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
Clinic 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 is COTI’s clinics manager and provides support to therapists in our Blue Ash and satellite clinics. Tara works with clients from birth through adulthood. 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 in 2008 and took on the role of Executive Director in 2018.

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.

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.

Eletta Fleming, OTR/L
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 as an autism spectrum disorder clinical specialist. Eletta has obtained the DIRFloortime Certificate of Proficiency. Eletta is also trained in using the therapeutic listening program. Eletta has a wealth of experience working with clients from birth through adulthood.  She rejoined the COTI team in January 2020 to continue her work in the clinic setting.

Laura Green, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Laura graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in 2009 in occupational therapy. Prior to joining COTI in 2022, she worked with individuals with serious mental illness and families with young children experiencing homelessness. Laura will be working in the Blue Ash clinic and Connections for Life.

Beth Johnson, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Beth received her BA in Psychology from DePauw University in Indiana and her MOT from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She has been practicing OT in pediatric settings for 11 years. Beth completed intensive sensory processing training with the STAR Institute out of Denver, CO, and her ongoing practice and continuing education pursuits have been focused on the areas of sensory processing, autism, self-regulation, and self-management. Beth’s prior clinical practice has taken place in the outpatient setting, an early intervention classroom for children with autism, and in individual clients’ homes. She looks forward to engaging with students in the school setting as she joins COTI in the Fall of 2022.

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.

Paige Lee, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Paige graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2018 and a gerontology minor. Paige began her OT career working with adults in an acute care setting. She joined COTI’s staff in 2023 and will work full-time at the Blue Ash clinic. She has always
enjoyed working with people of all ages and looks forward to helping children and their families reach their goals.

Kennedy Marler
Therapy Aide

Kennedy joined COTI in March of 2023 as an administrative assistant. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Health Sciences in April 2023. She will be pursuing a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Xavier University beginning this fall. She enjoys the opportunity to interact with clients and their families while working in the front office.

 
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.

Destiny Perkins, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Destiny is a graduate of Shawnee State University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. She has many years of professional experience coordinating and providing services for adults with developmental disabilities. She has experience as a student in school-based therapy, acute care, inpatient rehab, and adult outpatient environments. She has always had a passion for working with children and looks forward to supporting children and their families in the school 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 and the satellite at Cincinnati Country Day School.

Tamryn Seyfried, COTA/L
Occupational Therapist

 
Tamryn is a graduate of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Occupational Therapy Program. In the twelve years of her career, she has worked in mental health and geriatrics and has led a variety of therapy-based groups, such as art, yoga, mindfulness, and sensory integration. Her passion for sensory integration grew after volunteering at CTRH and working with children enrolled in the equine-assisted therapy program. Before joining COTI in 2024, Tamryn also worked as an artist and enjoys using her creativity to incorporate different mediums into activities. She is excited to provide services in schools and 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.

Amber Snyder, MSOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Amber is a graduate of Milligan University, earning her BS in Psychology in 2021.  She just recently completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at Milligan University. She has experience in acute care and school-based settings. She has a passion for pediatrics and is excited to begin her work serving children and their families at the satellite location at Cincinnati Country Day and at the Blue Ash clinic.

Julianna Van Rafelghem
Administrative Assistant

Juliana joined COTi in August of 2023 as an administrative assistant. She is a 2019 graduate of Miami University with an associate’s degree. She has more than 10 years of customer service experience.

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.

Raechel Wolfinbarger, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Raechel is a graduate of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. She has had experience working as a student in the school setting and enjoys working with children of all ages, helping them to succeed while building therapeutic
relationships. Raechel is excited to begin her career at COTI and will be working in schools and in the clinic.