Meet The Team

A dedicated team of therapists with years of experience

  • Gabrielle Perelmuter

    MOT, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist
    Owner & Director

    Gabrielle has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including school districts, in home early intervention and private clinics around the Bay Area. She opened the doors of Little Hands in September of 2006.

    She is experienced in working with children ages 0 to 18 with varied developmental challenges & diagnoses (e.g., Anxiety-related disorders such as selective mutism, ADD/ADHD, spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, and self-regulation & social skill challenges). She has advanced certification in the care and treatment of children with sensory processing challenges & anxiety-related disorders, specifically Selective Mutism. Her treatments have included sensory integration therapy, fine motor coordination intervention, wellness and prevention, family/parent education, reflex integration, perceptual problem solving and handwriting intervention. Therapy sessions incorporate the following programs and therapeutic techniques::

    • Play-based Sensory Integrative Therapy
    • Sensory Integrative Therapy
    • Therapeutic Listening
    • K​awar Vestibular-Ocular Protocol (“Astronaut Training”)
    • Therapressure Protocol (Wilbarger Brushing Protocol)
    • Handwriting Without Tears
    • Integrative Listening (iLs)
    • The zones of regulation
    • The superflex social thinking curriculum

    Gabrielle strongly believes that treatment is most effective when the therapist and child’s family work together to formulate therapy goals using the child’s occupations (interests and/or motivators) as a means towards achieving those goals. Gabrielle offers family consultation for parents for: sibling relationships, educational placement, prioritizing therapy, IEP/504 school based services support and creating plans for challenging home/school behaviors.

    EDUCATION

    Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in December of 2004

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Through the use of their hands, ​children​ are energized by mind and will, ​an​​d ​can influence the state of their own development. Together we work and play towards meaningful goals, taking pride and ownership in our accomplishments.

Gabrielle Perelmuter
MOT, OTR/L
Owner & Director

  • Bryant Luong

    MS, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist

    Bryant is a bilingual licensed occupational therapist with a passion for pediatrics preceding OT school. His background includes working with children with various developmental delays and conditions, but he has had the most experience working with children and young adults with autism. As a workshop mentor at Autistry, Bryant has assisted bright, young individuals in self-directed projects to hone their skills in fine and gross motor areas, task sequencing, self-regulation, and building self-esteem through “project-based therapy”. At the ANOVA Education campus in San Rafael, he assessed for functional deficit areas, identified goals, developed treatment plans, implemented child-centered interventions, and collaborated with parents and teachers on a daily basis. In his practice as an occupational therapist, Bryant stresses the importance of the therapist-client relationship and believes that interventions should be client-centered and goal driven. He believes that therapists working with pediatric populations possess a special, unique role in that they are able to intervene at such an early age and truly make a difference in the growth and development of a child, paving the way for success and participation in meaningful occupations for years to come.

    EDUCATION

    Bryant received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

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  • Caitlin O’Dea

    M.A., CCC-SLP
    Speech / Language Therapist

    Caitlin is PROMPT trained, and she has participated in the Talk Tools: A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy workshop, in addition to completing numerous courses focused on the pediatric population.

    Caitlin has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including public school districts, in-home early intervention, and private clinics around the Bay Area. Caitlin’s clinical strengths include pragmatics/social skills, early language development, articulation and phonology, preschool and school-age receptive and expressive language delays, cognitive-communication, and literacy skills. Other areas of practice include Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), fluency disorders, oral-motor deficits, and central auditory processing disorders (CAPD). She has participated in the Talk Tools: A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy workshop, in addition to completing numerous courses focused on the pediatric population. Caitlin enjoys working with children of all ages and skill levels. She believes in an individualized approach for each child and thrives off of maximizing communicative growth. She is collaborative by nature and looks forward to working closely with families and team members in order to further support each child’s development.

    EDUCATION

    Caitlin graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, followed by her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

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  • Cierra Crowe

    MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech / Language Pathologist

    Cierra has experience in several pediatric and adult settings with clients ranging from preschool to geriatric populations. Settings have included a vast range of abilities and cultures in the public and nonpublic schools, workplace readiness sites, private practice and home health across the Bay Area, San Diego and Hawaii. Cierra has participated in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) workshop, as well as multiple seminars and continuing education classes focused on pediatric populations. Cierra’s clinical strengths include augmentative and alternative communication, preschool to school age receptive and expressive language delays, literacy skills as well as phonology and articulation disorders. Other areas of practice include cognition, Selective Mutism, fluency disorders, pragmatic language and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Cierra adores working and laughing with children while focusing on functional skills to maximize generalization and benefits of therapy. With a personal family connection, Cierra truly understands the importance of family-clinician relationships and collaboration across disciplines and environments. 

    EDUCATION

    Cierra graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, followed by her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

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  • Janie Grant

    MS, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist

    Janie is a licensed occupational therapist who always knew she wanted to work in pediatrics. Her background includes working with children both school-based and outpatient settings. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including (but not limited to): cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, speech and language impairments, deaf and hard of hearing, emotional disturbance and anxiety disorders, global developmental delay, visual and motor impairments, fine motor coordination difficulties and sensory processing disorders. Janie loves working with the pediatric population and is passionate about providing occupational therapy services that are holistic and looks at the whole child. She believes in using the child’s unique strengths to help maximize function and independence to live life to the fullest. She believes that therapy should be child-led, play-based and fun to support the child to live happy and full lives.

    Education

    Janie completed her Master’s degree in Occupational therapy at the Dominican University of California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge.

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  • Katarina Martinez

    M​S, OT​R/L
    Occupational Therapist

    Katarina is a bilingual licensed occupational therapist currently working for the public school district, San Francisco Unified. She has experience providing therapy to pediatric populations in both private clinics and school systems. She has treated children diagnosed with autism, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, visual impairments, and fine motor coordination deficits.She takes pride in collaborating with children and their families to provide quality therapy by implementing innovative activities to help facilitate learning and promote development.

    Katarina has training in:

    • Handwriting Without Tears
    • Bal-A-Vis-X
    • Sensory integration techniques.

    EDUCATION

    Katarina attended Florida International University (FIU) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.

     

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  • Kellie Davis

    MOT, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist/Clinical Supervisor

    Kellie’s background includes providing occupational therapy interventions in different practice settings for children with varied disabilities and developmental delays. She is experienced in addressing fine motor delays, visual perceptual skills, handwriting skills, social skills, visual-motor skills, sensory processing skills, and activities of daily living, such as dressing and self-feeding. Kellie maintains a holistic perspective when working with each child and directs her treatment sessions to meet the interests of the child while facilitating a successful environment for children to develop their skills and independence. She has participated in the Sequential Oral Motor Approach to Feeding (SOS) workshop by Dr. Kay Toomey, PhD in addition to completing numerous courses focused on the pediatric population.   She enjoys working with children of all skill levels and ages and believes in child and family centered therapy to support each child’s unique needs to support occupational engagement at home, school, and in the community.

    Kellie has attended the SOS Approach to Feeding course presented by Kay Toomey, PhD. and Erin Ross, PhD. CCC-SLP.   In addition she has attended advanced course training in SOS as it relates to using the SOS Approach when working with children aged 6 years and older.

    EDUCATION

    Kellie graduated from Samuel Merritt University where she received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.

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  • LaShelle Favalora

    MS, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist

    LaShelle has worked with children in schools, medical outpatient settings, private clinic settings, and in a multi-disciplinary clinic setting where she collaborated closely with ABA interventionists, Speech Therapists, Music Therapists, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatricians and Child Neurologists. Her experience spans across physical and developmental diagnoses including: Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorders, Postural Disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Sensory Processing Challenges, and Visual-Motor and Visual Perceptual difficulties related to handwriting. LaShelle has experience in leading a multi-disciplinary team to provide comprehensive care for children with neurodevelopmental challenges (birth through teenage years). She also has experience in participating in Medical Research to identify and explore the effects of sensory processing challenges in the brain in ages 8 – 12 years old. LaShelle is motivated to help children thrive, learn new skills, and cultivate a confident, curious and exploratory spirit. LaShelle’s ultimate goal is to help children of all ages connect with others and the world around them, and to provide client-centered support and care for families.

    Advanced Certifications Include:

    • Certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding presented by Kay Toomey, PhD.
    • Completion of the STAR Center Advanced Mentorship for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder
    • iLs Provider

    LaShelle has pursued additional training in the following conditions and treatment modalities:

    • Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
    • ADHD
    • Specialized topics in oral motor abilities and feeding
    • Intervention Strategies and Treatment for children with Autism

    EDUCATION

    LaShelle completed her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Dominican University of California.

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  • Mary Welton

    Clinic Coordinator

    Mary has experience in a variety of settings. With a background in administration and management through being a pool manager and supervisor, as well as team captain of her college swim and water polo teams, she has developed the skill needed to collaborate and support a team as diverse as Little Hands. She has experience in different clinical settings, including athletic training, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and cardiovascular surgery.

    She is passionate about working with children through her experience as a swim instructor, youth swim coach, youth water polo coach, and summer camp instructor in the local Bay Area community of Vallejo, CA. Upon graduating college, Mary was a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps and worked as a Rural Family Health Educator in Monkey River Village, Belize. She was able to work in fields that involved nutrition, exercise and fitness, and environmental health. She worked with the Ministry of Education in the local school and started an after-school literacy program with the help of the school teachers.

    Mary believes that all children have the capacity to accomplish something great and enjoys being a member of a team that allows children to strive to be the best versions of themselves. She greatly enjoys watching the tremendous growth and being a part of a team that can instill confidence in children!

    EDUCATION
    Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Chapman University in May of 2018

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  • Nikki D'Esposito

    MS, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist

    Nikki is an Occupational Therapist who’s always had a passion for working pediatrics. Nikki’s passion for working with children stems from her experience as a youth gymnastics instructor for children ages 2-12 years old. Post graduate experience includes a broad range of pediatric settings: special education preschool, elementary schools, and outpatient clinics (specializing in sensory processing disorder). Nikki has worked with a variety of diagnoses including (but not limited to): developmental delays, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, anxiety disorders, global developmental delay, visual and motor impairments, gross motor coordination difficulties, fine motor coordination difficulties, social skill challenges, kindergarten readiness support, learning differences and sensory processing disorders. Nikki strives to provide each child with a treatment plan that is focused on the whole child, that harnesses each child’s strengths, is fun and creative, while also helping the child to learn and develop the tools and skills they need to succeed at home, at school, and in the community. Nikki enjoys working with the pediatric population and believes that therapy should be child-led and play-based and utilizes the Developmental, Acquisitional, Behavioral, and Sensory Integration frame of references.

    EDUCATION

    Nikki completed her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a Master’s degree in
    Occupational Therapy at the Dominican University of California.

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  • Nicole Jeswald

    M.A., CF- SLP
    Speech/Language Pathologist

    Nicole has a wide variety of clinical experiences with the pediatric population. Pediatric experience includes working in preschool through middle school as well as after school programs and camps for kids with autism. While in the pediatric settings she has worked with kids from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and abilities. Areas of interest include working with children with developmental delays, pragmatic skills, and receptive/ expressive language delays. Nicole is passionate about working with children of all ages and capabilities in order to provide them with the tools they need to express themselves. She enjoys getting to know kids and their families in order to create a collaborative environment.

    EDUCATION

    Nicole graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Science. She then attended Cleveland State University, obtaining a Masters in Speech Language Pathology.

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  • Sean Snapp

    MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Sean Snapp has worked as a speech-language pathologist with clients across the lifespan in school, community clinic, and medical settings in Ohio, Mississippi, and California. He has experience providing therapy to children, teenagers, and adults with receptive and expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, cognitive-communication disorder, aphasia, dementia, and dysphagia. He is passionate about helping children with reading disorders and has received specialized training in evaluating and treating dyslexia.  Sean believes in a person-centered approach to therapy that integrates the interests, priorities, and preferences of clients and their caregivers with the most up-to-date research and clinical expertise. He strives to create a fun, engaging environment in the clinic where clients build on their strengths to develop communication skills that will carry over to their home, school, and communities.

    EDUCATION

    Sean received his Master of Arts in Communication Sciences from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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  • Shelby Wallach

    MS, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist

    Shelby is a licensed occupational therapist who discovered a passion for pediatrics through her love for animals, coaching youth soccer, and attending The Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. Her background includes working with children in clinic based and school based settings. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including: ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism, dyspraxia, developmental motor delays, sensory processing challenges, and social-emotional challenges. Shelby utilizes a play-based and child centered approach to therapy and loves using children’s individual interests when designing therapeutic activities. She strives to help children of all ages develop the skills needed to fully experience their world by making meaningful connections, supporting independence, and fostering self-confidence. Shelby is dedicated to providing child- and family-centered care to support their unique needs and support the child’s development across all their environments.

    EDUCATION

    Shelby completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at A.T Still University in Mesa, AZ. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.
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  • Whitney Baird

    M.S., OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist

    Whitney has worked with children in school-based, home-based, medical, and outpatient settings. Her experience spans physical and developmental diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, ataxia, seizure disorders, postural disorders, Erb’s Palsy, Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, sensory processing challenges, visual motor and perceptual difficulties, feeding challenges, and developmental delays. Whitney is motivated to help children of all ages experience playfulness and joy while developing new skills, cultivating self-confidence and connecting to others.

    Ultimately, she strives to improve the overall quality of life by addressing daily challenges that affect family relationships, friendships, play, school-related tasks, and independence in self-care. Her background as a nanny has provided a strong foundation in identifying the contextual demands of each child’s daily environments. Whitney is committed to providing family-centered care featuring consistent collaboration and communication.

    Advanced certifications include:

    • Certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding presented by Kay Toomey, PhD.
    • Completion of the STAR Center Advanced Mentorship for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder
    • iLs Associate trained in the implementation of the Integrated Listening Systems protocol

    Whitney has pursued additional training in the following conditions and treatment modalities:

    • Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
    • ADHD
    • Specialized topics in feeding
    • Size Matters handwriting program
    • Interactive Metronome
    • Sonia Story Reflex Integration techniques

    EDUCATION

    Whitney completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Santa Clara University.

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2021 Summer Camps

Little Hands will be offering 4 fantastic summer therapeutic intensives at our Corte Madera Clinic

Summer Therapy Intensives Include:

  • Self-Regulation & Social Skills Intensive (All Ages)
  • Kindergarten Buddies Group (Social Emotional Well Being)
  • Courageous Kids Group
  • Connecting Our Hands To What We See (ages 7 & up)

For more information, download the flyer (PDF).

Reserve Your Spot: In order to reserve your child’s spot please email our clinic coordinator, Mary Welton (mw@littlehandsot.com).