Meet the Almaden Valley Children's Therapy Team

Brittney

Owner & Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Brittney is a pediatric occupational therapist who started Almaden Valley Children’s Therapy Center in 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. Brittney was active in leadership during her academic career for which she was awarded the Outstanding Student Award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of Occupational Therapy. Since graduating Brittney has served on many boards both for the occupational therapy profession and with organizations within the community.

Brittney’s experience is rich and diverse, covering private clinics, non-public schools, public schools, and hospitals. She has trained and studied extensively in the area of Sensory Processing Disorder under her mentors Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen. In addition, Brittney has experience working with children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD/ADD, Developmental Disabilities, and much more. She aims to empower families, knowing family dynamics can have a huge impact on the child’s outcomes. Brittney wants her clients to discover their “joy in life.” Her hope is to create a space where children and teens are able to be happy and feel comfortable. She aims to provide high-quality, evidence-based treatment that is tailored to each individual’s needs.

Amy

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Amy earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in 2010. She has experience working with pediatric and adult clients in the school and private clinic setting, as well as hospital outpatient clinics. Prior to earning her degree in occupational therapy, Amy was a children’s ballet teacher and ABA therapist. As a pediatric occupational therapist, Amy has served children with a variety of developmental, neurological, and orthopedic conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Dyslexia, Down’s Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, and sensory processing difficulties. 

She is passionate about helping her clients realize their full potential and achieve their goals and cares deeply about the families she serves. Amy is also a mother of two children, both of whom are her greatest teachers and inspiration. She enjoys yoga, meditation and any chance she can get to be lost in the beauty of the natural world.

Stephanie

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Stephanie’s background as an OT includes a wide array of settings focused in pediatrics and in mental health, including inpatient psychiatry, early intervention, and several school settings; both public schools and a nonpublic school for children with autism and co-occurring mood disorders. Focus of treatment in these settings has included many diverse areas of intervention including motor development, feeding and self-care skills, sensory processing, social communication and emotional regulation, expressive arts and life skills coaching. Through her pediatrics-based experiences, she’s had the opportunity to work with children and youth of all ages, ranging from infancy up to age 21.

Stephanie works to empower her clients and help them uncover the ability within themselves to reach their fullest potential. She loves working with children as well as their caregivers to ensure that both kids and families can thrive doing what gives them happiness and well-being. A native Californian, Stephanie received her master’s degree at Boston University before returning to the west coast to begin pediatric practice.

Kathryn

Office Coordinator

Kathryn is dedicated to helping families and the overall Almaden Valley Children’s Treatment Center community. Kathryn assists with the administrative duties at AVCTC and enjoys meeting all the families in our community. Kathryn is an occupational therapist by background and received her OT degree from McMaster University. 

She holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and her Doctorate from Boston University. She is currently studying for the US OT board exam to be able to practice in the States.

When not assisting with AVCTC, Kathryn has developed support groups such as the OT Entrepreneur Book Club where OTs come together to review books on OT business! Kathryn enjoys exploring the area on hikes and “day” adventures with her family.

Thao

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Thao is an Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) who received her OTA degree at Linn-Benton Community College and B.S. in Psychology at Portland State University. After graduating from LBCC in 2017 Thao has had the opportunity to practice occupational therapy in a variety of settings such as community-based clinics (C.H.A.N.C.E.), adult inpatient and home health facilities, private outpatient pediatrics, and non-public schools (ages 5-22). Her specializations in these settings include sensory integration and processing, motor movements, feeding therapy, emotional regulation, and self-care/activities of daily living skills. Thao is the eldest of six and has first-hand experience in building positive and holistic relationships in order to make gains in therapeutic outcomes. Her main focus is to assist her clients to access their educational environments with maximal success and gain functional independence and confidence in their school setting.

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