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Our Team

Lesley

Lesley E. Freeling, PT, PCS

Physical Therapist, Pediatric Certified Specialist (American Physical Therapy Association)

Lesley is a Pediatric Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. She has extensive experience working with children with a variety of acute and chronic conditions from infancy to adulthood. Lesley’s philosophy is to focus on the whole child, to make therapy fun and to empower the family to follow through at home. Lesley has been privileged to follow some young patients from tiny babies to college students. Contact Lesley via email or her voice mail, extension 121.

Annette

Annette Sabater, PT

Physical Therapist

Annette has worked at OHSU where she gained experience working with children with chronic disease, prematurity, torticollis, orthopedic injury, neurological dysfunction and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She integrates each individual child’s therapy goals with their day to day routines and family style. She blends this approach to achieve steady and consistent progress. Contact Annette via email or her voice mail, extension 126.

Kristina

Kristina Thompson, PT

Physical Therapist

Kristina’s background includes working in several types of pediatric facilities, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, schoolbased, and longterm care. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses. She believes in educating the child and the family in a program that can be continued in the home setting for optimal results. Contact Kristina via email or her voice mail, extension 126.

Loretta

Loretta Gimse, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Loretta’s many years of experience has given her significant knowledge in the areas of Sensory Integration, feeding issues, motor planning, oral motor skills, and visual/vestibular issues. She believes that using relationship/social skills development assists with regulation and increases the child’s response to therapy. She is trained in Advanced Therapeutic Listening®. With a family-focused approach, she works with children and supports families to implement therapy at home. Contact Loretta through her email or her voice mail, extension 120.

Kara

Kara Welborn, OT (LOA)

Occupational Therapist

Kara came to Therapy Solutions for Kids December of 2015. Kara is passionate about helping children discover their potential and finding success in everyday life. Kara enjoys working with kids using play as a means for learning and developing new skills. She believes in working with families and using a child centered approach to allow for each child to reach their individual goals. Contact Kara via email or her voice mail, extension 132.

Leslie

Leslie Coonc, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Leslie came to Therapy Solutions for Kids in June of 2015. She brings experience working with children and adolescents from a variety of backgrounds. Leslie had the pleasure of creating a play based motor skill development program for children with disabilities in Mexico. In the clinic, she focuses on using play as a means for learning. Leslie enjoys working collaboratively with her clients and their families, as well as other team members in order to best support the growth of each individual child. Contact Leslie via email or Voicemail extension x 128.

Michelle

Michelle Nigl-Chang, OT

Occupational Therapist

Michelle is currently on a leave of absence.

Michelle joined our team in January of 2013. Her background combines experiences across a variety of settings. She values being a part of the parent-child team and facilitating strong home programs. Michelle has specialized training in the areas of pediatric splinting, feeding, child development, fine motor skill building, Visual skill building, HandWriting Without Tears program and is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician-special needs. Contact Michelle via email or her voice mail, extension 125.

Deedra

Deedra Weill, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Deedra’s background combines experience across a variety of settings. She focuses on incorporating parents into treatment sessions and developing strong home programs. Deedra has specialized training in the areas of feeding, infant and child development, sensory integration, fine motor skill building, Therapeutic Listening™, and play/communication skills. Contact Deedra via email or her voice mail, extension 125.

Austen

Austen Taylor, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Austen joined Therapy Solutions for Kids in May 2017 with a background in early intervention and school based occupational therapy. Austen has completed training in a number of specialized courses including Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, and The Anat Baniel Method. Austen’s goal is to connect with each child and help them reach their fullest potential. She values building relationships with parents and families, creating a collaborative team approach to a child’s goals and needs. Contact Austen via email or Voicemail extension 135.

Janet

Janet Kittleson, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Janet is currently on a leave of absence.

Janet came to Therapy Solutions for Kids in August of 2016. She has experience in neuromuscular rehabilitation in order to provide support for children who have neurological and neuromuscular challenges. She brings an interest in reflex integration and it’s relation to sensory processing and regulation disorders. Janet enjoys working with children and families focusing on adapting the child’s sensory needs to the families’ lifestyle and environment to help them better succeed in daily life. Contact Janet via email or her voice mail, extension 122.

Melissa

Melissa Polensky, COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Melissa Polensky is a COTA working in outpatient pediatric clinics since 2014 specializing in self-regulation. She has experience with learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, ODD, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other social and emotional disabilities. Her continuing education experiences include The Alert Program, Self-regulation, Handwriting Without Tears, Art Therapy, and Yoga and Mindfulness. Having also worked in a behavioral classroom in the Beaverton School District, she has a passion for helping kids reach their full potential. Contact Melissa via email or her voice mail, extension 129.

Larissa

Larissa Peizner

Speech Language Pathologist

Bio coming soon! Contact Larissa via email or her voice mail, extension 109.

Beth L.

Beth Lough, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Beth has been at Therapy Solutions for Kids for over 10 years. Her approach to therapy is family and child centered. “I try to make therapy as enjoyable and productive as possible and to train parents so they are able to implement therapy at home.” A specialist in oral motor skills, feeding and dyspraxia, she has the ability to recognize even the subtle issues that makes her more efficient in treating the whole child. She has training in Interactive Metronome™. “I was drawn to Therapy Solutions for Kids because there are no surprises here, making it easy for families to transition. We put families first.” Contact Beth via email or her voice mail, extension 124.

Beth N.

Beth Nesser, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Beth’s approach to therapy is family centered. She believes that in order for therapy to generalize to everyday life, the parents and siblings of her clients must be fully involved in therapy. She has expertise in wide variety of speech and language disorders including dyspraxia, dysarthria, stuttering, articulation and tongue thrust. She also works with children with executive functioning and social thinking problems. She has worked with children with Down Syndrome, autism (ASD), ADD and seizure disorders. Beth is in the office Monday through Wednesday. Contact Beth via email or her voice mail, extension 123.

Shannon
Shannon Nelson

 

Shannon, our front desk receptionist, will be the first person to greet you and welcome your family to our clinic! She is happy to help you with scheduling or answer any questions you may have about our office. Contact Shannon via email or her voice mail, extension 100.

Lilly

Lilly Morales Rodriguez

Billing/Therapy Assistant

Liliana is our office and therapy assistant and is happy to help with the majority of insurance questions including authorizations and claims. She has experience working as a Personal Support Worker, Sales associate, and mentor for first generation college students. She is here part time and am working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing and Spanish. She hopes to get into a graduate program and become a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist. Contact Lilly via email or voicemail extension x 107.

Hilary

Hilary Herron

Office Assistant

Hilary is the office assistant and happy to help you with the majority of your questions regarding scheduling, insurance, etc. She is here part-time, as she is working on her Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her background is in linguistics and language acquisition, and would like to work in a medical setting for speech and swallowing. Contact Hilary via email or her voice mail, extension 131.

Allie

Allison Matthews

Office/Billing/Intake Manager

Allie is our Office/Billing/Intake Manager. She may be the first person you speak with as a new client. She also handles the billing for clients insurance and oversees the flow of the office. If you have a problem with your insurance, statement, therapy etc. she will be glad to help. She is in the office Monday through Friday sometimes telecommuting from home. Allie came to Therapy Solutions for Kids in 2004 after five years in Multnomah County’s Early Intervention program (&PEIP). She brings with her the experience of working as educational assistant in various Special Education programs as well as her vast knowledge in insurance companies, office skills and community resources. Contact Allie with any questions via email or her voice mail, extension 101.

Harrison

Harrison Steinbrecher

Occupational Therapist

Harrison has come to Therapy Solutions For Kids since he was one-year-old. He has seen Loretta since the clinic opened in 2002. He is very friendly and outgoing. He also works at the YMCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. He also volunteers at Bike First! I Can Shine. You might know him from there. He is also able to answer most questions about the clinic. Contact him if you have any questions. Contact Harrison via email or voicemail extension x130.