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Early Steps Gulf Central Staff

LeighAnn Moccia

Counties served: Charlotte Education: She attended Downing college, Oakdale NY BA in Psychology. Experience: She has been employed with Early Steps since 3/2014. Personal: She enjoys shopping,exercising,spending free time with my husband and 2 boys.

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Karen Surdi

Counties Served: Manatee Education: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from The Medical College of Virginia; Certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment of Children with CP; extensive continuing education focused on pediatrics. Experience: Over 28 years in practice in various settings  hospital based in/out patient including NICU; developmental center, school system; early

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Claudia Trevino

Counties Served:  Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee Education:  Licensed Mental Health Counselor. MA Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Sarasota, FL Experience:  Over 10 years of experience providing mental health therapy to young children and families. Five years working for Gulf Central Early Steps, providing developmental and mental health services.

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Caren Lawrence

Counties Served: Manatee and Sarasota Counties Education:  University of South Florida, Masters in Social Work,  College of Mt. St. Joseph of Ohio, BA in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education Experience:  Caren was a teacher for 14 years, in grades Pre-K through 8th.  For six years she worked in child welfare

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