Kristen Masci, MS OTR/L, SIPT Certified
Kristen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Gettysburg College in 1995 and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1999. She has worked in a private school for children with learning disabilities, DC charter schools providing OT for children receiving special education services, early intervention services in DC, and in private clinics in Northern VA and DC. Kristen is certified in sensory integration therapy and administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). She also is trained in the use of Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening System (ILS), Interactive Metronome, The Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, and The Alert Program for Self-Regulation: How Does Your Engine Run. She has begun working toward her Masgutova Neurosensory Motor Reflex Integration (MNRI) certification. Kristen has experience working with children from birth through the teenage years who have autism, cortical visual impairment (CVI), exhibit motor deficits (fine, gross, visual), ADHD, social skill issues, hypotonia, and sensory processing and modulation disorders. She has a special interest in teaching children with and without motor skill deficits how to ride a bicycle. Kristen lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two daughters.
Jane Rutt, MS OTR/L, SIPT Certified
Jane is a pediatric occupational therapist with 15 years of experience who specializes in working with infants, toddlers, and children from birth through 12 years of age. She has experience working with children who demonstrate motor and coordination challenges, hypotonia, ADHD, social skill difficulties, anxiety and sensory processing and modulation disorders in a variety of settings including schools, homes, clinics, and using a web-based model to consult with families living overseas. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University after working as a special education teacher in public schools, alternative educational settings and internationally. Jane has had specialized training and is certified in Sensory Integration therapy and administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). She is also trained in Social Thinking, Zones of Regulation, SOS Approach to Feeding, Alert Program for Self-Regulation, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLS), Interactive Metronome, MNRI method to support the integration process of primary motor reflexes, and Yoga for the Special Child. Jane lives in Old Towne Alexandria, VA with Rick, her husband and their chocolate Lab, Harley.
Rebecca Berick, MS OTR/L
Clinic Services, Evaluations, and Early Intervention Coordinator
Rebecca earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. Since then she has worked solely in pediatrics across a variety of settings, including clinics, early intervention, school based, and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She has experience working with children from infancy through high school with a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Developmental Delays, Trisomy-21, Cerebral Palsy, as well as a range of genetic and medical conditions. Her continuing training has included certification in the SOS Approach to Feeding, visual processing and ocular motor skills, feeding conferences, Trisomy-21, Aquatic Therapy, and creative approaches to self-care skills. Before joining Skills on the Hill, Rebecca worked as an occupational therapist in the outpatient department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to returning to school for her Master degree, she earned a Bachelor Degree from Skidmore College in Business and Education and taught in both traditional classrooms and experiential educational settings. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new corners of Washington DC, yoga, and creating delicious meals from her CSA.
Juliana Bonilla, MS OTR/L
Clinic Services, Early Intervention Services, Evaluations
Juliana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgetown University in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 2012. Juliana has a passion for, and specialized training in, teaching yoga to children with special needs. She has completed several yoga trainings including: Integrative Movement Therapy for Children training, YoKids teacher training for children grades K-5, and her 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training. Juliana also has experience in early intervention, sensory integration therapy, primitive reflex integration therapy, feeding therapy, social skills, and handwriting. She has completed multiple continuing education courses in these areas including Handwriting Without Tears, the SOS Approach to Feeding, Brain and Sensory Foundations, Building Effective Sensory Diets, various courses related to early intervention strategies, and various Webinar courses related to sensory integration and praxis. Juliana also has experience working with children between the ages of 2 and 3 years utilizing the DIR-Floortime approach. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Juliana worked as a researcher in Hawaii collecting behavioral data on humpback whales. Juliana lives in Washington, DC with her husband where she enjoys doing yoga, camping, and hiking in her free time.
Cheranne Bennett, MS OTR/L
School Services, Director of School Operations
Cheranne received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. She began her career in pediatrics at the Montgomery Primary Achievement Center (MPAC) in Silver Spring, MD. From 2002 to 2009, Cheranne worked exclusively with preschool-aged children with diagnoses such as ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome. Cheranne has provided school-based occupational therapy services in both private and public charter school settings for children with learning disabilities. She also has worked in private clinics with children experiencing sensory processing disorders and in homes providing early intervention services. Cheranne enjoys educating parents and teachers about therapeutic strategies and sensory integration through workshops and in-services. She enjoys working collaboratively with speech-language pathologists and psychologists to provide group-based services to help children reach their highest potential alongside peers. Cheranne lives in Maryland with her son.
Nicole Corriveau, MS OTR/L
School, Clinic, and Early Intervention Services, Evaluations
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2012 and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 2014. Throughout her college years, she gained extensive experience working with children with disabilities in their homes and communities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, and Mitochondrial Myopathies. She was a research assistant in the Autism Lab at Michigan State, where she completed her Honors Thesis on the Broader Autism Phenotype, which was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Nicole completed her OT fieldwork in a pediatric acute care setting, working with medically fragile children with a variety of diagnoses, such as Congenital Heart Defects, Cancer, and Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries. Nicole has special training in using the Floortime model, neurodevelopmental treatment, and coaching using an early intervention based therapy model. Nicole has a passion for implementing a developmental, client-centered, and collaborative approach in her practice. She lives with her husband and cat in Alexandria, VA.
Sharon Goodwin, MS OTR/L, SIPT Certified
Early Intervention Services
Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College in Minnesota and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 2011. For the past 5 years Sharon has worked in an outpatient sensory integration clinic conducting evaluations, school visits, and providing treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, sensory processing disorder and other sensory motor delays. She completed her occupational therapy fieldwork at Children’s National Medical Center where she worked with children with traumatic brain injury, autoimmune diseases, orthopedic injuries, and medical/surgical conditions in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Prior to becoming an OT, Sharon worked as a research coordinator for Seattle Children’s Hospital, a coach and a teaching assistant for children with special needs. Sharon is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). She is also certified to administer Integrated Listening Systems. Sharon grew up in the DC area and currently lives in DC with her dog, Zoe.
Samantha Stern, MS OTR/L, SIPT Certified
Schools, Clinic, and Early Intervention Services, Evaluations
Samantha earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. In 2014, she presented her master’s thesis (Second grade students’ performance on the Evaluation Tool of Children’s Handwriting-Manuscript) at the American Occupational Therapy Association national conference. Samantha has previously worked in sensory integration clinics in both NYC and DC treating children with a variety of diagnoses including Developmental Delays, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Samantha has attended various continuing education courses pertaining to sensory processing disorder, neurodevelopmental treatment, and using a coaching-based therapy model.. She is currently trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding and is SIPT certified. Originally from Orange County, NY, Samantha has truly made a home for herself in the DMV.
Lainie Kramer, MS OTR/L
School and Clinic Services, Evaluations
Lainie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development/Family Studies from Indiana University in 2009 and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in 2015. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Lainie worked as a preschool teacher for 3 years. Throughout her college years, Lainie gained experience working in various pediatric settings with children who exhibit difficulty in sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and handwriting. She completed her Occupational Therapy fieldwork at The Ivymount School working with preschool to middle school students. Lainie has continuing education in the Handwriting Without Tears program and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She grew up in Maryland and currently lives in Arlington, VA.
Elizabeth Hayes, MS OTR/L
School and Clinic Services
Elizabeth “Lizzy” earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Seattle University and earned her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2010. During her undergraduate education, she worked as an early childhood educator at The Boys and Girls Club of Seattle, as well as working as a Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist Rehab Aide, gaining experiences in a wide range of intervention across the spectrum of childhood experiences. While completing her Master’s degree, Lizzy worked as an in-home behavior analyst with young children and families in their home environment. Since obtaining her Masters, Lizzy has worked in a variety of settings, exclusively with the pediatric population and families. She has gained experience in private clinics, early intervention, school based, and rehabilitation settings. She has experience working with children from 1-year-old through high school with a variety of diagnoses including ADHD, Learning disabilities, Autism, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy, and a range of genetic and medical conditions. Her continuing training includes SIPT courses, Floortime/DIR, The Astronaut Training Program, Handwriting Without Tears, The Listening Program, The Get Permission Approach to Mealtime, and The Rhythmic Movement Training/Reflex Integration. In her free time, Lizzy enjoys running, experiencing her developing 16-month old son, and crafting!
Kristen McLaughlin, MA OTR/L
School and Clinic Services
Kristen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2009 and her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2013. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Kristen worked as a behavioral interventionist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As an OT she has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings treating children from birth to young adulthood. Kristen has experience working with children with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Developmental Delay, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Kristen is trained in Therapeutic Listening and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. She has also taken continuing education courses in Sensory Integration, feeding therapy, sensory diets, and primitive reflex integration. She is passionate about client-centered care and enjoys working with children and their families to promote successful participation in their daily occupations. Kristen recently relocated to the DC area from Virginia Beach and enjoys exploring her new city with her miniature dachshund, Jack.
Alexis Kimmelman, MS, OTR/L
School and Clinic Services
Alexis earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary Washington in 2012 and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2016. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Alexis worked as an assistant preschool teacher and was certified as a nursing assistant where she worked with children and teenagers in need of home health care services. She completed a six-month OT internship in Israel at the Holland Center, a school and day care center for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities, where she gained experience in treating children within a Snoezelen multi-sensory environment. While in graduate school, Alexis conducted research on family-centered care in pediatric Occupational Therapy at the American Occupational Therapy Association national conference. She completed her OT fieldwork experience at a pediatric rehabilitation clinic where she gained experience working with children with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Fine Motor Delay, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Feeding Difficulties, as well as various congenital physical disabilities in outpatient and aquatic therapy services. Alexis grew up in the Northern Virginia area and enjoys spending time wither her nephews, hiking, camping, and doing crafts. She recently relocated to Washington, DC and is excited to explore more of the city.
Grace Camson, MS HCM
Manager of Practice Operations
Grace earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Fatima University in the Philippines, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Stevenson University in Maryland. She worked in various healthcare settings such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities, and insurance companies. She also taught in local and international schools in the Philippines as well as a private school in Washington DC. Grace is trained in healthcare quality assurance and project management. She likes spending time with her four nephews and niece during her free time. Music, singing, traveling, and photography are some of her passions and interests. Grace embraces the Skills on the Hill family enthusiastically!
Kelly joined Skills on the Hill in April 2013. She has extensive experience with all aspects of practice management, human resources, billing procedures, and insurance claims. She comes from a military background and grew up in Bethesda, MD. Kelly lives in Camp Springs, MD with her family. Kelly occasionally works at the Skills on the Hill offices and also works remotely from home.