Staff Profiles

 

Catherine Abele, MS, OTR/L- Occupational Therapy - Catherine is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Occupational Therapy. She has always worked with the pediatric population, including in the schools. She joined the COTI team in 2016 working at Camp OdakOTa where she led the science and nature group. Catherine currently works part time at the Blue Ash clinic.

Rachel Bonar, COTA/L- Occupational Therapy Assistant - Rachel Bonar is a graduate of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and also a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Rachel has worked with children in a variety of settings and roles. She joined COTI’s staff in 2015 and is working in school-based practice.

Tara Brock, MHS, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Tara is a graduate of Xavier University's OT program earning a BS in OT, has a Masters of Health Sciences from the University of Indianapolis, and is SI certified. She has been working at COTI since 2002. Tara works primarily in our pediatric clinics. She has also been responsible for programming for summer groups at COTI and has worked in the schools as well. Tara is trained in Therapeutic Listening.

Kristen Brokamp, MOT, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Kristen is a graduate of The Ohio State University, earning her BS in Psychology and going on to complete her Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. She is a big buckeye fan! She joined the team at COTI in 2016 and currently works in the schools, Anderson, and Connections for Life clinic. She had worked as a group leader at Camp OdakOTa-COTI's camp for children with sensory processing concerns and has been a Moovin' and Groovin' summer group leader.

Rebecca Brunner, MOT, OTR/L – Occupational Therapist – Becca received her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.  She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Science from Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio.  She joined COTI in 2015 and works in the Blue Ash clinic and as a school-based therapist.   Becca is trained in Therapeutic Listening.
Linda Campbell, MS, OTR/L - Supervisor, School-based Therapists  - Linda received her BS from Augustana College in Illinois and her MS in OT from Washington University in St Louis, MO. She has concentrated her practice on pediatrics and has worked in a variety of settings including school based programs, private clinic and home health. She is certified in Sensory Integration and trained in Therapeutic Listening.  She was integral in the development of Camp OdakOTa. Linda joined the staff as a supervisor and a member of the leadership team at COTI in 2008.
Emily Carlson - Office Assistant - Emily was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Sycamore High School in 2012. She has worked in a variety of different settings with children including two preschools as an assistant teacher, a summer camp teacher, and as a nanny for many years. She began attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall of 2012 and hopes to continue her education in pediatric nursing. Emily joined the COTI staff in 2015 and works in the front office of the Blue Ash location as an administrative assistant.

Carolyn Dehner, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Carolyn graduated with a BS in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University and has been a member of the staff of COTI since 1988. She has been working with infants and children for over 30 years. Carolyn is certified to administer the SIPT and trained in therapeutic listening. She works in our Blue Ash clinic.

Joan Dostal, OTR/L - Pediatric Clinical Specialist - Joan received a B.S. in OT from the University of Wisconsin. She has been a practicing OT for 35 years, much of that time focused on clinic and school based pediatric services with a specialization in sensory integration. Joan is a founder and former owner of COTI. In addition to sharing her expertise with COTI staff she lectures extensively on sensory integration and related topics.  She is the Vice-President of the Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Foundation.  Joan is also a member of the Southwest Ohio Regional Autism Advisory Council.

Jennifer Durie O'Brien, OTR/L, CYKT - Occupational Therapist - Jen received a BS in OT from Xavier University. Jen has been practicing OT since 1998 with a focus in pediatrics and sensory integration since 2001. After beginning her career as an OT working in settings with adults, Jen switched gears and focused on providing services in school and clinic settings. She is currently working part time in the schools. Jen is certified in Sensory Integration and recently became a Certified Yoga Kids Teacher.
Karen French, MEd, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Karen received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University and continued her studies receiving a M.Ed. in early childhood special education from the University of Texas. She has worked in both school and clinic settings throughout her career. Karen is certified in Sensory Integration. She joined COTI in 2011 and currently is practicing in schools.
Jackie Kirkpatrick, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Jackie received a BS in OT and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education at Queen's University in Canada and is SIPT certified. She has worked with adults and children in a variety of settings throughout her career. Jackie originally worked for COTI in 1997 for several years before moving out of state. She returned to Cincinnati and COTI in 2008 and now works part time in our Blue Ash clinic.  Jackie has a 2012 article in OT Practice that addresses how to match sport to the needs of children with sensory processing disorder.
Elena Krikorian, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Elena graduated from Worcester State College in Massachusetts with a BS in OT. In addition she has a BS in Business Management from Bentley College. Elena has worked in acute care settings with adults and newborns. She has also worked in the school setting. She joined the staff of COTI in 2007 and has been providing OT in school-based settings and as a group leader at Camp OdakOTa.
Breanna Lynch, MOT, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist- Breanna is a graduate of Xavier University earning her BLA and Masters of Occupational Therapy there.  Go Muskies!  She moved back to Cincinnati from New York after school and joined the team at COTI in 2016. She currently works in the Blue Ash, Anderson, and Connection for Life clinics.
Elizabeth Mayer, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Liz received a BS in occupational therapy from Xavier University and has been working with COTI since graduating in 2004. Liz works for COTI in the pediatric clinic in Blue Ash. She has also been the lead therapist in a variety of COTI's Summer Groups. Liz is trained in Therapeutic Listening and certified in Sensory Integration.

Angela Crandall, Office Manager - Angela has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Mental Health/Human Services from Northern Kentucky University.  She has a very diverse background with over 15 years experience as an Office Manager in several settings, including government and hospital, and specialty practices in Oncology and Burn.  Angela has lead a team of employees through big business transitions and takes great pride in helping clients.  In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with family, biking, canoeing, and going on road trips to explore new areas. Angela works full time in our Blue Ash office.

Rachel Pettibone, MOT, OTR/L - Executive Director - Rachel is a graduate of Xavier University where she obtained a Master's degree in occupational therapy. She studied briefly with Lucy Jane Miller at the STAR Center in Colorado before joining the staff of COTI in 2008. Rachel works in the clinic setting. Rachel is certified in Sensory Integration and trained in Therapeutic Listening. In December 2013, Rachel became the manager of clinics for COTI and joined the leadership team.
Julie Price, OTR/L - Julie is married and has three grown children. Julie received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 1984.  After working full time for five years in the Jefferson County Public Schools she moved to Lexington Kentucky and went into a primarily pediatric based private practice for 25 years.  She has recently moved back home to the Cincinnati area where her roots are and is currently finishing up a Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology as well as teaching some occupational therapy assistant classes at Cincinnati State.  Sensory modulation disorder and the emotional development of children and their families is her main research and practice focus.    
Courtney Ruble, MS, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Courtney is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a BS in occupational science and a MS in occupational therapy. While at EKU, she minored in dance. Courtney joined the staff of COTI in 2008 full time and works both in school based and clinic settings. She is at the Anderson clinic and works at Young Child Institute and Connections for Life in Cincinnati. She has developed some summer groups that incorporate her love of dance.  She has worked as a group leader at Camp OdakOTa - COTI's camp for children with sensory processing concerns. Courtney is SIPT certified and is trained in Therapeutic Listening.
Leigh Saulnier, MS, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Leigh has a BS and MS from Thomas Jefferson University; both are in occupational therapy. Leigh joined COTI's staff in 2006 and is currently working in the pediatric clinic. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, is trained in Therapeutic Listening and also has a specialty certification in early intervention.  She works at both the Anderson and Blue Ash locations.
Jeremy Schulz, COTA/L - Occupational Therapy Assistant - Jeremy joined the staff of COTI in 2006 after graduating from Wilbur Wright College - City College of Chicago from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Jeremy also has a BFA in Painting. He currently works full time for COTI in school-based practice and in the Blue Ash clinic. He has also helped to lead some of COTI's summer groups and has worked as a group leader at Camp OdakOTa - COTIs camp for children with sensory processing concerns. Jeremy incorporates his artistic creativity into everything he does.
Lisa Skowronski, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Lisa graduated from Florida International University with a BS in OT. She has been at COTI since 1991 working as a generalist in all areas of OT. She has provided services in schools, homes, adult day centers, group homes, and skilled nursing facilities. Lisa's special interests are also widely varied; they include traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities, cognitive deficits and home-based services.

Deborah Whitcomb, PhD, MBA, OTR/L - President - Deb has a BS in OT from Quinnipiac University, an advanced MS in OT as well as an MBA from Boston University, and a PhD in OT from Nova Southeastern University. Over the course of her 30 year career she has worked in a wide variety of settings both as a clinician and an administrator. She has been at COTI since moving to Cincinnati in 2001. She serves as the President of Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and the Co-Chair of the Cincinnati district of the OOTA.

Cathy Witte, MEd, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist - Cathy is a graduate from Xavier University with a BLA and MEd. She has a post-baccalaureate in occupational therapy also from Xavier University. Cathy has been with COTI since 2005 working in pediatrics both in the clinic and schools. She is trained in Therapeutic Listening and has studied Myofascial Release.