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Ability Plus Therapy Inc. 4450 W. EauGallie Blvd. suite 180
Melbourne, Florida 32934
phone - 321-255-6627
/ fax - 321-253-9777
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Founder and Co-Owner of Ability Plus Therapy
Co-Founder and Principal of No Limits Academy
My husband Lane and I have two children with Cerebral Palsy. The journey of our life with our children has been the best experience and the toughest education we could ever have, which began in 1991. Our experiences with our older son lead to the adoption of our 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 on the MRI is severe enough that all of 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, our biological son. The doctors could not tell us if it would affect Cheyne's ability to learn or speak. "Just to take him home and love him and be glad he is alive", one physician stated to us. Click on the following link to know more about what happened to Cheyne! (Cheyne's story). In 2000, we adopted Matthew at three years of age. We knew Matthew was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriparesis Cerebral Palsy. We also knew he did not have the care that Cheyne had received since birth and his disability would be worse without it. We had no idea how severe Matthew's condition was until we got him home. Matthew could not eat solid foods, lift his head off the ground, or speak, and he had other sensory issues that are too many to list. Matthew is now in High School and walking with a walker! I fully believe in Intensive Physical Therapy and the TheraSuit Method. We credit the complete rehabilitation of our son Cheyne to this method. Cheyne was initially diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia. Through intensive intervention, he was re-diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, and currently walks with two canes. For Matthew, intensive therapy is also a huge part of his rehabilitation and will be the key to getting him to walk. I believe that any child with disability should be given the chance to succeed!
Roberta Neves, MPT, C/NDT
Physical Therapist, Clinic Director, Co-Owner of Ability Plus Therapy
Co-Founder of No Limits Academy
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I moved to Connecticut with my parents in 1990 and Melbourne in 1996. I earned a Bachelor in Health Sciences in 2001 and a Master in Physical Therapy in 2002 from Florida International University. I moved back to Melbourne and worked at Cornerstone in 2002. In 2003, I worked for Brevard County School System, which was when I met Laura Joslin — I was her son's PT. I began working at Ability Plus Therapy in June 2005. In December 2005, she asked me to become co-owner of Ability Plus Therapy, and I officially joined partnership in June 2006. In August 2008, we founded No Limits Academy. I 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 me! My heart's desire is to see children achieve success.
I was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in 2007 and also received a minor in Marketing and Economics. Go Knights! I worked in the dental field for four years doing Human Resource Management, Corporate Development, Internal Marketing, Recruitment and Training. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, spoiling my dog, going to the beach, running, shopping, and serving in the children's ministry and young adult's ministry at my church. I was blessed to join Ability Plus Therapy in May of 2011 and have enjoyed working here every day since.
Ginger Taylor, CPC
Medical Biller and Coder
I was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida. I have 25 years career experience in the medical billing, coding, and management field. I became a Certified Professional Coder in 2006 and received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2012. It has been a blessing to work at Ability Plus Therapy since March 2012.
Physical Therapy Staff
Allysen Rainier, DPT, C/NDT
I am originally from New Jersey. I attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. I moved to Florida to attend University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, and in 2005 received my degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy. I have been working at Ability Plus Therapy since June 2008. In 2010, I was trained in the TheraSuit Method and intensive physical therapy. I completed my certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) in March 2011. In my spare time I enjoy spending time at the beach, playing tennis and traveling.
Angela Galliani, DPT
I was born and raised in South Florida. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2008 with my Bachelor's in Health Science and again in 2011 with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Go Gators! I love being a physical therapist and working with kids. I also love spending time with my amazing family and friends, going to the beach and movies, cheering on the Gator Football team and exploring the Space Coast.
Karen Rhoads, MPT
I was born in New Jersey and grew up in Long Island, New York. I earned my Bachelor and Master of Science in Physical Therapy at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. After graduating in 2002, I moved to Florida and began treating in pediatrics. I joined Ability Plus Therapy in July 2004.
Occupational Therapy Staff
Chiaki Cyr, OTR /L
I am originally from Okinawa, Japan. I moved to Florida in 1981 when my step father retired from the Army. I received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1988 from the University of Florida. I've lived in Florida all these years except for 2 years. I have been at Ability Plus Therapy since May 2006.
Tiffanie Duncan, OTR/L
I was born and raised in southern Indiana but moved Florida to be closer to the sunshine! I received my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Indiana in 2009, and I have enjoyed working with children ever since. I have worked with Ability Plus since January, 2011. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, boating, and traveling around the world.
Kimberly "Kimmie" Walker, COTA
Occupational Therapy Assistant
I was born in Melbourne, Florida and have lived here all my life. I received my Occupational Therapy Assistant degree at Keiser University. After graduating, I worked at two different nursing homes and began a home health job in pediatrics where I found my niche. Thereafter, I began working for Campbell Therapy at Kid's Medical Club with medically fragile children for two years until I found a COTA position for Ability Plus Therapy in September 2011.
Speech-Language Pathology Staff
Christine Carey MA, CCC-SLP
After 11 years as an Army wife, stay-at-home mom of two boys and substitute teacher, I began in the field of special needs as a teacher's aide in April 2000. I decided to return to school to study communication sciences and disorders. While attending school, I was introduced to the field of behavior modification/analysis and worked as a behavior technician under the supervision of local behavior analysts administering verbal behavior training with children on the Autism Spectrum. I graduated from University of Central Florida in 2007 with an MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am Beckman Oral Motor certified and have taken a special interest in the field of augmentative communication. I have been using my skills at Ability Plus Therapy and No Limits Academy since August 2009.
Meghan Funk, SLPA
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
I was born in Illinois, grew up in New Jersey and have been in Florida for the past 12 years. I attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in American Sign Language. I enjoy traveling, playing/coaching volleyball, and spending time at the beach. I joined the Ability Plus Therapy family in August 2011.