Patty has been working with KidTherapy since 2010. She received her Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy in 2000. S ince then, she has received an award for being in the top 20 statewide as far as number of individuals served and blind competitive employment to blind and visually impaired individuals. She has been a case managemer and provided services to an independent living program. She has taught low vision skills and organized and presented to many support groups and community settings. She has worked with a variety of pediatric clients with the diagnoses that include: autism, developmental delay, sensory integration disorder, and many other disorders.
Lisa received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2002 and has worked with the pediatric population for several years. She joined the KidTherapy team in 2009 having previously practiced in New York City with children with special needs. Lisa has worked in various settings including schools, hospital, homes, and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. Lisa is certified in using Therapeutic Listening Techniques, and also utilizes sensory integration techniques while treating. Her greatest passions are working with children with Sensory Integration Disorder, Down's syndrome, and Autism. Recent continuing education courses include: Preschoolers & Autism: Effective Practical Interventions for Early Learning Success -12/13 Understanding the Gut Brain - Stress, Appetite, Digestion, and Mood - 3/13 Effective Evaluation Assessment & Treatment of Pediatric Toe Walking 10/2012 Therapeutic Listening 5/2011.
Ruchi was born in Kansas City and moved to Austin just 6 months ago. She graduated from the University of Missouri with her Master of Occupational Therapy on May of 2016. Ruchi likes to use techniques such as the top down/holistic approach- looking at the bigger picture rather than focusing on the limiting factor. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is be able to use creativity!
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Lisa moved to Austin to pursue her Master degree in Occupational Therapy. Lisa graduated from the University of Saint Augustine in May of 2017 and specializes in pediatrics with an emphasis on sensory integration. Lisa enjoys integrating techniques learned from 3 prior years of being an ABA therapist. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is getting to know her patients so she can make their sessions as client centered as possible.
Caitlyn received a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Health and Science Center of San Antonio in 2015. She has experience working in outpatient settings with a wide range of diagnoses. Caitlyn’s clinical interests include sensory integration, feeding difficulties, mental health, social emotional development and biochemical process. She likes techniques such as family centered care, play, child-led activities and holistic treatment plans into the patient’s overall time in therapy. Caitlyn’s favorite thing about being a therapist is the relationship she develops with her patients and their families.
Erika graduated from Boston University with a bachelors in both Occupational Therapy and Psychology. She later received an MBA in 2003. Erika has worked in all areas of pediatrics including home care, early intervention, school, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient. Her greatest interest is working with Traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injuries, as well as developmental delay, and sensory processing disorders. She uses therapeutic techniques that include neuroplasticity, sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Erika is a certified brain injury specialist, and brings her specialized training into her therapeutic practice when working with the children of KidTherapy. She has recently joined KidTherapy in 2017 and we are proud to have her as a member of the occupational therapy group!
Frances comes to us from Puerto Rico! She graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2016. Since then, she has worked with children, adult and geriatric population in settings such as the Children's hospital and Home care and hospice. She is eager to help improve the quality of life for the children that come to KidTherapy through patient and family education, evidence based practice and compassionate care. She has worked with clients that have had Guillain-Barre syndrome, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, hemiplegia, and visual/perceptual deficits among many other diagnoses. She has received the distinguished student for outstanding performance in Occupational Therapy class of 2016 and of coming from Puerto Rico she is privileged to be fluent in both Spanish and English!