Our Team

Our entire team at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies is dedicated to providing personal care for each child, adult, and family, and partnering together to find the best solution for each individual we serve.

Our goal is for each client to experience the best in therapy services in an atmosphere that is professional, compassionate and even fun!

Join our team!

Occupational Therapy Staff

Jaime Race, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Director

Jaime Race, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist,

Therapy Director

Email: jaime@nt4kids.org


Jaime has worked in the private setting specializing in pediatrics since graduating from Samuel Merritt College in 2002 with her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Prior to her career as an occupational therapist she worked as an inclusion assistant for children with autism spectrum disorder in the Early Intervention program. Jaime is passionate about working with children, their families, and collaborating with professionals to help each child achieve their fullest potential in their home, school, and community environment. She believes in working closely with parents and empowering them in assisting with their child’s growth by incorporating strategies learned during therapy into their daily life.

Jaime is committed to expanding and strengthening her professional knowledge and clinical skills as a therapist by regularly attending continuing education seminars. She has extensive training in a variety of techniques to address sensory processing related challenges, handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears®), feeding and oral motor therapy (Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Talk Tools®, and Sequential Oral Sensory program), advanced training in Therapeutic Listening®, craniosacral therapy, and yoga.


Jaime enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spending time outdoors (gardening, camping, hiking, snowboarding, and wake-boarding), yoga, and traveling.

JoAnnita Reitsma, Occupational Therapist

JoAnnita Reitsma, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist,
Lead Occupational Therapist

Email: joannita@nt4kids.org


Since graduating from Pacific University, OR in 2003, JoAnnita has been providing occupational therapy in a variety of settings including school systems, outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. She participates in a wide variety of professional development courses that focus on helping children who have sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and ADD/ADHD. JoAnnita is certified in Qigong Sensory Training and has training in Therapeutic Listening®, Myofacial Release, NDT for babies, and DIR/Floortime for Infants and Early Childhood.


JoAnnita enjoys pottery, yoga, swimming, volleyball, and traveling.

Laura Pogson, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Lead

Laura Pogson, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Lead Occupational Therapist

Email: laura@nt4kids.org


After graduating with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in Maryland in 2005, Laura has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the private and pre-school settings, as well as early intervention home care in New York. She enjoys working with children of all ages and is passionate about working with families to help each child achieve their greatest potential and independence. She regularly participates in professional development courses which include training in Interactive Metronome®, Therapeutic Listening® and Handwriting without Tears®.


Laura loves to spend time with her family and friends while also exploring the outdoors and traveling.

Bethany Kerr, Occupational Therapist

Bethany Kerr, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: bethany@nt4kids.org


Bethany graduated from Ithaca College with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2017. Her experience includes a working in pediatric therapy sensory clinic and hippotherapy settings. Bethany discovered her passion for OT after shadowing an occupational therapist. She learned that she can use her creativity to help children and families reach their personal goals. She is motivated to help others find their own creativity and passion. Bethany has participated in a variety of professional development courses in the areas of hippotherapy, sensory processing, feeding, and more.


Bethany enjoys a variety of art styles including painting, wood-burning, and knitting. She likes to hike, travel, read, and explore Oregon with her husband. Bethany has visited a lot of countries including Australia, the Cook Islands, Greece, Turkey, and she lived in New Zealand for 5 months. In 2017, she drove across the country, from Philadelphia to Portland, for 8 days.

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Carrie Young, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: carriey@nt4kids.org


Since graduating from San Jose State University in 1999, Carrie has worked in the school setting for children ages 4-10 years and at pediatric clinics in California and Oregon, specializing in social interaction through thematic groups and children with sensory processing limitations. Carrie enjoys exploring and discovering a child’s abilities and skills through play and creative learning. She has a passion for empowering parents to be partners in the intervention process by attending and participating in the treatment sessions.

Carrie regularly participates in professional development courses which focus on helping children living with Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders. She is SIPT certified and has received training in the DIR® model and Floortime™ principles for Infants and Early Childhood. Additional courses include Advanced Therapeutic Listening®, Handwriting Without Tears®, Bal-A-Vis-X®, and Social Thinking Strategies. She has also volunteered at Camp Avanti, which provides cutting-edge treatment strategies for children with sensory processing disorders in a camp environment.


Carrie loves being a wife and mom to three active young children. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and seeks out daily adventures to keep her active spirit on the go.

Emily Cutler, Occupational Therapist

Emily Cutler, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: emily.cutler@nt4kids.org


Emily graduated from Stanbridge University with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2020. Her experience includes working in outpatient pediatric therapy settings.

As an Occupational Therapist, Emily loves seeing the small bits of progress add up to clients meeting their goals. She is motivated by finding what someone loves to do and making that activity work toward their objective.


In her free time, Emily loves hiking, fly fishing, and traveling. She enjoys eating fancy meals and playing with her dog, Lily. She likes to travel and read, and she is very good at Mario Kart.

Erica Edillo, Occupational Therapist

Erica Edillo, MA, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: ericae@nt4kids.org


Erica received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2004. Since then she has worked in a variety of different settings including schools, private practice clinics, hospitals, and homes providing early intervention services. Erica has a passion for helping children be as successful as possible in all areas of development. She thoroughly enjoys collaborating with families and all others that interact with that child to help create new possibilities for them to excel across all of their environments. Erica uses a playful, caring approach to therapy and believes the process should be motivating for the children she treats.

Erica has participated in a variety of professional development courses in the areas of sensory processing and modulation, dyspraxia, and visual motor and perceptual difficulties. Erica is trained in the use of Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening®, the Alert Program® for self-regulation, Handwriting Without Tears®, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, and oral motor interventions including Talk Tools®. She is dedicated in continuing to expand her clinical knowledge in the field of occupational therapy to better serve her families.


In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling, and being outdoors.

Erin Franke, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: erink@nt4kids.org


Prior to graduating with her Masters degree from Pacific University in 2014, Erin worked as a rehabilitation aide in a hospital rehab setting. Erin’s desire to become an occupational therapist was confirmed during her 3 years as an aide. Her passion and creativity is evident throughout her interactions with each client and family she works with. Erin has completed additional professional training in Therapeutic Listening®, Handwriting without Tears®, and is pursuing additional professional courses which are focused on address sensory processing disorders and feeding issues in children.


Erin is from Seattle, WA. She is a photographer and enjoys being outside, including being active in mountain bike riding, tennis, soccer and going running with her dog, Kuma. Kuma is a pure white Siberian husky who can say “I love you”.

Jen Maze, Occupational Therapist

Jen (Maze) Horton, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Email: jen.m@nt4kids.org


Jen graduated from Pacific University with a doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She began her work in the special needs field in 2008, and has worked in a variety of settings including the classroom, the home, the community, and private clinics. She had many roles including adapted art and garden instructor, 1:1 classroom aide, in home ABA interventionist, and social mentor. During her time working as an adapted physical education instructor, she worked closely with the onsite occupational therapist. She witnessed the impact occupational therapy had on the lives of the kiddos she worked with, and she knew this profession would allow her to use her creativity and passion for helping others. Her desire to pursue occupational therapy was further confirmed by her own post-injury rehabilitation after a traumatic accident.

Jen loves what she does and finds fulfillment in working with children to reach their full potential. She is passionate about working with parents and caregivers throughout the therapy process and hopes to empower them with the tools to help their child succeed.


Jen is passionate about the outdoors and you can sometimes find her hiking or backpacking in her free time. As a former collegiate softball payer she loves competition and being active. Some sports she currently enjoys are boxing, hot yoga, and surfing. She also enjoys trying new art mediums and is presently dabbling in watercolors. Most of all, she loves spending quality time with her family and friends.

Kayla Lowman, Occupational Therapist

Kayla Lowman, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Email: kayla@nt4kids.org


Since graduating with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Clarkson University in 2018, Kayla has worked in a pediatric outpatient setting serving kids with a variety of disabilities. Kayla loves being a therapist because of the children that keep her on her feet and the daily interactions that continue to surprise her. She loves that therapy feels like a puzzle that needs to be solved, and that it creates innovative, creative, and experienced problem solvers. Kayla has experience with handwriting without tears, zones of regulation, and the alert program.


Kayla loves to read, see live music, and try new baking recipes. She enjoys taking road trips and spending time at the coast with family and friends. Kayla drove across the country to attend grad school in New York, which allowed her to see and experience Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, Nashville, the Carolina Coasts, The White House, and Niagara Falls. A fun fact about Kayla is she has a twin who is a pediatric speech therapist!

Lisa Williams, Occupational Therapist

Lisa Williams, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: lisa.w@nt4kids.org


Lisa graduated with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2004. She has experience working in school systems, outpatient hospitals, in-home settings, and private clinics. Lisa worked at Neuro many years ago and we’re glad to have her back!


In her free time, Lisa loves to spend time with her husband and three kids. She was born in Michigan, grew up in Georgia, and has lived in Oregon over 11 years now!

Maggie Armstrong, MTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: margaret.armstrong@nt4kids.org


Maggie graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Kinesiology in May 2017 and from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis with an Occupational Therapy Doctorate in December 2020. She has been working with kids with disabilities since she was in the fifth grade and gained professional OT experience in an adult acute care hospital setting in St. Louis where she worked for about a year. When she moved here, she also helped a school with the busy end-of-the-year before the start of summer.

Having the opportunity to work with kids of varying disabilities from a young age, Maggie realized how much she loved the population. She began to explore how she could apply this to a job and found occupational therapy. She stated that she learned a lot along the way, and even more once she started school. She felt everything she learned made her even more excited about the profession!

She is motivated by her goal to help people participate in life to their fullest potential and to feel good about themselves while doing it. Maggie hopes to help everyone identify their strengths and support needs, learn how to communicate those to others, and apply this to what is most important to them in their lives. With an interest in growing her skills in neurodiverse affirming therapy practice, she loves all her interactions with autistic children and adults and other neurodiverse populations. There is great interest in transition to young adulthood and building skills for autonomy.


In her free time, Maggie likes to read, do embroidery, play with her dog, go hiking/camping, and hang out with friends. She is looking forward to learning many more outdoor activities now that she is in what she describes as such a beautiful place for it.

Megan Moffitt, Occupational Therapist

Megan Moffitt, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: megan.m@nt4kids.org


Megan graduated from St. Ambrose University with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She has previous experience with sensory integration in a pediatric clinic.

Megan was led to pursue Occupational Therapy after seeing the need while traveling and spending time in children’s homes and orphanages in India, Honduras, and Uganda. She is motivated by seeing children reach their full potential. Megan uses a client-centered approach and strives to make it fun!


In her free time, Megan likes to travel and explore new areas, play games or sports outdoors, and spend time with friends and family. A fun fact about Megan is she loves all things Disney and ran the princess half marathon at Disney World.

Nicole Cavender, Occupational Therapist

Nicole Cavender, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: nicolec@nt4kids.org


Since graduating with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University in 2014, Nicole has worked in the clinical setting with the pediatric population. Her experience in working with children prior to graduating was as a gymnastics teacher for children with special needs, working in a pediatric orthopedic clinic, and assisting in the school setting. Nicole’s interest in pursuing occupational therapy was influenced by her own post-injury rehabilitation as a gymnast. She was drawn to occupational therapy because of the creativity and problem solving involved in creating a client-centered treatment plan.

Nicole is passionate about working alongside each child and family she works with, providing therapy that is fun and innovative and serves the unique needs of her patients. She is committed to strengthening her clinical skills and regularly participates in professional development courses. They include: SOS Approach to Feeding, Handwriting Without Tears®, and Therapeutic Listening®.


Nicole is from Northern California and enjoys mountain biking, tennis, and cooking. She is a former gymnast and gymnastics coach. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their golden retriever, Rusty.

Sam Peoples, Occupational Therapist

Sam Peoples, MSOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: sam.peoples@nt4kids.org


Sam received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Pomona College. Sam has experience with school-based services (ages 3-21), and prior to finishing her OT degree she worked for a nonprofit that brought children and adults with disabilities into the community to practice skills such as money management, social skills, navigation, and self-advocacy. Sam has additional continued education in reflex integration, motor planning, visual perception, and pediatric hand skills.

Sam’s passion for occupational therapy began with an internship where she spent her summers working at a program for children with Autism, ADHD, and ODD. Since then, she’s continued to work with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and has found that she is passionate about working with children with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Sam loves to support children in performing meaningful activities, and she enjoys facilitating participation through creative problem solving and a holistic, child-centered approach.


In her free time, Sam likes to paint, go for walks, drink coffee, and spend time with her husband and two cats. Sam played collegiate softball. A fun fact about Sam is that she has lived in four states (WA, WI, MO, OR) in the last couple of years, but she is happy to call Portland, OR home now!

Sarah Bocchicchio, OTR/L 

Occupational Therapist

Email: sarah.bocchicchio@nt4kids.org


Sarah graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Master’s in occupational therapy in 2020 and has work experience in pediatric clinical and home health. Her love and passion for watching children grow and improve is what contributed to her decision to become a therapist, and she loves to see the happiness of children and their families when they accomplish their goals and reach milestones.

With experience in MNRI reflex integration conferences and pediatric sleeping interventions, her areas of interest are in sensory integration and MNRI reflex integration.


In her free time, Sarah hikes with her two pups, plays volleyball, does dance, and paddle boards. She is originally from North Carolina!

Sarah Pratt, Occupational Therapist

Sarah Pratt, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: sarah.pratt@nt4kids.org


Sarah earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University in 2016. She worked in a hospital-based outpatient pediatric clinic outside Detroit, Michigan for about 2 years. She also has experience working in the hospitals with adults in inpatient rehabilitation.

Sarah loves helping people do what they need and want to do to fill their lives. She believes that life is an adventure and as a therapist, her goal is to provide each explorer with tools, strategies, and skills to make life happen. Sarah has additional training in Vision Rehabilitation, Handwriting Without Tears, Pediatric Self-Regulation, Hand Therapy, School Readiness, and more.


Sarah loves to go on adventures! She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, hiking, and cooking. She is creative, and she likes to read, play games, and try new things! A fun fact about Sarah is that she has a twin sister!

Staci Monroe, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: staci@nt4kids.org


Staci graduated from Pacific University with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in 2018. She has experience working in a private clinic and a skilled nursing facility. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Staci spent 2 years volunteering at a nonprofit outpatient clinic. This gave her the opportunity to work in a unique setting utilizing equine movement as a treatment tool. She witnessed the value, motivation, and compassion an occupational therapist is able to provide, which really solidified her decision to pursue a career in occupational therapy herself.

Staci is motivated by helping others recognize their strengths, and not just focus on their weaknesses. She loves helping kids and their families build the tools and confidence to develop and grow by increasing independence, fulfillment, and participation in everyday life. Staci enjoys working with populations across the lifespan, but she is most passionate about working with the pediatric population.


When Staci is not working, she enjoys being outdoors, especially hiking, hunting, and riding horses. She is passionate about running, and ran competitively for many years as a collegiate track and field and cross-country athlete along with post-college races. Staci loves spending time with her family and friends, and is very grateful to have a large extended family-most of whom live close by.

Physical Therapy Staff

Chris Luther, PT, BSPT, C/NDT

Physical Therapist,

Lead Physical Therapist

Email: chris@nt4kids.org


Chris has been working with infants and children and their families in the home, school and private settings for 30 years. Since graduating from California State University, Long Beach in 1979, she has been providing specialized treatment to children of all ages with a large spectrum of needs including Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Downs Syndrome, and children with or at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Additional experience includes instructional assisting for NDT Courses, development of a unique multi-disciplinary developmental play group based on the SCERTS Model (which prioritizes goals and treatment that focus on enhancing a child’s Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Interactions with others in their surroundings).

Chris’ continued professional courses and training include Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) Pediatric Certification, NDT Advanced Gait, NDT Advanced Baby Course, Developmental Manual Therapy, Autism and the SCERTS Model, Sensory Integration and training in administering and interpreting the Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT). Chris offers a very unique blend of Physical Therapy that includes both NDT and SI modalities which she believes help to lay a strong foundation for expanding movement strategies and gross motor play skills.


Besides pediatric physical therapy, Chris loves hiking, gardening, rock climbing, camping, yoga, music, DIY projects, playing games, and doing it all with family and friends. She has two adult children – a daughter who is married and living in New Mexico, and a son who is a professional climber and travels all around the world.

Ally Daves, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Email: allycia@nt4kids.org


Ally received her Bachelor’s Degree from Pacific University in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology, and she went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2016. Ally was drawn to physical therapy through her love of athletics and her interest in the medical field. In college, she was a swim instructor and realized that she loved working with kids and wanted to work in pediatrics as a therapist.

Ally has worked as a pediatric physical therapist in a home health setting where she enjoyed getting to know her client’s family as a whole, using the front/back yard as a therapy tool, and supporting her clients through their daily ups and downs. She also has experience as a pediatric physical therapist in a small nonprofit outpatient clinic. Ally is passionate about forming connections with the families she meets, and she feels that her clients and their families consistently teach her how to be a better person.


In her free time, Ally likes to stay active through running, dancing, and hiking with her family. She loves spending time at the dog park with her husband and their dog, Goose. A fun fact about Ally is that she hiked 14 peaks above 14,000 feet when she lived in Colorado. She also has a goal to visit all of the national parks.

Lindsay Walczak, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Email: lindsay.w@nt4kids.org


Lindsay received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016 from A.T. Still University in Arizona. She has experience in hospital settings, schools, and outpatient clinics. Lindsay had great experiences with physical therapists after an injury and it inspired her to pursue physical therapy as a career. After an internship at Seattle Children’s Hospital, she knew she wanted to work with kids. She’s excited to build relationships with her clients and their families.


Lindsay loves traveling, especially to visit her family in Chicago or to see new countries. She loves hike, camp, and explore the Pacific Northwest in her free time.

Sam English, Physical Therapist

Sam English, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Email: samuel.english@nt4kids.org


Sam earned his undergraduate education at Colorado College and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons University. Prior to joining the team at Neuro, his experience includes working with individuals in a long term acute care hospital and a pediatric therapy settings.

With moving, exercising, and outdoor activities being integral aspects of his own life, being able to assist others to move and engage with their environment in a meaningful way inspired Sam to become a physical therapist. For physical therapy in particular, he enjoys finding ways to adapt movement strategies to help others enjoy movement and being active. He also enjoys collaborating with clients in helping them find the best ways to accomplish their goals. Sam is excited to continue his career at Neuro and working in pediatrics!


In his free time, Sam enjoys outdoor activities including mountain biking, paddle boarding, and running with his friends. For paddle boarding in particular, he has paddle boarded from the Bimini (the Bahamas) to Florida and around Manhattan! He also enjoys exploring Portland’s vegan eateries!

Sinell Harney, PT, DPT, MHA

Physical Therapist

Email: sinell@nt4kids.org


Sinell graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2010 and has since had a variety of experience including in-home and skilled nursing settings. She has a strong desire to develop relationships and care for people, and she is motivated by watching people overcome challenges in their lives. Her philosophy of care that guides her treatment is forming relationships, reaching for the stars, and having FUN!


In her free time, Sinell enjoys camping, beachcombing, and listening to live music. She loves to play with her dog, Forest, and play the piano. Sinell is from Iowa and is a mom of three kids. A fun fact about her is that she and her husband completely renovated a 1980’s home in Des Moines while she was attending graduate school!

Tara Rich, MSPT

Physical Therapist

Email: tara@nt4kids.org


Since graduating from Pacific University, OR in 1997, Tara has been providing Physical Therapy to children in the private and school setting. She has also worked in the area of outpatient orthopedics, as well as in school and clinical settings in Albany and McMinnville, OR. Tara continues to participate in professional courses to increase her knowledge and skills in helping meet the needs of all children, including children and young adults who have sports injuries. She is passionate and committed to staying active in the community of McMinnville and loves to work with children saying, “Kids make me laugh and stay young at heart”.


Tara is a wife and mother of 2 children. She enjoys training and participating in triathlons and hiking/biking with her family.

Speech Therapy Staff

Kaia Schindlebeck, Speech and Language Pathologist

Kaia Schindlbeck, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech Therapy Lead

Email: kaia@nt4kids.org


Kaia received Master’s Degrees in both Human Development & Early Childhood Disorders and in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas in 2012. She has provided SLP services in a variety of pediatric settings, but the majority of her experience is from working in multidisciplinary clinics. She enjoys working collaboratively with other practitioners because she feels a child’s development should be approached holistically and offers the best possible care to the client.

Kaia believes that children make the most progress when they are having fun, so she designs therapy sessions to be as fun and intrinsically motivating as possible. Her ultimate goal for each client is for them to become better communicators and the path to that goal looks different for each child. Kaia enjoys working with children of all ages who have a variety of disorders and through her career has developed a special interest in childhood apraxia of speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Language Disorders. She has received additional professional trainings in Sensory Integration and the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” Approach.


Kaia loves to be outside as much as possible. She enjoys soccer, hiking, and just being in nature. She loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, and they have two cats (Mathilda and Gizmo).

Erin Griffin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Email: erin.griffin@nt4kids.org


Erin graduated with a master’s in Speech Language Pathology at University of Memphis in 2014. For almost eight years, she practiced in a school-based setting in the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a speech language pathologist and later as an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) specialist. She was drawn to speech pathology, as it combined her interests in psychology and learning languages. Erin found that the scope of practice for speech pathologists is so broad, and there is always more to learn!

Feeling passionate about AAC and topics related to cultural and linguistic diversity, she is always interested in broadening her understanding of access considerations for AAC users with complex bodies (positioning, mounting).

She also feels strongly about taking a strengths-based approach to all clients, and she collaborates with parents, fellow providers, and stakeholders to support a holistic approach to intervention. She is inspired by the advocacy of the disability community and has stated that the Communication Bill of Rights has guided her work, especially in serving those with complex communication needs.


Erin’s interests and hobbies include reading, hiking, cooking plant-based meals, and crafting.

Katrina Zens, Speech and Language Pathologist

Katrina Zens, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Email: katrina.z@nt4kids.org


Katrina joined our team at Neuro in 2020 as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State, and her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Pacific University. Katrina has experience with Early Intervention, outpatient therapy on a pediatric feeding and swallowing team, school-based speech and language services, and more.

Katrina has worked for many summers at Camp More, a summer camp for kids and teens who stutter. The children and teens who came to camp every year showed her the growth that comes from a strong therapeutic alliance and taught her so much about what lies beneath the surface of a communication disorder. Katrina believes that the patient – provider alliance is the backbone of providing speech-language therapy, and that positive outcomes are made when children trust their provider and are an active part of the team!


In her free time, Katrina enjoys backpacking, gardening, and taking her 3 rescue dogs to the park. She played collegiate volleyball, and was voted All-American as a right-side hitter. A fun fact about Katrina is that she was raised speaking both Ukrainian and English.

Leah Tyler, Speech and Language Pathologist

Leah Tyler, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Email: leah@nt4kids.org


Leah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Carroll College, and she received her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Pacific University. She has also completed a certificate program for supporting Gestalt Language Processing and Natural Language Acquisition (NLA), which is an approach for supporting the language development of autistic clients. Leah has worked at a pediatric private practice, and she has experience with schools and outpatient services for children and adults.

Leah has always enjoyed working with the pediatric population. When she initially began shadowing SLPs, she loved having the opportunity to work one-on-one with clients. She loves being silly and energetic with the children that she works with. Leah enjoys getting to know each client individually and working closely with their families. She has a passion for working collaboratively with other disciplines, and is looking forward to continuing to do that at Neuro.


In her free time, Leah enjoys spending time with her pit bull/boxer, Louie, whether it’s getting outside or cuddling on the couch. She loves trying out new restaurants and going to concerts. A fun fact about Leah is that she grew up in rural Montana on a wheat farm/cattle ranch and she is confident in her abilities to cut wheat, bail hay, and move cows.

Mental Health Therapy Staff

Jaime Watson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Therapy Director

Jamie A. Watson, M.A., LMFT, RPT-S
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Mental Health Therapy Director
Clinical Supervisor

Email: jamie.w@nt4kids.org


Jamie earned her Master’s Degree from George Fox University and is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in Child, Youth, and Family Therapy. Jamie has had extensive training in Play Therapy and is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She is an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor and certified in Foster and Adoptive Family Therapy. Jamie is a member of the AAMFT, OAMFT (Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), APT (Association for Play Therapy), and ORAPT (Oregon Association for Play Therapy), and currently serves on the Board of ORAPT as a Conference Coordinator for the State of Oregon.

Jamie’s experience includes treatment for children (ages 5 and up) and adults, individually or with their families, couples, parents, and groups with a variety of presenting mental health issues including pervasive disorders, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, etc. in order to improve their interpersonal relationships, communication, and overall mood.

Jamie is passionate about working with children and their families to help them feel happier, more connected and engaged with one another in order that they may succeed and thrive in their homes and in their communities. She believes that play is a core modality of therapy, and provides the opportunity for growth and the ability to empower her clients to grow individually and relationally through their own strengths.


While not at work, Jamie teaches graduate classes at her alma mater. She loves to bake and cook, watch movies, travel, eat delicious food (Italian, Mexican, and Sushi are her favorite) and spend time with her family. A fun fact about Jamie is that she has traveled through most of North America, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada and Mexico, and most of the Caribbean.

Alice Nelson, Mental Health Therapist

Alice Nelson, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,

Clinical Supervisor

Email: alice@nt4kids.org


Alice earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. She has experience in both hospital and community outpatient settings. Alice has worked as a Nature Based Therapist with ages 8 and up, as an Intensive Community Based Child and Family Therapist, and as a Child and Family Therapist within a Juvenile Center’s locked-down residential program. Prior to becoming a therapist, Alice worked as a lead researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health. This research resulted in authorship on peer-reviewed publications, as well as presentations at national and international conferences.

Alice utilizes both a collaborative process and evidence-based research to help empower her clients. Her experience as a Nature Based Therapist has greatly influenced her overall view of therapy and her role as a therapist. Alice believes that nature has a way of teaching us an alternative perspective to our situation that can help normalize without invalidating our experiences. She also believes that nature can provide wonderful opportunities for grounding, slowing down, and taking a step back to foster that perspective. Alice hopes to help people develop lifelong skills in managing difficult and stressful life events and challenges.

Alice is specialized in helping both kids and adults with processing trauma. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Tier 1 of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). She loves working with individuals, couples, and families to create a more sustainable environment for everyone to thrive. Alice enjoys providing a space for people to process and/or gain new perspectives on a variety of situations including, but not limited to, trauma, anxiety, depression, and relational issues. She also enjoys helping people through times of transition.


When Alice isn’t working, she is likely doing something active. She loves to hike, backpack, run, bike, boulder, and travel. Alice is also very creative and enjoys writing, improv, playing guitar, singing, dancing, and doodling. A fun fact about Alice is that she joined a traveling circus to run their concessions. They did 8 shows every week, and about every 2 weeks, they were in a new city/state. She loved the experience! She loves learning and enjoys a good challenge every now and then to promote perspective and growth.

Amanda Greco-Odor, Marriage and Family Associate

Amanda Greco-Odor, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Email: amanda.g@nt4kids.org


Amanda has earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at George Fox University. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from George Fox in Social Behavioral Studies. Amanda has experience in the residential setting, providing crisis management and stabilization prior to working at Neuro.

Amanda has had experiences with therapy throughout her life, but really became passionate about it when she became a mother. She saw what a difference play therapy made for her family, and she decided that she wanted to share this knowledge with other families as well. She is passionate about children being taught about their feelings and spoken to with respectful and empowering language. She wanted to be able to help kids develop in a loving and supportive environment where they can grow and heal from the challenges of life. Amanda’s friendliness and excitement for working with kids and their families make her a great fit for our team.


In her free time, Amanda loves to travel and experience new things. She enjoys organizing and planning parties. She loves to paint, play, and have dance parties with her kids. A fun fact about Amanda is that she loves science, and once in a marine biology class she had the opportunity to eat shark!

Danny Birt, Mental Health Therapist

Danny Birt, MMT, MT-BC/L, QMHP-R

Mental Health Therapist

Email: daniel.birt@nt4kids.org


Danny’s Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University greatly influences his holistic approach to therapy, alongside other trainings in Massage Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, Life Coaching, and a smattering of acronyms.  Over the past two decades he has provided therapy to clients ranging in age from premature infants in the NICU through elders in hospice care via inpatient and outpatient services.

In practice, Danny tends to be client-centered, forward-focused, and goal-oriented. Change is what brings most people to therapy, and Danny enjoys facilitating such growth through a variety of means.


Outside of the therapy world, Danny has been a published author of speculative fiction books, a musician with multiple albums recorded, a college instructor and program director.  If you spend much time with Danny, be prepared for Dad Jokes. They are almost inevitable.

Deanna Engber, M. Div., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Email: deanna@nt4kids.org


Deanna is a Master of Divinity and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her degrees from Indiana University Medical School and the Lutheran School of Theology. She also studied at Texas State University in Educational Psychology. Deanna has been practicing as an LPC since 1996. She has a wide variety of experience including group counseling for a weight management program, individual pediatric counseling, counseling for parents of children with special needs, grief counseling at a hospital, individual counseling for adults using psychodynamic work, couples counseling, and more. Previous to obtaining her license as a counselor, Deanna was an occupational therapist. Her experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults with sensory processing issues allows her to bring a unique approach to treatment.

Her counseling background has allowed her to work in a variety of settings, private practice, hospitals, HMO clinics, outpatient assessment programs, and early childhood education programs. She enjoys working with adults and children with neurological, social-emotional, sensory processing, genetic and developmental disorders, and mental health issues. Deanna also works with couples, adults, parents of children with mental health issues, and leads parent support groups.


Deanna enjoys the outdoors, journaling, water coloring, and learning new ideas. Snorkeling is one of her favorite hobbies!

Erin Sweet-Brazel, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Erin Sweet-Brazel, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Email: erin.s@nt4kids.org


Erin earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University in 2012. She spent seven years teaching parenting classes that focused on supporting parents and children during family reorganization, generally separation or divorce. She has worked doing hands-on parent training in the community, and she also has experience supporting parents in recovery as they take brave steps toward sobriety.

Erin is passionate about creating a safe space where children and families can grow, heal, and work toward their goals. She is motivated by the tenacity, resiliency, and creativity of children and families to write a life story with hope and purpose. Erin enjoys collaborating with children, adults, and families in the process of creating a healthy foundation and an atmosphere that facilitates emotional safety. She uses talk therapy and play therapy to explore new patterns of thinking, healthy coping tools, and steps toward healing. She is passionate about working with clients through life transitions of adoption, foster care, and separation/divorce.


Erin loves the outdoors, especially backpacking in the Wallowa Mountains and camping with her family. She enjoys gardening and relaxing by the river in the summer. In the winter, she likes to get lost in a good book, snuggled with a warm blanket and sipping peppermint tea. Erin loves to travel and learn about other cultures and how they live.

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Grace Nguyen, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Email: grace@nt4kids.org


Grace earned her Master’s Degree from George Fox University in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. She has experience working with adults who struggle with a variety of mental health issues and addictions, and she has helped children and their families learn new ways to manage their challenges.

Grace decided to become a therapist because of the power of one session with a counselor. It was the first time she felt like someone listened to her and taught her that counseling can heal through the connection established with another human being. She hopes to make a difference in the world one person and one family at a time. Grace wants to see children grow up to be healthy and well-adapted individuals, and she wants to support families reaching their goals. She approaches her clients from a place of encouragement, and she capitalizes on people’s existing strengths and builds on them. Her passion is to support people rewriting the stories of their lives because it’s not what happened to a person, but it’s the meaning they give to their stories.


In her free time, Grace loves to run, hike, read, paint, and spend time with her loved ones.

Lindsey Killian, Marriage and Family Associate

Lindsey Killian, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Email: lindsey.killian@nt4kids.org


Lindsey completed her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at George Fox University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Oregon with a focus on Child Growth and Development. Lindsey has done undergraduate and professional research in areas ranging from how children learn to the neurology of cravings at the University of Oregon.

Lindsey has always had a strong love of helping people work through the challenges they encounter in their lives. She fell in love with psychology in high school, and has since developed a passion for working with and advocating for neurodiverse children. She is motivated by helping people find those little things that make every day a little easier.


In her free time, Lindsey enjoys doing a variety of crafts including crochet, painting, and woodworking. She likes to bake, and she enjoys relaxing through creating something or playing video games. A fun fact about Lindsey is that she’s a scuba diver!

Melanie Saunders, Graduate Student Intern

Melanie Sellers, BS, QMHP

Graduate Student Intern

Email: melanie.s@nt4kids.org


Melanie is currently a Graduate Student at George Fox University pursuing her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University with a minor in health. Her favorite class/research from her undergrad was The Psychology on the Human and Animal Bond, where she learned about the mutual benefits that both animals and humans receive that promotes wellness.

Melanie has nonprofit experience as an outdoor camp counselor for families affected by childhood cancer, a facilitator for a peer support group for teens to talk about their grief, and she worked as a Make A Wish Intern. Her experiences in nonprofit work led Melanie to want to work with children and their families who are facing stressors and hardships. Melanie’s time as a camp counselor inspired her to pursue her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy and become a Nature-Based Therapist. Melanie believes that nature provides a unique perspective to the treatment process and that nature is always a part of us.


In her free time, Melanie likes to spend her time outdoors. She enjoys snowboarding, paddle boarding, sitting around a fire, and swimming.

Melissa Ulrich, Mental Health Therapist

Melissa Ulrich, MSW

Mental Health Therapist

Family Navigator

Email: melissa.ulrich@nt4kids.org


Melissa received her Master of Social Work from Portland State University with a focus on Children, Youth, and Families. She has experience with nonprofit organizations where she worked on dismantling barriers and expanding access and inclusion in education, outdoor activities, and health outcomes for historically marginalized populations, including youth.

Melissa believes that mental health challenges are common and often misunderstood, and that many people with diagnosed mental health disorders have experience with trauma, systemic oppression, and/or a sense that they don’t belong. Melissa has seen therapy to be a dedicated space to destigmatize, contextualize, reconnect, and heal on individual, interpersonal, and collective levels. Melissa is excited to work with our Neuro families, specifically using systems theories and expressive modalities such as art, nature, and play therapy.


In her free time, Melissa likes to hike, camp, and bike with her partner and her dog. She enjoys creating macramé for house plants, painting, and sitting on a patio when the sun is out. Melissa is an animal lover and she is practicing aerial silks.

Michael Lichtenberg, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Michael Lichtenberg, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Email: michael.lichtenberg@nt4kids.org


Michael graduated with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He also has his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing and Advertising Management from Portland State University.

Michael has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2013 primarily in community mental health. He has experience in office settings, in-home therapy, crisis management, and has participated in several county-led “Wrap-Around Teams.” Michael also worked with a culturally specific residential program founded in response to rising over-representation of Latino youth in the juvenile justice system.

Michael was encouraged by two close friends to go back and get his Master’s Degree at Lewis & Clark. During his second semester, he took an Intro to Systemic Family Therapy class and that’s all it took for him to realize that he wanted to focus on a Marriage and Family Therapy degree with a specialized training in addictions.

Michael is motivated by making sure that the voices of the marginalized are heard. He is often amazed as he witnesses clients rediscover their inner voice as it relates to advocating for themselves and their families.


In his free time, Michael enjoys the outdoors, restoring wood furniture and antique radios, and listening to his favorite bands from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. A fun fact about Michael is that he has met two US Presidents!

Nicole Wiegand, Marriage and Family Associate

Nicole Wiegand, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Email: nicole.w@nt4kids.org


Nicole completed her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from George Fox University. She has experience with community mental health working in Youth and Family Programs.

Becoming a mother played a large role in Nicole’s decision to become a therapist, and showed her that she wants to help people through their struggles and curiosities. She also believes that her experiences working in a wide range of jobs contributed to her decision to pursue therapy as a career. Whether it was babysitting, housekeeping, administrative roles, bookkeeping, being a Sunday school teacher, or a park greeter at Disney World (yep, she knows Mickey and Minnie Mouse), each role contributed to her journey and helped her find her passion – being a safe space for people to feel seen and heard.

Nicole is passionate about creating a space for the clients that pass through her door (or computer screen) that is non-judgmental, encouraging, safe, and that helps them feel seen and heard.


In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading (especially outside in the fresh air), watching movies, and long car rides with no specific destination. She loves spending time with her family and friends.

Sarah Senderling, Professional Counselor Associate

Sarah Senderling, MA

Professional Counselor Associate

Email: sarah.senderling@nt4kids.org


Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University and her Master of Arts in Applied Psychological Sciences from Pacific University. She has a variety of experience including school and home based applied behavioral analysis and private practice adult, pediatric, and couples counseling.

Sarah decided to pursue a career in therapy after becoming a peer counselor during her undergraduate career through the University Counseling Center. She provided individual sessions and group presentations regarding time management skills, study tactics, interpersonal relationship skills, and personal management skills. Through that she fell in love with the idea of a career in therapy and went on to pursue her master’s degree in Applied Psychological Sciences.

Sarah is motivated by her desire to provide a safe space for her clients through acceptance and compassion. She wants her clients to know there is always someone willing to listen to their deepest thoughts and struggles without judgment or consequence. She wants to help people learn to flow through life at their own pace, highlighting their strengths and bolstering their ability to confidently overcome any obstacle. Sarah utilizes aspects of strengths-based therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy in her work.


In her free time, Sarah likes to play violin, power lift, cook, bake, and hang out with her cats and pit/lab pup. Sarah is an ocean gal from Florida who loves to scuba dive and sail.

Unique Page, PhD, LPC

Mental Health Therapist

Email: unique.page@nt4kids.org


Unique holds her Ph.D. in Counseling with a specialization in Counselor Education and Clinical Supervision from Oregon State University. Additional degrees include a master’s in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from George Fox University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. She is currently part of the teaching faculty at Oregon State University and has experience working in private practice, community mental health, and as a clinical supervisor.

Unique’s research interests focus on the impact of racial trauma and linguistic analysis within race and ethnicity and she has conducted several national presentations on racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her proficiency as a clinical supervisor and facilitator of trainings and workshops promotes the leadership and empowerment of counselor trainees, mental health professionals, and nonprofits to engage in issues of diversity, power, racism, equity, and inclusion that advance empathy and relational ethics and empower organizational change through a social justice lens.

Unique has always known that her purpose is to help people and it was through school, personal experiences, and incredible Black psychologists, social workers, and counselors who mentored her, she found her passion for mental health counseling. Her work focuses on providing the highest standard of care for children, families and couples. She strives to offer a haven and collaborative environment utilizing counseling techniques that make room for clients to address core emotions of fear, shame, trauma, rejection, and abandonment. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is an essential component of counseling and together we can explore, encourage, and nurture perpetual curiosity about client’s multifaceted identities, experiences, and culture. The connection that Unique establishes with clients is one based on compassion, genuineness, and empathy.


In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, go on dates with her husband, and attend Zumba classes!

Victoria Saager, Graduate Student Intern

Victoria Saager, QMHP

Graduate Student Intern

Email: victoria.saager@nt4kids.org


Victoria is currently a graduate student at George Fox University in Marriage and Family Therapy and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in writing at Oregon State University in 2020. While in school, Victoria had the opportunity to lead activities for youth at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center in Salem. She also worked as a peer mentor providing support for undergraduate students processing anxiety, depression, and relational stressors.

Since 2017, Victoria has worked as an art teacher at a local nonprofit and in an elementary school setting. She has also spent several years working with at-risk youth at outreach centers and at George Fox. While working in educational settings, she has seen how there is often a lack of time and resources available to help kids, whether it’s hyperactivity, trouble emotionally regulating, behavioral issues, or something else that they’re facing. She has always wanted to be one of those resources for kids and families. She is inspired by the creativity of kids and their ability to find joy and beauty in places we often miss as adults.

Victoria uses talk and play therapy to explore relational dynamics and coping patterns. She believes therapy is a collaborative process with the ultimate goal being to help people hone their strengths and develop skills to face life’s challenges. She is interested in becoming a registered play therapist and to continue learning about artistic interventions in therapy.


In her free time, Victoria enjoys all forms of art, including painting, ceramics, digital design, and creative writing. She also loves being outside, trying new foods, getting coffee with friends, and collecting vinyls. She is also an aspiring apiarist!

Medical Program Staff

Amanda Watters, Naturopathic Doctor, Executive Director

Amanda Watters, ND

Naturopathic Physician, Executive Director

Email: amanda.w@nt4kids.org


Dr. Amanda is a licensed naturopathic physician who graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine. She has experience working in an integrative pediatric primary care setting, and previously served as an attending physician at the National University of Natural Medicine Health Centers.  Dr. Amanda is a course director and teacher of pediatric/adolescent medicine, mental illness, and suicide prevention to naturopathic medical students.

Dr. Amanda’s love for working with families and children started when she was a teen and volunteered as a coach for a cheerleading team of girls with special needs. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She started working with children with developmental disabilities and found that she wanted more tools to offer the children she encountered. This led her to pursue her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Amanda really emphasizes “doctor as teacher,” and she loves teaching both her patients and in academic settings. She is a big proponent of patients making informed decisions about their healthcare, and she does her best to present information in a balanced way so that they can walk away feeling like they are taking care of their healing. Dr. Amanda is passionate about holistic medical care, and she has a strong interest in developmental and behavioral pediatrics.


In her free time, Dr. Amanda enjoys gardening and exploring the Japanese Garden. She likes cycling, hiking, and practicing meditation and yoga. She loves to travel and has visited more than 25 countries.

Audra Gesik, Naturopathic Physician

Audra Gesik, ND

Naturopathic Physician

Email: audra@nt4kids.org


Dr. Audra is a licensed naturopathic physician who graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine. She also has her undergraduate degree in General Science from Portland State University. Dr. Audra has experience with pediatrics, integrative mental health, and women’s health. Prior to becoming a naturopathic doctor, she worked as a home visitor supporting prenatal and early childhood development/attachment. She has also spent time providing mentorship and life skills training to teens.

Dr. Audra was drawn to naturopathic medicine because of the integrative and individualized healthcare it can provide. She is guided by the goals of each patient to create a collaborative approach to care. Naturopathic medicine uses a whole-person centered approach which seeks to restore balance in a sustainable way. She enjoys supporting families from preconception through adulthood.


In her free time, Dr. Audra likes to spend time outdoors with her family, watch her toddler learn and grow, and volunteer at animal sanctuaries. A fun fact about Dr. Audra is that she loves succulents, houseplants, and vegetable gardening.

Administrative Staff

Amanda Watters, Naturopathic Doctor, Executive Director

Amanda Watters, ND

Naturopathic Physician, Executive Director

Email: amanda.w@nt4kids.org

Dr. Amanda is a licensed naturopathic physician and joined the Neuro family in 2019 as our Medical Director. During her first two years years at the organization, she not only expanded the medical program, but was also responsible for leading Neuro’s response to COVID-19. She then accepted a position as the Interim Executive Director in November 2021. Prior to coming to Neuro, she earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), where she also completed 3 years of residency and was the chief resident in her final year. In addition to her work at Neuro, she maintains her role as an adjunct faculty member at NUNM where she teaches on topics such as pediatric growth and development, mental illness, and suicide prevention.

Outside of patient care, Dr. Amanda is a leader in the community, including having served on the board of directors for the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, initiating the foundation of the Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Awareness (IDEA) Team at Neuro, and actively participating in Oregon’s legislative process. Her leadership at Neuro continues as she learns to take the reins as Executive Director from Karen Brelje, who ran the organization for decades prior.


In her free time, Dr. Amanda enjoys gardening, yoga, and meditation. On the weekends, you can find her hiking with her two pups Magnolia and Sama, or exploring the Japanese Garden and enjoying Thai Food with her partner. She loves to travel and has visited more than 25 countries.

Karen Brelje, Legacy Director

Karen Brelje, RN

Legacy Director

Email: karen@nt4kids.org

Karen first purchased Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies in 1997. In 2007, the business was donated and restructured as a nonprofit medical clinic to better reflect the core values of the company. This has resulted in the implementation of more creative programming and a scholarship fund to provide therapy services to uninsured and under insured children.

After 24 years as the Executive Director, Karen currently presides as the Legacy Director. In this capacity she provides both hindsight and oversight to the organization under the new Executive Director as well as grant writing expertise.

Karen is a registered nurse and the mother of four adopted children, three with special needs. Because of her family and professional background, she brings to the clinic a special empathy and desire to support families of special needs children and to ensure the quality of therapy services be available to all families.


Karen greatly enjoys taking vacations, both locally and abroad, especially in places where it is at least 80 degrees! She and her husband have recently purchased a “Ranch” on the Umpqua River that they are working to develop and improve.

Nora Lane, Clinic Director

Noralee Lane, AAS, NCMA

Clinic Director

Email: lane@nt4kids.org

Noralee (Nora) has been with Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies (NTPT) since 2004 as the Clinic Director. She oversees the management of all operations for each clinic location, works very closely with the terrific team of Admin staff and is dedicated to ensuring that all our clients receive the best care possible.


Nora is a native Oregonian and has lived in the Portland Metropolitan area all her life. She is an avid sportsman and hunter; and loves spending time with her family.

Lovett Gregoryev, Lead Billing Specialist

Lovett Grigoryev
Business Director

Email: lovett@nt4kids.org

Lovett has been at Neuro since 2014 and is currently our business director. She oversees the entire claims billing cycle and accounts payable. She also works with families to set them up with financial assistance programs. Lovett graduated in 2014 and has always desired to work for a non profit organization and see families lives changed for the better. 


In her free time, Lovett enjoys vegetable gardening, cooking, home remodeling & DIY projects and spending time outdoors with her son and husband. She comes from a large family and loves to host parties and get-togethers.

Melissa Youd, Marketing and Development Director

Melissa Youd

Marketing and Development Director

Email: melissa@nt4ids.org

Melissa has been with Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies since 1995. Her position on the admin team has varied greatly over the years and in 2011 Melissa began overseeing the marketing department. She manages the development and implementation of all marketing strategies, communications, and fundraising efforts for Neuro. Along with her team, she is committed to creating and maintaining successful connections and partnerships with other providers, organizations, community leaders, schools, and families in order to further increase awareness of Neuro’s programs.

Melissa brings a unique perspective and passion to her role as a parent of a child living with disabilities. Her compassion and understanding from a parent’s perspective is a valuable resource for the families and professionals we work with.


As a native Oregonian, Melissa enjoys the Pacific Northwest and all the beautiful places it has to offer. She loves the science fiction genre (Star Wars, Doctor Who, & Star Trek top her series favorites), reading, music and gardening; And also spending time with her husband, two active children, their dogs (Zoe and Astrid), a bearded dragon (Gypsy), and a hognose snake (Hazel).

Alex Le, Office Specialist, Hillsboro clinic

Alex Le

Office Specialist

Hillsboro Clinic

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org

Alex joined our team in 2022 as a Scheduler/Receptionist in our Hillsboro Clinic. Her responsibilities include answering phones, scheduling appointments, and assisting our Neuro families. She is excited to learn and grow within Neuro.


In her free time, Alex enjoys cooking, singing, and writing. She enjoys a nice nature walk and tried her hand at longboarding last summer. A fun fact about Alex is that she has a cat named Blake and a Crested Gecko named Cricket!

Aliyah Zepeda 
Office Specialist, Wilsonville Clinic

Email: aliyah.zepeda@nt4kids.org

Aliyah joined the Neuro team in 2022 as an Office Specialist. She is currently attending PCC, and she is hoping to transfer soon to Concordia to receive a bachelor’s in nursing. Wanting to watch the growth of each child’s journey here at Neuro and wanting to help, she looks forward to being a part of a huge team of professionals and hardworking colleagues. Aliyah carries the responsibility of being an older sister to three younger siblings and takes care of a family dog. She also values her education and abilities to help others in any way possible; she looks forward to the opportunity to work in a healthcare environment and gain more experience to create a beneficial pathway for herself and her future.


She has played soccer since she was around seven (although no longer playing competitively since graduating from high school) and has interest and skill in writing/journaling. Aliyah also really enjoys baking pastries and desserts in her free time!

Angela Nguyen
Marketing and Development Assistant

Email: angela.nguyen@nt4kids.org

Angela joined the Neuro team in 2022 as a Marketing and Development Assistant. She graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Marketing and Advertising Management along with a minor in Graphic Design. Angela’s role at Neuro includes providing administrative support to the Marketing and Development Director, managing databases, and assisting in marketing campaigns and events.

She applied to work at Neuro because she appreciated the work environment and goals of Neuro, finding it to be an organization that strongly encourages growth and compassion.


Angela’s interest and hobbies include creative exercise through personal projects with her friends through drawing and video-editing. She also went on record saying that she disliked Chihuahuas until now owning a cute one of her own, showing quite the flexible and open mind!

Anna Waite, MH and Medical Care Coordinator

Anna Waite
Lead Care Coordinator
Mental Health and Medical Program Services

Email: MH.Med@nt4kids.org

Anna joined the team at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies in 2017 and is the Care Coordinator for the Mental Health and Developmental Programs. She works closely with our inter-disciplinary team, mental health clinicians, and naturopathic doctor to coordinate the administrative operations for these programs. Including: Client Intakes, processing agency referrals, scheduling appointments, and providing support for families all throughout.

Anna’s background in psychology combined with her experience here at Neuro and passion for children and families with special needs make her a vital part of our team.


Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. Together, they enjoy exploring parks and new hiking trails. You can often find them eating out at their favorite Mexican Restaurant or having a movie night at home watching Harry Potter.

Anna Wood, Office Specialist

Anna Wood
Office Specialist, McMinnville Clinic

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org

Anna joined our team at Neuro in 2021 and shares the front office duties at our McMinnville Clinic. Her responsibilities include answering phones, scheduling appointments, and assisting our Neuro families. Anna has a passion for helping people and a love for kids.


In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with her family and friends and working on house projects. Her favorite season is fall and she loves Halloween.

Brandi Roussin, Fundraising and Development Specialist

Brandi Roussin
Fundraising and Development Specialist

Email: brandi.roussin@nt4kids.org

Brandi joined the team at Neuro in 2022 as the Fundraising & Development Specialist. In this role, she is responsible for all fundraising efforts, community networking, donor development, and facilitating fundraising events. Brandi chose to pursue a career at Neuro because she loves that Neuro offers services to help a wide spectrum of the community and she is passionate about helping kids.


In her free time, Brandi loves riding motorcycles and dirt bikes. She enjoys hiking and camping with her kids and her dogs, and she is a huge gym fanatic.

Caitlin Morey, Lead Marketing Specialist

Caitlin Morey
Marketing Project Manager

Email: caitlin@nt4kids.org

Caitlin joined the team at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies in 2015 as our Marketing Project Manager. Caitlin manages a wide variety of marketing projects including printed materials, resource fairs, fundraising events, educational presentations, and more. Caitlin is a positive, caring and passionate person who enjoys being a part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of children and families.


Caitlin is an avid skier and a coffee connoisseur. She loves Oregon and living in the Pacific Northwest, and her favorite month is October!

Cindy Dominguez, Office Specialist, Canby clinic

Cindy Dominguez
Office Specialist, Canby Clinic

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org

Cindy joined our team in 2022 as an Office Specialist at the Canby Clinic. Her responsibilities include answering phones, scheduling appointments, and assisting our Neuro families. As a parent of a child with special needs, Cindy feels that this work is the perfect opportunity for her to give back and help provide a better future for kids with similar experiences.


Cindy enjoys gardening and doing tile mosaics. She also loves travelling to new places with her husband, and would one day love to see the Northern Lights and travel through all 50 states.

Diane Waller, Medical Records Manager

Diane Waller
Medical Records Manager,
Office Specialist Manager

Email: diane@nt4kids.org


Diane has been at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies since 2007 As Records Manager, she oversees the medical records for the organization to ensure all healthcare information is accurate, complete, and remains confidential and secure. She provides support to the entire therapy staff with regards to documentation and reports. As the Office Specialist Manager, Diane oversees the office specialists at all of our clinics. She loves her job and is thrilled to work with people who care so much about how they can help others.


Diane grew up in Seattle and has lived in the Portland Area since 1995. She is obsessed with spending time with her new granddaughter! She also enjoys baking, reading, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family and her two labrador retrievers.

Ellen Wrynn, Credentialing Specialist

Ellen Wrynn
Credentialing Specialist

Email: ellen@nt4kids.org


Ellen joined our team at Neuro in 2021 as the Credentialing Specialist. She believes in the Neuro mission and is excited about helping children and their families. She is passionate about getting every client the best care possible.


In her free time, Ellen enjoys baking, swimming, paddle boarding, and biking. A couple fun facts about Ellen include that she spent 23 years moving around the United States as a military wife and she is a mother of three (two of her kids are twins)!

Gloria Berliner, Office Specialist

Gloria Berliner
Lead Office Specialist,  Wilsonville Clinic

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org


Gloria joined the team at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies in 2020. She is the Lead Office Specialist along with being responsible for the Reception/Scheduling duties at our Wilsonville location. Gloria enjoys interacting with people of all ages. This position is a great fit for Gloria because she is compassionate, organized, and she loves to greet clients and help them feel comfortable and welcomed.


In her free time, Gloria loves to go for long walks, mild to moderate levels of hiking, and spending time with her husband and their two sons. She loves to travel, especially to warm and sunny places.

Jana Haddon, Employee Relations Specialist

Jana Hadden
Employee Relations Specialist

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org

Jana started working at Neuro in 2020 as a Scheduler/Receptionist for our Canby Clinic and recently transitioned to working in our HR Department as Employee Relations Specialist. She enjoys working for a family-centered company and is passionate about helping kids and their families feel supported and thrive.


In her free time, Jana likes to travel, go camping, and attend concerts. She enjoys Broadway musicals and all things Disney. She loves spending time with her husband and two kids.

Jean Wilson, Office Specialist

Jean Wilson
Office Specialist, Hillsboro Clinic

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org

Jean joined the team at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies in 2021 and works in the front office at our Hillsboro Clinic. She likes meeting and working with people, and she values meaningful work. Jean is excited to join Neuro in making a positive impact on families and the community.


Jean loves to hike and her favorite hikes include The Zion Narrows, the Wildwood Trail, and summiting Mount St. Helens and Yosemite’s Half Dome. She often plays pickleball and loves to read a good book.

Jenny Mireles, Care Coordinator Mental Health and Medical Program

Jenny Mireles
Care Coordinator, Mental Health and Medical Program Services

Email: MH.Med@nt4kids.org

Jenny Mireles graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Boise State University in 2018. Her primary responsibilities at Neuro include coordinating client therapist and client schedules, responding to telephone and email inquiries, and scheduling assessments and treatments.


Jenny’s hobbies include hiking, camping, and running. She also enjoys photography.

Jill Uyeda 
Intake Coordinator

Email: intakes@nt4kids.org

Jill graduated from Pacific University/Forest Grove in 2021 with a BA in Psychology. Her primary responsibilities include processing families into our system and gathering all necessary material to be put on the waitlist or scheduled at all clinics. She applied to Neuro because she loves helping others and felt she could make a positive impact on both the children and parents. Jill is most driven by the values of family, kindness, and personal growth.


She has played college softball at Pacific and enjoys activities outdoors like golfing and snowboarding. Her favorite drink is matcha!

Katelynn Miller, Office Specialist

Katelynn Miller
Office Specialist, Oregon City Clinic

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org

Katelynn joined the team at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies in 2021. She shares the scheduling duties at our Oregon City Clinic where she answers phones, schedules appointments, and assists Neuro families. If Katelynn could write her own job title, she stated it would have to be “Problem Solver” or a “Polymath”!

With compassion and attentiveness being the main values that drive Katelynn, she enjoys being able to see progress being made by clients as she is a part of the evaluation scheduling process, ongoing appointments, and discharges. Being able to watch a client go through the entire process to meet their goals makes her extremely happy for them. She also enjoys receiving positive feedback from families that appreciate the work that office specialists do for the clinic and clients as it makes the job more enjoyable. She recalls an experience where a family brought her flowers as a token of appreciation, which she found to be amazing and very thoughtful!


In her free time, Katelynn enjoys studying animals and animal behavior. She also likes to cook and learn new recipes.

Kjeresti Klewer, Insurance Specialist

Kjeresti Kliewer
Insurance Specialist

Email: kjeresti@nt4kids.org

Kjeresti joined our team in 2019 and is on our team of Insurance Specialists. Her professional experience, excellent customer service skills, and compassion for working with kids makes her a valuable asset to the admin staff at Neuro. As a member of the Insurance Specialist team, Kjeresti works closely with our therapy staff, prescribing physicians and insurance carriers to ensure our clients receive the maximum benefits available to them.


Kjeresti has three dogs, and she loves to travel. In her free time, she likes to garden and spend time with her grandkids.

Luci Jewess, HR Manager

Luci Jewess
Human Resources Manager

Email: luci@nt4kids.org

Luci has been with Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies since 2018 and currently works as our Human Resources Manager. She loves the mission of Neuro, and she is excited about helping kids and families by giving them resources they need to be successful in life. Luci’s creativity and resourcefulness make her a great asset to our team.


Luci spent her first 24 years of marriage as a military wife and has lived all over the United States. Her favorite part was making friends all over the country. In her spare time she loves to garden, hike, ski and see new places with family and friends.

Lynn Charlier 
Bookkeeper, AP and Payroll Specialist

Email: lynn.charlier@nt4kids.org 

Lynn was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont and lived there for the majority of her life. It was also where she graduated from Rice Memorial with a Latin – Science degree. She has also lived in Washington DC before while her husband was stationed, and she has spent eight years living in Florida. However, she realized she missed being close to her grandchildren. After raising sons, she now has three granddaughters to enjoy!

After visiting Wilsonville over the last few years, she decided to move to Wilsonville. Lynn appreciates the opportunity to ski and visit an ocean in the same weekend.


Lynn enjoys spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters. She is looking forward to finding some groups to join and making new friends to also spend time with and enjoy activities in Oregon.

Maria Gabriel, Office Specialist

Maria Gabriel

Office Specialist

Oregon City Clinic

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org

Maria joined our team at Neuro in 2022. She earned her AAOT from Chemeketa Community College. Maria shares the reception and scheduling duties at our Oregon City Clinic, and she is excited to work in a position that involves helping children.


In her free time, Maria enjoys painting and reading. She also likes to watch a good documentary.

Reyna Welliver, Administrative Assistant

Reyna Welliver

Administrative Assistant

Email: reyna.w@nt4kids.org

Reyna joined our team in 2022 as the Assistant to the Executive Director and Therapy Director. She works alongside the Executive Director and Therapy Director in providing support with a variety of administrative projects. Reyna’s love for kids and admiration towards Neuro’s mission inspired her to join the organization.


Reyna’s hobbies include fly fishing, reading, and creative writing!

Shelby Lydon, Office Specialist McMinnville Clinic

Shelby Lydon

Office Specialist

McMinnville Clinic

Email: schedule@nt4kids.org

Shelby started working at Neuro in 2022 as a Scheduler/Receptionist at our McMinnville Clinic. Her responsibilities include scheduling appointments, answering phones, and assisting Neuro families. She chose to work at Neuro because she loves what Neuro stands for.


In her free time, Shelby loves going on outdoor adventures, watching Disney movies, and dancing to music with her son. She is passionate about photography, and she loves using photography to help empower women and bring back their confidence in themselves.

Susan Sessions, Volunteer Coordinator

Susan Sessions

Volunteer Coordinator

Floating Office Specialist

Email: volunteer@nt4kids.org

Susan joined our team at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies in 2019. She is our Volunteer Coordinator and works on our Scheduling Team as a Floating Office Specialist for all clinic locations at Neuro.

Susan was a stay at home mom to two special needs boys, and benefitted from the different therapies her boys received. She is excited to facilitate and build up Neuro’s Volunteer Program and enjoys the opportunity to work with families at all of Neuro’s clinics. She is compassionate and encouraging, and has a heart for helping others.


Susan enjoys the beach (especially Hawaii!). She loves bright colors, and has a hefty shoe collection!

Tessa Eleen

Medical Billing Specialist

Email: tessa@nt4kids.org

Tessa joined Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies in 2020 as an Office Specialist, and transitioned to the role of Medical Billing Assistant in 2021. She works with insurance billing, claims processing, and patient accounts. Tessa loves meeting and conversing with new people, and is excited to work for a family-centered organization.


In her free time, Tessa loves doing arts and crafts and playing with her son and daughter. She enjoys reading and family outings like camping and beach trips.

Valerie Vanderford, Insurance Specialist

Valerie Vanderford

Insurance Specialist

Email: valerie@nt4kids.org

Valerie joined our team in 2020 as an Insurance Specialist. She has an extensive background in insurance verification, billing, and authorizations. Valerie worked for Neuro back in the early days when it was only one clinic in Oregon City, and she is excited to be part of the team again at Neuro.


When Valerie is not at work, she is usually outdoors. She enjoys gardening, birdwatching, exploring the many beautiful trails in the Northwest, and kayaking on local lakes and rivers. She loves to cook, watch a good movie, and root for the San Francisco 49ers. She has two grown sons and a grandchild, Henry.

Yvonne Schmitz

Lead Insurance Specialist

Email: yvonne@nt4kids.org

Yvonne has been with Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies since 2015 and leads our team of Insurance Specialists. Yvonne works closely with our therapy staff, prescribing physicians and insurance carriers, both contracted and non-contracted, to ensure our clients receive the maximum benefit available to them. She is adept at assisting our clients with questions about their plan benefits or if insurance and authorization issues arise. Before joining our team, Yvonne was already familiar with our organization as a foster parent, bringing her foster children here for therapy services. Yvonne’s background in administration and her experience as a foster parent is a perfect fit for our clinic.


Yvonne enjoys cooking, especially for her two boys who love to eat! She loves to spend time with her family outside – hiking, camping, fishing and exploring.