We continue to be committed to providing the highest quality of services to our clients and their families and to improve the level of understanding of sensory integration dysfunction in the community via education. APT staff continues to pursue continuing education opportunities in order to remain on the ctting edge of occupational therapy treatment.
This is who we are:
Sharron Donnelly is a co-founder and the owner of Advanced Pediatric Therapies. Sharron has extensive training in
a multitude of areas related to pediatric occupational therapy and child
development and believes that an eclectic approach allows more individualized, holistic treatment tailored to each unique child, family and situation. Sharron has had the opportunity to be mentored by leading clinicians in the field of pediatric occupational therapy. Her direct mentors include Sheila Frick, Patti Oetter, and Julie Wilbarger. She has also received extensive mentoring with Beth Osten in the DIR® approach. Sharron has a passion for learning in order to provide the most effective, current and meaningful therapy services possible to children and their families. Sharron feels committed to ensuring that her staff has a high level of training from her mentors as well.
Sharron has her Master’s in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and has worked in a variety of settings including Early Intervention, schools and private practice. Sharron is certified in administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test and has trained extensively on sensory processing disorders. She is a Registered Interactive Metronome trainer and has experience in Auditory Integration Training, Listening Fitness and SAMONAS. Sharron has completed her certificate in the DIR Model and the Foundational Capacities of Development. She has extensive knowledge in using DIR/Floortime as a treatment model. She also has training in Social Thinking by Carol Gray, Qigong Sensory Massage, and Integrated Listening Systems.
Currently, Sharron teaches nationally and internationally for Vital Links to train other professionals in Therapeutic Listening™. In fact, APT is a national mentor site on this therapeutic intervention.
When not working, Sharron enjoys spending time with her two boys, reading, travelling,
Sarah received her Master’s in OT in 2002 from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. She has worked in a variety of private practice settings specializing in pediatrics and sensory processing disorders. Sarah has advanced training in Therapeutic Listening™, Advanced Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems, SAMONAS, Interactive Metronome, and a variety of sensory integration techniques. She has been with APT for 11 years. Sarah has a passion for horses and has pursued training in hippotherapy. Sarah also has extensive training is Social Thinking and Floortime/DIR. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys being with her two little girls, travelling, being outdoors, and reading.
Lara Levine graduated with honors from Pacific University where she received her Master's in Occupational Therapy. Prior to graduate school, Lara worked for several years providing mental health services to children and families. Since graduate school, Lara has focused her work on providing services to children with sensory processing related challenges. She uses DIR/Floortime techniques as the foundation of interventon approach. She has pursued additional training in many areas including advanced sensory interventions, Therapeutic Listening, and First Strokes Handwriting Program. Lara has a passion for collaboration with parents and loved ones and always enjoys a challenge!
When not at APT, Lara raises her two boys with her husband Eric.
Michelle completed her BS in occupational therapy in 1992 from the University at Buffalo in New York. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, public schools and private practice. Michelle is certified in administration of the Sensory Integration Praxis Test. She has trained extensively in treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders, including the Therapeutic Listening Program. She has a passion for body work and is trained in Craniosacral Therapy as well as Qigong Sensory Massage.
Michelle is a wife and mama to 3 boys. In her free time she enjoys reading, running and all things crafty including quilting and knitting.
Jeanne Farber graduated from Jefferson College of Graduate Studies in 1996 with an MS in OT. Jeanne is a Registered Yoga Teacher. She is also Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) certified. She has advanced training in many sensory techniques including the Therapeutic Listening Program. She is Dr. Sears LEAN Kids certified. She has worked in a variety of clinics including Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury Rehab, private, and early intervention clinics. At one time, she worked in a unique program installing home modifications for children and adults with disabilities.
Jeanne has two young girls and enjoys gardening, yoga, cycling, running, cooking, and watching the girls play soccer. Jeanne is an active local community volunteer with special focus on moms and kids. She is a LIVESTRONG liaison for cancer support. Jeanne was born and raised in Philadelphia, where her entire family still resides. Go Eagles! Go Penn State!
Mandy received her Master's in occupational therapy from Pacific University in Hillsboro Oregon, where she graduated with honors. Mandy has a long history of working with children and a passion for those with sensory processing dysfunction of all ages. She has a background in psychology and has enjoyed working with children abroad, including China and France. Mandy believes that coordinating care between the family, community, and other care providers is the key to success to meet family goals.
Mandy is certified in the Therapeutic Listening™ Program and has advanced training in a variety of techniques for children including: DIR/Floortime techniques, The Alert Program, Social Thinking®, and SOS Feeding Approach. In addition she has advanced training of treatment and diagnosis of sensory processing disorder from the STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Center with Lucy Jane Miller in Colorado.
Mandy enjoys cooking and baking, hiking, Zumba, speaking French. She loves spending time with friends, family and her dog as well as traveling and exploring the great northwest.
Kristen completed her BS in occupational therapy in 1999 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She always knew she wanted to work with children, so from the time she graduated, she began her focus within pediatrics. During the past thirteen years, she has worked in a variety of pediatric settings as an occupational therapist including early intervention, private practice, hospital inpatient and outpatient programs, and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She has advanced training in a variety of areas including aquatic therapy, DIR/Floortime, Therapeutic Listening, the Alert Program, SOS Feeding Approach, developmental positioning and handling, Interactive Metronome, and sensory intervention techniques.
In her free time she enjoys taking her dog for a run, reading, and spending time with her husband and their three children.
Jilda received her Master's in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 2004. Since graduate school, Jilda has worked in early intervention providing services to children and families in Maui and Lanai. Since 1999 Jilda has been volunteering in Romania with Heart of Hope International and Medical Teams International using her knowledge as an occupational therapist to provide services to children with special needs at a summer camp and different placement centers. Jilda is certified in Infant Massage and has additional training in the Alert Program, and a variety of sensory intervention techniques.
Tamar graduated from Haifa University, Israel, in 1995. Since then Tamar has been practicing occupational therapy in a variety of pediatric settings in the US and in Israel. Tamar uses a holistic approach combining different frames of reference with a focus on motor development, communication and sensory processing skills. Tamar has extensive continuing education and is certified in NDT, DIR, SOS feeding, Therapeutic listening and more.
Tamar is a mother of three wonderful girls, and as a mother understands the importance of including the parents in the treatment process and working with them as a team. She is also a
Pilates trainer and trained as a Personal Life Coach.
Tamar loves traveling the world, hiking, backpacking and camping with her family. She tries to always make time for running and exercising. In her free time Tamar enjoys reading and spending quiet family time at home.
Tali received her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Tufts University and her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in early childhood special education and in the schools. She is passionate about providing family centered services, educating and working with parents, siblings, and grandparents to ensure therapy is as effective as possible.
By working in an occupational therapy setting, Tali is able to provide a holistic approach to therapy. She provides a variety of services to meet a diverse group of clients, including social language groups and feeding therapy, specifically with children with sensory needs. Tali has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum.
Erin graduated with honors from Pacific University where she received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Prior to graduate school, Erin received training in helping to progressively teach
children and their parents techniques for accomplishing playgroups outside therapy, in addition to improving the child’s quality of social interaction and independence through social skills groups.
Since graduate school, Erin has focused her work on providing services to children with sensory processing related challenges. She has pursued additional training in many areas including Therapeutic
Listening Program™, First Strokes Handwriting Program, and DIR/Floortime techniques. She also has training in Social Thinking® by Michelle Garcia Winner.
Erin keeps occupied by hiking, yoga, cooking, traveling whenever possible, and local community service. She enjoys the outdoors and great food with her husband and dog. Her favorite pastimes are baking, reading a good book, and going to see and enjoy the local arts.
Melissa received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated with honors. She has a long history of working with children of all ability levels, including teaching in early childhood education. Graduate school gave her the opportunity to work with other populations and settings, but she knew that pediatrics was her passion. Since graduate school, Melissa has been dedicated to working with children with sensory processing related challenges. Melissa has advanced training in DIR/Floortime, the Therapeutic Listening™ Program, and various sensory intervention techniques. She strongly believes in treating the whole person and enjoys working towards a child’s goals using a team approach between the therapist, child, family, and other care providers.
Melissa enjoys cooking and baking, playing music with family and friends, spending time outdoors, and exploring the ever-growing food and arts community in the Pacific Northwest.
Cara received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. Cara has had a passion for working with children since a young age and began pursuing Occupational Therapy seriously in high school. She has a background in Developmental Psychology and believes that families are an integral part of the therapy process. Cara strives to increase her knowledge, in order to make herself a better Occupatinal Therapist, as well as mother to her two young girls. She has had training in the SOS Feeding Approach, Aquatic Therapy, and Early Childhood Motor skills. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including an outpatient pediatric clinic, school environments, and early intervention clinic including providing services in a natural environment.
Cara enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, as well as traveling to spend time with extended family in the surrounding areas.
Chelsey received her Master's degree in Occupatonal Therapy from Dominican University of California. Chelsey's inspiration and creativity as an occupational therapist stems from an extensive background working with children in a variety of settings; ranging from teaching preschool to providing in-home education for children with special needs. She completed her clinical experience at The Sensory Gym in Sydney, Australia where she received extensive mentorship and guidance from master clinicians in the areas of Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training and NDT. Chelsey is passionate about enriching children's lives while creating a positive environment for children to feel accomplished and successful.
Chelsey has pursued additonal training in Sensory Integration as well as principles of neurodevelopment. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Becky was born and raised in Vancouver, WA. She has worked as a bookkeeper and in office administration for the last 20 years. Becky likes to hang out with her husband and two kids, Taylor and Allyson, and Duke, the dog. She stays busy running her kids around, reading a good book, and recently tap dancing.
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Tools for Getting Kids In Sync
May 5, 2017 from 9am-3pm at Sheraton PDX Airport. Presented by Sharron Donnelly and Lara Levine. Click here for course details and registration.
NDT Handling Techniques
June 2-3, 2017 at Sheraton PDX Airport. Presented by Gail Ritchie, OTR/L, C/NDT and Brenda Lindsey, PT, C/NDT. Click here for course details and registration.
Parent Support Groups
APT partners with Swindell's Resource Center to provide Sensory Seminars PDX once a month at Providence. For more info go to: oregon.providence.org/news-and-events to view next event. Please be sure to register online!
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