We believe children learn through play and aim to make therapy effective yet fun. Your child's progress is our main priority and we know that means involving you every step of the way. It takes a village to raise a child and we are honored to be part of yours.
Hillary and Alicia met while working in the school system many years ago. They heard countless stories from families who were desperately looking for outside therapy only to be put on miles-long wait lists while precious time was being wasted. They decided to do something about that and open Lighthouse. They reached out to knowledgable coworkers and friends to enhance the services that Lighthouse provides and have developed quite a team!
Meet our Team
Hillary Chisholm Hutchins, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner & SLP
Hillary is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist. She graduated from Florida State University and the University of South Florida. She has been a speech language pathologist for 12 years in both the school system and private settings. Hillary specializes in early intervention, receptive and expressive language disorders, and phonological/articulation disorders. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband and two sons.
Alicia Capen, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner & SLP
Alicia graduated from UF and USF. She has been a speech pathologist in the school system for 19 years and has worked in the private setting as well. Alicia specializes in early intervention, autism spectrum disorders, and language impairment. Alicia lives in St. Petersburg and is a mom to three sons.
Licensed School Psychologist
Shannon is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and is licensed in the state of Florida. She attended Eckerd College and USF. Shannon has worked as a school psychologist in Pinellas County Schools for over 15 years. She is available to conduct psychoeducational evaluations to determine educational needs, learning characteristics, and behavioral needs relevant to educational planning.
Donna Logan is a graduate of the USF School of Education. She has worked in Pinellas County Schools for 16 years as both a classroom teacher and a reading specialist. Donna lives in St. Petersburg with her husband and son.
Katherine is an FSU graduate and has worked in Pinellas County Schools as an elementary mathematics teacher for the last 19 years. Katherine is able to remediate math deficits, enrich math skills, and help parents learn the "new" way of teaching math. Katherine is married with two sons.
Cynthia "CeCe" Saldanha
CeCe is a graduate of Wake Forest and UCF. She has over 23 years of experience in the hospital and outpatient settings, home health, and the school setting with children ranging from birth to 21 years. She is married with three daughters.
Reading and Dyslexia Specialist
Helen Sourini has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. She is a Title I Reading Interventionist for the Pinellas County School system and a certified Barton Reading and Spelling System tutor. She works with children who struggle with spelling, reading and writing due to dyslexia or a learning disability. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of South Florida and is married with two daughters. Her passion is helping students succeed by instilling confidence in their reading skills.
Whitney Lear, OTR/L
Whitney has been a pediatric occupational therapist for over 6 years. She has worked with children of all ages and diagnoses in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, homes, schools, and in the community. She graduated from Florida Southern College and went to graduate school at East Carolina University. She is a proud pirate for life! Whitney specializes in sensory-based feeding therapy, sensory processing, reflex integration, developmental delay, and handwriting.
Clinical and Educational Audiologist
Katrina has served for over 31 years as an Educational and Pediatric Audiologist for Pinellas County Schools. Her passion for over 40 years as a Clinical and Educational Audiologist leads to a deep understanding of hearing loss and its impact on the development of speech, language, education and social skills. Katrina lives in St. Petersburg with her husband. She has two daughers and four grandchildren.
Katie was born and raised in St. Petersburg. She has a Bachelor of Health Science Degree and a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida. Katie specializes in autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, sensory based feeding therapy, and early intervention. Katie is very excited to join the Lighthouse team!
Christine is a registered and licensed pediatric occupational therapist who is excited to join our team! She is a St. Pete native who graduated from Louisiana State University and Medical University of South Carolina. Christine is passionate about pediatric care and specializes in early intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorders, sensory integration, sensory based feeding disorders, handwriting, infant massage and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Melissa Gurd, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Melissa is an ASHA and state certified speech language pathologist. She graduated from the University of South Florida for both undergraduate and graduate school. She has been an SLP working in the outpatient hospital setting for the past 4 years. Melissa specializes in the treatment of children requiring the use of Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), and children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down syndrome, as well as early intervention. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband and 2 daughters.