Meet Our Staff

Melinda Clark, MOTR/L
Occupational Therapist


Since receiving her Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2008, Melinda has worked in the pediatric field, providing services to children with a wide variety of diagnoses. Her special interests include Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, Sensory Processing Disorder treatment, and early intervention. Melinda is a trained Therapeutic Listening provider. Besides working as an OT, Melinda is a volunteer and parent advisor at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, FL, where she works with visually impaired 0- to 6-year-olds and their families in the home as well as pre-K and elementary students at school. Melinda lives in St. Augustine with her husband and two sons.
Wendy Crawford, MCD CCC/SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Wendy graduated from The University of Florida in 1997 with a Bachelors of Science and Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans in 1999 with a Masters of Communication Disorders. Since that time she has worked exclusively with children in a variety of settings including public schools, clinics, home, and daycare. She specializes in providing early intervention services to children under the age of three and enjoys all aspects of speech and language therapy. She lives in Orange Park with her husband and two children. Her family has become actively involved in the local chapter of The Arthritis Foundation since her daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of two.
Jessica Dyer, DPT
Physical Therapist
Jessica graduated from the University of South Florida in 2005 with a BS in Anthropology and from the University of St. Augustine in 2009 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has worked in the school setting, outpatient pediatric clinic, and early intervention. She has extensive training in manual therapy orthopedic skills for the extremities, cervical and lumbar spine. Her interests are early intervention, neurodevelopmental therapy, and orthopedics. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, and cycling, and she likes to participate in community events that support childhood and adolescent disabilities. She has organized and participated in the SE Georgia Special Olympics from 2010-2012. She lives in Jacksonville with her husband and they are expecting their first child in August.
Roberta "Bobbie" King, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Bobbie completed her Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy at The Welsh School of OT in the United Kingdom in 1994. Bobbie has worked with children for over 17 years as a school-based therapist as well as working in the clinic and home settings. Bobbie is Certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis (SIPT) and enjoys all aspects of pediatric therapy. Bobbie lives in St. Johns with her husband and 15-year-old son.

Melanie Sarris, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist


Melanie received her occupational therapy degree in 1987 from Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has worked in pediatrics for over 20 years. Melanie's special interests include Early Intervention, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT trained), and Sensory Integration, and she is certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis (SIPT). She lives in St. Augustine with her husband and three children.
Leah Sturgeon, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist


Leah graduated from The University of Florida in 2001 with her Bachelors in Occupational Therapy. She has primarily worked with adults but has always had a passion for pediatrics.  Four years ago she was blessed with a child with special needs. This allowed her to experience firsthand pediatric occupational therapy on the consumer side. She lives in Fleming Island with her husband and two children. She is interested in all aspects of pediatric therapy.
Kay Tasso, PT, PhD, PCS
Physical Therapist

Kay has been a physical therapist since 1983. She is certified as a pediatric specialist and has extensive experience with infants and young children including neonatal intensive care and oncology. Kay also has over 15 years of teaching experience in PT programs. In 2013, she was appointed by the Governor of Florida to the Florida Board of Physical Therapy.
Jamie Toler, MOTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Jamie was born and raised in Jacksonville. She received her BS in Psychology from Florida Southern College in 2001 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of St. Augustine in 2004. She worked briefly in orthopedics and with the adult developmentally disabled population. For the past 7 years, she has worked in outpatient pediatric rehabilitation with a local children's hospital. Jamie has experience working with a wide variety of diagnoses. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 4-year-old son. She is active in her local church, enjoys the arts of all kinds, and loves being outside in God's wonderful creation.
Patrica Trama, PT
Physical Therapist
Patty received her physical therapy degree in 1983 from the University of Florida. She has worked in the area of pediatrics for over 20 years. She has provided treatment for infants and children in their home, school, and clinic settings both in Florida and overseas in American Samoa. She feels that the "team approach" is extremely important to the success of the child's therapy programs. She lives in St. Augustine and Gainesville with her husband.
Miriam Chefer, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Miriam graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. She has worked with children in the public school setting in Brevard and Clay County school districts, specializing in articulation and language disorders for students in grades pre-k through sixth. Miriam has also been providing Early Intervention services for infants and toddlers for the past several years in Jacksonville. Miriam currently lives in Jacksonville with her two teenage children. She enjoys spending time volunteering in community youth programs, gardening, and reading mystery novels.
Kristen Slaughter,
Kristen Slaughter
Kristen graduated from James Madison University in 2012 with her B.S. in Health Sciences and in 2015 from Armstrong State University with her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has always had a passion for working with children and is looking forward to starting her career in the pediatric setting. Kristen enjoys assisting children and their families in improving their speech and language delays. She likes spending her time going to the beach, coaching cheerleading, and being with family and friends. Kristen currently lives in St. Augustine with her puppy Riley.
Tara Fagan, MS CCC-SLPTara Fagan Tara graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1997 with a BS in Speech and Hearing and obtained her MS in Speech Language Pathology from Loyola in 1999. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including therapeutic preschools, elementary schools, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and in homes and daycare settings. Working in a variety of settings has afforded her the opportunity to gain experiences working with children diagnosed with a variety of difficulties including receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and oral motor/feeding difficulties. She relocated to Florida from N.Y. 10 years ago and resides in Fleming Island with her husband, two children, and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys working out and taking daytrips to explore Florida nature parks with her family.

Christy Surgeoner, OTR/L

Christy Surgeoner, OTR/L

Christy graduated from University of Florida and has
been practicing  in pediatrics for over 20 years.
She has extensive experience in Sensory integration , orthopedics, and developmental disabilities
Christy is an  Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Provider