Our Nashville Team

Tanasi Otero M.A., CCC-SLP:

Tanasi provides FFG with 16 years of experience in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, early intervention, private clinics, nursing home facilities, schools and home health care. She has worked at multiple Autism centers nationwide gaining experience in ABA settings collaborating with BCBAs, consulting, providing individual therapy, and leading social groups. She holds a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Central Florida. She is licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Tennessee and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has had the opportunity to professionally work with children with Developmental Delays, Feeding/Oral Motor Disorders, Autism, Apraxia, Fluency Disorders, Medically Fragile Children, Language Disorders and Articulation/Phonological Disorders.
Tanasi’s excitement and dedication to the field has gained her the respect of her peers and parents alike. She truly enjoys working with children and believes therapy should be functional and fun to help them achieve success.

Julia Carruthers-Thorne, MS, BCBA

Julia is a native of Nashville, TN! Attending Belmont University, Julia studied Social Work and came to more fully understand her love of working with children with special needs and their families. She began working in the public school system in 2011, supporting a student for two years. From there she moved to The Brown Center for Autism. At The Brown Center she worked with both young children and their families affected by a diagnosis of Autism. During her time there, she obtained the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential and completed a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Lipscomb University. She recently became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Julia is thrilled to be working with the community at Foundations for Growing!

Karina Speth COTA, RBT

Karina graduated from University of Southern Indiana as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She fell in love with occupational therapy prior to college, but knew her calling was pediatrics while working as an OTA student in the school system. During her clinical rotations throughout college, she gained experience in the school system, outpatient, inpatient, and home-based settings. She has worked previously as a Registered Behavior Technician providing ABA services to pediatrics with autism. Karina is always reading to expand her knowledge in order to provide the best care to her patients.

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