Judy Feingold, OTR/L, Co-founder and Chief Therapist
Judy is a significant contributor to OT and allied services in Northern Virginia. Her expertise and certifications range from (among many others) sensory integration, visual skills therapies, Interactive Metronome, Listening Therapies, Feldenkrais, Anat Baniel for Children. Judy is a leader in integrating pediatric therapies―often achieving remarkable results. She is a persistent innovator who finds better ways to integrate and harmonize. Judy is an independent facilitator of Parenting the Love and Logic Way™
Danielle Leighner, MA CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Licensed in Virginia and certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Danielle received her Bachelors degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of South Florida and her Masters degree in speech-language pathology from The Ohio State University. She is a PROMPT trained clinician and a DIR/Floortime practitioner (basic certification). Danielle is passionate about finding ways to foster learning and growth in children with all styles of learning.
Vian Al-Baiati, COTA/L, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Vian is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has acquired the knowledge and academic training through experience and continuing education courses to support and empower kids in need. Vian has experience helping children develop gross and fine motor skills through therapeutic neurodevelopmental, rhythmic, and reflexive movement patterns. She also uses a DIR/Floortime model to promote the development of symbolic thinking and affective interactions. She identifies strategies to improve praxis skills by developing the abilities to independently initiate, follow through, and execute ideas and problem-solve challenges created within play. Prior this career, she had more than 7 years of experience working in the early childhood development field as a teacher, tutor, mentor, and one-on-one classroom support.
Cristy Platero, COTA/L, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
A graduate of Northern Virginia Community College, she previously was a preschool assistant. Cristy enjoys volunteering and has helped organizations such as SCAN of Northern of Virginia, and was a catechist and youth leader in her church community. She is a member of the School of Leadership for youth, a program focused on spiritual counseling for teenagers. Her educational background includes a degrees in accounting, as well as internships in public schools, pediatric private practices and rehabilitation centers.
Elizabeth Souza, MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Elizabeth graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has completed internships working with clients ranging from 0-21 years old with a variety of medical, developmental, and psychological diagnoses. She has experience working and volunteering in a variety of settings including regular and special education classrooms, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and her clients’ homes. Elizabeth is excited to work with families to achieve their goals and increase participation in their desired activities.
Sarah Castrellon, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Sarah graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Howard University. Patient and compassionate, she enjoys working with a diverse population, helping them better take care of themselves and use their minds and bodies—including and especially at risk youth. Prior to becoming an OT, Sarah was a Youth Program Director for after school programs. Previously, she provided out- patient and in-home evaluations for hospitals in Miami, Florida, and Arlington, Virginia. Her experience spans helping heal people of all ages experiencing acute injury or illness, including multiple trauma, spinal cord injury, stroke, loss of a limb, and debility from prolonged illness. Sarah is drawn to Creative’s transdisciplinary integrated collaborative approach.
Rachel Hagen, M.S. CF-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Rachel received her BS from James Madison University in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Exceptional Education. She received her MS from Radford University in Speech-Language Pathology. She has completed fieldwork with the Virginia Veteran’s Care Center, as well as Waynesboro Public Schools. She is a DIR/Floortime practitioner (basic certification). Rachel worked as a member of a collaborative team of speech pathologists and occupational therapists to develop and implement a screening tool for the children of the Toledo District of Belize to further standardize the special education flagging of children in the rural areas of the jungle. She enjoys traveling, running, spending time with her friends and family, and cooking. She looks forward to working with children and their families to lead to higher levels of successful communication. (Rachel is a Speech-Language Pathologist provisionally licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia; she is completing her Clinical Fellowship—obtaining full license—under the supervision and mentor-ship of a Creative Speech-Language Pathologist.)
Brooke Rosenblatt, M.S. OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Brooke received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. She received her Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University. While working on her master’s degree, Brooke completed fieldwork at the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center and at the Bristol, CT Public Schools. Brooke is a DIR/Floortime practitioner (basic certification) She is looking forward to using a holistic approach to work in collaboration with families and the Creative Health Team to achieve their goals.
Mariel Garcia, MS CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Mariel received her Bachelors degree in psychology, and her Masters degree in speech-language pathology from Howard University. She is licensed in Virginia and certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Mariel has a diverse background in the field of speech-language pathology, including previous experience working with early intervention populations, schools, home health, skilled nursing settings, and outpatient therapy settings. She looks forward to contributing to making therapy both enjoyable and productive for clients as part of the Creative team.
Jackie Bauer, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Jackie has a BS in Psychology from VCU and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Radford U. She is a DIR/Floortime practitioner (basic certification). In college, Jackie was a leader in both Health Occupations Students of America and Student Occupational Therapy Association. Prior to becoming an OT, Jackie was an assistant preschool teacher at the VCU Child Development Center, caring for children aged 18 mo-5yrs. In previous private pediatric setting, she implemented various protocols and frameworks in treatment sessions responding to children’s individual needs, including, sensory Integration, Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation, Astronaut Training Protocol, Interactive Metronome, and Therapeutic Listening. Jackie also provided OT to adults with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual challenges in the hospital and community. Jackie is energetic, creative, reflective, and collaborative. She believes that children learn best through play and takes pride in developing unique goal oriented sessions that are fun and engaging while addressing the specific needs of each child.
Marta Rodriguez, Office Manager
Marta brings an impressive background of managing health care offices to support therapists and meet client needs. As Marta puts it, she is passionate about helping clients get the help they need. Marta was Processing and Office Assistant at the Cumberland County Mental Health Center. Previously, she had support adults with special needs as Program Coordinator of Humans United Giving Greater Services in Fayetteville, NC, providing hands on teaching and conducting activities. Finally, Marta proudly supported her country as a distinguished member of the United States Army.
Eboni Newsome, Reception and Administrative Support
Eboni graduated with a Bachelors in Social Science from Savannah State University. Eboni has been working in the hospitality profession for over ten years and has developed the skill and ability to remain calm and understanding in some of the toughest situations. She meets and overcomes obstacles to best provide for her clients. Eboni brings a warm personality with plenty of charisma and charm, so that she may assist the therapists and children with their “adventure to healing and growing.”
Richard Feingold, CISSP, Co-founder and Business Manager
Creative’s Activation Specialist, Richard is also an expert in business process and information technology and security, Richard has created a seamless electronic infrastructure that minimizes paper and maximizes the therapist’s time and ability to provide therapies; it also eliminates bureaucratic obstacles to the best therapies. Richard is an independent facilitator of Parenting the Love and Logic Way™ and provides occasional therapy assistance.