Pediatric Development Center employs registered and licensed occupational therapists as well as a clinical social worker. These clinicians demonstrate exceptional knowledge and understanding of child development and processing as well as an interest and dedication to working with children. They have experience with various programs such as the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, The Zones of Regulation, SuperFlex, Therapeutic Listening, The Astronaut Program, The Alert Program, How Does Your Engine Run?, Handwriting Without Tears, Loops and Other Groups, and sensory integration. They provide parents with ongoing support and education for an understanding of their child’s current level of performance and how to incorporate appropriate strategies at home.
Jillian O’Brien, MS, OTR/L is the owner and president of the Pediatric Development Center. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2001 and has been working at Pediatric Development Center since that time. She has had considerable experience with working with a wide variety of motor and sensory delays with children and infants, such as Autism, Asperger’s, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, motor delays (gross and fine), handwriting, oral motor, attention, behavior and Sensory Processing Disorder. She has been trained in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) since 2005. She is also trained in Therapeutic Listening, Zones of Regulation, and the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding. She consults with and presents frequently to schools and organizations on motor development, sensory processing, handwriting, perceptual skills, behavior, organization, attention, tummy time and strategies to improve skills. She provides ongoing supervision and support for her therapists and families.
Jessica Hyde, MS, OTR/L is a graduate of the University of New England and has been employed at the Pediatric Development Center since 2003. She has worked extensively with the diagnosis of Autism as well as motor delays, handwriting, oral motor, behavioral organization and Sensory Processing Disorder. She also has experience with visual deficits and sensory regulation. She has been an Emergency Medical Technician since 1999. She has been trained in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) since 2008 and she is trained with the SOS Approach to Feeding and Zones of Regulation.
Megan Rich, MS OTR/L is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and has been employed at the Pediatric Development Center since 2008. She has experience working with multiple diagnoses, including Autism, Downs Syndrome, Turners Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. She has worked with programs designed to provide assistance with handwriting, sensory processing, ADHD and developmental delays. Megan has many years of experience working with children in the preschool environment. She is trained with the SOS Approach to Feeding and Zones of Regulation.
Lisa Ottman, BSOTR/L joined the Pediatric Development Center in May 2012 with 26 years of experience. Her experience includes owning a private practice occupational therapy clinic, working in school systems, working for a neuro-rehabilitation center, and working in a rehabilitation hospital setting. She developed a conference on “Sensory Environments to Enhance Learning and Behavioral Outcomes” which she has presented throughout New England. She has extensive experience working with children and is skilled with sensory processing disorder, challenging behaviors, and developmental delays. Lisa is trained with the SOS Approach to Feeding and Zones of Regulation.
Caitlin Wood, MS OTR/L is a graduate of Husson University and joined the Pediatric Development Center in October 2012. Prior to returning to college to gain her degree in occupational therapy, Caitlin worked one on one with children with Autism and other developmental delays in a preschool. Caitlin also spent time in Africa providing daily care, education, support and guidance to orphaned children ages 0-10. Caitlin’s experience makes her a great match for children with physical, behavioral, social, psychological, and cognitive impairments, as well as children with behavioral challenges. Caitlin is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding and Zones of Regulation.
Meredith Ivers, MS OTR/L is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a concentration in Deaf Studies. She joined the Pediatric Development Center in 2013. She also has many years of experience working with children as a lifeguard, camp counselor, substitute teacher, and tutor. Meredith has experience working with children with sensory processing disorder, developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Autism. Meredith is trained in the Zones of Regulation and SOS Approach to Feeding and is the feeding coordinator at PDC.
Holly St. Onge, MS OTR/L is a graduate of the University of New England. She joined the Pediatric Development Center in 2013. Holly is a passionate pediatric occupational therapist who has training in the areas of Masgutova Nuerosensorimotor Reflex Integration, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, and Sensory Processing Disorders. She is extremely comfortable working with children with physical disabilities and is trained in kinesiotaping and constraint-induced movement therapy. Holly is also trained with the Zones of Regulation.
Julie Ewald, MA OTR/L is a graduate of University of Southern California. She joined Pediatric Development Center in 2016. Julie began her career working at the Jean Ayres Clinic in California where she was trained in sensory integrative therapy. Not only did she provide direct therapy and conduct evaluations but also developed and implemented a sensory motor group program for preschool and kindergarten aged children with prenatal exposure to drugs. She has provided school based occupational therapy services through direct treatment, consultation and monitoring. Julie has also worked as an adjunct faculty position as a contracted Academic Lecturer for University of New England Occupational Therapy Department for a pediatrics course on the subject of Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity and Prenatal Exposure to Drugs in Children. Julie is trained with the SOS Approach to Feeding and Zones of Regulation.
Erin Fancy, MS OTR/L graduated with her undergraduate degree in psychology from Le Moyne College before pursuing her graduate degree in occupational therapy from D’Youville College. She joined Pediatric Development Center in 2016. Erin comes to PDC with experience providing therapy for children with a variety of diagnoses, including: Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Williams Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding difficulties, and developmental delays. Erin is trained with the SOS Approach to Feeding and Zones of Regulation.
Katelyn Kiermaier, MS OTR/L graduated with her undergraduate degree in English from Connecticut College before obtaining her graduate degree in occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. She joined Pediatric Development Center in 2017. Kateyln comes to PDC with pediatric experience providing therapy to children with sensory processing difficulties, Autism, developmental delays, Fragile X, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and social-emotional challenges. She has experience with Handwriting Without Tears, Therapressure Protocol, Alert Program, Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking, Astronaut Training, Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym, Listening Program, Talk Tools, social stories, and creating and implementing sensory diets. She is trained with the SOS Approach to Feeding and Zones of Regulation.
Cassandra Lyons, MS OTR/L graduated from the University of Southern Maine. She joined Pediatric Development Center in 2017. After obtaining her master’s degree in occupational therapy, Cassie furthered her pediatric skills by participating in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. This provided her with the opportunity to train in interdisciplinary roles in emerging health care system for children with special needs such as Autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, by completing a minimum of 300 hours of advanced training. In addition to working as a clinical occupational therapist, Cassie has also worked as an adjunct faculty member for the USM Occupational Therapy Department for the Occupational Performance: Infancy through Adolescence class. Cassie is trained with the SOS Approach to Feeding.
Ashley Mercier, MS OTR/L graduated from the American International College and joined Pediatric Development Center in 2018. Ashley came to PDC with experience providing early intervention services to children in their home environments, as well as providing therapy in an elementary school. She has experience working with children with both fine and gross motor delays, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Cortical Visual Impairment, and general development delays.
Leah Lavoie, MS OTR/L graduated from the University of Southern Maine. She joined Pediatric Development Center in 2018. Prior to working at PDC Leah spent time working in an elementary school and private pediatric occupational therapy clinic. She has experience working with children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, fine and gross motor delays, and general developmental delays. She is trained with the SOS Approach to Feeding.
Kate Manahan, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) graduated from University of New England in 2011 and joined Pediatric Development Center in 2015. Kate has worked as a public school counselor and has experience serving children and families around issues of: grief/loss, ADHD, anxiety, divorce. She has a holistic practice tailoring treatment to the specific needs of the clients she serves, both children and adults. Some strengths-based approaches include: narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy, Non-Violent Communication, hypnosis, sand tray therapy, expressive therapies, mindfulness training, solution-focused therapy, and more. Kate is a collaborative clinician who likes to network with teachers, doctors, and other service providers to create a comprehensive plan and attainable goals with each client. Prior to this career Kate was an 8th grade teacher in the Portland Public Schools. She is a mother of two teenage boys and cares very much about supporting parents through the ever-evolving role of parenting, especially those who parent children with special needs.
Heather Waild, Client Coordinator. Heather started working at PDC in 2018. She is responsible for scheduling both evaluations and treatment, and can knowledgeably answer any general question or concerns you may have.
Patricia Campbell, Billing Coordinator. She has worked at PDC since 2008 and been in charge of the in-house billing since 2012. Trish sends out the monthly statements and communicates with the insurance companies to check policies for authorizations. She is available to answer any of your billing related questions.