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.
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 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.
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.
Hannah earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound. She has been practicing in pediatrics ever since in a variety of hospital-based and private practice clinics. She is passionate about utilizing the power of play and connection to help kids make sense of themselves and the world around them. She believes in a holistic, strengths-based, and collaborative approach, and enjoys working with not only the child, but also the family, to explore strategies and supports across settings so that children can reach their highest potential. Much of her therapy is based in fostering confidence and resilience in managing and responding to daily challenges. She prioritizes and values neurodiversity and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
Outside of work, you can find Hannah exploring the outdoors in all kinds of ways: skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping, cooking, spending quality time with her loved ones, and finding as many ways to laugh as possible.
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.
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.
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.
Kat is a bilingual occupational therapist who graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Spanish language. After graduation, she worked for several years as an English teacher at a primary school in Spain. Kat later went on to earn her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington and was recognized as part of the 2022 Husky 100 cohort for her commitment to leadership and promoting inclusive communities. Kat has experience working in a variety of settings across the lifespan, including schools, hospital-based outpatient, and home care. Kat is passionate about providing strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming care and supporting her clients to participate in meaningful activities in their daily lives. Kat’s clinical interests include executive functioning, disability advocacy, and cultural humility. In her free time, Kat enjoys cooking, photography, listening to live music, and traveling.
Kellie serves as the Assistant Director of Seattle Therapy – Skills for Life, as well as a treating speech language pathologist. She is also a member of the feeding therapy team. Kellie is an experienced clinician with a diverse background in both outpatient pediatric therapy and special education, and she has worked with individuals across a wide span of ages, disabilities, and backgrounds. She previously worked for Seattle Therapy – Skills for Life from 2017 to 2020, during which time she served as a staff clinician as well as Clinical Supervisor. Most recently, Kellie took a brief pause from life in Seattle and returned to her hometown of Aurora, IL. She is excited to be back in Seattle and reunited with the amazing team and clients at STS! Kellie is passionate about building functional, self-directed, and neurodiversity-affirming communication skills with children, adolescents, and young adults.
Lisa is our Therapy Aide who provides valuable support to our clients and staff. She is originally from sunny California and just recently moved here to Washington. She is planning on going to graduate school for occupational therapy.
Outside the clinic Lisa enjoys traveling, music, hiking, rainy days, and spending valuable time with family, friends, and her cat.
Maura earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from Western New England University. She has had the privilege to support children in a variety of contexts ranging from alternative school settings to inpatient care units to residential programing for children with complex medical needs. Maura is interested in community- and nature-based therapies to promote inclusivity and accessibility, and she is eager to dive deeper into sensory processing and reflex integration. Maura values a strength-based approach and meaningful relationships to foster therapeutic goals and help children and families achieve success. Outside of work, you can find Maura exploring the outdoors in all seasons and weather, cooking, playing cribbage, or tending to her plants.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Sarah completed her master of speech language pathology degree at the University of Washington where she had the privilege of working with and learning from both adult and pediatric populations across a range of settings including early intervention, private practice, and medical outpatient facilities. Sarah then went on to join a pediatric outpatient clinic where she served individuals with a variety of speech, language, and cognitive communication needs. Some of Sarah’s clinical interests include executive functioning as it relates to language, social communication, and AAC. Sarah is passionate about fostering meaningful relationships across the entire family unit for capturing and building on a child’s strengths. In her free time, Sarah can be found reading, playing soccer, or venturing outdoors.
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.
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