about us

Nicole Moes, MS, OTR   
Rehabilitation Director of Boca Raton   

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.
Belinda Perez, MOTR/L 
Occupational Therapist   


Belinda Perez graduated from the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in January 2000. Since then, Belinda has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist primarily in a school and home environment treating children with various diagnosis between the ages of 9 months to 21 years of age. Belinda is Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT) certified and has extensive training in the treatment of children with Autism and sensory processing disorders.

Cristina Rojo, MSOT, OTR/L 
Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Cristina Rojo graduated with a Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy in 2005 and a Master's 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 is certified as a Therapeutic Listening provider and enjoys integrating this into her therapy. Additionally, she holds training and certification in the Interactive Metronome program and the Handwriting without Tears program. She is a member of AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) and FLOTA (Florida 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. Cristina and her dog, Capone, are currently training in animal assisted therapy.   

Janis VanVuuren, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist     

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, MSOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist     

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, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and seizures.    Karla has a special interest in sensory processing difficulties and pursues ongoing continuing education addressing children with these difficulties. Karla has been a member of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association as well as the American Occupational Therapy Association. 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 as an integral part of her professional practice. 

Dana Virag, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist      

Dana graduated from Stony Brook University in New York in June of 2001.  She has 15 years of experience working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in New York and has recently moved to 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.  

Teresa Hans, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist     

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.

Gabriela Alvarez, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist 

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.

Eva Patel, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

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.

Lauren Merchant, COTA 
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant     

Lauren is a graduate from Keiser University. She joined us bringing a wealth of experience and passion for children. She has developed skills with a variety of diagnoses including ASD, Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay. Lauren enjoys working on a multi-disciplinary team and guiding families for skill development in their child.

Danielle Olmstead, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Danielle graduated from Keiser University in 2014 as a COTA and then furthered her career by gaining her Bachelors in Health Science.  She has a passion for working with children and making a positive impact on not only the child but their family.  She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including ASD, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing, and children with feeding difficulties.  She works with all ages from 3 months to 21 years.  She enjoys working with a multi-disciplinary team to help integrate therapeutic skills with a holistic approach in each child's everyday life routine.  Her goal is to help children gain their maximum potential by exploring and implementing various approaches to best fit each child's needs.

Brittini Barnes, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

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.

"The staff at Progressive Pediatrics is experienced, goal orientated, and provides superior care for our son, Chase. The changes in a short time have been huge for us; he is now preparing to use a power wheelchair and is progressing more each day."

Sean and Thea