Dear OTA families and clients,
The health and safety of our clients and families has always been of paramount importance to OTA. We have been treating children and their families for over 37 years and are the leader in our field. Over that time, we have been able to overcome many challenges by placing the child and the family at the forefront. We will continue to do just that.
Given all of the concerns around COVID-19, the safety of our clients, staff, and community-at-large, OTA has decided to close through April 7 unless we receive guidance to the contrary. We will follow CDC recommendations as to when it is safe to re-open.
Our staff are what makes OTA the magical place that it is. The decision has been made even harder knowing the impact this will have on our skilled and dedicated clinicians and support staff. That notwithstanding, health and safety comes first.
We hope to see you all again soon.
Sarah Sawyer, Clinical Director
Bob Hebert, Operations Officer
Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
1954 – 2013
The late Dr. Koomar co-founded OTA-Watertown in Watertown Square in 1983, and it is now known as OTA The Koomar Center in Newton, Massachusetts. She served as President ot OTA as well as President of the Board of the Spiral Foundation. She was also a Professor of Practice at Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy. She completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Boston University where she was also an assistant professor in occupational therapy. In 1984 she studied with Dr. Jean Ayres, who developed the theory of sensory integration. Sadly Dr. Koomar passed away in February of 2013.
Dr. Koomar, an icon in her field, meant so much to so many people, and changed for the better the lives of thousands of children and their families. Many titles come to mind when trying to describe Dr. Koomar: mother, wife, visionary, entrepreneur, scientist, educator, author, mentor, and healer, but what probably describes Dr. Koomar best is not a title, but the sincerity and humanity of her actions. Her gift to see the strength in people by supporting them to be the best they can possibly be, and her selfless capacity to nurture the souls of those she taught, treated, and mentored is immeasurable. Dr. Koomar reached people in ways that no others could.
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