Judy Feingold, OTR/L, Co-founder and Chief Therapist
Licensed and board certified, Judy is a significant contributor to Occupational Therapy and allied services in Northern Virginia. Her expertise and certifications range from (and are not limited to) sensory integration, visual skills therapies, The Tomatis® Method, Interactive Metronome™, iLs (Integrated Listening Systems), The Listening Program™, Learning Ears™, Therapeutic Listening™, Feldenkrais™ and Anat Baniel for Children. Judy is a leader in integrating pediatric therapies often achieving remarkable results. She is an innovator always finding 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 and Media Manager
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.
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. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Rachel received her Bachelor’s of Science from James Madison University in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Exceptional Education and her Master’s of Science from Radford University in Speech-Language Pathology. Rachel is licensed in Virginia and certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is trained as a DIR/Floortime practitioner (basic certification) as well as trained in the introductory course for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). She enjoys working with children across all age ranges and their families to lead to higher levels of successful communication.
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 graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and earned her Master of Occupational Therapy from Radford University. During her college years, Jackie was an active member and held leadership roles in both Health Occupations Students of America and Student Occupational Therapy Association. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Jackie worked as an assistant preschool teacher at the VCU Child Development Center, providing care to children ranging from 18mo-5yrs. Jackie has previous experience within the private pediatric setting, where she gained experience implementing various protocols and frameworks into treatment sessions based on 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 has experience within the hospital and community settings, providing occupational therapy services to adults with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities. As a clinician, Jackie is energetic, creative, reflective, and collaborative. She believes that children learn best through play so she takes pride in developing unique therapy sessions that are fun and engaging but also goal oriented, directed at the specific needs of each child.
Amber Kelly, MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Amber graduated from Shenandoah University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Science in both public health and psychology. She completed clinical experiences in various settings including mental health, SNF, and pediatric outpatient. During her fieldwork experience, she worked with a variety of diagnoses including autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, and more while utilizing evidence-based practice to provide the best care possible. Amber is excited to work collaboratively with the Creative Health Solutions team, children, and their families to help clients reach their highest potential.
Priscilla Park, MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Priscilla received her Bachelors of Science in Health Science from Boston University, and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. She has clinical and work experience in a variety of settings, including school, inpatient mental health, research, and skilled nursing. She is interested in the development of self regulation, social emotional and behavioral learning, as well as the global development of Occupational Therapy to reach children in under-served communities. In the past, she has enjoyed working and volunteering with children as a tutor, summer program counselor, classroom aide, and Sunday School teacher, valuing engagement with children and youth in a wide variety of occupations. Priscilla is driven to provide compassionate care built on a relationship of trust to empower children to thrive from a place of knowing their worth and potential.
Katie Daddis, MS, OTR/L
Katie received her combined BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy from The University at Buffalo, located in Western, NY. She completed clinical experiences in various settings including acute inpatient rehab, SNF, community day habilitation, group homes, and public-school system. In the past, Katie has been a summer camp counselor and mentor for teens. She looks forward to learn and contribute to the collaborative and innovative Creative team!
Suzanne Hepler, COTA/L
Suzanne has an associate’s degree in applied science. After being a Certified Medical Assistant for five years, she decided to study occupational therapy. Suzanne has a strong interest in holistic approaches across the human life span. She has interned and worked at skilled nursing and outpatient rehabilitation facilities as well as pediatric clinics. She has experience in aquatic therapy. Suzanne is excited and looks forward to bringing her skills and passion to help children and their families in the collaborative team environment at Creative Health Solutions. Outside of work, Suzanne is a loving mother of one and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Christina MacAuley M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
Christina received her Bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Midwestern University in Arizona. Prior to joining Creative Health Solutions, she gathered clinical experiences in multiple settings including an outpatient therapy center, a deaf and hard of hearing center, and the public school systems in Florida, Arizona, and Virginia. Christina enjoys servicing clients with a variety of needs including articulation/phonology, expressive and receptive language, fluency, feeding, cognition, and apraxia of speech. Additionally, Christina has experience utilizing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), TouchChat, and Proloquo2Go. She has special interests in speech sound disorders and contributing research to the field of communication disorders. Christina is passionate about working as a part of a multidisciplinary team to best service the unique needs of her clients.
Kaitlin Wilson, MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Kaitlin graduated with a Bachelor’s in Health Science, Master’s in Occupational Therapy, and minor in Psychology from Misericordia University. She has gained a passion for working with children through her educational and employment opportunities. She completed her clinical experiences in a variety of settings including school-based, adult outpatient, mental health, and skilled nursing facility. Throughout college, Kaitlin was a daycare aide and volunteered at several Special Olympics events, an art studio for individuals with disabilities, a service trip in Jamaica, and a camp for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Kaitlin is looking forward to motivate, connect, and collaboratively work with clients to help them reach their goals and engage in their meaningful occupations.
Rachel Hawkins, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Director of Transition to Independence: Unlocking Special Abilities
Rachel graduated from Goucher College with a BA in Political Science, and got her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Temple University. A personal experience brought her into the world of OT, and she is a self-advocate for autism. She has worked primarily with pediatrics, both in public and private schools as well as clinics.
The driving force for the creation of Transition to Independence was her experience at a specialized day school for young adults with autism. Every student had goals related to work or daily living, which captured her interest . It was this population that ultimately captured her heart and soul. She is very excited to be Director of Transition to Independence, which aims to provide access to the skills young adults need to be able to live and work independently. She sees this as a way to integrate both of her degrees, and looks forward to making a needed difference for such a large population.
Marta Rodriguez, Senior 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, Assistant Office Manager
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.”
Tunika Akpala, Reception and Administrative Support
Tunika graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Andrew university and a Masters in Biomedicine from Eastern Mennonite University. She brings with her a vast knowledge in customer service and management from her previous position in the service industry. Her bubbly personality makes her a fun and easy person to talk to. Tunika also enjoys working with kids and is passionate about creating a positive and enabling environment for their healthy growth and development.
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.