Jenny Montagner, M.S., CCC-SLP, FSL – Director, Speech-Language Pathologist

Jenny Montagner is a Speech-Language Pathologist and the Clinical Director of Kids Chat Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida International University in 1998 and then went on to obtain her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Nova Southeastern University in 2002. She always knew that she wanted to focus her career on helping children with special needs. She worked in various private practices, hospitals and schools where she gained extensive experience treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, auditory processing disorder, language disorder, speech and oral motor disorders and augmentative and alternative communication. Jenny takes pride in learning new therapy strategies to further help her patients reach their maximum potential. She has training in PROMPT-Level II, Lindamood Bell programs, Braidy, Kaufman Series, Floortime / DIR, LAMP, Beckman oral motor, and Auditory Processing. She specializes in treating children with motor speech disorders, auditory processing disorder and Autism. She enjoys developing research based therapeutic and preventative programs for her patients. Since 2005, Jenny has worked with the local public charter schools where she has gained extensive knowledge about the IEP and RTI processes. She maintains the Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She serves as a supervisor for students working to obtain their Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, Carlos Albizu University and other out of state institutions. She has served as a member of the Communication Sciences and Disorders advisory board for Florida International University and as an offsite clinical supervisor and instructor for Carlos Albizu University. She recognizes the importance of continuing education and takes great pride in using a multi-disciplinary team approach to help her patients succeed.

Ivelisse Hernandez-Obeso, M.S., CCC-SLP – Assistant Clinical Director

Ivy Hernandez-Obeso received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida International University. She started her career as a Pre-K Exceptional Student Education teacher for 3 and a half years. In 2007, she joined the Kids Chat family. Ivy holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She works closely with children and their families to encourage language development and stimulation in the therapy setting and most importantly in the natural environment. She serves as a clinical supervisor for students working to obtain their Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida International University.  Ivy strives to keep current in her therapy techniques to maximize the benefits to her patients.

Barbara Navarro, M.S., CCC-SLP – Assistant Outreach Program Director

Barbi Navarro received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in business administration and her Master of Science degree in communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida International University. She began her career as a speech language pathologist assistant under Jenny’s mentorship, joining the Kids Chat Therapy family in 2006. Barbi maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and her independent license from the Florida Department of Health. Barbi has worked for the past 7 years in our local public charter schools allowing her to obtain great knowledge about the IEP and RTI process. Barbi strongly believes in providing individualized therapy and participates in numerous continuing education programs which allow her to do so. Barbi has training in PROMPT, Lindamood Bell programs, Braidy, LAMP and Beckman oral motor. Along with her colleagues, Barbi serves as a clinical supervisor for students working to obtain their Master of Science degree in Speech language pathology from Florida International University.

Yesenia Reyes, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist

Yesenia “Didi” Reyes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida. Didi furthered her education by earning a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She began her career serving children with various exceptionalities in 2010 as a behavior therapist and speech language pathologist assistant. In 2014, she joined the Kids Chat family as a graduate clinician under the mentorship of Jenny and Ivy. Shortly thereafter, she was given the opportunity to work as a full time speech language pathologist, serving the local charter schools and private clinic population. She provides dynamic, multi-modal therapy to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech and motor disorders, and language disorders. In addition, Didi is PROMPT Level II trained and continues to educate herself on new therapeutic approaches. Didi holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She serves as a clinical supervisor for students working to obtain their Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, Carlos Albizu University, as well as other out of state universities.

Natasha A. Ruhi, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist

Natasha A. Ruhi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 2008. After working in that field for a year, Natasha had a change of heart and began to pursue her certification in Speech Language Pathology. In 2013 Natasha graduated with her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Florida International University. She began her career as a speech language pathologist in various private practices around Miami-Dade County working with the pediatric population. She obtained experience working with children with various disorders such as autism, receptive and expressive language delays, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and chromosomal abnormalities. Natasha is currently working as a speech language pathologist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and her independent license from the Florida Department of Health. Natasha has training in PROMPT and Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes and is always striving to learn about the latest evidence-based practices in her field to best serve her students and patients at Kids Chat Therapy.

Sofia Torres, M.S., OTR/L – Occupational Therapist