Meet Our Dedicated Staff
Jodie Heath, MS OTR/L
Jodie is the owner and executive director of Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. Jodie received her Undergraduate and Masters Degrees from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and has completed continuing education in sensory integration theory, treatment of non-integrated primitive reflexes and primary movement patterns, The Alert Program, treating children with autism spectrum disorders, development and implementation of music and movement groups, screening and intervention procedures for children with eye movement disorders, behavior management techniques, executive function disorders, and feeding/eating treatment strategies. Jodie is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Rhythmic Movment Training for integration of retained primary reflexes, as well as the SOS Approach to Feeding. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), is certified in Therapeutic Listening and in Integrated Listening Systems at the practitioner level. Jodie has also done some work in the area of the use of sensory-based intervention and strategies with children with a history of early trauma, neglect or institutionalization, and is trained in Bal-A-Vis-X.
Caley Shepherd, PT, DPT
Caley is a staff physical therapist at Swing for the Stars. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from Quinnipiac University in 2010 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2012. Before settling in NH and at Swing for the Stars, she was a traveling physical therapist which allowed her to work in Texas, Alaska, and Connecticut in a variety of settings. Caley’s passion however, is working in pediatrics. She finds her work rewarding and enjoys working with children and their families to achieve their highest possible function and quality of life. Caley has furthered her education by taking classes in aquatics, the action perception approach, NDT, interactive metronome, Bal-A-Vis-X, sensory integration, and orthopedic taping techniques.
Colleen Coburn, MS OTR/L
Colleen is a staff occupational therapist at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Colby-Sawyer college and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University. Colleen has worked in a variety of pediatric settings in multiple roles. She has experience working with a wide range of ages and diagnoses. Colleen has furthered her education in the areas of sensory processing and behavior, torticollis and visual perception, and early intervention strategies. Colleen has experience using the Alert Program as well as the Zones of Regulation in treatment
Emalee Whipple, MA CCC-SLP
Emalee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire. She then pursued her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University. Emalee has previous experience working in pediatrics including early intervention as well as the public school setting. Throughout these experiences, she has worked with children with autism spectrum disorders, hearing impairments, and other genetic and developmental disorders. Emalee has worked with children in the areas of speech sound disorders, expressive and receptive language, and social skills. She also has experience in basic sign language and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Emalee has attended trainings in a variety of topics including the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) for autism spectrum disorders and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) for childhood apraxia of speech. Emalee believes in providing services using a family-centered approach to create a successful communication environment for children across settings.
Haley Farnham MS, SLP-CFY
Haley received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Special Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2016. She then pursued a master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University and graduated in December of 2020. Haley has experience working with a wide range of ages and diagnoses across a variety of clinical settings. Within the pediatric population, she has worked with children to target articulation/phonology, expressive and receptive language, voice, and pragmatics. She has implemented high and low technology communication devices and has experience with social skill programs. Haley has provided client and family-centered care by working closely with families/caregivers to establish goals and provide home programming for generalization of skills outside of therapy.
Jessica Breton, MOT, OTR/L
Jess attended Quinnipiac University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology in 2019 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2021. Jess has experience working with a wide variety of ages and diagnoses across a variety of clinical settings. Within the pediatric population, Jess has worked with children focusing on gross motor, fine motor, self-regulation, and sensory processing. When working with a child, Jess values best practice in collaborating with the family as a whole to best support the child’s participation in daily activities.
Katelin Murphy, OTR/L
Katelin is a staff Occupational Therapist at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. Katelin received her Bachelors of Health Science, and Masters of Occupational Therapy from Utica College in Utica New York. Katelin has previous experience in a private school setting for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and challenging behaviors. Katelin has been trained in the Handwriting Without Tears programs. Katelin enjoys working with children and their families to help them function across their day.
Nicole McAree, CCC-SLP
Nicole attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing studies. She later attended Boston University for her masters in Speech-Language Pathology. While attending BU she worked with children ages 3-22 in public schools, private schools, and a pediatric outpatient setting. She has worked with children with social pragmatic, articulation, and receptive/expressive language needs. She has worked with children who benefit from aided communication, including light and advanced technology platforms. Before joining SFTS, Nicole worked in two different southern NH public school districts working with preschoolers – 5th grade students.
Rachel Rhodes, DPT
Rachel is a staff physical therapist at Swing for the Stars. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Vermont in 2016 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce University in 2021. Rachel has experience working with orthopedic, neurological, developmental, and genetic diagnoses in children of all ages. She enjoys working with children and their families to promote wellness and achieve the highest possible quality of life through client and family/caregiver-centered care.
Taylor Cahill, MS OTR/L
Taylor is a staff occupational therapist at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. She received her Master’s Degree in occupational therapy from the University of New England in 2018. Taylor has experience working in a variety of school settings including integrated preschools, kindergarten- 12th grade, and specialized programs for students with diverse needs. Additionally, Taylor participated in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program where she completed 300 hours of advanced training working with children and their families with best-practice interdisciplinary and family-centered approaches. Taylor enjoys advocating and collaborating with families and interdisciplinary teams to facilitate children’s growth towards functional goals.
Tiffany Strazze, MS, CCC-SLP
Tiffany Strazze received her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching for the Speech and Hearing Handicapped at Ithaca College and her Masters in Communication Disorders at the University of New Hampshire. She has experience working with children of all ages and with varying disabilities. Tiffany has experience working in the public school setting, private schools that specialize in specific areas including non-verbal and language based learning disabilities, and with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She has experience working with PECS, basic sign language, social skill programs, working with children with social anxiety disorders, high and low technology communication devices, and is certified in Integrated Listening Systems at the practitioner level. Tiffany is certified to be a LiPS instructor and has had training in Sarah Johnson-Rosenfeld’s Oral Motor Therapy. She has also been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding program.
Hayley is the office administrator here at Swing for the Stars. She attended Southern New Hampshire University where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in early childhood development. She hopes to further her education in this field and continue working with children in the future. In her spare time, you can find Hayley hiking and enjoying the outdoors. She is excited to be a part of the Swing for the Stars team and to warmly welcome families to our facility
Join Our Team
Are you a pediatric therapist who enjoys working in a setting that focuses on providing exceptional therapy services in a playful, welcoming, team oriented environment? Consider joining our team!