Our Professionals

LEADERSHIP

JANET WADE

Director, DPT, PCS

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.

STEPHANIE GODBOUT

Clinical Manager, M.S., CCC-SLP, Hanen Certified, PROMPT Trained 

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.

KRISTA SACHSE

Office Manager

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.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

KATIE CORSCADDEN

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 HENNESSEY

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. 

HOLLY ZECHNER

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.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

AMANDA ABRAHAM

M.S., OTR/L

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 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.

LAURA P. EALY

MOT, OTR/L

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.

STEPHANIE KERASIOTES

M.S., OTR/L

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. 

LAUREN MAZEL

OTD, OTR/L

Lauren graduated with a master's in occupational therapy from Boston University, where she later completed her post-professional occupational therapy doctorate in September 2017. She is a Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) certified professional since May 2018 and is passionate about an interprofessional approach to AAC. Prior to joining the BAC staff, Lauren worked in outpatient pediatrics at a community hospital and at a private pediatric clinic Washington, D.C. area where she specialized in treating children and adolescents with a wide range of impairments and disabilities. She has experience treating visual dysfunction following concussion in children and young adults as well as children with multiple, severe disabilities in school and home settings. She has participated in the International Immersion Experience and Volunteer partnership program between Boston University and St. Catherine University in Minnesota, supervising students at therapeutic sites in Quito, Ecuador, to facilitate understanding of cultural context, reflection on cultural biases, and strong clinical reflective skills. Lauren has worked with individuals ranging in age from birth-25 with a broad range of diagnoses. She is passionate about client-centered care and clinical reflection and strives to work closely with families to meet their needs and celebrate their child's every strength and success. Lauren has completed continuing education with Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, SOS Approach to Feeding, Astronaut Training, Therapeutic Listening, Social Thinking, and and is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, writing and hosting trivia quizzes, cooking, and hiking.

KATIE MEISTER

M.S., OTR/L

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 RICKERT

M.S., OTR/L

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 SAVAGE

M.S., OTR/L 

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 SHAFFER

MOT, OTR/L 

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 R. SIMONS

MOT, OTR/L 

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.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

CAROLYN GRAHAM

PT, M.S., PCS

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.

BRIAN HEILFERTY

DPT 

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.

MICAELA MURPHY

PT, DPT 

Micaela earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. She has experience working with children of all ages and all types of diagnoses ranging from neuromuscular to orthopedic. She has worked in early intervention, school based collaborative, and hospital school based settings. She is excited to join the BAC team and help kids achieve their highest potential. Outside of work, Micaela enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs and husband, cooking, and reading.

ERICA PETERSON

PT, DPT, ATC

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.

MIRANDA POSKEY

DPT

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 RAHEB

DPT, PCS

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 SZILAGYI 

DPT

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

ANNA HARRIS

M.S., CCC-SLP 

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.

ASHLEY SHAFFER

M.S. CCC-SLP 

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!

THERAPY ASSISTANTS
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STANLEY WADE

BERNEDOODLE, THERAPY DOG

Stanley joined the BAC team in 2017 and has completed his training to be a therapy dog at our center! He loves showing off his latest tricks in the waiting room and joining his BAC friends in their sessions to provide a little extra motivation and encouragement. You may even catch him on the treadmill or swings working hard for some treats! You can follow his adventures on Instagram by following stanley_the_bernedoodle_!

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