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NAPA Boston
Pediatric Occupational Therapy


Impactful Pediatric Occupational Therapy,
Tailored to Your Child's Unique Needs.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy – NAPA Center Boston

 

About NAPA Center

NAPA Center was founded by Lynette LaScala in 2008 after spending years traveling the world to find the best pediatric therapy programs for her son. Now, NAPA has grown into an industry-leading pediatric therapy center; attracting patients worldwide by offering the best and most innovative therapies. We approach pediatric occupational therapy with the understanding that no two children are alike. Our highly trained and passionate occupational therapists provide your child with individualized, fun, and meaningful OT sessions to help them reach their specific goals.

 

Discover How NAPA Can Help Your Child or Loved One

At NAPA Center, we offer individualized pediatric therapy programs with unique combinations of our wide range of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, and more. We strive to provide children and families with hope by offering services in a playful environment that helps children maximize their full potential.

 

In addition to our traditional weekly therapy sessions, we also offer intensive therapy sessions. At NAPA Center, we proudly offer occupational therapy for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages. To discover how NAPA can help your child, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening and/or a tour of our Boston pediatric occupational therapy clinic. The NAPA Boston clinic is located at 220 Bear Hill Road, Suite 101, Waltham, MA 02451.

 

 

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Meet Your Team of Boston Occupational Therapists

Kathryn LeMonda
Rebecca Pierpont

Occupational Therapy Manager, NAPA Boston

Doctor of Occupational Therapy, New York University

Kathryn has dedicated her professional career to pediatrics and developed a true love for working with the pediatric neuromotor populations and children with feeding and eating difficulties, since joining NAPA. A lifelong learner with a passion for clinical research and education, Kathryn recently served as the primary author of several peer-reviewed presentations and article publications. Kathryn is passionate about working with children and first became interested in OT while volunteering in college as an adaptive ski instructor for children with disabilities. Her favorite part of NAPA is "Every day I come to work, I learn something new and see something exciting. The energy, dedication, and magic that happens here is unparalleled". When not working, you'll find Kathryn at yoga, the beach, on ski trips, trying out new restaurants with friends and family, or enjoying long walks around the city in search of the best cup of coffee!

Rebecca has always been drawn to both working with children and the health sciences. Prior to NAPA Center, Rebecca worked at a children’s hospital treating kids in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She believes there is no better feeling than watching kids grow their confidence as they master new skills all while having fun!

Kathryn LeMonda

Rebecca Pierpont

Kathryn LeMonda
Katie Haskins

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Boston

Katie found her way to occupational therapy through her love of children and passion for helping them achieve therapeutic goals. Before NAPA, Katie spent seven years practicing in a variety of pediatric settings including sensory integration clinics, the home, and schools. Katie enjoys working with both neuromotor and sensory based populations. She is SIPT (Sensory Integration Praxis Test) certified, trained in CME and has experience with Sensory Integration and Neuro Developmental Approach.

She lives outside of Boston with her husband, two kids, and a retired therapy dog. When she is not at NAPA or in the kitchen cooking for her family, you can find her in the gym or having dance parties with her kids. In the winter, she loves to ski with her family and in the summer she spends the weekends on the beaches of Cape Cod. Take us with you Katie!

Katie found her way to occupational therapy through her love of children and passion for helping them achieve therapeutic goals. Before NAPA, Katie spent seven years practicing in a variety of pediatric settings including sensory integration clinics, the home, and schools. Katie enjoys working with both neuromotor and sensory based populations. She is SIPT (Sensory Integration Praxis Test) certified, trained in CME and has experience with Sensory Integration and Neuro Developmental Approach.

Katie Haskins

Katie Haskins

Katie Haskins
Chelsea Lucaroni

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Boston

From a young age, Chelsea was nannying, teaching, and working at a recreational therapy summer camp. She always knew her career path would include working with the pediatric population, but it wasn’t until her mother was diagnosed with cancer that she knew occupational therapy was her calling. After watching her mother’s OT guide her on alternative ways to accomplish everyday tasks, provide support, and be an open ear, she knew she wanted to make the same sort of impact in other’s lives. She earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Sage College and after various clinical fieldwork experiences, she landed at NAPA Boston!

In Chelsea’s free time, she enjoys reading, biking and relaxing on the beach. You might also find her spending time with loved ones at one of Boston’s many restaurants!

Chelsea always knew her career path would include working with the pediatric population, but it wasn’t until her mother was diagnosed with cancer that she knew occupational therapy was her calling. After watching her mother’s OT guide her on alternative ways to accomplish everyday tasks, provide support, and be an open ear, she knew she wanted to make the same sort of impact in other’s lives.

Chelsea Lucaroni

Chelsea Lucaroni

Chelsea Lucaroni
Miranda Dichairo

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Boston

M.S. Occupational Therapy, Stanbridge University, Irvine, CA

Before becoming an OT, Miranda spent years working as a nanny, gymnastics coach, and respite care provider for children. Her love of working with children and her search for a career that balances science, creativity, and fun lead her right to OT. Prior to NAPA, Miranda has experience in outpatient pediatric settings and inpatient settings. What she loves most about being an OT is connecting with the children and families, guiding them through challenges, and celebrating their well-earned achievements! Miranda enjoys hiking, camping, and learning how to snowboard. On slower weekends, you can catch her practicing yoga, exploring her artistic side, or exploring her new city of Boston!

Miranda's love of working with children and her search for a career that balances science, creativity, and fun lead her right to OT. What she loves most about being an OT is connecting with the children and families, guiding them through challenges, and celebrating their well-earned achievements!

Miranda Dichairo

Miranda Dichairo

Miranda Dichairo
Katherine Kroeger

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Boston

Katherine has known from a young age that she wanted to support children and their families - she could always be found "caring" for her baby dolls in-hand throughout childhood, and nannied all through graduate school. Katherine earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2020, and has clinical experience in outpatient pediatrics and in acute pediatric and adolescent psychiatry. During graduate school, Katherine contributed to research examining the effects of robot-assisted therapy on functional performance for children with hemiparesis. When Katherine discovered NAPA, she instantly knew that NAPA's passion for innovative therapy approaches and techniques was equivalent to that of her own. Katherine is ecstatic to help her clients at NAPA discover and achieve their full potential. Outside of the office, Katherine enjoys traveling and exploring new neighborhoods, taking spin classes, hiking or going for long walks, and spending time with friends and family.

Katherine has known from a young age that she wanted to support children and their families. When Katherine discovered NAPA, she instantly knew that NAPA's passion for innovative therapy approaches and techniques was equivalent to that of her own. Katherine is ecstatic to help her clients at NAPA discover and achieve their full potential.

Katherine Kroeger

Katherine Kroeger

Katherine Kroeger
Christine DiChiara

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Boston

Masters in Occupational Therapy, Temple University

Christine has had a passion for working with children for many years. Growing up in a large family with a lot of children, she has been taking care of her younger cousins since a young age. She first learned about OT after her cousin had a stroke and saw the incredible impact the therapists had on her rehabilitation. Christine knew that OT would be the perfect career for being able to help others in the same way her cousin had been helped many years ago. Christine has worked in early intervention and outpatient rehabilitation, and she is certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding. Christine loves working with children because every day is fun and exciting and there is nothing better than seeing a patient master a new skill! In her free time Christine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, traveling, and going to the beach.

Christine first learned about OT after her cousin had a stroke and saw the incredible impact the therapists had on her rehabilitation. Christine has worked in early intervention and outpatient rehabilitation, and she is certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding. Christine loves working with children because every day is fun and exciting and there is nothing better than seeing a patient master a new skill!

Christine DiChiara

Christine DiChiara

Christine DiChiara
Katie Ryan

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Boston

Katie is a passionate and enthusiastic OT who received her education from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Katie found her love of working with children in the pool as a swimming instructor, coach, and lifeguard. Teaching children of all abilities to love and feel safe in the water was just one factor that led to her to this amazing career path. Katie has spent time working in several different service areas including skilled nursing, subacute rehab, schools, and outpatient pediatric settings. A few of Katie's favorite games/activities to play in OT sessions are Pop the Pig, making crafts, and navigating obstacle courses! Outside of work, Katie enjoys going to concerts, attending pilates classes, taking a walk around the Charles River, or reading a mystery/thriller book!

Katie is the NAPA Boston Occupational Therapy Manager. She always knew she would enter a field centered around taking care of others. Occupational therapy was an immediate draw due to OT’s holistic views and opportunities for individualized treatment.

Katie Ryan

Katie Saphire

Katie Ryan
Anna Sznapstajler

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Boston

Anna is a creative and passionate clinician who takes a strengths-based approach to treatment. She is committed to building upon a child's abilities while also addressing their challenges in a fun and meaningful way. She earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rush University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. She prides herself in her ability to connect with any child, regardless of their background. Outside of the clinic, you can find Anna challenging herself with a new dinner recipe each week, taking her dog to the park or
traveling to the places on her bucket list!

Courtney's love for helping people grew throughout her formative years and steered her directly into a profession in which her passion is met by her fulfillment. She has worked in various school settings, inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation, gaining valuable knowledge and skills throughout her career, especially in the areas of visual deficits, neurodevelopmental impairments and feeding difficulties.

Anna Sznapstajler

Courtney Shea

Anna Sznapstajler
Elena Sofia Spriet

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Boston

One of the many things Ellie loves about Occupational Therapy is that every family, client, and therapist has a unique story about what brought them to OT. Ellie was drawn to the field as it had ties to pediatrics, healthcare, and an emphasis on helping others in a somewhat "non-traditional" way in comparison to a nurse, teacher, or psychologist. Ellie graduated with her BA in Psychology from Webster University Leiden (the Netherlands) and went on to get her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Creighton University (Omaha, NE) after spending a gap year as a paraprofessional in a DC area school only for kids with autism. Since graduating from OT school, Ellie has worked in private practice, inpatient adults, outpatient peds, inpatient peds, and early intervention. Ellie is especially passionate about neuro populations as well as accessibility and equity for those with disabilities. Still new to the area, when not at NAPA, Ellie can be found exploring the great outdoors and all New England has to offer.

Nicole has always had a love and passion for working with the pediatric population. Since graduating, Nicole has worked throughout different pediatric settings, including early intervention and aquatic therapy. As a pediatric OT, she loves providing the necessary tools and strategies to help each child reach their fullest potential.

Elena Sofia Spriet

Nicole Mayo

Elena Sofia Spriet
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Occupational therapy offers a variety of benefits, including:

  • – Improving sensory management (sensory integration therapy, processing, and modulation)
  • Engaging in play activities
  • – Learning to navigate environment
  • – Removing barriers to learning to help child become more focused
  • – Practice appropriate social interactions and communication
  • – Establishing autonomy and accomplishment in daily routine, such as brushing hair or teeth
  • – Improving physical ability (fine motor skills and gross motor skills), handwriting skills, visual motor skills, and self-help skills.

 

For additional resources, visit the NAPA Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program Page and browse the NAPA Occupational Therapy Blog!

Therapies Offered

Weekly Occupational Therapy

Our experienced and dedicated pediatric occupational therapists take a developmental approach to address areas of physical ability (fine and gross motor skills), sensory processing and modulation, handwriting skills, visual motor skills, and self-help skills. We use a wide range of therapeutic equipment and techniques to best help your child achieve his or her goals.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Boston

Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory integration therapy can benefit children who are overly sensitive to sensory input, under-responsive to sensory input, are constantly seeking sensory input (touching people or objects), or crashing into people or objects. Submit a contact form at the bottom of this page to schedule a free phone screening to discuss your child's specific sensory needs.

Intensive Occupational Therapy

NAPA Center also specializes in intensive pediatric therapy programs which attract families from around the world. We use the Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) when treating children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. Children often advance to the next developmental skill or higher during the three-week program.

Not sure what therapies are best suited for your child?

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