Meet our amazing staff


Teresa Delatolla Fiano, PT

Physical Therapist

Co-founder/Director of Therapy Services

Miss Terri has over 15 years of experience working as a pediatric physical therapist. Miss Terri graduated from McGill University in Montreal,QC Canada, and worked in a specialized school in Montreal, her hometown, for a couple of years before moving to San Diego. She practiced early intervention and worked at San Diego school district for eight years prior to moving to Orange County. Miss Terri met her husband, Gerry, in San Diego and they were blessed with having two active sons. She had the pleasure of working in a private practice setting for a few years before she decided to venture on her own and start Wee Thrive Pediatric Therapy Group, with her husband as her business partner. Miss Terri has a passion to work with babies and toddlers and especially to work with their parents to empower them to perform the exercises at home. She has extensive training in infant and child motor development including assessment and treatment of infant torticollis and plagiocephaly, in addition to Neuro-Developmental Treatment approach to babies. Miss Terri believes that collaboration with the entire team, with most importantly the parents, is vital to optimize a child's success. Miss Terri loves to spend time with her husband and sons at the beach, shopping for her kids and having community BBQ play-dates with their neighbor friends.


Amanda KugEl, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Miss Amanda became interested in the field of speech pathology when she was a freshman in high school, while she was volunteering with children with special needs in a preschool. At that time, she was asked to assist the speech-language pathologist on staff and she instantly found her calling. She has been a certified speech-language pathologist since 2002. Miss Amanda graduated with a Bachelors of Arts and Masters in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the University of Redlands, CA. After she graduated, she worked in a school district where 50% of her caseload was with children of the ages three-five years old. This past decade, she worked in private pediatric clinic settings with extensive training in early intervention and family-centered practice. Miss Amanda has experience working with children ages 11 months through 16 years with a variety of needs including but not limited to: expressive and receptive language delays, articulation/ phonology disorders, stuttering, autism, childhood apraxia of speech, and social/ pragmatic delays. She is deeply committed to building rapport with each child and family, and feels parent education and parent training are essential for optimal success and carryover of skills. Miss Amanda was a lead speech therapist prior to becoming a mother to her two beautiful children with her husband, Chris, of 14 years who has taught her first hand about child development and setting realistic expectations. She enjoys being a mother and volunteering in her children's classrooms. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and chocolate lab, soaking up the sun at the beach and interior design.


Julie C. Brown, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Miss Julie has almost a decade of experience working as a pediatric occupational therapist. She graduated with her Masters degree, with highest honors, from Nova Southeastern University, FL. She has worked in home environments and a variety of pediatric clinics with a concentration in Ayres Sensory Integration®. Miss Julie received additional advanced training and continuing education in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Sensory Integration and Kinesiology Taping Methods. Miss Julie believes that therapy is most effective through a holistic approach involving children and their families. Play is an integral part of her therapy sessions to engage children, while improving fine motor, gross motor, feeding, motor planning, and sensory processing skills. Miss Julie is married to her husband, Shawn, and has an energetic nine-year-old boy. She loves to spend time at the beach watching her husband surf with their son, refinishing antique furniture and meeting with her Talega book club. Miss Julie also loves staying active in her community by volunteering at the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center with children who have special needs.


Tawnia Mishkin

Director of Operations

Administration

Miss Tawnia has over 16 years of experience being a manager at a pediatric therapy center. She has two wonderful grown children. Miss Tawnia was inspired to work in the pediatric therapy realm because of her son with special needs. Her passion is to help people with what she has gone through and she loves to be a resource for parents. In her free time, Miss Tawnia enjoys to cook, read and travel whenever she gets the opportunity to do so.


Gerry Fiano, CFOO

Owner/Executive Director

Gerry was the inspiration to create Wee Thrive Pediatric Therapy Group. He motivated his wife, Miss Terri to follow her dreams and open up an early intervention center. Gerry is very excited for Wee Thrive Pediatric Therapy Group to become a big resource for parents and families in order to give back to the community.


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