Team

Amie Crunelle – OTR/L, CKTP (Occupational Therapist) –  Amie received her Bachelor’s degree, graduating from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in pediatric interventions and has worked in a wide variety of settings including schools, early intervention and outpatient therapy. She has extensive training in a variety of techniques to address sensory processing disorders and child development. Her interests include sensory strategies, feeding, torticollis/head preference, neurofeedback and motor development. She is trained in Therapeutic Listening, pediatric NDT handling, Craniosacral, Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Multisensory Handwriting and certified in Kinesio Taping ®.

“I love being a pediatric occupational therapist because it is such a great feeling to help educate families and help children gain their independence.”

amie@sensorysolutionsohio.com

Audra Van Winkle – MS/OTR/L (Occupational Therapist) – Audra is a passionate and enthusiastic occupational therapist and strives to make every session fun and enjoyable for the child.
Audra graduated with her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including early intervention, school and home based. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening and Handwriting Without Tears, among a large range of courses specializing in sensory integration and child development. Her interests include neurofeedback, motor development, working with children who have delays or deficits in play, developing social skills, handwriting, and sensory strategies. She has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Hearing impaired, Developmental Delay, Attention Deficit Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder. Outside of work Audra enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their three daughters, Layla, Mila and Petra. She is often helping her girls learn and explore through play!

“I believe it is important for all children to meet their full potential. I love seeing a child do something for the first time. Sharing moments like this with families makes what I do that more meaningful!”

audra@sensorysolutionsohio.com

Elizabeth Mora-SLP (Speech Therapist) – Elizabeth received her Master’s degree from Kent State in 1995. She has worked in many different settings including two sensory integration clinics, three school districts where she served on special needs preschool evaluation teams, early intervention homevisits and private daycares.Elizabeth uses a play based approach that combines principles of Floortime, Hanen and James MacDonald’s works that build trust and motivation within the child to heighten the child’s sense of empowerment and feeling connected to their communication partner. Elizabeth is also knowledgeable in using sensory techniques and engaging the child’s whole body during therapy. Elizabeth has received training in Floortime/Greenspan, Beckman oral motor interventions, Kaufman Apraxia interventions, and the Wilbarger Brushing protocol . 

”I adore working with young children and their families in the sensory setting. A child’s “work” is actually play; having fun at the child’s level opens endless possibilities for communication.  I feel truly privileged to be able to help a child reach his or her full communication potential.”

elizabeth@sensorysolutionsohio.com

Sarah Smalley (Office Manager) – I am the mother of two amazing boys – Brady & Ty – both who are on the autism spectrum. Brady was born in September 2005 and was diagnosed at 21 months of age. Ty was born in March 2008 and was diagnosed by me at his first birthday, and by the professionals a few months later. Both of my boys have been in multiple therapies since they were 15 months old. I am also the creator of www.autismpuzzlemom.com and I have presented at multiple parent support groups in the area on topics such as detoxifying your home, hiring and running a successful home therapy team, and making the right therapy choices for your child and family. I have worked as an ABA therapist on a home team and as a private preschool aide with children ages 1-9. This is not a journey I ever expected to be on and this is not what I went to college to do…but a larger power has chosen this to be my life’s work. My boys are my everything, they are my joy, they are often my stress, and they are why I have learned everything I know now, and would love to share with you. I have been trained in discrete trial ABA, the More Than Words approach to communication, LAMP application with AAC devices, as well as other OT and ST practices. I have attended multiple conferences including Autism One in Chicago and the NAA Conference in Florida. I am also very passionate about our children’s health and the options available that can help our kids feel better, their bodies to heal, and in turn allow them to learn and grow into their full potential. I am passionate about detoxifying our homes and the role the toxins in today’s society may play into the autism epidemic and other developmental delays. I do not pretend to be an expert, but I do have a wealth of knowledge by experience and trial and error. If I don’t know about it, I am sure I have a friend who does and can get you started down a road that is likely to be a long path, but one very worth taking.

sarah@sensorysolutionsohio.com

Julie Koontz, M.S., OTR/L (Occupational Therapist) – I am thrilled to join Sensory Solutions! I have many years of experience in pediatrics working in a variety of settings from early intervention to school-based OT to clinic. I am trained in Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement, Neurofeedback, and Therapeutic Listening. I have experience with feeding, visual perceptual strategies and treatment as well as Handwriting Without Tears and Cub Works.

“My passion for working with families to help their child participate in life to the fullest is what motivates me every day to love what I do, make a difference in the lives of children!”

julie@sensorysolutionsohio.com

Catie Quirin, OTD, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist) – I am thrilled to join Sensory Solutions! I received my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from The University of Toledo. I have pediatric experience in an outpatient setting in a rural area. With being in a small area I have had the opportunity to work with many children with different diagnoses. I completed my Capstone experience in graduate school by developing a sensory playroom program in a gymnastic facility. I have coached/instructed gymnastics for several years with children from ages 3 to 18 years. I love watching and helping children learn and grown through play.

catie@sensorysolutionsohio.com

Vicki Lleonart, LMT, CIMI, CIIT (Pediatric Massage Therapist) – Vicki is very excited to join the Sensory Solutions Team. Vicki received her license as a Limited Branch Practitioner from The State of Ohio Medical Board as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has worked with various populations in the healthcare environment for the past 16+ years.

Vicki started her career at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a pediatric massage therapist.
She trained with highly skilled RNs, PTs, OTs, and other medical professionals. Vicki worked with healthy infants and children, as well as medically fragile newborns in the NICU and CTICU. She taught and educated families and medical staff on the benefits of massage therapy.
Vicki is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), & Certified Infant Instructor Trainer (CIIT).

She has spent many years teaching families and caregivers to connect with their children
in a nurturing, loving and therapeutic way. Her specialized skills and continued education includes; Infant Massage/Instructor, Neonatal Infant, Critically Challenged Newborn, CranioSacral Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish massage, and Neuromuscular Therapy

vickilleonart@gmail.com

Katie Weakland, MA, CCC/SLP (Speech Therapist) – Katie received her Master’s degree from The University of Akron.  She has experience in both the school and clinic settings, providing assessment and treatment for individuals ages 1-18 years.  She is also a Registered Art Therapist and has worked on teams for families with children diagnosed with Autism as both a respite provider and ABA therapy aide.  Katie’s professional interests include early intervention, speech sound disorders, AAC, and social skills.  Katie has completed various trainings in the area of Childhood Apraxia of Speech and is a PROMPT Trained clinician.

kweakland@gmail.com

Megan Polluck, MA, CCC/SLP (Speech Therapist) – Megan received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science at Ohio University and her Master’s degree from The Ohio State University in 2009. She has worked in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing facilities, two different school districts and the clinic setting. She has experience in augmentative and alternative communication, speech and articulation, language, apraxia, social pragmatics, dysphagia and stuttering. Through collaboration with the Occupational Therapists at Sensory Solutions, she uses sensory techniques to help engage her students in her sessions. She enjoys training caregivers and collaborating with other professionals on the child’s team so goals and objectives can be obtained outside of the therapy room and across all settings. She has a passion for helping her clients communicate and advocating for their needs!

meganpollockslp@gmail.com

Jean Hruschak, SLP (Speech Therapist) – I have lived in Columbus Ohio for over 30 years after receiving my Masters degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Akron.   Medical clinics and outpatient care have been my primary focus for treating children and some adults with speech needs.  After 21 years with Nationwide Childrens, I am bringing my skills to Early Intervention and Home based services.   Professional presentations have focused on feeding disorders and treatment, speech and language related to autism, developmental delays, medically complex issues and the use of speech devices for those who need it.  I have training in assessment and therapy for reading disorders (Orton Gillingham; Barton Reading and Spelling) and love to see all children grow in their reading skills.  My goal is for parents to be able to easily use our goals during daily activities that will help their child improve in function.  I have two dogs and I hope to have the smaller allergy proof dog trained to sit and wait as patients read to her.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s care.

Jean@sensorysolutionsohio.com

Veronica Kennedy, MOT, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist) – Veronica received her undergraduate degree in Pre-Medicine and Psychology from Walsh University and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University.  She holds a Specialization in Rehabilitation Engineering and an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Healthcare.  Currently Veronica practices in outpatient pediatrics and inpatient neurorehabilitation.  She has experience working both nationally and internationally with sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, autism, traumatic brain injury, vision disorders, cerebral palsy and a variety of speech disorders.  Most recently, she received her Level I certification in teaching yoga to children with special needs.  Veronica enjoys collaborating with families and Speech Therapists at Sensory Solutions to support her clients’ development across clinical, school and home settings.  She has a passion for helping her clients improve their overall quality of life and achieve their full potential through therapeutic play!

Veronica@sensorysolutionsohio.com

Taira Fischer, OTD, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist) – Taira received her Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Huntington University and has a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University majoring in psychology. Taira specializes in pediatrics with an interest in sensory processing disorder (SPD). She completed a residency at the STAR Institute Treatment and Research Center for SPD in Greenwood Village, CO. Taira attended a week-long intensive mentorship during her training at STAR and is certified as a Level I: Advanced Mentored Clinician in SPD. She also has previous training and experience as an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapist working with children with autism spectrum disorder. Her interest resides in helping children and their families achieve full participation in daily activities and increased quality of life. Throughout her professional career, Taira plans to continue to be an advocate involved in the progression of research and education of SPD to be globally recognized by all medical professionals. “As a therapist working with kids, therapy should be fun! My goal for every session is to see a child smiling and laughing while simultaneously reaching therapeutic goals.”

Taira@sensorysolutionsohio.com

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Testimonials

Before starting occupational therapy, Daphne was much more sensitive to environmental discomforts. However, things have been changing for her since meeting with Julie. Historically, getting Daphne to wear sunscreen was always a battle. Also, Daphne avoided being in the rain, and at times felt anxious or even cried when she couldn’t avoid it. But on our recent vacation we had some pleasant surprises. Daphne said the sunscreen felt good when applied. Additionally, when sand accidentally got mixe din the sunscreen, she said it hurt a little but she tolerated it. This was a truly amazing transformation for her. These and other changes have come about after doing OT with Sensory Solutions. Now Daphne is better able to cope with her environment and participate in life more fully. We are grateful for how positively she and our family have been effected by OT.

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