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 DURANTE, MS OTR/L
Rachel graduated from Quinnipiac University with an MS in Occupational Therapy in 2013. After completing her third Level II fieldwork at Sensational Development, and fascinated with Sensory Integration, Rachel continued on to become a full time employee here. Rachel also currently works as an Occupational Therapist at an elementary and middle school in Nassau County. In December of 2014, Rachel traveled to Guatemala to volunteer at a school for children with disabilities. There she offered her skills to teachers, parents, aides alike. She plans on returning in the near future to share more of what she has learned.
Rachel Jensen, 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.
Liana Spiciarich, MS OTR/L
Liana joined our team in 2012 to complete her observation hours for admission to graduate school. After completing her hours, she stuck around. Liana's first pursuit was teaching, all the while knowing she wanted to further her education and pursue a different career path in Occupational Therapy. Liana has also taken the Handwriting Without Tears course and runs most of the handwriting groups at Sensational Development. She has graduated from Stony Brook University in June 2016 and we are very excited to have her a full time member of our team.
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.
corey luksch, ms otr/l
Corey graduated from Long Island University with an MS in Occupational Therapy in 2015. As a child, Corey received Occupational Therapy and Speech and originally attended college pursuing a career in education. Shortly after volunteering at a camp for children with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, he was re-introduced to the field of occupational therapy and realized that was the career he wanted to pursue. During his time in college, he continued to volunteer at camps for children with special needs, including a week long summer camp for children with Traumatic Brain Injury. After graduation and the completion of his licensure, Corey took a job as a contract therapist with an agency, providing school based occupational therapy for a charter school in Manhattan. Corey is now currently the District-wide Occupational Therapist for a school district Nassau County.
Linda is a life long student of yoga and has been teaching for more than
23 years. She is forever grateful for her health, strength, and peace of mind. She has the luxury of living a unique life style, which allows her to apply this philosophy to her teaching. Linda’s classes are designed for body, mind, and spirit to meet each student at their level of need. Her classes have a very personal touch, inviting every student to reach their maximum potential whether a beginner or advanced. Linda is presently teaching yoga at Hofstra University. She also teaches private and semi-private classes. Her most recent certification is in Aerial Yoga . Linda is CPR-AED trained and certified. Linda has been teaching full time Art for over 25 years & has her Masters in photography. Linda welcomes the opportunity to share her passion and skills with her new clients at Sensational Development.