Occupational therapists analyze the child's functional performance within different environments to identify the child's strengths and limitations and to identify the variables to be targeted in intervention. The occupational therapist's goals are to improve the child's functional performance in the areas of self-care, play, and academics (work) and to enhance the child's ability to interact within his or her physical and social environment.
Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational Therapy Staff
Kati Berlin, M.S., OTR/L
, is a North Carolina licensed occupational therapist. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master's degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University. After spending time in public schools and clinics, she chose to begin her career here in private practice. Kati's experience and areas of interest include treating children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, fine motor difficulties, handwriting difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, feeding difficulties, and visual perceptual difficulties. She has completed training in sensory processing, the Sequential-Oral-Sensory Approach, Handwriting Without Tears®, and Therapeutic Listening®. Kati leads some of our charter school work and offers handwriting groups for pre-writing/preschool skills, printing skills, and cursive skills. She is based at the Pineville office. > Check out Kati's posts on the C&FD blog
Megan Bevington, M.S. OTR/L
, received her B.A. Psychology from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) and then went on to receive her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from East CarolinaUniversity. Her work history includes skilled nursing, preschool and pediatric private practice settings. Her experience has been working with children with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to: sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, developmental delays, handwriting delays, feeding difficulties, and other genetic/ chromosomal anomalies. Special areas of training include: Interactive Metronome, Oculo-vestibular dysfunction, Handwriting without Tears®
, Sensory Integration treatment, Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, and Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) approaches. She strongly believes in patient and family education and a top-down, client-centered therapy approach. Megan is based at the Midtown office.> Check out Megan's posts on the C&FD blog
Ellen Bruce, MSOT, OTR/L
, received her B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. She then attended Milligan College, where she graduated with honors, receiving her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Ellen began her career at Duke Children's Hospital where she gained experience in a variety of settings including neonatal intensive care, pediatric acute care, and outpatient clinics and services. Within these varied settings and in her 5th
year here at C&FD, she has experience working with children with a wide spectrum of disorders and special needs. She is trained and certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears®
, neurodevelopmental (NDT) handling and treatment of infants and young children, as well as splinting and taping protocols. She has extensive continuing education in Sensory Processing Disorder as well as Muscular Dystrophy. Ellen is committed to working closely with families to address their needs when developing and implementing their child's treatment program. On the C&FD team since 2007, she is based at the Midtown office. Currently, Ellen is on maternity leave and is not accepting clients. > Check out Ellen's posts on the C&FD blog
Katie Haywood, M.S., OTR/L
received her B.A. in Psychology and Exercise and Sport Science and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from UNC-Chapel Hill. While finishing her education, she spent a summer at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, California, where she had the opportunity to work on and observe innovative therapy and research programs. Before moving to the Charlotte area, she worked in diverse pediatric settings providing home-based, daycare, school and clinic-based OT. She has experience with sensory integration techniques and in working with a variety of treatment programs and modalities including Therapeutic Listening, the SOS approach to feeding, Handwriting Without Tears®, the Alert Program, Horticulture Therapy and the Social Thinking curriculum. Katie strives to address her clients holistically using an individualized, family-oriented, and play-based approach that is both motivating and enriching. She strives to provide and model treatment activities that are accessible outside of the clinic or OT session. Katie is based at the Pineville office.
Jessica Hoffarth, M.S. OTR/L
, received a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in occupational therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is currently pursuing certifications in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (C/NDT) and Hand Therapy (CHT). Other areas of interest and experience include treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), behavioral management needs, visual motor and visual perceptual skill deficits, handwriting and fine motor difficulties, learning disabilities and developmental delays and physical disabilities. Jessica also participates in our work with Lifespan and some school and community settings. She is certified in Total Motion Release (TMR). She has most recently completed continuing education in the areas of NDT, TMR, and sensory processing and dyspraxia. She is based at the Midtown office. > Check out Jessica's posts on the C&FD blog
Melissa Petcu M.S., OTR/L
received her B.A in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, during which time she completed an internship with the Mecklenburg County Guardian ad Litem office. She continued her interest of working with children as she pursued her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, developmental delays, feeding skills, fine motor delays, handwriting incluidng Handwriting Without Tears®
protocol, sensory processing Disorder (SPD) and visual motor deficits. She believes in building a strong relationship with each child and their family to ensure every child reaches their potential. Melissa is based at the Midtown office.
Courtney Stanley, M.S., OTR/L, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2008. She has experience in treating children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), developmental delays, dyspraxia, handwriting difficulties, and Cerebral Palsy. Her special interests are Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding difficulties, motor planning difficulties, handwriting difficulties, and visual motor and visual perceptual skills development. Her additional training includes Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, Handwriting Without Tears® and effective early intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Courtney believes in a play-based, child-centered approach with strong family involvement in the treatment process to achieve the child’s greatest potential in a supportive learning environment. Since 2009, she is based at the Pineville office.
> Check out Courtney's posts on the C&FD blog
Abbey Wash, MOT, OTR/L
, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a degree in Health Science and went on to earn her Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience working with children with varied diagnoses including but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory and motor based feeding problems, Mitochondrial disease, brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, fine motor delays, microencephaly, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, low vision, and visual motor deficits. Abbey is trained in NDT (Neuro-developmental Treatment) techniques and the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. In addition to her work at C&FD, Abbey dedicates her time to occupational therapy on a national level by frequently serving on leadership committees within the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is a graduate of the 2011-2012 AOTA Emerging Leaders Program. She is passionately committed to finding both evidence-based and practical solutions to help families and little ones “live life to the fullest.” Although we offer English language-based services, Abbey habla español a nivel intermedio. Since 2009, she is based at the Midtown office. > Check out Abbey's posts on the C&FD blog
Marion Wilm, OTR/L
, has 25+ years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy and has been with us since 1994. She graduated in 1984 from Western Michigan University with a B.S. degree in OT. Marion is a certified therapist in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) with extensive experience treating children with neuromotor disorders, including Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and Down syndrome. Marion also has extensive experience, training, and interest to treat children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD), and learning disabilities. Additionally, her advanced training includes Sensory Integration (SI), SAMONAS, Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Total Motion Release (TMR), and Handwriting Without Tears®. Marion is committed to helping children with feeding problems and their families using individual, family-based and group-based sensory and feeding activities using the Sequential – Oral – Sensory (SOS) based feeding approach. Integrating each family’s needs into a treatment program is essential. She is also involved in community activities to support children with disabilities. Marion is based at the Pineville office. > Check out Marion's posts on the C&FD blog