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Lindsy Wagner, PsyD



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    Julie Sommer, MSOT, OTR/L



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      DeeAnne Davis, MSW, LCSW



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        Kate Cavacco, COTA/L



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          Derek V. Spencer, MD, MPH



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            Wayne Etheridge, PhD



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              G. Rita Dudley-Grant PhD, MPH, ABPP



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                Sophia Joseph Parrilla, LCSW, PhD



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                  Allison Janusziewicz, MA, CCC-SLP



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                    Jeffrey P. Donnelly, MMSc, PA-C



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                      Jessica Howington, M.Ed., M.A., BCBA



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                        Chelcie Goldman, MS, OTR Occupational Therapist



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                          Adriane Maier, PhD, BCBA-D, LMHC



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                            Ernest R. Jermin II, MD



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                              Courtney Mills, ABA Lead STEP



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                                Lorie Jeffers, ABA Lead Children’s Services



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                                  Kristina Shiao, ABA Lead Children’s Services



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                                    Melinda Shaw, ABA Lead Children’s Services



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                                      Shayne O’Rourke-Testa, Program Coordinator



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                                        Vanessa Swanson, M.S. OTR/L



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                                          Megan Burton LSW



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                                            A.Delyla Ulm M.Ed.,BCBA



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                                              Kathleen Ayer, MA CCC-SLP



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                                                Dora Deller, MA CCC-SLP



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                                                  Nikki Osgood, COTA



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                                                    Dr. Magen Freeman, OTD, OTR/L



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                                                      Richelle Wiltshire



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                                                        Sara Gunning, MAT, BCBA, LBA



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                                                          Sarah Lima, PA-C, MCMSc



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                                                            Lynisha Farrell



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                                                                    Keila Medina



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                                                                      Quinn Perkins



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                                                                        Lisa Westcott, Lead ABA Therapist



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                                                                              Shanah Bannis, Psychometrist

                                                                              Shanah Bannis is a psychometrist currently pursuing her Master’s in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration at the University of the Virgin Islands. She has worked with a diverse population within the mental health profession. As a research Assistant for the University of the Virgin Islands and a Case Manager for Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, she served at-risk youth and their families. She currently works with children, teens and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and major life changes.

                                                                              Jhozna Gilbert

                                                                              Jhozna Gilbert was born on the island of St. Kitts, but was raised on St. Thomas USVI, from the age of three. She graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands and received a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Jhozna has worked with Island Therapy Solutions since June 2016. She wishes to further her studies in Behavior Analysis, with hopes of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analysis. Her goal is to continue to inform the public about an under-served population.

                                                                              Lisa Westcott, Lead ABA Therapist

                                                                              Lisa is a Lead ABA Therapist who hold a Bachelor’s in Psychology and is currently enrolled at FIT pursuing advanced credentialing (BCaBA). She has been married to Kyle for 10 years and is a dog mom to Tungsten – they moved to St. Croix in 2016. Lisa is a beginner gardener and beach goer who is always looking for positivity every day.
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                                                                              Quinn Perkins

                                                                              Originally from Nashville, TN, Quinn Perkins came to St. Croix via Washington, DC. Quinn earned her BA in Chemistry at Agnes Scott College. She has over ten year’s experience in education, teaching middle and high school math and science at Fusion Academy DC and School for Tomorrow, and teaching college chemistry lab courses at George Washington University and Agnes Scott College. Having worked with a wide variety of learners, she is excited to bring those skills and experiences to the tutoring program at Island Therapy. Quinn loves to travel, having spent several months in Romania studying suicide and several months in Tanzania working a child and maternal health project with World Vision.

                                                                              Keila Medina

                                                                              Keila M. Medina, MA received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of the Virgin Islands in May 2016. She began working with at-risk children and adolescents since the age of 15 through the Lighthouse with a Mission afterschool program. As an undergraduate student at UVI, she spent two years working with at-risk young adults through a Women’s Coalition program called “Project LINK.” Ms. Medina met Dr. Lindsy Wagner in January 2013 through her practicum program. After she successfully completed her undergraduate studies, she was hired full time at Island Therapy Solutions. She worked closely with Dr. Wagner as her psychological assistant, Master’s Intern, and is currently a pre-licensure intern. She is currently preparing for the EPPP exam; and upon successful completion, will become an Associate Psychologist. At ITS, she is the group and intern coordinator, and completes diagnostic interviews, assessments, individual therapy and facilitates group therapy under the supervision of Dr. Wagner.

                                                                              Alea Bird

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                                                                              Lynisha Farrell

                                                                              Lynisha graduated from the University of the Virgin Island with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has worked within Island Therapy Solutions’ ABA team as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT), and is now a Lead Therapist. As an RBT, Lynisha has worked in various settings with both the kids and adult programs. She loves seeing the positive changes that occur in the individuals she has had the pleasure of serving.

                                                                              Sarah Lima, PA-C, MCMSc

                                                                              Sarah Lima is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant with an interest in diagnosis and treatment of all Child and Adult mental health disorders. She graduated in 2017 from Barry University with a Master of Clinical Medical Science – Physician Assistant. Mrs. Lima utilizes her Collaborative Psychiatrists and Evidence Based Medicine to stay up to date with the latest advances and practices in medicine. She is an animal lover and enjoys spending her time off with her husband and multitude of pets.

                                                                              Sara Gunning, MAT, BCBA, LBA

                                                                              Sara Costello Gunning, MAT, BCBA, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in transition programming for individuals with autism. She attended the University of Georgia for her master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders under the Collaborative Adolescent Autism Teacher Training (CAATT) fellowship project for a further specialization in adolescent and adult transition programs. Sara has experience in early intervention and classroom interventions through work with the Global Autism Project and school district collaboration. She completed her respecialization in applied behavior analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sara maintains her teaching credentials in the state of Georgia and has worked as both a classroom teacher and BCBA within Atlanta school districts. Sara has extensive experience working in under-resourced communities to provide behavior analytic services. She believes in building local capacity by collaborating with community members and stakeholders in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

                                                                              Richelle Wiltshire

                                                                              Richelle Wiltshire is a post-masters intern with a M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and is working on becoming a License Professional Counselor. Obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, she began working as a Registered Behavior Technician in the ABA department and is also the Scheduler.

                                                                              Dr. Magen Freeman, OTD, OTR/L

                                                                              Dr. Magen Freeman, OTD, OTR/L is originally from Poquoson, Virginia. She grew up visiting her grandparents on St. Thomas and has relocated permanently to provide pediatric occupational therapy services at Partners4Kids. Magen received her B.S. in Health Sciences from James Madison University and then went on to obtain her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Mary Baldwin University in 2018. Most recently, Magen provided pediatric OT services for a non-profit special education program serving children with emotional and behavioral challenges in Washington, DC. Magen values relationships and enjoys collaboration with colleagues, families, and clients to best meet the needs of our pediatric clients.
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                                                                              Nikki Osgood, COTA

                                                                              Nikki Osgood, originally from Pennsylvania, is a licensed Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant who also obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education. Nikki’s clinical experience encompasses treating children with various conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Cortical visual impairments, and Down Syndrome. Additionally, Nikki has experience at a VA Mental Health Inpatient Center, providing psychoeducational group therapy, as well as individualized treatments and interventions for adults. Nikki utilizes a holistic, client-centered approach to facilitate participation and engagement in meaningful daily activities and routines both at home and in school.
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                                                                              Dora Deller, MA CCC-SLP

                                                                              Dora is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, with majors in Communications and Psychology. She later went on to complete her master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology, with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dora has worked with populations spanning early intervention through hospice care. She has experience in pediatric outpatient settings, adult rehabilitation and dysphagia protocols and therapy. Dora enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of patients and families, with diagnoses including ADHD, cerebral palsy, cognitive disorders, and speech/language disorders.
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                                                                              Kathleen Ayer, MA CCC-SLP

                                                                              Kathleen Ayers is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She graduated from Truman State University in 2015 with a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders. Kathleen has experience treating both adult and pediatric clients with a variety of disorders, including swallowing, social communication, cognitive communication, speech, and language disorders. Her most recent clinical experience has been working with children in a school-based setting. Kathleen enjoys learning and working with clients with a variety of needs and collaborating with clients, families, and team members to ensure the best outcomes for her clients.

                                                                              A.Delyla Ulm M.Ed.,BCBA

                                                                              Delyla Ulm began working as a behavior therapist for individuals with developmental disabilities in 2007. Over the years, Delyla has worked as an in-school paraprofessional, private therapist, supervising clinician, and a consultant to individuals, families,and schools in both the United States and overseas. In her spare time, Delyla instructs for an online applied behavior analysis (ABA) graduate program teaching ABA principals to the future generation of BCBAs. In December 2013, Delyla graduated with her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in ABA. In 2016, she earned the credential of BCBA and worked in the Northern Virginia, Lebanon, and Wisconsin before coming to St. Croix to join Island Therapy Solutions.

                                                                              Megan Burton LSW

                                                                              Megan Burton is a licensed Social Worker with a Masters in Clinical Counseling. She specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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                                                                              Vanessa Swanson, M.S. OTR/L

                                                                              Vanessa is an occupational therapist who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003 with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy; she became certified as an Assistive Technology Practitioner in 2014. She has completed training in the IMSE Orton-Gillingham reading program and is a Karma Kids Children’s Yoga teacher. Vanessa has experience working with clients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings; from mental health, orthopedics/joint replacement, home health, to working with children with complex disabilities and medical needs. Her most recent clinical experience has been working with children and families in early intervention and with children with disabilities in a school setting. Vanessa is a lifelong learner who enjoys working with a variety of clients and collaborating with families & other professionals.

                                                                              Shayne O’Rourke-Testa, Program Coordinator

                                                                              Shayne O’Rourke-Testa was born in Torrington, CT and has had family ties between St. John and St. Thomas for over 30 years. Shayne joined Island Therapy’s ABA St. Thomas team in January, 2018. She brought with her 24 years of experience within the human services field. As Project Director of a vocational services program in CT, Shayne’s program was hand picked for states first Autism Pilot Program. In addition, Shayne worked as a subcontractor to provide vocational career assessments and transition plans for students with Autism in the private and public school sectors.

                                                                              Melinda Shaw, ABA Lead Children’s Services

                                                                              Melinda Shaw is originally from Boston, and got into the field of Autism and ABA in college when she volunteered to supervise a group of teenagers on the spectrum who wanted to have some social time apart from their parents. She thought it sounded interesting, and the rest is history! She pursued a masters in Clinical Psychology, but had a professor write “there’s more to life than reinforcement!” on a paper she wrote. She disagreed, and quickly switched to ABA. Melinda has been living in St. Thomas since 2017, one week before Hurricane Irma. She fell in love with the island, the culture, and the people, and has stuck around ever since.
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                                                                              Kristina Shiao, ABA Lead Children’s Services

                                                                              My passions have led me to help those in need. Since moving to St. Thomas, I have discovered that serving families of children diagnosed with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome is how I want to make meaningful change on this island community. I recently graduated with Honors in Psychology and a minor in Child Development from Florida State University. My past focus was heavily research based as I worked in two psychology labs while (still) in the process of getting my Thesis published. I’ve been encouraged by colleagues and family to continue my education and currently I am taking postgraduate classes to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst! As a Florida native with familial culture rooted from Taiwan, another tropical island, I have always loved the ocean. I enjoy cooking delicious foods, trying new outdoor activities and traveling the world. I absolutely love what I do as an ABA Therapist and I look forward to a bright future with ITS on St. Thomas!
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                                                                              Lorie Jeffers, ABA Lead Children’s Services

                                                                              Lorie Jeffers was born and raised on St. Croix USVI. She graduated from the Manor School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands. She has been on board with Island Therapy Solutions since March 2015. Upon the completion of her Master’s degree, Lorie has decided to continue her studies in behavior analysis to continue to serve on the island that raised her. She is currently pursuing Board Certification as an assistant Behavior Analyst from Florida Institute of Technology. Her vision is to implement changes that result in beneficial life long outcomes for those she serves
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                                                                              Courtney Mills, ABA Lead STEP

                                                                              Courtney has been part of Island Therapy’s Applied Behavior Analysis team since the launch of its STEP Program (Strategic Transition Enrichment Program) for adult learners with Autism in January of 2016. Courtney is a transplant from New York City who brought with her 14 years experience within the Juvenile Justice System in both NY and VA. She holds a BS in Psychology from The College of New Rochelle in Westchester County NY.

                                                                              Courtney is a huge advocate for inclusion and truly enjoys spreading education and sensitivity to the community of St Croix. She encourages growth and promotes independence in all she does. Courtney believes she is a vessel for change and awareness and genuinely enjoys her role as such.
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                                                                              Ernest R. Jermin II, MD

                                                                              Dr. Ernest Jermin is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist in practice since 2010. Although he works in all areas of the field, seeing patients of all ages, his primary areas of interest is in preventive, community oriented programs to treat children and adolescents. He is originally from New York, having roots from the Caribbean and Central America. He is presently in practice in Connecticut and the US Virgin Islands.

                                                                              Adriane Maier, PhD, BCBA-D, LMHC

                                                                              Adriane Maier, Ph.D. BCBA-D, LMHC is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Mental Health Counselor who specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s). She has an extensive background in providing cognitive-behavioral therapy, educational programming and behavioral support services to individuals within clinical, home-based, school and community settings. Dr. Maier is trained in both applied behavior analytic and verbal behavior teaching methodologies and has designed individual education programs for students throughout New York State utilizing evidence based practices. Dr. Maier headed the clinic at the award winning Center for Spectrum Services where she conducted comprehensive diagnostic and behavioral evaluations, developed treatment programs, taught specialized workshops and trainings, provided educational/behavioral consultation to school districts and families and supervised practicum’s for university behavior analyst training programs. Dr. Maier is approved by New York State Education Department as a provider of training in the needs of children with autism.

                                                                              Chelcie Goldman, MS, OTR Occupational Therapist

                                                                              Chelcie Goldman is a nationally registered occupational therapist and recent Ithaca College graduate. Chelcie is excited to embark on the beginning of her career in pediatric OT. Upon earning her Master’s Degree, Chelcie was eager to return to her home on St. Croix to provide quality care to children in need on the island. Chelcie has past experience working with children of all ages and varying diagnoses, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD and ADHD, coordination disorders, global developmental delays, feeding difficulties, and Cerebral Palsy. She is thrilled to be joining the Island Therapy Solutions team and is eager to start giving back to her community.

                                                                              Jessica Howington, M.Ed., M.A., BCBA

                                                                              Jessica Howington has graduate degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis from Spalding University & in Education from the University of Louisville, with an undergraduate degree in Biology from Swarthmore College. She worked as a consulting Behavior Analyst in Kentucky for 9 years before moving to Island Therapy Solutions in 2019. Before that, she was a special education teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, & in Eleuthera, Bahamas. She is a swimmer & SCUBA diver.
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                                                                              Jeffrey P. Donnelly, MMSc, PA-C

                                                                              Mr. Donnelly is a Pediatric Physician Associate with an interest and experience in the medical management of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. He graduated in 2005 from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and has also earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatrics, which is the specialty exam for PA’s in pediatrics. Mr. Donnelly uses Evidence Based Medicine to stay up to date with the latest advances and practices in medicine. He is an avid sailor and loves spending his time off on the water.

                                                                              Allison Janusziewicz, MA, CCC-SLP

                                                                              Allison, an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist, graduated from Washington State University in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She recently earned an Assistive Technology Certificate from California State University, Northridge. Allison has worked with a variety of clientele ranging from acute care, acute rehabilitation, and home health patients with communication and swallowing disorders to early intervention preschool students, home study students, students with CP who are medically fragile, and students in juvenile hall. She enjoys working with clients with diverse needs, and is continually learning, while engaging students, staff and parents. She enjoys communicating with multidisciplinary teams, school staff, parents and other speech therapists in order to ensure the best service delivery for her clients.
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                                                                              Sophia Joseph Parrilla, LCSW, PhD

                                                                              Sophia is a certified independent social worker. She has worked in the mental health field/ social welfare agencies with a variety of populations including adolescent parents and their families, abuse and neglect cases, high risk adolescents with externalizing and externalizing behaviors, victims and offenders of domestic violence, and the elderly. She has previous experience with the Catholic Charities of the VI, Department of Human Services, Department of Education, Virgin Islands Behavioral Services and Women’s Coalition. Most of her career has been in social work and most recently she has obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her goal is to promote positive social change in society.

                                                                              G. Rita Dudley-Grant PhD, MPH, ABPP

                                                                              G. Rita Dudley-Grant, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice with Island Therapy Solutions. Her primary interests include working through trauma, alternative approaches to therapy, and working across the generations spectrum. Her publications include books, articles and chapters on clinical psychology and capacity expansion in the Caribbean, women’s mental health, diversity and spirituality in mental health. She is a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Council in the VI and serves on the State Advisory Group, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention USVI. Dr. Dudley-Grant is a founding member and past president of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists, a founding and Executive Council Member of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is currently co-chair of the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology which will be held in November 2020 in St. Croix, bringing an international audience to the territory with a focus on Disaster behavioral health and wellness. She has been a trainer for decades on multiculturalism, trauma informed care, and women in treatment. Her current training focuses on self care for caregivers in a variety of circumstances.

                                                                              Wayne Etheridge, PhD

                                                                              Dr. Wayne Etheridge is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has been providing psychological services on St. Croix since 1995 and will be providing part-time therapy services to adults and couples.

                                                                              Derek V. Spencer, MD, MPH

                                                                              Derek V. Spencer, M.D. joins us from St. Thomas in order to increase accessibility to psychiatric services on St. Croix. Dr. Spencer comes with a wealth of medical experience, including having spent the last fifteen years as the Chief of the Behavioral Health Unit at Roy Lester Schneider Hospital located on St.Thomas. In Temple, Texas he was the Chief of Psychiatry Services for Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center. Dr. Spencer currently maintains a well-respected private practice in Sugar Estate as well as joining our team on St. Croix. We are excited to welcome him to our practice.

                                                                              Kate Cavacco, COTA/L

                                                                              Kate Cavacco, COTA/L is originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts, and has relocated to St. Thomas with her husband and two children. She graduated with a BA in Applied Science from Mount Ida College in 1999 and has experience treating adults and children with a wide range of physical and mental health disabilities. Her most recent clinical experience has been working on a transdisciplinary team with infants & toddlers with special needs.

                                                                              Kate is knowledgeable in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays, using sensory integration techniques, oral motor/feeding interventions, and massage therapy. She is also skilled in using The SCERTS (Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support) Program.

                                                                              Kate brings creativity, enthusiasm, and compassion to her work, and enjoys collaborating with parents and team members to promote the best outcomes for children and their families.

                                                                              DeeAnne Davis, MSW, LCSW

                                                                              DeeAnne Davis is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who is currently accepting new therapy clients. She primarily treats individuals who have experienced trauma or struggle with depression and anxiety, young adults on the Autism Spectrum, retirees, and hurricane survivors/champions. DeeAnne uses integrative techniques to provide clients with powerful ways to reduce automatic and habituated responses to stressors, which can keep them stuck in unproductive patterns of behavior. She looks forward to partnering with you on this transformative journey of growth and healing.

                                                                              Julie Sommer, MSOT, OTR/L

                                                                              Julie Sommer is a pediatric occupational therapist with expertise in treating children from birth through high school with a variety of conditions, including neurological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, premature birth, genetic conditions, Down Syndrome, oral motor & feeding concerns, coordination disorders, sensory processing difficulties, and developmental delays. She uses a family-centered approach to help children reach their potential for participating in daily routines at home and school.

                                                                              Lindsy Wagner, PsyD

                                                                              Dr. Lindsy Wagner is a licensed clinical Psychologist. Her clinical specialties include conducting diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, forensic neuropsychological evaluations and providing consultation and training for children and families with a variety of presenting concerns including learning disabilities, neurological disorders and emotional and behavioral concerns. Dr. Wagner also specializes in diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She conducts social skills groups with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as individual and family therapy.