Rebecca joined COTI in 2018 as a full time office administrative assistant. She has been living in Cincinnati since 2015 and has adopted it as her hometown. She is originally from Salt Lake City, UT where she graduated from Utah College of Massage Therapy with a certificate in Massage Therapy and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has experience in office management and administration working in PT, OT, MT and Chiropractic clinics. She enjoys helping families with the administrative portion of their visits so they can focus on therapy.
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.
Maryssa Bouvet-Varela, COTA/L
Maryssa joined COTI in 2020. She grew up in Las Cruces, NM where she graduated from Western New Mexico University with an associate of science-occupational therapy assistant and is a licensed COTA. Maryssa has worked with children in pediatric therapy clinics and has experience in front office work. She enjoys helping children and families.
Kristen Brevoort, PhD, OTRL
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
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
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.
Lauren Cornett, MS, OTR/L
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
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.
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.
Joan Dostal, OTR/L
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. Joan is also a member of the Southwest Ohio Regional Autism Advisory Council.
Jennifer Durie O’Brien, OTR/L, CYKT
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
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 at the Blue Ash office.
Rebecca Henderson, MOT, OTR/L
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.
Jackie Kirkpatrick, OTR/L
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
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.
Lauren Mueller, OTR/L
Lauren is a graduate of Xavier University where she received her bachelor and Master degrees. Lauren has a minor in deaf studies and completed a Level II fieldwork as a student at COTI. Lauren has been working in adult acute care since 2019. Lauren will be joining COTI as a part time therapist.
Julie Price, MS, 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. 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.
Leigh Saulnier, OTR/L
Leigh graduated with a BS and an advanced Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy with a specialization in early intervention from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in 1987. She has worked in Pennsylvania and Virginia in pediatrics before moving to Ohio. She is married with three grown children. Leigh started working at COTI in 2006, but recently took a16 month sabbatical to spend time with her husband when they became “empty nesters”. Leigh is certified to administer the SIPT and is trained in Therapeutic Listening. Leigh works in our Blue Ash clinic.
Laura Scheffer, MA, CCC-SLP
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
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
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
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
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.