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Occupational Therapy

Team

Ali Kullback
Ali Kullback has been an occupational therapist since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2019. Ali has expertise in developmental delays, fine motor delays and visual motor delays. She has received certification in sensory oral sequential (SOS) feeding approach. Her goal is to grow professionally, continue close collaboration with an interprofessional team and provide high-quality, client-centered care.

Angela Heard
Angela Heard has been an occupational therapist since 1990 and has worked for Rady Children’s Hospital since 2019. Angela has special talent in the areas of early intervention, developmental delay, sensory integration difficulties, fine motor delays, autism, feeding, neurological dysfunction and interactive metronome. She has worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, school-based and clinics. Angela’s goal is to continue to grow professionally and help children and families reach their full potential to participate in meaningful activities.

Ann Marie Mazzeo
Ann Marie Mazzeo has been an occupational therapist since 1990 and began working at Rady Children’s in 2001. Ann Marie 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 Marie holds advanced certification in feeding and swallowing treatment and assessment. She is a member of the Dysphagia Team and Feeding Team, and also 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 current member of the Occupational Therapy Association of California and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Ashley Yock
Ashley Yock has been an occupational therapist since 2019 and has been with Rady Children’s since 2020. Ashley has expertise in the areas of developmental delays, fine motor delays, sensory processing and autism. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Ashley’s goal is to provide supportive and client-centered care to help children and their families participate in meaningful life activities.

Catherine Brooks
Catherine Brooks has been an occupational therapist since 1989 and an employee with Rady Children’s since 2000. She has expertise in neuromuscular disorders, especially cerebral palsy, and has published, taught and presented at peer-reviewed meetings on this health condition. She is also a certified hand therapist and is trained in non-destructive testing (NDT). Catherine’s goal is to work with the hand/OT team on project development, including education and research projects.

Christina Azar
Christina Azar has been an occupational therapist since 2019 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2020. Christina’s goal is to continue to grow professionally and provide high-quality occupational therapy to children in order to help them grow and reach their full potential.

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Denise Hoover, OTR/L, CHT, has practiced as an occupational therapist at Rady Children’s Hospital since 1991 and a certified hand therapist since 2015. She provides therapy for a variety of pediatric orthopedic conditions, including brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, congenital anomalies,  juvenile idiopathic arthritis,  orthopedic injuries, chronic pain and splinting/orthotic intervention. In addition, she provides consultation for Rady Children’s Hand Clinic and Brachial Plexus Clinic. Denise is a current member of American Occupational Therapy Association and American Society of Hand Therapists. Along with presenting at annual conferences, she has been an invited speaker for special interest groups. Her goal is to provide a comprehensive holistic program for each individual, with activities that are engaging and easily incorporated into the clinic and home settings.

Jennifer Honda
Jennifer Honda joined Rady Children’s in 2019. Her areas of expertise include assistive technology, developmental disabilities and research, with a special interest in pediatric feeding and neonatal treatment. She has her doctorate in occupational therapy and a Master’s of Education in low-incidence disabilities. Jennifer is a former special education teacher and frequently participates in international outreach projects for children with disabilities. She is a current member of the Occupational Therapy Association of California, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the World Federation of Occupational Therapy. Her goal is to provide quality, research-based and culturally sensitive services to support children and their families in leading a meaningful life.

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Julia Tharp, M.S., OTR/L, has been an occupational therapist since 2004 and has worked at Rady Children’s since January 2017. Julia’s diversified experience includes pediatric inpatient/outpatient therapy, neonatal intenstive care unit (NICU) therapy, acute rehabilitation, early intervention, school-based therapy and therapy in skilled nursing facilities. Julia was the former lead NICU occupational therapist at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Her special talents include feeding, infant massage, lactation education, and torticollis assessment and interventions. She is a certified lactation educator counselor (CLEC) as well as a certified infant massage instructor (CIMI). Her goal is to continue to develop expertise in the NICU and collaborate to build more evidenced-based practice.

Kaitlin O’Hagan
Kaitlin O’Hagan has been an occupational therapist since 2019. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Her goal is to treat every child as a unique individual, and she strives to equip families to feel confident in helping their little ones live life to the fullest.

Kathy Carleton
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.

Katie Tietz
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.

Kimberly Arndt
Kimberly Arndt has been an occupational therapist since 2001, when she began working at Rady Children’s. Kimberly is the supervisor, occupational therapy, 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 and with our Feeding Team. Kimberly is a nationally certified and a California-licensed occupational therapist. Her goal is to help children reach their full potential.

Laura Hopp
Laura Hopp 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. She 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.

Lauren Heimerdinger
Lauren Heimerdinger joined our team in 2017 and has a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Lauren has special talents in the areas of developmental delays, fine motor delays, clinical reasoning and research. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Her goal is to provide high-quality, holistic and family-centered occupational therapy services that help every child reach his or her full potential.

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Lindsay Rowland has been an occupational therapist since 2011 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2015. Lindsay 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. Her 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.

Lisa Horvay
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. Her 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.

Martha Graf
Martha Graf has been an occupational therapist at Rady Children’s since 2013. She has expertise in working with children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing difficulties, feeding difficulties, self-regulation concerns and fine motor issues. Her interests include using sensory tools to promote regulation across all childhood occupations, along with behavior management, American Sign Language and the use of technology to help children succeed.  Martha is certified in iLS (Integrated Listening Program) and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, and she has completed the Level One Intensive Mentorship program through the STAR Center, focusing on Clinical Reasoning in Intervention with children with sensory processing difficulties. Her goal is to make occupational therapy a fun and rewarding experience while helping children reach their full potential.

Megan Anderson
Megan Anderson has been an occupational therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2020. Megan has extensive experience working with children with feeding, sensory processing, fine motor, visual motor, and self-regulation difficulties. She has been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Megan’s goal is to educate and collaborate with families to help patients reach their full potential.   

Meagan Dugan
Meagan Dugan has been an occupational therapist since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2018. Meagan has special talents and experience in the areas of developmental delays, fine motor delays, sensory processing and autism. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Meagan’s goal is to grow professionally and provide supportive, rewarding, family-centered occupational therapy services to help children reach their full potential.

Megna Sahni-Patel
Megna Sahni-Patel has been an occupational therapist since 1996 and began working at Rady Children’s in 2015. Megna 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. Her goal is to help children and families increase their independence with all of their daily activities and to improve their overall quality of life.

Melissa Lambing
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. Her goal is to provide excellent services and assist children in reaching their full potential.

Mirabelle Giampaoli
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. 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.

Molly Koustmer
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, she 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 her goal is to help children and their families be successful in their daily life.

Paola Monroe
Paola Monroe has been an occupational therapist since 2016 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2019. Paola specializes in developmental delays, sensory processing, fine motor delays and autism. She has received certification in the Beckman oral motor and sensory oral sequential (SOS) feeding approach. Her goal is to grow professionally and provide quality family-centered therapy to assist children in reaching their highest level of function.

Robyn McMasters
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.

Sara Burton
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.

Sarah Dobosiewicz
Sarah Dobosiewicz has been an occupational therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2014. Sarah works with children from birth to school age and has extensive experience working with children who have varying diagnoses presenting with feeding and swallowing difficulties, fine motor delays, visual perceptual/visual motor delays, self-care difficulties, sensory processing difficulties and chronic pain. Additionally, Sarah is a certified yoga instructor who passionately blends the synergies between yoga and occupational therapy for children and families of all ages and abilities to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle. Her 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.

Sharon Kim
Sharon Kim has been an occupational therapist since 2012 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2018. Sharon has special talent in the areas of pediatric acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Her goal is to provide top-quality service to all of her patients and their families.

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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 Settlemayer
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. She is a nationally certified occupational therapist and has advanced practice certification in California in swallowing assessment, evaluation and intervention.

Yuki Wada
Yuki Wada has been an occupational therapist since 1998 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 2007. She is licensed and nationally certified. 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. She has extensive experience working with children with feeding difficulties, developmental delay, sensory integration disorder and fine motor delay. Her goal is to help children reach their highest potential.