Occupational therapy services help children and families gain independence and success in all aspects of daily living, including work, play, routines, and basic self-care.
Occupational therapists help children better navigate their environments through sensory experiences and play-based activities. Once children feel comfortable with their bodies, they are able to interact effectively with their peers and community, build friendships, play, and meet their own self-care needs, being able to gain independence is caring for themselves during daily routines, from feeding themselves, to dressing, bathing, hygiene, and more. Developing a sense of mastery while gaining independence in self-care areas is crucial to developing their executive function skills and in developing their self-esteem.
We use a team approach with families to create fun learning experiences during therapy sessions, as well as take-home strategies to help children meet their goals and learn the skills they need to thrive.
Starting OT services at Reach was one of the best decisions I ever made for my 6-year-old son. His therapist knew right away how to ease his anxiety about overcoming challenges, and she creates endless opportunities for him to have fun while working on skills that he has been struggling to master. I, myself, have learned how to understand my child better and we’ve formed a deeper connection because of our experiences here. The quality of care we have received from my son’s OT has been remarkable and it really feels like she is now part of our family.
Admin / Rehab Aide
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.
Kaylin graduated from the University of New Hampshire’s Occupational Therapy Master’s Program in 2019. She has recently been employed at Reach and has absolutely loved getting to know the kids and families in the Reach for the Top community. She is excited to continue to learn, grow, and help provide skilled services as part of the team. Before joining reach, Kaylin has worked in several setting including an adolescent residential treatment facility servicing those who have experienced trauma and mental health diagnosis, public schools, and a community day center for adults with mental/behavioral health concerns. She has experience in working with children on the autism spectrum and is trained in Trauma Informed Care (TCI). Kaylin uses a strengths-based approach incorporating sensory regulation and safety into each session. In Kaylin’s free time she loves being outside, hiking, running, skiing, and playing rugby for a local women’s club.
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!
Kendra graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. She has both clinical and personal experience working with the pediatric population and takes pride in delivering patient/family-centered care. Kendra has 3 years of experience working across many settings as a travel therapist, which has taken her all around the United States! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family/friends, being outdoors, and finding new places to explore!
Natalie is originally from and grew up in Dover, NH. In 2009, she graduated with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She is currently a doctoral student in the Boston University Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program specializing her studies in pediatric trauma, emotional health, and hippotherapy. Natalie has experience working across New England in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. She is currently licensed and practicing in New Hampshire and Maine. Natalie is certified by the National Board Certification of Occupational Therapy and is has active memberships in the American Occupational Therapy Association and American Hippotherapy Association.
Natalie has worked in a variety of practice areas including early intervention, school, pediatric outpatient clinics, hospital programs, and multiple hippotherapy programs. She has experience working with a wide age range with needs in chronic pediatric pain, pediatric upper extremity/hand splinting, feeding, sensory integration, developmental delay, assistive technology/augmentative and alternative communication, and individuals with multiple medical/developmental comorbidities.
Natalie’s passion for horses started when she was young. While she attended UNH, Natalie rode horses while at the University of New Hampshire for several years, competed on the UNH Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team, volunteered with the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, and completed years of work-study hours to learn about horse care at the UNH Terrell Horse Barn. When she realized she could bridge her work as an occupational therapist and horses to help others, she knew hippotherapy would be forever apart of her life’s work.
Natalie is a volunteer with the Dover Youth Softball Association and serves as the Secretary. In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her dog and being outside. She likes to spend time with her friends and family, garden, tend to her honeybees, and find ways to stay active through horseback riding and recreational sports.
Adam is a speech language pathologist, certified by the American speech language hearing Association. He received his bachelor's of science in speech language pathology from Nazareth College Ave., Rochester, NY. His Master of Science from the University of New Hampshire and is a doctoral candidate in communication sciences and disorders with an emphasis on augmentative communication for children with complex communication needs. He has written a number of publications regarding the use of a AAC with children. His research focus is children’s use of a AAC for social interaction and play. He has worked in residential programs with adolescents, school districts from preschool to high school, early intervention, and outpatient clinics. Adam lives with his wife in Dover, NH and they are very involved with the development of roller derby programs for children.
Sunny comes to Reach with 18 years of experience in the medical field working as an Office Manager, Department Manager, Front Office Supervisor, and a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Sunny handles all the Clinic’s scheduling needs; she enjoys communicating with all the Reach families and is happy to assist with all the clinic’s daily needs.
During her free time, Sunny enjoys gardening, taking care of her houseplants (she has a ton), fishing with her husband, kayaking and just being outdoors. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends whenever she can.
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.
Molly graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she received both her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders. She is currently licensed in the state of New Hampshire. Molly loves working with clients of all ages and with a variety of communication needs. She greatly enjoys working with kids and their families and has experience with both evaluation and treatment in areas such as fluency, articulation, expressive and receptive language skills and pragmatic skills. She has been working at Reach for the Top as an SLP for almost a year, although began working at Reach in 2013 as a rehab aide. She loves working as part of the team at Reach and greatly enjoys collaborating with OT and PT to provide the best therapy. Molly enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Molly is an avid sports fan and loves watching the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots.
Tyler received an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 and received his masters from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. Tyler has a range of experience evaluating and treating children and is particularly interested in social-pragmatic language, life skills, and AAC. Tyler has experience running social/life skills groups and loves integrating nature and outdoor activities into therapy sessions. Tyler joined Reach for the Top in 2019. Tyler lives in York, Maine with his dog and small flock of chickens, where he enjoys gardening, fishing, and relaxing.
DPT, PT, Cert DN
Allison Graham earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce University (2019) following a career in hotel management at the Wentworth by the Sea. She completed her undergraduate degree in Recreation Management and Policy with minors in Marine Biology and Hospitality at the University of New Hampshire in Durham (2013). Allison has worked in both acute care as well as outpatient PT with focuses in the geriatric and pediatric populations. She has completed continuing education courses in dry needling, spinal manipulation, taping, ICU rehabilitation, and complex regional pain syndrome. She is published alongside faculty and co-writers in Physical Therapy Reviews for the treatment of Cervicogenic and Tension Type Headache. Allison is excited to improve the function and lives of her patients while constantly working to grow and learn using evidence based practice which considers recent research, clinical experience, and patient values.
When Allison, less formally known as Allie, isn’t working as a pediatric PT, she is working at a skilled nursing facility with the geriatric population. In her free time, Allie enjoys snuggling with her dog, working on her house, going to the gym, hiking, knitting, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends. In high school, she was a competitive gymnast, nationally awarded soprano in the chorus, played soccer, and participated in many track and field events which exposed her to the career of Physical Therapy and initiated her interest in the field. A native of New Hampshire, she is thrilled to be working on the seacoast with the amazing team here at Reach for the Top.
Maighan received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Maighan began working at Reach in 2021 and is excited to continue to learn and grow her occupational therapy skills here. She has experience working with children with various needs and enjoys collaborating with children and their families to help them reach their goals in fun and exciting ways. When not at Reach, Maighan enjoys cooking, indoor cycling, and spending time with friends and family.
Jen graduated from American International College with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. She was a member of the Women’s basketball team while there. Jen has been working in pediatrics since graduating with experience in early intervention, school systems, outpatient clinics, hippotherapy and aquatics. She has been with Reach for the Top since 2017 and enjoys working with children of all ages with a variety of skill levels as well as their families. Jen resides in the Seacoast area with her husband, two kids and Labrador retriever. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going to the beach.
Gabby graduated with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. She began working at Reach for the Top as an OT student, and has enjoyed continuing to work with and learn from the families she interacts with here. Gabby has experience and training working with a variety of needs including Autism, ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing disorders, and developmental delays. She enjoys collaborating with families to provide treatment interventions using aquatic therapy, hippotherapy, sensory integrative techniques, and trauma-informed care. When she’s not at work, Gabby enjoys taking advantage of all the seacoast has to offer outdoors, spending time at the beach, and skiing with friends and family.
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 and maintains licensure in the state of New Hampshire. Rachel has professional development experience in AAC evaluation/intervention, trauma-informed care, and providing aquatic-based speech therapy. She enjoys working with clients and their families across the lifespan, with special interests in childhood apraxia of speech, social communication, AAC, and American Sign Language. Rachel currently resides in New Hampshire with her husband and dogs, Saige and Curbie. 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.
Director of Administration & Human Resources
Hannah comes to Reach with several years of billing and coding experience in the pediatric rehab field. Hannah is often one of the first contacts people talk to when they are interested in services. She provides immense support to families, so they understand their insurance benefits, knowing what is and isn't covered. She strives to make sure all our family’s needs and requests are met. Additionally, Hannah received her certificate in Human Resources in 2021. Hannah loves the HR field and has taken the initiative to ensure Reach remains compliant with all business and clinic requirements. In Hannah’s free time she loves to go camping with her family, kayak, read, and work in her garden.
M. S. Ed., CCC-SLP
Lisa is an ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist, with a Master’s of Science in Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Lisa enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities. She has experience working with individuals with speech sound disorders, including motor speech disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders, and Fluency Disorders. She also has experience with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She enjoys working with children with sensory processing differences, and learning about how regulation affects a child’s optimal level of performance for learning and acquiring skills. Lisa lives at home with her boyfriend, and 2 cats, Queso and Zoro. When not at work, Lisa enjoys kayaking, drawing and painting, spending time with family and friends, and exploring all the wonderful things that New Hampshire has to offer.
MSOT, OTR/L - Executive Director & Occupational Therapist
After serving as Reach's Clinical Coordinator for 18 months, Amy took on the role of Executive Director with great enthusiasm 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, she has extensive training in Trauma-Informed Care, feeding therapy including fragile infants with feeding tubes to picky eaters, and training focused on a neurodiverse affirming response in the treatment of challenges associated with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, retained reflexes and vision disorders.
She is trained in the SOS Approach to feeding, SOFFI fragile infant feeding, DIR Floortime, Attach Trauma Approach, Safe-Place Complex Trauma & Sensory Program, Bal-A-Vis-X, Brain Gym, Hippotherapy (AHA), Aquatics, 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. In her free time, Amy loves to hike, kayak, shop local farms, read, and go on adventures with her husband and spirited daughter.