Autism Care Team

Navigators

patient navigator

Ursula Crews, R.N., M.S.N.

Ursula is the first point of contact for UFHealth CAN patients. She provides patients with education on how to access appropriate services within UFHealth and the community.

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Patient Navigator

Maggie Bird, B.S., OTD-S

Maggie is part of the patient navigation team—the first point of contact for UFHealth CAN patients. She provides patients with education on how to access appropriate services within UFHealth and the community.

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Center for autism and neurodevelopment administrative team

CAN MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Takahiro Soda, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Soda is the medical director of UFHealth CAN, beginning in October 2021. He believes that transdisciplinary, collaborative care amongst the patient, their family, and multiple professionals is imperative to achieve the highest quality of care.

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CAN Administrative Director

Kerri Peters, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Peters is the Administrative Director of the UFHealth CAN. She is also the Clinical and Research Director of the Behavior Analysis Research Clinic. She works with medical director to build programs aimed at transdisciplinary care.

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Scientific Director

Brandon Zielinski, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Zielinski is the Scientific Director of the UFHealth CAN. He is also the Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UF College of Medicine. He is board certified in neurology and psychiatry with a special qualification in pediatric neurology.

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Healthcare Manager

Kati Breton, B.S.

Kati is the administrative supervisor at UFHealth CAN and the program coordinator for UFHealth Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Behavioral Health Hub.

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psychiatry

child and adolescent psychiatrist

Takahiro Soda, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Soda provides psychiatric services to UFHealth CAN patients.

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psychiatric nurse PRACTITIONER

Elizabeth Severance, M.S.N., A.R.N.P., CPNP-PC, PMHS

Beth provides psychiatric services for UFHealth CAN patients.

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Psychology

Clinical associate professor and licensed psychologist

Brenda Wiens, Ph.D.

Dr. Wiens conducts Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Evaluation (CADE) assessments. Dr Wiens also participates in the CAN transdisciplinary weekly case conference meetings.

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Clinical Associate Professor and licensed psychologist

Regilda Romero, Ph.D.

Dr. Romero conducts Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Evaluation (CADE) assessments as well as neuropsychological evaluations for CAN. She also is part of the Brief Behavioral Consultation team and the Family Resource Meeting team.

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Clinical Assistant Professor and licensed psychologist

Katie Marsh, Ph.D.

Dr. Marsh conducts Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Evaluation (CADE) assessments.

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pediatric psychology intern

Sabrina DiCarlo

Sabring is a psychology doctoral candidate who assists with Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Evaluation (CADE) assessments.

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pediatric psychology intern

Giselle Jimenez

Giselle is a psychology doctoral candidate who assists with Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Evaluation (CADE) assessments.

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Rehabilitation

Occupational therapist

Laura Frahm, OTR/L

Laura is an occupational therapist at the Autism Rehabilitation Center at UFHealth CAN.

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occupational therapist

Yvonne Stride, OTR/L

Yvonne is an occupational therapist at the Autism Rehabilitation Center at UFHealth CAN.

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physical therapist

Donna Wolcott, PT

Donna is a physical therapist at the Autism Rehabilitation Center at UFHealth CAN.

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Speech Language Pathologist

Margaret Dowling, M.S., CCC-SLP

Margaret is a speech language pathologist at the Autism Rehabilitation Center at UFHealth CAN.

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Speech Language Pathologist

Caitlin Salerno, M.A., CCC-SLP-CBIS

Caitlin is a speech language pathologist at the Autism Rehabilitation Center at UFHealth CAN.

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SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Jaime Miale, MA, CCC-SLP

Caitlin is a speech language pathologist at the Autism Rehabilitation Center at UFHealth CAN. Caitlin has a special interest in AAC.

Clinical Manager

Patty Garrison, OT/L

Patty is the clinical manager at the Autism Rehabilitation Center at UFHealth CAN.

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Office representative

Peggy Gourley, CNA

Peggy is the office representative at the Autism Rehabilitation Center at UFHealth CAN.

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Florida Autism Center (FAC) collaborating partner

Behavior Analyst

Kerri Peters, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Peters is the center director for the FAC Specialty Clinics.

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Behavior Analyst

Vivian Ibañez, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Ibañez is the clinic coordinator for the Specialized Behavioral Pediatric Feeding Clinic.

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Behavior Analyst

Ciobha McKeown, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. McKeown is the clinic coordinator for the Specialized Early Skill Acquisition Clinic.

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Behavior Analyst

Sean Smith, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Smith is the clinic coordinator for the Specialized Behavioral Assessment and Treatment Clinic.

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Behavior Analyst

Lindsay Lloveras, M.S., BCBA

Lindsay is a Doctoral Candidate whose role spans across FAC, the UF Psychology Department, and various clinical research projects. Her specialty is assessment and treatment of problem behavior.

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UF Center for Autism and Related DIsabilities (CARD) COLLABORATING PARTNER

UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

UF CARD

UF CARD has a variety of specialists on staff to help with Autism related services and support.

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