Carolyn Stallings

MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Owner & Director

Email: Carolyn@capitalkidsplace.com

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.

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. 

EDUCATION

Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University, 2005. 


 

Kat Rosenthal

Clinic Manager / Occupational Therapy Aide

Email: kat@capitalkidsplace.com

Kat has 10+ years of experience teaching in preschools, after-school programs, and occupational therapy clinics. 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 trains therapists and leads groups in the Zones or Regulation program and Size Matters Handwriting program. She runs handwriting and self-regulation camps and small groups and assists in feeding sessions, and direct therapy sessions. Kat supports all of the parents, therapists and children of Capital Kids!

Education

BA in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento in 2017


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Jessica McLaughlin

Clinic Coordinator

email: jm@capitalkidsplace.com

Jessica McLaughlin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She has extensive experience working with children and families. She has experience in running creative programs for homeless youth, worked in foster youth case management, and has worked extensively in preschools and after school programs. Jessica is dedicated to creating a positive therapuetic experience for all by supporting our team of therapists, children and their families.


 

Mandy Chuey

LCSW

Resource Coordinator

Email: mandy@capitalkidsplace.com

Mandy has worked with children and families in a variety of settings throughout her career including schools, mental health agencies and the Juvenile Court system. Mandy believes that children and their families can benefit from a variety of support. Mandy is passionate about the needs of families and supporting those needs through quality treatment and education with the collaboration of parents, teachers and other helping professionals. 

Mandy currently provides tele-health support services for families 

Education

Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University

Licensed Clinical Social Worker #28681


 

Stephanie Roberts

MA, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Email: stephanie@capitalkidsplace.com

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.

Education

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.


Heidi Wang

MOTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Clinic Therapist

Email: heidi@capitalkidsplace.com

Heidi is a creative and committed therapist with a strong passion for working with children and their families.  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.  Heidi's professional goal is to help families and children function at their highest capacity, integrating the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual components of an 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

Education
Masters in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University


 

Tiffany Cappel

MA,OTR/L

Email: tiffany@capitalkidsplace.com

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.

Education

Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy form the University of Southern California in 2015. 

Languages: English, Cantonese and Mandarin 


 

Shelly Williams

COTA

Email: shelly@capitalkidsplace.com

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.

Education

Shelly is trained in Size Matters Handwriting Program developed by Beverly Moskowitz, DOT, MS OTR/L.


 

Christy Copley

COTA

Clinic Therapist

Email: christy@capitalkidsplace.com

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.

Education

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 Martinez 

OTA

Clinic Therapist

Email: sandra@capitalkidsplace.com

Sandra is a graduate of the OTA Program at Sacramento City College. Occupational Therapy is Sandra's second career and she couldn't be happier to fulfill her dream of working with children full time after raising children of her own. Sandra has a passion for working with children with all types of needs and challenges. She is skilled at presenting and educating parents and staff on subjects related to occupational therapy. She is loved by her students and  clients and is particularly advanced trained in working with children with fine motor and handwriting challenges, self-regulation challenges and executive functioning disorders. 

Languages: English and Spanish 


 

Sheri Thorpe

COTA

Email: sheri@capitalkidsplace.com

Sheri Thorpe is a graduate of the OTA Program at Sacramento City College.  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 in-home, nonpublic and public schools, the community, a hospital, and a private clinic. She has 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.

Education

BA in Liberal Studies at CSU, Sacramento

Multiple Subjects Credential & Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential at CSU, Sacramento

Sheri completed the OTA Program at Sacramento City College where she received her COTA certification


 

Allison Murphy

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinic Therapist

Email: allison@capitalkidsplace.com

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.

Education

Bachelors in Childhood Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz

Masters of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology, California State University Sacramento

Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


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Audrey De Soto

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinic Therapist

Email: audrey@capitalkidsplace.com

Audrey’s favorite part of being a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist has been building relationships with her clients and families and seeing progress towards their goals. Her experience in the public school setting has given her opportunities to work with children from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of speech and language needs. Her experience has focused on children with articulation/phonological disorders, language delays, pragmatic/social skills impairments, and stuttering as well working with students with Autism, Specific Learning Disabilities, Down syndrome, and other health impairments. Audrey knows the value of educating families  and equipping them with skills to help facilitate learning opportunities at home to contribute to generalized success towards their child’s speech and language goals. She strives to create engaging therapy that focuses on Evidence Based Practice. When she is not working, Audrey enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and hanging out with her pet bunny, Maybel.

Education

Audrey is a double alumna of California State University, Sacramento where she received her Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her Master's degree in Speech Pathology. She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


 

Caitlin Kynett

OTA

Email: Caitlin@capitalkidsplace.com

Caitlin Kynett is an OTA with a dual background and education in speech pathology and occupational therapy. Caitlin holds a BS in speech pathology and audiology from CSUS and a certification in occupational therapy from St. Catherine's University. Prior to beginning her career in OT, Caitlin worked as an instructional assistant in a special education school and provided in-home services for children with autism spectrum disorders. Caitlin has extensive experience working with children with various challenges and is passionate about helping children meet their goals toward development and success! Children and teachers love working with Caitlin.  She is great at working with children with particularly challenging behaviors, fine motor and handwriting difficulties and sensory processing challenges.


 

Diana Routkevich

COTA/L

Clinic Therapist

Email: diana@capitalkidsplace.com 

Diana is passionate about occupational therapy.  She believes the profession helps to empower people to reach their full potential and also allows her to be creative when providing client care.

Diana completed the OTA Program at Sacramento City College where she received her COTA certification 

Languages: Fluent in English and Russian


 

Tiana Nguyen

OTD, OTR/L

Clinic Therapist

Email: tiana@capitalkidsplace.com

Tiana graduated from the University of Southern California with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, where she developed a feeding curriculum for her capstone project. She has experience working with children in a variety of settings including: acute care, schools, early intervention, inpatient rehab and outpatient. She has her sensory integration and praxis test certification and enjoys working with children to achieve their milestones by incorporating diverse therapy interventions through play. Tiana believes the most rewarding aspect of being an OT is the moment the child smiles and feels confident because the child has successfully completed a difficult task for the first time.


 

Rachel Cheng

OTR/L

Email: rachel@capitalkidsplace.com

Rachel is a registered and licensed occupational therapist at Capital Kids Occupational Therapy. She received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from University of St. Augustine San Marcos Campus. She completed her fieldwork in a pediatric setting using everyday activities while incorporating sensory integration to help children develop life skills in order to participate in the things they want and need to do. She is excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with children to provide services in order to allow each individual to live his/her life to the fullest.


 

Jacquie Tyrell

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinic Therapist

Email: Jacquie@capitalkidsplace.com

Jacquie has been a practicing Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for over 25 years.  Working in the public school setting gave her the opportunity to work with children from many backgrounds with diverse needs. Jacquie strives to make therapy fun so the client enjoys him or herself and wants to come back the next time. She loves working with children and is excited when she sees their communication skills improve. While working in the public school setting she saw the positive impact improving communication skills had both socially and academically for her students.  Jacquie believes communication with parents is key for the child's progress. She specializes in articulation/phonology and receptive and expressive language skills. When she's not working she enjoys traveling with her husband, exploring restaurants and creating art with clay.


Education

Jacquie received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology at California State University, Sacramento.  In addition she holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


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Vanessa Tafur

OTA

Clinic Therapist

Email: vanessa@capitalkidsplace.com

Vanessa completed the OTA program at Sacramento City College and received her OTA certification. Vanessa has 6+ years of experience working with children and has always wanted to fulfill her dream of working in a pediatric setting! She enjoys helping children with fine-motor skills, handwriting skills, planning and problem solving. 

Vanessa is skilled at working with children of all ages and communicating with their families. She believes that connecting with each of her students, families and teachers is important in a child’s development.  Her goal is to always provide child centered activities to help her students enhance their growth.

Education:

OTA- Sacramento City College

Bachelor of Arts Sociology from Sacramento State

Languages:

Fluent in English and Spanish


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Alicia Cary

OTA

Email: alicia@capitalkidsplace.com

Alicia completed the OTA program at Sacramento City College and received her certification shortly after graduation. Alicia was inspired to begin her second career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant after volunteering for an equine therapeutic riding program. There, she witnessed the power of encouraged participation and engagement in meaningful activities for children and adults across all challenges and abilities. Alicia loves working with children and believes in building skills that can be carried through the life-span by creating self-empowerment opportunities through a child centered approach. Alicia’s goals are to build meaningful relationships with each child and to make therapy fun!


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Laura Badovinac

M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinic Therapist

email: laura@capitalkidsplace.com

Laura is a bilingual Speech Language Pathologist with a wide range of personal and professional experiences that have strengthened her therapeutic abilities. She has worked primarily in the public school setting but also with adult patients in the hospital setting and as an ABA therapist providing in-home services. Her background in psychology and experience working with county social work and mental health programs further contribute to her ability and desire to provide family-focused therapy. She loves the challenge of making therapy both fun and functional.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Spanish, University of CA, Davis Master of Science, Speech Pathology and Audiology, California State University, Sacramento Certificate of Clinical Competency, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Languages:

English and Spanish


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Alison Robinson

SLPA

Email: Alisonr@capitalkidsplace.com

Alison is grateful to be serving families at Capital KIDS as a Speech-Language PathologyAssistant! Her experience includes serving at; nonpublic and charter schools, in-home, and private clinics. Alison enjoys the clinical setting because she is able to work closely with families and the clinical team. She believes that collaboration is the foundation of quality therapeutic treatment. Her goal is to create a therapeutic experience that is engaging, meaningful, and flexible in the use of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic therapy techniques based on each individual client. Alison is passionate about helping people of all ages develop their communication skills so they can express their feelings, thoughts, and ideas, and build strong relationships!

Education:

Associate of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant from American RiverCollege, 2013. Trained to teach Mindfulness using curriculum developed by Mindful Schools.


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Shara White

SLPA

Email: Shara@capitalkidsplace.com

Shara earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has an intensive background in the field of Social Work and Human Services. Throughout her career, she has gained experience working with children, young adults, and adults with diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings; including residential, programs for the developmentally disabled and delayed, and mental health clinics. She transitioned to the world of Speech Therapy, by earning her Associates Degree through the SLPA (Speech-LanguagePathology Assistant) program at American River College, where she also earned her certification for Assistant Teacher. She has experience providing speech therapy to children in early intervention, school-aged children, and has studied abroad in Belize, providing speech therapy services while running a language development camp. She continues to expand her knowledge in the field of Speech Therapy by taking continuing education courses to prepare for her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology. She loves children, loves helping others, and loves being an advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Shara enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and dog, and cooking new recipes.

Education:

Bachelors of Arts; Psychology, Kean University

Associates Degree in SLPA, American River College

Assistant Teacher’s Certification


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Shauna Brown

Speech Language Pathologist

Clinic Therapist

Email: shauna@capitalkidsplace.com

Shauna has been a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for over nine years. She has worked primarily in the public school setting working with children with varying speech and language disabilities specializing in articulation/phonology, expressive and receptive language, and social pragmatics. Shauna loves working with children and watching them grow and progress in their abilities. She believes therapy should be fun and meaningful. Working as a team with families is important for generalization and she loves to establish a good relationship to ensure carryover. Shauna is also part-time faculty at Sacramento State University as a clinical instructor where she supervises and supports graduate clinicians. She is a member of the California Speech Language Hearing Association where she serves on the nominating committee as well as the Sacramento State University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisory Board: School Representative. When she is not working, Shauna enjoys time with her husband and daughter as well as playing soccer.

Education:

Shauna received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology at California State University, Sacramento. Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


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Carlin Reaume

OTD, OTR/L, MAEd

Clinic Therapist

Email: Carlin@capitalkidsplace.com

Carlin has over a decade of experience working as an occupational therapist with all ages. She has a long history of working with students with executive functioning challenges and learning disorders, as well as autism spectrum disorders. Carlin enjoys providing holistic support for families and helping children achieve their therapeutic goals. Carlin is also faculty within the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Sacramento City College. In her spare time, Carlin enjoys staying active and spending time with her husband and daughter. She is also a certified Pilates and yoga instructor.

Education

Carlin holds a Master’s Degree and Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. Carlin also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Pepperdine University.