7 Senses Therapy
Was developed by husband and wife Occupational Therapists, Lauren and Alex Flores. They both graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a Master's in Occupational Therapy. They wanted to create an outstanding therapy studio that would be known for individualized therapy, an exceptional Animal-Assisted Therapy program, and a baby and kids shop so parents can purchase educational and sensory items to use with their children at home!
Lauren Flores, MOT,OTR/L (owner/occupational therapist)
completed her specialty in pediatrics and has been working as a Pediatric Therapist in Brevard County since 2009. Lauren has worked in the Early Intervention (ages 0-3) and School-based settings. She has a heart for children and has wanted to open her own OT specialty studio where children can receive quality therapy with an emphasis in sensory integration! She also has a very strong passion for Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). She has received a Facility Dog from Canine Companions for Independence (specially trained service dog) which can be incorporated into the therapy sessions with the children. Lauren also had a special internship in San Antonio, Texas where she was part of a long standing AAT program at Warm Springs Rehab Hospital. She learned about the amazing benefits of the human-animal connection and the progress achieved by the clients when working with the dogs. She and Tinder and now Aloha (successor dog) are certified through Canine Companions. Lauren is also a certified Autism Specialist.
Alex Flores, MOT,OTR (owner/occupational therapist)
completed various internships in the fields of orthopedic rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. He thoroughly enjoyed the time spent at the National Rehab Hospital in Washington, D.C. and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, FL. Here, he was trained in working with children with visual and hearing impairments as well as aquatic therapy. Alexis has used his knowledge regarding Occupational Therapy to affect the lives of people and improve their ability to enjoy their life. "I want to take away the limitations people set, and reveal their amazing abilities." He has always wanted to open an innovative therapy clinic that brings the latest evidenced based therapy to the community. He feels it is very important for children to gain functional life skills so they can be more independent! He is currently focusing on executive functionin
Tinder Flores (retired) is a Golden Retriever/Black Labrador Mix who was born in California on August, 2009. When he was only a puppy, he was sent to a correctional facility in Florida, where he was raised by dedicated puppy raisers. When he turned one, Tinder transferred to Canine Companions for Independence in Orlando. There he received one year of extensive training and learned about 40 different commands. After a long process, he finally became part of our team! All the children will tell you that he is the smartest, nicest and funniest dog they have ever MET!
Aloha Flores (successor facility dog) is a Canine Companions for Independence Yellow Lab who was born in California in March of 2018. When she was a puppy she was sent to amazing puppy raisers in Orlando, FL who trained her everyday for a year and half. Then they turned her in to the Orlando CCI training center for advanced training. After about a year of advanced training Aloha was matched with Lauren to be a CCI Facility Dog at 7 Senses Therapy. Aloha is 2.5 years old and enjoys cuddling and giving lots of love to the clients. She know lots of helpful commands to help the children gain skills for life. Lauren and Aloha became a certified team in July of 2020.
Jessica Pope, MA CCC/SLP
Jessica Pope, MA CCC/SLP is a nationally certified and Florida licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She received both her Bachelors degree in Communicative Disorders and Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Central Florida. After graduating she began working in Melbourne, where she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the last 13 years. Jessica lives in Viera with her husband, family and fur baby Jingle Bell. Jessica’s passion for Speech Therapy came from her own experience at a young age. As a child she struggled with dysfluency (stuttering) and was in speech therapy herself. She always remembered how special she felt during her therapy sessions and the confidence that came as her dysfluency improved. No matter the impairment, Jessica’s goal is to make every child feel special while building their confidence in the process.
Jennifer Finan, COTA/L
Jennifer Finan graduated with her Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from New England Institute of Technology in 2016 with honors. Jennifer discovered her passion for working with children throughout her clinical experiences while pursuing her career. She has been working in out-patient pediatric settings since early 2017. Jennifer enjoys making therapy fun and playful as children learn best through play. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband (Nick) and their two little poodle mixes (Parker and Prince).”
Lindsey Johnson, COTA/L
Lindsey Johnson received her Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from
Keiser University in 2013 and previously worked at an Early Intervention center for 5 years. Her time there enabled her to work with a variety developmental delays and diagnoses, with ages ranging from 1 to 12 years old. Her passion has always been working with children; “There is nothing more rewarding then helping children achieve their goals and live more meaningful and independent lives, as a COTA I get to be a part of that, and that is why I love what I do.” She enjoys volunteering at organizations that focus on bettering the lives of children and their families with disabilities. She has recently been getting involved with the local branch of the
Special Olympics and hopes to one day become a coach for the volleyball team.
Kirstie Dalton, MS, OTR/L
Kirstie (pronounced like curse-tea) is a nationally certified and State of Florida licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. Kirstie received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Health Sciences in 2013, and her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2015 from Eastern Kentucky University, where she graduated at the top of her class. Kirstie was born in Louisville, KY and lived there until moving to Cincinnati, OH in 2016. Kirstie and her husband and two pets recently relocated to Melbourne in September of 2020.
Kirstie was first inspired to pursue occupational therapy after seeing the amazing difference an occupational therapist made in the life of her younger brother who is on the autism spectrum. Kirstie has clinical experience in outpatient pediatric therapy along with specialized upper extremity therapy and custom splinting. Kirstie’s passions are in helping others achieve life to the fullest. Furthermore, Kirstie has a passion for integrating animal therapy in a clinical setting.
In her free time, Kirstie enjoys traveling, kayaking, CrossFit, and loving on her two fluffy kids, Bella (a pup), and Snowy (a kitten). Kirstie volunteers at the Sea Turtle Preservation Society and has a heart for kids and animals.
Michelle Carpenter, OTR/L
Michelle Carpenter is a nationally certified and Florida licensed Occupational Therapist.
Michelle graduated from the University of Florida (Go Noles) with a Bachelor of Health
Science in Occupational Therapy with Honors in December 1999. Michelle has had
experience working as an Occupational Therapist in many different settings. She has
worked in a Sub-acute hospital in NC, a Pediatric Outpatient facility in NC, Wuesthoff
Hospital in Rockledge, nursing home in Merritt Island, and another Pediatric Outpatient
facility here locally. Michelle enjoys working with all different ages, but truly loves
watching the change she can make with the pediatric population. Michelle specialized
in Sensory Integration during her internship back in 1999 and loves working with the
sensory population. Michelle has been married for over 20 years and has 3 wonderful
children, 2 girls and 1 boy, and her precious Rhodesian Ridgeback dog. She loves
spending much quality time with her family especially outdoors and at the beach.
Lisa Timrick, COTA/L, certified child light yoga teacher
Lisa graduated from City Colleges of Chicago, Illinois, receiving her occupational therapy assistant degree in 2010 with high honors. She has over 20 years’ experience working with Children of all abilities, finding her passion for occupational therapy while working at Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago on the spinal cord team. In 2014 Lisa moved to Florida where she began her work as an occupational therapist assistant with medically fragile children. She discovered her passion for yoga and the importance of
integrating movement into her sessions to support children with learning and regulating their nervous system. She specializes in yoga, pediatric massage, and sensory base play therapy. In her free time, she enjoys her family, instant pot cooking and agility training with her dog Wrigley.
Jennifer Boudreau, MOTR/L
Jennifer is a nationally certified and State of Florida licensed Occupational Therapist Registered. She graduated from the University of Florida with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree and Minor in Pre-Occupational Therapy (2008), and then graduated with honors with her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree (2009). She has a practice area of emphasis designation in Pediatrics from the National Board Certification of Occupational Therapy. She has worked with the pediatric population 3 months old through 21 years of age.
Jennifer has worked primarily in the public school system since 2010. She has also worked in a variety of other therapy settings including children’s home environments through the Early Steps program, day care settings, private schools and hand/upper extremity rehabilitation outpatient clinic. She has experience treating a variety of clients and has additional trainings in sensory, vision, Autism and ADHD. Jennifer is a native Floridian and loves living by the beach. She enjoys being outside, gardening, reading and going on fun outings with her daughter.
Luvmarie Barzey - office clerk
Luvmarie (pronounced love-marie) has always had a passion for early childhood education, because she believes that children understand life’s simplest joys. As Angela Schwindt once said, “While we try to teach children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about”. Since moving to Florida from NYC, she was able to channel that passion into coaching mommy and me courses for several years. Luvmarie now spends most of her time being a mom to twin boys! In her free time, she enjoys a variety of dance classes, reading, and coffee
Lauren Novak- volunteer office clerk
Lauren Novak is a college student majoring in Health Sciences at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Go Gators! She hopes to graduate with her Bachelor of Health Science in 2023 and further pursue the field of pediatric medicine via graduate school. As a childcare staff member at her Church and a summer nanny, Lauren has worked with children of all ages and enjoys any opportunity to help enrich their lives. She also loves to express her faith through the quality and sincerity of her work. Lauren usually spends her free time at her local youth ministry and with her friends, all while squeezing in time for school work.