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.

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.

Phyllis Berenberg, MS, CCC-SLP

Rehab Director of Boca Raton

Phyllis graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in elementary education.  She taught second grade with special needs inclusion.  In 1997 she received her Master’s degree in communication disorders from Nova Southeastern University.  She has worked in both the school and clinical settings and owned her own practice in Houston, Texas.  She is experienced with the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices, and with children with language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, articulation and phonological disorders, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.


Molly Abitbol, 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 enjoys 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

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.


Joan Cajucom, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist


Joan is a pediatric speech-language pathologist. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida (UF) and a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Florida (USF) in 2017. Prior to joining our team, Joan worked as a home health therapist, but also has experience working in clinics and schools. She has served a variety of ages and abilities, including those with speech-language delays, language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, and social/pragmatic disorders among many others. Her experience also includes working with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and medically fragile children. Joan is determined to empower both children and their families by making therapy as FUNctional as possible and by working as a team. Her ultimate goal is to turn each child’s potential into success! In her free time, Joan enjoys dancing, spending time with family (and her two little dogs!), and attending local events.



Adrienne Wagster, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Adrienne graduated from Union University with a Bachelor of Music with emphasis on communication arts in 2015. Later, she attended Murray State University and received  a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. She has experience in working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech Sound Disorders, Language Impairments, Fluency Disorders, Cognitive Impairments, Voice Disorders, and Swallowing Disorders. Adrienne is passionate about creating an open and fun environment to enhance each client’s experience and outcome in treatment.  When she is not working, she enjoys singing, spending time with family and friends, and watching Netflix.


Samantha Savino, M.S., CF-SLP


Speech and Language Pathologist

Samantha is excited to join PPT! She attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Sciences and Disorders.  She later went on to earn her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida International University, which included a bilingual emphasis. She has worked with many bilingual children and their families; both in school, and clinical settings. She has experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders and Aphasia.  Samantha has a passion for working with individuals with communication and feeding disorders. She strives to make therapy functional and enjoyable!

Dana Buckles, M.S.-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Dana was born and raised in nearby Stuart, FL and received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Florida, before relocating to South Florida. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and has since worked in classrooms for typically developing children, varying exceptionalities and ASD units. Dana has developed a primary interest in working with children developing speech and language through introduction to augmentative and assistive communication (AAC), many of whom fall somewhere along the Autism Spectrum. She has extensive experience in creating individualized manual communication devices and programming dynamic display layouts using programs such as Proloquo2Go, TouchChat, Boardmaker Online and Unique Learning System. Dana applies a combination of PECs (Picture Exchange Communication System) strategies and Core Language principles in order to encourage children with minimal spoken words to develop speech and language skills. Dana has worked with children between 2 to 20 years of age and is passionate about family coaching and parent involvement in therapy.

 




"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