Sharon C. Jordan, is the founder and CEO of Speech Tactics and a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Sharon has gained invaluable experience working with children and adults in various therapeutic settings, including public schools, acute care hospitals, private practice, early intervention, home health services, skilled nursing facilities, cancer centers, and a specialty esophageal & swallowing center. She loves working in areas adult neurogenic communication disorders, pediatric speech/language development of children diagnosed with Autism, as well as pediatric and adult feeding/swallowing disorders. Sharon is a passion for working with kids and working as a speech pathologist. She now spends the bulk of her time leading an amazing team of therapists who shares that same passion. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Sharon is a lover of life and everything about nature. She enjoys meeting new people, exploring different cultures, being outdoors, traveling, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention she’s a pretty awesome dancer!!!
Wanda Wims, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a dedicated professional with over 20 years of experience in clinical and educational settings. Born in California but raised in Indiana, she graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology, as well as a dual Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Applied Gerontology. Wanda holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) in Speech and Language Pathology and has worked with clients through the lifespan, having a wide variety of speech and language impairments. Wanda has worked as an independent contractor and an early interventionist for the birth - three-year-old population, as well as in the school, hospital, and private practice settings in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and North Carolina. Wanda’s contribution to Speech Tactics, LLC includes her passion for coaching parents and caregivers to be the most important source of support in helping their loved ones achieve their communication goals. She is grateful to work in a profession that serves people of all ages with diverse needs. Wanda believes that successful professional and personal relationships start with a foundation of trust and understanding. She uses this belief to establish a positive rapport with every client and their family, as well as her colleagues. Wanda is thrilled to not just supervise but mentor a team of amazing clinicians at Speech Tactics to support and encourage their professional growth and development. Wanda also brings expertise in diagnosing and treating pediatric clients with various developmental delays and communication disorders. When she is not wearing her “SLP hat,” Wanda treasures time with family and friends. Wanda and her family moved to the Charlotte area three years ago, so they continue to enjoy exploring and discovering new things to do and great restaurants to try!
Jairo Adame is the office administrator and community service liaison at Speech Tactics. He joined our team in April of 2017. Before joining Speech Tactics, Jairo honed his customer relations and customer service skills as an office assistant in the automobile industry. Jairo also developed professional skills as a customer service supervisor in the utility industry. He brings over 8 years of excellent customer service experience to our clinic. Jairo connects with families by being able to assist them with interpreting, rescheduling appointments, and handling many other administrative tasks that are vital to the daily operation of Speech Tactics. When out of the office, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is an uncle to two wonderful nephews and enjoys spending quality time with them. He also loves to travel, and volunteer in his community. He is an invaluable member of the Speech Tactics team.
Donna is a graduate of Columbia University. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist for well over 27 years. She has a variety of work experience within the pediatric population in private clinics, school-based settings, and early intervention. She has treated children with physical, motor, sensory, and behavioral challenges. Donna is NDT certified and has received training in Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Feeding Aversions, and Handwriting without Tears. Donna has a passion for creating a fun and engaging environment with her kids while helping them to achieve their functional independence. In her free time, Donna enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Yvonne Torres was born in Nashville, TN. Her parents decided to move to Charlotte when she was 6 years old and to
open their own business. She attended South Mecklenburg HS and planned to study medical assisting, instead she
fully dedicated herself to her family business after high school. Yvonne has a passion for helping people and being of
service to others whenever she can. In her spare time, she enjoys experiencing new places, taking long walks, drawing,
hanging out with her friends and eating.
Yvonne attributes her success in life to her loving mother and father who instilled in her the qualities of a strong woman and determination to accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Yvonne is motivated daily by her beautiful son who pushes her to reach higher in all of her endeavors. Family is everything to Yvonne. One of her favorite quotes: "There are far better things ahead than anything we leave behind". Amanda Pericles, MS, CF-SLP was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She received a Bachelor of Science in
Milca Bellegarde, MA, CCC-SLP is an ASHA-certified speech and language pathologist from southwest Florida. She completed her Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders at the Florida State University and her Master of Arts in speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Her clinical experience includes working with children with a variety of impairments such as expressive/receptive language delays, speech sound disorders, stuttering and autism spectrum disorders. Milca has also served children with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) needs. She is energetic and cherishes working with children and their families to help break communication barriers. Milca enjoys hiking, listening to music, trying out different recipes, and most recently sewing. Milca is also fluent in Haitian Creole.
Dr. Chandi, PT, MPT, DPT, PCS, is a licensed physical therapist with 22 years of experience and a Board-Certified Pediatric
Specialist. Dr. Chandi earned her Master’s and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed
her Bachelor of Science degree at Spelman College. She has provided quality care to pediatric and adult clients in various Chicago and Los Angeles
settings. Her experience working with infants and children includes time in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, home-based Early Intervention
programs, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and school systems. She also has training and experience in Pilates-based rehabilitation for adults
and children, yoga, and Pilates for children with special needs.
She transitioned into academia in 2013 as an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine before moving on to adjunct faculty positions at the University of Southern California and other graduate programs and continues to teach online. While continuing to teach graduate students virtually, she aims to provide excellent care to every child and family she collaborates with.
Dr. Chandi moved to Charlotte 4 years ago with her husband and they now have a 2-year-old son and cat to keep their eyes on! She enjoys running and yoga and recently started taking Capoeira classes. Improving the health and wellness of the community has been her mission since graduate school and she is excited to be able to continue this passion in Charlotte, NC.
Amanda Pericles, MS, CF-SLP was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She received a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences from Boston University. After graduating, she spent four years initially working in a private practice as a speech-language pathologist assistant followed by working as a developmental specialist in early intervention, where she worked frequently with Spanish-speaking families. Amanda earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. Her additional clinical experience includes evaluation and treatment in the schools, outpatient pediatric feeding, and inpatient rehabilitation with patients who have experienced traumatic brain injury. Her clinical interests include feeding and swallowing, voice, and traumatic brain injury. Amanda hopes to earn her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification to continue supporting families in the areas of feeding and swallowing. She is also new to the Charlotte area and enjoys finding good cafes and places to eat, reading, makeup, binging television shows and documentaries, and spending time with her husband and one year old.
Matthew Barry is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Rosemary earned her Masters of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University. Her clinical experience includes outpatient/inpatient pediatric rehabilitation, early intervention, the school system, private practice, and internationally through a clinical abroad trip. In alignment with her clinical interest in pediatric feeding and swallowing; Rosemary is looking forward to attaining her Certified Lactation Consultant certification. She is passionate about working with the pediatric population and their families. Rosemary aims to maximize the potential of each of her clients through a holistic approach. She recently moved to the Charlotte area and enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring different restaurants (especially for brunch!), traveling, baking, and recently calligraphy.
Antoine Hodges Jr. was born and raised in Concord, North Carolina. He is a graduate COTA from Rowan Cabarrus Community College and he is very excited to be a part of the Speech Tactics team! Antoine has worked with children for many years across different roles such as; an after-school counselor, a 1 on 1 mentor, and now a COTA. Without a doubt, serving children and families through occupational therapy is his passion and purpose in life. Antoine loves to impact the youth and be a mentor to kids whenever the opportunity arises. Antoine's commitment to the community is a driving force behind his belief that "children are the future, and therefore we must do our best to make the future bright and promising for them!" He is a passionate, determined, charismatic, helpful, and funny individual who goes above and beyond to ensure each child succeeds and reaches their full potential. Antoine embarks on the journey of therapy and growth with children, parents, and anyone else who is involved in the care of the child. When Antoine is not working with kids, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and taking people to the HOOP! Basketball is something Antoine also likes to incorporate in his therapy sessions.
Iliana Abruet was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She studied Occupational therapy at the University of Puerto Rico- Medical Science Campus and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor's Degree. She has been practicing OT since then. In 1989, Iliana moved to Miami, Fl, where she lived for 29 years. She decided to move to the Charlotte area to be closer to her son, who's been living here for the past four years. Iliana always loved to work with people, especially with kids. That has been the main reason she studied Occupational Therapy. She finds it very rewarding to see how someone can help others become more independent and teach them how to play and interact functionally with their peers, friends, and family. Iliana has worked for over 20 years in the pediatric setting with a variety of different diagnoses. Which she has the most experience with kids in the ASD spectrum and neurological disorders. In her free time, Iliana likes to read, listen to music, arts and crafts, do puzzles, go shopping, and watch television. She also loves to spend time with her family and go out with them. In addition, Iliana also enjoys going to church and getting involved in church activities. She is very family-oriented. She has one son who is her "pride and joy". The majority of her family lives in Tennessee and Florida, but she also has family in Puerto Rico, Japan, and Maryland. Iliana has a pet bunny that she found this past June. Her great-nephew called him Snowball in honor of the bunny from the Life of Pets movie.
Roxy Laguerra-Pabon was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she lived close to the beautiful beaches, and spent her free time reading books. She’s earned two bachelor’s degrees, one from Universidad de Puerto Rico (Interdisciplinary Studies) and the other one from Universidad Carlos Albizu (Speech Language Therapy). Roxy traveled through beautiful mountains providing speech therapy to children in Puerto Rico. With over 14 years of working in the field, Roxy believes her true purpose and passion is for providing speech therapy to children. She is creative, energetic, and places a high priority on parent education. Roxy has a wide range of experiences in various settings and with a variety of diagnoses. She has experience treating children with articulation disorders, language disorders, and ASD, ages 3 to 18 years. When Roxy is not providing speech therapy, she is usually exercising and reading books on the weekends.
Giselle Zayas is a passionate and dedicated bilingual speech-language pathology assistant. In 2007, Giselle graduated with a Bachelor’s in Speech-Language Therapy from the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico. She completed 1 year of clinical practicum working with young children with diverse disorders and disabilities from ages 3-21. She also has 11+ years of experience offering speech and language services to children and teenagers in her native home, Puerto Rico. Giselle is passionate about helping children with their communication needs and loves to see how they progress. In her free time, Giselle loves to exercise, explore, and travel. She has 2 beautiful girls with her husband Gerardo, who is also a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.
Angie LeeMatt was born in Chicago, IL, and moved a lot due to his dad being in the military. He settled in WA and lived there for 30+ years. Matt and his wife decided they needed a change of pace and culture and moved out east. He attended PIMA Medical Institute for his COTA education and Grand Canyon University for his Bachelor of Science in Health Care. Matt was influenced by this after his dad had a stroke 11+ years ago, and little did Matt know that his oldest daughter had high functioning autism which led him to a more pediatric-specific field. He hopes to have an impact on everyone's lives, not just those he works with or treats. One of Matt's favorite quotes is, "Be kind and caring to all." He has worked with kids with autism, down syndrome, and sensory processing disorders. Matt enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, reading, playing video games, going on walks, and traveling. In all, Matt has a total of five kids; one from his wife's previous relationship that he has adopted, three of his own, and one foster to adopt. In addition, Matt also has five pets; three dogs and two cats.
Angie Lee is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who was born in Daejun, South Korea and has been in Charlotte, NC for 23 years. She graduated from Central Piedmont Community College in 2019 obtaining her AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has clinical experience working at an inpatient psychiatric facility for children with behavioral disorders and an outpatient pediatric clinic for children with handwriting delays, autism spectrum disorder, and sensory processing disorders. Soon after graduating, she got a job working with elderly clients of various diagnoses which she loved! Her interest in working with all populations and passion for children brought her back to pediatrics. Angie enjoys working out, being outside, and cooking. She loves to teach herself new skills like hair color/cut, nails, and makeup by experimenting with friends!