Staff

Welcome.

I’m Linda Brown and I’m glad you’re here to find out more about the BrightStart Pediatrics PPEC program.

As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I know firsthand that consistent nursing and therapy for medically fragile infants and children is crucial in promoting the best outcomes possible. That led me to create BrightStart Pediatrics.

But BrightStart is so much more than just nursing and therapy. My vision for a PPEC was and still is quite different.

You’ll meet just some of our staff here. I am blessed to have assembled an entire team of caring, dedicated people to provide our services for medically fragile patients and their families.

  More than anything about the center, it’s the people who make BrightStart such an important part of the lives of families we serve.”

Thank you again for visiting. I look forward to welcoming you into our BrightStart family.

Linda Brown

Program Director

Director & Creator of BrightStart Pediatrics

I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist active in the Orlando healthcare community since 1990; I also hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University. BrightStart began because I worked in a PPEC center, fell in love with the concept but knew it could be so much more. In the years since 2003 when the first BrightStart location opened, the program has expanded its reach and defined a standard of quality for PPEC. I am thankful for every day, for every family that crosses our path, for every little face that lights up our day, and for every employee who loves our kids like I do. Our goal is to give the best of ourselves so these children can get the bright start they deserve.

Caroline

Orlando Location Director

Joined BrightStart: August 2006

“Caroline is the Location Director for our Orlando center. She oversees the staff, hires new personnel, handles payroll and billing functions for both locations, coordinates field trips, manages day to day office functions, and much, much more. Caroline provides a well-organized process for everything to keep us on track; she is truly our “detail” specialist. Beyond the details, Caroline cares about our kids and our team. She has built a wonderful staff that puts so much heart into everything they do. We are very fortunate to have Caroline at the helm of this bustling, dynamic center!”

Sharon

Sanford & Winter Garden Location Director

Joined BrightStart: July 2008

“Sharon is the Location Director of our Sanford center. She coordinates the transportation for this center, and could on any given morning, be driving a transport van at 6 a.m.! She coordinates field trips, oversees the staff, hires new personnel, manages day to day office functions, and much, much more. Her dedication to our kids and her staff is evident in everything she does. She works hard to ensure that quality care is first on everyone’s mind. Underneath her hard work exterior is the biggest heart you’ll ever find. She’s an amazing person and an outstanding leader.”

Pete

Business Development & Media

Joined BrightStart: January 2008

“Pete serves many roles, some of them within the same day. He meets with new BrightStart families to introduce our service; he coordinates referrals with each location; he is a member of several community service boards; he built and manages our web site; he creates all of our printed and presentation materials used in community outreach; he standardizes our forms, and is available for whatever else he is called upon to do. Around the center and our activities, he’s the guy with the camera. Now you understand why I can’t settle on a title; maybe invaluable! Pete has incredibly high standards, perfect for what he does … and a crazy sense of humor. I don’t know where we would be without him.”

Orlando Clinical Leadership Team

Evelyn

RN Director of Nursing

Orlando Therapy Team

Jennifer Bittner PT

Jennifer

Physical Therapist

Cara

Physical Therapy Assistant

Eileen

Occupational Therapist

Paola

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Kathy

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Frances

Speech Language Pathologist

Keissy

Speech Language Pathologist

Sanford Clinical Leadership Team

Karen

RN Director of Nursing

Sanford Therapy Team

Jennifer Bittner PT

Jennifer

Physical Therapist

Sarah Bhimsingh PTA

Sarah

Physical Therapy Assistant

Julie

Occupational Therapist

Amanda

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jessie

Speech Language Pathologist

Winter Garden Clinical Leadership Team

Kevi Kantner RN

Kevi

RN Director of Nursing

Winter Garden Therapy Team

Jared

Speech Language Pathologist

Eileen

Occupational Therapist

Jennifer Bittner PT

Jennifer

Physical Therapist