Lacey Lind is a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (soon-to-be a Florida-licensed Speech Language Pathologist with a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University). The former elementary school teacher knew from the time she was small that she wanted to work with children. However, the career shift from education to speech therapy wasn’t always part of the plan.
“I have a love for teaching,” the Fort Myers native explains. “My favorite moment is when you see the light bulb turn on for little ones because they finally understand something you have taught them.”
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013, Lacey taught kindergarten for three years before she began wondering how she could have a greater impact one-on-one with struggling students. Yet it wasn’t until a field trip to a local branch of Nova Southeastern University as an AVID tutor for middle school students that she was introduced to speech-language pathology. The more she learned about the field, the more she “fell in love” with it – and hasn’t looked back since.
Lacey joined the speech therapy team at FOCUS Therapy Fort Myers in May 2018.
“I mostly love working at FOCUS for the children – that’s why I’m here,” she said. “They can always seem to put a smile on your face. I also
love my co-workers. We collaborate across disciplines on a daily basis and I learn something new every day.”
Any opportunity to help any child is one she embraces, though Lacey has special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and articulation disorders. Her therapy philosophy considers the sage advice of Mahatma Ghandi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
“I love instilling wisdom and kindness in children,” she says. “Working with them at FOCUS allows me to help them gain the skills they need to be that change.”
Outside finishing her studies and preparing to launch the newest phase of her new career, she enjoys spending time with her parents, friends and two cats. She also relishes exercise, spending time at the beach and just generally “living where people vacation.”