Team

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Adriana Rusch has worked at Rady Children’s since 2009. She has special talents in working with infants and children with developmental delays, oral motor delays, feeding difficulties and fine motor delays. Adriana has worked in a school setting as well as in outpatient and inpatient settings. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, licensed by the state of California and is a certified lactation educator. Adriana’s goal is to continue to grow professionally and to help children be successful in their activities of daily living.

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Ann Marie Mazzeo has been an occupational therapist since 1990 and began working at Rady Children’s in 2001. Ann has worked in outpatient pediatrics, neonatal intensive care units, acute care and home health since 1992. She has extensive experience in neonate and infant development. She provides therapy at Rady Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and is a member of the Rady Children’s Pediatric Airway & Aerodigestive team. Ann holds advanced certification in feeding and swallowing treatment and assessment. She is a member of the Dysphagia Team, Feeding Team and heads the NICU Developmental Committee at Rady Children’s. She actively participates in staff education, providing training for fragile infant feeding and developmental support and is a certified lactation educator. She is a member of Rady Children’s NICU Developmental Committee and a current member of the Occupational Therapy Association of California and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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Ashley Waldman has been an occupational therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2016. She has special talents in the areas of oral motor and feeding difficulties, fine motor delay and developmental delay. Ashley also has prior experience working in the inpatient setting serving infants and families. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Occupational Therapy Association of California and the National Association of Neonatal Therapists. Ashley has advanced practice certification in swallowing assessment, evaluation or intervention. Her goal is to continue to grow professionally and provide quality care to children and their families in order to help them reach their full potential.

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Brooke Olson has been an occupational therapist since 1995 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2010. Brooke has special talents in the areas of sensory processing, motor coordination, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, handwriting, yoga for kids and interactive metronome. Brooke is certified in the Sensory Integration Praxis Test and therapeutic listening. She is a current member of American Occupational Therapy Association. Brooke’s goal is to provide the highest quality of occupational therapy and support children and their caregivers in reaching their goals.

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Debbie Cahill became an occupational therapist in 1974 and began working at Rady Children’s in 1979. Debbie works with infants and young children, specializing in feeding difficulties, handwriting and sensory integration. She has worked her entire career in pediatrics and has her advanced practice certification through the California Board of Occupational Therapy in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention. Her goal is to provide the best possible occupational therapy services and support children in their development.

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Denise Hoover has been an occupational therapist since 1990 and started working at Rady Children’s in January 1991. Denise has special talents in the areas of pediatric hand therapy, autism, sensory integration, muscle disease, handwriting and developmental delay. Denise has her national hand therapy certification from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission as well as her California advanced practice certification for hand therapy. She provides consultation for the Hand Clinic and Brachial Plexus Clinic at Rady Children’s. Denise is a licensed occupational therapist and a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Denise’s goal is to provide a comprehensive program for each individual with activities that are engaging and easily incorporated into the clinic and home settings.

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Hayley Noll Bender has been an occupational therapist since 2010 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2016. Hayley has special talent in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, sensory integration, motor planning, fine motor skills and play skill development. She has additional training in Integrated Movement Therapy, Handwriting Without Tears and the Zones of Regulation. Hayley’s goal is to provide quality therapy to each child and family while using the child’s main occupation … PLAY!

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Heather MacEwen began her career as an occupational therapist in 1999, receiving a master’s degree of clinical science in occupational therapy.  She has practiced in the area of pediatrics for 15 years. Heather is the manager of Occupational Therapy Department. She specializes in the areas of sensory integration, regulation and praxis. She enjoys working with caregivers and parents to better understand their child’s sensory, play, motor and social development.  She is passionate about the integration of therapy services and the collaboration of healthcare professions in order to bring the best services to children and families.  Heather holds a certification in sensory integration praxis test and therapeutic listening.

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Jill Peck-Murray has been an occupational therapist since 1979 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 1982. She provides outpatient therapy at Rady Children’s main campus and North County Center. Jill also works in the Rheumatology Clinic, Hand Clinic and Brachial Plexus Clinic at Rady Children’s. Jill has special talents in pediatric hand therapy, including treatment of brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, congenital anomalies and pediatric trauma. She has presented at national and state conferences on these areas . Jill has taught courses on hand therapy at Grossmont College. She is a California-licensed occupational therapist, certified hand therapist and has California advanced practice certification in modalities and hand therapies. She is president of the San Diego Hand Therapist Special Interest Group and is public relations chairperson for the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy. Jill’s goal is to provide quality hand therapy to children.

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Kathleen James has been an occupational therapist since March 2013 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2015. She has special talent in fabricating orthotics as well as in the areas of fine motor function, visual screening, sensory processing and motor planning.  Kathleen draws from her experience as a school-based occupational therapist and preschool teacher to contribute unique perspective and insight into her therapy sessions. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Occupational Therapy Association of California. Her goal is to use her experience and skills to better the lives of others. For Kathleen, occupational therapy is not just a career — it’s a calling.

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Kathy Carleton became an occupational therapy assistant in 1991 and began working at Rady Children’s in 1992. Kathy has special talents in treating hospitalized patients, including patients with traumatic brain injuries. She also specializes in helping patients with fine motor skills, visual motor skills and self-care skills. Her goal is to help children reach their highest level of functioning and to provide education and support to the families she serves.

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Katie Tietz has been an occupational therapist since 2014, when she began working at Rady Children’s. Katie has experience working with infants and children with developmental delays, fine motor delays, feeding difficulties, autism, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida. She has worked in skilled nursing and sub-acute pediatric settings for medically fragile children, as well as in homes, preschools, public school systems, outpatient, and summer therapy camp environments. Katie received certification in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Katie’s goal is to continue to grow professionally in order to provide quality services to children and their families, helping them feel successful and confident in everyday life.

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Kimberly Arndt has been an occupational therapist since 2001, when she began working at Rady Children’s. Kimberly is the lead occupational therapist at Rady Children’s and has skills in a variety of areas, including working with children with feeding difficulties, autism, sensory integration difficulties, and problems with fine motor and visual motor skills. She spends her time working at our outpatient clinic, with our Feeding Team, and at Alexa’s PLAYC. Kimberly is a nationally certified and a California-licensed occupational therapist. Kimberly’s goal is to help children reach their full potential.

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Laura Hoffinger has been an occupational therapist at Rady Children’s since 2014.  Laura has talents in the areas of: orthopedic conditions, hand therapy, sensory processing, fine motor delays and clinical reasoning. Laura is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Occupational Therapy Association of California. Her goals are to provide quality occupational therapy services to children and their families and help children reach their full potential while providing them with tools to participate in meaningful life activities.


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Lauren Smith has been an occupational therapist since 2006 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2008. Lauren has special talents in the areas of developmental delays, feeding difficulties, sensory processing difficulties and fine motor delays. She has experience in various settings including early intervention, schools and inpatient and outpatient. settings. She is involved in the Down Syndrome Clinic at Rady Children’s as well as the Pathways Program, a group designed to enhance social skills and play skills with children who have autism spectrum disorders. Lauren is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and licensed by the state of California. Lauren’s goal in working at Rady Children’s is to provide quality care to children and their families in order to help them reach their full potential.

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Lindsay Rowland has been an occupational therapist since 2011 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2015.  She has special talents in the areas of developmental delay, sensory processing difficulties, autism, learning disabilities, neurological changes, including stroke, TBI and seizures, and neurological conditions.  Lindsay’s goal is to continue to grow professionally, work as part of a team and provide the highest quality of care to children and their families.

 

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Lindsey Lonseth has been a pediatric occupational therapist since 2010 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2016. Lindsey has special training in the areas of oral motor skills for infant feeding, sensory integration, treating children ages birth to 3, autism, RAD, Down syndrome and SPD.  Lindsey is trained in therapeutic listening, Handwriting without Tears, visual-vestibular integration and cranial sacral therapy. Lindsey’s goal is to provide a caring environment so that children and parents feel supported, enabling children to grow and excel in their daily life.

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Lisa Horvay has been an occupational therapist since 2012 and began working for Rady Children’s in 2014. Lisa has experience working with infants and children with development delay, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, fine motor delays and feeding difficulties. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient, specialized clinics and in aquatic therapy settings.  Lisa received certification in Theratogs and additional training in neuromobilization, hand therapy and infant and child feeding. Lisa’s goal is to provide education and support to families and help children reach their highest level of function.

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Lisa Lucero-Krier has been an 0ccupational therapist assistant since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2011. Lisa has special talents in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration difficulties and fine motor delay. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Occupational Therapy Association of California. Lisa’s goal in working at Rady Children’s is to continue to grow professionally and provide the highest quality of care to children and their families.

 

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Lynn Melickian has been a pediatric occupational therapist since 1982 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2013. Lynn has special talents in the areas of sensory integration and early childhood development, with extensive experience in early intervention (0-3 years). Additionally, she has experience in developmental delays, fine and visual motor delays, autism and cerebral palsy. Lynn has worked in a variety of settings, including in homes, daycare, preschools, public school systems, clinical settings and sensory integration gyms. Lynn is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, has both New York and California licenses and is certified by the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association in pediatrics. Lynn’s goal is to help children achieve their full potential, feel successful in their day-to-day life and promote their self-esteem and confidence.

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Martha Beck-Monroe has been an occupational therapist at Rady Children’s since 2013. Martha has special talents in autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration difficulties, fine motor issues and visual motor skills problems. Her interests include behavior management, American Sign Language and the use of technology to help children succeed.  Martha is certified in iLS, the Integrated Listening Program. Her goal is to make occupational therapy a fun and rewarding experience while helping children reach their full potential.

Megna
Megna Sahni-Patel has been an occupational therapist since 1996 and began working at Rady Children’s in 2015.  She has worked extensively in various types of settings as an occupational therapist and was a rehabilitation manager in an east coast facility prior to relocating to San Diego. Megna’s goal is to help children and families increase their independence with all of their daily activities and to improve their overall quality of life.

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Melissa Lambing became an occupational therapist in 2006 when she began working at Rady Children’s. Melissa is a nationally certified occupational therapist and a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Melissa’s goal is to provide excellent services and assist children in reaching their full potential.

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Mirabelle Giampaoli has been an occupational therapist since 1998 and began working at Rady Children’s in 2005. Mirabelle is a certified and licensed occupational therapist. She specializes in working with children with delays in sensory processing, fine motor skills and visual motor skills and feeding. Mirabelle is the student coordinator for the Occupational Therapy department. She also runs the Sensory STAR group for self-regulation and provides consultation in the Limb Deficiency Clinic. Mirabelle’s goal is to enhance the lives of the children she works with to the best of her ability and to continue her own learning process with new experiences.

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Molly Koustmer became an occupational therapist in 2001 and began working for Rady Children’s in 2009. Molly specializes in early childhood development, concentrating on fine motor skills, visual motor skills, cognitive play skills and oral motor/feeding skills. In addition to being an occupational therapist, Molly has a degree in Education from the University of Arizona where she studied Special Education and Rehabilitation. Molly believes that a child’s “work” is PLAY, and it is her goal to help children and their families be successful in their daily life.

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Renae Fieck has been an occupational therapist since 2011 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2015. Renae has special interests in the areas of fine motor skills, including handwriting, developmental delays, sensory processing, feeding and visual motor skills. She has experience in early intervention, schools, private clinics and with adults in both rehabilitaion and acute care settings. She has received certifications through Integrated Listening Systems, Sensory-Oral-Sequential (SOS) feeding approach and Beckman Oral Motor. She has additional training in Handwriting without Tears and S’Cool Moves. Renae’s goal is to continue advancement of skills in order to provide the community with the highest level of care, supporting children to achieve their full potential.

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Robyn McMasters has been an occupational therapist since 2007 and has worked at Rady Children’s since June 2009. She received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Ithaca College. She has special talents working with infants and children with developmental delays, feeding and swallowing difficulties and fine motor and visual motor delays. Robyn has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She specializes in providing therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children’s. She has advanced practice in feeding and swallowing and is a certified lactation educator counselor. Additionally, she is a nationally certified, California-licensed occupational therapist. Robyn’s goal is to provide quality patient care in order to enhance the lives of patients and their families.

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Sara Burton has been an occupational therapist since 2006 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2013. Sara has special talents in the areas of fine motor, sensory integration, autism, feeding, handwriting, NDT and traumatic brain injury. Sara’s experience includes comprehensive rehab in the inpatient setting as well as evaluation and treatment in the outpatient settings. Her goal is to provide quality service to assist children and their families in reaching their full potential.

 

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Sarah Dobosiewicz has been an occupational therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2014. Sarah has special talent in the areas of developmental delays, autism, sensory processing difficulties, feeding difficulties, fine motor delays, handwriting and visual perceptual and visual motor delays.  Sarah’s goal is to continue to grow personally and professionally in addition to helping children and families reach their full potential through independence, education and support.

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Shilpa Shirsathe has been an occupational therapist since 1996 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2009. Shilpa has special talents in the areas of developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration, handwriting, fine motor skills, visual motor skills and visual perceptual skills. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, certified in the Sensory Integration Praxis Test and is a current member of the Occupational Therapy Association of India. Her goal is to help children improve their quality of life and level of functioning.

Suzanne
Suzanne Settlemayer has been an occupational therapists since 1989 and began working at Rady Children’s in 1994. Suzanne specializes in feeding disorders, sensory integration, autism spectrum disorders and age 0-3 population. Suzanne is a nationally certified occupational therapist and has advanced practice certification in California in swallowing assessment, evaluation and intervention.

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Yuki Wada has been an occupational therapist since 1998 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2007. Since 1998, Yuki has worked with children from birth to school age in the clinic, home and school settings by providing individual and group therapy. Yuki has extensive experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, developmental delay, sensory integration disorder, fine motor delay and feeding difficulties. Yuki is certified in the Sensory Integration Praxis Test and trained to use the Listening Program, therapeutic listening, Alert Program and Beckman Oral Motor techniques. She is a licensed and nationally certified occupational therapist. Yuki’s goal is to provide quality service to assist children and their families in reaching their highest potential.