Meet Our Team

Occupational Therapists

Amy Perry, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Director of Therapy
Amy received her degree in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. She has worked with children in the hospital, home, school, aquatic, and outpatient settings. She and husband, Bill, launched Foundations Therapy in 2003. Their passion is to provide a family atmosphere, quality therapy, and to be a resource for those in need. Amy specializes in the area of Sensory Processing Disorder and does presentations within the community. She has received extensive training in various therapeutic strategies, such as Astronaut Training, Brain Gym®, Therapeutic Listening®, Balametrics, oral motor techniques, handling, Handwriting Without Tears®, Getting It Write, and infant massage. She is Certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), Certified Trainer in Interactive Metronome®, Certified in Advanced Therapeutic Listening®, Certified in Infant Massage, and Certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Protocol. In her spare time, she chases after her three school-age boys. She enjoys relaxation at the park, fishing, and staying cool in a pool. She also enjoys anything outdoors where her boys can run and be boys!

Vicki Stevenson, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Vicki received her degree in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University London and has been a practicing OT for over 20 years, working in both Britain and America. She specializes in treating children with a range of differences including Sensory Processing Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Executive Function Disorders, fine motor/handwriting differences, and behavioral issues. She has received comprehensive training in various therapeutic strategies including Sensory Integration, The Neurokinesthetic Approach, Handwriting Without Tears®, Brain Gym®, Approach to Developmental Coordination Disorder, The TEACCH Program and Sydney Chu’s Handwriting Program. When Vicki is not busy at Foundations Therapy, she is chasing after her own two wonderful teenage sons who play three sports each!


Saige Abrams, OTD, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Saige is a Florida native from Cape Coral. She recently moved to the Dunedin area with her four-legged best friend, Sawyer. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Family & Child Sciences from Florida State University (Go Noles!), Saige earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She completed a residency in academia where she assisted with teaching a doctorate-level pediatrics course. Saige has a new-found love for travel and learning from other cultures after some international occupational therapy experiences in Spain, Peru, and Jamaica during her time in graduate school. Saige is known for her big heart and warm personality, especially when working together with children and families to help meet their goals. When Saige has down time, she loves to recharge by spending time outside with her pup, practicing yoga, and spending quality time with friends and family. As a member of the Foundations Therapy family, Saige shares her open heart and mind with the children and families she encounters. She has a zest and passion for sharing her expertise of occupational therapy within the Clearwater community!


JoAnna Poyssick, MS, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

JoAnna has been working as an OT for 5+ years in the Cayman Islands and New Jersey at pediatric outpatient clinics, as well as schools. She is trained in many of the treatment and sensory processing programs already at Foundations Therapy. She especially loves the area of Sensory Processing and how the visual and auditory systems connect for learning. She has experience with programs for executive functioning, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, Astronaut Training, and Lindamood Bell Seeing Stars. She can’t wait to collaborate with the other therapists and work with the children and families in Florida! In her free time, she loves to spend time with family that live in Clearwater and outdoor life.


Andrea Schutz, LOT

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Andrea graduated with a degree in occupational therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University. She has a history working in the field of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital where she supervised Occupational Therapy students for 7 years. She has worked in the school system for over 20 years. She specializes in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She has a listening ear that allows her to meet the child and family right where they are and help them. Andrea enjoys dancing, music, and taking a stroll on beautiful Clearwater Beach at sunset.


Kristin W Dawson, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Kristin received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida and has been a practicing pediatric therapist for over 20 years. She holds two minors from Florida State University in Child Development and Child and Adolescent Psychology. Kristin has worked in the hospital, school, home, outpatient, aquatic and hippo therapy settings. Kristin currently specializes in the area of Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD/ADHD, learning differences, executive function disorder, dysgraphia, and behavior management. She has extensive training in various handwriting programs including Getting It Write, Loops ‘N Groups, Handwriting Without Tears®, Vision Therapy Training and Treatment, Sensory Processing Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Craniosacral Therapy, Aquatic Therapy and Hippotherapy. Kristin provides workshops in the community and school settings. She is a Certified Early Intervention Specialist and Certified Educator of Infant Massage. In her free time, Kristin loves to cheer on her three children at their various sports and activities. She loves the outdoors and enjoys photography.


Physical Therapist

Emily Goldman, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Emily received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University. She is passionate about working with the pediatric population. Emily has a background with handling techniques, assessing for orthotic and DME needs with patients, and working with the entire family to build a team-based approach which starts with the parent and child. Emily is working with various local companies and vendors to connect the needs of the child with the equipment and resources available within our community. Since Pinellas County has been her home throughout her life, she is passionate about connecting the patients and families with the fun, active resources this county has to offer. Emily states, “I love how every day brings something new!” In her free time, she enjoys the beach, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.


Speech-Language Pathologists

Bill Perry, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Director of Business
Bill received his Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. Bill has worked in private clinic, outpatient, inpatient, public school, private school, and preschool settings. He specializes in language literacy and children with feeding challenges. Bill utilizes techniques from multiple Orton-Gillingham based dyslexia interventions. He is a certified Barton Reading and Spelling System® tutor. He is trained in Lindamood Bell’s LiPS® , Seeing Stars® , and Visualizing and Verbalizing® programs, and the Wilson Reading System®. Bill is also a member of The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and the Florida Chapter of IDA. To keep up with current research, he attends conferences relating to dyslexia on an annual basis.

With feeding, Bill uses an oral sensory approach in his therapy sessions. Bill is certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, and has attended advanced trainings in SOS. He is trained in TalkTools’® Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, Oral Placement Therapy, Oral Motor Therapy: Assessment and Program Plan Development, and Jaw Stability programs. Bill also implements oral motor exercises from the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Bill is a Certified Interactive Metronome® Trainer.

Bill was a high school teacher and coach of multiple sports. He and his wife Amy have three active boys. He enjoys playing tennis and fishing.

Rachel Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Rachel joined us from Pennsylvania and received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2018. Prior to joining the Foundations Therapy team, she worked in a clinic in Frederick, Maryland. She has experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders, including articulation and phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, developmental delays, expressive and receptive language skills, and fluency disorders. Rachel is PROMPT® and DIR® Floortime™ trained. In her free time, Rachel spends time with friends and family and enjoys going to the beach.


Kelsey O’Brien, MS,CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelsey received her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She has experience working in the outpatient, school, and home settings. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Tampa in 2011 where she met her husband. She has a younger sister with special needs that she loves very much and may be the reason this field is near and dear to her heart. Kelsey enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling, playing kickball, and playing with her two dogs, Olive and Abby.


Kristi Stearns, M.S., CCC-SLP  

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Kristi received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University with a Psychology Minor. Shortly after, she moved to Massachusetts, where she earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University. Kristi had resided in Boston and New York City for most of her professional career and was excited to join the Foundations family, moving back to her hometown! She has experience working with both children and adults within clinical, medical, and academic settings. Kristi has recently worked for programs treating pediatric and young adult populations with autism spectrum disorders with a concentration in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) special-interest group for AAC. She also has experience with Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary and is PROMPT trained. Kristi co-manages and makes content for her communication blog in her free time. She also loves to be outdoors, whether it is kayaking at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin or going for long walks with her boxer pup in downtown Palm Harbor, FL.

Lisa Stratton, MA, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Lisa graduated with her degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Florida. She has experience working in the outpatient, school, and home settings. She enjoys working with children in the areas of oral motor, feeding, articulation, language delays, and Central Auditory Processing Disorder. She uses techniques such as Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s Horn and Straw Programs, Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, and various oral motor techniques, such as Boshart Techniques and Overland Protocols. She uses the LiPS Program from Lindamood Bell and enjoys working with all disciplines in order to maximize progress for each child. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking, photography, and doing seasonal craft projects.


Caitlin Jones, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Caitlin received her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. Caitlin has worked in public school, preschool, and outpatient settings. She has experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders, including dyslexia, articulation disorders, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her previous work in the school system included training in Story Grammar Marker, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and Social Stories, as well as experience in integrating communication goals with academic standards. Caitlin is passionate about working with families towards helping empower their child to be the best communicator they can be. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 5 year old daughter kayaking, exploring local parks, and enjoying all that the Florida beaches have to offer.


Front Office

Lillian Schlesak

Office Manager

Lillian graduated from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois with her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in psychology and sociology. She has been working in retail management for over 25 years. Lillian decided to change careers and join our team to help families starting at “Hello.” Her management background, mixed with a desire to make a difference in families’ lives, makes her the Foundations Therapy office manager. She runs the day-to-day details behind the scenes and keeps order so that Foundations runs smoothly. She monitors the safety precautions set-up during the COVID pandemic and provides “checks and balances” throughout the week. In her free time, Lillian likes to spend time with her boyfriend and their two cats: Morty and Misty. Her hobbies are yoga, biking, and going on cruises. She also enjoys the beach and doing beach cleanups.

Contact Us

727-724-KIDS (5437)

2753 State Road 580, Suite 111  | Clearwater, FL 33761

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