Meet The Team

MA, CCC-SLP

Ann-Marie Dykstra

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I am proud to be both the owner and a Speech-Language Pathologist here at Cobalt Therapy. I am currently passionate about voice, chronic cough and swallowing issues by providing much needed diagnostic information for patients with the use of flexible endoscopy (also known as FEES). I truly enjoy the journey of helping patients to problem solve their complex issues and develop a plan of care that will bring optimal results. When I’m not working, I enjoy every minute I can with my amazing and super supportive husband! Without him this journey to provide specialized care to Lake County would not be possible.
MS, CCC-SLP

Jennifer Mears

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I have been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist for 15 years practicing in the state of FL. I earned my Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Florida International University in Miami, FL in September, 2006. I have had the opportunity to work in various settings over the past 15 years including acute care in a level 1 trauma hospital, outpatient, home health and in subacute rehab facilities as well. I truly enjoy being able to help clients enjoy their life to the fullest by facilitating communication and swallowing skills.
MA, CCC-SLP

Anita (Ann) Johnson

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I have over 25 years of experience in adult medical speech pathology. I have worked in hospitals, skilled care facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health and outpatient clinics. My clinical interests are aphasia, swallowing disorders (dysphagia) and cognitive disorders. My family and I relocated to central Florida 20 years ago and never plan to leave we love it here! I am married to Dr. Christopher Johnson, have three adult children and 2 dogs. I enjoy the outdoors, family time and travel.
MA, CCC-SLP

Christina Gwyn

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I am a certified and licensed speech language pathologist who has worked in the field for almost 10 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2007. While taking graduate classes in cognitive sciences, I took a class in Aphasia (an acquired language disorder) and was immediately fascinated. I then applied to the communication sciences and disorders program, completing my master’s degree in 2013. I have worked with adults since that time, with my passions being in the rehabilitation of communication, cognition, and swallowing. My certifications include the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and the McNeill Dysphagia Treatment Program, and I am consistently pursuing further education and certifications to advance my skills and strive for effective therapy for my patients. I am honored to be a part of the Cobalt Therapy rehabilitation team and look forward to providing modern and up-to date treatment and patient-centered care.

Speech and Swallow Therapy: Ann-Marie Dykstra, MA, CCC-SLP

Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist

Background
I received my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010 from San Diego State University. Prior to that, I had a 10-year career as a stunt performer for various theme parks around the world. Little did I know at the time how all that training would influence what I do today. There’s a difference between training muscles when they are healthy, and repairing them after damage has occurred. This, and many other invaluable insights, helped prepare me for my next career as a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).

My first position after graduate school was with a major, level-two trauma center. There I was able to work with mentors and other professionals who had extensive backgrounds in the medical field. The skills and certifications I earned through the guidance of my more experienced colleagues provided a strong foundation for my work.

My role at the hospital involved performing extensive diagnostic procedures such as Modified Barium Swallow studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing. In addition to this, I conducted medically complex treatment programs. To this day, I thrive on deepening my expertise. I’m particularly fascinated with the emerging technology in this field, and how we can apply it toward major advancements in speech-language pathology. I’m eager to make a lasting contribution to my field in diagnostic assessments and therapy programs. 

Last but not least, is you. My clients are the heart, soul and voice of my life’s work.

Certifications

  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment® (LSVT®)
  • Certified for utilization of NMES by Ampcare, Guardian Way and Vital Stim
  • Certificate of Training for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Licensed to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Florida
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Education

  • Master’s Degree, Speech-Language Pathology, San Diego State University

Speech and Swallow Therapy in Lake County, Florida

Cobalt Therapy is the only mobile service that is exclusively speech therapy only and for adults living in Lake County, Florida. We offer therapies that target improvement of thinking skills (cognition), communication abilities, voice and swallow function. This includes advanced swallow therapy with services that utilize electrical-stimulation for improving muscles needed to swallow safely. We also provide a variety of effective voice therapies, such as LSVT Loud for Parkinson’s disease.

We are a privately-owned, speech-language pathology service. Our compassion-driven vision is based on the growing need for qualified medical speech therapists to serve the Lake County area. In addition to in-home services, we also provide staffing support for healthcare facilities.

The bird in our logo is a swallow, which is very common in this beautiful part of Florida. Swallows are deeply linked with new beginnings and the renewal of life. They are considered beautiful and delicate birds, bringing good news to those who see them fly by. And hey, let’s not forget the name of this bird …it’s one of the things we treat best!

The color cobalt has a strong connection with nature and is considered to be soothing, peaceful and trustworthy. We strive to embrace all of these qualities when we work with you.

The Personal Care You Deserve, Right In Your Home!

Please call us and we will set you up with a Free Consultation to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have: (352) 508-7789.

Or email Ann-Marie at AM@CobaltTherapy.com with any questions, comments or scheduling inquiries you may have. Doctors can fax referrals to (352) 855-0459.

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