Staff Profiles

Rachel BonarRachel 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.

Kristen Brevoort, PhD, OTRL
Occupational Therapist

Kristen is a graduate of the University of Florida, earning her BS in Exercise and Sport Science.  She completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and also earned her PhD in Occupational Therapy from Nova South Eastern University.  Kristen has concentrated her practice on pediatrics and is certified in Sensory Integration.  She joined COTI’s staff in 2018 and is working as a school-based therapist.

Tara Brock, MHS, OTR/L
Clinics Manager

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.

Linda Campbell, MS, OTR/L
Executive Director

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.

Kelsey Conner, LSW
Administrative Assistant

Kelsey joined COTI in 2021 as a full-time office administrative assistant. She is from Roanoke, IN and attended Ball State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has experience in the fields of geriatric social work, case management, and healthcare. She enjoys working in the front office where she can help children and families.

Lauren Cornett, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Lauren is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where she earned her MS in Occupational Therapy as well as a special concentration certification in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. Lauren is a Cincinnati native and joined the team at COTI in 2019. Some of her professional areas of interest include mental health, LGBTQ populations, autism spectrum disorder, and the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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.

Michael Dixon
Manager of Client Accounts

Michael is a graduate of Boston University and has been working in healthcare management for over 30 years.  He joined the staff at COTI in 2008.  Michael serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Foundation.  He is committed to helping families negotiate the sometimes confusing health insurance issues.

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.

Eletta Fleming, OTL
Occupational Therapist

Eletta Fleming graduated with a Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa, in Dec 1993. She moved to the USA in 1995 and worked at COTI between 2002 to 2015. Eletta is certified in sensory integration and is trained in therapeutic listening. She is excited to rejoin the COTI team as of January 2020 to continue her work in the clinic setting.

Rebecca Henderson, MOT, OTR/L
Programs Manager

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.

Erin Hirst
Administrative Assistant

Erin joined COTI in 2021 as a part-time administrative assistant. She went to high school in West Virginia before returning to Cincinnati where she attended Xavier. Erin graduated from Xavier in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Health Service Administration. Besides working in doctors offices, she has previously worked at elementary schools and is passionate about helping children and their families.

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.

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.

Julie Price, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

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. Julie completed her Master’s of Psychology in Child and Adolescent Developmental in August 2017.  She also teaches 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.

Laura Scheffer, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Therapist

Laura is a Michigan native and moved to Cincinnati in 2000 from Peabody, Massachusetts.  She graduated with her Bachelors of Education from the University of Toledo and received her Masters of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Cincinnati.  Before coming to COTI in Summer of 2018, Laura worked in the schools specifically with the Preschool population, students with Autism and students with Hearing Impairments.  Laura is also fluent in sign language. Laura provides services in the clinic setting.

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.

Amanda Sennish, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Amanda graduated from Xavier University where she earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree and Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Human Occupations and a minor in Psychology. She joined COTI in 2018 and is working in the Blue Ash clinic. 

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 trained in Therapeutic Listening and has studied Myofascial Release.