Rosanna Lee, PT, C/NDT graduated with honors, from NYU in 1997. She has 18 years of experience working in a wide range of pediatric settings including early intervention centers, pre-schools, public schools, therapy/sensory gyms, in the home, and hospitals. She is dedicated to providing the best quality of care to her clients. Please click here to read parent testimonials.
Rosanna completed the 8-week certification program in the Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT) Approach for Children, which focuses on the assessment of children’s posture and movement patterns and facilitation of more efficient and fluid movement patterns. She completed the 2-week Advanced NDT Baby (0-12 months old) course and completed the 4-day Advanced NDT Ribcage and Upper Extremity course. Rosanna has taken numerous courses in sensory integration and has completed the 4-week certification program in Sensory Integration Praxis Testing (SIPT). Rosanna is trained in Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime model which focuses on keeping a child motivated and engaged during play. She has also taken Pilates and yoga courses, and incorporates that into the strengthening and flexibility portion of her treatment exercises, as appropriate. Rosanna combines her knowledge in all these areas of development for a “whole child” treatment approach.
Rosanna is a treatment provider and evaluator for Early Intervention, and a treatment provider for CPSE and CSE. She also provides Private PT evaluations, treatment, and detailed home exercise programs. Rosanna speaks Taishanese and Cantonese.
Marta Canaan MS, OTR/L is a licensed and certified NYS Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of experience working with children in Brooklyn, NY. Marta has earned a post-graduate Master’s in Occupational Therapy from FIU, and has completed various post-professional courses related to pediatric OT practice. She is trained in the use of the Therapeutic Listening Program (4/2008), and completed a mentorship with Mary Kawar MS, OTR to provide the Vestibular-Oculomotor Protocol (sound activated vestibular-visual protocol). She has also taken nutrition and feeding related courses, sensory integration for early intervention courses, Brain Gym courses, a visual processing related course, Handwriting Without Tears program course, and advanced courses in sensory integration therapy. She conducted research related to Sensory Processing Disorder in children, in order to further inform her practice as an evidence-based practitioner.
Marta has worked with children in a therapeutic nursery, preschool, pediatric therapy clinic, schools, and home based settings. She is an approved provider of Early Intervention services and evaluations, as well as an independent provider of OT for the NYC Board of Education, and as such can provide related services to preschool and school-aged children. She began doing so in home settings, and has now expanded her practice to the clinic in order to provide holistic care along with other clinicians. She is passionate about working with children of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential and live their lives to the fullest, with a focus on treating the whole child. Her love of OT began when working in South Florida with children with special needs in summer and day camps. Marta strives to address what matters most to children and their families by always engaging in family-centered practice. Marta is bilingual as she is fluent in both English and Spanish. Please click here to read parent testimonials.
Natalie Kimmelman Maroni, MA, CCC-SLP/TSLD is a Brooklyn-based speech-language pathologist who received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University and her B.A. from Columbia University. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), her New York State Speech-Language Pathology license, and her certificate as a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD). During her years at the Rebecca School, as well as in private practice, Natalie has worked with young children and adolescents with mild to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), Developmental Apraxia of Speech (DAS/CAS), Fragile X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, and other global developmental delays. Through her work at pediatric private practices and sensory gyms, Natalie continues to specialize in addressing language and articulation delays, phonological disorders, social/pragmatic deficits, auditory processing disorders, apraxia, and oral-motor difficulties.
Natalie is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), DIR-Floortime, and oral-motor therapy techniques. She also has experience treating pediatric feeding disorders using a language- and sensory-based approach. Additionally, Natalie has developed and programmed alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems and devices, ranging from PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems) to iPads (Proloquo2Go, My Choice Boards) to dedicated devices (ProxTalker, Dynavox). Through her years working as an assistant kindergarten teacher in the public schools, she has extensive experience supporting children as they develop early literacy skills and phonemic awareness, and is trained in the Wilson Fundations Language Basics program. Natalie has a long history working with children prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, as an assistant kindergarten teacher, classroom assistant, and one-to-one aide in various special-needs schools and recreational programs in the Westchester-Manhattan area, including the NYC and Ardsley public schools, Learning Spring Elementary, and the Parkside School.
On a personal note, Natalie grew up with a wonderful younger brother with autism. Thus, she is very aware of the unique challenges and rewards of having a family member with special needs, and is well-versed in much of the current news and research in the field. Natalie is passionate about combining evidence-based practice, creative play, and engaging activities to foster growth, and about working with children and families together to achieve speech and language goals. Please click here to read parent testimonials.
Renee Ortega, MS, COTA/L, R-DMT, SIPT, LCAT is a certified occupational therapy practitioner. In addition she is a registered dance/movement therapist and licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT). Over the course of the past several years she has worked with the adult and pediatric population in both occupational therapy (OT) and dance/movement therapy (DMT). Ms. Ortega has specialized and trained in the areas of SIPT certification, applied behavioral analysis, interactive metronome, Wilbarger protocol and Stanley Greenspan’s Floortime in addition to other therapeutic techniques and approaches. She has educated, trained, and supervised students and treated clients pairing techniques and tools from both professions. Her area of research is how culture impacts the social/emotional development of children. She is currently pursuing a Phd in International Psychology with a trauma concentration and strives to apply these principles and philosophy in her private and community practice and research. She has joined Small Steps Big Leaps to provide social movement classes for groups and individual children.
Sherrie Wharton MA, OTR/L, is a NYS licensed and certified occupational therapist who earned a Master’s Degree from NYU. She has over 28 years experience working with families and children. She is also a Master Instructor of Integrated Energy Therapy. Through Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, Sherrie co-facilitated an online six week introduction to Social Emotional Learning in the Spring of 2014 for educators, administrators, social workers and a variety of others that work with children. Her experience and study has led her to a deeper understanding of effective parenting strategies, childhood behaviors, and brain research. It is Sherrie’s mission to guide others to be more effective parents and feel more joy in their relationships with their children, as well as to help children reach their full potential. Through her Parenting Consultations, Parenting Classes or Holistic Occupational Therapy, Sherrie will work together with you and your child to help everyone thrive. She believes that the more you access the best of who you are, the more you can see the best in your child and support your child’s success in all areas of their lives. Sherrie incorporates the latest brain research, emotional intelligence skills and mindfulness in her Parenting Consultations and Children’s Classes, which she offers over the phone and in person throughout the New York area, including Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester and Putnam Counties. For more information about Sherrie and her services, please visit: http://www.accessthebestyou.com/.