Niki Sabatino, SLP-A
Niki Sabatino is a FOCUS speech-language pathologist assistant who has always known she’d seek a career caring for others.
“I enjoy challenges and change,” Sabatino said. “I have always wanted to be in a career that would make a difference in people’s lives.”
A native of Delaware and Maryland, Niki graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders. She is continuing her studies as a graduate student. As an undergrad, she volunteered and observed in schools, clinics and hospitals throughout the state.
“I learned a lot about speech therapy and what it takes and means to be a therapist,” she said. “I wanted to become a therapist to inspire, help and motivate others, and to be part of a team. I have the desire to be in this unique environment, to focus on individuals and their therapy and to live in the moments of opportunity.”
Several years ago, a good family friend suffered from a stroke. His recovery was substantially aided by speech therapy.
“His story has been inspiring and influential to me, and has played a role in my passion as a speech therapist.”
Sabatino finds working with children on the autism spectrum to be especially gratifying.
“Being with kids and creating bonds with them is such a wonderful experience,” she said. “I truly love making a difference in children’s life. It’s so rewarding because I am able to make an influential impact.”
In FOCUS, she says she’s found a close-knit, positive team of support and collaboration.
“It is extremely important to understand therapy is a commitment and an opportunity to improve the quality of life for all patients so they can express their needs and wants,” she said of her therapy philosophy. “It takes collaboration, time, compassion, understanding and support to provide the best care for patients and their families.”
In her free time, Niki enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, exercising, camping, four-wheeling, boating and diving into new adventures.
“My family means the world to me, and has greatly influenced and motivated me to become the woman I am today.”