Occupational Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan Backes, M.S. OTR
Morgan attended Indiana University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. As part of her undergraduate coursework, Morgan had to complete an internship and chose to do so at an outpatient pediatric clinic. This experience allowed Morgan to work with a variety of ages and diagnoses in the occupational therapy setting, in addition to assisting with a camp that applied constraint induced movement therapy for children with hemiparesis. This internship is where Morgan’s passion for occupational therapy began and led to her applying for graduate programs. Morgan’s passion in working with pediatrics came full circle as she completed her last fieldwork in the First Step’s system and she quickly knew that this was the client population she wanted to work with. Morgan continues her education by attending pediatric conferences related to feeding, blended diets, autism, and looking to attend many more! Morgan especially enjoys working with feeding children.  Morgan is married to her husband Ben and they both enjoy their dog Griffy, IU football, basketball, cooking, running, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Paige Boggs, M.S. OTR
Paige attended Indiana Wesleyan University where she received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science. It was her sophomore year of college where she discovered her passion for OT after observing a pediatric occupational therapist. Paige attended IUPUI where she received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Upon complettion of her last 8 week fieldwork rotation in the First Steps system, Paige knew this client population was where she wanted to start her career. She loves working with the child and family to implement interventions and strategies that best meet the needs of the whole family. Paige is continuing her education by attending pediatric conferences and gaining content knowledge in the areas of feeding, sensory integration, autism and many more. Paige is married to her husband Austin and enjoys reading, swimming, boating, attending church, being outside and spending time with friends and family.

Lori Finklang, M.S. OTR
Lori received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University in 2016. While in school she had many opportunities to work with children, including a 12-week fieldwork rotation at an elementary school helping children with fine motor, sensory, and behavioral difficulties. There she was able to work closely with other disciplines and gain a better understanding of the skills and knowledge each discipline brings to the team. For the past four years Lori also had the opportunity to work closely with an Occupational Therapist who specializes in Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Autism, ADHD, and ADD. It was there that Lori saw firsthand how therapy was helping these children and discovered that this is what she was meant to do. Lori currently resides in Broad Ripple and enjoys spending time with friends and family and being outdoors.

Jennifer Mocarski, M.S. OTR
Jennifer graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy.  She currently has over 10 years of experience working in pediatrics within the following settings: early intervention, school systems and a clinical setting.  Her passion has always been working with children and she will always strive to work with the family to reach their child’s goals.  She enjoys working on sensory processing skills, feeding development, fine motor skills, and incorporating other disciplines goals into her practice.  She has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses including but not limited to Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism,  prematurity, and developmental delays.  She currently resides in Fishers, IN with her husband Dennis and their two beautiful children.

Julia Murray, M.S. OTR

Julia received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University in 2013. Throughout her education, Julia attended numerous national conferences and received additional knowledge in sensory integration dysfunction and feeding difficulties.  As an avid learner, Julia continues to seek out continuing education opportunities. Though newly employed in the early intervention setting, Julia completed her level II fieldwork experience with PSA during which she gained extensive hands-on experience, knowledge and training. She has worked with clients with a wide variety of diagnoses including, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), cerebral palsy (CP), Down syndrome, Developmental Delay, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Dandy Walker Syndrome, and seizure disorders, as well as clients who have complications due to prematurity. She has also had the opportunity to observe with all of the other disciplines, including evaluation teams. Having an understanding of the knowledge and skills each discipline contributes is essential when working as a team to deliver holistic, quality care. Julia has always had a passion for working with infants and toddlers and will strive to make the therapy process enjoyable, helpful, and collaborative. Julia resides in Westfield and enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and families, doing crafts, and traveling.

Michaela O’Shaughnessey, M.S. OTR
Michaela received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Indiana University in 2018. During her time in school, she completed her pediatric clinical rotation at Riley Children’s Hospital where she gained specialized skills and knowledge in interventions for children with cerebral palsy, adaptive equipment, and treating upper extremity conditions. Michaela especially enjoys working with children with neurological conditions, children with autism, children with sensory processing difficulties. She is continually expanding her OT knowledge by attending continuing education seminars on topics such as infant mental health and neuroplasticity. In addition to working as a First Step’s provider for Pediatric Specialty Associates, she is also an occupational therapist at Behavior Analysis Center for Autism. Michaela is passionate about working with children of all abilities and this is demonstrated by the time she spends outside of work serving as a children’s fitness instructor at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center as well as volunteering with the Joseph Maley Foundation where she is an adaptive swimming and running coach. Outside of these activities, Michaela’s favorite leisure activities include running, tennis, golf, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica Pilkington, OTD, OTR/L
Jess attended Indiana University Kokomo where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology as a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. She then went on to attain her doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. Throughout her graduate education, Jess gained extensive clinical skills working in settings such as skilled nursing facilities, pediatric outpatient clinics, juvenile detention centers, orthopedic clinics, and rural Alaskan settings. Jess has a passion for advocating for the profession of occupational therapy as well as those that don’t have access to traditional care. As a collaborative member of the therapeutic team, Jess encourages family engagement throughout the therapeutic process. As a devoted learner, Jess continues her education by keeping up with the current research, collaborating with other therapists, and attending pediatric conferences to further develop her skills. Outside of work, Jess enjoys being outdoors with her husband and three dogs.

Katrina H. Smith, M.S. OTR
Katrina graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences and University of Indianapolis with an Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.   Since graduating in 1995, Katrina has worked in a variety of settings to include longterm care, hospital acute care, school systems and Indiana First Steps.  Katrina began working for Pediatric Specialty Associates in 2004.  She has worked with a variety of diagnoses to include, but limited to: sensory processing disorder, prematurity, low tone, high tone, developmental delay, cleft palate, visual impairments, hearing impairment, autism, pervasive developmental disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome, failure to thrive, traumatic brain injury, Prader-Willi, Moebius syndrome and a variety of rare developmental disorders.  Katrina has continued her education with courses in myofascial release, kinesiotaping, sensory processing disorder, feeding disorders, oral-motor, visual-vestibular, neurodevelopmental treatment, to name a few.  While in the school system, Katrina was part of the Preschool Evaluation Team, giving her first hand experience on the transition between First Steps and the school system.  She believes in a family-centered approach to therapy services while making the sessions enjoyable for your child, and will leave suggestions for your family to work on between sessions.  Katrina lives in the McCordsville area with her husband and their two dogs.

Teresa Smith, M.S. OTR
Teresa attended Abilene Christian University with undergraduate emphasis in biology/pre-med. After 3 years of undergraduate work, she went on to receive her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Indianapolis in 1995. Teresa has 12 years of experience working in early intervention with children with many diverse diagnoses which include:  Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, premature infants, autism, and children with feeding problems.  She has attended many continuing education courses to include:  oral-motor/feeding, sensory processing, improving muscle control, and behavior management.  Teresa is a mother of 2 girls ages 10 and 8 and understands the demands of a busy mother’s life. She will incorporate therapy activities into your daily routine. Teresa enjoys working with families to attain the goals that they wish for their child to achieve and she encourages family participation in the therapy process.

Rebecca Terbrock, M.S. OTR
Rebecca graduated from Medical College of Georgia in 2012 with a Master’s  Degree in Occupational Therapy.  Since graduation Rebecca has worked in a variety of settings including subacute rehab, acute rehab, and inpatient rehab. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses which include: Aspergers, Autism, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, and CVA. She is looking forward to working for Pediatric Specialty Associates to help families reach their goals for their children. Rebecca has recently located to Indianapolis with her husband and 20 month old daughter.

Amber Yarbrough, M.S. OTR
Amber received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University in 2009. Prior to her degree, she did her pediatric level II fieldwork in First Steps. She has 8 years of experience as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings including hospital acute care, inpatient rehab, and first steps. Amber is certified in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) and has recently attended further courses in feeding/oral motor skills and sensory processing. She has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses but not limited to prematurity, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hypotonia, Prenatal substance exposure, and Autism. Amber has a passion for working with infants and toddlers and believe sessions should be family centered and fun. Amber, along with her husband and 18 month old daughter resides in Indianapolis and enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.