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LEADERSHIP
Jan Wade pediatric physical therapist boston ability center director

JANET WADE (she/her/hers)

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 pediatric physical therapist clinical director

STEPHANIE GODBOUT (she/her/hers)

Clinical Director, M.S., CCC-SLP

Stephanie is a graduate of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has clinical experience working with children of all ages with receptive and expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, social-pragmatic language differences, fluency disorders, and feeding disorders. Stephanie is committed to providing family-centered, evidenced-based care and has been awarded multiple ASHA ACE awards for her continued post-graduate coursework. Some of her specialized training includes the SOS Approach to Feeding, Melanie Potock’s ARFID Masterclass, Beckman Oral Motor, PROMPT, and Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk. When she is not working, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and practicing yoga. 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
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STEFANIE ARMOUR (she/her/hers)

Stefanie has over 25 years of experience in therapy billing.  She attended the University of Delaware to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish.  After graduation, she worked at a physical therapy clinic as an aide and within 2 years became the facility’s billing manager.  She has worked in healthcare since college graduation in a variety of settings.  She is looking forward to being a part of the BAC team and bringing her knowledge to the billing department.  Stefanie has 3 sons who keep her and her husband busy.  When she is not chauffeuring her two youngest boys; she enjoys entertaining, going to the beach, biking and book club. 

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CAROLINE FREEMAN (she/her/hers)

Caroline graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. At Bates, she was a member of the women’s soccer team and was a student aide for the sports medicine staff. Caroline has always had a passion for working with children, beginning with her time as a camp counselor and preschool teacher’s aide. It was the combination of her experiences working with children and as a sports medicine aide that sparked her interest in pediatric rehabilitation. She loves working with the BAC clinicians to learn more about the therapies they provide to the children they work with. Caroline also works with the BAC therapy dog Stanley to use him in various therapy sessions! When she’s not working, you can find Caroline hiking, making art, or with her bunny Rutabaga! 

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EMILY GARDNER (she/her/hers)

Emily graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. During her schooling, Emily taught toddlers and preschoolers at an early childhood center, coached preschool soccer and was a kindergarten paraprofessional. After graduation, Emily worked for Children's Hospital Colorado as a patient and family service specialist scheduling and counseling families for several departments including the sleep study center managing inpatient procedures. Her experience at the hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings made her realize how much she loves getting to interact and care for children one-on-one, especially in the medical field. She loves to solve puzzles, connect with new people and help others with a wide range of tasks at the BAC. Emily and her husband are recent military transplants to Massachusetts and love exploring all the new things this state has to offer. When she is not at the BAC, you can find her reading a good book, at the gym, snowboarding, or hiking with her husband and two dogs, Samson and Sadie.

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EMMA GUZI (she/her/hers)

Emma is a recent graduate from Villanova University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, along with a minor in Psychology. Growing up, Emma played soccer, lacrosse, and was an Irish step dancer. Her love of sports inspired her to join the Special Olympics committee at Villanova, which was responsible for planning and hosting the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world! Her background as a camp counselor and her passion for inclusion led to her interest in pediatric occupational therapy. She is excited to work with the BAC team and hopes to pursue OT graduate school in the future. In her free time, Emma loves to read, go to the beach, and spend time with friends and family.

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HANNAH HOLLAND (she/her/hers)

Hannah graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education with a Motor Development Therapy concentration. Growing up, Hannah took Tae Kwon Do lesson for many years. These lessons offered Hannah the opportunity to become an assistant instructor and the office manager for the school. Through her work at the Tae Kwon Do school and as a preschool teaching assistant, Hannah discovered her passion for working with children and helping them physically and mentally. Hannah is excited to be a part of the BAC team where she can continue to help the children of the world succeed but now through the administrative side. In her free time, Hannah enjoys the beach, reading and quality time with her family, boyfriend, and friends.

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SAMIRA IRWIN (she/her/hers)

Samira is the Human Resource Manager of the Boston Ability Center. She earned her Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State as well as a dual Bachelor of Science in Human Resources & Finance from Oakland University. She is a dedicated human resource professional with a passion for fostering a positive workplace culture and facilitating employee development. With over 12 years of experience in HR operations and employee benefits, she’s played a key role in building competitive employee benefits offerings and enhancing workplace culture all with a strong emphasis on education. Samira is known for her strong interpersonal skills and ability to create an inclusive and supportive work environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and pets and exploring new culinary experiences. 

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SIDRA JAVAID (she/her/hers)

Sidra graduated from Worcester State University with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in psychological biology. After graduating, Sidra began working as a behavior therapist for children with Autism, providing both 1:1 therapy in home and in a clinic setting. She later continued her work as a behavior therapist at a preschool, providing 1:1 therapy in a school-based setting. Sidra has always loved working with children and helping parents, families, and friends in all aspects of their lives. She has now shifted gears and joined the BAC team where she can continue to help children and families access the support they need through administrative tasks! She believes that nothing is impossible as long as you put your mind to it! On her days off you can find Sidra spending time with her family and friends, supporting her parents, traveling, and looking for new adventures!

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LEA SANTOS (she/her/hers)

Lea works with both the front desk and billing teams at the BAC, where she started in July of 2021. She has about 2 years of experience working for an insurance company supporting members and their families to better understand their benefits as well as the ins and outs of coverage for all types of medical services. She also worked as a teacher's aide for students in public schools through LABBB Collaborative for 5 years, and prior to that spent 10 years as a classroom paraprofessional and support aide at The Guild for Human Services where she provided support to adolescent residents of behavioral and social-emotional supportive group homes. She is currently attending Cambridge College for her B.S. in Psychology with the goal of becoming a counselor for struggling youth. She lives with her family; daughter, Lucia, who is 15 years old, and their large puppy, Sosa. Her typical family time consists of impromptu musical performances and dance parties. 

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ANNA SLEJZER (she/her/hers)

After 10+ years of working direct with kids in a variety of settings as a Registered Behavior Technician for children with disabilities, Anna recently transitioned from one-on-one care to the administrative side of therapy services. She was first introduced to disability services in high school when her mom volunteered her to work at a summer camp for kids with autism. Only one week in and she was hooked. Anna followed this passion to college where she focused her studies on psychology with a concentration in autism and behavior studies. Forever curious, Anna has also always had a passion for math and problem solving. She has a keen eye for intricate details and enjoys asking questions and finding their answers. Anna’s most recent project outside of her full-time career took shape as a sensory-friendly bookstore and hair salon for kids where she serves as the operations manager over a small team of retail workers and stylists. When Anna is not working, you can likely find her exploring local beaches and parks with her girlfriend and rescue dog Tucker, reading, or trying out a new hair color.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
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JENNIFER AMADOR (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Jen graduated from Tufts University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018. Her student fieldworks included a rotation at Brookline Public Schools to support students with fine motor development and self-regulation skills and a placement with the Day Habilitation Program for adults with physical and developmental disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy in Watertown. Since graduating, Jen has provided home-based therapy to infants, toddlers, and their caregivers through early intervention services in Massachusetts. Her clinical experience also encompasses trainings in self-regulation, parent-coaching, neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT), feeding therapy, and working with children with visual and/or hearing impairment. In her free time, Jen enjoys watching movies with friends, baking for her loved ones, seeing musicals or plays, and crafting.

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SHANNA AMES (she/her/hers)

OT, MOT, OTR

Shanna graduated from UMass Dartmouth with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology after having a passion for helping others. She has over 10 years of experience working with children of a variety of ages and was previously a preschool teacher. Shanna graduated from Worcester State University with her Master's in Occupational Therapy. She has volunteer and clinical experience in pediatric outpatient settings working with children and families with complex needs. She has taken executive functioning consultant courses and has training in Aquatic Therapy. She is excited about bringing OT into the pool and using the water to help children meet their goals.  Shanna enjoys sunny days, outdoor walks, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling!

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CARRIE BAILEY (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Carrie is a graduate of Springfield College, where she received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has gained clinical experience working as a school-based therapist in elementary schools and via telehealth. Prior to completing her degree, she worked with children in a variety of settings, including their preschool classrooms, their homes, and in the community. Additionally, Carrie worked with children at an inclusive overnight summer camp for children with disabilities. She is passionate about working with children and their families to promote participation and function through play and arts and crafts. In her free time, she enjoys painting, exploring Boston, and spending time with friends and family. She is so excited to be part of the BAC team!

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ALEXIS BRINCKLOW (she/her/hers)

OT, MOT, OTR

Lexie Brincklow is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where she received her Master's degree in occupational therapy. She completed her fieldwork placements at an adult rehabilitation hospital and an integrated preschool. Prior to completing her degree, Lexie taught preschoolers with diverse medical needs in the learning for life program at a school. Additionally, she has experience working as a personal care assistant to adolescents with intellectual disabilities. She is passionate about working with children and their families to promote participation in their daily activities. In her free time, Lexie enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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AMANDA CARDINAL (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Amanda Cardinal is a graduate of MCPHS University where she received her Master's degree in occupational therapy. She completed her fieldwork placements at a neurodiverse preschool in California, and at a subacute rehab for brain injuries at Sinai hospital in Maryland. Prior to completing her degree, Amanda worked as a teaching assistant and paraprofessional in Wellesley public schools, as well as an early childhood educator and after school teacher for Wellesley Community Children's Center. Amanda has significant experience working with infants, toddlers, and school aged children, however working as a kindergarten classroom assistant led her to discovering a love of Occupational Therapy. Prior to working in school settings, Amanda worked in outpatient psychiatry at Brigham and Women's hospital as a resource specialist and intake coordinator before realizing her true passion was working with children. Amanda strives to find the strengths in each child she works with and ensures a positive connection while developing skills needed to succeed in everyday activities. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, concerts, the beach, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Sosa. 

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LAURA P. EALY (she/her/hers)

OT, MOT, OTR

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.

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ANITA FAGOTTI (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Anita graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2021. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2018. She has been passionate about working with children since college, and has experience as a one-to-one aide in a special education setting, along with completing fieldwork in a public school setting from preschool to 8th grade. Additionally, she ran pediatric health literacy groups and implemented Zones of Regulation training for at-risk youth as part of her work-study MSOT program. Anita has prior working experience across multiple settings in pediatrics, including early intervention, school-based occupational therapy, and at a pediatric outpatient autism clinic. She has worked with a variety of children with sensory processing challenges, fine motor development, executive functioning, behavioral concerns, and developmental and neurological delays. She has specialized training in the SOS Approach to Feeding and experience in DRBI through Profectum and ICDL. In her spare time, Anita loves to read, go on walks, and find new places to eat. 

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ELIZABETH HAGGERTY (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Liz graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University and earned her bachelor’s degree in health science with a minor in Psychology. She has been passionate about working with children since she was 16 years old and continues to work with children to be able to increase independence in their day to day lives. Liz has prior experience working at a pediatric outpatient clinic as well as within early intervention services supporting children with developmental and neurological delays and challenges associated with feeding, fine motor skills, sensory processing, executive functioning, and behavior.  She has specialized training in SOS Approach to Feeding, ARFID: The Anxious Eater, Managing ADHD Across the Lifespan, and DIRFloortime. In her spare time, she likes to play with her dog, travel, cook, and spend time with her friends and family.

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ALEXANDRA HANEY (she/her/hers)

OT, OTD, OTR

Alexandra (Alex) is a graduate of MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she earned her doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD). She has clinical experience working with children of all ages with a wide variety of diagnoses & disabilities. Prior to pursuing a career in OT, she was on the Pre-med track and received her Bachelor’s in Biology from Northeastern University. She has spent the last 10 years working and volunteering in healthcare, with a specific interest in pediatrics & prenatal/postnatal care. She believes her nontraditional journey to discovering and choosing occupational therapy as a profession is an asset. Her prior experiences in science and healthcare are invaluable, which allow her to bring a unique lens and skill set as an occupational therapist. From her experience in working with a variety of patient populations and colleagues, she has fostered a high level of compassion for all persons, regardless of medical diagnosis, age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, or socioeconomic status. She has innate positive energy, enthusiasm, and warmth that she naturally brings to interactions, especially with children. However, these traits are paired with a calmness she has cultivated through her meditation and yoga practice over the last 5-12 years. These practices allow her to channel calmness into client interactions to foster trust, communication, and empathy. She is a certified Sensory Enhanced Yoga instructor. Additionally, she implemented and evaluated a virtual (i.e. Zoom) adapted Sensory Enhanced Yoga program for at-risk youth as part of her OTD program at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Her project was presented in April of 2022 in San Antonio, TX at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual conference and expo.

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STEPHANIE KERASIOTES (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

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 co-supervising the occupational therapy department at BAC, program development, managing the student program, designing sensory rooms and in depth training into two areas that Stephanie has great interest in: feeding and psychiatric challenges as they directly relate to everyday functional performance. Course work includes the SOS Approach to Feeding, ARFID Masterclass, Beckman Oral Motor Program, Rescuing the Dysregulated Child and Rewiring the Anxious Brain. 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, drink ice coffee and travel.

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KATIE LAMARRE (she/her/hers)

OT, OTD, OTR

Katie is a graduate of Tufts University where she completed her doctorate in occupational therapy. She has clinical fieldwork experience in both outpatient pediatric and integrative health OT settings, where she gained experience with 1:1 sessions, as well as leading and assisting in themed groups and camps. Katie has always been passionate about working with children, and past experiences include working at a preschool, coaching Girl's on the Run, and traveling to India (twice!) to coach young girls in soccer. She loves pediatric OT because she gets to use play as a way to empower children to be confident and independent in their daily lives! In her free time Katie loves to cycle, craft, play board games and read!

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MACKENZIE MACUCH (she/her/hers)

 OT, MSOT, OTR

Mackenzie graduated with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining the BAC team, Mackenzie has clinical experience working as an occupational therapist in various settings including inpatient rehabilitation and school-based services. Most recently, Mackenzie provides OT evaluation and intervention services to students within elementary through post-secondary education programs with the focus on independent living skills, fine motor development, sensory processing, and executive functioning skills. Mackenzie is passionate about working with individuals to develop a wide range of skills needed to promote independence within their daily lives. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys spending time at the beach, trying new foods, and reading.

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ELIZABETH MARASHI (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Liz is passionate about working with children and their families to promote participation in everyday occupations. Liz is a graduate of MCPHS University where she completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy (2019), and a Bachelor's degree in Public Health (2017). Prior to BAC, she worked as an occupational therapist with clients across the lifespan in multiple settings including home-hospital, school-based services, schools, educational collaboratives, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term acute care. Liz is currently the school partnership coordinator at the BAC. Liz is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym® 101 Certificate provider, and has training in Safety-Care®. She has participated in intensive workshops such as The #KingofSwings Sensorimotor Workshop and more. She has special interests in continuing education and practices related to neurodiversity, CIMT, dysgraphia, and more! Outside of OT, Liz enjoys dancing, cooking, hot yoga, traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

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KRISTINA MARINELLO (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Kristina is a graduate from Sacred Heart University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Health Science with a minor in Psychology. Kristina has always had a passion for helping children by guiding them through their developmental milestones and empowering them to overcome challenges. She completed her Level II fieldwork in an elementary school working with individuals with intellectual, developmental, physical, and learning disabilities. She is thrilled to bring her creativity to BAC and create fun, play-based interventions for the kids. When Kristina is not working, she enjoys doing crafts, playing with dogs, going on walks, hanging with friends and family, and cooking/eating.

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CARLA NICASIO (she/her/hers)

OT, OTD, OTR

Carla is a graduate of Boston University, where she received a doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at Williams College.  Carla has gained previous clinical experience through completing fieldwork placements at an outpatient orthopedic and neurological setting, a rehabilitation day program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and at Boston Ability Center where she first joined the BAC community. She has always loved working with children, and previously worked in a special education preschool-primary learning program with children (aged 3-12) with developmental disabilities. Carla is passionate about using play and all that is fun to support children and participate in their daily activities. She is excited to continue working with the BAC children and their families. In her free time, Carla enjoys playing soccer, puzzling, and spending time with her friends and family. 

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COLLEEN QUINN (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Colleen is a graduate of Sacred Heart University where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Prior to starting at BAC Colleen has clinical experience in a variety of settings including school-based OT and mental health. She is passionate about working and advocating for kids of all ages and diagnoses in order to ensure optimal independence in all meaningful tasks. She is excited to continue her work serving children and their families here at BAC! When she’s not working Colleen enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

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MACKENZIE RICKERT (she/her/hers)

OT, OTD, OTR

MacKenzie joined the BAC team as an undergraduate 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 post-professional OTD and advanced professional certification in school-based practice at Tufts University. 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. Her clinical experience includes a skilled nursing facility specializing in the care of children with complex medical needs as well as a therapeutic day school serving children with emotional, neurologic, and psychiatric difficulties. MacKenzie has completed additional training surrounding anxiety treatment for children and adolescents (“Lynn Lyons on Helping Anxious Kids”) and the treatment of neuromuscular conditions impacting upper extremity function. She is trained in the Hand in Hand Approach to Parenting, which provides parents with concrete tools for raising resilient, emotionally intelligent children through playful and meaningful parent-child connections, while simultaneously supporting parents through the challenging work of parenting. At the BAC, MacKenzie has been thrilled to combine her passions for clinical care and administration as the Clinical Operations Supervisor. She is a certified Interactive Metronome provider, leads BAC’s nonprofit branch called One Night Out, and co-leads BAC's intensive therapy and CIMT camp programs. In her free time, MacKenzie is an avid Pinterest-er, baker, musical enthusiast, and enjoys outdoor adventures and spending time with friends and family.

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JANINE SAVAGE (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

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 (Go Orange!). She has worked with families in a variety of settings including schools, the home, and residential facilities. Janine is a DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate (DIR-Basic) provider and frequently incorporates principles from the DIR Floortime model into her sessions through the power of play. She also holds certifications in the Unyte iLs Focus System, Safe and Sound Protocol, and Zones of Regulation curriculum. Janine presently supports the BAC in a per-diem role while she completes a full-time pediatric fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. During her spare time, Janine enjoys marathon training, CrossFit, traveling, and being close to the ocean.

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ALEXANDRIA SELLS (she/her/hers)

OT, MOT, OTR

Lexi is a graduate of Bay Path University where she obtained her master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2020. She received her bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience in 2012, which was followed by working as a mental health counselor at a residential adolescent psychiatric hospital and as a behavior therapist in an elementary school. It was through this career exploration that Lexi identified her specific interest in helping youth using a functional and holistic approach, leading her to return to graduate school. Her post-graduate experience includes working with children and adolescents to facilitate independence through skill development, specifically with self-regulation, sensory processing, executive functioning and independent living. Lexi has completed continuing education in the DIRFloortime model, Interoception, sensory processing, as well as attachment and trauma-focused training. In her free time Lexi enjoys playing with her dog, being on the water, traveling, and spending time with family and friends! 

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ARIELLE R. SIMONS (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Arielle is passionate about working with children and their families to promote participation in meaningful activities. In addition to patient care, Arielle co-supervises the Occupational Therapy Department, manages the graduate student Fieldwork program, is a leader of BAC’s Tots & SpOTs weekly playgroup, and has created children’s and adult yoga programs to promote wellness and mindful movement. She brings her expertise as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and certified Flow & Grow Kids Yoga Teacher to all aspects of her work. You can even find some of her kids yoga classes on YouTube! Arielle is trained in Fieldwork Education and mentorship as well as the clinical practice areas of self-regulation, interoception, and teaching yoga to improve sensory modulation, self-regulation and motor skills in kids with Autism, ADHD, Developmental Disorders, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Prior to BAC, Arielle supported the Boston Children's Hospital OT department providing services to children on acute inpatient floors, she was a Registered Behavior Technician providing ABA services to children 1-18 years old with Autism and related diagnoses, and was a full-time yoga instructor. Arielle completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. Arielle is passionate about sports, baking and spending time outdoors with her son and husband.

Sydney

SYDNEY WRIGHT (she/her/hers)

OT, MSOT, OTR

Sydney received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Regis College. She completed her fieldwork placements at a public school setting with ages ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade and an Early Intervention setting. She has experience in assisting diverse groups of children, including those facing challenges related to fine motor development, neurological disorders, developmental delays,  sensory processing issues, visual perceptual/motor integration difficulties, and behavioral difficulties. Prior to completing her degree, she worked with children ranging from birth to preschool ages at a daycare. She has always had a passion for working with children and is very excited to be a part of BAC. Outside of work, Sydney enjoys baking, hiking, playing with her puppy and cat, and spending time with her family and friends!

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

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LAURA FEITEIRA (she/her/hers)

PT, MPT

Laura graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelors in Allied Health Sciences and then Master of Physical Therapy in 2002.  She began her career in New Jersey working in a variety of environments with children and their families. There, she gained vast experience in an outpatient clinic, early intervention, NICU, specialty clinics, and an inpatient rehab hospital where her focus was helping children after spinal cord injury. Since moving to Massachusetts 9 years ago, Laura has worked primarily in Early Intervention.  Over the last 20 years, Laura has enjoyed working with children from birth to 21 years old with developmental, neurological, and orthopedic conditions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, and being at the beach. 

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CHRISTIN GILLOOLY (she/her/hers)

MSPT

Christin holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Christin’s love for helping children reach their full potential began with her first job, teaching 8- to 21-year-olds with developmental disabilities. She has worked in a variety of settings from preschool to inpatient rehabilitation and has experience treating diverse patient populations including orthopedic, head injury, and other neurological impairments. Christin has completed all the required components and passed the written examination for the Level 1 course by Rigo Concept PSSE (Physiotherapist Scoliosis Specific Exercises). She enjoys teaching individuals with scoliosis the techniques of the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School, formerly known as Schroth, to improve posture and to reduce the risk of curve progression. Christin is excited that BAC is now offering aquatic Physical Therapy and loves working with kids in this therapeutic medium. Christin enjoys running, biking, kayaking, and spending time with her family and dog, Leo.

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CAROLYN GRAHAM (she/her/hers)

PT, M.S., PCS

Carolyn has been working as a physical therapist at the Boston Ability Center for over 10 years and working with children in the Boston area for over 20 years. Carolyn holds a Master's 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. Carolyn manages our student internship program as well as co-leads our intensive therapy program and CIMT camp.  In addition to working with children with a variety of developmental delays, orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses, Carolyn has specialized experience in Lite Gait treadmill training, Theratog fittings, e-stim treatments, Kinesiotaping and Interactive Metronome. Carolyn enjoys running, bike riding, and hiking with her family and dog Maisy. 

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BRIAN HEILFERTY (he/him/his)

PT, DPT 

Brian graduated from Gannon University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 and serves as the physical therapy supervisor at the BAC. Brian knew he wanted to work with children after his experiences coaching youth soccer, volunteering and working 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 currently runs the Fit Kids program focusing on fun and fitness for kids 7 and up. In 2021 Brian was nominated by his coworkers and won a 2021 Dougie Award for his work with Fit Kids. He is certified in interactive metronome and enjoys using it to help kids with difficulty coordinating and timing gross motor activities. He enjoys soccer, getting lost on hikes, red pandas, helping his son learn new ways to explore, and competing against his amazing coworkers in competitions. 

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KERRIE MALLOY (she/her/hers)

PT, DPT 

Kerrie is a graduate from MGH Institute of Health Professions where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy. Prior to MGH IHP, she attended Quinnipiac University to study Health Science. Kerrie gained experience completing clinical rotations in outpatient sports orthopedics and at Boston Ability Center where she later joined our team. Kerrie has always had a passion for working with children and has experience babysitting, coaching a youth lacrosse team, and working as an aide with medically complex children. Kerrie currently works with children in our Aquatic Physical Therapy program, targeting functional goals of strength, coordination, balance, and motor planning with the fun of being in the water. Kerrie has specialized training in Interactive Metronome. She is an APTA Credential Clinical Instructor Level 1. Outside of work, Kerrie enjoys running, hiking, being outside and spending time with family and her dog Fen. 

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ELIZABETH MCLEAN (she/her/hers)

PT, DPT 

Elizabeth is a graduate of Sacred Heart University where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Since then, she has worked with patients aged 0-100+ in a variety of clinical settings, including hospital-based inpatient, long term acute care, early intervention, school-based, and outpatient pediatrics. Additionally, Elizabeth has experience with aquatics and adaptive swim. Whether she is in the pool or at the clinic, she loves working with kids and families to help then achieve their goals. When she isn't at work, Elizabeth can usually be found spending time with family, friends or her Bernese Mountain Dog Charlotte AKA Charlie!

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REBECCA SCHULZ (she/her/hers)

PT, DPT 

Becca is a graduate of Simmons University where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Prior to Simmons, she studied Biology at Boston University. Becca has always loved working with children of all ages and ability levels, and has extensive experience working with children through years of babysitting, working at summer camps, and completing a clinical rotation as a school-based PT. She is deeply excited to be on the BAC team and help children reach their fullest functional capacity in a fun and engaging way! Outside of the clinic, Becca can be found powerlifting, spending time with friends, reading, and enjoying the outdoors!

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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KATHERINE BABUKA (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP

Katherine is a graduate of Nazareth University where she earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with children and young adults with a variety of diagnoses, levels of support needs, and ages. She has a special interest in providing neurodiversity affirming care, working with AAC users, and working with gestalt language processors. Katherine enjoys implementing a total communication approach to encourage self-advocacy skills, expression of wants/needs, and connection between communication partners and across settings. She loves to collaborate with other disciplines and families to promote a cohesive, play-based, and child-centered environment. When she is not working, Katherine enjoys building Lego sets, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.  

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CAROLYN BERLANDY (she/her/ella/ela)

M.S., CCC-SLP

Carolyn is a graduate of Worcester State University, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to completing her Master’s degree, Carolyn attended the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC, where she studied Biology and Spanish for Health Services. She is experienced in working with infants, children, adolescents and young adults, ages 4 months to 22 years, in Early Intervention, outpatient, school and residential settings. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Carolyn spent three years volunteering with FrancisCorps and AmeriCorps programs in Syracuse, NY, where she worked with at-risk children and adults with developmental disabilities. As a neurodivergent SLP, Carolyn’s clinical interests include providing neurodiversity-affirming, trauma-informed care, early language acquisition, developing dynamic augmentative and alternative systems for emerging communicators, and pediatric feeding. She is certified in supporting Natural Language Acquisition (NLA). When not at BAC, Carolyn enjoys playing and listening to music, learning new languages on Duolingo, and exploring with her rescue pup, Charley.

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GILLIAN BOWDIDGE (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP

Gillian Bowdidge is a graduate of MGH Institute of Health Professions where she obtained a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with patients across the lifespan in outpatient clinics, private practice, and public school. Her interests in the field include speech sound disorders, receptive/expressive language, gestalt language processors, social communication disorders, and augmentative alternative communication methods (AAC). Gillian has used evidence-based approaches such as Cycles Approach, Dynamic Temporal Tactile Cueing (DTTC), Lively Letters, and Motor Learning Guided Treatment (MLG). She enjoys private practice as it allows for individualized services and strong collaboration with families and other providers. When she isn’t working, Gillian enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new foods.

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ALYSSA CARLE (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP

Alyssa is a graduate of Emerson College, where she earned her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Alyssa worked as a behavioral therapist and special education teacher, and through those experiences, she discovered her passion for supporting children’s communication skills to promote meaningful interactions. She has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum, holds specific clinical interests in social cognition/communication, executive function, and receptive/expressive language, and has specialized training in the Social Thinking Curriculum. During the day, Alyssa works at Learning Prep School and is excited to join the BAC team for the afternoons. Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys baking, being a novice florist, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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ANNA HARRIS (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP

Anna is a graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016. Anna has a special interest in working with children with speech-sound disorders and has completed extensive training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Anna is also a Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) trained clinician who uses a child-led approach to work with gestalt language processors. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities including receptive/expressive language disorders,social-pragmatic language disorders, executive function disorders, fluency disorders, and AAC Anna grew up locally and enjoys providing services to her hometown community. When she's not working, Anna loves spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 young daughters.

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SARA JONAS (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Sara is a graduate of Emerson College, where she obtained her Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to attending Emerson, Sara attended Ithaca College where she received her Bachelor's in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Sara is a Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) trained clinician and has experience working with children of all ages and abilities, including expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic language disorders, speech sound disorders, and gestalt language processors. In addition, Sara co-runs the toddler play group Tots & SpOTs and is a certified Sibshop facilitator. When she is not working, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and dancing. Sara loves being a part of the BAC team!

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SARAH KAHLER (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Sarah is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Prior to completing her Master’s degree, Sarah attended UMass Amherst, where she studied Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as well as Music. She is experienced in providing therapeutic supports to children and young adults with receptive/expressive language disorders, gestalt language processing, articulation and phonological disorders, social-pragmatic disorders, and a variety of developmental disabilities and support needs. Sarah is a Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) trained clinician and is experienced in providing neurodiversity affirming therapy to gestalt language processors. Sarah is passionate about providing neurodiversity affirming care and incorporating child-led special interests and activities in every play-based session! When she’s not working, Sarah loves playing the viola, kayaking, reading, and spending time with her cats (Leo & Lily), family, and friends! 

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DANIELLE MIESCH (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Danielle is a graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia, where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is originally from Syracuse, New York but moved to Boston to start her next chapter. She has gained experience working with both children and adults during her clinical rotations ranging from inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinics, and school settings. Danielle started her career working with children from birth to three doing home-based interventions before joining the Boston Ability Center. She is a Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) trained clinician who uses a child-led approach to work with gestalt language processors. Danielle is also certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding, where she uses a combination of play and food to help children reach their feeding goals. She loves to incorporate her creative side during sessions to encourage fun and meaningful therapy for those she is working with. When she's not working, you can find Danielle making charcuterie boards, painting, or enjoying football Sundays (Go Bills!).

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SAMANTHA MILLS (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Samantha graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 with a bachelor's in communication sciences and disorders, a minor in developmental psychology, and a certificate in diversity and inclusion. Samantha moved to Boston in 2019 to pursue her master’s degree in speech-language pathology with a concentration in early intervention. Since graduating in 2021, Samantha has worked with individuals ranging from ages six to twenty-two and their families/caregivers in the school setting. Samantha has worked with several interdisciplinary teams which were developed to meet the needs of individuals who have cognitive, communication, developmental, health, and/or social-emotional disorders. Samantha is a firm believer in client-centered intervention, emotional regulation, and sensory-integration. When she is not working, Samantha enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, yoga, watching sports, and spending time with her cat, Khaleesi.  

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LEANDRA PFLEGER (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Leandra holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University and has been working with the pediatric population since 2013. Her career began in a home-based early intervention program, fostering a commitment to educate and empower parents and caregivers so they may serve as their child’s greatest teacher and advocate. Leandra’s experience further includes work on transdisciplinary teams in several pediatric outpatient settings, supporting children with a variety of delays and disorders. Her clinical interests include early language development, childhood apraxia of speech, executive functioning, and autism spectrum disorders. As a neurodiversity-affirming provider, Leandra marries a strengths-based approach with evidence-based practice to achieve each child’s individualized goals. Outside of her work as an SLP, Leandra enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, spending time outside, trying new recipes, and creating awesome memories with her husband and daughter on their family adventures. 

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CHRISTINE REGGIO (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Christine is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  During her time at UMass, she conducted research on the social validity and efficacy of telepractice for Autistic individuals and was a presenting author at the 2022 ASHA Convention.  Prior to joining Boston Ability Center, she worked in a residential setting supporting students ages 12-22.  Throughout her training, she held clinical placements in pediatric private practice, rehabilitation, public school, and residential settings, supporting individuals across the lifespan with a variety of diagnoses and support needs.  She has a special interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), receptive and expressive language, and articulation.  In her free time, she enjoys paddleboarding, watching sports, and spending time with her family, friends, and two labradoodles.

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MEGAN ROMANCZYK (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP 

Megan graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.  She is experienced in providing therapeutic supports to children birth to 18 years old with receptive/expressive language disorders, gestalt language processing, articulation and phonological disorders, selective mutism, stuttering, social-pragmatic differences, resonance disorders, and motor speech disorders. Megan is a DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate (DIR-Basic) provider and enjoys promoting developmental skills through play in her sessions. Megan has completed training in the Learn Play Thrive Strengths Based Approach to Autism certificate program, in which she learned practical strategies for implementing a strengths-based approach to promoting self-advocacy and communication skills. Megan is a Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) trained clinician and is experienced in providing neurodiversity affirming therapy to gestalt language processors who communicate using echolalia. She has also completed training in AAC for gestalt language processors through Meaningful Speech. Megan serves as the Community Outreach and Education Lead at the Boston Ability Center. Through this role, Megan mentors high school and college students, organizes community and clinical educational initiatives, and runs community groups. When she’s not working, Megan loves hiking, biking, practicing yoga, cooking, and going on outdoor adventures with friends.

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LORI SILVERSTONE (she/her/hers)

M.S., CCC-SLP, M.A.

Lori has worked in the Speech Pathology field for over 35 years. She earned a Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. Over the years Lori has worked in a variety of settings including acute care and psychiatric hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and therapeutic, public and private schools. Lori's specialties include children and young adults with complex medical, neurologic and emotional needs that impact speech, language, social skills and academics. Lori works with preschoolers, elementary and middle school students as well as young adults. Given her Expressive Therapy background, Lori enjoys using drama, movement and art in her therapy sessions. Lori is the mother of three grown children. She enjoys hiking, crafting, cooking, singing and spending time with family, friends and her dog "Sophie Gem".

CLINIC AIDES
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KATIE CORSCADDEN (she/her/hers)

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 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!! 

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CAROLINE FREEMAN (she/her/hers)

Caroline is a recent graduate from Bates College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. At Bates, she was a member of the women’s soccer team and was a student aide for the sports medicine staff. Caroline has always had a passion for working with children, beginning with her time as a camp counselor and preschool teacher’s aide. It was the combination of her experiences working with children and as a sports medicine aide that sparked her interest in pediatric rehabilitation. She is excited to be working with the BAC clinicians to learn more about the therapies they provide to the children they work with. When she’s not working, you can find Caroline hiking, making art, or with her bunny Rutabaga! 

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MEGAN GILLOOLY

Megan is currently a sophomore in the Occupational Therapy Program at Ithaca College. She is passionate about working with children and has experience as a camp counselor and as a preschool teaching aide. She enjoys gymnastics and diving and loves animals, specifically dogs. She is currently a member of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind club at Ithaca College where she works with service dogs in training. She is excited about the opportunity to work in an environment closely with clinicians to prepare for her future career as an occupational therapist.  

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SAMANTHA LONDON (she/her/hers)

Samantha graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science, on the pre-Physical Therapy track, with a minor in Psychology. Sammi has always had a strong passion for working with children and has found a deep fulfillment when helping them grow and achieve their potential. Whether it is through her many years of nannying or teaching swim, this passion has led her to pursue a future career where she can make a significant impact on children's lives. She is excited to join the team at BAC and work closely with the clinicians to learn more about the therapies they provide to the children they work with. She hopes to eventually pursue Physical Therapy school in the future.

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 bostonabilitycenter

We feel fortunate to have worked with She's a Keeper Dog Training throughout Stanley's time at the Boston Ability Center. Check out the awesome training services they provide on their website and join at our Natick facility on Sundays from 10-3 for dog training classes! Click here or email Info@ShesAKeeper.dog for more information or to sign up!

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