Reghan Rivas


Speech and Language Pathologist

Reghan’s journey to becoming an SLP began with her undergraduate studies in linguistics at the University of Florida, where she discovered her passion for speech sounds, communication, and language development. She then went on to live and teach English in Seoul, South Korea, for a year. This experience not only deepened her understanding of language acquisition and different cultures, but also helped her hone her skills as an instructor and communicator.  Upon returning to Tampa, Reghan earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida.

Her education provided her with hands-on experience in evaluating and treating a wide range of speech and language disorders in children and adults.  After completing her graduate studies, Reghan began her career as an SLP with Hillsborough County Public Schools, where she worked with children of all ages and backgrounds creating and working towards students’ goals related to overcoming the impact of students’ speech and language deficits on their academic success. There she created and implemented Individualized Educational Plans (IEP), and collaborated with faculty and staff to ensure children’s educational needs were met. During this time, she continued to develop her strong foundation in assessment and treatment planning, while collaborating with families, teachers, and other professionals.  Her time spent in the schools further solidified her passion for pediatrics, and, strengthened her desire to work in outpatient private practice where she could grow relationships with and closely support clients and their families to achieve the greatest progress.

Reghan is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest research and techniques in her field and continues to allow her curiosity to guide her to new information and resources to share with colleagues and clients.

Born and raised in the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida, Reghan is a true Floridian at heart. When she’s not working with her young patients, you’ll find Reghan in the kitchen cooking up a storm, baking her favorite desserts, or losing herself in a good book. In addition to her love for food and literature, Reghan is a beginner salsa dancer who enjoys learning and trying new things.

What is your favorite food?
I’m a big fan of sushi and Korean BBQ, but I love trying out new restaurants and recipes whenever I can!

What is your favorite holiday and why?
April Fool’s Day is my favorite holiday since it’s also my sister’s birthday, and I have lots of memories of celebrating together as a kid.

What is a cool hobby of yours?
I recently took up salsa dancing as a hobby, and although I’m definitely still a beginner, I’m really enjoying my weekly lessons.

Favorite Halloween costume you wore as a child?
My mom made me a Dorothy from Wizard of Oz costume that I wore at least three years in a row. I used a basket to carry my candy and a stuffed animal dog that looked like Toto.

What did you want to be “when you grow up”?
Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher, just like my mom and grandmother.

Why did you become a therapist?
My love for language and communication along with my interest in becoming a teacher eventually led me to become a speech-language pathologist. Watching children reach their communication goals always makes me smile.

What’s the funniest thing one of your kids has said to you or done during therapy?
One of my kids asked me if hamsters have moms while we were walking in the hallway together, and after I answered, she turned to the other student we were walking with and shouted, “Told ya!”

Give me one surprising/cool fact about you?
I lived in Seoul, South Korea for a year teaching English after college.

What pets do you have and what are their names?
I have a cat named Ricotta. She loves snuggles and taking naps.

What is your favorite movie and why?
Stardust! It’s based on a book by Neil Gaiman and has everything: fantasy, adventure, comedy, action, and romance. I highly recommend it!

Favorite song?
I’m a big musical theater gal, so I think my favorite song right now is Right Hand Man from Something Rotten, a musical comedy about how Shakespeare’s Hamlet was written.

Favorite book?
My favorite book is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I’ve read it probably a dozen times, and it still makes me laugh every time.