Brittany Shinn, OTR/L

Brittany received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Human Development from Connecticut College.  Brittany works part-time at SPOTS as well as at Columbia Presbyterian hospital in acute inpatient rehabilitation. Brittany has worked extensively with children in the past including at an inclusive pre-school program and at High Hopes Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center in their autism immersion program and summer camp.

Deborah Chang, OTR/L

20492_Spots_366 DEBBIEDebbie received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (major) and Education (minor) from New York University. She has received training in sensory integration, reflex integration, neurodevelopmental treatment for babies, Handwriting Without Tears, Brain Gym 101, and Social Thinking.

Elissa Pullman, OTR/L

20492_Spots_102 elissaElissa received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in educational studies from University of Delaware. Currently, she is in the process of becoming certified in Handwriting Without Tears and has completed the pre-k and k-5 workshops.

Emily Chin, OTR/L

Emily received her Master in Occupational therapy and her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Quinnipiac University. Also, she received training in Handwriting Without Tears, ADOS, SPD, Brain Gym, Reflex Integration, Visual Motor/Visual Perceptual skills, and Executive Functioning/Attention.

Harley, P.A.W.S*

20427_Spots_00455Harley, rescued from New Iberia, Louisiana, joined the SPOTS team at 9 months of age. She completed her puppy socialization class with promise of a great temperament for Therapy Dog Training School.

Jose Fernandez, OTR/L

Jose received his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University and his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Fordham University. He is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears Get Set for School program and NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment) approach to infant treatment.

Kelly Szczerba, OTR/L

Kelly received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has received training in Handwriting Without Tears, The Astronaut Program, introduction to the HANDLE technique, practical sense in sensory integration, and nutritional support for hypotonia.

Lauren Offringa, OTR/L

20492_Spots_84 laurenLauren received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Skidmore College. Lauren has previously worked in acute inpatient psychiatric care at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and taught English in China.

Michele Amoroso, OTR/L

20492_Spots_261 copyMichele received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University and her Bachelor of Art in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the University of Delaware. She has received advanced training in sensory integration, self-regulation, Therapeutic Listening, reflex integration, Handwriting Without Tears, and The Alert Program.

Soraya Caesar, OTA/L

 Soraya received her Associate degree at La Guardia Community College. Also, she attended a university in Panama for one year. She is bilingual (Spanish/English). She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears and has experience working as a home health aide with kids and adults.