7 Senses Therapy
Was developed by husband and wife Occupational Therapists, Alex and Lauren 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 clinic that would be known for individualized therapy, an Animal-Assisted Therapy program, and a sensory store so parents can purchase therapy items to use with their children at home!
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, 7 Senses Therapy, has adapted to the changes required and is completing Teletherapy sessions as well as home therapy visits at this time.
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 clinic 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 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.
Alex Flores, MOT,OTR/L (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 a private advisor and teacher for the College Internship Program in Brevard County.
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.
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.
Courtney Mott, MOT,OTR/L
Courtney Mott is a nationally certified and State of Florida licensed Occupational Therapist Registered. She was awarded her Bachelor of Health Science with a Minor in Disabilities in Society (2015) and her Master’s of Occupational Therapy (2016) from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Go Gators! Courtney completed fieldwork experiences at UF Health Shands, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and at a pediatric clinic, Sensory Solutions, LLC. She has clinical experience in an in-patient rehabilitation setting and has worked in pediatrics since March 2018. Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Kevin. On the weekends, you can find Courtney perusing the Target dollar section for fun, new activities for all her kiddos!
Hanna Southern, COTA/L
Hanna graduated from Keiser University in 2014, where she completed her occupational therapy assistant degree. She has had a passion for pediatric occupational therapy since childhood, after observing OT sessions her younger brother was receiving. She was intrigued by the progress he made, as well as the child centered approach that was taken.
Since graduating, Hanna has gained experience through working in a variety of pediatric settings including; schools, daycares, behavioral centers, homes, and sensory clinics. She has worked with children ranging from 3 months- 18 years old, with varying exceptionalities. Hanna strives for excellence in her interactions with her clients and families and achieves to make therapy fun, productive and client-centered.
Hanna enjoys playing and teaching her son (born October 2018) and bonus son (born March 2012) during her free time. She sets a high value on spending time with her family and friends and exploring new places and adventures.
Brianna Caldiera, COTA/L
Brianna was born and raised in the small town of Holliston,
Massachusetts. After relocating to Florida in 2015, Brianna uncovered
her passion for the field of Occupational Therapy. After deciding to
further her education in pursuit of becoming a COTA, she graduated
with honors from Keiser University in 2019 with an Associate of Science
Degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Prior to attending college, Brianna gained experience working with children as a teaching assistant. At home, Brianna and her husband devote their time to their three beloved dogs. Brianna hopes to further her knowledge relating to animal assisted therapies. In addition to pampering their dogs, Brianna and her husband enjoy exploring new places, particularly by means of their boat. Brianna is passionate about providing the best and most thorough treatment possible.
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.