The Children’s Center for Therapy and Learning is a unique multi-disciplinary private practice that utilizes a family centered team approach to help children to maximize their potentials. We design individualized programs, building upon each child’s strengths while conducting therapy in a quiet, personal environment. The Center offers a variety of therapies and programs that utilize the latest techniques and research to help children to feel successful and achieve their goals. All therapies are offered in the Center as well as at the child’s home, school or daycare center. Most private insurance is accepted. The Childern’s Center is an in network provider for Aetna and Humana, we are happy to assist families in billing insurances that we are not in network providers with.

Meet The Owner

Steven Sanford, MOT/L received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 1993 and his Masters in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. After working in pediatrics in the Miami area for the last 16 years, he took over ownership of The Children’s Center in 2016. “I had been traveling to schools and homes all over Miami and felt it was time to have a Center based practice where I could implement more programs and provide a sensory integrative approach using more equipment. I was so blessed to have found this opportunity to take over such an incredible practice and join this team of amazing, dedicated therapists. Right time, right place!”

Meet Our Team

Keiko Fernandez – Bilingual Physical Therapist

Keiko received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science with a minor in Dance. She graduated with Honors from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006. She worked as a pediatric physical therapist in New York City for four years. She provided bilingual physical therapy evaluation and treatment services in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and the Queens for the Early Intervention Program for children ages 0-3. Throughout her career Keiko has gained experience working with children with varying disabilities including Torticollis, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, prematurity, developmental delays, coordination disorders and more. In addition to pediatric physical therapy, Keiko is interested in Dance Medicine. Keiko has presented dance medicine and injury prevention lectures to the students of the Joffrey Ballet School. Keiko trained in classical ballet in Miami as well as in New York City. She returned to her hometown of Miami in the fall of 2010. In addition to her position as a pediatric physical therapist at the Children’s Center, Keiko is currently a backstage therapist with the Miami City Ballet.


Brandy – Office Manager


Nikki Wall – Occupational Therapist


Tracey Heldenmuth – Occupational Therapist


Chelsea Mitchell – Speech Language Pathologist


Rachel Cohen – Physical Therapist


Leighanne Hoskins – Educational Specialist


Ursula Martinez – Behavior Specialist



Client Testimonies

January 05, 2011 Posted by Sabrina My two year old son went to the Children’s Center after spending a year at another therepy center. The first couple of weeks I saw a difference in my son. Dana, the Director, is amazing. She is not only a great speech pathologist but she also knows about other therapies. After a couple of visits she told me that my son was exhibiting immature hand posture and low muscle tone. She urged me to get an OT and PT evaluation. We found that my son was also significantly delayed in these areas as well. I went to see a Neorologist who within our 20 minute session diagnosed my son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I told Dana the diagnosis and without hesitation she STRONGLY disagreed. She then urged me to get an MRI. So I did just that and thank goodness we did. The MRI found a cyst in my son’s brain. The cyst was putting pressure on the brain stem and shifted the midline of the brain. This surgeons believe this may be the cause of my … to the Children’s Center after spending a year at another therepy center. The first couple of weeks I saw a difference in my son. Dana, the Director, is amazing. She is not only a great speech pathologist but she also knows about other therapies. After a couple of visits she told me that my son was exhibiting immature hand posture and low muscle tone. She urged me to get an OT and PT evaluation. We found that my son was also significantly delayed in these areas as well. I went to see a Neorologist who within our 20 minute session diagnosed my son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I told Dana the diagnosis and without hesitation she STRONGLY disagreed. She then urged me to get an MRI. So I did just that and thank goodness we did. The MRI found a cyst in my son’s brain. The cyst was putting pressure on the brain stem and shifted the midline of the brain. This surgeons believe this may be the cause of my son’s delays! It takes a lot of confidence and courage to tell someone not to go with what a neurologist says…most people would have found a new SP. Thank you Dana for advocating for my son. The world needs more professionals like you who care more about the patient and less about the financial benefit.

August 10, 2009 Posted by One Mom “Our boys made great progress, the training you provided to us at the end as well as the feedback were really helpful. We would like to come back next year”
August 09, 2008 Posted by One Mom “My son made great progress and is thriving in his new class. At the end of last school year it was recommended that he start this school year with a shadow, but now thankfully that is not going to be necessary. He is functioning well in a typical classroom without any additional support.”

November 19, 2008 Posted by One Mom After originally starting my daughter with another therapy center (for her speech, or lack there of), I moved my daughter to Children’s Center for Therapy & Learning and couldn’t be happier with her progress. My daughter has been going to Children’s Center for just under a years time. The improvement we have seen is truly amazing. I have had parents at my daughters school approach me as well as her teacher to tell me how verbal she has become,how well her speech has improved etc…. The facility is always clean and inviting. The staff is professional and friendly.
August 28, 2008 Posted by One Mom “The changes in my child were tremendous. I received a call from my child’s school this year and I was so worried that they were going to say something bad like last year. They asked me what I did this summer and I told them about your camp, they now want to see if you can come to my son’s school to work with the other children”

February 08, 2007 Posted by One Mom “Children’s Center For Therapy & Learning … our 2-year-old was not talking at all and we have seen great progress since starting therapy here… a nice, spacious facility… a wonderful new therapy room has a great rock climbing wall and other exciting therapy tools… a warm loving …”?
April 07, 2005 Posted by One Mom “Professional, team-approach services for all of your needs. Speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, tutoring, behavior intervention, psychotherapy. Warm loving environment. Knowledgeable staff. We have seen incredible results with our children’s speech.”

March 23, 2004 Posted by One Mom Not doctor, but speech therapist. Excellent and reasonable.