Occupational and Physical Therapists

  • Amber Urban


  • Chantelle Pineda


    My name is Chantelle, and I am thrilled to embark on the next phase of my career journey as a fully licensed Occupational Therapist, building upon over 6 years of invaluable experience as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Recently, I completed my Master's degree at Iona University, solidifying my dedication to continual growth and expertise in the field of OT. My journey began with a genuine love for engaging with children and helping them learn through play. I have a special interest in sensory integration and using movement-based activities to help children focus. I also believe helping children improve their handwriting is important and have some experience running fine motor centers in classrooms. I'm enthusiastic about combining my professional expertise with a touch of fun, ensuring that each child I work with finds joy and success in whatever they do. Outside of the clinic and classroom, I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, and trying new restaurants. 

     Fun Fact: 'Colors of the Wind' is my go-to song on karaoke nights. 

  • Gina Schmansky


    I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with more than five years of dedicated experience working in the field. My passion lies within working with individuals of all ages, especially with children where I prioritize constant communication and collaboration with families and caregivers. Seeing progress and the accomplishments of my kiddos will forever fuel my commitment and passion in this field.

    Fun fact: I am graduating with my Masters in Occupational Therapy from Iona University in January 2024, I am a true dog lover and love to participate in any outdoor activity with my two pups!

  • Laura Donato


  • Catherine Manning


    I am a dedicated occupational therapist working with children from preschool age through high school. I thrive on creating a fun and structured session where your child feels comfortable and can advance their skills through play. Watching your child grow, build confidence in their skills, and have fun is one of my favorite parts of my job. What I love about OT is that there is endless potential for creativity and novel activities. I strive to help your child become as independent as possible in their skill set and help them be as successful as possible in school! Outside of OT, you can find me playing volleyball, spending time with my family and friends, or in my favorite place, the beach.

    Fun Fact: I played NCAA Volleyball and currently coach a high school girls varsity volleyball team!

  • Maggie McKee


    My name is Maggie and I am one of the Occupational Therapists at Listening Partners. I am a thoughtful and spirited clinician who aims to provide a safe and fun environment for individuals to not only gain skills but also confidence in their abilities. I enjoy working with students of all ages. Some of my favorite therapeutic activities include board games as it not only promotes fine motor and/or visual motor skills but enhances play skills, which is the child’s primary function.
    Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my red Labrador Retriever. I also enjoy learning new recipes and reading books.

    Fun Fact about me is that I read all of the Harry Potter books!

  • Danielle Tagliaferro


    I have been working as a COTA since 2018, and have worked with students ranging in age from birth to 21 years old. Building a relationship with my students and their families brings me so much joy! My favorite part of the job is seeing growth in each child I work with and learning all about what excites my students. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring new cities, and exercising. 

    Fun fact: I have been skydiving and had a pet hedgehog.

  • Melissa Carozza


    I chose occupational therapy because I love the holistic and meaningful approach to it. You look at a person as a whole and consider what's truly important to them and get to use their interests as motivation as well as the goal. I enjoy working in pediatrics because every child is so unique and each session is so individualized. I take pride in creating a safe and fun environment for them to grow, and I love to see them gain skills and build confidence in their abilities. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, baking, and reading a good book outside. 

    Fun fact: I was born on the 4th of July and I get to spend every birthday watching fireworks

  • Patricia Marcus

    Physical Therapist

    I have been a pediatric Physical Therapist for over 25 years.  I have extensive experience in pediatric orthopedics.  I hold certificates in sensory processing, neurodevelopmental treatment, and many other pediatric specialty areas.  I have volunteered in orphanages around the world to train caregivers and evaluate/treat children.  I believe that extensive continuing education and following research are essential to good practice.  My sessions are child-driven.  We provide many choices and new activities while challenging each child’s individual needs.  Our team works collaboratively to better help each child

    Fun fact-  I love cold snow and winter.  I would rather be playing in the snow than on a tropical beach.

  • Alessia Dolgetta


    I am an occupational therapist currently working with elementary school-aged children. I enjoy working with kids as it is a fun and creative environment that fosters growth and development in their everyday tasks. What I love the most about OT is watching children accomplish new goals, become more independent, and become more motivated and confident in themselves. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog, being outside, and staying active.

    Fun fact: I have a family house upstate, and often spend my weekends up there ATVing with my cousins

  • Ethan Moyer

    Physical Therapist

    I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy with clinical experiences in a variety of different settings and specialties including orthopedic, neurological, pulmonary, pediatric, and acute care. I chose the wonderful field of Physical Therapy for many reasons, but to put it simply, I believe that working with my mind and body to help others is one of the most genuine and rewarding ways that I could spend my time. I strive to be the most authentic and caring human that I can be, which allows me to show up as the physical therapist that my patients deserve. Outside of physical therapy, I’m passionate about learning new things, especially regarding health and wellness. I enjoy exercising, traveling, and spending time in nature, mountain biking or hiking.

    Fun fact: I have lived abroad twice and have circumnavigated the world by ship!

  • Lauren Barrett


    I have been working as a COTA since 2020. I have a passion for helping people. I have experience working as an occupational therapy assistant with both children and the geriatric population. I love working with children and using my skills to make a difference. I enjoy being creative and having fun in a learning environment.
    Outside of work, I love to dance, love spending time with my family, and enjoy trying new restaurants. 

    Fun Fact: My favorite place is the beach.

  • Daina Dalaguerre-Guarino


    I have over 10 years of experience as an occupational therapy assistant mostly with the geriatric population. I am now a registered occupational therapist journeying through the pediatric world and exploring a different facet of occupational therapy that has become very dear to my heart. I love the fact that occupational therapy is very versatile and flexible to the needs of my clients. Also, I love spending quality time with my family cruising around to different countries.

    Fun fact: I enjoy singing, dancing, and being silly with my kids.

  • Nicole Iantorno


    I started as an occupational therapist in a neuro-robotic clinic and quickly realized my true passion was working in pediatrics. I transitioned to the world of peds and never looked back! I strive to provide an environment where kids can thrive, learn, and grow. Every child has potential and can strive to meet their goals with hard work. 

    My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to go on hikes, garden, and spend time with family and friends!

  • Laura Merino


    I have been working in the Pediatric Occupational Therapy field since 2013 and received my master’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. I have experience with children in a variety of settings, including preschools, elementary schools, early intervention centers, in-home services, and sensory clinics. My approach to children and families is collaborative, positive, and trusting. I have earned certifications and taken coursework/training in Sensory Integration Theory, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Strengthening Visual Perceptual skills, Sensorimotor Feeding difficulties, and Hippotherapy (therapy using equine movement and partnering with horses). Prior to my Occupational Therapy degree, I worked as an environmental educator for elementary-school-aged children, teaching nature-themed topics outdoors and in classrooms.

    Fun Fact- I've done 3 cross country trips and have lived abroad in England :)

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