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.
Andrea Broderick, MS OTR/L
Andrea is a staff occupational therapist at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. Andrea received her Undergraduate and Master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire. While at UNH she was selected to the Golden Key National Honor Society as well as the National Honor Society AED-Chapter. It was also at UNH, where she took an extensive course focusing on Ayres’ Sensory Integration theory and how to implement this approach during treatments. Andrea has experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses throughout various pediatric settings, including outpatient and early intervention. With these experiences Andrea has become skilled with applying the sensory integration approach. Andrea also has previous experience working with a selection of assistive technologies, including ADL tools, wheelchair positioning and mobility, and home safety equipment. Andrea enjoys working closely with families and the pediatric population in order to improve a child’s overall quality of life.
Gina Sparrow, MS CCC-SLP
Gina received her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire before deciding to pursue a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology at Indiana University. She has experience working in outpatient pediatrics with children with a variety of medical complications and precautions, developmental disorders, and communication impairments. Her background includes working with children with autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, and other genetic and developmental disorders. Gina has worked with children of all ages in the areas of receptive and expressive language, articulation and speech sound disorders, stuttering, social skills, and executive functioning. She has attended trainings in a variety of topics, including the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) program as well as social skills programs. Gina enjoys working with families to create a successful communication environment for children at home and in the community.
Jamie Jones, MS OTR/L
Jamie is the clinical director and the director of the aquatics therapy program at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. Jamie received her Undergraduate degree at Keene State College and Masters Degree from the University of New Hampshire. She has worked in other clinical settings and had extensive experience with children of all ages. Jamie has completed continuing education in sensory integration theory, treating children with autism spectrum disorders, oral motor treatment strategies, attention deficit disorder, social anxiety disorders, pediatric bipolar disorder, and visual development. Jamie is also experienced in the integration of primitive reflexes and primary movement patterns, implementing the Alert Program and Handwriting Without Tears. Jamie is certified in the Therapeutic Listening Program and is certified in Integrated Listening Systems at the practitioner level, and is also certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition, she is trained in Rhythmic Movment Training for integration of retained primary reflexes as well as the SOS Approach to Feeding, and the Bal-A-Vis-X program.
Kaylene Samuels, PT, DPT
Kaylene is a staff physical therapist at Swing for the Stars. She is also the adaptive equipment coordinator at the clinic. Kaylene graduated from Clarkson University with her Bachelor of Science degree then continued her education at the University of New England earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, aquatics, acute care and pediatrics where she has developed a true passion. Kaylene has always worked with children growing up and loves that she is able to continue this path within her career. In graduate school she enjoyed evaluating and training pediatric soccer athletes in an ACL injury prevention program. She enjoys supporting Special Olympics, including her sister, who has competed in swimming and basketball. She has previously volunteered to complete fitness tests of athletes of the Special Olympics. She is excited to continue providing physical therapy for the pediatric population in their crucial time of growth and development.
Kelsey Burrill, MS OTR/L
Kelsey is a staff occupational therapist at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. Kelsey attended Husson University in Bangor, Maine, where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in occupational therapy. Kelsey has worked with children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses. Kelsey has previous experience working in pediatrics including early intervention as well as school-based occupational therapy practice. Throughout this experience Kelsey has developed the skills to apply Ayer’s Sensory Integration approach to treatment. In the school setting, Kelsey worked in a multidisciplinary model in order to provide interventions that met the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of children who were severely disabled. Kelsey has experience using the Alert Program as well as the Zones of Regulation in treatment. Kelsey enjoys collaborating with children and their families in order to help facilitate children’s functional participation in their daily lives.
Kerstin Peters, MS CCC-SLP
Kerstin received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies Minor at the University of New Hampshire. She also completed her Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire with a focus in early childhood. Kerstin has experience working with children with a variety of difficulties including social skills, articulation, executive functions, and language-based learning. She has experience in basic sign language, social skills programs, and high and low technology communication devices. She is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS) and has experience and training in the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) program. Kerstin is also trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding program. Kerstin genuinely enjoys working with children and their families to enhance communication and quality of life at home and at school.
Kristen Patterson, MS OTR/L
Kristen is a staff occupational therapist at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire. Kristen has experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses and is familiar and experienced with using a sensory integration approach during treatment. Kristen also has experience working with a variety of assistive technologies and implementing the Astronaut Training Program. She has completed continuing education courses in sleep positioning for those with body distortions and elopement prevention for children who have the tendency to escape or wander. She is trained in the Bal-A-Vis-X program as well as the Therapeutic Listening program. Kristen enjoys working closely with children and their families to improve overall participation in daily activities.
Laurie Burton, OTR/L
Laurie is the student fieldwork coordinator at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center. Laurie received her Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Univesity of New Hampshire. She has worked in other clinical settings including public schools, a private school, and early intervention. She has extensive experience with children of all ages. Laurie is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and has completed continuing education in sensory integration theory, behavior management techniques, treatment of non-integrated primitive reflexes and primary movement patterns, treating vestibular based disorders, treating children with autism spectrum disorders, oral motor treatment strategies, and Handwriting Without Tears. Laurie is experienced in implementing the Alert Program, is certified in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Therapeutic Listening, and is certified in Integrated Listening Systems at the practitioner level. She is also trained in Bal-A-Vis-X, Rhythmic Movement Training for integration of retained primary reflexes, as well as the SOS Approach to Feeding.
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.
Jenn St. Cyr
Jenn is the office manager at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center, and is most likely the smiling face that greets you at the front window, or the friendly voice you will hear when you call into the office. She is responsible for keeping the front office running smoothly and efficiently, and does an amazing job with this, each and every day. Jenn studied Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University while focusing in Human Resources and Psychology. She brings 10 years medical office management experience with her to Swing for the Stars and a passion for superb customer service
Stacey is the Billing Specialist at Swing for the Stars. She is your go-to-person for questions regarding insurance benefits and coverage for therapy services offered at our facility. Stacey studied Business Administration at NHTI while focusing on medical terminology and coding. She brings five years of medical office experience with her to Swing for the Stars and has a passion for helping others.
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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!