Sue Seiler, OTD, OTR/L CNDT, SIPT; KidAbilities Director
Sue Seiler has been practicing occupational therapy since 1979 and has worked in hospitals, schools, developmental centers, sheltered workshops and in private practice. Currently, she is the owner/director of KidAbilities, LLC. KidAbilities serves children birth through adolescence who have developmental, motor, sensory or behavioral challenges. Sue received her degree in Occupational Therapy from SUNY Downstate and continued her studies at Columbia University Teachers College completing courses in the Neuroscience and Education program. In August of 2016, Sue attained her post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in pediatric science from Rocky Mountain Univesity of Health Professions. Sue was certified in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) in 1994 and is certified by Sensory Integration International to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) for which she was a normative data collector when it was being standardized in 1983 - 84. In 1997, Sue was awarded the New York State Occupational Therapy Association's Award "Merit for Practice in Pediatrics". Sue has presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association's national conference twice, for the New York State Occupational Therapy Association twice, has led numerous workshops for colleagues, has lectured for the Columbia University, Mercy College, York College and Downstate Medical Center’s Occupational therapy programs. In addition, Sue is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University's OT Master's program. She is a two term, past President of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. Her current focus is to mentor the therapists who work at KidAbilities and to broaden the acceptance of 'Ayres' sensory integration as a treatment modality by insurance companies, schools and other third party payers so more children can benefit from this most valuable occupational therapy treatment intervention. Sue is participating in the NIH funded study at Albert Einstein Medical School "Sensory Integration and ABA Therapy in Autism".
Monica Nazario, MS, OTR/L CNDT, SIPT; Occupational Therapy Clinical Manager
Monica was awarded her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Her experiences in Occupational Therapy include pediatrics, geriatrics, physical disabilities, school systems, and acute care. For the past five years, Monica has worked in Heidelberg, Germany for the US Army in the Department of Defense schools working with children with special needs. During this time, she also assisted with treatment of injured soldiers returning from Iraq. Over the years, Monica has treated children with a variety of diagnoses (i.e., sensory integration dysfunction, delay in sensorimotor skills, PDD, Autism, cerebral palsy, handwriting difficulties, visual perceptual/visual motor delay, ADD/ADHD, developmental delay, fine motor delay, Cornelia DeLange Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Trisomy 8, oral motor delay, and Neurofibromyotosis). She collaborated with parents, teachers and other therapeutic team members to include physical and speech therapists, early interventionists, and clinical psychologists to determine each child's needs, concerns, and goals. Monica received her training in sensory integration and the use of the SIPT through Western Psychological Services in 2000 and received her certificate in Pediatric Bobath (NDT) at the Bobath Centre in London in 2003. She enjoys using a multifaceted approach to treatment and evaluation. Monica looks forward to the opportunity of continuing to grow as a therapist and to assisting the children being serviced here at KidAbilities.
Laura Dennis, Supervising Therapist MS, OTR/L
Laura has been practicing occupational therapy since she received her degree from Quinnipac College in 1990. She began working at Children’s Rehabilitation Center and became NDT certified in 1992. Laura has worked in a variety of settings including center based special education, public schools and in the community, preschools, homes and daycares. She has taken continuing education courses in craniosacral therapy, sensory integration, and therapeutic listening therapy. Laura has provided therapy services to children with a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and sensory processing disorder.
Nancy Fong, MS, OTR/L
Nancy received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University and her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Psychology from Rutgers University. She discovered her love for working with children while working as an after-school and summer camp counselor. She has previous experience working with children and adults. Nancy completed fieldwork affiliations in a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental delays and at JFK Medical Center's inpatient rehabilitation department for adults with neurological conditions. Nancy enjoys coming up with creative, occupation based interventions and is excited to advance her clinical skill set as an occupational therapist working at KidAbilities.
Ashley Perez, Senior Therapist, MS, OTR/L
Ashley has always had an interest working in pediatrics. She started her career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, providing services within the home, school, and clinic environments. Ashley continued to develop her passion for the profession and received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Mercy College. From here, she continued working with the pediatric population working with kids with developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders, sensory integration disorder, and praxis problems. She continued to develop her skills by taking courses in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, and Astronaut Training. Ashley is always eager to learn and implement new techniques into treatments. She is excited to further her career at KidAbilities.
Michelle Allen, MS, OTR/L
Michelle received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican College and her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. She has previous experience working with both children and adults. Prior to joining KidAbilities, Michelle worked in a school setting servicing children in preschool and Early Intervention. Additional clinical affiliations include outpatient adult neuro rehabilitation at Helen Hayes Hospital and outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation at Hackensack University Medical Center. Michelle is passionate about working with children and their families. She has worked with children with a variety of special needs including developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Michelle is excited to continue to advance her skills as an occupational therapist while working at KidAbilities.