Occupational Therapists

Deborah Chang, OTR/L

20492_Spots_366 DEBBIEDeborah received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (major) and Education (minor) from New York University. She has been part of the S.P.O.T.S. team since 2008 conducting individual and group sessions. She has provided occupational therapy in a variety of general education and special-needs school settings and lead S.P.O.T.S.’ specialized summer camps for children with sensory-regulatory differences.

Harley, P.A.W.S*

20427_Spots_00455Harley, P.A.W.S. (puppy assisted wellness services), retired from SPOTS due to COVID-19 restrictions, She served happily and enthusiastically from 2010-2020 whenever called on to provide comfort, companionship and support as requested. She enjoys her retirement in the country side of Old Lyme, Connecticut. Harley has made many canine buddies and vermin enemies in her new community. Harley thinks of the children at SPOTS with fondness and her firm belief in their resilience to establish success in every goal they set out to achieve.

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.

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.

Serenity Hanrahan, COTA R/L

Serenity received her Associate degree at Mercy College and received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Tampa. She has received training in Handwriting Without Tears and is currently working at the SPOTS Brooklyn office, as well as in a school with children ages three to five.

Soraya Caesar, OTA/L

20520_Spots_Soraya_026.jpgSoraya 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.

Vanessa Larrick, OTR/L

1_Spots_Vanessa_010 (1).jpgVanessa Larrick received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (major) and Biology (minor) from Georgia State University. Vanessa is also a graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She works part-time with SPOTS and also works part-time as a Certified Integrative Holistic Health Coach. On occasion, she also works with individuals at an adult rehabilitation and nursing facility.