Jennifer Kiellach, OTR/L
Jennifer worked in the Sarasota County School district for over 10 years. In 2007, she was recognized by Child Connections magazine as a Hometown Hero for her dedication to educating parents and teachers statewide on the role of sensory processing and the importance of sensory diets. In 2008, she was honored as a Pillar Nominee for outstanding contributions to education by the Sarasota County School board. The “Sensory Room Kids Get In Sync”, by Abigail Grace Kroneberger, who was in second grade when she wrote it, is dedicated to Jennifer and was published in January, 2008. The book highlights the morning sensory program implemented by Jennifer at Fruitville Elementary school. In 2004, Ms. Kiellach was named “Teacher of the Year” at Oak Park School. She has presented numerous workshops both county and statewide, most notably for the Florida Department of Education “Weekend With the Experts”. She has done consulting work in both Highlands and Charlotte counties to provide specialty programming related to sensory processing for children with ASD in those districts. Jennifer has served as a cabin therapist at Camp Avanti in Hudson, Wisconsin since 2006. Camp Avanti is a unique summer program that combines a typical camp experience with an intensive Sensory Integration approach for children with severe sensory processing difficulties. Prior to becoming an OT, Jennifer attended Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida where she majored in International Business. Her business career focused on international marketing and research and eventually led to a job recruiting foreign educated occupational and physical therapists to come and work in the United States. It was during this time that she was introduced to OT. She then returned to school to obtain her Master’s degree in Health Sciences at the University of Florida. With Sensory Solutions, she brings together both her business background and her OT experience to move forward with her dream of creating a sensory clinic that provides quality movement experiences for all!
Joanne Marie Weeks, COTA/L, LMT
Joanne is an occupational therapy assistant with six years of experience, working within the pediatric and geriatric population. She has experience in school-based therapy, with training in sensory processing disorders, HWT, yoga for the special child, and low vision therapy. Joanne is also a massage therapist with over 16 years experience, specializing in neuromuscular work, cranial sacral, aromatherapy and therapeutic touch. Her gentle spirit approach focuses on individual abilities and strengths, and self-awareness, both for the child and their family. Joanne is married, with two daughters, and four grandchildren.
Jenna Virgo, MS, OTR/L
Jenna has been at Sensory Solutions since 2012. She has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from New College of Florida and a master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Jenna taught gross motor skill development classes at The Little Gym to kids ages 4 months to 12 years. Her areas of interest include gross motor, fine motor, and sensory processing development. She is certified in the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique and the SOS (Sequential, Oral, Sequencing) Approach to Feeding, including advanced training for the Food Scientist Adaptation. She believes in low stress, fun-filled therapy that simultaneously nurtures and challenges children to help them reach their fullest potential.
Kristen has her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Florida. Kristen has a strong passion for teaching and enjoys helping children to reach their highest potential. She has worked with typically developing students in the pre-school setting, provides child care for children with special needs and has done extensive volunteering at local schools working with typically developing children as well as those with special needs. Kristen recently completed the Pre-Kindergarten Handicapped Endorsement. She has gentle spirit and a kind heart. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, shopping, watching Gator football and spending time with her family.
Jessica Watson, COTA/L
Jessica attended the University of South Florida where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences. She then attended Keiser University where she received her Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Jessica has experience working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with both children and adults and has taken steps to expand her knowledge through courses such as Craniosacral Therapy and MORE: Integrating the mouth with sensory and postural functions. She loves children and is passionate about working with her clients and their families to achieve their highest potential.
Melissa Milton, OTR/L
Melissa graduated from SUNY University at Buffalo where she received her B.S. in Occupational Science and her M.S. in Occupational Therapy. She completed her clinical fieldwork experience at Sensory Solutions in 2014, where she discovered a truly unique atmosphere for children to receive therapy from a fun and caring staff. She was excited to return as a full-time member of this staff in 2015, bringing her own set of skills and abilities, as well as a readiness to learn even more. Melissa finds great value in working together with both children and their families to help kids develop into the best version of themselves.
Amber Parry is our office manager! She tries to keep everything organized and running smoothly. Amber handles all of our billing, scheduling, phones, and other daily operations. Amber left the field of teaching in 2013 and decided to make a career change. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She taught in Iowa for 1 year before moving to Sarasota County where she continued teaching for 12 additional years; always working with children with special needs. She also has a passion for dogs. In her free time she volunteers for Pet Therapy programs with her dog Bailey. She takes Bailey to a nursing home and elementary school once a week. Amber is also a Big Sister to a child that she once taught. She enjoys the time they spend together and hopes she can be a positive role model for her. Amber loves working at Sensory Solutions! She feels the clients and staff make it a fun place to work.