Under the experienced and passionate leadership of Samantha Novick, M.S. CCC-SLP, Bridge Therapy provides children and adults with the highest quality of speech-language therapy services, with a focus on healthy family dynamics. Samantha is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and the owner of Bridge Therapy. Samantha has pursued many continuing education courses and earned additional certifications, constantly seeking new and innovative ways to provide clients with the best care. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys spending time with family, reading, volunteering, exercising, and of course, snuggling with her dog, Enzo.
Though she founded Bridge Therapy in 2017, Samantha’s journey really began when she was in elementary school. Samantha’s teacher assigned partners in class. Samantha was paired with her classmate who had special needs and the two of them quickly formed a friendship. Samantha realized that though her new friend yearned to interact and express herself, she had difficulty communicating effectively.
Samantha followed that passion through philanthropy, volunteering for various organizations as she grew older. When Samantha began college, she ultimately decided that she wanted to pursue speech-language pathology as a career. Samantha earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Florida and her master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating from both programs with high honors. Throughout graduate school, she worked as a teacher's assistant at Baudhuin Preschool for children with autism. Samantha has worked in private practices, social skills groups, hospitals, and adult living facilities. She strongly believes in giving back to the community and maintains a high level of philanthropic involvement. Through her experiences, Samantha noticed that many practices employed a "one size fits all" approach. She identified the need for a compassionate, individualized, evidence-based approach to therapy that yields maximum results. With this dream in mind, she founded Bridge Therapy, with a mission to bridge the gap between communicative deficits and communicative success.
Certifications and Specialties:
American Sign Language (ASL) – ILR Level 2
PROMPT Trained - https://www.promptinstitute.com/
Apraxia Kids – Listed in directory as a speech-language pathologist with a high level of experience and skill at treatment for children with apraxia of speech https://www.apraxia-kids.org/
National Aphasia Association – Listed as screened professional for treating individuals with aphasia https://www.aphasia.org/
LAMP Certified Professional – Recognized as a licensed and credentialed professional who applies LAMP principles and practices
Jamie Weisler joined Bridge Therapy in October 2018, after having known Samantha and worked with her previously. She attended the University of Central Florida and graduated in 2007 with a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Jamie worked in preschools for children with special needs and also in the outpatient clinic setting for over 10 years. She is ecstatic to be back to work after taking some time off expanding her family with her husband, Rob. They now have two little ones at home, Jackson and Brielle.
Certifications and Specialties:
PECS Basic Training: Picture Exchange Communication System
The Hanen Program- Certified in the following programs:
Maggie San Pedro recently graduated from Florida International University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology after previously graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2009. Maggie has always had a passion for helping others, but her love for Speech-Language Pathology began when a family member required speech services and she saw what a difference it had made in that person’s life. Her love of the field grew when she was a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and met many children who also required speech services. The parents of those children expressed how important communication was to their children and how their lives had changed for the better thanks to speech therapy. Maggie knew she had chosen the right field. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys traveling, going to concerts, working out, listening to podcasts, and exploring local events with her husband Daniel
With over 16 years of administrative experience, Tania brings a wealth of knowledge to the Bridge Therapy team. She is responsible for all office operations and scheduling. Tania is a South Florida native and enjoys making magical memories at Disney with her husband and daughter.
Bridge Therapy is committed to providing compassionate, individualized, evidence-based speech and language therapy, supporting children and adults, along with their families, to enhance communication and improve quality of life.