Meet the Team:
Colleen Lama, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA is the owner of Lama Pediatric Therapy. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has over ten years of experience in providing pediatric speech and language therapy. She is one of 450 dually certified SLP/BCBA's in the world. A graduate of Florida State University, Colleen is licensed by the State of Florida and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech–Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Colleen expanded her education and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2015. She combines both her speech-language and behavior skills to provide quality therapy services. Colleen has a variety of experience working with the pediatric population in both home and clinic settings. She specializes in early intervention, feeding disorders, and verbal behavior therapy. She is skilled with implementation of the verbal behavior milestones assessment placement program (VB-MAPP) as well as Picture Exchange Communication (PECS). She also has extensive experience working with stuttering, receptive and expressive language delays, articulation impairments, social skills, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Colleen takes pride in working with children and their families to provide exceptional therapy.
Marina Melendez, M.S. CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She attended Florida State University where she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and went on to pursue a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Speech-Language Pathology. She has a passion for working in pediatrics and has experience working in the private setting, home healthcare setting, public/private school setting, and daycare setting. Much of her experience has been in serving pediatric patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and patients with Augmentative and Alternative Communication needs. She also enjoys working with children who have speech and/or language delays and has a passion for finding the most functional form of communication for her patients.
Emily Davio, M.S. CF-SLP was born and raised in Vermont before moving to Massachusetts for the last 11 years where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Communication Science and Disorders at Worcester State University. She received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Bridgewater State University. She then had an undeniable desire to relocate to Florida where she currently resides in the Pasco County area. She has a strong passion for working with children with a variety of disorders and have experience treating and evaluating individuals with Language Disorders/Delays, Hearing Impairments, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Fluency, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She speaks moderate levels of Spanish, Portuguese, and basic American Sign Language. She is excited to provide a positive and engaging environment for all her patients!
Amy Purcell, M.A., ABA, is a behavior therapist at Lama Pediatric Therapy. She graduated from the University of West Florida with her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in August of 2020. She also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida, and spent 8 years as a (SLPA) Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Amy has experience in the clinical and public school settings working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, and speech/language disorders. She is currently working towards becoming a BCBA and plans to take the certification exam in the fall of 2021.
Claudia Shafer, B.S., is a Registered Behavior Technician at Lama Pediatric Therapy. She recently graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. She was born in Savannah, Georgia, but raised in a military household that allowed her to travel and live in several unique places such as Italy and Hawaii. Claudia has always enjoyed working with kids and her opportunity to work as a behavior technician at Lama Pediatric Therapy has been nothing but rewarding and exciting!
Tessa van Haaren is a full time Registered Behavior Technician. She is also a part time student at Saint Petersburg College. Her studies focus on education and psychology. Growing up in St. Petersburg has allowed her to attend a great variety of schools, and throughout her experience in school, she slowly realized that she wanted to be the one to teach a child. She saw what a great opportunity the ABA field would be. Tessa became an RBT when she was 18 years old. She had no idea what a huge impact it would have on who she has become. It has humbled her, allowed her to have more patience with everyone she meets, and created a whole different perspective on children. She says it was the greatest decision she has ever made. We are so happy to have Tessa on our team!
Cyndi Proctor is a Behavior Technician at Lama Pediatric Therapy. She graduated from the University of Florida and worked as a CPA before taking off time to raise her children. She was inspired to pursue a career in ABA by her own personal experiences. As a parent of a young adult with autism, Cyndi has witnessed the difference early intervention makes in a child’s life first hand. She is passionate about ABA because it was life changing for her daughter. In addition to observing and participating in countless hours of therapy, Cyndi has attended a three day workshop on Verbal Behavior and is working to become a Registered Behavior Technician. Outside of work, Cyndi enjoys spending time with her three children and is an avid runner
Katie Borek, COTA/L, is an Occupational Therapist Assistant, born and raised in Fishkill, New York. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services, in 2011 from SUNY New Paltz. She worked as a social worker to serve at-risk children and families within the community. She graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018 from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Katie has three years of experience working with the pediatric population with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder, in a trauma-based private special needs school. She recently moved to Lutz, Florida to pursue her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Keiser University. Katie aims to provide a fun and educational experience to help her clients feel confident within themselves, while successfully navigating their world.
Michelle is an Occupational Therapist Assistant with an Associates of Science Degree from South University, Tampa. After learning all the possibilities of becoming an OTA, she knew she wanted to work with children. She enjoys seeing children meeting their goals and develop through meaningful activities. Her goal is to keep learning to better serve any child's concerns. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family going to the beach as well to the park.