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Jasmine graduated from the University of Maine in 2017, where she studied B.S. Mental Health & Human Services and has an A.S. in Education. Prior she has worked in Special Education, Behavioral Health, and Adult Case Management prior to coming to Reach! In her free time, Jasmine likes to hike, go to the mountains, and travel cross-country.
Olivia graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor's/Master's degree in Occupational Therapy and has a few years of experience working in the field. She has always enjoyed working with children and is excited to learn and grow at Reach for the Top! When she is not working, you can find her at the beach, taking her dogs on walks, and cooking new recipes.
Kaela joins Reach after 5-years of outpatient pediatric experience. During her years prior to Reach, Kaela had experience leading her physical therapy department before then managing a large team comprised of physical, occupational and speech therapists in addition to administrative staff. Kaela brings a passion for leadership to Reach, leading by example and taking a hands-on approach to mentorship and training. She enjoys working with her team to better understand their goals, areas of strength and growth to empower them to create a positive and efficient experience for therapists and families alike.
Kaela graduated from Sacred Heart University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She is certified through the NPTE and licensed in the states of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire to provide skilled physical therapy intervention.
Kaela brings a long history of working in a multidisciplinary pediatric setting with children of varying ages, abilities, and needs. She has extensive experience in treating diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, torticollis/plagiocephaly, developmental delay, spina bifida, down syndrome, genetic variations and deletions, hypotonic, developmental coordination disorder and toe walking. She has experience with making bracing and orthotic recommendations as well as equipment recommendations including but not limited to standers, gait trainers, standers, and power wheelchairs.
Kaela values the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team and recognizes the importance of family and caregivers to maximize patient success in all goal areas. She enjoys learning what is important and motivating to the child and family and building a rapport with the family to meet those goals.
Kaela also specializes in pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction, with experience treating diagnoses such as urinary reflux, urinary incontinence, constipation, nocturnal enuresis, and fecal incontinence.
In addition to the above experiences, Kaela has training and experience in animal assisted therapy, incorporating her skilled facility dog into many therapeutic activities to make a fun and engaging experience for the patient. Kaela is also excited to take her passion for animal assisted therapy to also join the Reach hippotherapy program.
Kaela is from Massachusetts and moved to Dover with her husband and 2 dogs. During her free time, she enjoys being outside, and is an avid runner; having completed multiple marathons.
Emily completed an accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program in Occupational Therapy at Husson University. Emily has experience in outpatient pediatrics from her time as a student in Virginia and is excited to continue to learn and grow in this environment. When Emily is not at Reach, she is staying busy outside hiking, swimming, cooking, reading, or spending time with family and friends.
Sam completed an accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. She was a student here at Reach last fall and is excited to be back to continue learning and growing here. When not at Reach, Sam enjoys spending time with friends and family, bringing her dog swimming, reading, and being outside!
Trina is a speech-language pathologist, who has enjoyed every nook and cranny this profession has offered over the last 10 years, while licensed in New Hampshire. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees both from the University of New Hampshire in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is certified by the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA). She has had the opportunity to mentor students and clinical fellows, as well as supervise other SLPs. Her experience has allowed her to build relationships with children, families, and other professionals while working in the private practice realm. Trina prefers to greet children while singing and often exudes energy and wild socks. She has an eclectic appetite for this field and adores learning more about neurodiversity, apraxia of speech, language development, gestalt language processing, selective mutism, and more! Additionally, Trina strives to foster self-advocacy skills so that every child has the tools to communicate with anyone, anywhere. This Wyoming-born gal has been living in New Hampshire for over 20 years and enjoys baking, gardening, raising chickens, and learning guitar with her daughter and husband.
Tori is the Administrative Assistant and Rehab Aide for our team. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Disability Studies. Tori is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at UNH in hopes to be a Speech Language Pathologist after the completion of her program. In her free time, Tori enjoys singing, being outdoors and hanging out with friends and family. She is very grateful to be a part of the Reach for the Top family!
Shannon graduated from Keene State College where she studied English Literature and Psychology. She has experience working with head trauma patients as well as working as a Psychiatric Research Assistant. After many years homeschooling her two sons, Donovan and Brody, while working part-time as a cake decorator, Shannon is excited to join the Reach team as their Rehab/Admin Aide.
Katie received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire . She has experience as a student in an outpatient pediatric facility in New Jersey, and excited to bring what she has learned and expand upon it at Reach for the Top. In her spare time Katie likes to go on walks, read, and try new recipes, and spend time with her family when they visit from New Jersey!
Karen comes with experience working in a pediatric therapy clinic and is very excited to be part of the Reach team. As Office Manager, she works closely with the Clinic Coordinator to make sure families have the best experience possible at Reach For the Top. She handles all insurance inquiries and authorizations needed for your child’s therapies and supports the clinical staff to provide exceptional care to Reach children and their families. Karen provides key support in finance reconciliation as well. In her free time, Karen and her husband Tom enjoy family get-togethers with their children Tommy and Emily and their daughter-in-law Emily. They enjoy exploring beaches, hiking trails, and finding new places in Maine to explore.
Robyn graduated from the Occupational Therapy Master’s Program at The University of New Hampshire. She is currently registered with the NBCOT and is licensed in the states of Maine and New Hampshire. Robyn is certified in Therapeutic Listening and SAFE place programs. She has extensive training in vision challenges, sensory processing disorders, Zones of Regulation, ADHD, Autism, Alert Program, SOS Approach to picky eating vs. problem feeding, handwriting challenges, and aquatic therapy. Robyn is highly skilled at working with children of all ages with a variety of behavior, social-emotional, executive functioning, fine motor, visual motor, and sensory disorders. She has been with Reach For The Top since 2016. Within that time, she has helped to develop and establish the Aquatic Therapy Program, of which Robyn is very passionate about as she has spent 11+ years of her childhood learning how to swim, compete on multiple swim teams, and lifeguard. Robyn is also the student internship program coordinator and enjoys supporting new generations of upcoming OT, PT, and ST therapists by collaborating with various graduate school programs to support its students in gaining the hands-on knowledge and experience Reach offers through this program.
When working with Robyn, families will find that Robyn is extremely dedicated to each child and family that she serves. Robyn has a very energetic and compassionate personality. She uses these traits in combination with her extensive knowledge and training to find creative ways to help support families and motivate children to learn and grow while having fun discovering the “just right challenge.” Robyn strongly believes in family-centered practice as the best way for children to grow and reach their goals by participating in activities that children and their caregivers can enjoy together in a fun and loving family environment.
Robyn is from Dover, New Hampshire and during her free time she enjoys biking, swimming, watching movies, exploring new places, and spending quality time with her husband and 3 boys.
As the Community and Client Services Coordinator, Rachel brings many years of experience from various roles at local schools, community programs, and non-profits with skills in membership services, social media, event planning, and community collaboration. Rachel brings a creative and informative leadership style to the team, always helping others to grow and pursue their personal and professional passions. Within her role, Rachel works to maintain Reach's social and informative platforms including our Facebook, Instagram, and Website. Striving to support the families that Reach services, Rachel works to collect resources, parent and staff testimonials, professional development opportunities, and community collaborations. Rachel brings her organization, planning, and teamwork experiences from previous employment to lead many of Reach's thematic group therapy programs including Feeding Through the Holidays, Big Feelings for Littles, Literacy Learners, Wonder & Grow - Young Explorers, Thrive & Create - Experimenters Circle, and Future Leaders - Teen Group.
Rachel has been a part of the Reach team since February 2021 as a speech-language pathologist and took on her role with the Junior Leadership Team in June 2022. Rachel is a speech-language pathologist, certified by the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her bachelor's and master's degrees both from the University of New Hampshire in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Special Education and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Studies. While in undergraduate and graduate school, Rachel maintained many jobs including working for New Hampshire PBS's membership team, as Director of the Sparhawk School Summer Program, and interning with Northeast Passage and Kremple's Center for Traumatic Brain Injury. Throughout the completion of her master's degree, Rachel also worked as a Research Assistant for the Communication, Acquisition, and Translational Studies Laboratory (CAT Lab) studying how infants and young children learn how to speak and understand language, looking at how babies begin to produce their first words and sentences and how they learn new words. Rachel also completed her master's thesis while at UNH on prosody and motor planning for children with apraxia of speech, which she presented at the ASHA Convention in Orlando, FL in November 2019 and is currently in progress with publication. Rachel also served as the Graduate Student Representative on the NH Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board for 2 years in Concord, NH.
As a therapist, Rachel maintains licensure in the states of New Hampshire and Maine. Rachel has professional development experience in Learn Play Thrive AAC approaches, trauma-informed care, DIR Floortime, Lindamood-Bell programs, neurodiverse-affirming care, SOS Feeding, apraxia of speech, and LSVT Kids, as well as training in providing aquatic-based speech therapy. Rachel received the Award for Continuing Education (ACE), presented by ASHA in October 2022 for demonstrating her commitment to lifelong learning and surpassing 70 hours of professional development within 3 years. Rachel has experience working in a variety of settings all over New England including Exeter, Derry, Durham, Farmington, Rochester, NH, Amesbury, MA, and Stanford, ME., and settings including elementary, middle, and high schools, inpatient/outpatient hospitals, and private clinics during her fieldwork and clinical fellowship. She enjoys working with clients and their families across the lifespan, with special interests in apraxia of speech, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), American Sign Language (ASL), social communication, and voice. While at Reach, Rachel has pursued many passion projects to support our clients and colleagues including leading a therapy book resource library, a large-scale low-tech AAC board, and a monthly teletherapy resource for staff.
Rachel currently resides in New Hampshire with her husband, daughter, and dogs, Saige and Curbie. Rachel believes in getting down on the floor to play, learn, and laugh with her clients to support them in meeting their goals. Her therapy is family-centered and follows an engaging play-based model to help each child find their voice and communicate. When Rachel isn't working, she loves being outdoors. Every weekend she picks a new adventure to explore beautiful New England, especially going walking, hiking, biking, and kayaking with her family.
Liz graduated from Springfield College’s Occupational Therapy Master’s Program in 2019. She has been with Reach since October 2021 and has absolutely loved helping the kids and families so far, and is excited to continue to learn and grow here. Prior to Reach, Liz has worked in diverse settings including a residential treatment facility, public schools, and a therapeutic preschool/ child development center. She has experience in teletherapy and is trained in trauma-informed care(TIC) and DIR/Floortime. Her most recent adventure included working with children and young adults with significant behavioral and emotional challenges, as well as sensory and developmental needs. Liz uses a sensory-based approach, and believes that self-regulation and self-confidence is a big key to children thriving. She uses a gentle and positive approach when interacting with the child and their families, highly valuing their safety, connection, and comfortability in order to find ways that will best match their individual needs. When not at Reach, Liz loves to hike, read, play disc golf, and spend time with family and friends.
MSOT, OTR/L - Executive Director & Occupational Therapist
As the Executive Director, Amy brings over seven years' leadership experience in the therapy sector from various roles at clinics across the country, as well as five years' experience in the non-profit sector. Amy brings a dynamic and transformational leadership style to the team, focused on inspiring others to bring their passions alive and strive beyond required expectations to work toward innovation and creativity in achieving the shared vision for the organization. She is a purpose driven, authentic role model, that values relationship cultivation and has genuine concern for the needs of others. Her strong leadership has resulted in the organization's growth in all areas of impact, with exceptional growth in both philanthropy and quality.100% of families surveyed in 2023 reported that all three of the organization's guiding principles are being met.
As a woman with two daughters with physical disabilities and her own lived experience with disability, she has a deep appreciation and commitment for excellence in family-centered therapeutic service delivery and providing exceptional care that empowers others and advocates for those with disabilities beyond the walls of the clinic.
After serving as Reach's Clinical Coordinator for 18 months, Amy took on the role of Executive Director in 2021. Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Business Administration from SUNY Potsdam, where she worked as a youth advocate for low-income children and families and then as an outdoor therapeutic recreation counselor for children that were second-time offenders of the juvenile justice system, using the Boys Town Method. While receiving her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Utica College, she also worked part-time as a middle school paraprofessional, assistant basketball coach, and executive legal assistant.
As a therapist with over ten years in practice, she has extensive training in providing trauma-informed care for all varieties of abuse and neglect, feeding therapy including fragile infants with feeding tubes to picky eaters, and utilizes a strengths based neurodiverse affirming approach for those presenting with challenges associated with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, and vision disorders.
She has over 500 hours of advanced training, to include well-known programs such as the SOS Approach to feeding, G-Tube to Oral Feeds, SOFFI fragile infant feeding, Food Chaining, Anxious Eaters/Problem Feeders, DIR Floortime, Attach Trauma Approach, Safe-Place Complex Trauma & Sensory Program, Learn-Play-Thrive Approach to Autism, Hippotherapy (AHA), Aquatics, Bal-A-Vis-X, Brain Gym, and the Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking programs.
As a former Army wife, she has diversified her practice in pediatrics from New York, to Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Haiti, embracing many cultures and learning from every family along the way. Amy believes that family-centered care and an engaging play-based model is the best approach to help children reach their greatest potential. Amy adapts each session and her strategies to meet the needs and interests of each child and family, with the goal that they leave each session feeling empowered and successful. As a coffee lover, avid book reader, and podcast listener, she has a strong commitment to lifelong learning, outside of that Amy loves to hike, kayak, shop local farms, and go on adventures with her husband and two daughters.