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!
Kristen McBreen, OTR/L
Kristen is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University where she obtained a master’s degree in occupational therapy. She has 10 years of experience working with children of all ages. Kristen discovered her passion for OT while volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding program and has continued to gain unique experiences within her field. She enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
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.
Sue Sell, COTA/L
Sue is an occupational therapy assistant with many years of experience guiding children as they laugh, learn and grow. She has worked as an OT Assistant for the Sarasota County School system since 2006. Prior to becoming an OTA, Sue taught pre-school for 15 years, has been active in leading children’s and family ministries for over 10 years and also works as a volunteer for a local hippotherapy program. Sue is caring, and compassionate and has a flair for finding creative solutions.
Jenna Virgo, OT
Pam Plank, MS., CCC-SLP
Pam attended the University of New Hampshire where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then went on to Nova Southeastern University where she received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 1993. Pam has extensive experience working with children of all ages including those with profound disabilities. She presented at the Assistive Technology Industry Association's (ATIA) national conference in 2010 on Core Fusion, a collaboration of core vocabulary, activity specific vocabulary and light technology. Pam is well known in the Sarasota/Bradenton community for her commitment to excellence as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Brenda Flanders, MS., CCC-SLP
Brenda received her BA in Communication disorders, followed by a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1999 from the University of South Florida. She has a wide variety of experience, most notably with children presenting with phonological, articulation, language, fluency and voice disorders. She has worked with clients ranging in age from Pre-K through adulthood. She speaks Spanish as a second language and participated in a language immersion program in Costa Rica. Brenda has a gentle spirit and kind heart and brings a sense of calm and peace to those that are around her.
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.
Casey Pfabe, OT Aide