MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Ashley Romero, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist
Ashley is native of New Jersey, but now calls South Florida her home. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Hearing and Speech Sciences and Public Relations. Prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, Ashley worked in an ABA-based school in New Jersey where she worked with Pre-K and elementary aged children on the autism spectrum. This is where she discovered her passion. Ashley went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University. While completing her Master’s, Ashley continued to provide ABA therapy and completed the requirements to become a BCBA (certification pending).
Prior to founding Bridging the Pieces Therapy, Ashley worked in a variety of settings including charter and private schools, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. She is motivated to provide successful therapy that is enjoyable to her clients and family. She is also a PROMPT-trained therapist.
Ashley is a licensed speech-language pathologist and is credentialed through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has a passion for helping children improve their speech and language skills to promote effective and functional communication.
Heather Engel, M.S., OTR/L
Heather is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist who holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University. Since graduating in 2015 she has served children from infancy through school-age with neurological, chromosomal, and developmental delays. She has experience working within various outpatient and hospital settings, including neonatal intensive care and early intervention programs. Her specialty areas include infant and toddler development, school-related skills, handwriting, feeding, and sensory. Specific diagnoses include autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, developmental delay, and sensory processing disorder. Heather focuses on an interdisciplinary approach of parents, teachers, therapists, and medical professionals for success in everyday environments and routines
Jillian Scott, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Jillian is originally from northern New York, but moved to South Florida to pursue her Master's degree. She received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Florida Atlantic University in 2020 and is currently completing her fellowship year in order to gain her Certificate of Clinical Competence. Jillian has experience working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders ages 3-21 and is very passionate about this population and the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
Alyssa Ager, B.S., SLPA
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Alyssa was born and raised in South Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Central Florida and soon after began her graduate studies at Florida Atlantic University for Speech Language Pathology. Alyssa moved to Chicago for a number of years before returning to South Florida as a pediatric clinician. Alyssa has experience as an SLPA providing one on one care for children with varying exceptionalities and led weekly social groups creating opportunities to practice and generalize learned skills for small groups of children with ASD. Alyssa has developed a special interest in early intervention, receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders and Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC). She is passionate about providing exceptional care for her patients and enjoys working with families and the multidisciplinary team at Bridging the Pieces to ensure that therapy is both fun and functional for each child.
Lauren Piccione, MOT, OTR/L
Lauren is a New Jersey native as well as a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist holding a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida and Master of Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She has experience completing her Level II clinical rotation in a pediatric outpatient clinic setting assisting children from ages 3-21. Lauren enjoys creating occupation-based interventions through play to meet the goals of each client and their family for maximum potential in school, home, and in the community.
Hanna Eugenio, M.S., CCC-SLP
Hanna is originally from Tallahassee, where she earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida State University. She has experience working with children of all ages in various settings. Hanna also has five years of experience conducting research within the field of communication science and disorders. She is a coauthor of one published research article and is currently contributing to other articles within the field. During her graduate career, Hanna moved to South Florida to complete her final clinical internship at Bridging the Pieces. She loved the clients and team so much that she officially moved down to join the Bridging the Pieces family.
Leslie Schemer, OTD, OTR/L
Leslie is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist, born and raised at the beaches in North Florida. She holds a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. Throughout her time pursuing both degrees, Leslie has extensive experience working with clients ages 0-18, both in outpatient pediatric clinics and within early intervention. Following completion of her Doctorate capstone project, Leslie maintains a focus of parent education and health literacy in occupational therapy services, to ensure the most positive outcomes for families and children at Bridging the Pieces Therapy.