Team Members

Tracy Greer 

Founder & CEO                                                                                                                                    Occupational Therapist

Tracy is the CEO and founder of Exceptional Childrens Center. She graduated from Temple University in August 2009 earning a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in sensory integration. While at Temple, Tracy became certified to perform the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test also known as the SIPT. Prior to completing her Doctorate she earned her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1998. Tracy has a variety of work experience that includes work with adults and children. She opened her own private practice in 2005. Tracy has taken a number of continuing education courses that include extensive training in sensory integration theory and practice, a variety of auditory based interventions that include Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), therapeutic listening, REI or rhythmic entrainment and Berard Auditory Integration Training. She also has training in Astronaut Training, Handwriting Without Tears and Interactive Metronome.

Alyson Maldonado 

Clinical Director                                                                                                                            Speech-Language Pathologist

Alyson Maldonado, M.A., CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in July 2011. In 2004 she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida (UCF). In 2006 she went on to also earn her Master’s degree at UCF in the same are. While at UCF she completed a pediatric internship at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida and adult internship with Bayfront Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Unit. Alyson has experience working in the public schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels as an SLP. She has also worked at a therapeutic day school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders alongside teachers, aides, Board Certified ABA Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapists and Physical Therapists. She has completed several continuing education courses including training in the Debra Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, SOS Approach to Feeding, Talk Tools: Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, PROMPT Level I Training, The Center for AAC & Autism's Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), Integrated Listening Systems (iLS) and Interactive Language (ILP) &Direct Auditory Feedback. Professional memberships include: American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Kelly Roper

Clinic Manager                                                                                                                         Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelly Roper, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Supervisor, PROMPT Trained, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in April 2012. In 2008 Kelly earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa and in 2010 earned a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University. While at Rockhurst University she gained pediatric speech-language pathology experience in several settings that include a school, a nonprofit clinic, a private practice, and early intervention. Following graduation, Kelly completed her Clinical Fellowship Year providing early intervention speech-language services in Chicago, IL. She has received training in the Talk Tools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, PROMPT Level I and II as well as The Center for AAC & Autism's Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). Professional memberships include: American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Meagan Opstal

Clinical Supervisor                                                                                                                                Occupational Therapist

Meagan Opstal, MS, OTR/L, Clinical Supervisor, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in April 2010. Meagan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Kinesiology from the College of William & Mary before earning her Master of Science degree for Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, she performed research in the Sensory Processing and Stress Evaluation Lab to study the physiological components of Sensory Processing Disorder. Meagan received her Certification in Sensory Integration including Administering and Interpreting the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) in 2015. She has also completed training in Handwriting without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and the Greenspan DIR Model/Floortime Approach as well as taking courses in leadership and supervision. In addition, she has completed a mentorship focused on treating children dealing with trauma and attachment issues. Meagan has experience working with children of varying ages and diagnoses in a one-on-one clinic setting in addition to providing consultation to teachers and school administrators to support children in preschool classrooms. Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association and Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.

Elizabeth Geary

Clinical Supervisor                                                                                                                             Occupational Therapist      

Elizabeth Geary, MOT OTR/L, Clinical Supervisor, joined the staff of Exceptional Children’s center in January 2012. Elizabeth initially received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in health studies and occupational studies from James Madison University (JMU) before earning her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from James Madison University in 2010. While at JMU, she performed research on the fidelity of sensory integration theory and practice. In 2015, Elizabeth received her certification to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test also known as the SIPT. She has completed many continuing education courses including; Handwriting Without Tears, Integrated Listening System (iLS), training to utilize the Greenspan DIR Floortime model, and pediatric yoga for children with special needs through Radiant Child Yoga. Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association.

SAMANTHA BITTNER

Lead Occupational Therapist                                           

Samantha Bittner, M.S., OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in March of 2016. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Community Health. She continued on to receive her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013. During school, she gained experience while working as a counselor at an overnight camp for students with disabilities. She completed a Level II fieldwork placement at the Alabama School for the Deaf and the Blind where she worked with students with a range of needs and engaged in animal assisted therapy. She has experience working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in outpatient, home and school based settings. Samantha is licensed in three states/districts including the state of Virginia and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She has completed a variety of continuing education courses including Handwriting Without Tears and Integrated Listening Systems. Samantha is passionate about helping children and families meet their goals through occupational therapy.      

Sara Pritt

Occupational Therapist                                           
Sara Pritt, MS,OTR/L, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in July of 2011. Sara initially received her bachelors in Health Science with a concentration in health and occupational studies from James Madison University in 2006, before returning to JMU to earn her masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Sara worked in a sensory based pediatric therapy clinic during her affiliation in graduate school and worked for almost 2 years at National Rehabilitation Hospital in adult acute rehab, before joining our practice. She is currently trained in Handwriting Without Tears and Integrative Listening Systems (iLs).

Josette Sandvik

Lead Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant               
Josette Sandvik, COTA/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center in August of 2007. Josette graduated in 1999 with her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. Her focus on training since graduating has been concentrated in pediatrics using a sensory integrative approach. She is trained in cranial sacral therapy, interactive metronome, handwriting without tears, therapeutic listening and Integrative Listening Systems (iLs).  Josette has also completed AOTA's Fieldwork Educators Certificate Program (FWECP).

Becky JoHNSON

Clinical Supervisor                                                                                                                     Speech-Language Pathologist     

Becky Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP, PROMPT Trained, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in July 2013. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, and from James Madison University in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her graduate school externship placements were at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Charlottesville, VA, where she worked with military veterans who were recovering from traumatic brain injuries, and also at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Williamsburg, VA, where she treated children presenting with a variety of speech and language impairments. Prior to beginning work at ECC, Becky spent two years working as a speech-language pathologist in the Greene County public school system outside of Charlottesville, VA. There she provided speech and language therapy to a large and varied caseload of elementary-aged students, in addition to working in a classroom for students with autism spectrum disorders. She has received training in Talk Tools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy. Becky is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds licenses for speech-language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions and the Virginia Department of Education.

Della Hinn

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                              PROMPT Trained

Della Hinn, M.S., CCC-SLP,  joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in January 2014. She graduated from University of Mary Washington in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development, and from James Madison University in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Born and raised in Alexandria she received speech therapy herself as a senior at West Potomac High School for a developmental stutter. That experience opened her eyes to the world of speech therapy and she stopped at nothing to become an SLP. At James Madison University she worked in the Childhood Developmental Stuttering Lab and gained a vast amount of experience completing her clinical hours. She gained experience working with the geriatric population and has much experience working in a private practice setting since January 2012. Della holds a license in the state of Virginia and holds her certificate of clinical competence as an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She has received training in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding, Talk Tools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Solving the Puzzle of Autism: Using Tactile Therapy Techniques, Talk Tools Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding: Motor Speech and Mouth Development/Function,  Talk Tools: Developing Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population and PROMPT Level I and II among other courses.

Kirstin Catalano

Physical Therapist
Kirstin Catalano, DPT, PCS, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Physical Therapist in June 2016. Kirstin received her B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University in 2006, and continued there to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009. While studying at SHU she participated in research investigating the effect of concurrent cognitive and motor tasks on balance, and completed clinical internships in a variety of practice areas, including Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and the Traumatic Brain Injury unit at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She has also completed a variety of continuing education coursework including Kinesiotaping, assessment and treatment of torticollis, gait analysis and treatment, and neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) techniques. Kirstin received her Pediatric Clinical Specialist certification through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2015. Prior to joining ECC, Kirstin treated children from infants through adolescents at a sub-acute pediatric facility in Washington, DC, including a broad range of ability levels and medical needs. Kirstin is licensed as a Physical Therapist in Virginia, and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Kate Nuschke

Lead Occupational Therapist                                            



Kate Nuschke, MS, OTR/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center in February 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services from The Pennsylvania State University. She continued her education at Thomas Jefferson University where she earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Kate has experience working with children of all ages with a range of sensory, genetic, and neurological disorders. She has treated children at various pediatric settings including preschools, summer camps, and outpatient clinics. While she was a graduate student at Jefferson, she worked as a graduate assistant in the Sensory Integration Laboratory and completed an independent study evaluating the role of occupational therapy within a primary care practice. Before joining Exceptional Children's team, Kate gained experience working in a setting providing occupational therapy services to infants though Early Intervention, as well as toddlers and young children at an outpatient clinic and elementary school. Kate has completed several continuing education courses related to pediatric feeding disorders including the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding and is also trained in Integrative Listening Systems (iLs). Kate is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and has completed their Fieldwork Educators Certificate Program (FWECP).

Christine Bernet day

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                         PROMPT Trained

Christine Bernet Day MA, CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in February 2015. She graduated from James Madison University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in Exceptional Education. Following graduation, she worked as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in a private multi-disciplinary practice in Fairfax, VA. She returned to graduate school at Long Island University, C.W. Post, where she gained experience in diagnosing and treating clients with speech, language and feeding disorders across a wide variety of settings. She completed an externship in the adult acute care setting at Transitions of Long Island Jewish Medical Center, working with patients with neurological, cognitive and swallowing disorders. Christine also completed an externship at an elementary school, collaborating with teachers to best fit every child's need. After graduating, Christine completed her clinical fellowship year at the Chesapeake Children's Therapy Center working in a clinic-based setting and providing Early Intervention through Fairfax County. She is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for speech-language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Casey Alexander

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                     PROMPT Trained

Casey Alexander M.S., CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in June 2015. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and in 2014 with a Master's degree in speech-language pathology. Her graduate school externships took place at a pediatric clinic and an elementary school, where she worked with children presenting with a variety of speech and language impairments. After graduation, Casey completed her clinical fellowship year at a pediatric clinic in Woodbridge, VA and providing early intervention services throughout Fairfax County. She completed training in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding as well as PROMPT Level 1. Casey is an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a licensne for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Tiffany Abohasen

Occupational Therapist                                                                                 
Tiffany Abohasen MS, OTR/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in October 2014. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from George Mason University in 2010. She continued on to receive her Master's of Science degree for Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2014. Tiffany has experience working with children within their schools and homes as well as in outpatient settings. She has worked treating children with a range of diagnoses, including traumatic brain injuries, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and sensory processing disorders. She is currently trained in Handwriting Without Tears and Integrated Listening Systems (iLS). Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association. Tiffany is also conversationally fluent in Spanish. 

Rachel McAdams

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                  PROMPT Trained

Rachel McAdams MS, CCC-SLP, PROMPT Trained, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in May 2015. She graduated from James Madison University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and became a "Double Duke" when she graduated from James Madison University again in 2011 with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed a graduate school placement at the Comeback Stroke Center in Vienna, VA, a non-profit outpatient rehabilitation center started for adult survivors of stroke and traumatic brain injury, where she gained experience treating individuals and groups with aphasia and apraxia as they regained not only language and speech skills, but reading, socializing, cooking, and computer skills. She also completed an internship and clinical fellowship at Building Blocks Therapy, a pediatric private practice in Northwest D.C. and Falls Church, VA where she earned her certificate of clinical competence as a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and started practicing as a certified therapist. Here she gained experience treating a variety of children across clinic, school and home settings and co-ran social groups. She is PROMPT trained and has also received training in Talk Tools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral 

Katie fagerland

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                          PROMPT Trained 

Katie Fagerland, MS CCC-SLP joined the team at Exceptional Children’s Center in August 2017. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies in 2011 and received her Master’s of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College in 2014. Prior to joining the ECC Team, Katie worked at a special needs school in New York with children and adolescents with various diagnosis including severe autism, Angelman’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, blindness, and emotional disturbance. For the past two years Katie has worked in the public school system at the middle school level with a primary focus on developing adolescent social skills. Katie has received training in the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention approach, PECS Level 1, the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding and Talk Tools: Feeding Therapy: Sensory-Motor Approach among other courses. Before moving to Virginia Katie was a member of the Central NY Speech Language Hearing Association (CNYSLHA) and was a licensed speech-language pathologist in New York State. Katie is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and currently holds a license for speech-language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.  

meredith griffin

Occupational Therapist                                                                                                           

More information coming soon.

Danielle Kreis

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                       PROMPT Trained

Danielle Kreis MS, CCC-SLP, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in October 2015. Danielle received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The Pennsylvania State University. Danielle completed research and coursework focusing on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and teaching literacy skills to individuals who use AAC. She completed her graduate school externships at Danville Primary School, and Geisinger Healthsouth Pediatric Rehabilitation. Her externship at Geisinger focused on the evaluation and treatment of children for speech and language disorders, feeding, coma stimulation, and cleft lip and palate aftercare. Danielle then completed her clinical fellowship year at Autism Matters in Minnetonka, Minnesota where she was trained in applied behavioral analysis and verbal behavior therapies, and provided speech and language therapy and feeding therapy to children ages 2-16 on the autism spectrum. Danielle is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and holds a license to practice speech-language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Monica Dominguez

Occupational Therapist



Monica Dominguez, MS, OTR/L joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as an Occupational Therapist in October 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2013. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. Monica has experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorder, and other needs in a variety of settings, including the clinic and summer camps. Before joining Exceptional Children’s Center, Monica completed a 12-week fieldwork rotation in a pediatric private practice in Washington, D.C., where she gained experience working in clinic and schools with children with a variety of needs. Monica is dedicated to working with children and adolescents of all ages in order to provide holistic family-centered care so they can better function in their daily lives.

She has completed the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding and is also trained in Integrative Listening Systems (iLs). Monica is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in the state of Virginia.

Sydney Talbot

Occupational Therapist
Sydney Talbot MS, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as an Occupational Therapist in November 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University in 2013. She then went on to earn her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2015. Prior to joining ECC, Sydney worked in a sensory-based pediatric clinic during her clinical affiliation where she gained experience working with children with a range of diagnoses, including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Prader Willis, and Down Syndrome. Sydney was also a graduate assistant at Thomas Jefferson University for The Child and Family Studies Program where she researched and established best-practices for families with children with developmental disabilities and delays. While at Thomas Jefferson, she also conducted research on the therapeutic effects of incorporating siblings into therapy. She is currently trained in iLS (integrated listening systems), is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.

McKenzie Ross

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                        PROMPT Trained

McKenzie Ross M.S.,CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center, as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), in January 2016. She graduated from Marshall University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and again in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, McKenzie worked at Southern Ohio Medical Center, in their outpatient therapy clinic, home health, and inpatient rehabilitation unit. Here she gained valuable experience with children and adults with various speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She also acted as the Stroke Coach for the inpatient rehabilitation unit where she worked with survivors of stroke and their families on transitioning to home, stroke education, and stroke prevention. She has completed the Introduction to PROMPT and PECS Level 1 courses among others. McKenzie is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for speech- language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Samantha Costanzo

Occupational Therapist
Samantha "Sam" Costanzo, MS, OTR/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center in January 2016 after completing a 3-month level II fieldwork placement there in the fall of 2015. She initially received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech before earning her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU Sam was a research assistant in the Sensory Processing and Stress Evaluation Lab, studying the physiological effects of sensory-based treatment on children with Autism and ADHD. While completing her Master’s degree at VCU, Sam also received a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Disability Leadership through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program which culminated in the development of a sensory room and sensory-motor gym for a Richmond City Public School tailored to students with disabilities. Sam holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in the state of Virginia and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Shannon Allen

Occupational Therapist

Shannon Allen, MOTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center in March of 2016. She graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelors in Health Science with a Concentration in Occupational Studies in 2014. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from James Madison in 2015. During her graduate studies, Shannon completed research on caregiver support groups for caregivers of children with disabilities and presented her research at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in 2015. Prior to joining ECC, Shannon completed her graduate clinical affiliation at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Northern VA working with children with a variety of diagnoses and unique needs including developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, and cerebral palsy. Her goal is to provide the most compassionate and client-centered care for her pediatric clients and their families while keeping therapy FUN! She has been trained in the Talk Tools Sensory-Motor Approach to Feeding Therapy and Integrated Listening Systems (iLS). Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Colleen quinn

Occupational Therapist

More information coming soon.

April Williams

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

April Williams, COTA/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center in March of 2017. She graduated in 2011 from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and went on from there to graduate from John A. Logan College with her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant in 2014. She became interested in occupational therapy after teaching swim lessons to children with disabilities throughout college. She has worked with children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome and Developmental Delays on land as well as in an aquatic setting. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears. April is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in the state of Virginia, and Washington.

Sarah lewis

Physical Therapist

Sarah Lewis, PT, DPT joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center in November 2016. Sarah received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis of Aquatic Therapy from West Virginia University in 2009, and continued there to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy Degree in 2013. While studying at WVU, she completed clinical fieldwork in a variety of settings including an outpatient sports clinic, acute care hospital, skilled nursing facility, and Kennedy Krieger Institute’s pediatric day program in Baltimore, MD. She also participated in a research project studying the effects of aerobic exercise in women with breast cancer. She has recently completed a variety of continuing education including pediatric kinesiotaping and Effective Early Intervention, as well as completing her Professional Early Intervention Certification. Outside of ECC, Sarah is currently working part-time for an Early Intervention company, providing in-home PT services to families in Alexandria and Fairfax County. Prior to joining Early Intervention and the ECC team, Sarah worked in a skilled nursing facility with the geriatric population for over 3 years. Sarah is licensed in the state of Virginia and is a member of the pediatrics section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Heidi Brown

Occupational Therapist

Heidi Brown, MS, OTR/L, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in May of 2012. Heidi initially earned her Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science prior to completing her Master's in Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University in 2010. Prior to working at ECC, Heidi completed fieldwork rotations in the public school system and worked in a school for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. After her first child was born in 2014, Heidi returned to ECC part-time and has also been pursuing a lifelong passion of treating clients with use of equine movement (hippotherapy). She has completed many continuing education courses in sensory and motor development including pediatric NDT, Handwriting Without Tears, Integrated Listening System (iLS), and pediatric yoga for for children with special needs through Radiant Child Yoga. Heidi enjoys building relationships with the children and families she treats while ensuring therapy remains fun, relevant, and meaningful to all those involved. 

Marisa Andrews

Occupational Therapist

Marisa Andrews MS, OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as an Occupational Therapist in September 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupation & Health and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) from Thomas Jefferson University in 2016. Prior to joining ECC, Marisa worked at a charter school where she gained experience working with children and young adults with a range of diagnoses, including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, Juvenile Huntington's disease, Intellectual disabilities, and Cerebral Palsy. Marisa was also a graduate assistant at Thomas Jefferson University. She helped a graduate assistant team organize qualitative data for an upcoming study that involves aging individuals with spinal cord injuries and their caregivers. She and the team then presented a poster of the findings at the AOTA conference in April 2016. Marisa was also published in the OT Practice Magazine in August 2017. The article discusses the health and wellness group that she and a colleague created for individuals with mental illnesses. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.  

Amanda Murray

Speech-Language Pathologist                                                                                                                              PROMPT Trained

Amanda Murray, M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center in May 2017. She is an active member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds professional licenses in Virginia as well as Maryland. Amanda went to Towson University for her undergraduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She later earned her Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University of Maryland in 2014. With high regard and respect for others, Amanda collaborates with families and colleagues in an effort to help children and families achieve gains in the quality of their communicative interactions. Her areas of clinical interest include stuttering, receptive and expressive language delays, brain injuries, craniofacial disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders, and hearing impairments. Prior to working at Exceptional Children’s Center, Amanda worked in a public elementary school and provided early intervention services in homes. In her previous work experiences in a school and a private practice setting, she provided speech and language therapy to children (ages 0-16) with communication disorders including receptive and expressive language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, fluency disorders, articulation disorders, and attention deficit disorders.

Philip Greer

Chief Financial Officer

Joanne Duncan

Billing Director

Leigh-Ann Grande

Patient Care Coordinator

Vanessa Pozo

Patient Care Coordinator (Bilingual in English/Spanish)

Grace Smith

Billing Specialist

Nadiyah Claiborne

Patient Care Coordinator

Exceptional Children's Center

7001 A Loisdale Road,

Springfield, VA 22150

Phone. 703-971-0602

Fax. 703-971-0606

Email. info@exceptionalchildrenscenter.com

Hours

Monday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Tuesday7:30AM - 7:00PM
Wednesday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Thursday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Friday8:00AM - 4:30PM
SaturdayCLOSED
SundayCLOSED