ELIZABETH BARRIOS, MS CCC-SLP
Clinical Director – Owner. Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist. Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist.
Hola, I am originally from the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba. I enjoy living in Florida, the Sunshine State, with my life partner, Manuel and our three daughters, Paola, Lucy and Lucía. Digital communication technology, web design, and music are the friends to whom I dedicate much of my time when I am not at work. I describe my job as a multicultural journey of 25 years through Latin America and the United States, working in the early intervention, private practice, schools, and rehab settings. Immersing myself in a variety of cultures, languages, and accents has motivated me to make a difference with the monolingual and multilingual population from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
I earned my clinical Master in Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida State University in the U.S. I received my Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Special Education (Lic. en Logopedia y Educación Especial) from the Higher Pedagogical Institute, Enrique J. Varona, Havana, Cuba.
English exposure, passion for learning, constant effort, and my faith in God helped me to become a bilingual speech-language pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. I can’t thank enough to all the professionals, parents, clients, and institutions who appreciated and respected my differences. They made a great contribution to my career. That is why my motivation became the mission of specializing in the multicultural population with communication needs.
IT Analyst - Office Manager
Hi, I am a computer programmer applying my skills to facilitate billing and electronic documentation for healthcare providers. I have designed the Easy Steps Billing Software (ESBS), a novel system to speed up the billing process for all Early Steps providers. ESBS comes with convenient extra features that can be applied to the billing department of any small private practice.
I enjoy supporting my wife in this area so she can focus on providing the best quality therapy to children in our community. I was born in Cuba, and my second place is Port St. Lucie. Animal protection is a subject of my interest. My favorite things to do are making train models, collecting train antiques, and visiting abandoned places.
JUAN MIGUEL VIDAL
Web Developer - Digital Marketing
Hi, I’m JM with Creative Web Design. I help professionals bring their businesses to life online using modern templates on a reliable and powerful web hosting. I use my abilities of web designing and digital marketing to make your business stand out on social media. I also help increase the quality and quantity of traffic to your website by working on your SEO.
Born in Cuba with a second home in Mexico, my hobbies include photography and video recording. My twins and my wife are the inspiration of my life. I like traveling, playing drums and percussion instruments, and doing impersonations of people.
WANDA RAMIREZ BS, SLPA, ITDS
Bilingual Speech Therapist. Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist.
I was born in the Caribbean on “Isla del Encanto,”Puerto Rico. I have always highlighted my interest in the well-being of children and the search for the most innovative treatments for the benefit of my clients. Therefore, for a few years I have established my residence here in Florida with my husband Francisco. I am the mother of four wonderful children: Yamil, Yen, Yadhielys and Ybzanis. My passion is God. I love being with family, enjoying therapy time with my clients, and going to the gym.
I obtained a Bachelor in Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude. I am also certified as an Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS), under the Early Steps program.
Always characterized by my professionalism and delivery, my satisfaction has been to integrate all aspects of speech and language development by using play time as a valuable resource to make therapy more attractive for children. I am committed to offering families from different cultures and languages the tools and experiences necessary to reach the maximum potential of each individual. My mission is to provide a service of excellence focused on the family priorities, and based on the available scientific evidence. I am oriented to direct our clients and their families in the process of identifying their particular needs, so they can successfully participate in the activities of daily living in the home, school and community.
DR. SUZY KENEZ, OTD, OTR/L
Bilingual Occupational Therapist
I’m originally from Hungary. I have been residing on the Treasure Coast with my family since 2004. I completed my master’s and doctoral degree in occupational therapy at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences with a special interest in pediatrics and autism. I am currently finishing my doctorate degree in Education.
I have a comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience in sensory integration therapy, handwriting development, gross and fine motor, visual-motor and visual perceptual skill facilitation, specifically pertaining to daily occupation and academic activities. I have also developed and set up two outpatient sensory integration clinics to educate parents and caregivers on specific sensory integration and self-regulation protocols. My experience includes working in schools, homes and outpatient pediatric clinic settings. I am passionate about delivering the highest quality and safest, child-centered occupational therapy care and advocating for access of care for all her clients.
ALINA GONZÁLEZ, BA, TESL
K-12 Certified Spanish Instructor
Hola, me llamo Alina. I am a Certified Spanish Instructor with more than 20 years of teaching experience. I received my Bachelor in Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from the Higher Pedagogical Institute, Frank Pais Garcia, Cuba. I truly believe in the importance of learning a foreign language that is why I decided to spread my love and passion for my native language, earning my Florida Teaching Certificate as a Spanish Instructor.
I have been working for the St Lucie County School District for 12 years, improving my teaching skills and building relationships with my students.
I came from Cuba 15 years ago, with my oldest daughter Alicia and a bag full of dreams. I have lived in Port St Lucie for 11 years where my husband Hever and our three amazing kids Ali, Amy and Isaac feel blessed of being residents of this beautiful city.
I enjoy teaching, helping others, going to church, and travelling with my family and friends.
RITA M. HARRIS, BA, SLPA, CPC, MSW, ITDS
Speech Therapist. Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist
Andrea Brown COTA/L
Hi, I’m Andrea, an Occupational Therapist Assistant, originally from Queens, New York. I have three lovely children, and a Yorkie named Chanel.
I’ve been working with children on the Autism Spectrum, as well as other diagnoses for 6 years. My passion is working with children to help them progress to their fullest potential which includes enhancing fine motor and gross motor coordination skills using a cognitive/behavioral approach, assisting children with self- awareness and sensory needs.
I love Occupational Therapy, and all of our undercover geniuses with super powers!
Laura DeVito MS.Ed, ITDS
Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist
Hi, I’m Laura, a bilingual Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist. I also have my permanent certification in Special Education for the state of Florida and New York.
I completed my dual Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Psychology from Dominican College, a private Catholic College in upstate New York. I went on to get my Masters in Education from Long Island University. I worked for several years as an ESE lead teacher for a center-based program. I then went to work for Early Steps in Westchester and Rockland County, New York.
In 2002 I gave birth to twin boys following only a 34-week gestation. Due to their premature birth, our sons qualified and received Early Intervention. When our children turned one, we decided to relocate to Florida, where my husband Jason and I cultivated our Service Dog business SDT Experts.
In 2019 I was introduced to Elizabeth Barrios, the owner of Bilingual Key Therapy. I was very impressed with her reputation and her company’s ability to serve culturally diverse families. I felt my passion for providing Early Intervention in conjunction with my intimate understanding of parental needs made working for Bilingual Key Therapy a natural progression in my professional development.