Occupational Therapists

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Nicole Moes OT

Ms. Nicole, MSOT, OTR

Rehabilitation Director of Boca Raton

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Early Steps Provider

Nicole joined Progressive Pediatric Therapy in 2014 after transitioning from running her own practice in the Lake Worth Area. She graduated with Bachelors degree in OT from University of Florida in 1999, and obtained her Masters degree from Florida International University in 2002. She is certified in sensory integration, therapeutic listening, kinesiotaping, Beckman oral Motor intervention, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including developmental delay, autism, neurological impairment, hypotonia, chromosomal disorders, cerebral palsy, disorders of sensory processing, and ADHD.

Teresa Hans OT

Ms. Teresa, MOT, OTR/L

Operations Manager

Master of Occupational Therapy

Early Steps Provider

Teresa graduated with her Masters degree in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University. Since graduating, she has worked in pediatrics primarily within the private practice setting. Her experience includes working with children with developmental delay, ASD, sensory processing disorder, fine/gross motor delays and handwriting difficulties. She uses a variety of treatment approaches including Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime and Neurodevelopmental Treatment. She also has experience with the Handwriting Without Tears and the Size Matters handwriting programs.

Teresa seeks additional professional development opportunities to expand her clinical knowledge and enjoys working within a multi-disciplinary team for family centered care.

Cristina Rojo OT

Ms. Cristina, MSOT, OTR/L, SIPT

Clinical Manager of West Palm Beach

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Early Steps Provider, Bilingual- Spanish, PAMS Certification, SIPT Certification

Cristina Rojo-Sirico graduated with a Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy in 2005, and worked as an occupational therapist while earning her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Florida International University. She has worked with children in school and charter school settings as well as in the home and private clinical practice settings. She holds training and certification in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, the Handwriting without Tears program, and the SOS feeding approach. Cristina has been a member of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association as well as the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Cristina is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certified and enjoys treating sensory integration and processing disorders as well as working with children with autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, she has worked with children with a variety of other diagnoses including developmental delay, neurological impairment, visual motor delay, hypotonia, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.

Brittni Barnes OT

Ms. Brittini, MOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy

Brittini graduated with her Masters Degree in May of 2016. Since graduating, Brittini has worked primarily in pediatrics with experience as a school based occupational therapist and in a private practice. Her clinical experiences include working with children with severe developmental delays, visual processing deficits, ASD, sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, fine/gross motor delays and handwriting challenges. Brittini has worked closely with multi-disciplinary teams to foster independence in play and education. Brittini has experience with Handwriting Without Tears program. She has attended continuing education courses for NDT and therapeutic handling, Creative Relaxation for Autism and Special Needs. Brittini continues to expand her clinical knowledge and has enjoyed growing within the Progressive Pediatric Therapy family.

Calley Rock OT

Ms. Calley, MSOT, OTR/L

Aquatic Lead

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Early Steps Provider, DIR Floortime Practitioner

Calley graduated with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in 2017, where she previously earned her Bachelor of Science in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies with a Minor in Psychology. Her experience working at a summer camp and in social skills groups for children with autism prompted her to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Calley’s OT experience has predominantly been in pediatric private practice and she has also worked with adults in psychiatric, physical rehabilitative, and home health settings. Calley holds certifications in DIR Floortime and Interactive Metronome and has special training in reflex integration. She believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to facilitate positive outcomes and she is passionate about connecting with children of all abilities and their families to help promote age appropriate development.

Dana Schooley OT

Ms. Dana, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Early Steps Provider

Dana graduated from Stony Brook University in New York in June of 2001. She has 20 years of experience working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in New York and sunny South Florida, joining the PPT team. Dana loves working with children and always knew she would be a pediatric therapist. She has worked with a variety of patients with Autism, CP, fragile X, IDD, Downs’s syndrome, and developmental delays in outpatient, school, home, and residential school settings. Dana has attended numerous continuing education courses ranging from Neuro reflex integration & NDT to Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention and sensory integration.

Eva Patel OT

Ms. Eva, MOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy

Eva Patel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 2012 and a Master of Occupational Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2014. Since graduating, she began her career in geriatrics realizing quickly her passion resided in pediatrics. Fortunately, she has been exposed to numerous settings. Prior to moving to sunny Florida in September 2016, she worked for Ohio’s Early Intervention Services, schools involving students with mild-moderate-severe disabilities, and a hospital based outpatient pediatric clinic in Ohio for several years. Her experience includes working with children with ASD, developmental delays, Sensory Processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy, fine/gross motor delays, handwriting difficulties. She is excited to continue growing with Progressive Pediatric Therapy and serves children and families with a client centered and creative approach.

Gabriela Alvarez OT

Ms. Gabriela, MOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy

Bilingual- Spanish

Gaby graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in December 2016. Through her undergraduate and graduate career she gained valuable experience as caregiver to a special needs individual and volunteer for several Gainesville organizations. Helping in the community fostered a passion for helping children and their families. She enjoys working in a multidisciplinary team, helping children develop skills for the present and future. She has developed skills in treating a variety of diagnosis including developmental delays, autism, Down’s syndrome, and handwriting delays. Her professional goal is to gain experience and expand her treatment interventions to best fit the needs of her patients.

Grace Chang OT

Ms. Grace, OTD, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Bilingual- Korean

Grace graduated with her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2021. She previously earned her Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health at Boston University in 2016. Grace has experience working at a school setting for children diagnosed with autism and an early intervention program, designed as a parent-child class, for kids with developmental delays ages 18-36 months. She has also worked with patients diagnosed with cerebral palsy, feeding difficulties, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, cystic fibrosis, and genetic disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Her professional goal is to work closely with family members and provide client-centered care for her patients to promote participation in meaningful occupations.

Holly Seipt OT

Ms. Holly, MOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy

Holly moved to south Florida from the Philadelphia area to complete her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Coral Gables, FL. She quickly discovered her heart for the pediatric population and has been exposed to, but not limited to, sensory processing deficits, hemiplegia, oculo-motor dysfunction, ASD, and ADHD.  She has continued to pursue private practice in pediatrics for the last year, with experience in multiple clinic locations in South Florida, private schools, and home based intervention. Holly is passionate about using multisensory approaches to target the goals of each individual child, with strong experience in reflex integration, visual-motor skills, and parent education programs. 

Janis van Vuuren OT

Ms. Janis, MOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy

Janis van Vuuren has worked within Palm Beach County as a pediatric occupational therapist since 2013. She earned her masters of occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2012, and is also a proud alumni of Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Janis has had the privilege of working with children with a variety of diagnoses and functional impairments including, but not limited to, feeding and eating difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Torticollis, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, developmental delay, and fine motor delay/handwriting difficulties. She also has experience providing therapeutic services within the aquatic setting. Janis is well loved by her clientele, and absolutely adores her work as an occupational therapist.

Karla Pierre-Louis OT

Ms. Karla, MOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy

Early Steps Provider

Karla graduated from the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Florida in December 2010. Since then, she has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in various settings, performing evaluation and treatment of children from birth to age 21 in the home, school, and clinical environment. She has treated children with varying diagnoses and conditions including Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Brachial Plexus Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, developmental delay, feeding difficulties, and seizures. Karla has a special interest in sensory processing difficulties and pursues ongoing continuing education addressing children with these difficulties. She is also currently an Early Steps provider. Her professional goal is to communicate and work closely with families and other disciplines in order to ensure carryover and improve functional outcomes for the involved child. She recognizes the uniqueness of each child and strives to identify the priorities and strengths of each family unit in order to develop and achieve desired outcomes.

Kathryn Ring OT

Ms. Kathryn, MOT, OTR/L

Community Program Coordinator

Master of Occupational Therapy 

Advanced Clinician

Kathryn Ring graduated with her Elementary Education degree from Depaul University in 2010 and taught Exceptional Student Education inclusion classes, working with students with various needs, IEPs, and 504s. As a three time awarded State of Florida High Impact Teacher, Kathryn ensured all her students felt heard by tapping into each child’s strengths and intrinsic motivators to build self-efficacy and support student’s learning and social emotional needs. After working as an educator for nearly a decade, she was inspired by the direct impact that occupational therapy services have on children’s lives. Her passion and drive to make the most impact on as many children as possible took her back to school to further enhance her education to join the occupational therapy community. As an occupational therapist, Kathryn has extensive training in the treatment of sensory processing disorders using multiple sensory integration approaches. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses and conditions including autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, sensory based motor disorders, developmental delay, prematurity, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder, behavioral conduct disorders, brachial plexus injuries, vision impairments, learning disabilities, and various medically fragile children. Kathryn is thrilled to build therapeutic relationships with all children at Progressive Pediatric Therapy and help promote child development and occupational success for all.

Kirsten OT

Ms. Kirsten, MOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy 

Kirsten completed her 3-month OT fieldwork rotation at Progressive Pediatric Therapy in the fall and graduated with her Master’s degree in 2021 from Radford University. Her experience working in the recreational therapy field with children with developmental delay and ASD in a clinic/home setting guided her to expand her education in occupational therapy. She also has previous fieldwork experience working with adults in the community and a neurorehabilitative department of an inpatient hospital. Kirsten continues to enhance her clinical knowledge by researching, collaborating with other therapists, and facilitating client-centered sessions to ensure she provides quality treatment. She is excited to continue learning and growing as a clinician at Progressive Pediatric Therapy.

Laura Dart OT

Ms. Laura, MOT, OTR/L

Mental Health Clinic Coordinator

Master of Occupational Therapy

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trained

Laura developed a passion for working with children at a very young age, after growing up with a cardiac condition and experiencing a childhood that was often interrupted to attend doctor’s appointments and hospital visits, or spent watching peers from the sidelines. Recognizing the importance of quality of life in childhood, she found joy in volunteering in her community to serve children with differing levels of ability and special needs. Eventually, Laura set out to become an occupational therapist to grow in this passion as a professional, in order to broaden her reach and provide quality care. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and concentration in Neuroscience, Laura moved to south Florida to earn a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She has extensive training in Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy for Tics (CBIT) and is a specialized provider for treatment of Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder. She also holds training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention for therapeutic responses to individuals in crisis. Laura has a passion for mental health and currently shares her time as an occupational therapist in an inpatient mental health facility.

 

Her heart has led her to join the Progressive team as a pediatric occupational therapist with the mission of creating innovative, holistic, and individualized treatment plans to facilitate skill development and foster self-efficacy for her clients. Laura’s interests include promoting healthy neurological development, emotional and social wellbeing, and resilience in children who have experienced trauma, adversity, and differing levels of ability and health experiences. Her goal is to empower children to achieve their highest level of engagement in meaningful occupation, facilitate mental health and wellness, and support families and communities in their role within each child’s life. 

Lauren Merchant COTA

Ms. Lauren, MSOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy

Lauren joined the Progressive Pediatric Therapy team in 2016 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In 2019 she returned to  Keiser University to further her career in Occupational Therapy,  receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Health and has since earned her Masters degree as an Occupational Therapist. She brings a wealth of experience and passion for children and has developed skills in treating a broad range of pediatric disorders including Sensory Processing Disorder, ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay. She understands that each child is unique and strives to find a way to connect with each one in a fun and goal directed environment. Lauren enjoys working on a multi-disciplinary team and guiding families for skill development in their child.

Lukas Roesch OT

Mr. Lukas, OTD, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Lukas graduated with his Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Kettering College, Ohio in 2019. He previously earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with a Minor in Business at Nova Southeastern University, where he also played collegiate basketball for 4 years for the sharks. His experience working as a teacher and summer camp counselor for basketball camps and YMCA camps prompted him to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Lukas’s Occupational Therapy experience has predominantly been in pediatric outpatient clinics while also working inpatient at Dayton Children’s hospital. He has worked with a variety of patients with Autism, CP, Wolf-Hirschhorn, IDD, Downs’s syndrome, and developmental delays in outpatient and inpatient settings. Lukas continues to attend numerous continuing education courses on topics including fine motor skills, sensory integration, and Motor Assessment and Intervention to continue to give his patients the best skills to live a happy, independent life. 
Ms. Sarah

Ms. Sarah, MOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy

Sarah graduated with her Master of Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She previously earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in biology in 2018 from Florida State University. Her 6 years of experience working as a dance teacher for neuro-typical and  children with ASD, Down Syndrome, CP, developmental delays and motor delays, sparked her interest in occupational therapy . Sarah’s OT experience has predominantly been in pediatric outpatient practice and she has also worked with adults in the inpatient rehabilitation setting. She has a strong passion for integrating cultural awareness & responsiveness in her healthcare career and has hosted numerous diversity in healthcare workshops & seminars at NSU and Cornell Medical Rehab Institute. She is passionate about providing family and client centered services to help create a warm, positive and inviting atmosphere for families and children. 
Tara Ghorbani OT

Ms. Tara, MSOT, OTR/L

Staff Occupational Therapist

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Tara graduated Florida State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences and an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Developmental Disabilities. She received her M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy at Barry University. Tara worked as a registered behavior technician for three years and has a background in applied behavior analysis. She also has been trained in neurological reflex integration and sensory integration. Tara is passionate about using creative and fun therapeutic approaches when working with children to develop the necessary skills in order to become functional in their everyday life.

Tiffany Thomsen OT

Ms. Tiffany, MSOT, OTR/L

Whole Student Program Coordinator

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Bilingual- Spanish

Tiffany learned about the role of occupational therapy with the developmentally disabled population when she coached a softball team for Special Olympics and knew it was time for a career switch. After a 10 year career in cardiovascular technology, she graduated from Barry University with a Masters in Science in Occupational Therapy in May of 2011. She started her career in pediatrics seeing her clients, aged birth to 22, in outpatient, home health, and private school settings. She has experience with a variety of childhood and developmental diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD/ADD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Chromosomal anomalies, and other developmental delays. She served on the faculty in the Barry University department of Occupational Therapy as an adjunct professor/lab instructor, teaching Pediatric Evaluation and Assessment, Development in Early Adulthood/Transitioning, and Evaluation and Assessment in Late Life to Masters level graduate students. She enjoys the teamwork of collaborating with her colleagues in various disciplines and her clients’ families to provide the best possible services and outcomes for the young clients at Progressive Pediatric Therapy.
Justin COTA

Mr. Justin, COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistance

Justin graduated from Keiser University in 2021 with an Associate’s of Science degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Justin has experience working with children with Down Syndrome, autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, as well as motor and developmental delays. Justin loves to implement his experience with athletics into his therapy. Justin is excited to be a part of, and continue to grow alongside his Progressive Pediatric Therapy family!

Lidia COTA

Ms. Lidia, COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistance

Lidia graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Daytona State College in 2017. She has worked with kids who had medically complex conditions and Disabilities from ages 1 to 13 in PPEC and clinic settings. Lidia has experience with a variety childhood and developmental diagnosis including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory processing disorder, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, seizures, and Osteogenesis Imperfecta. She is passionate to work with parents, caregivers, and other disciplines to provide the most client centered intervention approach to reach a child’s potential. Her professional goals include expanding her education to provide evidence-based practice and to educate parents to carryover treatment at home.

Sydney

Ms. Sydney, COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistance

Sydney graduated top of her cohort from Keiser University WPB campus in 2021 with an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistance. She chose to join the world of Occupational Therapy because she sought out a hands-on position that gives her the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, even the smallest one. Sydney enjoys pediatrics because she loves the inquisitive, creative and energetic minds that keep her on her toes and provide her with a learning experience everyday. She has experience working with clients of all ages and diagnoses in the community and clinic, with a focus in preschool and elementary age children with autism. Sydney is excited to be a part of the multidisciplinary team and to continue to grow as a clinician with PPT! 

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