Kirsten has always strived to stay up-to-date on the latest research and evidence-based practices. In 2001, Kirsten earned her National Board Teaching Certificate as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, focusing on students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Kirsten truly loves working with her clients and their families as well as providing local, state, and national trainings for educators, other team members, and families to further enhance early intervention and appropriate referrals as well as increase the carryover of skills learned in therapy.
Kirsten Schwarz Olmedo is the Director or Design Therapy of Miami, she was born and raised in Miami, FL and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Florida. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University where she is currently completing her doctoral degree in education with a major in speech-language pathology. Her current research focuses on the language-literacy connection.
Kirsten has also worked with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 14 years servicing elementary, middle, and high school students. Kirsten is fluent in American Sign Language, serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami within the College of Education, and also provides baby sign language workshops for parents and families.
Grace Homeidan Robert was born and raised in Miami, FL. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement from Florida International University; she went on to teach second grade for almost five years. During that time, one of her close friends was recovering from a traumatic brain injury. With her love for helping people, she did the most she could to help her friend learn how to speak and walk again. It wasn’t until then, that she decided to merge her love for medicine and teaching. She was encouraged to pursue her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at Florida International University. During her graduate studies there, she had the privilege of working in a variety of settings that include: hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and pediatric clinics. She completed her Clinical Fellowship at a pediatric clinic and later went on to work for the school system. Grace is a bilingual therapist dedicated to providing research based speech and language therapy to children of all ages in order for them to reach their fullest potential.
Stefanie Saliba Sylvesterwas born in Miami but had the unique opportunity of living in Haiti as a child where she learned the importance of empathy and compassion at a very young age. She is fluent in English, French, and Creole and can speak some Spanish thanks to her Cuban American Husband. She has spent the majority of her life living in Miami where she graduated High School from Westminster Christian School and completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Occupational therapy at Florida International University. During that time, she participated in clinical fieldwork experiences at various settings and clinics including outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, mental health, and pediatric therapy services. She was drawn towards the holistic principals and client centered care that occupational therapy has to offer and it has been her passion for the past 6 years. She loves to brag that she has the best job in the world, working and playing with children and young adults because she is a kid at heart.
Anthony J. Rodriguez, fluent in English and Spanish, was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Following that, he returned to FIU to pursue his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. During his time at FIU, Anthony was exposed to different settings in his clinical fieldwork. These included outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, inpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, mental health, and community programs. Since graduating, Anthony has been working in both outpatient rehabilitation and pediatrics. Recently, he has taken an increased interest in sensory processing disorders. Anthony considers himself lucky to be a professional in a field which strives to have a positive lasting impact on the lives of others.
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