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                                                                                     Occupational Therapists

JACKIE SANSONE M.Ed., OTR/L

Jackie earned both her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and her Master of Education in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College. She is the founder and director of Wellesley Pediatric OT. She gained extensive clinical experience during her work with the pediatric population for the past 15 years in various settings. Prior to founding WPOT, she worked at a private school for children with severe social and emotional disabilities, where she treated children with diagnosis including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum, learning disorders, Down Syndrome, and Muscular Dystrophy. Jackie has completed advanced training in sensory integration theory and is qualified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests.

Patricia Collins M.S., OTR/L

Tricia earned both her Bachelor of Occupational Science and Master of Occupational Therapy at Ithaca College. Before joining the Wellesley Pediatric Team Tricia gained knowledge and experience working in Early Intervention and in an Outpatient setting. Tricia treats children to young adults with a variety of delays including Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, anxiety, seizure disorders, and other developmental delays. With expertise in Sensory Integration, Tricia is an energetic therapist and enjoys getting onto the floor with children to promote motivation and engagement in functional activities.

JILLian AMO Spatola M.S., OTR/L   JILLIAN EARNED HER BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FROM BOSTON COLLEGE WHERE SHE MINORED IN SPECIAL EDUCATION & PSYCHOLOGY. SHE RECEIVED HER MASTER OF SCIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FROM TUFTS UNIVERSITY. JILLIAN HAS WORKED AT WELLESLEY PEDIATRIC OT FOR OVER 3 YEARS, AND HAS PRIOR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN EARLY INTERVENTION, SCHOOL-BASED, AND INPATIENT SETTINGS. JILLIAN TREATS CHILDREN TO YOUNG ADULTS WITH VARIOUS NEEDS. SHE IS CERTIFIED IN THE PROGRAM OF ESSENTIAL COMPETENCES IN SENSORY INTEGRATION AND IS QUALIFIED TO ADMINISTER AND INTERPRET THE SENSORY INTEGRATION AND PRAXIS TEST. JILLIAN ALSO HAS A LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION IN HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS.

JILLian AMO Spatola M.S., OTR/L

JILLIAN EARNED HER BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FROM BOSTON COLLEGE WHERE SHE MINORED IN SPECIAL EDUCATION & PSYCHOLOGY. SHE RECEIVED HER MASTER OF SCIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FROM TUFTS UNIVERSITY. JILLIAN HAS WORKED AT WELLESLEY PEDIATRIC OT FOR OVER 3 YEARS, AND HAS PRIOR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN EARLY INTERVENTION, SCHOOL-BASED, AND INPATIENT SETTINGS. JILLIAN TREATS CHILDREN TO YOUNG ADULTS WITH VARIOUS NEEDS. SHE IS CERTIFIED IN THE PROGRAM OF ESSENTIAL COMPETENCES IN SENSORY INTEGRATION AND IS QUALIFIED TO ADMINISTER AND INTERPRET THE SENSORY INTEGRATION AND PRAXIS TEST. JILLIAN ALSO HAS A LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION IN HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS.

Marisa Capogreco OTD., OTR/L   Marisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from The Ohio State University where she minored in Speech and Hearing . Marisa earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Marisa's doctoral project focused on helping to establish the pro-bono OT clinic at the IHP, with a focus on the best ways to assess and treat a child with sensory needs. Marisa presented Her research at the national OT conference in Philadelphia , and is in the process of publishing it into an OT journal. Marisa also has experience working on a mental health unit at the Cleveland Clinic, where she started a sensory program to help patients cope with symptoms of their mental health disorders. Marisa loves walking on the esplanade, cheering on all Boston sports teams, and exploring new places.

Marisa Capogreco OTD., OTR/L

Marisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from The Ohio State University where she minored in Speech and Hearing . Marisa earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Marisa's doctoral project focused on helping to establish the pro-bono OT clinic at the IHP, with a focus on the best ways to assess and treat a child with sensory needs. Marisa presented Her research at the national OT conference in Philadelphia , and is in the process of publishing it into an OT journal. Marisa also has experience working on a mental health unit at the Cleveland Clinic, where she started a sensory program to help patients cope with symptoms of their mental health disorders. Marisa loves walking on the esplanade, cheering on all Boston sports teams, and exploring new places.

K ayla Cerulli M.S., OTR/L   Kayla is an occupational therapist who received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University and also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a focus in studio art from Boston College. Kayla has experience working with the pediatric population in various settings including schools, early intervention, and outpatient sensory gyms. Prior to receiving her masters degree, Kayla worked for the Watertown Public School System, assisting children and their families with disabilities. Kayla embraces a holistic, strengths-based approach to occupational therapy and is passionate about sensory processing. She loves incorporating various sensory experiences into her sessions such as art/messy play and movement. In her free time, Kayla enjoys traveling, spending time with family and yoga.

Kayla Cerulli M.S., OTR/L

Kayla is an occupational therapist who received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University and also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a focus in studio art from Boston College. Kayla has experience working with the pediatric population in various settings including schools, early intervention, and outpatient sensory gyms. Prior to receiving her masters degree, Kayla worked for the Watertown Public School System, assisting children and their families with disabilities. Kayla embraces a holistic, strengths-based approach to occupational therapy and is passionate about sensory processing. She loves incorporating various sensory experiences into her sessions such as art/messy play and movement. In her free time, Kayla enjoys traveling, spending time with family and yoga.


 

Speech Therapists

 
IVY SChantz M.S.,CCC-slp   Ivy earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences from The George Washington University. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Boston University. Ivy has specific interest and expertise working with the Autistic population. She has extensive experience working in an outpatient pediatric medical hospital where she worked with children with a variety of developmental and medical diagnoses. Additionally she has led social pragmatic groups for children on all levels of the Autism Spectrum.

IVY SChantz M.S.,CCC-slp

Ivy earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences from The George Washington University. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Boston University. Ivy has specific interest and expertise working with the Autistic population. She has extensive experience working in an outpatient pediatric medical hospital where she worked with children with a variety of developmental and medical diagnoses. Additionally she has led social pragmatic groups for children on all levels of the Autism Spectrum.

 
Ellen Gilmore M.S.,CCC-SLP    Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University. She has extensive experience working with the pediatric population in both individual and group settings. She has evaluated and treated children with communication disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, autism spectrum disorders, articulation and language delays through both play-based therapy and more structured tasks. Her past experiences include work in an integrated preschool program, an outpatient rehabilitation program, and Early Intervention. She is very sweet, compassionate, and enthusiastic about working with children and their families.

Ellen Gilmore M.S.,CCC-SLP

Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University. She has extensive experience working with the pediatric population in both individual and group settings. She has evaluated and treated children with communication disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, autism spectrum disorders, articulation and language delays through both play-based therapy and more structured tasks. Her past experiences include work in an integrated preschool program, an outpatient rehabilitation program, and Early Intervention. She is very sweet, compassionate, and enthusiastic about working with children and their families.

Abby chud m.s.ccc-slp   Abby earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Emerson College. Abby has extensive experience working in Early Intervention; where she assesses and provides speech, language, and feeding therapy to children with a variety of developmental and medical diagnoses. Additionally, Abby has worked with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including: preschool, elementary school, and a private practice specializing in feeding therapy.

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Abby earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Emerson College. Abby has extensive experience working in Early Intervention; where she assesses and provides speech, language, and feeding therapy to children with a variety of developmental and medical diagnoses. Additionally, Abby has worked with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including: preschool, elementary school, and a private practice specializing in feeding therapy.

 
Christina Stavrakas M.S.,CCC-SLP   Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Music from The University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professionals. Christina has evaluated and developed treatment plans for children with language processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, social pragmatic deficits, executive function challenges, ADHD, down syndrome, global cognitive delays, and phonological awareness in both school and outpatient hospital settings. Additionally, Christina has a special expertise in treating children with complex language profiles in need of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies. Christina understands the importance of collaborating with each child's family, educators, and other professionals.

Christina Stavrakas M.S.,CCC-SLP

Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Music from The University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professionals. Christina has evaluated and developed treatment plans for children with language processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, social pragmatic deficits, executive function challenges, ADHD, down syndrome, global cognitive delays, and phonological awareness in both school and outpatient hospital settings. Additionally, Christina has a special expertise in treating children with complex language profiles in need of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies. Christina understands the importance of collaborating with each child's family, educators, and other professionals.

Robin Stein M.S.,CCC-SLP    Robin earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in communication disorders from Emerson College. She is an experienced and talented speech therapist specializing in pediatric treatment and is trained in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique. Robin has clinical experiences at Boston Children's Hospital, a local public school system, early intervention, and in a specialized school for students with special needs. She has worked with children on their articulation, fluency, higher level language, listening and reading comprehension, narrative language, social communication, vocabulary, and word-retrieval skills. Her warm and bubbly personality is a wonderful addition to our practice.

Robin Stein M.S.,CCC-SLP

Robin earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in communication disorders from Emerson College. She is an experienced and talented speech therapist specializing in pediatric treatment and is trained in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique. Robin has clinical experiences at Boston Children's Hospital, a local public school system, early intervention, and in a specialized school for students with special needs. She has worked with children on their articulation, fluency, higher level language, listening and reading comprehension, narrative language, social communication, vocabulary, and word-retrieval skills. Her warm and bubbly personality is a wonderful addition to our practice.

Christine Couturier M.A.,CCC-SLP   Christine received her BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University. She specializes in the language delays, articulation impairments, pragmatic language deficits, and AAC devices with a passion for working with children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Christine completed advanced training and is certified in PROMPT, Took Talks, It and Takes Two to Talk, Hannen program for parents, and Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Program. Before joining us, Christine worked at private practices and private schools in Washington, DC and Santa Monica, where she worked with children as young as 17 months. She believes in working together with families, caregivers, teachers and other professionals to provide the highest level of care to her clients.

Christine Couturier M.A.,CCC-SLP

Christine received her BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University. She specializes in the language delays, articulation impairments, pragmatic language deficits, and AAC devices with a passion for working with children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Christine completed advanced training and is certified in PROMPT, Took Talks, It and Takes Two to Talk, Hannen program for parents, and Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Program. Before joining us, Christine worked at private practices and private schools in Washington, DC and Santa Monica, where she worked with children as young as 17 months. She believes in working together with families, caregivers, teachers and other professionals to provide the highest level of care to her clients.

Elana block m.s.,ccc-slp   Elana received her Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. Elana has extensive experience working specifically with the pediatric population with a variety of medical and developmental diagnosis. Past positions include another pediatric private practice in the area, a local elementary school, and the Early Intervention program. She worked with children with a variety of speech, language, and pragmatic/social deficits. She is very caring, enthusiastic, and passionate about working with children and their families.

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Elana received her Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. Elana has extensive experience working specifically with the pediatric population with a variety of medical and developmental diagnosis. Past positions include another pediatric private practice in the area, a local elementary school, and the Early Intervention program. She worked with children with a variety of speech, language, and pragmatic/social deficits. She is very caring, enthusiastic, and passionate about working with children and their families.