Samantha Novick is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and the owner of Bridge Therapy, LLC. Samantha works in affiliation with Boca Integrative Health, a comprehensive medical practice in Boca Raton, Florida. Samantha is proud to be the Vice President of Operations for The Friendship Initiative, a local nonprofit organization that fosters friendships between individuals of all abilities while offering extracurricular programs in the community. Samantha is the Director of “Reading With Friends,” a program that The Friendship Initiative offers, whose purpose is to create a fun, inclusive environment based on literacy. Samantha has experience treating children and adults with a variety of communication needs including those with aphasia, articulation and phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, receptive and expressive language delay, reading deficits, pragmatic concerns, fluency disorders and those who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Samantha strongly believes in treating the family as a whole and is a fervent advocate of a team approach to therapy. Samantha graduated with high honors from the University of Florida with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University, also receiving high honors and recognized with the NSSLHA Leadership award as well as the Research award. Samantha has worked in a private clinic setting, in a behavioral therapy practice, as a teaching assistant at Baudhuin preschool for children with autism and as a social skills instructor. Samantha has completed PROMPT and LAMP trainings, is a certified yoga instructor for children with special needs, is listed as a CASANA professional for individuals with childhood apraxia of speech and is experienced in communicating via American Sign Language (ASL). Samantha is passionate about her career and giving back to her community. She strongly believes in the power of communication and strives to break down barriers in our increasingly diverse world.