Leadership

Patti Rawding-Anderson, MS PT

Patti is a physical therapist of over 30 years with extensive experience in pediatric program development throughout many states. She has worked tirelessly to support the needs of children and families in a wide array of venues and has created over 60 pediatric programs for children of all abilities and all ages. She has considerable expertise in working with infants and young children and has taught extensively on many topics related to children with developmental challenges. She has worked with a wide array of neurological, orthopedic, and sensory challenges, and partners with specialists in the field to host both equipment and orthotics clinics on site.

Sherry Paplaskas, BS Business

Sherry is an expert in office management, insurance matters and financial program development. She has worked for over 30 years in banking, finance, health care and retail and will ensure that our program will be financially successful.

Jocelyn Lister, MA, CCC / SLP

Jocelyn is a renowned speech language pathologist with over 30 years of experience working with children and adults with a wide range of communication, cognitive and social challenges. Her expertise includes working with those with hearing impairments and she is fluent in sign language, those on the Autism Spectrum and she has hosted many social pragmatic language groups for children and adults, and has considerable expertise in working with individuals with apraxia, articulation, and learning challenges.


Physical Therapists

Danielle Vollnogle, DPT

In her work as a therapist Danielle enjoys the challenges and rewards of motivating kids in their development in a fun and healthy way. Danielle holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce University.  Her professional residencies included work in pediatric outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, adult outpatient clinics, and schools across a broad range of age and therapy needs.  Danielle is a licensed physical therapist in Maine and New Hampshire.  Outside of work, Danielle enjoys spending time with family, taking photographs, playing at the beach, and riding her bike around town.

Corinne Vairo, DPT, Physical Therapist

Corinne graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. She has a passion for working with children and is excited to be working in pediatrics. In her free time, Corinne enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking and snowboarding.

Claire Cheney, PTA, Physical Therapist Assistant

Claire graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle with her associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2015. Claire comes to us with experience in Pediatrics and loves the pediatric field. Claire enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Thomas, DPT,  Physical Therapist 

Jennifer graduated from American International College with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. She was a member of the Women’s basketball team while there.  Jennifer has experience working with pediatrics in early intervention, school systems, outpatient clinics and in aquatics. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach. 


Occupational Therapists

Katie Paterson MS, OTR/L

Katie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She also acquired her Bachelor’s degree from UNH in Communication Science and Disorders with a Minor in Deaf Studies. Katie is currently registered with NBCOT and licensed in the state of NH. She is certified in CPR, Therapeutic Listening and Handwriting Without Tears, and The Print Tool. She has experience with sensory integration, aquatic therapy, Kay-Toomey steps of feeding, reflex integration and more. She is well skilled in identifying the family’s needs and designing a therapeutic intervention that is both educational and enjoyable. Katie grew up locally and now resides in the seacoast area. She loves living in New England with the changing seasons as she enjoys being active in skiing, hiking, camping and soccer. Katie also enjoys time spent with family and friends.

Maribel Despres, OTR/L

Maribel graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 1992. She is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. She has worked with children in many settings since her graduation that includes: early intervention, outpatient and school, and recently has expanded her skills by also working with the geriatric population. Maribel worked in Puerto Rico, Japan and California before she moved to Maine. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, and loves teaching her dancing lessons.

Bri Philipps OTR/L

Bri is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist who graduated from the University of New Hampshire.  She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, early supports and services and outpatient clinics.  She has vast experience working with children on the autism spectrum, sensory processing disorders, anxiety disorders, global developmental delays and those with orthopedic needs.  Bri has successfully coordinated and facilitated social skills groups and camps for children with social pragmatic and sensory motor challenges, and she holds certifications in Pediatric Yoga, Therapeutic Listening and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Bri lives in Dover, NH with her husband and two young children.

Robyn Brown M.S., OTR/L

Robyn Brown graduated from the Occupational Therapy program Master’s Program at The University of New Hampshire. Her experience includes working at an inpatient rehab facility specializing in neurological conditions such as: traumatic brain injuries and stroke. She also has over 8 years of experience working with children of all ages with various psychological and behavioral conditions. She uses her energetic and compassionate personality combined with her creativity to make treatment sessions fun and motivating for the children with whom she works and for supporting their families. She is from Dover, New Hampshire and enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, and spending time with her husband and son.

Kate Goodwin MS, OTR/L

Kate is a licensed occupational therapist who graduated from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and Maine and is certified by NBCOT. Kate has experience working with children of all ages and enjoys helping families find solutions for their specific needs. She utilizes several intervention strategies including sensory integration, Astronaut Training, reflex integration, Bal-A- Vis-X and much more. Kate lives in Portsmouth, NH with her husband and puppy. She loves taking advantage of all the seacoast has to offer including the beach, water sports, volleyball, hiking and skiing.


Feeding Occupational Therapist

Emily Kern, OTR/L, C-NDT

Emily graduated from the University of New Hampshire with an Occupational Therapy degree in 2002. Emily is certified in NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment), Beckman Oral motor, PAMS (physical agent modalities) and CPR. She has been a local coordinator for the National Think First SCI and TBI program. Emily has a specialty area in feeding and swallowing and loves to work closely with families and children. She has worked with children ages birth to 21 with multiple diagnosis including; premature infants, g-tubes, tracheotomy tubes, neurological disorders, rare genetic syndromes, autism and sensory disorders. Emily enjoys spending with her two young boys, going to the beach, skiing, and enjoy the seacoast area.


Speech and Language Pathologists

Theresa Sbrilli, M.S. CCC-SLP

Theresa is a speech language pathologist, certified by the American Speech-Language- Hearing-Association (ASHA). She received her undergraduate degree in Speech from Douglass College and her graduate degree in Speech Pathology from Rutgers University. Theresa maintains licensure in New Hampshire and New Jersey. She has over 15 years of experience and has worked with individuals across a wide range of ages: Early Intervention to the elderly population. Currently, Theresa enjoys serving children (6 months to 18 years) and their families in an interdisciplinary setting. Theresa has experience evaluating and treating a variety of communication disorders including articulation/phonology, language, fluency, oral motor/feeding and childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Theresa especially enjoys working with families to support and encourage them as they work together to facilitate their child’s communication skills. Theresa lives in New Hampshire with her husband where they have raised their 3 children. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family. Some of her favorite activities include baking, cooking, eating, and going to the beach.

Kim Oates, M.S. CCC-SLP

After getting her master’s from UNH, Kim Oates quickly decided that she most enjoyed working with children.    The years have seen changes in work location, from school to early intervention, private practice and hospital, but the children have always come first.   When not helping them learn new and better communication skills, Kim enjoys singing in an acapella group, knitting, sailing and hanging out with husband, Gerry. She has too many cats, two parrots and a three-toed tortoise at home.

Cathy Pease, M.A., CCC-SLP

Cathy graduated from Indiana State University with her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has worked in speech and hearing clinics in Maine and New Hampshire and has also worked in the schools in both states as well. She has experience working as a speech-language pathologist with all ages. Her specialty areas are working with adolescents as well as working with students with language based learning disabilities. She is trained in Lindamood-Bell programs, Jensen brain based techniques, phonological processing and a variety of other programs. Cathy founded Dynamic Learning Solutions, LLC in 2007 to provide assistance to families of students with learning challenges based on the belief that all children can learn. When not working in her field of study, she can be found on the softball and field hockey fields as an umpire, blending her love of sports with her love for teaching and officiating.

Sarah Josef, M.S. CCC-SLP

Sarah is a NH licensed and an American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech language pathologist. Sarah has a special area of interest in Selective Mutism (SM) and had the opportunity to mentor under Joleen Fernald, an ASHA certified SLP and SM expert. She is part of an interdisciplinary team that provides comprehensive SM evaluations and on-going therapy using Joleen’s DIRFloortime® model in conjunction with the Systematic Sound Sequencing Strategy. While working alongside occupational therapists, Sarah has gained a strong understanding of children’s sensory systems and how regulation can affect their ability to engage and communicate with those around them. She incorporates a variety of movement based activities within her play based, child centered therapy approach. Throughout her career, Sarah has supported children with a variety of needs from 18 months to 20 years of age. In addition to Selective Mutism, she also enjoys working with children who have language delays, articulation/phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, as well as children on the autism spectrum. She has experience with Michelle Garcia Winner’s Superflex® Social Thinking Curriculum and is certified in Lindamood Bell’s LiPS® program.

Morgan Dorr, MS CCC-SLP, Speech / Language Pathologist

Morgan graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated from Worcester State University with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in NH and MA and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) as a recognized member of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA). Morgan has experience evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders in the areas of articulation and phonology, language, fluency, dysphagia. Morgan has extensive experience with alternative augmentative (AAC) evaluations, trials, and programming. Morgan enjoys being outside, playing music, and being with family and friends.

 


Office Manager

Hannah Contella

Hannah comes to Reach with several years experience working in the pediatric therapy field. Hannah’s usually the first person you will see when coming to Reach for the Top. She is very knowledgeable with insurance companies and how the billing process works. She strives to make sure all our families needs and requests are met. Hannah in her free time loves to go to camp with her family, read, kayak and working in her garden.