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!
Email: aperry@foundationstherapy.net

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!

Courtney Holzwarth, OTD, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Courtney graduated with her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She has experience in an outpatient pediatric setting with a passion for creating a fun environment to enrich the development of all her clients and their families. She has experience working with a wide range of pediatric conditions, including but not limited to sensory processing, feeding difficulty, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, handwriting, and gross and fine motor delay. She recently moved to Florida and is enjoying all that the Sunshine State has to offer! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to go to the beach, find new coffee shops, go for walks, and dive into a good book in her free time!

Brenna Spellissy, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Brenna received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences Pre-Clinical from the University of Central Florida. Brenna has a strong passion for serving and helping others. She discovered her true calling to pediatrics during her graduate career while completing internships in the school and outpatient pediatric settings. Brenna states, “There is no greater feeling than helping my clients and their families accomplish a new goal or helping a child maximize functional success within their natural environment.” She dedicates herself to providing exceptional care while engaging in a fun and positive experience. Brenna is a Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding trained therapist and has experience working with both children and adolescents in the outpatient pediatric setting. Brenna grew up in Clearwater, FL, and is excited to give back to her community while working in the field she loves! She loves to travel, spend time with friends and family, and enjoys anything outdoors during her free time!

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. 

Physical Therapist

Carol Passaro 

Physical Therapist 

Carol received her degree in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in New York and has practiced P.T. with all ages for the past 26-years.  Her passion and focus have been in various pediatric settings, such as homes, clinics, daycares, and pre-schools. Carol has specialized training and experience with the following diagnoses: Torticollis, Down syndrome, developmental delays. In addition, she has experience using orthotics to manage postural abnormalities and uses a wide range of therapeutic techniques, such as Feldenkrais, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), neurodevelopmental technique (NDT), and yoga for children. Carol believes that having a plethora of treatment techniques allows her to meet each child’s individual needs. 

Carol has resided in the Hudson Valley region of New York State for her entire life, outside of attending college at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) and S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY).  She used to race bicycles in her teen years and still enjoys cycling and hiking.  Currently, Carol enjoys teaching children of all ages at her local church. She has a passion for helping children at work and during her time. She loves learning about a child’s interests and using these interests in combination with evidence-based therapeutic techniques. This is a “recipe for success,” as the child engages, feels encouraged, and builds confidence and skills towards individual goals. 

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.
Email: bperry@foundationstherapy.net

Carol Matthews, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Carol is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She has spent her career moving around the country with her Navy husband and four kids. She has 25 years of experience working with children and adults in various settings, including schools, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Carol has expertise in language delays, oral-motor impairments, apraxia, fluency disorders, and hyperfunctional voice disorders. In addition, she has experience with a variety of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, including Eye Gaze technology. Carol is a proud USNA mom and enjoys spending her free time at the beach and Disney!

Chelsey Lindhorst, MA, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Chelsey graduated with both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She has experience working with children and teenagers in outpatient and school settings with various communication disorders, including articulation disorders, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her previous work in the school system included training in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and various other AAC systems, as well as experience in integrating communication goals with academic standards. She was born and raised in Florida her whole life. In her free time, she enjoys painting, boating, playing video games, and exploring the Dunedin area with her boyfriend and their dog, Cooper.

Kristi Stearns, M.S., CCC-SLP  

Pediatric 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.

Abby Casaccia, M.A., SLP-CF

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Abby received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Florida. She has experience working with children in private clinic and outpatient hospital settings with various communication disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, language delays, articulation, phonological disorders, feeding disorders, and fluency disorders. In addition, she has experience providing early intervention. She enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with friends and family in her free time.

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. 

Front Office

Brianna “Bri” Davis

Office Manager

My name is Bri Davis (Brianna). I am originally from Wilmington, NC, so a beach girl at heart! I moved to Tampa about four years ago from Charlotte, NC where I attended UNC Charlotte for some schooling in Psychology. I have always had a passion for helping and understanding the community that I call home. So, my work focus has grown into various fields, including hospitality, medical, and volunteer work; a “jack of all trades,” you might say! Something people do not know about me is, I am a writer at heart. I enjoy poetry very much. I love to be around family, friends, and new people that bring bright and positive energy around them.

Carissa O’Harrow

Office Assistant 

Carissa recently graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2021, with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology.  Carissa graduated from the honors college and recorded nearly 500 service hours during her time at the university, many of which involved mentoring and working with youth through a local church in Tallahassee. In the future Carissa plans on obtaining a master’s degree in occupational therapy and is thrilled to be observing and working with the therapists of the Foundations Therapy Team.  In her free time Carissa enjoys working out, playing golf, dancing, exploring nearby parks, and going on kayaking adventures with her dog, Buddy.

 

Contact Us

727-724-KIDS (5437) 

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

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