Doctor of physical therapy, Jan Crew Wade has been working with kids in the Boston area for 20 years. Through her work at Children's Hospital and the Wellesley Public Schools, Jan has been amazed by the tenacity of the children and families she has met. Jan obtained her clinical doctorate in physical therapy and was appointed a board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist in May of 2008. The Boston Ability Center fulfills her life-long goal to combine clinical excellence and fun while helping children gain the skills they need for a healthy, happy life.
Director, DPT, PCS
Elvira comes to the Boston Ability Center with dual specialties in Occupational Therapy and Clinical Social Work. She was educated at Tufts University receiving her MS in O.T and Simmons College where she received her MSW. Elvira was trained in sensory integration therapy at Occupational Therapy Associates; renamed OTA-The Koomar Center in Newton, MA and became certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. In addition to her work at the BAC, Elvira had also been on staff at the Wellesley Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program (PAWS). Elvira loves her work with children and their families. Now that she is exclusively at the B.A.C. she is offering individual sessions to families whose children are in treatment, in addition to carrying her own caseload of Occupational Therapy patients.
Krista has over 15 years of management and administrative experience in various fields, ranging from pediatrics to dentistry, and from structural engineering to software. After studying European Studies and French at New York University, she ultimately decided to move forward with her career in administration. Most of Krista’s experience has been health related in some way, as she enjoys being a part of a team that helps people and makes a difference. In that light, she also became a certified yoga instructor in 2013 and teaches in her free time. Outside of work and yoga, she loves spending time with her tiny chihuahua, Kali. Krista is very excited to be a member of the BAC team and looks forward to providing support for the children and families we serve.
My name is Katie Corscadden and I’m 22 years old. I am a Teacher’s Assistant at Bates Elementary School in Wellesley and a bus girl at Dunn Gaherins Restaurant in Newton. I am so excited to join the Boston Ability Center team! In addition to these jobs I also have an ecommerce business called Colors of Katie (www.colorsofkatie.com) where I take my colorful artwork and make unique products! My passion is working with children and helping them become successful. Make sure you say hi if you see me in the gym!!
Jillian joined the BAC in 2019. After pursing applied science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston, where she worked as a shelter agent and at their front desk. Additionally, she has worked in pediatric rehabilitation for a number of years, as both a nursing assistant and a hippotherapy assistant. Outside of work, you can find Jillian in the mountains with her son Owen; they love to ski and mountain bike. She also enjoys hiking with her giant dog Roxy and going horseback riding.
Ani joined the BAC front office team at the end of 2018. She received her associates degree in Criminal Justice but has always loved the medical field. She has a long history working in eye care and working in medical offices. Outside of work she enjoys taking her dog for walks by the river and teaching friends and family how to apply makeup correctly. Ani enjoys working with families and overtime feeling part each family as she learns their history.
Natalie graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in both Elementary Education and Leadership Studies. She currently works at the Boston Ability Center with hopes of attending graduate school and becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. Through her work as an Elementary Education minor and her involvement in Best Buddies, Natalie realized her dream of creating individualized plans to help children grow and achieve their goals. She is currently pursuing this dream by taking prerequisite classes and applying for graduate school. In her free time, Natalie enjoys exploring new restaurants, reading, and drawing.
Holly currently works full-time at the Boston Ability Center as both a scheduler and she helps with the medical billing. She graduated from Fitchburg State University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She completed her internship at the Boston Ability Center, where she helped plan and organize the Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy camp. This internship helped her solidify becoming a pediatric occupational therapist as her dream job, as she fell in love with helping the kids and got to watch patients reach their goals. Holly hopes to get her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy, so that she can pursue this dream, and is currently taking prerequisites at Salem State University. Holly also works as a nanny, and has experience working in the medical setting as a receptionist. She has also volunteered for the Special Olympics and at Ironstone Farm, where she worked side-by-side with occupational and physical therapists to assist in hippotherapy sessions. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, taking pictures, and reading.
Amanda is a graduate of American International College where she received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Upon completion of her studies, Amanda spent her last clinical affiliation at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA, where she gained experience with both inpatient and outpatient pediatric therapy. She previously worked in early intervention in Boston for over 3 years. She has experience with treating infants to young adults with a range of physical, sensory and neurological impairments. Amanda is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Amanda is a certified Interactive Metronome(IM) and Intergrated Listening provider. She has also attended continuing education coursework for visual-vestibular treatment, executive functioning and reflex intergration. She is excited to be a part of the team at Boston Ability Center and looks forward to continued work with children and families.
M.S., OTR/L, SIPT Certified
Kelsey earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Kelsey's clinical experience includes both early intervention and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation where she has worked with children of all ages with various diagnoses and abilities. She is passionate about working with children and helping them gain confidence and independence in their daily lives. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys baking, running, and spending time with friends and family. Kelsey is excited to continue working with children and families as a member of the Boston Ability Center team.
Laura recently relocated to the Boston area with her family from Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Development and a master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 6 years of experience treating and evaluating in the school and outpatient settings. Laura has worked with individuals ranging in age from 4-21 with various diagnoses including but not limited to: autism, brain injury, social-emotional disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental delay. She is passionate about working with children and their families and has had the privilege of working with children in a variety of areas including sensory processing, self-regulation, fine motor, visual motor integration, and executive functioning. Laura has completed continuing education with Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, and is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing with her children, spending time with family, and running.
LAURA P. EALY
Anna is a graduate of the MGH Institute of Health Professions where she received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Anna completed her pediatric clinical fieldwork in an outpatient clinic in Florida and pursued her doctoral research in aquatics and drown prevention programming for children of all abilities. Anna also has a background in recreational therapy and has worked with children and families in the community, home, specialty camp and aquatic settings as a recreational therapist. In her free time, Anna enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors, and traveling with friends and family. She is excited to join the BAC team and help each child reach their maximal potential!
OTD, OTR/L, CTRS
Stephanie is a graduate of Towson University, where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011. She has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings, including outpatient and inpatient. Stephanie's clinical experience includes evaluating and treating children with a variety of needs including, but not limited to, sensory processing abilities, psychiatric disorders, feeding challenges, and developmental and neurological delays. Stephanie has also been involved in many opportunities including program development, the design of a sensory room, Interactive Metronome, and the SOS Approach to Feeding training. Additionally, Stephanie previously was a supervisor with management duties at a pediatric outpatient clinic in Maryland and has begun to assume these roles at the Boston Ability Center. She is eager to continue to make a difference in enhancing the quality of life of the children that she works with and their families. In her spare time, Stephanie loves to read, hang out with her dog, explore, and travel.
Rachael is a graduate of the University of New England. She has experience working with babies, toddlers and young children. Rachael received her certification as a Certified Early Intervention Specialist in 2002. Throughout the years, she has also provided OT services to families and their children with autism at several social/sensory gyms. Rachael truly enjoys working in pediatrics and believes that if you have expectations, children will perform. They are resilient and fascinating individuals.
Katie graduated from Ithaca College with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. Prior to moving to the Boston area, Katie worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in Rochester, NY. She has many years of experience working with children in the classroom, in the clinic, in the home, and in the community. Katie enjoys serving as a supervisor and clinical mentor for both OT staff and OT graduate students at the BAC. She also co-leads the BAC social-motor groups. Katie has received specialized training in the Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking curriculum, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, and pediatric mental health disorders. She is particularly interested in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, following participation in the 3-Day intensive workshop, "Helping Anxious Kids: Powerful Approaches for Breaking the Worry Cycle," with Lynn Lyons, LICSW. She is experienced with Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, and Integrated Listening Systems. Katie is a musician and a bookworm who loves theater, traveling, and drinking iced coffee (to help her stay in the green zone!)
MacKenzie graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a concentration in ABA. She joined the BAC team as a co-op student, and it was during this time that the kids, families, and staff inspired her to pursue a career in pediatric OT. MacKenzie completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Tufts University, where she is currently continuing her education through a post-professional doctorate program. Prior to graduate school, MacKenzie gained experience working with children as a special education teaching assistant and through spending much of her time volunteering with an organization called Peace Through Play, where she first witnessed the transformational power of play (or occupation!) and human connection. Her clinical experience includes a skilled nursing facility specializing in the care of medically fragile children as well as a therapeutic day school serving children with emotional, neurologic, and psychiatric difficulties. MacKenzie is a certified Interactive Metronome provider and helps lead One Night Out at the BAC. In her free time, MacKenzie is an avid Pinterest-er and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
Janine is a graduate of Springfield College where she completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in addition to her Bachelor's degree in Child and Family Studies and Public Health from Syracuse University. Prior to completing her masters, Janine worked as a volunteer at our CIMT camp and is excited to return to the BAC. Janine completed her pediatric fieldwork in an early intervention setting. In addition to her fieldwork, Janine has worked with families in a variety of settings including schools, the home, and residential facilities. She has been living in the MetroWest area most of her life and is excited to support her community at the BAC by helping children achieve their goals through play. In her spare time, Janine enjoys reading, spending time with family and recently rediscovered her childhood passion for rollerblading.
Megan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Master of Occupational Therapy. Megan's clinical experience includes working in a variety of settings with a wide range of diagnoses. Megan has extensive experience working with children in a school-based setting as well as with medically complex children in their homes and has also worked with children in the outpatient setting. She is passionate about helping individuals of all ages gain independence and confidence in activities that make their lives meaningful. She especially enjoys promoting independence in higher level life skills with children and addressing executive functioning difficulties with her clients. In her spare time, Megan can be found at the gym weight lifting, or drawing in her sketchpad while listening to music. She is eager to continue pursuing her passion of occupational therapy here at the Boston Ability Center.
Arielle completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. Her pediatric fieldwork was completed at Boston Children's Hospital where she worked with children and their families on acute inpatient floors. She comes to the Boston Ability Center with 4 years of experience as a Registered Behavior Technician, providing ABA services to children 1.5-18 years old with Autism and related diagnoses around the greater Boston area. She is passionate about working with children and their families and promoting participation in meaningful activities. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, she also incorporates wellness and mindful movement to help clients achieve their goals. Arielle is excited to join the Boston Ability Center team and continue to enrich the lives of the children she works with.
ARIELLE R. SIMONS
Carolyn comes to the Boston Ability Center with over 18 years of experience, primarily in outpatient pediatric physical therapy. Carolyn holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. In May 2015, Carolyn became an American Board Certified Pediatric Specialist. She has a wide range of experience with individuals from birth to young adult. In addition to working with children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities, Carolyn has specialized experience in Lite Gait treadmill training, walking, Theratog fittings, and e-stim treatments, Kinesiotaping and Interactive Metranome. Carolyn enjoys running, bike riding, and hiking with her family.
PT, M.S., PCS
Brian graduated from Gannon University with a doctorate of physical therapy. Brian knew he wanted to work with children after his experiences coaching youth soccer, volunteering in after school programs, and through his pediatric clinical affiliation. He has experience working with a variety of pediatric patients with orthopedic, neurologic, and developmental diagnosis at varying stages of development. Brian chose to work at the Boston Ability Center because of its goal of providing quality care in a fun and efficient environment. Brian loves red pandas, playing anything that is competitive especially soccer, and enjoys hiking up tall mountains.
Micayla earned her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees from Boston University. She has gained clinical experience working in early intervention, pediatric outpatient physical therapy clinics, and in the specialized school setting with children from birth to 18 years of age. Her passion lies in assisting children of all abilities to maximize their participation in all aspects of their lives, while providing their families the necessary tools to meet these goals. In her free time, Micayla enjoys cooking, reading, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She is very excited to grow and develop as a member of the Boston Ability Center team!
Erica earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University's Sargent College. She has previously worked with children as a horseback riding camp counselor, adaptive sports coach, and as a physical therapist in both school-based and home care settings. She strives to help every child she works with build up their skills to successfully work through challenges and achieve their goals. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time outside grilling and running in the warm months and snowboarding when it gets cold.
PT, DPT, ATC
Miranda received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University. She has always loved children and discovered her passion for working with them after completing her final clinical affiliation at a school for children with special needs. Miranda has experience in working with children of all ages with of a wide range of physical abilities. She loves connecting with children and being able to make a difference in their lives. She is excited to join the Boston Ability Center team and looks forward to lots of fun and learning with kids and their families! Outside of work, Miranda enjoys hiking, baking, and spending time with her family.
Jenna graduated from Boston University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has clinical experience in the inpatient, outpatient, early intervention, and school settings. She completed a pediatric physical therapy residency program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and became a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2017. She also has experience in the inpatient rehabilitation setting working with complex patients with a variety of neurological, musculoskeletal, oncology, cardiac, and pulmonary diagnoses. Jenna became a Child Passenger Safety Technician in May of 2018 and has been guiding families and health care professionals with car seat selection, fit, and installation since then.
Jenna graduated from Northeastern University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While completing her clinical affiliation at Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children, Jenna knew that she wanted to dedicate her career to improving the lives of children and their families. She has experience working with children of all ages and with various neurological and orthopedic diagnoses in both the clinic and school settings. Jenna uses aspects of Neurodevelopmental Treatment in her therapy sessions in order to facilitate activation of different muscle groups. She is excited to have moved back to the Boston area and be a part of the Boston Ability Center team where she can continue to help children improve their functional mobility and independence.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
Stephanie is a graduate of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she obtained her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has clinical experience working with children of all ages in both the school-based setting and in pediatric outpatient centers. Stephanie has provided evaluations and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders, receptive/expressive language delays, articulation/phonology disorders, feeding disorders and social-pragmatic difficulties. When she's not working with children and their families, Stephanie enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.
Talia earned her MS in Speech-Language Pathology at Boston University after earning a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is excited to join the Boston Ability Center with a background in Early Intervention and Outpatient Pediatric Rehab. Tali enjoys building a collaborative relationship with children and their families in order to determine and implement the best strategies for each child. She strives to infuse therapy targets into natural and motivating play situations to maximize generalization of skills, and feels successful when children are empowered to use their new skills during daily routines and interactions. Outside of work Tali enjoys going into nature, crafting, reading and writing poetry and stories, and spending time with family and friends.
M.S., CCC-SLP, CEIS
Anna is a graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working in the outpatient setting with children of a variety of ages and abilities including the receptive/expressive language disorders, social pragmatic disorder, articulation/phonological difficulties, apraxia, AAC, and children on the autism spectrum. When she's not working, Anna loves running, skiing, camping and spending time with her family and friends.
Sandy recently moved to Boston from the Washington DC metro area where she worked in private practice clinics, public schools, and hospital settings for the last 14 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from University of Connecticut in 1994 and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Maryland in 2001. She began her career working in adult neuro-rehabilitation settings, however she was inspired to specialize in pediatric speech-language pathology as her own children grew. Sandy has continued professional training in PROMPT (Bridging level) which is a holistic approach to motor-speech and articulation impairments. She also has training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling, DIR-Floortime, and Social Thinking. She has extensive experience working with young children and adolescents struggling with speech production, language comprehension and expression, reading, writing, executive functioning, and social communication deficits. Sandy is passionate about helping kids and parents feel tangible progress in their daily lives. She earned an ASHA ACE award for going above required continuing education requirements in 2015. Outside of work, Sandy enjoys relaxing with her husband and three kids, cheering them on at their basketball games, as well as following the UConn Huskies and Maryland Terps.
M.A., CCC-SLP, PROMPT Trained
Ashley is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland where she earned her Masters degree in Speech- Language Pathology. She has experience working in a variety of pediatric settings, such as outpatient clinics, public and charter schools, daycare/Head Start centers, and home-based early intervention. Ashley has provided screenings, evaluations, and treatment to children ages 1 to 18 years old with receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, social-pragmatic disorders, fluency disorders, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Ashley is excited to be back in Massachusetts, where she is originally from, and begin serving children and their families at the BAC! When she is not working, Ashley enjoys running, reading, traveling, going to the beach, and relaxing on the weekends with family, friends and her dogs!
Eliza earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island. Eliza's clinical experience includes both early intervention and school-based settings where she has worked with children of all ages with various diagnoses and abilities. She has experience evaluating and treating children with receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation/phonology disorders, social pragmatic disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, and children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Eliza is excited to work with children and their families as a member of the Boston Ability Center team! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.