More than anything about the center, it’s the people who make BrightStart such an important part of the lives of families we serve.
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.
Thank you again for visiting. I look forward to welcoming you into our BrightStart family.
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.
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!”
Sanford 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.”
Winter Garden Location Director
Joined BrightStart: January 2007
“Joann brings nine years of experience to our new BrightStart location, having been a key staff member at the Orlando center since 2007. Coordinating transportation, billing, and many other administrative functions, she’s been integral to our success. Wonderfully energetic and personable, Joann shows love and dedication in everything she does.”
Intake & 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.”