Owner & Director
Based in Sacramento
San Diego Area
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapist Assistant
COTA, BS Human Developement
Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
Administrative Assistant / Occupational Therapy Aide
Carolyn has worked with children in a variety of settings, including school districts, in-home for early intervention services, hospitals and private clinics. She is experienced in working with children ages 0 to 18 with a variety of diagnoses. Her treatments have practical strategies for improving classroom participation and performance, sensory integration therapy, motor coordination intervention, self-regulation and social skills intervention, feeding intervention and handwriting intervention.Therapy sessions incorporate the following programs and therapeutic techniques:
- Play-based Sensory Integrative Therapy
- Therapeutic Listening
- Real OT Solutions Handwriting Program
- Handwriting Without Tears
- The Alert Program
- The Zones of Regulation
- The Superflex / Social Thinking Curriculums
- SOS Feeding Therapy
Carolyn strongly believes that treatment is most effective when the therapist, the child’s family and school work together to formulate goals using the child’s occupations (interests and/or motivators) and unique abilities as a means towards achieving those goals and raising the child's self-confidence and happiness.
Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University, 2005.
Mandy has worked with children in variety of settings throughout her career including schools, mental health agencies, the Juvenile Court system and as a volunteer Girl Scout Leader. Mandy believes that children and their families can benefit from a variety of support. Mandy is passionate about the needs of children and supplying those needs through quality treatment and education with the collaboration of teachers, parents and other helping professionals.
Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker #28681
Stephanie particularly enjoys working with young children to accomplish educational milestones. In addition to providing intervention for children, Stephanie loves teaching educators and parents about motor development and sensory processing through her educational workshop series. When she's not playing with children at work, Stephanie is frequently playing with her own children at home. She shares with families, "Parenthood has given me the insight that if something isn’t easy to incorporate into a daily routine, it simply won’t get done. In my home, I serve up writing practice and fine motor activities at mealtimes, pack it into car trips, and tuck it into bedtime routines. Adding things to the daily grind has become second nature to me. Like most parents, I am juggling a lot, so I especially like to share professional strategies that are easy, inexpensive, and fun for a parent or teacher to incorporate into their daily routines." Play is central in a child’s development, so at the very heart of everything she does, Stephanie helps young children develop individual skills through purposeful play.
Stephanie has over 17 years of experience as a practicing occupational therapist, holds a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, and keeps current on the latest research and best practices.
Keren has worked with young children, adolescents, and young adults, ages 2 all the way up to 22. She has worked with children in a variety of settings, including the clinic setting, the school-based setting, and the community-based setting. Keren gears her treatment sessions towards fostering the developmental progression, and incorporating play based and activity based therapy into all of her sessions. Keren enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities, and helping them reach their therapeutic goals.
Keren is trained in the Learning Without Tears (formerly called the Handwriting Without Tears) program, Developed by Jan Olsen, OTR.
Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills
Bachelors or Arts in Psychology with a Minor in educational studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Heidi is a creative and committed therapist with a strong passion for working with children and their families. Every client is important to her as an individual. She believes it is important to collaborate with parents and use activities that the child is interested in to further develop and gain new skills.
Heidi is skilled at addressing emotional regulation, feeding, handwriting, visual-motor integration, and sensory processing. Working with children who have these challenges allows for better integration into the home, community, school, and allows for better relationship building. Heidi's professional goal is to help families and children function at their highest capacity, integrating the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual components of the individual.
Therapy sessions incorporate the following therapeutic programs and techniques:
- Play based Sensory Processing Therapy Real OT Solutions Handwriting Program (Size Matters)
- The Zones of Regulation
- SOS feeding Therapy
- Integrating the emotional, social, and physical needs of a child
Masters in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University
Caitlyn believes in an integrated therapy approach that addresses the whole child(sensorimotor, social, emotional and cognitive functioning). Through therapy, Caitlyn strives to improve activities of daily living (ADL's) with an emphasis on overall development.
Caitlyn has experience working with children in the following areas: fine motor skills, visual perceptual and visual motor skills, sensory integration and regulation, motor planning and self-care skills.
She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the WorldFederation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). She has a strong interest in providing therapy services around the world and has attended a medical mission trip to Uganda to provide occupational therapy to both children and adults.
Medical University of South Carolina's Master of Science Program in Occupational Therapy
Tiffany has worked with adults in various settings from inpatient acute rehab to skilled nursing facilities. She enjoys being able to help people of all ages achieve their occupational goals and believes in the importance of collaborating closely with families, teachers, and other therapy disciplines. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the children at Capital KIDS! She completed her level II fieldwork at a pediatric clinic where she had experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and developmental delays through the use of sensory integration and feeding interventions. She also completed a level I fieldwork with the Alhambra Unified School District.
Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy form the University of Souther California in 2015.
Shelly received her licensing in 2015 and completed her level II fieldwork in the Davis Joint Unified School District where she was trained under Stephanie Roberts, MOT, OTR/L and Carolyn Stallings, MOT, OTR/L. Her creativity, her natural gift for working with children and her passion for researching and understanding various diagnoses helped to her to quickly develop into a skilled clinician. After staying home with her own young children for several years, Shelly decided to make working with kids her full time career and we are so fortunate to have her at Capital KIDS. Shelly finds much joy in creating fun, individualized, child-based activities to help kids of all ages and abilities reach their therapeutic goals.
Shelly is trained in Size Matters Handwriting Program developed by Beverly Moskowitz, DOT, MS OTR/L.
Christy Copley is a COTA with 20+ years of experience working with children as well as adults in a variety of settings. She enjoys helping children with fine motor tasks, handwriting skills, planning, problem solving, visual-motor skills, sensory processing, motor planning as well as social skills.
She’s has experience treating children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, and traumatic brain injury. Her varied background has taught her the importance of being present, to meet each child where he/she is at in the moment to find that just right challenge. She enjoys working with all ages and abilities.
Christy is trained in Size Matters Handwriting Program developed by Beverly Moskowitz, DOT, Ms ORR/L.
Christy completed the OTA Program at Sacramento City College where she received her COTA certification.
Christy graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Human Development and a minor in Spanish.
Languages: English and Spanish
Sandra is currently completing her education in the OTA Program at Sacramento City College. While in the program, she has received training in various settings with people of all ages and disabilities. Sandra loves working with children. She is patient and passionate about helping children get the most out of life. Recently, she joined our team where she assists with the handwriting classes and provides administrative assistance to our team. After completing her education, Sandra plans to join our team of therapist at Capital Kids.
Sheri Thorpe is a recent Occupational Therapy Assistant graduate. She has had many wonderful years of experience working in different capacities with children and young adults, ranging in age from 3-19, all with varying levels of ability, and varying types and degrees of disability. She has worked with children in a variety of settings and environments, including daycare, in-home, nonpublic and public schools, the community, a hospital, and a private clinic. She has had had the unique pleasure of creating and developing an Adapted Physical Education program at a nonpublic school for children with autism in my capacity as Adapted Physical Education Specialist for 6 years. Her additional experience includes student teaching, substitute teaching, tutoring, coaching, and volunteering in a variety of environments. Upon certification and licensing, she’s excited to start utilizing her newly acquired OTA skills, in combination with my Adapted P.E. skills, to create optimum experiences and opportunities for the children that she provides services to.
AA degree, Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sacramento City College
Multiple Subjects Credential & Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential at CSU, Sacramento
BA in Liberal Studies at CSU, Sacramento
Allison loves children and feels fortunate to be a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist. During her education, Allison sought out opportunities that would make her a well-rounded clinician, including a school based internship as well as a hospital externship at a Level 1 Trauma Center. Since graduation, Allison’s focus has been on pediatric clientele. She has worked mainly in public school settings. She has had extensive training, interest, and experience working with students with Learning Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and children on the Autism Spectrum. She specializes in articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language and social/pragmatic language. Her approach to assessment and intervention is family centered with careful attention to families' priorities and concerns while developing meaningful learning opportunities, teaching strategies and offering feedback. She believes therapy should be functional and fun. She takes the time to get to know each child and finds creative ways to help them achieve success. When she is not juggling various clinical and administrative challenges, she enjoys traveling the world with her wonderful husband.
Allison attended University of California Santa Cruz and graduated with a Bachelors in Childhood Psychology. She attended California State University Sacramento and received her Masters of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Kat has 10+ years of experience teaching in preschools and afterschool programs. She loves working with children of all ages and abilities and is passionate about providing fun, developmentally appropriate, opportunities for children to learn, grow, and engage in the world around them. Kat joined Capital Kids as a volunteer, completing training hours as a prerequisite for graduate school where she plans to study Occupational Therapy. After completing her volunteer hours, Kat was hired to assist with the self-regulation and handwriting classes held at our clinic. She also provides administrative support to our team.
BA in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento in 2017