Michelle A. Ortega, MS, CCC-SLP, founder and President of Communicare Ltd., Inc. has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 1993. During this time, Michelle has treated children and adults in a variety of service delivery models, including inpatient head injury rehabilitation, sub-acute care, day hospital and long-term care. She has provided early intervention services (center, home and office-based), as well as worked in the public school setting (Preschool Disabilities/Autism and school-age inclusion).
Communicare Ltd., Inc., a private practice setting, has been Michelle’s base of operations since 1994. In our clinic, Michelle evaluates and provides individual treatment of feeding and communication disorders, as well as collaborates with her staff and related professionals.
As a result of long-standing professional relationships and intensive, transdisciplinary continuing education, Michelle has acquired a unique, holistic approach to support feeding and communication skill acquisition and functional recovery. She combines the knowledge of early developmental processes with innovative treatment strategies to support functional outcomes of patient growth, regardless of current age, functional level or given diagnoses. In addition, her expertise with sensory processing difficulties provides valuable insight when evaluating school-aged children who exhibit language learning issues in the classroom.
The "Live. Love. Grow." philosophy reflects Michelle's passion to value each person who enters her clinic, as well as to support the child in the family system to impact his or her surrounding environment.
John 13:34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;
as I have loved you, that you also love one another."
Rebekah M. Blackwell, MS, OTR, has been a licensed occupational therapist since 1999. She has provided evaluation and treatment in a variety of settings, including private clinics, within a private school for children with autism and within public schools. As Program Director in a social skills training center, Becky trained staff and developed innovative groups using neurotypical peer models. She is also a certified provider of The Listening Program® and Integrated Listening Systems®.
Becky evaluates and treats infants, children and young adults in our clinic, addressing difficulties in sensory integration, coordination, handwriting, visual-motor, fine motor and gross motor skills. She has an expert background in the visual-vestibular-auditory integration system, utilizing sound therapy and collaborating with educators, visual therapists and our staff speech pathologist for comprehensive treatment plans. Becky believes that the parents are the "true expert" regarding their child and encourages observation and participation to help develop an appropriate plan for the child.