Kathy Carley MS, OTR/L
Executive DirectorKathy 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 CoordinatorChristine 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
Neurofeedback CoordinatorKim 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 DirectorSusan 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 CoordinatorBrianna 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
Occupational TherapistLauren 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 CoordinatorJessica 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
Occupational TherapistKara 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 InstructorTina 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
Kelly McNamee joined the team at Project CHILLD in the summer of 2015. Prior to Project CHILLD, she worked with outpatient pediatrics and inpatient adults in a hospital setting. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and her Master of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology from Northeastern University. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Kelly has training in the S.O.S. approach to feeding, in PROMPT articulation technique, and has taken training in social skills from Michelle Garcia Winner. Kelly loves working with all areas of pediatric speech and language. In her free time, Kelly enjoys yoga, biking, hiking, and travel.