Kristen Clark, OTR/L Occupational Therapist, Director HPT
Kristen Clark, a New Jersey licensed occupational therapist, is the founder and director of Harmony Pediatric Therapy. Kristen received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Kristen specializes in pediatrics and uses a variety of developmental approaches. She incorporates Sensory Integration (SI) and CranioSacral Therapy and is trained in many other therapeutic techniques including The Listening Program®, Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention® and Brain Gym.
Kristen has worked in private practice, pre-school and school-aged special education settings and in acute cognitive rehabilitation. She has treated children with a variety of impairments including the following: neurological disorders, musculoskeletal impairments (Torticollis, Club foot, etc.), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Kristen pairs a holistic approach with Sensory Integration theory in her practice to assist each child in achieving success in all areas of development. Kristen believes using a family-centered approach is essential to help each child reach their full potential. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the beach, reading and riding her bike.
It is my promise to align your child with their fullest potential, impacting the way they see themselves, their challenges and the world they are integrating into — Kristen Clark, Owner Harmony Pediatric Therapy
Carrie Davis, MS, SIPT, OTR/L
Carrie Davis is a pediatric occupational therapist who has worked in the field since 2000. She graduated from Columbia University and has worked in both the school and clinic settings. Carrie is SIPT- certified (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test), and also has certifications in the DIR method (Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship-based), Interactive Metronome and Therapeutic Listening. Carrie has developed a handwriting program called Connect Experience Write (CEW)® to teach letter formation using music and movement. She has had the opportunity to present CEW throughout the US.
Carrie uses an individualized approach, and enjoys learning about the uniqueness of each child. She sees a positive relationship with the child and the family as a key ingredient to successful therapy. Carrie integrates her knowledge in sensory integration, visual-spatial capacities, self-regulation, handwriting and DIR into her work with children.
Carrie is pleased to join the family at Harmony Pediatric Therapy. She believes strongly in the power of continuing education, and seeks to always be learning and growing. When she is not working, Carrie enjoys spending time with her children and her family, and has a passion for yoga. She is expanding this passion to her work with children through yoga instruction certification.
Patricia Kaczmarczyk, MS, OTR/L
Patti is a graduate of the University of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences, with a concentration in human development. She received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton. Her educational background has helped her to understand the therapeutic process from a developmental perspective, as well as to understand the logistics of establishing a treatment program and navigating the insurance and case management process. She has worked with children in inclusion settings and in private clinical practice. Other previous work experiences include working with adults with neurological and orthopedic injuries in an acute rehabilitation setting and supervising graduate and undergraduate occupational therapy students in university and clinical settings.
Patti is a member of national and state occupational therapy associations and continues to enjoy continuing education and research opportunities. As a therapist, Patti values the clinical environment where she has the opportunity to work with families and collaborate with parents. She truly believes that involving each child in the development of their treatment plan and their therapy goals is the key to ensuring a successful therapeutic process. Outside of work, Patti enjoys spending time with her family at the shore, hiking, swimming and cooking.
Deidre Limongelli, MS, OTR/L
Deidre Limongelli is a New Jersey and Pennsylvania licensed occupational therapist. She received a Master’s degree from Misericordia University and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Deidre has completed research in the pediatric field that has been presented, both, internationally, and, nationally, at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.
Deidre continues to advance her clinical skills and therapeutic reasoning through continued education and research opportunities. She has worked with children across a variety of settings including: early intervention, schools, inpatient, child care centers, aquatics, and outpatient/private practice. She strives to meet the needs of each family through collaboration, creating strong therapeutic relationships, and facilitating positive changes. Her love of children has allowed her to find a passion in her work. Deidre also loves spending time with her family, exercising, and traveling whenever she can.
Jessica Minisce, MS, OTR/L
Jess received a master’s degree in occupational therapy (OT) at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She is a NJ licensed OT and is certified by the National Board for Certification in OT. Jess is also a certified provider of the Interactive Metronome program.
Passionate about working in the field of pediatrics as a new graduate, she accepted a position working in the school setting and later moved on to working in more medical environments, including outpatient and inpatient settings. From these experiences, Jess gained invaluable insight on how to be an effective OT to children across environments, with varying diagnoses and abilities. During Jess’ professional career, she has participated in research focusing on family-centered engagement and how therapists can be most effective while treating children and educating families using therapeutic use of self. This is an area of focus that Jess continues to pursue. She whole-heartedly believes that OT has the power to unlock the doors of children’s minds, bodies and hearts.
In Jess’ free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband, being outside, cooking, exercising and taking trips to her family’s lake house in the Adirondacks
Ellen Persechino, OTR/L
Ellen received her degree in Occupational Therapy from Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She is a New Jersey licensed Occupational therapist who is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She also holds a New Jersey School License and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Ellen’s pediatric experience includes working in the Chester School System where she was responsible for treating children with a variety of needs from pre-school aged through middle school. She has also worked with preschoolers in the Randolph Head Start Program. She believes in a strong team approach to treatment and appreciates that Harmony works to coordinate therapy not only with parents but also with teachers and other professionals working with the child. Earlier work experience also includes private and home based therapy for both children and adults. She has also worked as an Outpatient OT Supervisor at Kessler Institute in the past.
Ellen is certified in the use of the Integrated Listening System (ILS) and the Interactive Metronome (IM). In addition she has been trained in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) approach, Handwriting Without Tears, the Alert Program and basic yoga. She believes in the importance of continuing education as well as in what each client has to teach her about themselves. When not at work Ellen enjoys raising vegetables, landscaping with flowers, helping in her local library and church, handicrafts and spending time with her family and friends.
Susan Vieira, MS, OTR/L
Susan is a bilingual (Spanish/English) pediatric occupational therapist with a masters degree from Kean University in Union, NJ. She is licensed and certified by the National Board for Certification for office, home, and school-based OT, and has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2005. She has experience in both the Westfield (NJ) and Piscataway (NJ) School Districts, and was an outpatient OT for Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey.
Susan has a strong foundation and practice in sensory integration, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, muscle tone and postural control, motor planning skills, visual perception skills, executive functions, social and emotional interventions, self-regulation and behavior modification. Also, she is Level 1 certified in Handwriting Without Tears.
Susan is a dedicated therapist who works closely with her families to develop practical strategies to meet specific short and long-term goals based on the patient’s individuals needs and to ensure carry-over of progress when at home or school. Susan applies current pediatric OT principles and practices to assist patient of all ages to achieve their highest level of independence.
When not treating, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, a daughter, a stepson, a cat, and a guinea pig.
Lindsey Watts is a New Jersey licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and received her Master’s degree from the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. In addition, Lindsey went on to become Prompt Trained (level 1), a specialized technique for guiding the speech musculature in the production of sounds, words, and phrases.
Lindsey brings extensive Pediatric Speech Therapy experience catering to a broad range of ages and diagnoses. Most recently, Lindsey spent several years working for a private school supporting students with varying degrees of special needs and disabilities. There she learned that every behavior serves a purpose and using critical learned behavior management techniques, her desire to unlock the intricate door of communication was born. She has had critical experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team and understands its vital role in treating children holistically to achieve better outcomes and to help them reach their full potential.
Lindsey is excited to be a member of the Harmony team, and contribute to continuing their legacy of delivering the highest caliber clinical services! Her ability to connect with children and make learning fun has contributed to her positive relationships with clients and their families. She strongly believes in the team approach and the importance of treating each child as a unique individual. Her experience with mindfulness practices and yoga through the Stretch What Matters program has enabled her to engage children of all ages in new and inventive learning. During her free time, Lindsey enjoys traveling, being outdoors, exercising and spending time with family and friends. The enhancement of all relationships, through speech and language and other forms of communication, is a lifelong passion.
Nancy Caltagirone is Harmony Pediatric Therapy’s office manager.