Our Team

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

Occupational Therapist

  

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 also holds a certificate in Infant Toddler Health from Portland State University. 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,
and running.



Sarah Kramer

Occupational Therapist

 

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

Occupational Therapist

 

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 Mura

Occupational Therapist

 

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

Occupational Therapist

 

Jeanne Farber graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in PHiladelphia in 1990  After spending a few years as an OT at Jefferson Hospital, she became a teaching assistant at the University and attained her Masters degree.  She then  worked in a variety of settings including brain injury,home modification, mental health, and became a clinical specialist in spinal cord injury.  After getting married in 1997, she packed up with her husband and moved across country to live in the great PNW! 

 

Upon arriving, she decided to pursue a specialty change to pediatrics.  After working in schools, home care and early intervention, she happily found APT.  She is also an active community volunteer with children and families, r. Jeanne has advanced training in Therapeutic Listening, DIR/Flootime, the Alert Program and received her RYT (registered yoga teacher) in 2011. Working with kids has been a great joy and she is passionate about families and helping create balanced, creative and nurturing environments.
 
Jeanne has two teens at home, who become more amazing people every day.  She enjoys playing in her garden, yoga, hiking with her hubby, writing poetry, cycling, running, visiting family and exploring the local waterways on her stand up paddleboard.  

Mandy Garber

Occupational Therapist

 

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 Haslebacher

Occupational Therapist

 

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 Veja

Occupational Therapist

 

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 Nevo

Occupational Therapist

 

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 Woodbury

Speech-Languang Pathologist

 

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 Forgeron

Occupational Therapist

 

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 Stringer

Occupational Therapist

 

Melissa received her Masters 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. 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, Social Thinking®, Interactive Metronome 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 Snell

Occupational Therapist

 

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 Occupational Therapist. As the mother of two young girls, Cara understands the importance of working with each family to help support their family function. She has had training in the SOS Feeding Approach, Aquatic Therapy, DIR/Floortime, Therapeutic Listening™ Program, Interactive Metronome, and various sensory intervention techniques. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings but feels her passion is to work with families and children in outpatient pediatric sensory integration setting.

 
Cara enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, playing the piano, reading, and baking. She enjoys anything active and encourages her family and those around her to live an active life in their community.

 

Jenny Alvarez

Occupational Therapist

 

Jenny received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, in 1997, where she graduated Cum Laude. For the last 20+ years, she has worked primarily with children in a wide variety of settings.  This has included owning her own private practice, working in public and private schools, early intervention, hospital acute care, ICU and outpatient clinic, and home care.  She lived and worked in The Netherlands for 4 years, providing OT services to children from around the world. 

 
Jenny has had a great deal of advanced training in Sensory Integration, SPD, 
Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Vestibular Activation, sensory-based 
feeding interventions, The Alert Program, creating and implementing Social Stories, 
DIR, infant/child NDT and handling techniques.  She is currently working on being a 
certified Interactive Metronome provider. 


When she isn’t working, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls.  
She enjoys traveling, skiing, reading, cooking and finding the best tasting food in town.  
Most of all, Jenny enjoys laughing and seeing the world through the eyes of the children around her.

Brett Erspamer

Occupational Therapist

 

Brett received her master's degree in occupational therapy from Boston University and her bachelor's degree in psycholology from Pomona College in southern California.  Before starting at Advanced Pediatric Therapies, she was at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health Sciences University, working in specialty clinics including the Autism Clinic and the Early Childhood Assessment Team.  She is trained in sensory integration and teaching self-regulation.

 

Outside the clinic, she enjoys playing with her two baby nephews, getting outside and enjoying the greenness of the PNW, photography and traveling.

 

Sharon Rose Gavrilovic

Occupational Therapist

 

Sharon Rose graduated from Indiana University with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2013. After graduation, she left Indianapolis and returned home to Oregon where she began practicing as an OT at a private pediatric clinic. Sharon Rose has a extended history of working with children of various ages and abilities, including working as an instructional assistant in a Special Education Classroom leading small groups, and working for the YMCA.

 
Sharon Rose has training in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening Program, DIR/Floor Time, NDT Handling Techniques, and other sensory intervention techniques.
 
Sharon Rose enjoys adventures hiking and tent camping in beautiful areas in Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, and Banff/Jasper in Canada. She enjoys cooking, learning about other countries, spending time with her family, and sharing her love of music while singing along with her guitar or ukulele.

Becky Odem

Practice Manager

 

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, biking and reading a good book.

Alli Burpee

Portland Clinic Office Coordinator

 

Alli is originally from Alaska where she went to school for Medical Billing.  She moved to the PNW several years ago to escape the cold winters and fell in love!  Alli enjoys spending time with her family and her two cats, Olivia and Abner.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring the beautiful coast and can often be found daydreaming about the beach.

Sandra Jensen

Vancouver Clinic Receptionist

 

Sandra was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She received her degree in Health Information Informatics Management from Clark College in Vancouver WA. She loves being able to assist our families in their needs for OT.

 

In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at her kids school, being outdoors and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with her husband and kids. She believes being active is a great way to spend time with her family.

Oh to be a kid again... can you guess who these cute aspiring therapists grew up to be?

Michelle
Lara
Sarah
Sharron
Mandy
Jeanne
Brett
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