Position: Managing Director
Role at PTS: Responsible for the organization’s expansion into New York and Connecticut.
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Experience: An OT in schools since 1994
A Manager of OT since 2000
A Manager of school-based programs since 2006
Time with PTS: Since 2009
Education: Rutgers University, BS 1989
Kean University, PBC in OT 1993
Boston University, MSOT 2007
Degrees: BS, PBC in OT, MSOT
Certifications: Administration and scoring of the SIPT
Administration and scoring of the Interactive Metronome (IMT)
Affiliations: New York State Occupational Therapy Association
Metro New York District of NYSOTA executive board (past Chairperson)
New York State Occupational Therapy Association (President-elect)
Prior History: Saint Joseph’s Medical Center’s School-Based Therapy Program -- Program Manager
TheraCare of New York -- Clinical Manager of Occupational and Physical Therapy Services
Melissa’s occupational therapy career is highlighted by dedication to maximizing organizational efficiency and empowering team members to succeed. Her search for a more innovative and effective approach to the management of school-based therapy lead her to PTS.
Interests and Motivation: She has become known as an expert in the NYC area on topics related to both early intervention and school-based therapies, and she regularly presents on sensory integration, behavior management, development of graphomotor skills, motor development, and the scope and function of occupational therapy in school systems.