Staff

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Meet Our Staff

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

  • Deanne Anderson, MS, OT/L, SIPT- Co-Director
  • Lauren Coughlin, MS, OTR/L, SIPT- Co-Director
  • Jessica Tuthill, OTR/L
  • Sue Carey, MS, OTR/L, SIPT
  • Joselyn Goldstein Raub, MS, OTR/L
  • Laurie Ekwall, COTA/L
  • Carrie Carroll, COTA/L
  • Katie Barrette, COTA/L
  • Beatriz Lopez, COTA/L
  • Mike Servidio, COTA/L
  • Krislyn Donadio, COTA/L

SPEECH PATHOLOGY

  • Meagan Lewis-MS, CCC-SLP
  • Sharon Schloss-MS, CCC-SLP
  • Sapora Bogatz-MS,CCC-SLP
  • Kelli Turner-MA,CCC-SLP
  • Loretta Unnold-SLPA

FITNESS

  • Sean Brown, BS in Public Health

ADMINISTRATIVE

  • Laurie Dupree-office manager
  • Melanie Vaverchak-practice manager

Occupational Therapy Staff Bios

Deanne Anderson, MS,OT/L holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Quinnipiac (College) University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University. She is currently studying for her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford. Deanne is currently the program director for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. Her areas of specialty include neurological dysfunction, visual and cognitive impairment, executive dysfunction and educational advocacy. She has worked extensively with clients with neurological deficits. This includes feeding strategies, cognitive dysfunction, and visual, perceptual and motor dysfunction.
Deanne is a registered Therapeutic Listening practitioner. In addition, she is certified in Sensory Integration Treatment and Evaluation. She has worked in a variety of practice areas which include home health care, acute care, and rehabilitation across the age span. She brings over twenty four years of clinical and practice management experience to Creative Development.
Deanne has authored a chapter for a book on multidisciplinary rehabilitation and she has written several articles for OT Advance, the national magazine for the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Deanne is currently the Special Interest Section co-chairperson for the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association. Deanne has authored a chapter for a book on multidisciplinary rehabilitation and she has written several articles for OT Advance, the national magazine for the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Lauren Gillis Coughlin, MS, OTR/L earned her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from University of Hartford and she earned her post-professional Masters of Science degree in occupational therapy from Boston University. Lauren specializes her occupational therapy practice in pediatrics using a holistic, child-centered approach, utilizing the child’s inner motivation as a guide for therapy. Lauren believes in a family centered approach where parent/family carryover and participation is key to helping the child become more independent. She has experience working with children of all ages from infancy through age 21 and has worked in various private pediatric clinics, Connecticut Birth to Three, various school districts and acute care settings.

Areas of research interest are autism and social participation; sensory integration; the promotion of normal development in infants and how development affects the child’s ability to effectively play and learn; and prevention of becoming a picky eater and feeding development. Lauren has provided both community consultations and several community presentations in these areas. She is also currently an adjunct faculty member for Goodwin College. She has co-authored a chapter on Therapeutic Listening in the Schools as well as written pediatric practice exam questions for the OT assistant national exam. Lauren is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association (CONNOTA).

Lauren is a registered Therapeutic Listening provider and is certified in sensory integration treatment and administering/interpreting the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).

Jessica Tuthill, OT/L is a graduate of The University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has seven years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including; sub-acute, outpatient therapy and acute care. She has worked with a variety of patient populations including Neurological, orthopedic, neonatal, cardiac, oncological, and post-surgical patients. Jessica has worked extensively in the N.I.C.U., working with a multidisciplinary team to provide evaluations and developmental assessments to pre-term infants. She has worked closely with families, social services and nursing to provide all of her patients with quality care.

Jessica’s interest in working with the pediatric population began with her work in the school system during an internship while attending the University of New Hampshire. She has experience in designing developmental programs, performing standardized tests, and developing individualized education plans.

Sue Carey, MS,OTR/L, With a Bachelors of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services from Springfield
College,in Springfield, MA, and a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from of San Jose State University, in San Jose, California, Sue has had the privilege of working as an occupational therapist with both adults and children in a variety of settings since 1992. Sue spent her early years as a therapist working on a Rehabilitation Team primarily
supporting adults and teens recovering from traumatic brain injury. It was at this time she developed an in interest in how the brain learns and is able compensates for injury and differences. Following this time, Sue had the opportunity to work as a seating and positioning specialist, supporting professionals in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Idaho and Montana. It was here that her interest working with younger children was fostered, so in 2000, Sue went to work for Marin County office of Education where she worked with children birth to teens, including those with complex medical issues, children with Autism, children with Speech and Language disorders, children with learning disorders and children with sensory processing differences.

Sue believes that it is essential to work with clients and their families to understand their challenges at home, in the community and school environments. She also takes time to have the family be a part of creating solutions and to include the child is a part of daily goal setting when appropriate. She believes that the clinic experience should be a safe place to practice skills that can foster greater independence outside of the clinical setting. Sue feels that supporting a child’s goals with a home practice program or ‘homework’ is the best way to bring the skill into life outside the clinic. Sue has enjoyed continuing her education taking classes in visual perceptual rehabilitation, neurodevelopmental Treatment, self regulation, sensory integration and handwriting to name a few. Sue is Sensory Integration and Praxis certified and has worked with the Handwriting Without Tears Program since 2000. Working with families as a whole to empower children to use their strengths, embrace their challenges and use both to become their best selves is what she hopes to achieve each day.

Joselyn Goldstein Raub, MS, OTR/L earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University. After graduating Joselyn worked in both the private and public school settings supporting children with varied diagnoses such as developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders. Joselyn has earned certifications for the Integrated Listening Program, Handwriting without Tears Program, The Alert Program, and Brain Gym. Her continued education has also included extensive sensory processing and self-regulation coursework.

Joselyn has also been committed to volunteering and lecturing in her community. Currently Joselyn is a volunteer working to support Jonathan’s Dream Reimagined, a multisensory inclusive playground that was built to serve children of all ages and varying abilities. She has lectured on sensory processing disorders at both Lesley University and Hofstra University. Joselyn is passionate about her profession and is dedicated to support both children and their families.

Carrie Carroll, COTA/L obtained an associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Goodwin College in 2011. She has a broad background working with children, as well as the geriatric population. She worked as a daycare/preschool provider, a licensed patient care assistant at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and a paraprofessional in the public school system just to name a few. She supported children of all ages with varying disabilities, such as physical, behavioral and educational before embarking on her career path as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. As a recent graduate, she has worked with children with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, sensory impairments, and other developmental delays in public school, community settings and private practice. She also works in multiple rehab and skilled nursing facilities helping individuals regain function and activities of daily living. She enjoys working with the pediatric populations in all areas and settings.

Laurie Ekwall, COTA/L holds an associates degree in occupational therapy from Becker Junior college in 1985. She has 10 years experience in the field working with a variety of clients including traumatic brain injured, geriatrics, acute care, and working with the pediatric population with extensive health issues in the hospital setting. She took time away from her profession to stay home with her two daughters and during this time took a position as a teacher’s assistant in their Montessori school. There she worked in the primary classroom working with 3-5 year olds and eventually took a position working in the toddler room. She is happy to be back practicing occupational therapy and is interested in working with children with sensory processing dysfunction and how it impacts their school and home life.

Katie Barrette, COTA/L Katie’s mother is a special ed paraprofessional and she became very close with her mother’s students and families. She saw the effect she was having on their lives. Katie’s early exposure to special education is what inspired her to pursue a career in OT. Katie graduated from Briarwood College (which is now Lincoln College of New England) in May of 2007 with an Associates of Applied Science as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In May 2007, she began working part-time at the Farmington Valley Transition Academy as the Activities of Daily Living Coordinator in home life skills training to 33 of their students. In November 2007 Katie began working at Gengras Center in West Hartford and is currently working there full-time with a variety of students with various abilities. In June 2009, Katie began working for Allied Community Resources as an Independent Living Skills Trainer under the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver. In May 2014, began working at Creative Development, LLC part-time. Katie thoroughly enjoys getting to know each individual that she works with as well as their families and feels that by working at Creative Development, she can continue to further and continue her experience and enjoyment for helping others become more independent.

While working in the school system, Katie learned about autism and early intervention and wanted to learn more about neurological disorders. Attending conferences in Sensory Integration, Brain Gym for Special needs population and Yoga has expanded her understanding and knowledge when working with children with various abilties. Working closely with young adults with multiple disabilities and students that are medically fragile has been priceless to Katie’s career as an occupational therapy practitioner.

Krislyn Donadio, COTA/L is a graduate of Providence College with a BA in Social Work. For 17 years, Krislyn worked for a large nonprofit mental health facility in Rhode Island. During this time, she provided counseling, case management, crisis response and direct support services to at-risk youth ages 4 to 12. She received her M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College and then functioned as an educational advocate for children in therapeutic residential care. Krislyn received extensive training in therapeutic crisis intervention techniques and has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including: ADHD, OCD, ODD, RAD, PTSD, PDD, and Asperger’s Syndrome. In 2012, Krislyn left her job as the Assistant Director of a therapeutic treatment home to return to Connecticut to help take care of her elderly father who required both occupational and physical therapy. As a result of this experience, Krislyn became very interested in the field of Occupational Therapy. In 2015, she obtained an associate’s degree in Science (Occupational Therapy Assistant) from Goodwin College and now practices OT in both pediatrics, in a clinic setting, and gerontology, within a skilled nursing facility. Krislyn truly enjoys her work—using her wide-ranging education and experience to help people of all ages to be as independent as possible by assisting them to improve both necessary and meaningful activities of daily living. During Krislyn’s free time, she likes spending time with friends and family, traveling, watching movies, and attending Broadway musicals.

Beatriz Lopez, COTA/L earned her associates degree in health sciences from Goodwin College in 2013 and graduated from Goodwin College as a certified occupational therapy assistant  in 2015 with Deanne and Lauren being her teachers and mentors. Beatriz has 10 years of professional experience working in women’s health, as a Medical Assistant, prior to going into occupational therapy. Beatriz’s fieldwork experience consisted of school system in a non traditional setting at a preschool working with children within the ages of 3-5 years old, and at a Hospital in Mental health acute setting, patients age ranging from adolescence to geriatric.  As recent grad Beatriz works with children with Autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, and various impairments that affect daily participation, with Creative Development being her first official employment since August 2015. Beatriz very excited to serve the pediatric population, in collaboration with other therapists and the caregivers of the clients.

Speech and Language Pathology Staff Bios

Meagan Lewis, MS, CCC-SLP  is a speech pathologist with a background in both school and outpatient settings. She received her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and her master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She specializes in social language intervention, executive functioning disorder, developmental language disorders,  motor speech disorders, and transdisciplinary intervention for children with complex needs. Specialized skills include PROMPT Level 1 training, ADOS training, as well as  Social Language and Executive Functioning continuing education with Michelle Garcia Winner.   Meagan also presents annually at the parent training series in collaboration with Special Ed, Connecticut, on the topic of speech and language development,  intervention, and advocacy in schools.

Sharon M. Schloss, MS CCC-SLP has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for more than 25 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College, her master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and holds her national certification. Sharon has extensive knowledge when it comes to working with children with all types of speech-language disorders. Sharon’s specialty areas include: language disorders (auditory processing and oral expression), articulation and phonological disorders as well as working closely with children on the Autism Spectrum. She is verse in all forms of low to high assistive technology from developing a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to helping families through the process of selecting Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC) systems. Specialized skills include PROMPT Level 1 training and ADOS training. Sharon works closely with families and schools in order to maximize carryover and generalization of skills.

Sapora Bogatz, MS,CCC-SLP received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs and her master’s degree from Northeastern University. Sapora enjoys working with the pediatric population and has experience working with with children ages 2-21. Sapora is trained in the ADOS and is level I PROMPT trained. Her specialty skills include receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, and social communication intervention. Sapora has experience working in the school setting and has knowledge of the connection between language and the K-4 curriculum. Sapora also has experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her free time, Sapora enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kelli Turner, MA, CCC-SLP was born and raised in Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees at Western Michigan University (WMU) with a major in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Elementary Education. Kelli was awarded the WMU Presidential Scholar Award for her undergraduate studies and was awarded a scholarship for continued graduate work in the field of “Language and Literacy for Diverse Populations.” Following the completion of her Masters Degree, she served as an spokesperson for individuals and families with speech, language, hearing and related disorders. She travelled extensively throughout the Midwest for one year as a guest lecturer with various organizations and corporations, addressing audiences regarding speech-language development and communication disorders. After finishing her advocacy work, Kelli moved to California for a year and a half to work as a speech-language pathologist with a well-known private pediatric clinic. She then returned to Michigan and worked as a speech-language pathologist for Michigan schools before meeting her husband and moving to Connecticut. Upon moving to Connecticut, she has worked as a speech-language pathologist in both school and clinical settings.Kelli has enjoyed working with a variety of children with varied abilities. She utilizes Hanen methods within therapy sessions and is PROMPT trained. Kelli holds professional speech-language licensure with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and with the State of Connecticut. She is also a certified teacher in the State of Connecticut.

Loretta Unnold SLPA has earned her Associate’s Degree as a Disabilities Specialist/ Speech Language Pathology Assistant from Manchester Community College. In addition, she has completed a series of coursework in Behavioral Interventions in Autism at the University of Massachusetts/ Shriver Center. Loretta joined the Creative Development team in 2010 and has been employed by Simsbury Public Schools, Bloomfield Public Schools, Windsor Locks Public Schools and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). During her career, she has seen children, adolescents and young adults who have varied speech and language disorders as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. Loretta works closely with parents and other professionals to help these individuals learn compensatory strategies that they can use in the home, classroom, and community environments to increase social interactions, communication and academic success. Facilitating independence and generalizing pragmatic language skills are Loretta’s current areas of concentration. She has recently become successful in creating social groups for children and adolescents. In her free time, Loretta enjoys being with her family, reading, gardening and visiting area parks and forests.

Administrative Staff Bio

Laurie Dupree,office manager .

Laurie is responsible for inquiring on insurance benefits and claims for clients,billing, preparing invoices, and processing payments.

Melanie Vaverchak, practice manager

Melanie Vaverchak is the Practice Manager and friendly first point of contact at Creative Development. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology and owns Story Inventor LLC, an independent publishing company focusing on books for children, under which she recently published her first book There is Something to Learn from Everyone. In her free time she performs stand-up comedy in and around Connecticut.

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