Phoenix Comprehensive Care Group is a cross-disciplinary clinic that specializes in the treatment of speech, language and psychiatric disorders. The clinic is headed by Joan B. Pincus, MD and Erin Huntington, MA, CCC-SLP who have extensive experience collaborating within their respective disciplines.
Our goal is to provide highly personalized care delivered in a caring, committed, and comprehensive manner in order to help each client reach his/her potential. We aim to provide timely and readily accessible treatment and to use an inclusive approach, coordinating with families, schools and allied professionals, in the delivery of therapy. We believe that coordinated care makes for the best care.
Joan B. Pincus, MD
Joan B. Pincus, MD is a Florida licensed, Board Certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Pincus graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and then attended medical school at Cornell University Medical Center. She completed her internship, general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at The New York Hospital-Payne Whitney Clinic in Manhattan. She worked as an attending psychiatrist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she supervised residents and fellows in the outpatient and emergency departments and served as a member of the multidisciplinary Feeding Disorders Team.
In Gainesville, before starting a private practice, Dr. Pincus worked as part of a multidisciplinary team for 10 years, collaborating closely with Erin Huntington in the treatment of children with language-based learning disorders who also have anxiety, attention, mood, developmental, and other behavioral concerns. Dr. Pincus has experience treating preschool, elementary, adolescent and young adult clients with attention, anxiety, unipolar and bipolar disorders, autism-spectrum and other developmental disorders, as well as psychotic disorders. She also has experience in attending school meetings for input in the development of behavior plans, 504 plans, and IEP’s.
Erin Huntington, M.A., CCC-SLP
Erin Huntington is a Florida-licensed speech language pathologist specializing in the treatment of language disorders and language-based learning disabilities. Erin completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in speech-language pathology in 2008. She has extensive training in the field of early language development, expressive and receptive language disorders, and learning disabilities including the assessment and treatment of phonological processing, reading, spelling, and writing deficits. She is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS)®, the Visualizing and Verbalizing® Program for Cognitive Development, Comprehension, and Thinking (VV)®, and The Talkies® Program for Oral Language, Comprehension and Expression. Additionally, Erin has specific training in remediating grammar-related deficits that contribute to writing impairments.
Prior to starting a private practice, Erin worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team, collaborating with other disciplines in the assessment and treatment of children with learning disabilities. Due to her collaboration with Dr. Joan B. Pincus, sensory-integration occupational therapists, and neuropsychologists, Erin takes a comprehensive approach to working with children who have learning disabilities. She uses a variety of strategies, including movement, heavy muscle work, modifying the environment, identifying worry thoughts, and goal setting in order to help students maximally benefit from each session. Erin also works closely with outside professionals to help optimize each client’s ability to maintain an optimal level of focus and interest as it relates to developing new skills.
Erin has experience attending 504 and IEP meetings throughout the course of the therapy program to share specific accommodation recommendations to the student’s school team as well as to help the student’s school professionals understand each student’s specific learning profile so that they may be able to best support the student as he or she is developing new skills. Finally, Erin works closely with teachers and family members throughout the program but especially near the completion, to help her students generalize their language skills to their schoolwork so they may perform to their potential in both academic and home settings.
Melissa Bray, M.A., CCC-SLP
Melissa Bray is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of language-based learning disorders and reading or comprehension disabilities She earned both her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees from the University of Florida. Melissa has over 13 years of experience in the clinical setting working with both children and adults of all ages.
She is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS)®, and has provided both individual and group therapy. Melissa has provided (LiPS)®, instruction for parents and other educators in the Central Florida area. Melissa is trained in the Visualizing and Verbalizing® Program for Cognitive Development, Comprehension, and Thinking (VV)®,
Prior to joining the Phoenix Group, Melissa worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team for more than 11 years, collaborating with industry professionals in the assessment and treatment of children with learning disabilities. Melissa also has extensive experience working with teachers and school administrators to help students generalize their new skills to their schoolwork.
Coutney Hamm, B.S.
Courtney Hamm is a speech-language pathology assistant who specializes in delivering high quality, caring treatment to students of all ages. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 2007. After graduation, she took a position at a charter school as the speech and language pull out teacher. In 2009, Courtney had the opportunity to work on a grant at the VA, helping adult participants who had suffered from a stroke learn how to read again. And, in 2010, Courtney accepted a full-time position at a multidisciplinary clinic and worked with Erin and Melissa, alongside occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals, collaborating in the delivery of specialized intervention.
Courtney is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS®), the Visualizing and Verbalizing® Program for Cognitive Development, Comprehension & Thinking (VV)®, as well as Talkies® Program for Oral Language, Comprehension, and Expression, and traditional speech and language therapy. Courtney has a special way of connecting with students across ages and loves being able to help children and teenagers achieve their goals.