Center for Health, Learning & Achievement
Alicia N Braccia MA, CAS, ABSNP
Florida Licensed School Psychologist SS710
School Neuropsychology Diplomate
Alicia Braccia is a Florida Licensed School Psychologist who received her Masters Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology at Fairfield University, in Connecticut. She has a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from Texas Women’s University. Prior to moving to Florida and forming the Center for Health, Learning and Achievement’s multi-disciplinary team, she was a Teacher, Peer Supervisor and School Psychologist in the New York Public School System.
Mrs. Braccia brings over 25 years of experience as a Certified Teacher and School Psychologist from Preschool through 12th grade. She also does transition planning for young adults and college students. She has worked as a School Psychologist in private practice in Florida for over 10 years.
Mrs. Braccia's areas of expertise include identification & intervention of Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Gifted Assessments, ADHD, Austism Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disorders. She offers Parent and Professional Training Seminars, Educational and Remediation consulting, as well as Psychoeducational testing and, Neurofeedback & Brainmapping.
Matthew W. Smith, MA, JD, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Lic # 13072
Matthew W. Smithis a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received his Master of Arts degree in 2005 from Rollins College in Winter Park. Matthew is also a Licensed Attorney, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Barry University School of Law in Orlando in 2011.
In addition to the above, Mr. Smith is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, a Qualified Parenting Coordinator in the 7th, 9th and 18th Judicial Circuits, and an Eldercaring Coordinator in the Florida Pilot Project.
Matthew counsels children, adolescents and adults in the areas of substance abuse, behavior, and mental health - such as anxiety and depression. He works with both married and single parents who are experiencing difficulties in their lives such as unexpected trauma, child rearing, or simple everyday stressors. And with his experience in both mental health counseling and law, he is effective in helping parents and families navigate the emotionally difficult waters often associated with the legal system.
Emily B. Foote, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Lic # SW9705)
Emily Foote is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masterís degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Emily has spent over 20 years working with children preschool aged through early adolescence and their families in a variety of settings. She has most recently worked in a school for children with diagnosed learning difficulties and also facilitated social skills groups.
It is Emilyís passion to work with children to teach them the skills they need to be successful as they grow and develop. She believes that in order for the child to make positive changes, the family needs to be a part of the process, for when one member changes, the rest of the family system changes as well. Therefore, she works not only with the client but with the parents and siblings when needed.
Her areas of expertise include children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs, identifying, expressing and coping with feelings, developing friendship skills and improving self-esteem. Emily hopes to provide her clients with the tools that they need to feel better in the world around them and works hard to create a safe and nurturing environment for those she works with.
Florida Licensed School Psychologist SS1059
Julie Mejia is a Florida Licensed School Psychologist who received her Specialist Degree in School Psychology at the University of Central Florida. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and adolescents in Clinical/Mental Health, Private Practice, and Public School settings. Ms. Mejia has over 10 years of experience as a School Psychologist within Orange County Public Schools, Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Ms. Mejia's areas of expertise include identification/diagnosis and intervention planning in the following areas: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral/Emotional Disorders, Intellectually Gifted, Intellectually Disabled, and Learning Disabilities.
- Professional Consultation
- IEP Consultation and Advocacy
- Educational Consulting
- Behavioral Consulting
- Provision of Trainings/Workshops for Teachers and Parents.
Florida Licensed School Psychologist SS1012
Linda Hyust is a Florida Licensed School Psychologist, who received her Specialist Degree from the University of Central Florida and her Bachelors in Elementary Education (Grades K-8) from Ohio University. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist with 18 years experience in Seminole County. Linda also taught in Ohio and Seminole County for 16 years. As a School Psychologist, Linda specializes in serving students who fell on the Autistic Spectrum.
Her experience includes identifying children who fall in the Autistic Spectrum; providing classroom support to teachers and staff; advising parents on parenting issues of Autistic students; and supporting students with challenging behaviors.
Linda worked closely with school administrators and staff members with the complex task of managing and modifying problem behaviors so the students she served could maximize their educational experience and improve their overall quality of life. Mrs. Hyust presented many workshops to Seminole County staff members to educate them on Autism and how to provide educational and behavioral services in the classroom. Teaching social skills and counseling higher functioning autistic students are also services that Linda provides for students who are identified as Autistic.
MA, Exceptional Ed.
Jennifer Merkel, MA has her bachelors in speech therapy and audiology and her masters in Exceptional Education. She is an Associate Level Orton Gillingham. Ms. Merkel specializes in the intervention and remediation of Dyslexia, Executive Dysfunction and Learning and Processing Disabilities. She utilizes research based interventions that emphasizes differentiated learning and multi-modal instruction. She also has training and experience with sensory motor development and reflex integration. Ms. Merkel is bilingual and is fluent in Spanish, so she works well with English as a Second Language Learners.
- Orton-Gillingham Trained Language Therapist for Dyslexia
- Comprehensive, Systematic Writing Instruction and Support
- Sequential, Remedial Math instruction K-6
- SAT & ACT Preparation
- Study Skills and Organizational Coach
- Executive Function Interventions
M. Ed, Exceptional Education Teacher
Teresa Perry has a Bachelorís degree in Elementary Education and a Masterís degree in Special Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Teresa has also obtained her Elementary Education (GradesK-6) and also her Exceptional Student Education(Grades K-12) for the state of Florida.
Teresa has training in the following programs: Learning Strategies, the Wilson Reading Program, Lindamood-Bell Visualizing/Verbalizing program and On Cloud Nine, Math U See, Feursteinís Instrumental Enrichment, and many other study skills programs. Teresa has combined her classroom teaching experience and specific program training to provide one-on-one remediation for students and guide parents in choosing the appropriate programs to meet their childís needs.
Kendall A. Braccia, BA
Kendall graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Her primary focus was child and adolescent developmental psychology, with a thesis focusing on learning disabilities, and more specifically, autism spectrum.
She has continued her education and is trained in the Lindamood and Bell Programs: LiPs (Phonemic Awareness/ Language Foundations), Visualizing and Verbalizing (Comprehension/ Memory), Seeing Stars (Symbol Imagery/ Language Development), and On Cloud Nine (Math Foundations). She has also been trained in Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment-BASIC, a multifaceted program focusing on executive functions and critical thinking. In addition, she has been trained to provide the Wilson Remedial Reading Program.
Kendall is passionate about helping children and young adults reach there highest potential. She is very understanding and shares a unique perspective of the stress and anxiety that comes with having a learning disability. Kendall is Dyslexic and went through many of the remedial therapies that she provides today. It is in her firm belief, that with the right tools everyone can learn and excel.
Vocational Specialist & Educational Consultant
Rebeca graduated from the University of Central Florida with her BA in Psychology. She continued her studies in business administration and earned her MBA in early 2009.
Rebeca has worked as a Vocational Evaluator since 2013 helping individuals with disabilities enter the workforce. These include an array of mental, emotional, educational and physical disabilities. She has a genuine passion for helping others succeed in their personal, educational and professional lives.
Rebeca has also worked as a Crisis Specialist and facilitated support groups for at risk middle and high school students in Orange and Seminole county. She is an AHCA approved Targeted Case Manager and Supervisor and Substitute Teacher for Orange County Schools.
Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Community Based Evaluation Educational Consulting