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DICP Staff

Development is Child’s Play prides itself in the quality of our staff. We recruit the best possible candidates who are professionally trained and skilled in engaging children in the therapeutic process. Then, we provide extensive supervision and mentoring to further develop the skills of our therapists and support therapy student interns. All clinical staff members have degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech and language pathology, have passed a national exam, and are licensed in California to provide therapy.

Development is Child’s Play staff members have advanced coursework in the area of sensory processing. Occupational Therapists have extensive training in evaluation and Ayres Sensory Integration. Our therapists have additional training in feeding/swallowing issues, language and communication, AAC, motor development, orthotics and splinting, neurodevelopmental treatment, reflex integration, auditory interventions (e.g. therapeutic listening), fine motor issues (e.g. handwriting programs), and other techniques.

DICP Therapists and Staff

Sena Felt

Sena Felt Occupational TherapistDICP Co-Owner

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Sena Felt

Sena Felt OTR/L.

Position:
Occupational Therapist Owner

Biography:
Sena received her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. Before joining the therapy staff at DICP, Sena worked in acute care rehab at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, at a skilled nursing facility and private school based setting in the Greater DC area, as well as a multi-disciplinary pediatric facility in Egypt. Sena became a co-owner of Development is Child’s Play in 2017. Sena is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and is trained in reflex integration, feeding, animal-assisted therapy and several forms of therapeutic listening including iLS, The Listening Program, and Therapeutic Listening. She enjoys mentoring therapists and is inspired to create a practice that not only empowers children and their families but also empowers the amazing staff and team of therapists at Development is Child’s Play to be their best and sparks their own growth and development.

Sena says:
I became an OT because it was important to me to have a career where I made a positive impact and contributed to the overall well-being of others. I became a business owner because I wanted to guide the practice towards a more holistic approach of meeting the needs of our families in a way that is much greater than I could ever do as an individual therapist, while still maintaining the same high quality services that have been part of Development is Child’s Play for decades.”

Sahana Baker-Malone

Sahana Baker-Malone Occupational TherapistDICP Co-Owner

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Sahana Baker-Malone

Sahana Baker-Malone M.A., O.T.R./L.

Position:
Occupational Therapist Owner

Biography:
Sahana grew up and homeschooled in rural Maui, Hawaii. Sahana majored in Psychology at Scripps College in Claremont, California before receiving an MA in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. Before joining DICP, Sahana worked in the only hospital on Maui, helping patients in acute and rehabilitation care, hand splinting, and performing modified barium swallow studies. Sahana became a co-owner of Development is Child’s Play in 2017. Sahana has advanced certifications in the Sensory Integration and SIPT, swallowing and feeding, Therapeutic Listening, pediatric pelvic floor rehabilitation, and the Masgutova Method.

Sahana says:
I love this clinic and the professional and personal camaraderie I have with my fellow therapists. I love working with children and families to help make life more fun and successful. I hope that we can help support our clients and families in new and creative ways. We are always happy to hear from our families and colleagues about how we can best meet your needs!”

Evelyn Lechner

Evelyn Lechner Occupational Therapist

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Evelyn Lechner

Evelyn Lechner MS, OTR/L

Position
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Evelyn graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She has received training in Zones of Regulation, The Alert Program, Handwriting Without Tears, and Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. She has special interests in gross and fine motor development, sports skills, and therapy groups. Evelyn was born and raised in Fremont. She enjoys crafting, baking, and being active outdoors.

Evelyn says:
“After completing my fieldwork internship here, I am very excited to join DICP! Everyone is so supportive and caring, and I have enjoyed getting to work and learning from an incredible team. I am passionate about working in pediatrics and love the holistic emphasis and creative nature of occupational therapy. As an OT, I look forward to helping kids reach their highest potential all while having fun!”

Hannah Rutland

Hannah Rutland Occupational Therapist

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Hannah Rutland

Hannah Rutland

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Hannah graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in exercise science and a minor in psychology. She received a Master’s of Science degree in the Occupational Therapy program at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Hannah has special interests in reflex integration and sensory integration. Hannah moved to the Bay Area from South Carolina with her husband and golden retriever Murphy. When she’s not at DICP, Hannah enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, painting, and spending the day on the beach with her dog.

Hannah says:
“I was drawn to DICP because of their supportive and positive environment that fosters growth and collaboration. This team offers a wealth of knowledge, client-centered approaches, and nurtures development for not only their clients, but also their therapists. The fun-loving, kind, professional, and supportive environment here makes anyone feel welcomed and accepted, and I know will be a better therapist working here. I am so excited to continue my career with DICP and expand my therapeutic toolbox to make therapy even more fun and effective for all of my kids.”

Jamie

Jamie ZabatOccupational Therapist

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Jamie

Jamie Zabat

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Jamie graduated from the Dominican University of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Before working at DICP, she practiced in a non-public school in Petaluma working with children with autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and other orthopedic impairments. Jamie was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently living in South San Francisco with her mom, dad, younger sister, and pup. When she has free time, she loves to read, listen to podcasts, hang out with friends and family, and relax at the beach.

Jamie says:
“I love working with children because of the fresh eyes they have on the world. Just when you thought you have already learned so much, you will learn so much more in your time with a kiddo who is experiencing parts of life for the very first time. Being a part of a team that recognizes a child’s strengths while using the lens of occupational therapy to nurture a child and help them reach their full potential is so special to me!”

Kaitlin Bielec

Kaitlin Bielec Physical Therapist

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Kaitlin Bielec

Kaitlin Bielec PT, DPT

Position
Physical Therapist

Biograpy:
Kaitlin attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she completed her BS in Biology: Neurobiology & Physiology. She immediately went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. When Kaitlin moved to the bay area we were fortunate she decided to join DICP. Kaitlin loves to travel, especially to the beach, spend time outdoors, and bake desserts to share!

Kaitlin says:
“I became a physical therapist because of my own experience with physical therapy. In high school I tore my ACL playing soccer, and I needed surgery and PT for several months in order to return to the soccer field. After this experience, I always had the idea that I wanted to be a physical therapist and help others in the way my physical therapist helped me. All throughout my education to become a PT, I knew I wanted to work in pediatrics because of my love for kids. I love being a part of a team of people that helps kids and families to accomplish their goals and do things they perhaps never thought they could.”

Karen Swinehart

Karen Swinehart Occupational Therapist

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Karen Swinehart

Karen Swinehart MS, OTR/L.

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Karen received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis with a BS in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. Karen has worked as a therapist at Development is Child’s Play since graduating from San Jose State with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Karen is trained in Therapeutic Listening, The Astronaut Training Protocol, Social Thinking, The S.O.S. feeding approach, Handwriting Without Tears, The Learn, Play, Thrive Approach, has completed two SIPT Courses, and has taken multiple courses in Sensory Integration through TheraPeeds. Karen enjoys working closely in collaboration with her DICP colleagues.

Karen Says:
“I have always been drawn to working with children. After college, and during the tech boom, I spent six years working in HR at Sun Microsystems. I realized, after a few years and too many long meetings, that it was time to make a career change and get back to my roots. The moment I walked through the office door at DICP I knew I was where I needed to be. The one-on-one client relationships, the play, the interesting and fun equipment, and the ability to have a more direct impact with my work was so exciting. I feel so fortunate to have found a wonderful place with such fantastic friends and amazing support from our Aides, Volunteers, and Office Manager. I don’t know what other clinics are like, but this is the most collaborative, kind, caring, open, knowledgeable, willing, helpful, smart, and funny group of people that I have ever worked with and I can’t imagine being a therapist with any other group.”

Kerry Bunger

Kerry Bunger Occupational Therapist

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Kerry Bunger

Kerry Bunger MA, OTR/L.

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Kerry was born and raised in San Jose, CA, where she still resides. Kerry attended the University of California, Davis where she completed her BS in Physiology. She then received an MA in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. Kerry is SIPT certified and is our Volunteer Coordinator.

Kerry says:
I became a pediatric occupational therapist because of my older sister, Tara B. Tara reacted to her DPT shot in April of 1973 when she was 3 months old. She has right sided hemiparesis, cortical blindness, and has seizures due to her injury. I used to attend Tara’s therapy sessions where I watched these amazing people who would help my sister to stand and walk and use her hands, all while playing! I was amazed at how easy it looked, so I would go home and try to copy what they did in their sessions to help my sister. I knew then and there what I wanted to do for my career! Having been the younger sister of a person with special needs, I know the family side of OT. I know the special needs child changes the family dynamic because even though Tara is my older sister, I will always help to care for her, even if that means listening to Christmas music in July. “

Lydia

Lydia Coolidge Speech and Language Pathologist

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Lydia

Lydia Coolidge MS, CCC-SLP

Position:
Speech and Language Pathologist

Biography:
Lydia earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from UC Davis and her M.S. in communicative disorders from San Francisco State University. She has been a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist since completing her clinical fellowship.

After graduating from Davis Lydia worked at a non-public school for children with autism. During her time there she was able to work closely with the SLP at the school and found she really loved helping students communicate. Although she was initially most interested in working with children with autism she has found many interests and passions along the way including early intervention, stuttering, articulation and phonological disorders.

She has worked for schools, nonprofits and private clinics. She enjoys that creative challenge of trying to find ways to motivate and engage the children she works with so they can achieve their communication goals.

Lydia says:
“I first came to DICP as a parent. My son received occupational therapy from Ms. Kerry. I loved the positive and collaborative nature of DICP, ao when I was invited to help with a kindergarten readiness group in 2018 I happily agreed. I enjoy getting to work in a multidisciplinary environment and seeing the benefits this brings my clients.”

Sam Ichikawa

Sam Ichikawa Occupational Therapist

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Sam Ichikawa

Sam Ichikawa MS, OTR/L

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Sam received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Stanbridge University. Sam has special interest areas and certifications in Therapeutic Listening, Zones of Regulation, The Alert Program, and Handwriting Without Tears.

Sam says:
“I always knew I wanted to be in the helping profession and once I found occupational therapy, I knew it was the right fit for me! I love being able to help children learn, grow and reach their full potential through the power of play. DICP offers such a wonderful environment to nurture that growth with a beautiful treatment space, fun equipment, and an amazing, caring, and supportive staff!”

Sarah

Sarah Coon Occupational Therapist

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Sarah

Sarah Coon MS, OTR/L.

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Sarah Attended San Jose State University receiving her BS in Occupational Therapy and a MS in Occupational Therapy.

Working with children to build their overall gross motor skills including core strength, upper body strength, ball skills, balance, bilateral coordination, motor planning, body awareness, and endurance is her speciality here at DICP.

Sarah Says:
“I have been working with children of all ages for a total of 14 years and in that time I have learned that children are resilient, forgiving, and want to learn despite differing abilities, resources, and/or situations. As an occupational therapist, I feel extremely fortunate to be able to provide kids with strategies, tools, just right challenges, and opportunities to help them learn, grow, and become more comfortable with who they are as individuals.”

Stephanie

Stephanie ShimizuPhysical Therapist

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Stephanie

Stephanie Shimizu

Position:
Physical Therapist

Biography:
Stephanie graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Evolutionary Anthropology. She received her Doctorate from Florida International University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She completed two of her graduate school clinical rotations in pediatrics, gaining experience in hospital and outpatient settings. Stephanie was born and raised in Saratoga and is happy to be back in the South Bay Area working. She loves traveling and learning about new cultures, as well as animals, baking, hiking, scuba diving, and anything Disney!

Stephanie says:
“I grew up in a family of healthcare professionals and always knew I wanted to have a career where I could help others. After having two knee surgeries of my own, I fell in love with physical therapy. I love being able to help kids build confidence and work toward achieving their full potential while making therapy an enjoyable experience.”

Vanessa

Vanessa Castenada-NgyuenSpeech Therapist

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Vanessa Castenada-Ngyuen

Vanessa Castenada-Ngyuen

Position:
Speech Therapist

Biography:
Vanessa graduated from San Jose State University (SJSU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). Vanessa was born and raised in San Jose. She currently lives in Gilroy with her husband and daughter. She enjoys gardening and cooking in her free time.

Vanessa says:
“I am passionate about helping children improve their functional communication skills necessary to succeed in school and beyond. I enjoy working on a multidisciplinary team and empowering parents with information and strategies to foster communication skills across different settings.”

Veerali Juthani

Veerali JuthaniOccupational Therapist

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Veerali Juthani

Veerali Juthani

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Veerali graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a BS in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Business Administration. She received her doctorate (OTD) in occupational therapy at USC as well. Prior to joining the DICP team she practiced in an outpatient pediatric mental health clinic where she worked with children between the ages of 0-20 with a variety of developmental/medical/mental health diagnoses to support them in living their best lives. She also completed her doctoral residency at this site, specializing in infant and pediatric mental health.and has special interests in reflex integration sensory integration. Veerali has certifications in Sensory Integration, additional training in DIR/Floortime, feeding, and ACE’s, and her special areas of interest are in infant and pediatric mental health, sensory processing, and trauma-informed care.

Veerali has certifications in Sensory Integration, additional training in DIR/Floortime, feeding, and ACE’s, and her special areas of interest are in infant and pediatric mental health, sensory processing, and trauma-informed care.

Andrea Weller

Andrea WellerOccupational Therapist

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Andrea Weller

Andrea Weller

Position:
Occupational Therapist

Biography:
Andrea graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. She has experience working with the school system and the regional center early intervention program. She has experience with Handwriting Without Tears, the SOS approach to feeding, Reflex Integration, DIR Floortime, and Sensory Integration. She lives in the Bay Area. She rescued a Korean Jindo dog named Momo with her partner and their lives have never been filled with so much love!

Andrea Says:
“I became a pediatric OT because I love fostering skill development through play. I hope to cultivate growth and confidence by building upon a child’s strengths. I find it extremely fulfilling to work together with families to create solutions that help their child gain independence in their day-to-day lives. My favorite part about my job is seeing the joy on my client’s faces and seeing how prideful their parents are watching them grow right before their eyes.”

Rumba

Rumba CCI® Facility Dog

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Rumba

Rumba Canine Companions for Independence® Facility Dog

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