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Jodie Heath, MS OTR/L
Executive Director

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
Physical Therapy Department Director & PT Intake Coordinator

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

Danica Brown, PT, DPT

Danica is a staff physical therapist at Swing for the Stars.  She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from Sacred Heart University in 2016 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce University in 2019.  Danica has experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses throughout various pediatric settings including outpatient, inpatient, aquatics, adaptive equipment clinic, developmental clinic, and therapeutic riding.  Danica has furthered her education by taking classes in aquatic therapy.  She enjoys working with children and their families to help them reach their goals and improve their functional mobility. 

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.

Gina Sparrow, MA 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
Clinical Director & OT Intake Coordinator

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.

Kelsey Heafield, 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
ST Student Fieldwork Coordinator

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.

Lauren Gillette, MS, CCC-SLP

Lauren received her Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Special Education.  She then continued at the same university to pursue her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Lauren has experience working in a variety of settings, with children of all ages, that have difficulty with: speech sound disorders, social skills, receptive language, expressive language, and/or executive function.  She also has experience in basic sign language, high and low technology communication devices, social skills groups, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS).  Lauren is a Certified Early Intervention Specialist and believes in providing services using a family-centered approach to improve communication and quality of life across settings.

Laurie Burton, OTR/L
OT Student Fieldwork Coordinator

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
Speech Department Director & ST Intake Coordinator

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.

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Jenn St. Cyr
Office Manager

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 Morin
Billing Specialist

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.

Cassidy Menczywor
Administrative Assistant

Cassidy is the Administrative Assistant at Swing for the Stars Pediatric Therapy Center.  Cassidy studied business and general studies at NHTI.  She has experience working both in customer service and in hospitality.  Cassidy brings her creativity and organizational skills to our office team.  She looks forward to meeting all of our Swing for the Stars families and helping to make their experiences in our office as easy and comfortable as possible. 

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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!

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