About Foundations Therapy

Our mission is to provide individualized, quality care to each child, offer support to families, and provide education within the community.

What are the building blocks at Foundations?

What are the building blocks at Foundations?

Our Therapists

Our therapy team consists of seasoned therapists with extensive certifications in the most current programs, as well as new graduates who bring the most current teachings to our practice.

Our Families

Foundations Therapy is a family-oriented atmosphere which meets the individual needs of each child. We want to be authentic and help support your child and family.

Our Office

Our building blocks are made up of our AMAZING front office staff who love kids! They aim to support you through the therapy process, assist with scheduling, and answer insurance and office-related questions.

Our Story

Bill and Amy grew up in Clearwater, Florida, and met at Clearwater High School. During their high school careers, both Bill and Amy always noticed the kids who seemed to fall through the cracks. They observed kids who had a difficult time playing sports, and kids who struggled in the classroom. 

Foundations Therapy was created from that desire to reach out to the kids and families in our own community who needed extra help. We look forward to introducing you to all of the members of our team.

About Our Founders

Amy Perry, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

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 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!

Bill Perry, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Bill received his Master of Science 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.

Occupational Therapists

Crystal Garcia, OTD, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Crystal graduated with her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Eckerd College, where she also played collegiate softball. Crystal knew she always wanted to help others in any way that she could, and now, she gets to help children through play.

Crystal’s passion for pediatrics was brought to light during high school when she coached the Special Olympics, and that fire continued to grow. She has experience working in the school system as an Intervention Specialist. She is eager now to be a part of our Foundations Therapy family. She devotes herself to creating a fun and nurturing environment that will motivate her clients to reach their highest potential.

Crystal was born and raised in Miami, Florida, from a Cuban background. During her free time, she loves to read a good book, watch sunsets, travel, go to Disney, watch the Red Sox play, and spend time with her family, friends, and dogs.”

Summer Hood, M.S., OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Summer received her Master of Occupational Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from The University of Memphis. Before becoming an OTR, Summer discovered her passion for working in pediatrics while working as an intern at a school for special needs in her undergraduate years.

Her favorite part about being an OT is that she gets to be creative and innovative while having fun! She loves coming up with new ideas to address kids’ needs to aid them in accomplishing the best outcomes of therapy.

In Summer’s free time, she loves watching basketball, reading, and craft 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 in pediatrics during her graduate career while completing internships in 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 has received further training in various therapeutic techniques, including Handwriting Without Tears, Reflex Integration, and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding trained therapist. Additionally, she has experience working with 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. 

Speech-Language Pathologists:

Kelsey Curtis M.S., CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist Kelsey graduated with her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Harding University in 2013. She has experience with children of various ages, diagnoses, and backgrounds. She enjoys collaborating with other disciplines to utilize a holistic approach to therapy. She has worked in both a school and clinic setting. In addition, Kelsey has training in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), various Talk Tools courses involving feeding, speech, and oral motor skills, DIR/Floortime, play-based speech intervention, and the Orton-Gillingham program.

She lived in Kentucky, Idaho, and Arkansas before moving to Florida in 2022. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys being outside, traveling, going on walks, and exploring new coffee shops.

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!

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.

Danyelle Felts, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Danyelle is a Florida State University and Valdosta State University graduate, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology.

She has 28 years of pediatric experience across multiple settings (hospital, home health, private practice) with specialized training and certifications in the areas of autism, apraxia, dysphagia, and sensory-related feeding disorders, including the SOS Approach to Feeding, DIR/Floortime, and the ADOS-2.

Danyelle is fluent in American Sign Language; she loves to incorporate her skills within a Total Communication Therapy Approach to support a child’s abilities and promote participation in meaningful activities.

Danyelle moved back to Pinellas County from Nashville, TN, after being away for 30+ years. She grew up around Tarpon Springs and is excited to be back! She spends weekends at the beach with her dogs or poolside with her family.

“Everyone deserves a voice; my goal is to help each child find theirs.”

Physical Therapists

Jennifer Barr, PT, DPT

Pediatric Physical Therapist

Jennifer graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Florida Southern College and her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Indiana University. In college, her passion for working with kids upon graduation came from learning in the adaptive physical education course.

She gained experience working in clinic and school-based settings with children of various ages and diagnoses. Jennifer is passionate about developing creative and engaging physical therapy activities where the child has fun while working hard to achieve goals.

In Jennifer’s free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, reading, and going to the beach.