Cara Bryan, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Voice and Singing Specialist


Hi! My name is Cara Bryan. I am often asked, “How did you choose the field of speech pathology?” Well, many reasons! From a very young age I was fascinated in voice, various accents, singing, and those with vocal difficulties. I watched my grandmother who lived with Parkinson’s disease struggle to make herself heard across the dinner table and thought, why? Why can’t she just speak up? My curiosity in voice and how it was produced led me to major in vocal performance in college and fueled my desire to assist others with vocal challenges.  The first speech-language pathologist I knew – my mother – encouraged me to pursue the field as I could specialize in the rehabilitation of voice. My educational and professional path took me to the hospital setting where I worked for 14 years prior to starting my own practice. I formed South Tampa Voice Therapy so I could fulfill my passion of assisting others on their voice journey. I look forward to working with you.

  • M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology
    • University of Iowa 2002
      • Vocology specialization
      • Medical speech pathology specialization
  • B.A. in Music-Vocal Performance
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1999
  • Confident Clinician Cooperative, LC, Co-Founder and Co-Owner, 2020
  • Private Practice Owner at South Tampa Voice Therapy 2016-present
  • Staff Speech Pathologist at Florida Hospital – Tampa 2004-2016
  • Staff Speech Pathologist at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center 2003-2004
  • Clinical Fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Otolaryngology, University of Iowa 2002-2003
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 2003, Expires December 31, 2023
  • Florida License since 2003, Expires December 31, 2023
  • Certificate in Vocology, National Center for Voice & Speech, 2001
  • Parkinson Voice Project Speak Out! certification
  • PhoRTE certified
  • MacNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program certified
  • Myofascial Release
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
  • Award for Continuing Education (ACE) 2019
  • Supervisor and trainer for future clinicians
  • Soprano, Tampa Oratorio Singers; Church Choir
Anna Marie Mainiero, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist


Hi! My name is Anna Marie, and I appreciate you taking the time to get to know me. I was inspired to become a Speech-Language Pathologist by my grandpop who suffered a stroke when I was 10 years-old and hasn’t said a word since. Watching how his communication challenges affected his lifestyle, independence, and happiness influenced me to serve those walking in similar shoes. Throughout my education and clinical experiences, I’ve discovered passion in treating various populations.

  • M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • University of South Florida 2020
    • Thesis Route: study on human subjects not completed due to COVID-19
  • B.A. in Psychology
    • The University of Tampa 2017
    • Certificate in Spanish
  • Externship at the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders at USF
    • Spring 2020
    • Remaining externships not completed due to COVID-19 measures
  • Aphasia Recovery Connection Cruise to Bermuda
    • Summer 2019
    • Graduate clinician USF
  • Research Assistant at Global Center for Hearing and Speech at USF
    • Biomedical research on mice for tinnitus and acoustic trauma
    • 8 months; 2017-2018
  • Speech Language Pathologist License
    • Florida Department of Health
  • Parkinson Voice Project Speak Out! Training
  • Bleeding Control Basic v. 1.0 Course
    •  American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma
  • Basic Life Support (CPR + AED)
  • HIV/AIDS: A Mini Course
    • Consultants for the Future
  • Basic Rodent Biomethodologies – Wet Lab Training
    • USF Comparative Medicine
  • Human Research Social/Behavioral Investigators and Key Personnel
    • CITI Program – Exp. 2023
  • Medical Errors – AchieveCE
  • Biosafety Principles and Practices
    • USF Research and Innovation
  • 2021 Parkinson Voice Project grant recipient through South Tampa Voice Therapy
  • 2019 Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship recipient
  • 9 years of vocal/singing training
  • Extensive theatre background; performing arts high school/technical education
  • Youth to Youth International – Eastern States Conference
    • Youth Drug Prevention; 2009 – present
  • pdLIFE – South Tampa nonprofit
  • South Tampa Aphasia Support Group
  • USF Sertoma Club
Melanie Schmidt, MS, CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
Clinical Fellow


Hello! My name is Melanie. I began my career working with autistic children in schools and homes. I saw first-hand how communication is central to every aspect of life. This is where I discovered my passion for facilitating speech and language through a team approach. As I gained experience in a variety of areas, my appreciation grew for speech-language pathology and all that it encompasses. I am excited to work with you!

  • M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

    • University of South Florida 2021

  • Post-Baccalaureate in Communication Sciences & Disorders

    • University of Florida 2018

  • B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Criminal Justice

    • Minor in Clinical/Counseling Psychology – Adult Track

    • Canisius College 2015

    • University of the Sunshine Coast – Queensland, Australia Study Abroad Program

  • Externship at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital

    • Summer 2021

  • Externship at Superior Therapy Services, Inc.

    • Fall 2020

  • Graduate clinician at the Bolesta Center

    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing populations

    • Spring 2021

  • Graduate clinician at USF

    • Aphasia Assisted Conversation Group

    • USF ALS Center

    • Fall 2019-Summer 2020

  • Behavior Therapist at Beacon ABA Services

    • 2015-2018

  • ABA Paraprofessional at Holliston School District

    • 2016-2017

  • Provisional Speech Language Pathologist License
    • Florida Department of Health
  • Parkinson Voice Project Speak Out! Training

  • Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP) Training

  • Basic Life Support (CPR + AED)

  • HIV/AIDS: A Mini Course

    • Consultants for the Future

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • 2021 Parkinson Voice Project grant recipient through South Tampa Voice Therapy
  • 2019 Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship recipient
  • Member of Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

  • Teaching Assistant at USF in Communication Sciences & Disorders Department

Kristin Carlton, LPN

Clinical Coordinator


Hello, my name is Kristin. I am the Clinical Coordinator for South Tampa Voice Therapy. I started my career in the medical field because I have always had a fascination with the disease processes of the human body. I have been in this field for almost twenty years working in various types of practices including OB/GYN, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, colorectal surgery, vascular surgery, general surgery, otolaryngology, and primary care before my position at South Tampa Voice Therapy. As my career has progressed, I have shifted from the clinical aspect to the administrative aspect because my knowledge on the clinical side has given me a broader base on understanding insurances and compliance guidelines at the federal and state level.

  • Medical Assistant- 2002
  • Licensed Practical Nurse- 2008
  • Licensed Practical Nurse State of Florida since 2008
  • National Technical Honor Society Member
Morgan Prezzano

Administrative Assistant


Hi! My name is Morgan Prezzano and I’m pretty new to South Tampa Voice Therapy. I’m an aspiring speech pathologist who recently graduated from the University of Florida and is in the process of applying to Master’s programs for speech! I’ve always been passionate about helping others, specifically children with developmental and intellectual disabilities and have pursued this passion through volunteer work, research, studying abroad in Ireland and other related experiences. Before meeting Cara, I never really realized that I had this same passion for helping adults and through this opportunity working as an Administrative Assistant at STVT, my eyes have been opened to the possibilities that come with a career in speech pathology.

  • B.S in Biology
  • Minor in Family, Youth and community Studies
    • University of Florida 2020
  •  Post-baccalaureate program in communication sciences and disorders
    • University of South Florida
  • UF in Galway and Gweedore study abroad- Galway Autism Partnership 
    • Summer 2018
  • Behavioral Analysis Research at the Behavioral Analysis Research Center at the University of Florida 
    • 2018 through 2020
  • Medical Scribe at Florida ENT and Allergy 
    • Summer 2019
  • Nannying at Twinkle Toes Nannying agency 
    • Spring 2020 to Present 
  • Volunteering at UF Shands Magnolia Park Rehab Center 
    • Spring 2020
  • NICU Cuddler Volunteer
    • Spring and fall 2019