Patricia Rutledge, OTR/L
Patti has an extensive background working with children. Patti worked as a preschool teacher for several years at Community Nursery School in Massapequa, before embarking on her career path as an Occupational Therapist.
After graduating from LaGuardia Community College in 1996, Patti worked as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Patti continued her education at Dominican College and became a Licensed Certified Occupational Therapist ( OTR/L) in 2001.
She has worked in a number of pediatric settings which include 10 years experience in a sensory integration clinic, home based settings (early intervention and preschool) and both elementary and preschools. Throughout her career, Patti has worked with a variety of children with various needs such as developmental delays, autism, feeding difficulties, sensory processing disorders, extreme prematurity, cerebral palsy and other varied diagnosis. Patti has taken many continuing education classes to improve her knowledge on how to best help the children and families that she works with. Patti is SIPT ( Sensory Integration Praxis Test) certified which allows her to administer the SIPT test. Patti has taken Yoga for the Special Child, Kay Toomey's S.O.S. Approach to Feeding, numerous courses in Brain Gym and is a Therapeutic Listening Program provider.
Sara pereira, MS OTR/L
Sara graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Health Science and in 2005 with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Sara has spent her career treating pediatric populations, mainly in private practice. In addition, she has experience with behavioral health settings and public schools, home care and Visiting Nursing Services as well as early intervention.
Sara has completed a Level 1 Mentorship in Sensory Processing Disorder from the SPD Foundation in Denver, Colorado. Sara is also an advanced Therapeutic Listening Provider, has training in Kay Toomey's S.O.S. Approach to Feeding, infancy and early childhood development, and visual and vestibular intervention.
Maia B. McSwiggan, MS, OTR/L
Maia is a pediatric occupational therapist. She graduated from New York University in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in the Science of Occupational Therapy. Maia began her career in Adult Acute Care where she worked in the ICU, Transplant units, Orthopedic,Cardiac and Neuro units. She passed both basic and advanced competencies in cognition and vision. She was promoted to a Senior OT position and transitioned to her area of true passion--Pediatrics. She worked in the In-Patient Pediatric Unit followed by Out-Patient Pediatrics where she worked with children with a vast array of diagnoses some of which include but are not limited to SCI, TBI, CP, sensory deficits and developmental delays. Maia is a certified infant massage instructor and has taken a plethora of continuing education courses some of which include: pediatric yoga, Brain Gym, Treatment of Torticollis, The Listening Program. She has supervised both level I and level II students and has experience in the hospital setting, early intervention, home care as well as clinic-based occupational therapy.
Rachel Heller, OTR/L
Rachel graduated from the University of Hartford with a BS in Occupational therapy in 2002 and began practicing in the pediatric field in Rhode Island. Rachel has worked with children in clinics, preschools, elementary schools, alternative learning environments, hospitals, mental health facilities, and home based settings. Rachel moved to New York in 2006 and has continued her work with children with an increased focus on treating children with sensory processing disorders. Rachel is a trained provider of Advanced Brain Technology's The Listening Program and Integrated Listening systems. Rachel has also been practicing hippotherapy (using horses to provide occupational therapy) since 2006. Rachel has training NDT and TANO treatment techiniques and is a Level 1 certified fitter of Theratogs.
Jeanine Brogan, Office Manager
Jeanine is the practice manager at Sensational Development, OT. She obtained her Master's Degree in Liberal Studies/Creative Writing from SUNY Stony Brook and her Bachelor's Degree in English/Secondary Education from Hofstra University.
Prior to joining our practice, Jeanine was the surgery coordinator and office manager for an orthopaedic office on Long Island for more than 17 years. She also worked for Nassau County in Child Protective Services and specialized in child support collection.
Susan Von Rosk, OTR/L
Susan Von Rosk graduated from NYU in 1993 with her masters in OT. She has worked with children ranging in age from infancy to early adulthood, with diagnoses including autism, PDD, ADHD, OCD, CP, TBI, genetic disorders and mental illness, She has experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including school based services, in home early intervention and preschool , center based care and sensory integration clinics. Susan is SIPT certified (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test administrator), trained in Brain Gym, BAL-A-VIS-X (Balance-Auditory-Visual-Exercises), Therapeutic Listening and NDT (Neuro Developmental Treatment). She has and continues to provide inservices on Sensory Integration to parents and teachers and works collaboratively with teaches creating and implementing sensory strategies in the classroom.
Kerry Patten, MS, OTR/L, CIMI
Kerry Patten received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 2002. In 2004 she received her Certificate in Pediatrics and in 2006 she received her Advanced Masters in Occupational Therapy both from Misericordia Univeristy. Her career includes over 6 years at Cohen Children's Hospital working with medically fragile premature infants through 21 year olds in an inpatient acute care setting. She has worked with children from birth to 14 in both the home and school settings. Her main interest has always been Sensory Integration, so she has spent the past 8 years working with children with sensory processing disorders in both the clinic and school settings.
Kim Bishop, MS OTR/L
Kim graduated with her Master's Degree from LIU. She has extensive experience in Sensory integration and has worked with a variety of populations. She has experience working with the DIR/Floortime model, school based, and clinic based settings.
Kerry GIlroy , MS OTR/L
Kerry graduated from Quinnipiac University with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2015. Kerry completed her second Level II fieldwork at Sensational Development and eagerly returned to become a full-time employee in February 2016. While in college, Kerry traveled to Nicaragua 2 years in a row for a service trip with occupational and physical therapy students. While there, she traveled to rural areas to provide children with services and create necessary therapeutic equipment out of cardboard. Kerry has always had a passion to work with the pediatric population and is working towards her certificate in Early Intervention. Kerry also currently works as an occupational therapist at elementary and middle schools in Nassau County.
Maria CERASE, MS OTR/L
Maria graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree in 2014. Since then, Maria has been providing occupational therapy services to preschool and school-aged children in school and clinic settings. Maria currently works as an occupational therapist at a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Maria is passionate about Sensory Integration and child development. She also has an interest in research and has relevant experience as a research assistant.
Jill graduated from Alvernia University with her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in May 2017. While in school, Jill worked as a 1:1 aide in BOCES over the summers and breaks. She was involved in the Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy honor society, the Student Occupational Therapy Association, Science Association where she educated children on the topics of biology, chemistry, and other fields, as well as other community-service based organizations. She also completed a research project, where she collected information about the importance of the natural environment and wellness. Jill provides part-time services to adult and elderly patients, via a home care agency. In January 2018, Jill was hired by Sensational Development, and has since been providing care to children and young adults. She is currently working on achieving her Early Intervention certificate.
Elizabeth graduated from Boston University with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in January 2018. Her Level II fieldwork placements provided her with opportunities to work with children ranging in age from 2-15 years in an outpatient clinic and school setting. Elizabeth completed an additional Level II Fieldwork working with adults with a variety of neurological conditions in an outpatient hospital setting. Prior to completing her occupational therapy degree, Elizabeth worked with the pediatric population in many different capacities throughout her life most recently as a skills trainer paired 1:1 with campers with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a camp focused on outdoor recreation and life skills. Elizabeth is passionate about sensory integration and is grateful to work with children and their families in helping them to reach their full potential in their daily lives.
Danielle graduated Touro College with her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in July 2018. During her academic career, Danielle served as President of both the Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society and Student Government, and enjoyed helping her student peers as a gross anatomy tutor and kinesiology lab assistant. She was inducted into the Alpha Eta Society and is the recipient of Touro College's prestigious Maimonides Award in Occupational Therapy for demonstrating the highest professional ideals in healthcare. She maintains her connection with her alma mater by working as a Teacher's Assistant for an Advanced Analysis and Synthesis of Activity class. Her fieldwork experiences have provided opportunities to work in myriad pediatric settings, including a school for children with severe physical disabilities, two sensory-focused private clinics, and an inpatient mental health unit. In her free time she values moments enjoyed outdoors in nature and is passionate about practicing Spanish language and working with the Spanish-speaking community. She joined Sensational Development in September 2018 and is thankful to be able to work together with children and their families so her clients can thrive in their many occupations and roles in life.
Margot is a certified children's yoga and mindfulness teacher based on Long Island, NY with a background in early childhood education. She taught as a classroom teacher for many years before becoming a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher. Currently, Margot teaches for Little Flower Yoga's school yoga project, for Yogi Beans, as well as for several other agencies/schools across long island, Brooklyn, and Queens. She mentors new children's yoga teachers, and has lead professional developments for hundreds of educators. Additionally, she is honored to teach at Lifetime Athletics, World gym, libraries, family services, and with private clients. Margot is dedicated to continuing to bring yoga and mindfulness practices to kids, adolescents, and educators in her local community, and beyond. Her goal is to provide the tools necessary to cope with stress, big emotions, and to help kids to learn to love themselves and others through play and exploration. Margot is certified through Little Flower Yoga, Yogi Beans, and Trauma informed teaching from United We Om. Margot holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and a Masters of Science in Literacy education. A graduate with honors from SUNY Cortland, and Long Island University at C.W. Post, she always knew that teaching was her calling. Margot has over 20 years experience working with children, first as a teaching assistant, then as a lead teacher, and now as a yoga and mindfulness educator.