Kathy Carley MS, OTR/L
Kathy Carley is the owner and executive director of Project CHILLD. An experienced and respected occupational therapist, Kathy is also revered as a pioneer in the field of sound therapies. Kathy’s extensive background includes work in public and private school systems, early intervention settings, private clinics, hospitals, and community-based programs. In 2001, Kathy’s passions for both occupational and sound therapy culminated in the birth of Project CHILLD, which originated as the first sound therapy clinic in the Northeast. Kathy has worked continuously to create a holistic, therapeutic environment that strives to help each individual access his many innate and unique skills. Project CHILLD combines the art and science of traditional occupational and speech therapy with evidence-based, holistic approaches.
Kathy’s clinical education experience includes specialized training in a variety of therapeutic interventions and techniques. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and has advanced training and certifications in the implementation of integrated sound therapies. Kathy has also received comprehensive training in visual-vestibular treatment techniques, motor control theory, oral motor interventions, reflex integration, perceptual training, executive functioning, attachment theory, developmental hand skills, assistive typing and neurofeedback therapy.
Kathy is a two-time recipient (1997 & 2005) of the Margaret L. Bauman, M.D. Award for Excellence. She serves as a sub-committee member of the Massachusetts Autism Commission. She has served as adjunct professor for the Salem State University Occupational Therapy program and is currently a member of the Salem State Occupational Therapy External Advisory Board and the Project Access: Bridge to the Future Advisory Board at North Shore Community College. Kathy continues to provide mentorship and guidance to graduate students and therapists of all levels at Project CHILLD, and her expertise in the field of sound therapy is often sought after by colleagues and healthcare professionals. Kathy’s publications include Sound Therapy: A Complementary Intervention for Individuals with Sensory Integration Disorders Volumes I and II (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2013).
Christine King COTA/L
Sound Therapy Coordinator
Christine King began her career as an occupational therapist in 1996 after earning a degree from North Shore Community College. She spent 12 years providing occupational therapy services in a public-school setting, then joined the Project CHILLD team in 2002. Prior to having children, Christine worked in several community-based programs, which helped to build the foundational skills she would later use as a therapist. She served as a staff supervisor, advocate and counselor, providing crisis intervention services and running social skills groups. Christine later played a key role in the development and opening of an adolescent assessment center for Northeastern Family Institute, where she became the Assistant Director. Additionally, Christine and her husband served as foster parents. In 2012, Christine traveled to Haiti with Gotorphans.org, where the group provided supplies, constructed equipment and trained staff and volunteers in an orphanage for severely disabled children.
Christine’s professional experience includes a variety of public speaking engagements and trainings. She was honored as the keynote speaker at the 2017 Rethinking Autism Conference in Indiana, where she presented on motor planning and communication. Additionally, Christine completed and presented several case studies for Integrated Listening Systems at their International Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Christine has received extensive training in several sound therapy programs, such as Integrated Sound Therapy, Dynamic Listening Systems and The Listening Program. She has also furthered her occupational therapy education in many areas including Brain Highways, The Alert Program, Brain Gym and Handwriting Without Tears.
Kim Martell MS, OTR/L
Kim Martell is an occupational therapist and board-certified neurofeedback provider, who has specialized in pediatric practice at Project CHILLD since 2009. Her desire to pursue occupational therapy was born from personal experience with her younger brother, who has Down syndrome. This offered Kim the opportunity to witness and participate in therapies, special needs camps and adaptive activities throughout childhood. In 2008, Kim earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. Two years later, Project CHILLD began its in-house neurofeedback program, and Kim jumped at the opportunity to learn. She had earned her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Bates College in 2003 and had always been fascinated by the brain. Kim became a board-certified neurofeedback provider in 2014 and has since attended the annual Neurofeedback Interchange Conference. In addition to neurofeedback, Kim has training in Sensory Processing, the Astronaut Training Program, Handwriting Without Tears and Integrated Listening Systems.
Kim’s professional experience includes speaking engagements on the topic of Sensory Processing Disorder, at the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Conference in 2016, and via webinar for the Arc of Massachusetts. In 2015, she presented on the topic of neurofeedback at the Salem State Annual Student Research Conference.
Susan Dancewicz MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Therapy Director
Susan Dancewicz has over 30 years of experience working in the field of speech/language pathology. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University, a Master of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology from Columbia University and is a certified member of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association. Susan’s extensive background working in private practice as well as in early intervention, community-based, and acute care and rehabilitation hospital settings includes work with both adults and children with communication and feeding challenges. Her clinical experience includes training in a variety of therapeutic interventions and techniques. She has completed advanced training in PROMPT, an approach to develop motor control for speech, use of the DIR/Floortime model approach to understanding and improving a child’s development, and development and use of augmentative systems of communication. Susan also has extensive training in assessment and treatment of feeding/swallowing disorders and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of swallowing assessment and feeding programs in hospital, home care, and early intervention settings.
Brianna Pierce MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Clinical Coordinator
Brianna Pierce received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science/ Occupational Studies in 2011 and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2012 at the University of New England. She completed her first Level II fieldwork placement at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette, Indiana in their pediatric outpatient clinic. During this fieldwork experience, she gained knowledge working with children with a variety of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, fine motor delay, and more. After fulfilling her second Level II fieldwork in 2012 at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Brianna joined the Whittier team as an occupational therapist. There, Brianna gained experience with clients who had varying diagnoses from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder to traumatic brain injury and stroke. Since her employment at Project CHILLD in December 2013, Brianna has continued her education with pediatric occupational therapy by attending various continuing education courses. She has furthered her knowledge in the areas of Neuroplasticity, the Brain Highways Program, Essentials of Sensory Integration Theory, the Essentials of Sensory Integration Assessment, and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents.
Lauren Jamieson MOT, OTR/L
Lauren Jamieson graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2012, she graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Lauren worked as a travel occupational therapist in a variety of settings. Due to her participation in travel therapy, Lauren gained experience working with a vast variety of clients, including individuals with neurological and orthopedic conditions. She worked for two years at a pediatric clinic in Virginia Beach, VA and joined the Project CHILLD team in December of 2016.
Jessica Marzi MOT, OTR/L
Clinical Education Coordinator
Jessica Marzi graduated from Saint Michaels College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she worked at Project SOAR, a residential school for children with severe behavioral, emotional and social disabilities. In 2011 she graduated from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. While at UNH she completed a fieldwork at Swing for the Stars, a sensory integration clinic in Concord, NH. After college she moved to Breckenridge, CO and interned for two years at a pediatric OT clinic specializing in sensory integration. Prior to her time at Project CHILLD Jess worked for three years at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital specializing in the treatment of individuals with neurological disorders. She joined Project CHILLD in April 2015. Jess has completed continuing education courses on executive function and sensory integration theory and assessment. She has experience with: The Alert Program, Zones of Regulation, Handwriting Without Tears, The Kawar Protocol, Learning Breakthrough and Brain Gym. She is currently the Clinical Education Coordinator at Project CHILLD.
Kara Mistretta MOT, OTR/L
Kara Mistretta received her Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences degree in May 2014 and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in January 2016 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. In the summer of 2014, Kara completed her first Level II fieldwork placement at Solstice Day School in Rowley, MA. During this fieldwork, she gained experience working with adolescents who had varying diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders. After her graduate year of schooling, Kara completed her second Level II fieldwork placement in the summer of 2015 at Lifecare Centers of Merrimack Valley, a skilled nursing facility in Billerica, MA. There she worked with clients who had varying diagnoses including COPD and those in recovery for joint replacements. Kara completed her third Level II fieldwork at Project CHILLD in December 2015, after which she eagerly joined the team.
Tina Millar MS, CCC-SLP, RYT200
Speech-Language Pathologist, Yoga Instructor
Tina Millar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elms College in 2007. She worked for one year in the public school system as a speech-language pathology assistant before beginning graduate school. She then received a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 2010. After settling in the Boston area, she began her career as an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist in the public school setting, treating various articulation, receptive language, expressive language, and nonverbal language disorders. Tina has training in the S.O.S. approach to feeding and is an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, with trainings in baby/toddler and children’s yoga. She joined the Project CHILLD team in the summer of 2013.
Kelly McNamee MS, CCC-SLP
May Chou MA, OTR/L
May Chou received her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2016. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology with a certificate in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012. Prior to starting OT school, May worked as a residential advisor at Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a music school for young adults with developmental disabilities. May is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and recently presented at their annual conference. She has continued to grow her knowledge by attending courses for Sensory Integration Theory, Sensory Integration Assessment, Sensory Integration Treatment, and Reflexes. May Joined the Project CHILLD team in January of 2016.
Danielle Walsh MS, OTR/L
Danielle Walsh received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Science in May of 2015 and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in October of 2016 from Ithaca College. Throughout her tenure at Ithaca, she participated in multiple pediatric research studies including “Tots on Bots;” a research study developing robotic-based mobility platforms to promote early mobility for infants with motor impairments. She completed her first Level II fieldwork experience at Boston Ability Center, a pediatric outpatient clinic with a sensory integration focus in Wellesley, MA, and her specialty fieldwork at Project CHILLD in the summer of 2016. Danielle is currently a part-time occupational therapist at Saint Mary’s Center for Women and Children. She developed and continues to manage their first pediatric occupational therapy program in the Bridge Home, a residential program for children who have experienced trauma and neglect. Danielle has completed continuing education courses in trauma informed care, as well as a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training course through Cornell University’s Family Life Development Center. Danielle joined the Project CHILLD team in August of 2017.
Danielle DeLisio MOT, OTR/L
Danielle DeLisio earned her Associate in Science degree in 2010 and has worked as a certified occupational therapy assistant for seven years. She received her Bachelor of Science in 2015 and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2017 from Salem State University. Danielle has five years experience working in a public school setting with preschool to middle school aged students with varying abilities and diagnoses, as well as working in a transitional school with children with severe disabilities and behavioral difficulties. In addition, Danielle has experience working with older adults in a short and long term rehabilitation settings. Danielle completed her Level II fieldwork at Project CHILLD and joined the team in April 2017. Danielle has training and experience with Handwriting Without Tears, in which she is currently pursuing her Level I handwriting specialist certification.
Danielle Onorio, BS, SLP-A
Danielle Onorio is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders. During her undergraduate degree, she gained experience working in Early Intervention, outpatient pediatric clinics, peer mentoring students with autism, and interning with the Speech and Language Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since graduating, she has been working in the Saugus Public Schools with preschool and elementary students. Danielle has experience working with phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language delay, autism spectrum disorder, hearing loss, and executive functioning/social pragmatic difficulties. Danielle joined the Project CHILLD team in July 2017 and is looking forward to helping more children communicate effectively.
Danielle Hall COTA
Danielle Hall has been an associate level occupational therapist since 2012 and has been working toward a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy since 2015. In May 2017, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science/Occupational Studies from Salem State University, where she plans to complete her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy with an expected graduation date in May 2019. Prior to joining the Project CHILLD team in June 2016, she worked as a COTA/in the field of OT at 3 nursing homes around the Greater Boston area where she gained experience working with clients who had varying diagnoses from cardiopulmonary, neurological, and physical dysfunction. Before beginning her career in OT, she was a nanny for many years for children ages newborn to ten years old.