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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 families she 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.
Christina M. Cossa, MOT, OTR/L, SIPT Certified
Christina Cossa graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master's in Occupational Therapy. Her occupational therapy career has been exclusively with the pediatric population in public schools, private schools, and in the home environment through early intervention. She has experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum, other mental health disorders, sensory processing disorders, and developmental delays. Christina has experience running sensory-motor groups, developing comprehensive individualized treatment plans, and participates in school observations. Christina is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and Interactive Metronome(IM) provider. She has attended continuing education courses in Pediatric Myofascial Release, Pediatric Upper Extremity rehab, and Reflex Intergration. Christina is currently a level 1 CME practitioner. She is very excited to be part of the Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) intensives taking place at the Boston Ability Center. She enjoys working collaboratively with families to educate and support them with their child's treatment plan in the home environment.
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.
Carolyn Graham, M.S., PT, PCS Carolyn comes to the Boston Ability Center with over 17 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, Theratog fittings, and e-stim treatments, Kinesiotaping and Interactive Metranome.
Stephanie Godbout, M.A., CCC-SLP, Hanen Certified
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.
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.
Jenna Colton, DPT
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Carrie Fenton, M.S., OTR/L
Carrie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008. Since this time she has practiced continuously, both treating and consulting in a variety of pediatric settings including Early Intervention programs, private schools and private practice. She has over six years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy and is a certified occupational therapist in the United States and Australia. She gained specialist skills and knowledge when she became a Certified Early Intervention Specialist and has worked with children and young infants with a range of diagnoses including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, stroke, Down’s syndrome, and developmental delays. Her extensive experience in these areas places her in a unique and elevated position to develop individualized treatment programs for the most complex conditions so all her clients get the best results. Carrie has also completed training in the Therapeutic Listening program which allows her to provide a more holistic approach to intervention. She is a warm and enthusiastic therapist who is loved by all her clients and their families.
Anna Gray, PT, DPT
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Caroline Curran, M.S., CF-SLP Caroline earned her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Maryland. She received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Caroline’s clinical experience includes evaluating and treating children ages three through eighteen with receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation/ phonological disorders, social-pragmatic language disorders, fluency disorders and autism spectrum disorders in the preschool setting, the school system, and the outpatient clinical setting. Caroline grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts and is thrilled to be back in the area with family and friends. She is passionate about working with children and their families and is happy to be a part of the team at BAC.
Courtney Mulen, M.S., OTR/L Bio Coming Soon
Eileen Kirk, DPT Eileen Kirk is a doctor of physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions completing a year-long internship with the Boston Ability Center. As a former dancer and dance instructor, Eileen was drawn to movement from an early age and enjoyed helping children of all abilities to explore movement in a new way. She completed her undergraduate education in Kinesiology at Penn State University before working in motor learning research in Philadelphia and later serving as the research coordinator at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. Eileen’s previous clinical affiliations have given her experience in both acute care and outpatient settings with primarily adult patients, and she looks forward to drawing from those experiences as they overlap with the unique challenges and rewards of working with children. She is excited to join the team at the Boston Ability Center to enable children to better play and engage in their world.