ABOUT US

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Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Central Florida.

Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Associates has been treating the pediatric population since 1991. Physical, occupational, speech therapies and early intervention services provide habilitation for children/youth with special needs. As the children progress and leave the therapy world, it has become a concern of CFPTA therapists that the graduates become lost in the world of the able-bodied. Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Foundation was created as a non-profit corporation in November 2009. CFPT Foundation was created to instill FAITH in our community of patients: Families Achieving Independence Through Him.

Young adults with physical disabilities have the same life goals as the able-bodied. They want to lead independent and purposeful lives. They want to participate in community activities with their peers, be financially independent and stay physically fit.

The Central Florida Dreamplex is a center for fitness and recreation designed specifically for families with special needs.

Our facility blends alternative therapy, adaptive sports and recreation activities, and group fitness classes for the whole family into one location to serve your wellness needs.

We tailor our membership packages to meet the unique needs of your family! If your family has special needs, the Central Florida Dreamplex is YOUR place for fitness, recreation, and fun!

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OUR MISSION

Because building opportunities for people with disabilities strengthens the entire community, it is our vision to provide a place to live, work and play for everyone. We are committed to the idea that everyone has gifts that can impact others.  It is our challenge to build venues and create opportunities for cooperative growth through the use of these gifts.

Through FAITH we strive to cultivate:

  • Diversity: To draw ideas from each person’s unique perspective and use them as a catalyst for empowerment.
  • Personal Choice: To recognize the variety of individual needs and goals and support them when possible.
  • Awareness:  We strive to be mindful of the diverse needs of others.  People are challenged daily by things we take for granted.
  • Service:  We are here to fulfill unmet needs wherever possible.  We are at our best when we give.

BOARD MEMBERS

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Amy Gomes

Co-Executive Director

Amy is a pediatric therapist and has been co-owner of Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Associates since 1991. Amy also established Hope Haven Ukraine, a school for children with special needs in Crimea, Ukraine.

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Renee Phares 

Co-Executive Director

Renee has worked as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 26 years. She  has been  Co-owner and lead OT for Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Associates for 20 years.

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Ray Phares 

Chairman of the Board

Ray served as a Motion Picture Laboratory Specialist in the United States Air Force for four years before beginning a 32 year career at Walt Disney World.  At the time of his retirement in 2002, Ray was responsible for a business unit with a $7,500,000 annual budget and 65 employees.  After retiring from Walt Disney World, Ray obtained his mortgage broker license and provided mortgages from 2003 until 2005.  Ray became involved with CFPTFoundation from the beginning as a trusted volunteer before becoming a board member in 2012.

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Patricia Flood

Patricia Flood, a fourth-generation Floridian, has been on the CFPT Foundation Board since January 2013. Pat has a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, daycare director, teacher, real estate magazine publisher, house-flipper and Realtor. When she is not working, Pat spends time with her adult children, serves at her church, boats, reads, and attends Gator football games.  Pat enjoys writing grant proposals for the Foundation.

 

 

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Jessica Langley Lowe

Jessica is a local family attorney and opened her own practice last year.  She graduated with her Bachelors degree from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law.

Jessica has a special interest in families and children and loves to give back to the community through CFPT Foundation.

 

 

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Michael G. Markland, Sr.

Michael is the proud father of three children all born in 2006, of which two have special needs and have been patients of Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Associates.  He became involved with CFPTFoundation because of his connection with special needs in his own family.  As the primary caretaker of their three children, Michael has first hand experience of the effects of special needs on the family unit and has become an advocate in our community.  Michael is passionate about seeing children with special needs and their families live lives with no limits.

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Kelly Hart

Kelly is the very proud mother of a “micro” preemie, now toddler, girl. Kelly became involved with the Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Foundation after her daughter started receiving therapy with CFPT Associates. When she heard of the accomplishments and their future goals, she knew that she wanted to be a part of theCFPT Foundation.

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Ashlea Johnson

Ashlea Johnson is the owner of Summit Mental Health Services in Clermont, Florida. She specializes in providing mental health services for individuals with Autism and other neurological differences and their families. Ashlea came to the South Lake area from Baltimore, Maryland in 2004 and has been working in clinical mental health since that time.  She has a passion for advocacy and is thrilled to be a part of the Dreamplex board.

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Ben Stalvey

Father of Gracie Stavley, Diagnosed with Retts syndrome | Estimator, Fence Outlet Online

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Denise Beckham

Denise grew up in central Florida. Lived in New Jersey for 11 years then moved back to Mount Dora. Decided she needed something more rewarding than the restaurant business and enrolled in the OT program in 2008. Graduated in 2011 and started working for CFPTA in 2012. Her passion is working with special needs children and their families.

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Joseph Rivera

Joseph is currently the Office Manager of Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Associates. He also was in retail banking management for over 12 years.   He has a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Florida.  Joseph is married to Barbara for over 12 years and they have two beautiful children Javier and Camila.  Joseph is excited to be a part of the mission of Central Florida Pediatric Therapy Foundation.

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Stacey Fulmore

Stacey is the proud mother of three year old Abigail. Because of a lack of in depth knowledge of some rare syndromes, it took many months and many specialists before receiving a diagnosis of Moebius Syndrome, raising awareness and researching Moebius became a priority for her and her family. Her daughter began receiving therapy through the CFPT Associates when her family moved from Gainesville, FL, which quickly got her involved with the CFPT Foundation.

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