Meet the Across The Board Team!

We're blessed to have an amazing team at Across the Board Therapy Group. Our therapists are not only qualified and trained in their specialty, they're strongly committed to improving the lives of special needs children and their families. Together, we offer the most comprehensive services here in Northwest Florida and serve families with needs relating to autism, down syndrome, apraxia, feeding disorders, torticollis, and so much more.


We work tirelessly to reach goals, promote learning and growth in our clients, and commit time to research and lifelong learning in our practicing fields.


Family-owned & Operated
Melissa Goolsby, M.S., CCC­-SLP, BCBA

Speech/Language Pathologist, Behavior Analyst &

Owner of Across the Board


Melissa Goolsby is the owner of Across the Board Therapy Group. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University Montgomery in 1999. She began her career as a Speech Therapist in January 2000 in the public school district. She went on to obtain her Master of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in 2004. In 2014, Melissa completed the requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


In her 20 year career, Melissa has worked in a variety of settings including school, home health, and private clinics. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys gardening, kayaking, and time with her family.

Our Staff

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Originally from St. Louis, Abbey moved to the gulf coast in 2013.  She graduated suma cum laude from the University of Michigan in 2006 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Asian Studies/Japanese Language.  She is a member of Psi Chi and Alpha Mu Gamma National Honors Societies.  After graduation, she worked as a psychometrician and research assistant at the Washington University Alzheimers Disease Research Center and the St. Louis Memory and Aging Project.  She has her Masters in Exceptional Student Education at UWF and her BCBA Certification.  Abbey is the mother of two beautiful girls, one of whom is special needs.  This prompted Abbey’s passion for ABA and the developmental services.


Speech/Language Pathologist


Allison is very excited to be working at Across the Board Therapy. She is originally from San Antonio,TX and received her bachelor's degree in education from Texas A&M University, and her Master of Science in communication disorders from Eastern New Mexico State University. 

In her spare time, you can catch her playing trivia or singing karaoke with her husband. She and her husband also love to travel! Literacy, speech, and pediatrics have always been her passion and she feels very lucky to be working in a great place with great people!


Registered Behavior Technician


Erika was born in Texas and raised in Gulf Breeze and has an undergraduate Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Forensic Science from UWF. She is currently working on her masters in ESE with a focus in ABA therapy at UWF and will sit for BCBA boards after expected graduation in August 2020.


Her goal has always been to work with children and she first experienced ABA therapy as an RBT in 2017 and have loved it ever since. Her passions include art, the beach, and spending time with her two dogs.


Office Manager


Cara is an Administrative Assistant at Across the Board Therapy Group, where she ensures the daily operations run smoothly. Since joining ATB in 2015, she maintains patient accounts, authorizations, account receivables and ensures availability of treatments. 


Cara has been a resident of Navarre since she moved to Florida in June of 2004 from her home state of Missouri (Go Chiefs!) She has been active in the community since. Cara takes great pride in working with children, connecting with the special needs families in our community and enjoys spending time with her husband and four-legged kiddo, Brewster.  


Administrative Assistant


Cara is an Administrative Assistant at Across the Board Therapy Group, where she ensures the daily operations run smoothly. Since joining ATB in 2015, she maintains patient accounts, authorizations, account receivables and ensures availability of treatments. 


Cara has been a resident of Navarre since she moved to Florida in June of 2004 from her home state of Missouri (Go Chiefs!) She has been active in the community since. Cara takes great pride in working with children, connecting with the special needs families in our community and enjoys spending time with her husband and four-legged kiddo, Brewster.  


Speech-Language Pathologist/Behavior Analyst

Hayden Davis is a Speech/Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her Masters Degree in communication disorders from the University of South Alabama and completed coursework for her BCBA at the University of West Florida. Hayden has 20 years' experience working with adults, adolescents and children with varied abilities and needs. Hayden specializes in verbal behavior, aphasia, and social pragmatic language. She has experience treating disorders of language, articulation, fluency, feeding, and voice. She enjoys spending time with her 2 beautiful daughters, her 2 awesome dogs, and her mediocre cat. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, the beach, paddle boarding, kayaking, and golfing.


Administrative Assistant


Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Originally from New Orleans, Jenia served as a behavior technician since 2014. She graduated summa cum laude from Capella University in 2016, Masters in Psychology and emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis. She passed her Board Certification exam in May 2016 and continued in the field as a BCBA. Jenia is experienced with patients 20 months to 19 years and has worked in clinic, home, and school settings. She has 3 beautiful children and a US Air Force-retiree husband. When she isn't working, she loves being outdoors with her family and enjoying the pool or the beautiful Navarre beaches.


Occupational Therapist

Julia has been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Arkansas. Julia has worked in a variety of settings including schools, preschools, private clinics, home health and hospitals.


Julia is trained in sensory processing, Alert program, Wilberger Deep Pressure Protocol (Brushing), Handwriting without Tears, and Brain Gym. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, movies, hiking, and the beach.


Administrative Assistant

Tracey is originally from South Alabama and is so excited to finally be a Florida girl! She brings over 20 years of diversified healthcare experience to ATB including Lean Process Improvement and Studer Group patient experience fundamentals. Tracey studied Mathematics at Troy University.  She uses her love of numbers and processes to help streamline billing and denial management for ATB.


Her husband is a coach and teacher at Navarre High School. In her spare time you can find Tracey at a ball field cheering for her three kids and husband or at the beach enjoying the sand and sun.


Speech/Language Pathologist


Dr. Kalli Donaway Clement has been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 10 years.  She is a specialist in swallowing and feeding problems and developing treatment programs to solve the problems experienced by children and adults who have neurological diagnoses.  


Kalli is active in local and national Speech Language Pathology associations, and is actively involved in training new Speech Language Pathologists.  Kalli graduated with her doctorate in Medical Speech Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Physical Therapist


Laurie has been a pediatric physical therapist since 1994 and  provided therapy for children in home, school, hospital, early intervention, and outpatient settings. A graduate of Maryville University, Laurie's experience includes working with diagnoses such as Torticollis, Spina Bifida, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, medically fragile, low tone, and Down Syndrome in children. She is trained in infant massage and has a special interest in promoting “tummy time” in infants. Laurie completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is married to Pastor Lance Whorton, and are starting Encompass Church in Navarre, Laurie enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, scrap-booking, puzzles, sewing, and taking her dog Charlie for walks.


Speech/Language Pathologist


Mandi is a speech language pathologist who received her Bachelor & Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Montevallo. For over 20 years, she worked with adults and pediatrics at private clinics, public/private schools, and in-home healthcare. Mandi is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation therapy (NMES). She covers speech “from the belly to the brain”. This involves swallowing, respiratory, cognition, receptive and expressive language, articulation, voice and alternative / augmentative communication. She loves spending time with her husband, two sons & daughter at home. Her long distance loves include a son in Arizona, 3 daughters & 4 granddaughters in Idaho.


Board Certified Behavior Analyst

After earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida State University, Mariette completed a Master's in Health Education & Promotion from The University of West Florida. She taught high school science until she found her true calling in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Mariette has worked with adults and children with various disabilities and diagnoses, diabetes research & health education, and helping students reach their full potential.  Mariette grew up in a military family and has lived in the gulf coast off and on throughout her childhood. She lives in Gulf Breeze with her husband and 3 daughters. In her free time she enjoys scuba diving, taking her girls to the beach, and playing with her dogs.


Registered Behavior Technician


Natasha is a native of the Alabama gulf coast and currently resides in Gulf Breeze. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and is currently enrolled at Capella University where she will begin her Masters in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Natasha taught preschool for over 16 years, worked as a Case Manager for adults with varying special needs and began working as an RBT in 2012. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, reading, doing ancestry research, cooking, baking and decorating cakes. 


Occupational Therapy

A native of North Carolina, Nicole moved to Navarre with her family in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy and Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, from East Carolina University, and she is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. From a young age, Nicole has possessed a passion for working with special needs populations, allowing her experience with people of all ages in various settings including in-patient rehabilitation, acute care, parks and recreation programs, ABA clinics, pediatric outpatient, and behavioral health. As an OT, she has worked primarily with children with developmental delays, autism, ADHD, and anxiety.  She has continued her education with courses in sensory processing, early pediatric development, and the Floortime model. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons, baking, and exploring new places. 


Speech Language Pathologist


Originally from Indiana, Shannon earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at Ball State University.  Her experience with speech therapy includes providing one-on-one and group therapy services for children and adults in clinical, outpatient rehabilitation, acute inpatient rehabilitation and school-based settings working toward improving articulation, receptive-expressive language, pragmatic language, fluency, feeding, cognitive and swallowing abilities.


Outside of work Shannon enjoys any outdoor activities, taking care of her fur babies, baking and shopping.


Physical Therapist


Sindhu received a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in 2001. She has worked with adults as well as children in a variety of settings including Outpatient, Rehab, Schools, and Home Health in Alaska, Idaho, and Florida. She has worked closely with children with Torticollis, Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Developmental Delay, and Orthopedic conditions.


She is NDT trained and has worked extensively with adults who suffered from strokes. Sindhu currently lives in Navarre with her husband, 2 kids, and 3 dogs. She enjoys hiking, reading, Yoga, and fostering dogs.

Across the Board Therapy Group

7552 Navarre Parkway, Ste 32

Navarre, FL 32566

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