BS Exercise Physiology from William Paterson Univeristy
BS Physical Education and Health K-12 from William Paterson University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UMDNJ
LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS
I have been a Physical Therapist for 6 years, with a focus on the pediatrics. Upon completion of my doctorate degree I began my career as a Physical Therapist working at Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ, a school and hospital for children with multiple disabilities. During this time I also began working as an Early Intervention PT in Union County. In 2012 I joined the therapy team at the Arc Kohler School in Mountainside. Through this varied practice I have gained experience working with children ages birth-21 with complex medical diagnoses, developmental delay, motor challenges and equipment needs.
In April 2013, my twin boys were born extremely premature at just 24 weeks. This experience has enabled me to relate to the families I am treating on a more personal level. I believe in a family centered approach and working as a team in order to achieve the most optimal outcomes for the child.
BS in Speech/Language Pathology from Ithaca College
MS in OT from Columbia University
OT Doctorate Degree from Chatham University
LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS
“I have been an occupational therapist for over twenty years. Early in my career I worked in Adult Physical Rehabilitation both in in-patient rehabilitation and out-patient facilities at Staten Island University hospital and Kessler Institute. I found that I enjoyed working with patients with neurological disorders, especially individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Following the birth of my first child – more years ago than I like to admit – I changed the focus of my OT practice and began working with children in a local school district while also teaching in a local OTA program. For the past 18 years I have combined teaching in occupational therapy assistant and Master’s level Occupational therapy programs with my practice as a school based occupational therapist.
I feel that continuing education is important and I attend courses that benefit my clients as often as possible. I have also presented on the topic of Autism, Inter-professional Education, and Scissor Skill Development on both the state and National level.
While I love working with the children in the school district, I found that I wanted to develop and work in a private clinic to allow me to assist children to address their goals in all areas related to occupational therapy, not just school related skill development. My capstone project for my doctoral education focused on teaching early childhood educators how to incorporate the development of OT related skills into the classroom for the benefit of all children in the class.”
MS in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University
BS in Human Development from Binghamton University
LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS
I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2015 at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center (ESPC). ESPC is an inpatient rehabilitation and nursing facility that provides services to children birth-21 with complex medical diagnoses. I had the opportunity to work with children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and sensory processing disorders. My time at ESPC has allowed me to understand the extreme importance of utilizing a team approach, collaborating with the child, the child’s family and other healthcare providers to achieve the greatest goals.
Ensuring that children enjoy themselves and feel comfortable throughout therapy is the key to achieving goals. Watching each child achieve their goals, living a more independent and successful life, is why I love being an OT.
In addition to being an OT, I am also a first time mom to twin girls and enjoy spending time with them and my husband in our hometown of Hoboken.
MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University
BS in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from Towson University
Licenses and Certifications:
“I have been working as a pediatric speech-language pathologist since 2014 at a PreK-12th grade special education school. There I have gained clinical experience working with students diagnosed with behavioral disorders such as emotionally disturbed, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. I also work with students diagnosed with autism, cognitive delays and/or communication impairments.
I recognize the importance of meeting each client’s individual needs, collaborating with families, and creating a comfortable environment to encourage language development. I enjoy developing fun and practical lessons for my clients to encourage participation and excitement about speech therapy.
I currently reside in Madison, NJ where I am lucky enough to live close to my nephew and three nieces.
I look forward to working with children at the Therapy Garage to develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in their environment.”
BS in Speech Language Pathology from Ithaca College
MA in Speech Language Pathology from Hofstra University
Licenses and Certifications
“Working as a Speech Language Pathologist for over 20 years, I began my career working in a variety of pediatric settings in NYC. My background includes the Therapeutic Nursery at The Jewish Federation of Children and Family Services. There I gained extensive experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, apraxia of speech, and language based learning disorders. I also provided home-based therapy and evaluations for Early Intervention through YAI/Lifestart Program. After continued work and training, I opened my own practice providing services for children with numerous developmental delays, motor speech disorders and specializing in treating children with oral-motor speech and feeding disorders.
Following the birth of my first child, I moved to NJ and worked at wonderful private practices including Westfield Pediatric Therapy Center and Creative Speech Solutions in Summit , NJ. I continue to treat many young children in their homes both privately and through Early Intervention and most recently joined The Therapy Garage. I am extensively trained in all areas of articulation remediation including oral-motor and PROMPT.
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