Serving families in the 
Lehigh Valley from our
Coopersburg and 
Emmaus offices since 2014
(484) 863-9220

Valley Family Therapeutics, LLC

Outpatient Pediatric Clinic offering PT, OT, and SLP services

Our Staff

Our experienced team provides Pediatric Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy to children throughout the Lehigh Valley including: Allentown, Bethlehem, Emmaus, Quakertown, and Center Valley PA.

 

Occupational Therapy

 

Sonja Burmeister OTD-S, MSPA-C, OTR/L, EICP-OT


Sonja has been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for 20 years and has an Early Intervention Certification.  She continued her education to Specialize in Pediatric Neurosurgery as a Physicians Assistant and she brings that wealth of knowledge to her OT practice.  For the past 12 years, Sonja has been co-owner of an agency providing home and school based services for Lehigh, Northampton and Berks Counties. Currently Sonja is enrolled in the Doctoral Program for Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University. Sonja treats complex medical and NICU babies, Feeding Issues, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Plagiocephally, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, CVA and a myriad of other diagnoses.


Sonja provides both ADOS-2 and Quotient ADHD system testing.

ADOS-2: The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is an assessment of communication, social interaction, and play (or imaginative use of materials) for individuals suspected of having autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.

 
Quotient ADHD System: The Quotient ADHD System is an innovative device that objectively measures three core symptom domains of ADHD: hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity.  The scores and test data provide you with valuable insights into both the existence of ADHD-related deficits and the magnitude of those deficits compared to expectable results from typically developing children of the same age and gender.

Kim Bandi OTR/L


Kim has been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for 14 years and is a Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist.  Kim has worked with children diagnosed with Autism, Developmental Delay, Learning Disabilities, Fine Motor Delay, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and Cerebral Palsy. Her current focus is assisting school aged children to maximize their learning in the classroom.

Amanda Deily MS-OTR/L


Amanda has been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for 6 years.  Amanda has advanced training and Certification in Interactive Metronome, Kinesiotape K1-K3, Brainsteps, Sensory Integration Techniques, Handwriting, Assistive Technology and Torticollis treatment.  Amanda has treated children diagnosed with Autism, Developmental Delay, ADHD, Cerbral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Brain Injury and Coordination Disorders.

Nina Britz MS-OTR/L


Nina Britz has a Masters of Science from New University where she received her  Occupational Therapy degree.  For 10 years her clinical journey has lead her from inpatient and outpatient clinics, to being a child yoga instructor. She has experience in integrated preschool settings and working 1:1 with families in their home through Early Intervention.  Nina's therapeutic approach emphasizes collaboration with the child's family and stresses parent/caregiver/teacher involvement.  She utilizes a Sensory Integrative framework and has treated children on the Autism Spectrum, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Coordination Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Fine Motor Delay, ADHD, Sensory Processing difficulties.  


Tierney Hafner OTR/L


Tierney has her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University.  She recently graduated from Misericordia University in the summer of 2017. She completed her minor in psychology as well as a pediatric specialization offered through the university.  Tierney has experience in pediatric outpatient settings through her fieldwork rotations as well as school-based experience as a therapist. She has treated children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorders, Developmental delays, ADHD, and Cerebral Palsy.  


Wendy Kazman OTR/L 


Wendy Kazman, OTR/L, is certified in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration.


Wendy began her pediatric therapy career at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she provided inpatient therapy to the neonatal and infant units and was the primary Occupational Therapist for the Neurosurgical floors.  She was the OT responsible for the Trisomy 21 outpatient clinic and treatment protocols, along with the Pediatric Arthritis clinic, Head Injury/Neurosurgery clinic and Cerebral Palsy Clinic. Wendy created the Children’s Hospital Upper Extremity/Hand Evaluation Form and was the hospital’s Splint Fabrication Specialist.  From Children’s, Wendy began doing school based therapy and home based pediatric therapy.  Wendy worked with all the Autistic Support Classrooms in the area as part of her position with the Pittsburgh Based Easter Seals. She was integral in helping make a smooth successful transition for students from their special schools to mainstreaming and was the Occupational Therapist to set up the school OT programs and provide the school based therapy to all these transitioned students.


Upon moving from Pittsburgh to the Philadelphia area, Wendy continued her pediatric therapy work in schools and homes.  She provided birth to three early intervention as well as being the OT providing therapy for many autistic support classrooms.  In her early intervention services, Wendy is frequently the “go to” person for working with children with Down Syndrome and with any child that has sensory or motor challenges.  She is specialized in helping infants and toddlers gain their developmental motor milestones.

In and around the Philadelphia area, Wendy got sought after for her consultative services to schools and daycares to guide them with challenging children within their programs and offer therapy strategies and treatment approach.  


Wendy is known for her keen therapeutic eye which recognizes and identifies the underlying difficulties present within the child that are the root of the child’s challenges so that these can be optimally addressed to gain the child’s best outcome and function.

Wendy had her own private practice (CAN Occupational Therapy) specializing in treatment of children with sensory and motor challenges for 12 years.  Wendy is recognized and sought out for her effective intervention and intuitive understanding and specialized treatment approach for children with Trisomy 21, for children on the Autistic Spectrum and for work with infant/toddlers gaining developmental motor milestones. Wendy trains therapy dogs and has utilized therapy dogs in her work.  She has a friendly fun demeanor that children seem to respond positively to and enjoy their therapy work with her.


Carolyn Reynolds COTA/L


An LCCC COTA graduate, I have 27 years of Occupational Therapy experience with pediatrics and geriatrics.  I have worked in both PA and SC within schools, sensory integration clinics, and out patient pediatric facilities as well as nursing homes.  I am trained in the Bal-a-vis-x ball exercises and Myofascial Release techniques.  

Melinda Williams COTA/L

Lynae Lurch COTA/L


Lynae is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant; passionate about helping children reach their full potential, as well as ensuring they enjoy their therapeutic experience! With 10 years of working with the pediatric population, and 3 years in therapeutic settings, Lynae has gained experienced treating children with a wide range of diagnoses including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Feeding Difficulties, Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Motor Apraxia, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, Fine/Gross Motor Coordination Disorder, Brain Tumor, and Hemiplegia. Lynae is a certified provider of The Listening Program, which provides music therapy to children who struggle with sensory processing, auditory defensiveness, motor skills, stress management, regulation, communication, and focusing.


Priscilla Huff COTA/L


Priscilla is a graduate of West Chester State University, and Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, in occupational therapy assisting, specializing in pediatrics. She has taught heath and adapted physical education; directed day camps and community recreation programs for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities; and instructed swimming lessons under the Red Cross Water Safety Program. She also volunteers weekly with therapeutic horseback riding lessons (PATH), at a local equestrian center.

Physical Therapy

 

Emily Cupples

Hannah Pannucci PT, DPT


Hannah has a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in New Haven, Connecticut. She has clinical experience working with both geriatrics and pediatrics. She is currently working with children and their families in their homes through early intervention, elementary aged children in local schools, and the geriatric population for rehabilitation and long-term care. In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and her miniature schnauzer Lily.


Speech Therapy

 

Danielle Brooks SLP-A


Danielle is a certified speech and language pathologist assistant. She currently holds 6 years experience as an SLPA and has 15 years of experience working in the pediatric population. Danielle is finishing up her masters program at Nova Southeastern University. She has experience working with the following disciplines: articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, social pragmatic disorders, expressive and receptive language delay and AAC devices. She has attended two of the American Speech and Hearing Association conventions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach and with her nieces and nephews. 

Jeanette Herrero Duarte, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jeanette is a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist.  She has been practicing as a Pediatric SLP for 7 years. Jeanette has extensive knowledge and training in PROMPT (Prompt’s for restructuring oral musculature phonetic targets), Beckman Oral Motor Evaluation techniques and the Hanen Approach (“It takes two to talk”).  Jeanette enjoys working with the pediatric population and has experience working with early language development and play skills, stuttering, articulation and phonological disorders, developmental apraxia of speech, receptive and/or expressive language delays as well as with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.


Jenna Steinruck, M.S. CCC-SLP

Jenna has been practicing as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for 3 years. Jenna has extensive knowledge and experience in treating children with feeding aversions and dysphagia. She also has advanced knowledge in Audiory Processing disorder.  Jenna has worked with children and adolescents with a variety of diagnosis including autism, developmental delay, articulation, apraxia, down syndrome, and auditory processing disorder. 


Krista Garbellano-Vergine, M.S. CCC-SLP

Krista has been a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for 17 years. She has specialized in the Early Intervention and Preschool population throughout her entire career and has advanced training and knowledge in working with children diagnosed with Autism, Developmental Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, and ADHD. Krista enjoys working with the pediatric population who also experience delays in early language and play skills, feeding aversion, articulation, and receptive and expressive language. She encourages parent involvement during therapy sessions to facilitate skill generalization and carry over of therapeutic techniques to the child's natural environment.

Kristin Park, M.S. CCC-SLP


Kristin is a certified clinical Speech-Language Pathologist. She has been practicing speech-language pathology services since 2016, when she received a Master of Science degree from Bloomsburg University of PA. Prior to joining Valley Family Therapeutics, Kristin worked at Colonial Intermediate Unit 20, serving the Easton School District as a speech therapist. Kristin has had clinical experience in a variety of settings, but has extensive experience with childhood expressive/receptive language, fluency, and articulation disorders. In addition, she has expertise in the areas of cognitive rehabilitation, verbal apraxia, oral motor planning, and voice assessment and treatment. Kristin works with primarily infant and school-age populations. She is a member of the following organizations: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

 

Educational Support

 

Melissa LaRusso M.Ed


Melissa is a certified reading specialist with over fifteen years teaching experience. Melissa is also certified in special education and elementary education.  Melissa has worked in public and private schools throughout the Lehigh Valley. She develops a curriculum that is individualized and encompasses a multisensory approach to learning to meet student needs. She has presented on a multisensory approach to reading instruction and best teaching practices to educators throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

Erika Fitzpatrick


Erika is a Wilson Certified Dyslexia Practitioner and is Orton-Gillingham trained. She has her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Erika has over nine years of teaching experience with a strong background in literacy. She has trained teachers in the classroom as a literacy specialist providing intervention strategies for struggling readers. Erika is currently providing Wilson tutoring.

 

Auditory Processing Testing

 

John Page Ph.D.


Dr. Page received his doctorate of Audiology degree in 1970 from Indiana University. He was assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Pennsylvania prior to relocating to the Lehigh Valley. He has been associated with Slate Belt Optical and Hearing Center since 1989, providing hearing evaluations and hearing aid fittings to the adult community. In addition he performs central auditory processing assessments on children and adults with auditory learning problems and listening difficulties. John has also been a consultant for school districts regarding auditory processing disorders, conducted multiple presentations, and published articles on hearing loss in children and adults.


 

Behavioral Health Services

 

Doreen Quinn, BCBA (Behavioral Health, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Programs)


Doreen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Specialist. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She specializes in conducting functional behavior assessments (FBAs); ABA programming including Applied Verbal Behavior; behavior change and skill development programs; social and play skill programs; parent and professional staff training and  development. She works with children of all ages with all developmental disabilities with a specific emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

Administration

 

Dr. Lisa Seed


Dr. Lisa Seed, practice administrator, has over 10 years of healthcare experience. Lisa oversees the Coopersburg and Emmaus offices, therapists and staff ensuring optimal operations of the practice.

Prior to her time at Valley Family Therapeutics Lisa was a Lead Family Practice Physician. In addition to her clinical time, she facilitated the opening of a new practice.

Lisa received her Medical Degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Residency in Family Practice. Lisa earned her Masters in Science with a concentration in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. She has published numerous journal articles and edited children and adult books.

In her spare time, Lisa loves spending time with her husband, two children, and their dog. She is an avid runner.




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