Maya Rivera, a speech-language pathologist, joined the FOCUS speech therapy team in 2019.
With 14 years experience as an early childhood K-3 teacher, Rivera launched her career as an SLP in 2009 after earning her master’s degree from Universidad del Turabo Puerto Rico.
“My concern began with my kindergarten students,” she explained. “Every year, I saw more students with speech-language difficulties. But it wasn’t until my grandfather suffered a stroke that I started looking for more information and ultimately decided to study it.”
Following graduation, she provided speech-language therapy to children at the Puerto Rico Children’s Hospital and founded her own clinic, Speakers Clinic in Puerto Rico. She moved to Southwest Florida after a recruiter offered her the chance to work as an SLP for a number of school districts between Miami and Fort Myers.
“I chose Fort Myers and I love it!” said Rivera. She spent time as an SLP at Tortuga Preserve Elementary School in Lee County before joining the FOCUS team.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Rivera is also a provider of Basic Life Support for the American Heart Association as well as for SPEAK OUT! treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
“I like that children always want to learn,” Rivera said. “They are curious, fun and never give up.”
From her first day at FOCUS, she felt at home.
“FOCUS is a family,” said. “It’s full of people who love what they do.”