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The Seattle Therapy Team

OUR MISSION

Our mission is building skills for life by providing patient care that maximizes outcomes and brings people and environments together. This is different than having a goal to fit into an insurance reimbursement model. We have made the choice to not contract with insurance because we strive to provide wrap-around therapeutic services to our clients. The level of care we provide is sometimes incongruent with insurance reimbursement because of the limited nature of what they consider therapeutic. We understand that choosing a therapy provider is an important one for every family. We provide invoices with billing/CPT codes – when appropriate – to match the services we’re offering.

ABOUT US

Meet the Team

All our therapists hold a Masters degree in their field and are able to work with a variety of environments, ages and ability levels.

Shelley O'Donnell

Shelley O'Donnell, MS, OTR/L

CEO and Founder

Shelley leads the Seattle Therapy – Skills for Life team, advocating for children with complex needs and thinking critically about outcomes related to service delivery and evidence-based approaches. Providing hope and understanding to children and parents has been her professional mission for more than 20 years.

Shelley is published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Autism Edition (2012), Sensory Processing, Problem Behavior, Adaptive Behavior, and Cognition in Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Prior to opening Seattle Therapy – Skills for Life, Shelley’s introduction to pediatric OT was in schools throughout Southeastern Connecticut, the Connecticut College Children’s Program, and working for eight years at the UW Autism Center. In 2019, Shelley completed the SBA Emerging Leaders program.

She holds a clinical faculty appointment with the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and enjoys opportunities to engage with the community.

Education

  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington
  • M.S. in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Washington

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT)
  • DIR/ Floortime
  • Hanschu’s Ready Approach (Sensory processing)
  • NCAST
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
Amber Michaelis, MA, CCC-SLP

Amber Glantz, MA, CCC-SLP

SLP Clinical Supervisor/ AAC Specialist/ Speech Language Pathologist

Amber provides leadership to our team as SLP Clinical Supervisor and AAC specialist. She began her journey as a speech language pathologist at Western Washington University where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She has focused her career on providing strengths-based pediatric speech therapy in private clinic settings, where she values the ability to support the whole child and bring family priorities front and center in the therapeutic process.  

Amber is experienced in teaching communication skills across a wide range of ages and diagnosis, and particularly enjoys supporting skills in language, literacy, social communication, and multimodal communication. She has a special interest in working with autistic children and their families with a compassionate and neurodiversity-affirming mindset. Amber is passionate about giving every child a voice through accessible implementation of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). She is experienced in a range of low- and high-tech AAC tools and devices. Her favorite part of her role as a speech-language pathologist is watching children’s self-confidence and independence blossom as they build meaningful communication skills.   

Education

  • B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Gestalt Language Processing/Natural Language Acquisition
  • AAC Assessment Compass training
  • AAC Intervention Compass training
  • Social Thinking
  • Prompt Level 1 Trained
Chelsea Galuszka

Chelsea Galuszka, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Chelsea graduated from Western Michigan University with as Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. With extensive experience across diverse healthcare settings including outpatient, inpatient, and home health, Chelsea is proficient in providing occupational therapy services for ages and conditions throughout the lifespan. In her most recent role at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Chelsea provided invaluable services in areas such as cancer care, acute care, and inpatient rehabilitation. Chelsea is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her expertise and passion for pediatrics to the outpatient setting. She finds inspiration in the wraparound-care model at Seattle Therapy, where holistic care is paramount.

Education

  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University
  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Health Services, Western Michigan University

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Sensory integration
  • Adaptive equipment and assistive technology
  • Environmental modifications
Jeannie Therapist

Jeannie Liberatore

Manager of Business Operations

Jeannie has been in the medical field since 2012. With a passion for seeing kids thrive, Jeannie began working with an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic in 2016 in Kansas City as the Clinic Manager overseeing scheduling, clinic growth, and client satisfaction. After a move took her family to Seattle in 2018, Jeannie transitioned to the role of Revenue Cycle Manager and worked remotely overseeing all of the financial operations of the clinic.
Jeannie highly values the relationships that she builds with families and is passionate about helping families receive high-touch services with the fantastic team at Seattle Therapy. In her free time, Jeannie enjoys traveling, interior design, and hiking with her husband, but what brings Jeannie the most joy is being a mom to her son, Carson.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology at the University of Kansas
Jennifer Wright, MOTR/L

Jennifer Wright, MOT, OTR/L

FLY Lead/Occupational Therapist

Jennifer aims for playful therapeutic interventions using a strengths-based approach to embrace neurodiversity and all its potential. She has a wide variety of experience working therapeutically with people of all ages, socioeconomic status, and cultures. Jennifer strives to provide interventions that add meaning and value to daily life. She especially enjoys working with adolescents, and young adults in our FLY program using evidence-based interventions and interest-based learning to promote self-awareness, executive functioning, sensory and regulation skills. She is well versed at delivering interventions in-person and through telehealth and has worked in inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community settings. 

Originally hailing from New Mexico, she speaks conversational Brazilian Portuguese and French. Outside of the clinic Jennifer enjoys cross country skiing, cooking, creative pursuits, travel, and life-long learning.

Education

  • B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico
  • Masters in Occupational Therapy from Temple University

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Self Regulation (Social thinking, Zones of Regulation) -Feeding
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Sensory Processing
  • Interoceptive Awareness
  • Sleep
  • Handwriting Programs
  • ADHD/ Executive Functioning
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Ji Young Shin, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Ji Young earned her master of occupational therapy degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she had the privilege of working with diverse individuals from varying socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds in school-based, early intervention, medical inpatient, and community environments. She is experienced in providing both in-person and telehealth services to support young learners with varying diagnoses/needs and has had opportunities to work closely with autistic support classrooms to facilitate inclusive and meaningful learning participation. Ji Young is passionate about providing play-based, relationship-centered interventions to achieve meaningful goals for the client and families she gets to work with. Outside of the clinic, Ji Young enjoys traveling, going to work out classes, and pursuing creative projects like card-making and pottery.

Education

  • B.S. in Public Health Minors in Disability Studies and Global Health at the University of Washington
  • Master of Occupational Therapy from Temple University

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Sensory Processing
  • Handwriting programs
  • Zones of Regulation and Self-Regulation
  • Trauma informed approach
Lisa Eisenberg

Lisa Eisenberg, MS, OTR/L

Director of Clinical Services

Lisa is delighted to work with both the business and clinical teams at Seattle Therapy. After beginning her occupational therapy career in early intervention, she spent 8 years working in the field of mental health as a therapist and a manager. Throughout these experiences, Lisa’s approach has aligned with the Seattle Therapy’s belief that “hope begins with feeling understood” by empowering clients to feel respected and heard throughout the course of therapy. Lisa is also a former dog trainer and completed her research in graduate school on animal-assisted occupational therapy. Her passion for animals extends to her home life where she dotes on her rescue pup, Arthur.

Education

  • B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
  • Early intervention
  • Trauma-informed care
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Lisa Ramirez

Therapy Aide

Lisa provides valuable support to our clients and staff. She is originally from sunny California and recently moved to Washington. Lisa plans on going to graduate school for occupational therapy. Outside of the clinic Lisa enjoys traveling, music, hiking, rainy days, and spending valuable time with family, friends, and her cat.

Education

  • B.A. in Kinesiology, Minor in Adapted Physical Activity from California State University – Chico
Loveleen Kaler, OTD, OTR/L

Loveleen Kaler, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Loveleen attained her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Mary Baldwin University – Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. Loveleen’s doctoral capstone project delved into addressing self-regulation and sensory concerns among adolescents and adults. Of particular interest was the exploration of how unmet needs in pediatrics shape future developmental and behavioral health trajectories. Loveleen is passionate about raising awareness for occupational therapy services for all. Her values align with those of Seattle Therapy – that hope begins with being understood. Loveleen believes that all unique beings need to be acknowledged and celebrated. Loveleen is excited to bring her expertise to Seattle Therapy by continuing to assist clients with understanding and addressing their needs. Loveleen has experience as an OT in the field of home health and assisted living facilities. Outside of her professional endeavors, Loveleen enjoys watching football, weightlifting, cooking for friends, spending quality time with her family and beloved canine companions – Aubrey, Hendrix, and Lamar.

Education

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Mary Baldwin University
  • B.A. in English and History, University of Washington

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Sensory processing
  • Self-regulation
  • Trauma-informed care
Maddy Hamilton

Maddy Hamilton, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Maddy graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. During her academic journey, she delved into the field of early intervention, providing care to infants and toddlers at an outpatient clinic. Maddy’s career trajectory began as a rehabilitation aide at both Virginia Mason Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she actively assisted occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists during treatment sessions and independently carried out exercise programs created by each discipline. At Seattle Children’s, Maddy was also involved in the development of an open gym program tailored to support patients undergoing cancer care. Before venturing into rehabilitation, Maddy worked with students ages 5-17 at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY), guiding children and adolescents towards building self-confidence and personal growth. Maddy’s values align with Seattle Therapy’s unwavering commitment to holistic, comprehensive care. She is thrilled to be a part of the team! Outside of work, Maddy cherishes spending quality time with her husband and newborn baby boy!

Education

  • Master of Occupational Therapy, University of Washington
  • B.S. Behavioral Neuroscience, Western Washington University
Miranda Regello

Miranda Regello

Clinic Coordinator

Miranda is part of our administrative team who brings organization and effective communication to STS! She has an extensive background in education ranging from teaching school-aged children to directing a preschool. Not only is she passionate about education, but she is also a huge advocate for mental health awareness who emphasizes the importance of understanding compassion and mindfulness through everything she does. In her free time, you can find Miranda on walks with her two rescue pups, reading a novel while drinking a hot cup of coffee, or traveling around the world to visit her family.

Education

  • B.S. Children’s Studies, Eastern Washington University
  • A.S. Early Childhood Education and Teaching, Foothill College
Nicole Okada

Nicole Okada, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist/Feeding Therapist

Nicole (she/her) recently moved to Seattle from Southern California in 2022. She earned her Master’s degree at San Diego State University, and has been practicing in pediatrics ever since.  

 

Nicole’s interests include supporting multicultural and multilingual families, providing child-led therapy through play, and focusing on strengths-based therapy through a neurodiverse lens. She has strong experience in supporting all communication styles, including AAC and nonverbal communication. Her goal is to make communication fun and functional. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys camping, dancing, and baking desserts. 

Education

  • M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, San Diego State University 
  • B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Washington 
  • B.A. in Linguistics, University of California Santa Barbara

Methodology/ Certifications

  • PROMPT Level 1 Trained 
  • SOS Approach to Feeding 
  • Hanen- More Than Words Certified
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Sam Snow-Cronin, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Sam earned his Master of Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University in Massachusetts. He has worked with individuals across the lifespan and has experience working in a variety of different school settings that serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing. He is passionate about the importance of valuing all types of communication to best help assist clients in expressing what they find meaningful and valuable in their daily lives. Sam is also interested in self-regulation, sensory motor development, and the use of assistive and adaptive equipment and technology. He was drawn to pediatric OT because he loves creating a positive therapeutic environment through play-based therapy. When not in the clinic, Sam enjoys skiing, baking, playing the ukulele, and continuing to increase his proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).

Education

  • B.A. Cum Laude in Film, Video, and Interactive Media, Minor in History
  • Master of Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Alert Program
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Sara Sciarrino, MS, OTR/L

OT Clinical Supervisor/Occupational Therapist

Sara graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College, where she was also a Leadership Scholar. She has experience in inpatient and outpatient pediatric clinics as well as telehealth and schools. Sara truly loves being an OT, advocating strengths-based therapy and promoting neurodiversity, and making every session fun and meaningful for children of all ages and abilities.

Education

  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy/Occupational Science
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Learn, Play, Thrive Approach to Autism
  • Sensory Processing
  • iLs (Integrated Listening System – Focus Program)
  • Zones of Regulation and Self-Regulation Curriculums
  • Handwriting programs
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Sarah Lemke, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Sarah earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University. She feels privileged to have worked with diverse individuals and family structures in outpatient, residential, school, and early intervention settings. Sarah partners with caregivers to facilitate meaningful engagement through individualized interventions designed to empower clients to excel at home and in the community.

Sarah enjoys traveling, yoga, and caring for her plants and rambunctious cats.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Self-Regulation Programs
  • Prenatal Substance Exposure
  • Interoception and Sensory Processing
  • Get Permission Approach – Toddlers
  • Safe Zone
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Shannon Sullivan, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist/Feeding Therapist

Shannon (she/her/hers) graduated with a degree in fine art with a minor in art history and a concentration in Spanish from the University of Kansas. After graduating, she spent five years traveling around the world, teaching English and art in a variety of settings. It was during her work teaching that she discovered her desire to provide holistic, individualized, and child-centered care. She returned to the United States to obtain a master’s degree in occupational therapy from The Medical University of South Carolina. Shannon regularly completes continuing education, and is known for incorporating mindfulness practices in OT sessions, and a neurodiversity affirming approach to autism.

Interests: In her free time, Shannon enjoys making art, dancing, practicing yoga, running, cooking, reading, and enjoying time with her husband and their gigantic pet bunny, Money.

Education

  • B.A. Fine Arts, Minors in Art History and Spanish from the University of Kansas
  • M.S. Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Auditory Processing (Integrated Listening Systems)
  • Self-Regulation
  • Feeding, including AEIOU approach
  • Primitive Reflex Integration
  • Learn, Play, Thrive Approach to Autism
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Fine and visual motor skills
  • Cultural competency lens, Neurodiversity affirming, LGBTQ+ responsive

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Clinic Location

2815 Eastlake Ave E Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98102, United States

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