MEET OUR:

Occupational Therapists

Emily Masterson, M.S., OTR/L

 

In 2006, Emily Masterson graduated from Keuka College with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. Since then, she has focused and honed her skills towards the pediatric population.  Emily loves working with kids in both the school and clinic settings. 

 

Her experience includes motor skill development, sensory integration, and feeding. Emily is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the State of Ohio. She is also a proud member of American Occupational Therapy Association.

 

 

You may contact Emily at emily@specializedspeech.com

 

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Sarah Aldridge, OTR/L

Sarah Aldridge joined Specialized Speech Technologies, Inc. in August of 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the Florida International University. Sarah has a long history of working with children and has shown a special interest in sensory processing disorders (sensory modulation, self-regulation, sensory based motor disorders), auditory processing disorders, functional vision, baby treatment, wheelchair assessment/positioning, Handwriting Without Tears program, NeuroNet program, Therapeutic Listening, and Rhymic Movement Training.

 

She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Furthermore, she is licensed by the State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

You may contact Sarah at sarah@specializedspeech.com

 

 

 

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Julie Ballinger, M.S., OTR/L

 

Julie Ballinger started at Specialized Speech Technologies, Inc. in August 2017.  She graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Natural Resources and again with a Masters of Occupational Therapy.  Julie worked for many years an environmental educator and then as a preschool teacher.  Julie is certified by the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy and holds licenses from the state of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

 

Julie enjoys working with people of all ages but is especially passionate about working with the pediatric population and their families.

 

You may contact Julie at julie@specializedspeech.com

 

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Shardae Burks, MOTR/L

 

Shardae Burks, MOTR/L joined Specialized Speech Technologies in February 2015. She attended The Ohio State University as an undergraduate, where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Allied Health Professions with a specialization in Health Management in 2011. Shardae received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University in 2014. She is certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the State of Ohio.

 

Shardae appreciates working with clients of all ages. She has experience working in a variety of settings including: adult day center for individuals with developmental disabilities, hand therapy clinic, acute care hospital, pediatric outpatient clinic, after school program for low income at-risk students, and school systems. Shardae enjoys engaging children in therapeutic and meaningful activities to help increase function and age appropriate independence.

 

You may contact Shardae at shardae@specializedspeech.com

 

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Nicole Capoccia, MOTR/L

 

Nicole Capoccia joined Specialized Speech Technologies in August 2013. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Performance. She received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2004 from West Virginia University. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the State of Ohio.

 

Nicole is currently in her tenth year of working in school-based practice and has worked with children ranging from preschool to high school age. She also has experience working with children and adolescents with physical and cognitive disabilities within the home setting. Her interests include visual motor integration, visual perception, fine motor development, vocational and life skill development, assistive technology, and handwriting. Her passion is in working with the pediatric population and their families, and she strives to make therapy sessions fun and meaningful for the child.

 

You may contact Nicole at nicolec@specializedspeech.com

 

 

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Michelle Long, MOT, OTR-L

 

Michelle Long joined Specialized Speech Technologies in February 2015.  She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Disability Studies and in 2014 with her Masters of Occupational Therapy.  During her second year of graduate school she completed a year-long fellowship as a LEND Trainee through The Ohio State University Nisonger Center where she further honed her skills working with individuals across the lifespan with developmental disabilities.  Michelle is certified by the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy and holds licenses from the state of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

 

Michelle has experience working with children from preschool to 12th grade in the schools and home setting and adults in inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and inpatient psychiatric care.  She is passionate about providing motivating and client-centered care to all clients with a special interest in developmental disabilities.  Michelle is the proud sister of a wonderful young adult who has Down syndrome.

 

You may contact Michelle at michelle@specializedspeech.com

 

 

Amy Piekosz, OTD, OTR/L

 

Amy Piekosz joined Specialized Speech Technologies, Inc. in September 2020. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College and her entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University.

She is passionate about the pediatric population and is excited to advance her knowledge and skills through her work in schools and in the clinic. Amy is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association!

You may contact Amy at amy@specializedspeech.com

 

 

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Danielle Rasey, M.S., OTR/L

 

Danielle Rasey joined Specialized Speech Technologies in October 2019. She graduated with her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from The University of Findlay in 2016. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

Danielle has experience working in the school systems, as well as community mental health and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. She enjoys working in the schools and developing personal connections with all of her students.

 

 

You may contact Danielle at danielle@specializedspeech.com

 

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Michelle Simms, OTR/L

 

Michelle Simms joined Specialized Speech Technologies, Inc. in December of 2018. She graduated from Ohio State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015 and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2017. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the state of Ohio.

 

Michelle has enjoyed working with both adults and kids in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, schools, and acute care. She especially enjoys working with the pediatric population and their families.

 

You may contact Michelle at michelles@specializedspeech.com

 

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Katie Trippel, MOT, OTR/L

 

Katie Trippel joined Specialized Speech Technologies, Inc. in October 2015. She attended the University of Dayton, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in early childhood education in 2002. Following graduation, Katie worked 6 years at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a certified child life specialist, providing family centered psychosocial, developmental, and educational support for patients and their families. With a passion to help others and a desire to further her healthcare career, Katie returned to graduate school at The Ohio State University, where she graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2009. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, licensed by the state of Ohio and the Ohio Board of Education.

 

Katie has worked with pre-school aged children through high school in the school setting. Additionally, she has treated adults in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and in a hand therapy setting. Katie has experience in the evaluation and treatment for visual motor, fine motor, and visual perceptual delays as well as sensory processing disorders.  Her areas of interest include visual motor integration, sensory processing, assistive technology, and teaching self-regulation skills. Katie enjoys working with clients of all ages, but especially loves collaborating with students, family, and staff in the school setting.

 

You can reach Katie at katiet@specializedspeech.com

 

 

 

 

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Meghan Vesper, MOT, OTR/L

 

Meghan Vesper joined Specialized Speech Technologies, Inc. in August 2020. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Denison University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland. After working as the Director of Sales and Marketing for an independent film center, Meghan went back to school and received her Master of Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University. She is certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education. She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

 

Meghan has experience working in inpatient psychiatric care, community mental health, and the school setting. She is passionate about collaborating with families and incorporating a child’s strengths and interests into therapy sessions. 

 

You may contact Meghan at meghan@specializedspeech.com

 

Occupational Therapist

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