The Boston Ability Center supports its clinicians in their quest for clinical excellence through continuing education and mentorship.
Janet Wade, DPT, PCS
Doctor of physical therapy, Jan Crew Wade has been working with kids in the Boston area for 20 years. Through her work at Children's Hospital and the Wellesley Public Schools, Jan has been amazed by the tenacity of the children and familiesshe has met. Jan obtained her clinical doctorate in physical therapy and was appointed a board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist in May of 2008. The Boston Ability Center fulfills her life-long goal to combine clinical excellence and fun while helping children gain the skills they need for a healthy, happy life.
Amanda Abraham, M.S., OTR/L, SIPT Certified
Amanda is a graduate of American International College where she received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Upon completion of her studies, Amanda spent her last clinical affiliation at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA, where she gained experience with both inpatient and outpatient pediatric therapy. She previously worked in early intervention in Boston for over 3 years. She has experience with treating infants to young adults with a range of physical, sensory and neurological impairments. Amanda is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Amanda is a certified Interactive Metronome(IM) and Intergrated Listening provider. She has also attended continuing education coursework for visual-vestibular treatment, executive functioning and reflex intergration. She is excited to be a part of the team at Boston Ability Center and looks forward to continued work with children and families.
Kelsey Bennett, M.S., OTR/L
Kelsey earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Kelsey’s clinical experience includes both early intervention and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation where she has worked with children of all ages with various diagnoses and abilities. She is passionate about working with children and helping them gain confidence and independence in their daily lives. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys baking, running, and spending time with friends and family. Kelsey is excited to continue working with children and families as a member of the Boston Ability Center team.
Danielle Chesley, M.S., OTR/L
Danielle is a graduate of the New England School of Technology, where she received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Danielle has over 7 years experience working with children of all ages in the school-based setting. Within this setting, she has helped many children with a variety of abilities gain success in the school envirnoment. It is her passion to continue helping all of the children she works with gain the confidence they need to obtain their maximum potential. In her free time, Danielle loves to play basketball and camp and hike with her family.
Jenna Colton, DPT
Jenna graduated from Northeastern University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While completing her clinical affiliation at Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children, Jenna knew that she wanted to dedicate her career to improving the lives of children and their families. She has experience working with children of all ages and with various neurological and orthopedic diagnoses in both the clinic and school settings. Jenna uses aspects of Neurodevelopmental Treatment in her therapy sessions in order to facilitate activation of different muscle groups. She is excited to have moved back to the Boston area and be a part of the Boston Ability Center team where she can continue to help children improve their functional mobility and independence.
Caroline Curran, M.S., CCC-SLP
Caroline earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University in Maryland. Caroline’s clinical experience includes evaluating and treating children in the therapeutic preschool setting, the school system, and the outpatient clinical setting. She is passionate about working with children and their families. She can’t imagine doing anything else. In her free time, Caroline enjoys running, reading, and having dinner with family and friends.
Laura P. Ealy, MOT, OTR/L
Laura recently relocated to the Boston area with her family from Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Childhood Development and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 6 years of experience treating and evaluating in the school and outpatient settings. Laura has worked with individuals ranging in age from 4-21 with various diagnoses including but not limited to: autism, brain injury, social-emotional disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental delay. She is passionate about working with children and their families and has had the privilege of working with children in a variety of areas including sensory processing, self-regulation, fine motor, visual motor integration, and executive functioning. Laura has completed continuing education with Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, and is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing with her children, spending time with family, and running.
Elvira Fulchino, M.S., OTR/L, MSW. SIPT Certified, LICSW
Elvira comes to the Boston Ability Center with dual specialties in Occupational Therapy and Clinical Social Work. She was educated at Tufts University receiving her MS in O.T and Simmons College where she received her MSW. Elvira was trained in sensory integration therapy at Occupational Therapy Associates; renamed OTA-The Koomar Center in Newton, MA and became certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. In addition to her work at B.A.C. Elvira had also been on staff at the Wellesley Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program (P.A.W.S). Elvira loves her work with children and their families. Now that she is exclusively at the B.A.C. she is offering individual sessions to families whose children are in treatment, in addition to carrying her own caseload of Occupational Therapy patients.
Stephanie Godbout, M.S., CCC-SLP, Hanen Certified, PROMPT Trained
Stephanie is a graduate of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she obtained her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has clinical experience working with children of all ages in both the school-based setting and in pediatric outpatient centers. Stephanie has provided evaluations and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders, receptive/expressive language delays, articulation/phonology disorders, feeding disorders and social-pragmatic difficulties. When she’s not working with children and their families, Stephanie enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.
Carolyn Graham, PT, M.S., PCS
Carolyn comes to the Boston Ability Center with over 18 years of experience, primarily in outpatient pediatric physical therapy. Carolyn holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. In May 2015, Carolyn became an American Board Certified Pediatric Specialist. She has a wide range of experience with individuals from birth to young adult. In addition to working with children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities, Carolyn has specialized experience in Lite Gait treadmill training, walking, Theratog fittings, and e-stim treatments, Kinesiotaping and Interactive Metranome. Carolyn enjoys running, bike riding, and hiking with her family.
Anna Gray, PT, DPT
Anna is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she received her doctorate of physical therapy degree. Throughout her studies at Ithaca, Anna spent two clinical affiliations in pediatric physical therapy care, working in school-based and early intervention. Anna has always enjoyed movement as she played and coached soccer throughout her collegiate work. She has found her passion working, playing and building relationships with children, as well as incorporating movement and fun to help them reach their fullest potential. She is excited to be a part of the team at the Boston Ability Center, to assist all children and families in leading an active and fun lifestyle.
Brian Heilferty, DPT
Brian graduated from Gannon University with a doctorate of physical therapy. Brian knew he wanted to work with children after his experiences coaching youth soccer, volunteering in after school programs, and through his pediatric clinical affiliation. He has experience working with a variety of pediatric patients with orthopedic, neurologic, and developmental diagnosis at varying stages of development. Brian chose to work at the Boston Ability Center because of its goal of providing quality care in a fun and efficient environment. Brian loves red pandas, playing anything that is competitive especially soccer, and enjoys hiking up tall mountains.
Sandra Kastantin, M.A., CCC-SLP, PROMPT Trained
Sandy recently moved to Boston from the Washington DC metro area where she worked in private practice clinics, public schools, and hospital settings for the last 14 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from University of Connecticut in 1994 and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Maryland in 2001. She began her career working in adult neuro-rehabilitation settings, however she was inspired to specialize in pediatric speech-language pathology as her own children grew. Sandy has continued professional training in PROMPT (Bridging level) which is a holistic approach to motor-speech and articulation impairments. She also has training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling, DIR-Floortime, and Social Thinking. She has extensive experience working with young children and adolescents struggling with speech production, language comprehension and expression, reading, writing, executive functioning, and social communication deficits. Sandy is passionate about helping kids and parents feel tangible progress in their daily lives. She earned an ASHA ACE award for going above required continuing education requirements in 2015. Outside of work, Sandy enjoys relaxing with her husband and three kids, cheering them on at their basketball games, as well as following the UConn Huskies and Maryland Terps.
Stephanie Kerasiotes, M.S., OTR/L
Stephanie comes to the Boston Ability Center after practicing as an occupational therapist over 5 years in Maryland. She received her Master of Science in Occupational therapy in 2011 from Towson University and since then has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings, including outpatient and inpatient. Stephanie’s clinical experience includes evaluating and treating children with a variety of needs including, but not limited to sensory processing abilities, psychiatric disorders, feeding challenges, developmental and neurological delays. Stephanie has also been involved in program development and the design of a sensory room for a pediatric hospital unit. Additionally, Stephanie previously was a supervisor with management duties at a pediatric outpatient clinic in Maryland. She is excited to join the BAC team and eager to continue to make a difference in enhancing the quality of life of the children she works with and their families. In Stephanie's off time she loves to go hiking, spend time with her dog and travel.
Rachael Hippolyte, OTR/L, CEIS.
Rachael is a graduate of the University of New England. She has experience working with babies, toddlers and young children. Rachael received her certification as a Certified Early Intervention Specialist in 2002. Throughout the years, she has also provided OT services to families and their children with autism at several social/sensory gyms. Rachael truly enjoys working in pediatrics and believes that if you have expectations, children will perform. They are resilient and fascinating individuals.
Courtney Maulen, M.S., OTR/L
Courtney is a graduate from Springfield College with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. She has had the pleasure of working with families and children in a variety of settings, including in the home, classroom, community, and outpatient settings. Courtney has experience working in early intervention for over three years as well as an outpatient sensory clinic for over a year. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, genetic disorders, Failure to Thrive, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Global Developmental Delays, feeding/oral motor development, among others. Courtney uses a holistic model of therapy, incorporating family-centered, multi-sensory and play therapy in her sessions. She has continued her education in DIR®/Floortime and is a basic level certified therapist. Courtney is also certified in the Integrated Listening System (iLs) and Interactive Metronome (IM). In her spare time, Courtney enjoys cooking, running, weight-training, and yoga, specifically training for marathons to raise money for charity.
Katie Meister, M.S., OTR/L
Katie is an occupational therapist who recently moved to the Boston area. Previously she lived and worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in Rochester, New York. Katie graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College witha Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with young children in the classroom, in the clinic, in the home, and in the community. In her therapy sessions, she incorporates a variety of therapeutic techniques including but not limited to: sensory integration and self-regulation strategies, integration of primitive reflexes, music and movement, Handwriting Without Tears, and Brain Gym. She also has experience with High Scope (active participatory learning through scaffolding) and Second Step (social-emotional learning) curriculum. Katie invested her heart in the lives of hundreds of childrenand their families as a result of her time spent working in upstate NY. She is eager to continue to follow her passion as a member of the Boston Ability Center team.
Amy Patel, M.S., OTR/L
Amy received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in Boston, MA. During her graduate career, Amy engaged in a pilot research study with Dr. Wendy Coster. The study explored the factors that contribute to parents’ transferring the responsibility of daily tasks over to their children. She is extremely passionate about working with children. Amy’s clinical experience includes evaluating and treating children in the preschool setting and school system. She has experience working with children who have varying diagnoses such as Autism, developmental delay, mitochondrial disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, social- emotional disorders, mental health disorders, cerebral palsy, and brain injuries. Amy is also interested in working for global issues relating to children with disabilities, women’s health, and mental health. In her free time, she loves reading, traveling, and spending time with friends/family. Amy is very excited to contribute her occupational therapy skills to the Boston Ability Center!
Janet Schmidt, M.A., CCC-SLP
Janet joins the BAC team after more than 30 years of professional experience as a speech-language pathologist and preschool special educator, sign language interpreter, and teacher of English to speakers of other languages. She received her Master’s Degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Ohio University and later pursued graduate studies in early childhood and special education at Lesley University and recently, in teaching English as a Second Language at Salem State. As a speech-language pathologist, Janet has worked with children of all ages in public and private schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts, specializing in working with preschoolers (ages 2-5) in individual, small group and classroom settings. She brings a holistic perspective to her clinical approach, integrating knowledge and experience with early speech and language development and disorders, AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), literacy, and dual language acquisition. In her free time, Janet enjoys participating in community theater, tap dancing, going to the beach, and exploring the U.S., Canada, and beyond.
Ariel Schuman, M.S., CF-SLP
Ariel earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware and received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Her clinical experiences include working in both school based and inpatient settings. She has enjoyed evaluating and treating children and adolescents with receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, social-pragmatic language disorders, fluency disorders, feeding disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and working with individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication. In her spare time, Ariel enjoys reading, cooking, and running along the Charles River. Ariel is excited to join the team at the Boston Ability Center and is passionate about helping children and their families.
Kelly Van Clief, M.S., OTR/L
Kelly is a graduate of Elizabethtown College where she completed their combined B.S./M.S. Occupational therapy program. Her career has focused on pediatrics as she began servicing children at a therapeutic summer camp. She has grown as a therapist while contracting for the Boston Public Schools and has traveled throughout greater Boston to provide early intervention services. Kelly has been trained to implement the Handwriting Without Tears and The Zones of Regulation curriculums, as well as attended the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga Institute. Kelly is continuously looking for opportunities to learn in order to become a more holistic and evidence-based practitioner. She is fascinated by the potential and drive that children possess and hopes to facilitate their success in life to become confident and strong community members.
Lauren Zeitler, M.S., OTR/L
Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Quinnipiac University with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. While completing her pediatric affiliation at Confidence Connection in Needham, MA, Lauren knew that she wanted to dedicate her career to improving the lives of children and their families. She has clinical experience working with children ages birth to three years and their families in early intervention. In her free time, Lauren loves traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to learn and grow as a new member of the Boston Ability Center team!