about us


Margie Avila, M.S., CCC-SLP

Rehabilitation Director of Lake Worth

Margie has a passion for working with children with communication disorders and feeding disorders, and has approximately 20 years’ experience working in the school setting, hospital setting, and private therapy setting.  Through this extensive experience, it has enabled her to work with some of the most challenging children, and she enjoys helping the child and parents overcome challenges.  She specialized in children with both medical and behavioral feeding difficulties, nonverbal children needing an alternative means of communication (AAC), Autism, and children with language disorders who are struggling with school.

Mary Olmstead, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Mary Olmstead is a pediatric speech language pathologist with over thirty years of experience. Mary received her master’s degree from the University of Florida in 1984. She has worked in multidisciplinary rehabilitation settings for most of her career. Mary has been a provider for the Early Steps program for the past fifteen years and was a parent advisor for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. She has been involved with the local cleft palate team, evaluating and making treatment recommendations for children with craniofacial anomalies. She has received advanced training in Auditory Verbal Therapy, feeding disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and speech apraxia. Mary is bilingual (English and Spanish) and knows some American Sign Language.


Luz Rojas, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist

Luz graduated from the University Catholic of Manizales with a Master Degree of Science in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology.  She is experienced with both pediatric and the adult population.  She has worked in a variety of settings including home, school, and rehabilitation. 
Luz's clinical areas of interest include receptive/expressive language disorder, stuttering, phonological/articulation disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, feeding disorders, and vocal cord dysfunction.


Jillian Loburak, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Jillian is a pediatric speech-language pathologist. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors of Science in Education in 2003.  She earned a Masters of Science in Education in 2003.  She earned a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Nova Southeastern University in 2012.  She has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech Sound Disorders, Fluency Disorders and Language Impairments.  She also has experience iwht Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices.  Jillian enjoys enhancing children's language skills by making therapy fun and functional.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Joann Medina, M.A., CF-SLP


Speech and Language Pathologist


Joann is a bilingual (English, Spanish) pediatric speech and language pathologist who has a passion for working with children with a variety of communication disorders.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  She also obtained a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at UCF.  She believes everyone should have a voice and strives to help children find their voice through their speech and language development.  Joann emphasizes the importance of making therapy functional and enjoyable! She also focuses on building relations with each family and kiddo, as it is the key to achieving speech and language goals.  She has experience working with children with a variety of needs including: language disorders, articulation disorders, motor speech disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, APD, AAC, and social/pragmatic disorders.



Jessica Schevchenko, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist

Jessica graduated from Pace University in New York City with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology.  She then completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Brooklyn College.  Jessica works with both pediatric and geriatric patients in a variety of settings.  She loves working in a multi-disciplinary team and believes that parent/caregiver participation and involvement is the key for success in rehabilitation.  When she is not a work, Jessica enjoys kickboxing, going to hockey games, and cooking.


Molly Arbitbol, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Molly was born and raised in Gaithersburg Maryland. She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Hearing and Speech Science from The University of Maryland College Park in 1999. She moved down to Florida in 2000 to attend Nova Southeastern University where she earned a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2003. Throughout her 15 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist, she has worked in a variety of settings including schools, private clinics, home health, PPEC, and Hospital IN Patient and Out Patient settings. She has experience with individuals of all ages with a variety of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Medically Fragile, Feeding Disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, Pragmatic Disorders, and Articulation and Phonological Disorders. She has a passion for working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. When she is not treating, she enjoyes spending time with her 10 year old daughter.

 

Stephanie Herrera, SLPA

Speech and Language Pathology Assistant

Stephanie Herrera graduated from Cal State University Long Beach, CA with a double bachelor in Family Life Education and Human Development, and a minor in Child Development and Family Studies. After working as a preschool teacher and noticing speech delays and disorders, she obtained her license as a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant in Santa Ana. As a bilingual therapist she has used her skills at a nonprofit speech and hearing clinic in Orange, CA and at a private clinic in Long Beach, CA. With a heart for pediatrics, Stephanie strives to work with her clients, and their families, to use their voice throughout various stages of their development. It’s always a process, but the journey is worth the wait!

Manuela Yepes, SLPA

Speech and Language Pathology Assistant

 Manuela is a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Following her graduation, Manuela enrolled in one semester of courses regarding audiology and hearing disorders where she learned about diagnosis and treatment for patients with hearing, central auditory processing, and balance disorders as well as aural rehabilitative strategies for prevention and awareness of hearing loss.  Throughout college and her semester in Audiology, Manuela volunteered and observed in a variety of pediatric settings including Nemour's children's hospital of Orlando, the Mailman center for child development, and several other private practices and clinics.  Manuela has a passion for working with children and is excited for new experiences to come as an employee of PPT!

Regina Reynolds, SLPA

Speech and Language Pathology Assistant


Regina graduated from Florida State University in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Music therapy and Psychology.  She is currently is pursuing a Master'ss degree in Speech and Language Pathology with a research focus on the effects of requesting use of AAC devices for children with Autism.  Regina is a Board certified Music therapist providing services to children with Autism and has worked in the high school setting for Transition as well as held a supervisory position in Respite programs.  Her unique experiences has guided her to fulfill her passion for helping children with speech and communication needs.  Regina's clinical passions include Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices, literacy, articulation, and phonological awareness skills.

Sandra Timm, SLPA
Staff Speech and Language Pathology Assistant

Sandra graduated from Florida State University and received a bachelors degree in Education and a Speech Language Pathology Certification.  She also studied at the University of Granada and received a masters degree in Spanish Language and Culture. Sandra has previously worked as a high school Spanish teacher and shares a passion for language acquisition and working with children.  She enjoys providing therapy to children with articulation and phonological disorders, language delays, feeding, autism spectrum disorders, as well as early intervention.



"The staff at Progressive Pediatrics is experienced, goal orientated, and provides superior care for our son, Chase. The changes in a short time have been huge for us; he is now preparing to use a power wheelchair and is progressing more each day."

 
Sean and Thea