Sensible Development Staff
Amy is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience helping children with disabilities live, learn and play in their homes, schools, and communities. After graduating from Quinnipiac College in 1995, Amy moved to southern California to begin her career at the world renowned Ayres Clinic, specializing in sensory integration theory and treatment. After several years, she returned to the east coast and has worked in outpatient clinics, early intervention, schools, private practice, and as a consultant to home based therapy services in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. When she is not at Sensible Development, Amy can be spotted poolside, under the chairlift, at midfield, in the children’s section of the library, or somewhere on Interstate 95 getting her three children here, there, and everywhere. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Kate is a medical insurance specialist who is new to the title, but has a strong mathematics background and history as elementary school teacher. After graduating with a B.S. in mathematics from St. Lawrence University in 2005, she returned to central Vermont/New Hampshire to attend the Upper Valley Teacher Institute. Kate spent one year completing her elementary education certification, and then was hired to teach mathematics and science in Cornish, New Hampshire. In the midst of her teaching, she also completed her Masters of Education through Plymouth State University. Kate taught for five years, and then decided to be a stay-at-home mom for her children. When she is not working on the medical claims and other billing tasks for Sensible Development, Kate is active in her daughter’s school, is the treasurer of the local MOM’s Club, and is constantly enhancing her son’s early learning with enriching experiences, in and around the Rhode Island area. In her free time Kate enjoys quality time with her friends, family, and pets, traveling, skiing, golf, and most all other outdoor activities.
Vanessa is a speech language pathologist with over 14 years of experience helping children maximize their potential to communicate. After graduating from Seton Hall University in 2001, Vanessa worked in outpatient clinics in southwest Virginia gaining experience in the areas of auditory processing, literacy and development. Vanessa moved to and has worked in Rhode Island since 2003 within a private school setting for children with significant disabilities. Vanessa has experience working with children on the autism spectrum, as well as with children with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Kathleen is grateful for the privilege of working with and learning from so many children with disabilities and their families over the past 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College in 1986 and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in 1991. Kathleen has completed certification for the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test and received Level I TEACCH Training through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While direct service and consultation for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities are certainly her passion, she has held leadership and policy-making positions throughout RI in hospital, outpatient, early intervention, human service and school-based settings. Kathleen currently serves on the faculty of the Occupational Therapy Department at Salem State University teaching pediatrics to students forming the next generation of occupational therapy professionals, but is thrilled to play a role on the Sensible Development team!