The Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida

The Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida (PFISF) opened its doors in January 2019 as the only private practice in South Florida and surrounding areas whose sole focus is the evaluation and treatment of infants, children, and adolescents with various feeding and swallowing disorders using sensory, behavioral and oral motor approaches as appropriate. In addition to offering outpatient feeding/swallowing and occupational therapy, we created South Florida’s first and only 8-week intensive feeding therapy day program, originally launched at a local hospital, before becoming independent in 2019. With over 35 years of experience, the therapists at The Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida are committed to implementing innovative treatment methods and caregiver education to address complex feeding disorders in order ensure positive outcomes that not only generalize to the natural environment but are long lasting. Our mission is Making Mealtimes More Enjoyable!

Now Offering Teletherapy

Benefits of Teletherapy

We treat the following difficulties and disorders

Gastrointestinal disorders


Autism spectrum disorders

Cleft lip/palate

Various genetic syndromes

Sensory integration disorders

Cardio-respiratory conditions

(swallowing disorder)

Oral motor dysfunction

Food allergies / intolerances

Cerebral palsy

Failure to thrive

Feeding tube dependance

Structural abnormalities (i.e. tongue tie/lip tie)

Disorganized / Dysfunctional sucking and latch difficulties

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders

The Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida provides:

What is a Feeding Disorder?

Feeding Matters defines a pediatric feeding disorder as “an impaired oral intake that is not age-appropriate and is associated with medical, nutritional, feeding skill, and/or psychosocial dysfunction.” Pediatric Feeding Disorders affect more than 1 in 37 children under the age of 5 in the United States each year. For these children, food is scary and often associated with pain, and can interfere with nutrition, development, growth, and overall well-being as they do not consume enough nutrients to provide them with adequate nutrition/hydration.

Causes of Feeding Disorders

There are many causes of pediatric feeding disorders, including medical, sensory, oral motor, nutritional and pychosocial/environmental.

Does my child need a feeding evaluation?
(Does my child need feeding therapy?) 🚩

If your child presents with any of the following red flags, a feeding/swallowing evaluation is warranted:




Pocketing food


Poor weight gain


Food refusal/avoidance

Coughing when eating

Gastrointestinal disorders

Crying/behaviors during meals

Poor latch breast/bottle

Drooling over age 2

Long meal times

Limited diet

Brand/texture specific diet

Difficulty chewing

Poor swallow coordination

Congestion after eating

Arching during/after eating

Difficulty transitioning from, breast to bottle, bottle to purees or purees to solids

Our Facility

Our office is conveniently located on Palmetto Park Road, in between Powerline Rd and Lyons Road on the 2nd floor of the 7301 building.

What Our Patients Say About Us

Laura Markum
Laura Markum
I can’t say enough about the Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida. We came from Texas and had tried everything from outpatient therapy to inpatient feeding therapy at the hospital. We were told that our 4 year old was on his way to a feeding tube. We were taught how to do nothing more than survive and then we were discharged. We were evaluated by people that told us that they couldn’t help us. We were desperate and didn’t know where to go or what to do next but we knew that we had to keep trying. We couldn’t accept that there was no one out there that could help us and decided to look outside of what was just around us. We found the Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida’s website and starting reading reviews of people that sounded just like us..desperate for help and had finally found it. I knew that we had to see if they could help us too. When we first started the 8 week intensive program, our 4 year old was only eating purées, yogurt, cheerios, fruit loops, goldfish, and gerber yogurt melts/puff’s. The 8 week program just ended for us and he is able to eat anything that we put in front of him. He is so proud of himself and we are SO proud of him. Meals are no longer stressful for our family. Andrea, Taylor, and Sarah are absolutely amazing. Their approach is so different than anything we had ever seen or experienced. They found a tongue tie that had been missed by specialists that had evaluated him at prior places and immediately got us into a fantastic dentist to get it released. They helped him through the anxiety and fear of eating foods and textures that he had never eaten before. They helped him learn to chew and to use his tongue..a tongue that had never worked before due to the tongue tie. They taught us what to do to help him at home. They did what we didn’t believe was possible. We will forever be so grateful for them. If your child has any feeding difficulties at all, please reach out to them. They are what you’ve been searching for. I can’t recommend them enough or say enough about them. We are just so thankful for this program.
Casey Lee
Casey Lee
We cannot say enough good things about each person that works at the Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida. Andrea, Taylor, and everyone involved in our son's care truly changed our lives in a way that we had only dreamed of and oftentimes thought might never be possible. Our son was born very premature and spent six months in the NICU where he finally underwent surgery for a g-tube due to feeding difficulties prior to discharge. After a year of seeing multiple other traditional feeding therapists and going through other tube weaning programs and seeing little to no progress in our son's ability or desire to eat or drink we found the Pediatric Feeding Institute. We began the intensive eight week feeding program and after the very first week our son never received a tube feed ever again. Which still feels like a miracle even as I write this. He is actually scheduled to get his g-tube removed in the next couple weeks! I watched my wife and myself and so many therapists attempt to coax him into taking a bottle, a straw cup or a spoon of puree or anything at all for a year straight with no success. Somehow Andrea and Taylor were able to do it in a matter of days. He went from not wanting to touch food to happily accepting what they would offer him. Our gratitude is immeasurable. They gave our son so much freedom and happiness. There are so many people who have helped Hunter on his journey to being a healthy happy little boy but there is no way we could ever forget the miracle workers here. We could not recommend the Pediatric Feeding Institute enough! Andrea, Taylor, Sarah and the whole team; from the bottom of our hearts thank you thank you thank you.
Kristina Webster
Kristina Webster
Taylor and Sara are very patient, kind, and knowledgeable therapists. My son was not able to chew his food properly and had some sensory sensitivities. This was causing him to eat a limited quantity of food and a limited variety of foods. Having their wonderful team of feeding and occupational therapy made a huge difference in his ability to chew his food and enjoy eating a variety of foods. We are very thankful that we found such effective and enjoyable therapy for our son!
Milly Corbo
Milly Corbo
Mealtime was always a stressful time. It involved refusal, tantrums, gagging, and sometimes even vomiting. My son would gag at the sight of food. However, thanks to a wonderful team of therapists, my son is trying new foods and enjoying mealtime. This intervention has truly been life changing! They work with children with a variety of disabilities and medical conditions.
Krystal Mack
Krystal Mack
Andrea and Taylor are miracle workers. In 7 weeks my son went from only eating 2 things, only drinking milk, and almost needing a g-tube to eating more foods than I imagined. I brought him into the program with low expectations. I said "If they can just get him eating mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and maybe pizza I'll be happy." Not only does he eat all those things (and different brands too!) he eats veggie fries, apples, nachos, rice, popcorn, avocado, and so much more. Sarah is an amazing OT who was just wonderful with him and knew how to engage him and adjust to what he needed that day. And Maribel, the office manager, is so kind and helpful. My son has gained weight and is so much happier. We've been home a week and a half and for the first time in his life he's independently stringing 2 word phrases together and I attribute it all to his improved nutrition thanks to the ladies at The Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida. If your child is having feeding difficulties, this is absolutely the place to go.
Dhara J Shah
Dhara J Shah
We live in the Phillipines and had been doing outpatient therapy for over a year with no progress. When we first started the program, my 2.5 year old toddler was only consuming home made purées and yogurt reluctantly with help of an iPad. By the time she finished the program, my daughter learned how to chew all different kinds of foods such a pancake, sandwiches, meats, cereal, granola bars, crispy snacks, veriety of fruits/vegetables and many more. Andrea and Taylor spent time teaching me how to carry over the therapy home so we can continue to improve and make my daughter’s oral motor skill stronger. They taught how to introduce new foods and textures to expand a list of her safe foods. Andrea, Taylor and their whole team genuinely care about every single child that walks through their doors. They go above and beyond to help each child. The only regret I have is not coming to the program sooner.
JJ and Stephanie Greer
JJ and Stephanie Greer
Andrea, Taylor, Francine, and the entire team are absolutely amazing! Our daughter went from 100% gtube fed to gtube free in 10 days of their intensive program. There are not enough positive things that we can say about this program, they quite literally make miracles happen. The therapists are all so talented, creative, patient, and dedicated to what they do. They challenge and push these kiddos in a loving way to achieve their goals. This program did not only change our daughters life, it will change our whole family dynamic, and we are so thankful!
Anik & Florian Podcast
Anik & Florian Podcast
I recommend this Institute with the highest approval rating possible! I’ve been taking my son there for about 18 months and I am so thankful that we stayed the course because we are starting to see major progress. Andrea is a superstar and has worked wonders with my son. Eternally grateful. -Jon Anik
Kelsey Wilder
Kelsey Wilder
We did the intensive feeding program here with our 18 month old son. It was an 8-week program that completely changed our son's ability to eat. When we started, he was only drinking milk and eating purees. After the intensive feeding program, we left with him successfully eating pizza (self-feeding), pasta, chicken nuggets, waffles, eggs, and crackers. Almost anything you can think of, he could eat. He also learned how to drink from a straw and from an open cup. We are so grateful to the amazing feeding therapists and occupational therapist that helped our son work through his sensory and feeding aversions. We highly recommend this feeding program!
Patricia Hoctor
Patricia Hoctor
We had a wonderful experience at the Pediatric Feeding Institute. Andrea & Taylor are miracle workers! Within one week, we went from my daughter refusing to open her mouth for a spoon to eating a bowl full of purée and loving it! The week-long intensive course was a complete game-changer for our family, I don’t know where we’d be today without their help!