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 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.
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.
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.
Jennie recently relocated to Boston from San Diego, California. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2019 with a Bachelor's in Business Management and Entrepreneurship and a minor in Real Estate. She is currently studying to become a certified personal trainer and hopes to one day develop and lead exercise classes for people with disabilities. Prior to working at the Boston Ability Center, Jennie has worked with children through private tutoring at an elementary school and after school programs with the YMCA. In addition, she has worked at doggy daycare facilities in Connecticut and California and loves animals. In her free time, Jennie loves any and all activities outside, boxing, and baking (especially homemade bagels!).
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 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
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 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.
Anna is a graduate of Dominican College where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Upon completion of her degree, she worked for a pediatric outpatient clinic in Santa Clarita, CA. During this time, she worked as a part of an intensive early intervention team providing services to toddlers with autism to improve sensory processing, feeding independence, and participation in daily activities. She also provided therapy to children months old to the age 13 with various neurological, physical, and developmental disorders. Anna is passionate about working to increase participation and confidence with all the children she works with. Anna recently moved to Massachusetts and is extremely excited to continue working with children and their families as a part of the BAC team.
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 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 clinic, in the classroom, 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. Most recently, Katie traveled to Montreal to attend a multi-day intensive workshop on Psycho-Sensory Processing Intervention with Kim Barthel, OTR, in which she studied the neurological interplay between attachment, developmental trauma, and sensory processing issues. Katie is also very interested in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, following participation in the 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 whose bucket is filled by traveling, theater, and iced coffee.
MacKenzie graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a concentration in ABA. She 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 master’s degree at Tufts University, where she then continued her education through the completion of a post-professional occupational therapy doctorate and advanced professional certification in school-based practice. 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.
Raleigh graduated with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2018 from Ithaca College. At Ithaca her graduate research project investigated outdoor play and how it can be utilized in occupational therapy practice. She worked in a birth to three program in her home state of Rhode Island for two years before moving to Massachusetts. Raleigh also has experience in outpatient pediatric settings as well as working as a one on one caregiver for a woman with MS. Raleigh enjoys working with a wide variety of abilities and especially likes to work on sensory integration, play, visual motor skills, and feeding with kiddos. In her free time, Raleigh likes to take her dog hiking and to the beach, and recently took up running. She is excited to continue to help children and families as a part of the BAC team!
ARIELLE R. SIMONS
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.
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 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 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.
PT, DPT, PCS, CPST
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. Jen also completed her basic and level one training from the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) Concept by Rigo (commonly referred to as Schroth). This type of therapy is a conservative treatment for patients with scoliosis.
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 is a graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities including receptive/expressive language disorders, social pragmatic disorder, executive function, articulation/phonological difficulties, apraxia, AAC, and children on the autism spectrum. When she's not working, Anna loves spending time with her friends and family and enjoying the great outdoors!
MARY GRACE HAMME
Mary Grace is a graduate of Nazareth College, where she obtained her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and completed the Deafness Specialty Preparation Program in conjunction with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. She has clinical experience working with children of all ages in school settings focused on receptive and expressive language and pragmatic support. In addition, Mary Grace is fluent in ASL and has specialized experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Mary Grace’s passion for working with this community has led her to be involved in international Deaf education programs. Outside of work, Mary Grace is an avid traveler and outdoorswoman.
Emma is a graduate of Northeastern University, where she earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working across multiple settings, such as outpatient, in-home, and school-based programs. Emma has provided evaluation and treatment services to children and adults with varied speech, language, and feeding challenges, but her passion is pediatrics. She loves making treatment fun and functional for kids of all ages. Emma's areas of clinical interest include: expressive/receptive language, children on the autism spectrum, articulation/phonology, social pragmatic language, and pediatric feeding-swallowing. When Emma is not working she loves going for walks on the beach and cooking! She looks forward to becoming part of the Boston Ability Center team and continuing to support children and their families as they reach their goals.
Megan graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Throughout her clinical rotations, she gained experience working with children ranging from 1 to 18 years old with receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, social-pragmatic disorders, and motor speech disorders. She has a particular clinical interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and she has worked with children with a wide variety of AAC systems in the outpatient and school settings. When she’s not working, Megan loves hiking, biking, practicing yoga, cooking, and going on adventures with friends and family!
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!
Alex is a graduate of Gallaudet University where he received his Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. He is excited to be back on the east coast to join the BAC team after completing his clinical fellowship in Alaska. Alex has experience working with children with a variety of needs including expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, social-pragmatic disorders, and fluency disorders in both school and outpatient clinic settings. His special interest is working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children to facilitate language development using a bimodal-bilingual approach. When he is not at work you can find Alex cooking, hiking, or playing video games!
Marykate is a recent graduate from the University of New England with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies, along with a minor in Coaching. At UNE she was on the Women’s Ice Hockey Team and she was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. During her time at UNE she worked in two different facilities where she assisted the elderly in recreational activities as well as served as the Assistant Girls Ice Hockey Coach at Biddeford High School. When she’s not on the ice, or at BAC, you can find Marykate at the beach, out on her boat, hiking with her dog Tucker, or hanging out with her friends and family. She enjoys working with children and intends to pursue a career in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She has recently spiked a special interest in assisting with training and handling BAC’s therapy dog, Stanley!
Elisabeth is presently working towards earning her OTA degree. She is also a practicing licensed massage therapist, who received her training from the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, MA. She enjoys therapeutic settings and working with people who have a desire to enhance the experience within their own bodies or recover from injuries. Prior to joining BAC Elisabeth was lucky enough to have enjoyed a professional ballet career for over ten years. Through dancing, she began to learn that the humor, bravery, and unique personalities that children naturally exhibit make working with them inspiring and rewarding. When she’s not in one of our clinics, Elisabeth is caring for her three young daughters and is particularly fond of 1:3 tickle fights.
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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