Vocational Concepts – Team of Evaluators

Cindy L. Fisher
MA, CRC, PVE, IPEC, ABVE/D
Ms. Cindy Fisher is the Director and Owner of Vocational Concepts. She has passionately provided vocational rehabilitation services for two decades, helping countless individuals develop rewarding careers. Ms. Fisher is a vocational expert holding the highest certification with the American Board of Vocational Experts as a Diplomate. She has qualified in most Florida counties, and federal courts as an expert. She provides services and testimony in Marital Dissolution, Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Social Security cases. She has specialized training in testimony and litigation support. Ms. Fisher is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Professional Vocational Evaluator, and Psychometrician. She is an active member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, with membership in Forensics and Social Security. She provides testimony on a monthly basis for the Social Security Administration and forensic cases. Ms. Fisher has also received training in collaborative divorce and functional capacity evaluations. She is a graduate of University of South Florida’s Master of the Arts program in Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Counseling, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Craig Pagano
MA, CRC

Craig Pagano is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and member of the National Rehabilitation Association. He has been working in the rehabilitation field since graduating from the University of South Florida with a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Craig has a passion for assisting his clients in advancing towards their goals of obtaining an education, a new career, and/or their highest level of functioning within their community. In addition to being a vocational evaluator, he currently serves as the onsite vocational rehabilitation specialist for the inpatient Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) at Tampa’s James A. Haley VA medical center, where he serves veterans and active duty service members with polytraumatic injuries. Within this role, Craig assists his clients with their reintegration back into their community or active duty career. His areas of specialization include brain injury, mental health, and career transition after injury.

Dawn Bradley
LCSW, Vocational Evaluator

Dawn Bradley is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working in the rehabilitation field since 2008. She is a dedicated service provider who is person-focused and has a passion for providing individualized services from a holistic perspective. This approach earned Dawn the Outstanding Employee of the Year award presented by the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities in 2014. Dawn is dedicated to assisting individuals with identifying goals of obtaining education, gainful employment, and meaningful life activities.

In addition to being a vocational evaluator, Dawn currently serves as the onsite vocational rehabilitation specialist for inpatient and outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Program within Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services at Tampa’s James A. Haley VA Medical Center, where she serves Veterans and active duty service members with spinal cord injuries. Within this role, Dawn assists her clients with reintegration back into their community or active duty career. Her areas of specialization include certified Discovery, customized employment, best practices in supported employment, and career transition after injury.  

Sarah Bauer
MA, CRC Rehabilitation Specialist

Sarah Bauer is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. She completed her graduate training at the University of South Florida, including a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Aging Sciences. Sarah has hands-on experience in a variety of rehabilitation settings including assisted living, memory care, youth services, acute inpatient psychiatric care, chronic pain, and vocational rehabilitation services within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additionally, she has spent 8 years actively involved in research on chronic pain, severe mental illness, and gifted children with disabilities. Sarah is passionate about using cutting-edge literature and methodology to assist individuals in meeting their goals for competitive employment, optimum recovery, and personalized well-being. Her areas of specialization include chronic pain, mental health, and subject matter research.

Carson Holton
MA, CRC Rehabilitation Specialist

Carson Holton is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, and member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida and has completed certifications in Best Practices for Supported Employment and in Social Security Administration Work Incentives.

 

Carson worked for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for 5 years as a technician and counselor and has served as a supported employment specialist in the Tampa community. For the past decade, he has advocated for individuals with disabilities including independent living support, employment readiness, and homelessness. Carson implements holistic methods to address client needs and enjoys guiding individuals toward successful outcomes personally, professionally, and academically.

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