Professional Team

Owners

Laura

Laura Joslin

Founder and Co-Owner of Ability Plus Therapy, Co-Founder of No Limits Academy

The journey of their life with their children has been the best experience and the toughest education Laura and her husband could ever have, which began in 1991. The experiences with their older son lead to the adoption of their second son who also has disabilities. This, in turn, created opportunities to help other children and families that are on similar journeys. As parents, to be told that your child will never walk on their own and that the brain damage shown on the MRI is severe enough that the motor function in all four limbs of your child’s body is completely affected is very difficult to deal with. This was Cheyne’s situation, their biological son. The doctors could not tell them if it would affect Cheyne’s ability to learn or speak. “Take him home and love him and be glad he is alive”, one physician told Laura. In 2000, they adopted Matthew at three years of age. They knew Matthew was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy just like Cheyne. They also knew he did not have the care that Cheyne had received since birth and his disability would be worse without it. They had no idea how severe Matthew’s condition was until they brought him home. Matthew could not eat solid foods, lift his head off the ground, or speak, and he had sensory issues that are too many to list. Matthew is now in High School and walking with a walker! Laura fully believes in Intensive Physical Therapy and the TheraSuit Method. She credits the habilitation of her son Cheyne to this method. Through intensive intervention, he was re-diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, and currently walks with two canes and is still working toward using one cane. For Matthew, intensive therapy is also a huge part of his habilitation and will be the key to getting him to walk. Laura believes that any child with disability should be given the chance to succeed!

Roberta

Roberta Neves, PT, MSPT, C/NDT

Physical Therapist, Clinic Director, Co-Owner of Ability Plus Therapy, Co-Founder of No Limits Academy

Roberta was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She moved to Connecticut with her parents in 1990 and Melbourne in 1996. She earned a Bachelor in Health Sciences in 2001 and a Master in Physical Therapy in 2002 from Florida International University. She moved back to Melbourne and worked at Cornerstone in 2002. From 2003 to 2005, she worked for Brevard Public Schools, which was when she met Laura Joslin — Roberta was Matthew’s PT. This is how it all started. She began working at Ability Plus Therapy in June 2005. In December 2005, Laura asked her to become co-owner of Ability Plus Therapy, and she officially joined partnership in June 2006. In August 2008, they founded No Limits Academy. She became certified in the TheraSuit Method and intensive therapy in 2005, and in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) in 2011. It’s been an exciting journey for her! Roberta’s professional expertise and Laura’s experience with her two children with cerebral palsy have helped them build Ability Plus Therapy to be the best clinic in Brevard County. Her heart’s desire is to touch every child and family that come to Ability Plus Therapy and see children achieve success! With God all things are possible!

 

Administrative Team

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Michelle Pages

Office Manager

Michelle lived in Nashville, Tennessee from age of 3 until 2016. In May 2016, she, her husband, and son moved to Melbourne, FL because they had a desire for a change and to be closer to their daughters. Michelle has worked in billing and healthcare for over 15 years, with a strong background in customer service. She began working for Ability Plus Therapy in January 2017. At Ability Plus Therapy, she has found the place she was meant to be at in life. She looks forward to welcoming and working with the families who allow Ability Plus Therapy to care for them and their children.

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Christie Foster

Administrative Assistant

Christie is Florida born. She went her own way in the wrong direction for many years. She was looking for love in all the wrong places. In 2008, she found herself broken and hopeless. She made a desperate cry for help and God heard her. He lifted her up out of the mud and set her feet upon a rock. Jesus saves! She was blind, but now she can see. She was lost, but now she is found. By the Grace of God, she is what she is. She is a daughter of the King, his princess warrior. To tell you her story is to tell of Him. She joined Ability Plus Therapy in April 2016. It’s an honor and a privilege to Christie to welcome all of our families at Ability Plus Therapy!

Kristin

Kristin Lowe

Medical Biller & Coder

Kristin was born and raised in South Florida – True Floridian! She graduated in 2006 with her certification in billing and coding. She has worked in the healthcare industry since that time and she loves every moment. Kristin has a daughter and got married in 2012. She is happy to have a new home at Ability Plus Therapy since July 2014.

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Carmen Montrond

Medical Biller & Coder

Carmen was born and raised in Praia, Cape Verde until moving to the USA with her family in 1996, at 12 years of age. She lived in the Boston area since moving to USA, and moved to Florida in the Summer of 2016 with her two kids and husband. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over five years. Carmen is excited about starting a new life in the Sunshine State with her family and new Ability Plus Therapy Family, which she joined in September 2016. She is most excited to not ever have to shovel snow again.

 

Support Team

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Kevin Demarais

Therapy Tech

Kevin was born in Newark, New Jersey but raised in Orange, New Jersey. In 2008 Kevin and his family moved to Palm Bay, Florida. He earned his Bachelor’s in Sports and Exercise Science from the University Central Florida. He has been working at Ability Plus Therapy since January 2016. He loves interacting with the kids and staff on the daily basis. Besides having fun at work, he loves spending time with his wife, family, and church family.

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Ismar Almeida

Custodian

Ismar was born in Brazil, and moved to the U.S. in 2005. He lived in Massachusetts until he moved to Melbourne Florida in June 2016. He has worked as housekeeping supervisor and account manager in nursing homes, and has been working at Ability Plus Therapy as custodian since June 2016. He is married and has a son. He likes working for Ability Plus Therapy because he gets to witness God’s blessings over the children we serve.

 

Physical Therapy Team

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Angela Bueno, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Angela was born and raised in South Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s in Health Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in 2011. She joined the Ability Plus Therapy team in July 2011. She loves being a physical therapist and working with kids. She also loves spending time with her husband, family and friends, going to the beach and movies, cheering on the Gator Football team and exploring the Space Coast.

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Erin Dinnie, DPT, COMT

Physical Therapist

Erin was raised in Melbourne, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2007 where she also participated in the USF Collegiate Women’s Soccer Program. She then graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Florida International University in 2010. Erin always enjoyed working with children and adolescents and as a result began working at All Children’s Hospital in St Petersburg, Florida in 2010. It was during this time that Erin was also trained and certified in the Therasuit Method. She relocated to Melbourne in 2012 and began working in an outpatient physical therapy setting. During that time she wanted to expand her skill sets in manual therapy and orthopedics. She completed her orthopedic manual therapy certification through the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2014. Erin joined the Ability Plus Therapy Team in July of 2016. She is thrilled to be a part of the intensive physical therapy program. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and working out.

Heather

Heather Gilchrist, MPT

Physical Therapist

Heather is Florida born and raised. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s in Health Science in 2002 and Masters of Physical Therapy in 2004. She married the day after graduation and moved with her husband to Saint Louis, MO, where she started work with adult orthopedics. She soon realized that her heart belonged in pediatrics and made the switch, first with early intervention home-based therapy, then to all ages in outpatient at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. Heather’s family relocated to Melbourne in January 2017, and she is thrilled to join this talented and friendly team of professionals at Ability Plus Therapy! In her “free” time, Heather likes to spend time with her husband, 2 sons, and dog, as well as swim, bike, run, eat, and explore her hometown!

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Jennifer Kryszczynski, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Jennifer was born in Boulder, Colorado but moved to Rockledge, Florida at the age of 2 and loves living in the Sunshine State. She graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne with her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010 and her Master of Science in Science Education in 2013. She was a high school science teacher at Heritage High School in Palm Bay from 2011-2013. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from UCF in 2016. She is also a volunteer at Harmony Farms and has always loved working with children. She currently lives in Viera with her husband, cats, and pet turtle. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing sports, and spending time with her husband, mother, grandparents, and friends. She joined the Ability Plus Therapy team in August 2016.

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Jennifer Landeta, DPT

Physical Therapist

Jennifer was born and raised in Melbourne, FL. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Florida International University in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, working out, playing with her golden retriever, and spending time with family and friends. She joined the Ability Plus Therapy team in November 2016.

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Patricia LaRovere, DPT

Physical Therapist

Patty was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to the U.S. in 2006 to play tennis for Mars Hill College in NC and complete her Bachelors degree in Athletic Training. In 2011, she moved to Florida to complete her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the University of North Florida. Following graduation in 2014, she joined Ability Plus Therapy. She returned to Venezuela in 2015 and had the privilege of spending 2 years with family and friends. Now she is extremely grateful to be part of the APT team again. She loves to spend time with her friends, nieces and nephews, and family. She enjoys the beach, being outdoors, and playing tennis.

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Karen Rhoads, MPT

Physical Therapist

Karen grew up on Long Island, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Science in 2000 and her Master of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. She moved to Melbourne after graduation and began treating in pediatrics. She joined Ability Plus Therapy when they opened their doors in 2004.

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Nicole McLain, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Nikki was born and raised in Palm Bay, Florida.  She graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2007 with her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science and again in 2010 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has enjoyed working with children ever since she finished school. She has worked with Ability Plus Therapy since January 2013 as an intensive physical therapist.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and running.

 

Occupational Therapy Team

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Chiaki Cyr, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Chiaki was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan until she moved to the USA in 1974. She lived in various locations until her parents decided to settle in Palm Bay, Florida in 1981. She received a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in 1988. She worked as an OT on the west coast of Florida and in Iowa until she returned to Melbourne in 1991, where she mostly worked in pediatric facilities, including Space Coast Early Intervention Center, HealthFirst Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, and ChildrenFirst home health agency. She joined Ability Plus Therapy in May 2006. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening. She loves working with children and feels fortunate to be working in an optimal environment! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family (wonderful husband and 3 lovely daughters) and friends, traveling, playing Bunco, and participating in the local Okinawan organization.

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Talitha Foster, OTD, OTR/L 

Occupational Therapist

Tally was raised near Orlando. She earned an Associates of Science from the University of Florida and will forever be a Gator girl! She earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Barry University in 1996 and moved to the Melbourne area to begin her OT career at Health First working in both adult and pediatric rehabilitation. She spent the majority of her career with HealthSouth Sea Pines Rehab Hospital as a member of the pediatric, CVA, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury teams. She also spent six years in South Florida working at Boca Raton Community Hospital Pediatric Rehab. After relocating back to Melbourne, she served as instructor and fieldwork coordinator for Keiser University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She loves boating, the nature of the Indian River Lagoon and is entertained each day by her rescued dog and three cats. She joined the Ability Plus Therapy team in 2014 to continue working with and learning from such amazing children! She has successfully developed an intensive program for children with hemiplegia.  She is certified in Therapeutic Listening.

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Emily Maltby, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Emily was born and raised in Rockledge, Florida. She started working and volunteering with children from a young age, worked in child care throughout college, and just loves being with kids! Emily earned her Bachelors in Health Science in 2015 from the University of Florida and continued her education there by completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy in December 2016. She is proud to be a “double” Gator and loves to cheer on the Gators in all sports! In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, cuddling with her cat, attending her home church, watching football and enjoying the Florida sunshine.

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Tiffanie Warzecha, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Tiffanie was born and raised in southern Indiana but moved Florida to be closer to the sunshine! She received my Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Indiana in 2009, and has enjoyed working with children ever since. She has worked at Ability Plus Therapy since January, 2011. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, boating, and traveling around the world.

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Emily Guynn, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Emily was born in Perth Amboy, NJ and lived in Staten Island, NY for a couple of years before moving to Palm Bay, FL 20 years ago.  Emily went to Keiser University where she received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree in 2011. She worked in a nursing home for 3 1/2 years  before receiving  her COTA position at Ability Plus Therapy in April 2015. Working at Ability Plus Therapy has only solidified what she already knew, having a passion and desire to work with children. She loves her job and feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with children and to tap into her creative/crafty side when working with them.

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Kristen Paluso, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Kristen was born and raised in San Diego, California. She completed her occupational therapy assistant program in Sacramento, California, and graduated in December 2008. She absolutely loves her job; it is truly a blessing. Her passion is working with children of all ages. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. She started at Ability Plus Therapy in February 2013.

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Kimberly Ray, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Kimmie was born in Melbourne, Florida and has lived here all her life. She received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree at Keiser University. After graduating, she worked at two nursing homes and began a home health job in pediatrics where she found her niche. Thereafter, she began working for Campbell Therapy at Kid’s Medical Club with medically fragile children for two years until she found a COTA position at Ability Plus Therapy in September 2011.

 

Speech-Language Pathology Team

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Christine Carey, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cris was born in New Jersey and moved to FL as a teenager. After marrying an Army man, she then moved to various parts of this country and also lived in Okinawa, Japan and Wiesbaden, Germany. After graduating from UCF in fall of 2007 with an MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders, she worked in various settings with adults including skilled nursing and sub-acute care. She began working with Ability Plus Therapy in August of 2009 and has spent many hours in the area of augmentative communication at No Limits Academy. She is certified in Beckman Oral Motor and Interactive Metronome therapies.

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Tanya Espinosa, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Tanya was born on Long Island, NY, and was raised in Brevard County, Florida. She completed her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Nova Southeastern University in 2015. She has worked in various pediatric settings, and considers her passion to be pediatric speech, language and swallowing interventions. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her three daughters and extended family, listening to music and volunteering for ministries and organizations that support special needs populations. She joined the Ability Plus Therapy team in September 2015.

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Jacqueline Warner, MA, CCC-SLP 

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jacqueline was born in Rockville Center, NY but raised in Melbourne FL. She always had passion for language.  She earned her Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorder and her Masters in Speech- Language Pathology at the University of Central Florida. She has had the opportunity to work as a SLP in a variety of settings and now have been blessed to work at Ability Plus Therapy. She is certified in VitalStim®, Beckman Oral Motor and Beckman Oral Motor for Orofacial Deep Tissue Release. She enjoys being around her little pup Winston, working in her community and church, as well as being creative with drawing and painting. She has a wonderful husband and amazing family at home. Her work is her passion! The true gift of her job is to share in the joy of the successes of those that she works with!

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Lindsay Wellbrock, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lindsay was born in Germany, but raised in Melbourne, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012 and her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. She is certified in Beckman Oral Motor and Beckman Oral Motor for Orofacial Deep Tissue Release. She has always had a passion for working with children of all ages. She loves spending time with her fiancé, playing with her two crazy kittens, and cheering on the UCF Knights. She also enjoys reading, relaxing at the beach, and running. She joined the Ability Plus Therapy family in January 2015.