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Meet Our Team

Monica Belanger, OTR/L, CAS

CEO of Dedicated Pediatric Therapy

 I am a pediatric occupational therapist and Certified Autism Specialist.  All my life I have been shaped by challenging the standard.  While following my most important values of excellence and service, Dedicated Pediatric Therapy challenges the standard of pediatric home health in South Florida. We strive to serve our community with a high level of excellence which is what makes our services stand out from the rest. 

I was born and raised in Maine and attended Husson University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. After my coursework curriculum I moved to Florida to pursue my clinical rotations in OT.  Over the years I have experienced working in many different settings including skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric hospitals, clinics, home health, and early intervention. I love working with children of all ages and do all that I can to ensure my kids are enjoying therapy.  My most rewarding days include when a child achieves a skill they may have previously thought was impossible, but by adapting the environment and building strength and coordination, we are able to achieve almost anything!  I enjoy cooking, traveling, kayaking in the Florida Keys, volunteering, and fostering dogs from our local cocker spaniel rescue.  I absolutely love every day of my job and look forward to seeing my kids make progress in all areas of their lives!

Elizabeth Peller, OTR/L

Hi! My name is Ms. Beth. I have been an occupational therapist for the past 5 years and I absolutely love being an OT! Being a part of this special needs community has allowed me to discover a whole new meaning to the words “love” and “acceptance”. Knowing that I get to go into work everyday and play with some of the most loving children makes my job a pretty rewarding one. Children with special needs are some of the most accepting children. They don’t see differences. They find beauty and fun in everything they do, and even some of the simplest of joys, can mean a world of excitement to the children I’m lucky enough to work with. Their unique and authentic outlook has opened my eyes to cherishing and celebrating every triumph, no matter how big or small. Their tenacity and strength inspires me to be better in my life and profession. With all of the families I work with, I recognize and accept the responsibility I have, to not only be their child’s therapist, but also their friend; A coach, a cheerleader, and a confidant.

Robin Gordon, O​TR/L​

Hi, my name is Robin. I’ve been an OT for many years, and I am passionate about working with children. I was born and raised in Philly, graduated from Temple University, and worked in a variety of pediatric settings in PA. I moved out of Philly to enjoy family life and raise my children in the suburbs. After life’s twists and turns, I fled the cold and snow and here I am in South Florida. I live on the beach, with my husband and (a very spoiled) Maltese mix. Once I took the necessary steps to acquire my license to practice in Florida, I began evaluating and treating kiddos in Broward County. I was fortunate enough to meet Monica, the founder of DPT, and was thrilled when I was invited to become a member of her team. Working with children and their families inside the home provides the opportunity to formulate goals and treatment plans that are geared specifically toward the child’s needs, as well as those of the entire family. Engaging siblings in treatment sessions often teaches them an understanding of what we are trying to accomplish and why. Having been on both sides of the IEP table, I understand the stress from both perspectives, as a parent and as a therapist. We must be aware that it’s not only the needs of the child, but those of the entire family that should be considered. Effective communication is key to a positive outcome.

Trisha Sundberg, OTR/L

Hi! My name is Trish Sundberg and I am an OTR/L. I’m a true Floridian as I was born and raised right here in South Florida. I graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Since then, my professional experience includes working in the nonprofit sector providing vocational rehabilitation services to transitioning adolescents and adults with various disabilities. In 2020, I graduated from the University of St. Augustine earning my master’s in occupational therapy. What I love about OT and working in pediatrics is how flexible and innovative therapeutic sessions can be. While children think they are just playing, meaningful, thoughtful, therapeutic activities are carefully utilized to effectively guide children through their progression of development and growth. Together, we are able to create fun experiences while working to reach their therapeutic goals. I am so excited to be a part of the DPT team and to experience the potential, growth, and development of each one of my clients. In my spare time, you can find me practicing yoga, walking my two dogs (Mox and Abe), or in the kitchen testing out new recipes.

Allison Smalling, COTA & SLPA

I am Allison Smalling and I am an Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology Assistant. My professional background started with classroom teaching in Florida, South Korea and Abu Dhabi. Now I am providing evidence based therapy from several approaches. Pediatrics is my passion and I enjoy providing opportunities for children to evolve. I take the role of a therapist advocating, collaborating, empathizing, encouraging, instructing and problem solving to heart daily. DPT is a great to team and I am happy to be a part of it.

Alyeri Davila, COTA

My Name is Alyeri Davila, but everyone calls me Aly. I graduated from Keiser University as an occupational therapist assistant in 2012. I’ve been working in pediatric settings since I graduated and I really enjoy providing services to kids who need my help. One of the things I enjoy working in this setting is to see the progress of my patients after each re-evaluation. I love to get parents involve in therapy as well as in the progress of each patient. I also love to provide parents with tools to carryover at home. I recently graduated as an occupational therapist and I’m getting ready to take my state board soon. I’m always eager to learn from my colleagues and other professionals. I believe that we never stop learning in this life, and we can always learn from everyone. My goal is to become knowledgeable to provide the best service to my clients.

Silvia Azcarate, CCC-SLP

Silvia Azcárate M.S., CCC-SLP brings her experience to Dedicated Pediatric Therapy by treating children through the teletherapy platform. She treats articulation disorders, language disorders, dysphagia, aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, phonological disorders, voice disorders, and provides cognitive retraining. Silvia graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the State of Florida in Speech-Language Pathology. With a second Master’s degree in early intervention, Silvia addresses the needs of children birth to 5 in a holistic manner. Her passion lies in working with children with different levels of ability, finding creative ways to carryover skills from the virtual platform to the home environment, and empowering parents through education. 

Amy Cole, CCC-SLP

Amy Cole is a nationally certified and Florida state licensed Speech Language Pathologist. Since 2011, she has been working to improve the communication and quality of life of her clients. Amy earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida, and her master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University. Amy has provided services in schools, home health, hospitals, pediatric private practice, equine therapy, and outpatient rehab centers. She has had the opportunity to work with an extensive variety of populations and disorders, in clients aged 6 months through 90+ years. She loves working with both adults and children, and her specialty areas of focus are Dysphagia, Language Disorders, and Alternative Augmentative Communication. Amy is a South Florida native. She is a mom of two and enjoys being outdoors. Her goal is to support and collaborate with parents and caregivers while providing the highest quality treatment techniques to her clients.

Katherine Barralaga, SLPA

Katherine Barralaga was born and raised in South Florida.  She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked as an SLPA in a variety of settings including public schools, private clinics and home health. Katherine loves working with children and being able to make a difference in their lives.  Some of her other passions include writing children's books, holistic health, and animals.

Our values include excellence and service.

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Are you a creative, energetic, and reliable therapist? Are you wanting a job that gives you the freedom to create your own schedule, choose your clients, choose the areas you travel to, and provides exceptional supervision & mentorship? At Dedicated Pediatric Therapy we're committed to our therapist's professional development and job satisfaction just as much as we're committed to our client's success.

If you have a passion for pediatrics, are flexible for patient needs, and are willing to give 110% when it comes to advocating for and treating your patients with the utmost respect, dignity, and compassion- please send your resume to the email below.

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