Our experienced staff provides Pediatric Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy to children throughout the Lehigh Valley including: Bethlehem, Quakertown, Allentown, and Center Valley PA.
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.
Amanda Hubble OTR/L
Wendy Kazman OTR/L
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
Priscilla Huff COTA/L
Danielle Brooks SLP-A
Danielle is a licensed speech pathologist assistant. She is currently studying for her Master's degree at Nova Southeastern University. Danielle has been practicing as an assistant for over a year and has 10 years experience working in the pediatric population. Danielle worked as a Therapeutic Support Staff member for children with multiple disabilities and autism. Danielle has a passion for working in the pediatric population, especially in the areas of articulation, receptive and expressive language,pragmatics, and fluency. Danielle is experienced in working with a variety of AAC devices. In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time at the beach and with her two nieces
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.
Erica Cappellini, MS CCC-SLP
Erica earned her Bachelor of Science degree from James
Madison University and her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from East
Stroudsburg University. Erica brings to Valley
Family Therapeutics her almost fifteen years of experience in the field working
with diverse communication needs (e.g., articulation, language,
social/pragmatic, fluency, dysphagia, cognitive/memory disorders, etc.) and a
wide population range (birth to three, preschool early intervention,
school-aged, young adult, adult, elderly, and end of life). Erica currently also works at Centennial
School of Lehigh University, an approved private school for students with
emotional and behavioral disabilities, where she collaborates daily with school
staff and successfully integrates speech therapy across all environments. In addition, Erica created the easy-to-use Speech Intelligibility and Comprehensibility
Communication Skills Assessment (SICCSA)
for assessing communication and has presented on a variety of topics at local,
state, national, and global conferences. With an emphasis on enhancing overall communication skills, Erica
believes speech therapy should be fitting, functional, and fun!
Kristin Park, MS, 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.
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 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 recieved 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
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.
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 and two children and their dog. She is an avid runner.