Children's Therapy of Woodinville

Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists

Occupational Therapists:

Doreen Hunt

Doreen Hunt

Doreen Hunt MA, OTR/L
Education: 1984: B.S. in Occupational Therapy; University of Southern California: 1987, M.A. in Occupational Therapy

Experience: I have worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the NICU, earlyintervention, schools and private practice for more than 25 years. My passion for understanding and helping children with sensory integrative disorders began in college. I chose to move to southern California from Michigan to learn more about sensory integration. I was accepted into the Masters level OT program at USC and was chosen to receive a Maternal and Child Health grant to continue my studies. This included three months training at the Ayres Clinic in Torrance, CA. I have incorporated Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) into my treatment approach with appropriate clients since 2009 with very exciting results. I am certified in the administration and interpretation of Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and use programs such as Handwriting Without Tears, Social Thinking (by Michelle Garcia Winner) Social Stories (by Carol Gray) and more.

Doreen Hunt

Approach to Treatment: I always look at the "whole child" and work to integrate all the sensory systems to build the foundation for improved motor function and greater success in play, academic and self care tasks. This develops greater self-confidence, and self esteem that builds improved behavior and happier children. I incorporate the family in the treatment setting as much as possible and strive to support families by focusing on their concerns and goals for their child.

Areas of Interest: Improving the lives of Children with:
Sensory Processing Disorders
Learning & Attention Difficulties
Auditory Processing Difficulties
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Developmental Delay
Children with challenges in handwriting and other school related activities
Children with diagnoses impacting social and behavioral skills

Family and Outside Interests: I moved with my husband and two daughters to the Seattle area in 2002 from Lake Tahoe, NV. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling. I also spend a lot of time with my family as my parents, sister and brother now all reside near me in Woodinville, WA.
 

Julie Kurrasch

Julie Kurrasch

Julie Kurrasch, MSOT,OTR/L
Education: BA, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, 2003; Masters in Occupational Therapy, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN 2013

Experience: I began my career working at Cornerstone Pediatric Rehabilitation, outside of Indianapolis. This clinic provided early intervention within the home, outpatient clinic services, and treatment within a preschool for medically involved children. Within this position, I had the pleasure of collaborating closely with families and a team comprised of developmental therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, and dieticians. As part of my mentoring at Cornerstone, I participated in facilitating a feeding group for young children, utilizing the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach. After witnessing the powerful results of this approach, I completed my certification in SOS feeding, implementing the approach in my early intervention treatments. I am a certified Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) practitioner. I have taken the Handwriting Without Tears course and use it in my practice. I have recently returned to the Puget Sound area where I am excited to join the CTW team!

Julie Kurrasch

Approach to Therapy: I love getting to know children and their families! I believe in empowering my clients by focusing on their strengths and interests, building an environment in which we can collaboratively approach their areas of struggle and concern. My goal in therapy is to enable the child and their family to gain the confidence necessary to transfer their skills outside of the clinic to all areas of their lives. I am passionate about providing families with client-centered care, including hands on therapy, education, and access to community resources and support.

Family and Outside Interests: I have been married to my high school sweetheart for the past ten years. We have two dogs, a West Highland Terrier and a Chihuahua mix. I love all outdoor activities, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Stephanie E. Mano

Stephanie Mano

Stephanie E. Mano, MA, OTR/L
Education: Bachelor of Science Exercise Physiology with a minor in Psychology, Brigham Young University 1999; Master of Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound 2001

Experience: I worked at Gallagher Pediatric Therapy, the largest pediatric OT and PT practice in Southern California until 2003. There I was mentored by MaryKay Gallagher the founder and owner of GPT. I provided treatment in homes, schools and a clinic setting. I returned to Washington in 2003 to work at the Center for Therapeutic Intervention, a private practice in Gig Harbor established in 1980, where I completed my fieldwork for OT school. There I was mentored by Carol McGilliard founder of CTI. I worked at CTI until 2010 when I moved north and began working at Children's Therapy of Woodinville. I am a Sensory Integration Certified Therapist.

Stephanie E. Mano

Approach to Treatment: I love my job as an OT, which allows me to work one on one with children using an individualized treatment plan. I want to help each child develop and grow while having fun at our clinic! It's important to me to use a holistic approach to address areas of concern by collaborating with parents and other professionals. In addition to sensory integration and other traditional techniques used by OT's, I also integrate Healing Touch, CranioSacral Therapy and EFT (emotional freedom technique/”tapping”) to address both physical and emotional areas of concern. My goal is for each child to maximize their potential so that they can be happier and more successful at home, school and other areas of their life.

Family and Outside Interests: I love to spend time with my family, especially playing with my cute nieces and nephews. I also enjoy traveling, exploring the beautiful Northwest, Kundalini yoga, swing dancing and live jazz.
 

Melissa Nilsen

Melissa Nilsen

Melissa Nilsen, MS, OTR/L
Education: University of Arizona: 1993 Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Exercise Physiology from the University of Arizona; 2006 Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of Washington.

Experience: I joined the CTW staff in the spring of 2007 after returning to graduate school and working within the school district. My work and life experiences working with children with special needs introduced me to the field of occupational therapy. I passionately knew I could have a positive impact on children and their families so I returned to school to get my masters degree in Occupational Therapy. While working on my Master's project I spent a year working with children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and learned how, among other things, sensory processing challenges impacted all aspects of their lives. During and after graduation, I worked for Lake Washington School district, serving self-contained and typical preschool, elementary school and performing initial evaluations through Willows Special Services. I presented at both the National and State Occupational Therapy conventions on my work with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD).

Melissa Nilsen

Approach to Treatment: I love working with children and their families. I work very hard to understand a child, first and foremost as a child, and then as a child with special needs. I believe almost all treatment begins with developing a strong muscle core and having a well integrated sensory system, which prepares a child to learn. I also believe children learn best when they have a healthy self-esteem and participate in joyful, creative play.

Areas of Interest:
Children with sensory processing disorders
Children with delays in gross and fine motor skills
Children with challenges in handwriting and other school related activities
Children with diagnoses impacting social and behavioral skills

Family and Outside Interests: I am married and have two young children. I mostly keep busy chasing after them and solving disputes regarding Thomas the Train. Our family enjoys trips to the park, trips to Lake Chelan, boating and playing outside. When I get a moment to myself, I enjoy running, yoga, reading, scrapbooking, watching college football and basketball, and sleeping!
 

Karen Rogers

Karen Rogers

Karen Rogers OTR/L
Education: I am a 1979 graduate of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Experience: I have worked in a wide range of settings in my career as an occupational therapist. My experience includes mental health in hospital and community treatment centers, acute hospital and cardiac rehabilitation, therapy in long term care and skilled nursing facilities with an adult population, and home health care. Most recently, I have worked in the Stanwood School District and am currently employed by the Northshore School District in which I provide therapy in a school setting for pre-school through high school students.

Karen Rogers

Approach to Treatment: I believe that a key ingredient of therapy is my relationship with the child; however, one of the benefits of working in the private clinical setting is that I also get to work closely with families. I believe in looking at the underlying issues that affect a child's ability to function and work towards developing a sense of safety and confidence as the child masters skills and builds his or her self concept while having fun. I am particularly interested in movement and its impact on the brain and learning. I have studied BrainDance at The Creative Dance Center with Anne Green Gilbert, Brain Gym, and Radiant Child Yoga, along with numerous other courses on motor skill development and sensory processing.

Family and Outside Interests: I have 2 children in their early 20's and 2 older step children. My son Sam is a student at the University of Washington and my daughter Meg teaches secondary school English in London. My husband and I have 2 Jack Russell Terriers, Lily and Tucker, that keep life playful at home. I love traveling, bicycling, hiking and backpacking, quilting, yoga and reading.
 

Judith Simmons

Judith Simmons

Judith A. Simmons OTR/L
Education: University of Puget Sound: 1977 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Experience: I have worked for thirty years as an occupational therapist. I have worked in pediatrics since 1980, as a staff therapist at Children's Hospital and Medical Center and then as director of Occupational Therapy. I have been in private practice for nineteen years at Children's Therapy of Woodinville. In addition, I consult with neonates with breastfeeding or bottle feeding issues and provide occupational therapy services to Overlake Hospital and Medical Center in their neonatal intensive care unit. I was certified in Neurodevelopmental Therapy in 1980.

Judith Simmons

Approach to Treatment: I enjoy working with children and their families. I strive to support the family and child as we work towards common goals using a strong home program. An essential part of the program is having highly skilled occupational, physical and speech therapists close at hand to consult or provide necessary intervention specific to their professional training.

Areas of Interest: I like to work with children with feeding, eating, and swallowing disorders - from the early premature infant to school age children. Other areas of interest include gross and fine motor development of infants and young children; handwriting and visual motor issues of the young child; low vision and cortical visual impairment.

Family and Outside Interests: I have three men in my life. A 1977 graduate of the U. of Oregon (Duck), a 2006 graduate of Washington State (Cougar), and a current freshman at the U. of Washington (Husky). My primary role at Thanksgiving is to keep peace among the Pac 10! I love to play tennis, sew, travel, study art, read, socialize with friends, and go for long walks with my husband.
 

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