Diana Baldelomar, OTR/L
Diana is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Boston University’s Sargent College. She has a diverse background working with children in school-based settings, adolescents in community employment programs, and children/adults in inpatient hospitals. Her experience also includes working with young people who have deaf blindness and CHARGE syndrome. She has an interest in using yoga, Reiki, and other holistic practices as part of treatment. She is Level I Reiki Certified and speaks Spanish fluently.
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Kristtyn (Suarez) Beverstock, MS, OTR/L
Kristtyn is a Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. Kristtyn has worked with children of all capabilities for many years, in home, clinic, school, and community settings. Prior to joining the OTA team, Kristtyn worked in Early Intervention providing in-home therapy, as well as parent support, school consult, and pool therapy, to children ages zero to three. Kristtyn values a family-centered approach to Pediatric Occupational Therapy as well as placing emphasis on building strong therapeutic relationships. In her spare time, Kristtyn enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and dancing.
Lindsey Byrd, MS, OTR/L
Lindsey earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to joining the OTA team, she worked with infants and toddlers and their caregivers through Early Intervention services. Lindsey has received training in DIR/Floor-time, Therapeutic Listening, and the S.O.S Approach to Feeding and is actively pursuing a Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) certification. She values active collaboration with her clients and their families and looks to expand strengths already present within each individual while supporting areas of challenge. Her approach is very child-led and strengths-based to ensure clients are not just meeting goals, but ultimately feel a sense of control and mastery within their lives, leading to increased self-confidence.
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Katherine (Davis) Cardoza, MS, OTR/L
Katie is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. Prior to her tenure at Tufts University, Katie graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Katie has extensive experience helping children with a broad array of diagnoses as well as experience working in a community-based setting with adults with mental illness. Katie prides herself on her devotion to building strong and trusting therapeutic relationships with both her clients and their families. Outside of OTA, Katie spends her time reading, running, practicing yoga, and exploring the New England area, her new home.
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Tess Clark, MS, OTR/L
Tess is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, where she also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development. Tess’s strong background in pediatrics includes experience working with youth of all ages in home, school, private practice, and community-based settings. Guided by a holistic approach and contagious enthusiasm, Tess is committed to helping children and their families live life to the fullest.
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Abigail Craig, MS, OTR/L
Abbey is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire where she also received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Science. In addition to working with children, Abbey has experience working at an in-patient rehabilitation hospital as well as at a community day program for individuals with acquired brain injuries. Abbey is motivated by identifying each child’s unique passions and interests which allows her to form meaningful therapeutic connections with her clients and their families.
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Susan Fasce Curtis, MS, OTR/L
Sue is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Western Michigan University in 1980 and her Master of Science at Boston University in 1988. She has extensive experience working with children and families in home, school and clinic settings. She has completed the Sensory Integration and Praxis (SIPT) certification and teaches for Sensory Integration International in various US cities. She also teaches on a substitute basis at Boston University delivering instruction in SIPT evaluation techniques.
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Kristin David, BS, OTR/L
Kristin is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Kristin has extensive experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and sensory processing disorders in a variety of settings including home, school, and hospital based settings, out-patient clinics, and private practice. She has a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and has co-authored an article in the Autism Spectrum News. Kristin has specialized training in myofascial release, DIR/Floor Time, and Handwriting without Tears techniques. Kristin is also a certified children’s yoga instructor and has developed a ballet-yoga program for children with developmental disabilities.
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Erika Davis, MS, OTR/L
Erika Davis is a licensed, registered Occupational Therapist. She earned her BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. Erika has extensive experience working with children in both clinic- and school-based settings. In addition to public and private schools, Erika has enjoyed working with children in private one-on-one settings. Erika is extremely skilled at developing effective IEPs and designing accommodations to enhance a child’s success in school. Achieving success in all areas of life for children and their families is a priority. When not at OTA The Koomar Center, Erika enjoys running, dancing, quilting and being a mom.
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Michelle Denison, MS, OTR/L
Michelle is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist. She completed her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Ithaca College where she graduated Summa cum Laude after completing her individual Master’s Thesis on “The attitudes and knowledge of residential staff members working with adolescents who have experienced trauma.” She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science at Ithaca College where she graduated Magna cum Laude and was a member of the all discipline national honor society Phi Kappa Phi, as well as Pi Theta Epsilon (for occupational therapy students), and Alpha Eta (for allied health professions). Michelle gained experience using Sensory Integration, Trauma Informed Care, and Mindfulness-based approaches while working with children and adolescents with developmental delays, mental health disorders, trauma histories, attachment difficulties, and Autism Spectrum Disorders in residential treatment centers, inpatient psychiatric child units, and school settings. She has a passion for working with children and their families to help children develop the skills needed to be successful in their everyday lives using creative, fun approaches.
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Jen Dulz, MS, OTR/L
Jen is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Jen has extensive experience evaluating and treating infants, children, teens, families and adults within the home, school, clinic, and camp settings. She currently serves as a staff occupational therapist, mentor, and specialty coordinator in the area of auditory interventions. She has completed the Sensory Integration Certification Program (SIPT) and is a certified provider of Therapeutic Listening as well as Integrated Listening Systems. Additionally, Jen has training in DIR/Floortime, manual therapies, Kinesiotaping, trauma-informed practice, and visual-vestibular treatment techniques. Jen is passionate about play as well as her relationships with her clients and their families. Outside of OTA, Jen enjoys kayaking, hiking, backcountry camping, and silent retreats.
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Olivia Easterbrooks-Dick, MS, OTR/L
Olivia is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University where she also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development. Olivia has experience working with children and youth with varying abilities in a variety of settings including public and private schools, clinical, therapeutic, and home environments. With the whole child in mind, Olivia is dedicated to providing the individualized services that the child and family need to foster successful and fulfilling lives.
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Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L
Erin is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from College of the Holy Cross. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including public/private schools and Boys & Girls Clubs. She recently left the Board of Directors of the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Fairfield, CT where she was the Vice President of Programming. While there, she helped develop and run the girl’s lacrosse program and facilitated staff education on accommodating the needs of club members with Autism. Erin is committed to developing innovative ways for children to participate in their desired activities.
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Elizabeth Goo, OTD, OTR/L
Liz is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California. She also completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California, where she worked on an NIH funded study that examined social and motor processing in the mirror neuron system in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Liz is passionate about working with children and their families to facilitate development in the skills that allow them to participate to the fullest extent in their activities.
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Lori Goodrich, OTR/L, C/NDT
Ms. Goodrich is the Assistant Clinical Director at OTA The Koomar Center and is responsible for assisting with overseeing all therapeutic aspects of the clinic. Lori completed her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University, graduating Summa cum Laude and as a member of the honors society, Pi Theta Epsilon. Lori has broad experience evaluating and treating individuals with Sensory Processing Disorder using specific techniques including therapeutic listening programs, Craniosacral Therapy and visual vestibular based treatment techniques. She has completed the Sensory Integration Assessment and Intervention Certification (SIPT) and is also NDT Certified. Lori has been trained in a wide range of oral motor based programs, including the SOS Approach to Feeding and Debra Beckman’s Oral Motor techniques. Lori provides consultations, lectures and overviews to enhance other professionals’ and families’ understanding of sensory integration and its relation to the development of various areas including the use of visual-vestibular treatment techniques to improve handwriting, and oral motor skills.
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Peg Ingolia, MS, OTR/L
Peg Ingolia is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist with over 35 years of experience in hospital, school, private clinic and long-term care settings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. Peg currently works at OTA as a senior therapist and specialty coordinator for manual therapies. She developed the occupational therapy program at the Brandon Residential Treatment Center, where she also provides treatment and consultation services. Her specialty areas include sensory integration, manual therapy techniques in treatment, school-based service delivery, program development, and integration of SI theory with other treatment modalities. Peg has taught numerous courses through educational organizations and OTA The Koomar Center.
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Kasey Joy, MS, OTR/L
Kasey is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Science and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. Following graduation, she moved to London and has years of pediatric experience in a variety of settings including schools, clinics and community in the London area. She has a special interest in how sensory processing skills impact daily behavior and obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration through the University of Ulster in the U.K. Kasey is committed to building strong relationships with children and their families and improving their quality of life. Outside of OTA Kasey enjoys traveling, reading, skiing and hiking.
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Diane Levinson, OTR/L
Diane Levinson is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist who has practiced pediatric occupational therapy for over 30 years. A graduate of Sargent College, Boston University, she has worked in school systems, hospitals, clinics, and private practice. She established the first occupational therapy department within the Brockton Public Schools and worked at Youville Hospital in Cambridge with Dr. Margaret Bauman and the Pediatric Team that evolved into the LADDERS Program. In October 2001, Diane co-established Project CHILLD, an occupational therapy clinic specializing in integrating occupational therapy treatment with the field of sound training. She is a certified provider for Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), The Listening Program (TLP) and in Therapeutic Listening. Diane presently works at OTA as a listening consultant and does occupational therapy evaluations.
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Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. May-Benson is the Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation at OTA The Koomar Center, formerly OTA-Watertown, as well as a practicing occupational therapist. She is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention. She has authored a number of book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Teresa has a diverse background as a clinical practitioner having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice. She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the non-profit Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center. She has collaborated with well-known researchers such as Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Shelly Lane and Dr. Roseann Schaaf. In her role of educator, she serves as part-time faculty at Tufts University. She has a special interest in, and extensive experience with autism, particularly older students and adults. Teresa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and her Master of Science degree from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy. She was a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University. She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis. The Alice Bachman Clinician Award from Pediatric Therapy Network and the Catherine Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapists for her work as a research, clinician and instructor. She is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
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Amanda M. Pierce, MS, OTR/L
Amanda is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University where she was a member of the Pi Theta Epsilon honor society. Amanda received her clinical training at OTA-Watertown where she worked as a therapist for many years, including as a Clinical Specialty Coordinator. Amanda left in 2006 to become the Clinical Director of a small, private sensory integration clinic where she worked for over 10 years. Her clinical background includes screening and assessment of young children within Head Start programs and area preschools, as well as consulting within schools, and collaborating with children and families in the private clinic setting. Amanda is certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). She has a special interest and advanced training in visual-vestibular integration, as well as in various auditory interventions and handwriting. Outside of OTA, Amanda enjoys being outdoors hiking and camping with her family and dog Luna.
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Marsha Raredon, OTR/L
Marsha Raredon is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist and a senior therapist at OTA. She also works at Manville School, a school for children with complex emotional and psychological needs. In the past she has worked in collaboration with a psychiatric team at Westwood Lodge Hospital. She has contributed to the book, Current Perspectives and Applications in Neurobiology: Working with Young Persons who are Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse, discussing sensory integration and trauma. She specializes in sensory integration and manual therapies and has presented lectures to parents, teachers and health professionals. For many years Marsha was a consultant at Tufts-Eliot Pearson Children’s School, where a rich multi-culture curriculum is complemented by an integrated special needs program. The interplay between emotional health and sensory processing has long been the focus of her therapy as well as the nature of how our physical and psychological health work together in the context of our environment and culture.
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Melissa Reda, MOT, OTR/L
Melissa is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Sciences through Quinnipiac University. She has experience working with toddlers, children, and adolescents with a variety of abilities in private clinics and residential mental health facilities. She believes in the power of family education, collaboration, and involvement to improve the child’s and family’s quality of life.
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Kathryn (Noble) Riffle, MS, OTR/L
Katie is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Cleveland State University. She completed her post professional Masters in OT at Tufts University where she also received a Certificate of Advanced Studies. Katie has completed the Sensory Integration Assessment and Intervention certification. Katie is a senior therapist at OTA and is a mentor to the staff. She leads the OT treatment intensives for international children. She is certified in Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program, and Visual Vestibular Integration. She has pediatric experience in clinic, home, and school-based services. Her special interests include techniques that focus on Floor-time, Brain Gym, NeuroNet, and Social Skills techniques. She also has experience coaching families in Floor-time techniques and organizing play groups for social interaction.
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Melanie Allen Salort, OTR/L
Melanie is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She received her Bachelors degree from Quinnipiac University. She has been working at OTA since 2003. Prior to working at OTA, she worked in Early Intervention. In 2003 she completed the Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration and is SIPT certified. Additional to training in Sensory Integration, she is a certified provider for Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program, and Integrated Listening Systems. Other specialized trainings that Melanie has received are CranioSacral therapy and feeding and oral motor therapies. Outside interests include being an advocate for natural childbirth and mother-infant bonding. She also enjoys salsa dancing.
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Nikki Saccomandi, MS, OTR/L
Nikki is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist who has a passion for recognizing unique strengths in each of her clients and facilitating new opportunities for growth. Nikki has background experience in the areas of early childhood education, school-based practice, and mental health settings.
A few of her professional interests include feeding and eating, trauma and attachment, listening therapies, as well as research. She is committed to fostering strong and trusting relationships with her clients and families to promote their overall health, independence, and wellbeing. Nikki is a strong
believer in using a strengths-based model to support the development of self-confidence and self-advocacy skills within her clients. Nikki earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Bay Path University.
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Jennie Schofield, MS, OTR/L
Jennie Schofield is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and her Bachelors of Arts from Vanderbilt University, where she majored in Fine Arts and minored in Psychology. She also holds a teaching certificate from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is licensed in Visual Arts education for pre-K through 12th grade. Jennie has experience working with children and adults with a broad range of diagnoses and abilities. She enjoys building trusting, collaborative relationships with her clients and their families, and tailoring therapy to meet their individualized needs. She has a special interest in sensory integration for the pediatric population and strives to help all her clients participate more fully in their daily lives.
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Jaymie (Merry) Stavdal, MS, OTR/L
Jaymie earned her Master of Science degree in occupational therapy, graduating Summa Cum Laude and as Valedictorian of her class at the University at Buffalo in New York. During her time at UB, Jaymie served as President of the UB Student Occupational Therapy Association and member of Pi Theta Epsilon OT National Honor Society. Jaymie received national recognition from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation as the 2013 recipient of the Mary Fiorentino Memorial Scholarship Award for excellence in qualifications and potential for future professional development. Jaymie currently serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Camp Avanti, an intensive occupational therapy program for children with sensory processing dysfunction and/or learning disabilities. She has experience working with children in the home, school, and clinic setting, as well as running parent/child community-based sensory motor groups and summer camps. Jaymie is a certified provider of Therapeutic Listening and has training in DIR/Floor-time.
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Leia M. Sturtevant, MOT, OTR/L
Leia is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University, along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Science Studies and a minor in Sociology. In addition to clinic experience, Leia has experience evaluating and treating children with moderate to severe physical, cognitive, and/or emotional needs in a special education school. Leia also has experience providing occupational therapy services to orphanages in Haiti, where she has educated staff on ways to improve the quality of life of the children. Leia is a Therapeutic Listening provider and is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears program. Leia currently serves as OTA’s oral motor coordinator and is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. Leia has completed the Spiral Foundation’s Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration, which allows her to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).
Angelina (Angie) Telatovich, MS, OTR/L
Angelina is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She received both her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a dual minor in Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences and Public Health. Currently, Angelina is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy at Boston University with a focus on pediatric feeding intervention and family education. Angelina has extensive experience working with individuals with neurological disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and stroke through research and clinical practice. Angelina believes best outcomes are achieved through collaborative, creative, and meaningful engagement in activities that harness the power of play and intrinsic motivation. Outside of work and academia, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, baking, and staying active.
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Linda Grey Tirella, OTD, OTR/L, MHA
Linda Grey Tirella is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She has a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, a Masters in Health Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelors degree in Special Education from Boston College. She participated in the MCH-LEND program which supports families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She has completed the Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration and is SIPT certified. She has over fifteen years of experience working in public schools. As well as being part of the OTA team, Linda is working with domestic and internationally adopted children and is the co-director of the International Adoption Clinic at Tufts Medical Center. She completed training in Holland in Video Interactive Feedback for Positive Parenting (VIPP) and is interested in parenting and attachment issues. Linda has published in the area of international adoption. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program, and Visual Vestibular Integration.
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Anne Trecker, MS, OTR/L
Anne Trecker is a certified and licensed occupational therapist. She received a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Boston University, and previously received an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois. Most recently Anne was an occupational therapist and sensory integration specialist with the Boston Public Schools. Prior to that position, she was a therapist, and then the Clinical Director of Occupational Therapy Associates-Watertown. In these positions she worked with children with a wide range of disabilities, with special emphasis on children with autism. She has lectured on sensory integration theory and intervention throughout the U.S. and presents frequently for parent and teacher groups in the Boston area. In addition, she was the founding Executive Director of The Spiral Foundation at OTA-Watertown.
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Erica White, MS, OTR/L
Erica earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in Portland, ME. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a concentration in Early Childhood Development and Education. Before attending graduate school, Erica spent 4 years teaching infants, toddlers, and preschoolers where she discovered her passion for incorporating sensory strategies into the daily classroom activities to promote learning. She is passionate about collaborating with families to achieve optimal outcomes for her clients. Erica values the sensory experiences offered in nature and enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.
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Kimberly Wong, OTD, OTR/L
Kimberly is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. She went on to complete her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California, focusing on wellness for individuals with psychiatric diagnoses. She gained experience working with children and adults with mental health diagnoses in both inpatient and outpatient settings, incorporating sensory strategies to reduce instances of seclusion and restraint. She then transitioned into Early Intervention, where she worked with infants and toddlers in home, preschool and community environments. She completed her Sensory Integration and Praxis (SIPT) certification, and has training in the Get Permissions Approach to mealtime challenges, and DIR/Floortime. She has worked with children with a variety diagnoses and a range of feeding and eating needs. She believes that success stems from a foundation of trust, and flourishes through collaboration motivated by playfulness. Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys being outdoors in the sun, snow, surf or sand.
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Allissa Younan, MS, OTR/L
Allissa is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She completed her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire with a focus on disability studies. She has experience working with children and adults of varying ages and abilities. Before joining the team at OTA, Allissa worked with young children and their families in Early Intervention. She has a passion for using a fun, creative approach to meeting the needs of her clients and promoting success in everyday life.
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Shannon K. Zickler, MS, OTR/L
Shannon Zickler is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Through the settings of an outpatient SI clinic, Early Intervention, and preschool and school-based therapy, she has worked with adults, infants and children with developmental disabilities or delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, feeding difficulties, trauma and attachment difficulties and Sensory Processing Disorders. She has completed the Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration (SIPT). A special area of interest for her is the relationship between sensory processing disorders and trauma and attachment related difficulties; she enjoys collaborating with psychologists and other team members to implement the SAFE PLACE model, and tailoring her treatment appropriately to create the best progress and outcome for her clients.
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