-visit questions, about billing, requirements, and more, while ensuring compliance with professional standards & regulatory protocols. 

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