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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

Director 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

  • BS in Occupational Therapy
  • MS in Rehabilitation Medicine

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 Michaelis, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Amber has experience in pediatric outpatient settings where she values finding creative ways for children to take ownership over their treatment and bringing family priorities front and center in therapy.  She has experience working with children with Autism from toddler to young adult age, and enjoys supporting a wide variety of skills including language, literacy, AAC, and social communication. Amber’s 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

  • BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • MA in Speech-Language Pathology

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Social Thinking 
  • PROMPT level 1
Chase Lane About Us

Chase Lane, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Chase enjoys working with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and feeding difficulties. She is passionate about providing family-centered, play-based therapy to help children reach their highest potential.

Chase works collaboratively on our team, including our Feeding Program.

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Health
  • Master of Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • DIR/Floortime
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Self-regulation curriculums
  • Superflex
  • Sensory Processing
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Cin-shuan Cynthia Ting, MS, OTR/L

FLY Clinical Supervisor and Occupational Therapist

Cynthia has worked in outpatient pediatrics since 2016 and has been at Seattle Therapy since 2017. She has experience working with children, teens and young adults with ASD, ADHD, sensory processing and executive function challenges and has worked within multiple school environments within the greater Seattle area. She strives to provide interventions that are fun and meaningful, in order to help clients build skills in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, executive functions, self-regulation/sensory processing to support their overall independence.

Cynthia is also passionate about teaching digital literacy and incorporating assistive technology into therapy to help individuals with special needs navigate the modern world.

Education

  • BS in Neuroscience
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • The Alert Program
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration 
Danielle Conner

Danielle Connor, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Having built her career as a travel therapist, Danielle has experience in a variety of settings across the country while working to understand the neurodiverse child. She uses neurotactile and movement-based approaches to address self-regulation, fine motor and adaptive skills as they relate to overall daily functioning. Danielle values organic play and creativity, supporting family advocacy in the therapeutic process.

Education

  • B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State University
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Carroll University

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI)
  • Brain and Sensory Foundations: First Level
  • Rhythmic Movement Training
  • Sensory Processing
  • Self-Regulation Programs
  • Handwriting Programs
Erin Englert

Erin Englert, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Erin earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Long Island University and has experience working with individuals across the lifespan in some of New York’s most well-known healthcare establishments, such as Bellevue Hospital and NYU Langone Hospital.

Erin offers occupational therapy to children to young adults and works on our feeding team.

Education

  • BS in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • DIR/Floortime model
  • Sensory Processing
  • Reflex Integration
  • Rhythmic movement therapy
  • Handwriting programs
  • MNRI
  • The Brain Gym Program
Grace Johnson

Grace Johnson, BS

Therapy AidE

Grace is our therapy aide and helps with anything and everything around the office! She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Psychology and plans on attending Graduate School for Occupational Therapy within the next few years.

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluation and intervention
  • Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) reading program for non-speaking individuals
Jeannie Therapist

Jeannie Liberatore

Manager

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, MOTR/L

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 is well versed at delivering pediatric 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
Kellie Krefft

Kellie Krefft, MA, CCC-SLP

Assistant Director and Speech-Language Pathologist

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.

Education

  • Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology, Eastern Michigan University, 2013

  • Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010

Methodology/ Certifications

  • PROMPT Level 1 Trained

  • PECS – Level 1 & Transitioning to SGDs

  • Beckman Oral Motor

  • AAC

  • Trauma-informed Care

Sara Sciarrino About Us

Sara Sciarrino, MS, OTR/L

OT Lead/ 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

  • BS in Occupational Therapy/Occupational Science
  • MS 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
Jessi Frahm - Seattle Thera

Jessi Frahm, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Jessi earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2018 and has been working in pediatric settings ever since. She is experienced in school-based practice and has a passion for helping young learners with a wide range of diagnoses to successfully participate in their school day. Her favorite part about being an OT is getting to support children in achieving meaningful goals through play-based, relationship-centered interventions. She supports disability advocacy and utilizes a neurodiversity-affirming approach when working with clients and their families.

Education

  • BA in Neuroscience from University of Colorado- Boulder
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Northern Arizona University

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Sensory Processing
  • Self-Regulation Programs 
  • Handwriting Programs
  • Trauma Informed Care

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