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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

Knowledgable Occupational Therapists

Fundamental Therapy Solutions has a small, dedicated staff of psychological therapists to help you and your child overcome difficulties with learning, improve their quality of life, and more. Call to schedule your child's assessment today.

Shannon Arola has worked with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since January of 2018 and prior to that spent almost 10 years at The Morris Center in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida. Shannon graduated from the University of Florida in 1999. She has training in reflexes, electrical stimulation, and massage, which she uses for all ages to help the body move with as little compensation and pain as possible. Shannon specializes in Sensory Integration techniques.

Tory graduated from Keiser University in Jacksonville FL in 2020 with a AS degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. Prior to working at FTS she spent over 20 years working with children of all ages and abilities. Tory has worked as an assistant director of a preschool, ran a after school program, been a early childhood educator to children 3-6 and as a nanny to special needs children. Tory enjoys spending her free time with her family and being a master gardener.


My name is Priscilla Olafsen. I was born and raised in Miami, FL. Graduated from Keiser University in 2016, with an Associates of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. I am passionate about occupational therapy and I enjoy working with children and helping them reach their optimal level of functioning. In my spare time I enjoy singing, dancing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 

Carolina graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2021 but has been an occupational therapy assistant since 2016. Most of her experience lies in skilled nursing facilities with the geriatric population but she also has experience in pediatrics and in hand therapy. On her free time Carolina enjoys having fun with her daughter Madison, traveling and staying active.

Casey has been with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2017. She graduated from University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. She then became an Occupational Therapy Assistant after receiving her Associates in Science Degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Casey is originally from New Orleans, LA, and currently lives in the Gainesville area.

Lila graduated from Salt Lake Community College in 2006 with her Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assisting degree. Lila has worked with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2013. Prior to working with FTS, Lila spent several years in a variety of settings, including pediatrics, schools, nursing homes, and home health while traveling with her husband in the military. Lila loves to spend time with her husband and two sons and is learning how to do quilling in her spare time.

Laura earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University. Over the last 15 years, Laura has worked with children of all ages with a wide range of abilities in both clinical and school settings. She is certified as a handwriting specialist (Handwriting Without Tears) and has training in sensory integration, Neuro Net, Brain Gym, and NDT. 

Eli is a native of Lawtey, FL. He earned his Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Barry University in May of 2018. Prior to furthering his education at Barry University, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Florida and an Associate of Science degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Hired with Fundamental Therapy Solutions in 2018, Eli desired to provide services to children in their naturalistic environment within the school system. In addition to serving Columbia County schools, Eli continues to work Per diem within skilled nursing facilities and an outpatient pediatric clinic.

Haley has worked with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2016. Haley graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2016 and has received further education and training in the Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K and K-5 curriculum. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant 

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Haley Pope, OTR/L 

Casey Castenedo, COTA  

Shannon Arola, OTR/L

Lila Onyimadu, COTA

Emma Heaton, OTR/L

Elijah Hamilton, OTR/L

Rachel Walker, OTR/L

Rachel Walker, OTR/L

Tory Landon, COTA

Priscilla Olafsen, COTA

Rachelle Newland , OTR/L

Kristen Jones ,  COTA

Mackenzie Weiss, OTR/L

Carolina Miller,  OT

Stephanie Brinson, OTR/L

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Laura Holmes, OTR/L
 

Rachel has been a member of the FTS family since February 2019. She received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 2018. She enjoys the use of play to enhance fundamental skills. She primarily works as a contractor for Columbia County Schools. 

Kinzie was raised in Colorado and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2014.  She recently graduated with her doctorate in OT from the University of ST. Augustine and is very excited to join the FTS team.  Kinzie especially looks forward to working with parents and infants on feeding. In her spare time, Kinzie enjoys baking, reading and going to the beach with her husband. 

Sarah is originally from Port Saint Lucie , FL. and moved to Gainesville in January 2019 with her fiancé. Sarah graduated from Keiser University in West Palm Beach FL. in August of 2018 with an A.S. to be a Occupational Therapy Assistant. A large portion of her professional experience has been spent with the geriatric population in home health before joining the FTS team! She has a heart for helping others and enjoys hanging out with her two dogs and going ATVing in her spare time. 

Rachelle is originally from Jacksonville, FL. She earned both her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees at the University of Florida. She is passionate about occupational therapy as a holistic profession that looks at the whole child, and enjoys helping children reach their full potential in order to meaningfully participate in their daily lives. She also enjoys traveling, reading books, and teaching English as a second language in her spare time.

Kristen has been with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2019. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree and from St. Catherine’s University in 2018 with Associates in Science Degree to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida in 2006 with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She is SIPT certified and has had training in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Program (iLs), Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Therapressure Program (Wilbarger Protocol), Alert Program, Astronaut Training, SOS Approach to Feeding, and Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K and K-5 curriculum. Stephanie loves helping children who have challenged with sensory processing reach their optimal level of functioning. 

Emma is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from University of Florida with her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been with FTS since 2018 providing services at the clinic and at an elementary school. Emma is currently earning a certification in TS-BTI (Behavior Therapy Institute/ Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders).

GAINESVILLE OFFICE

Stephanie Ivy is the Office Manager for FTS-OK. She was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University with her Bachelor’s in English in 2007. She has a 4-year-old daughter who is on the ASD spectrum, which is how she got her introduction into the therapy world. Stephanie is a passionate advocate for those without a speaking voice (including animals), and you may often find her daydreaming or singing in her natural habitat. She is a self-proclaimed lover and is wholly fulfilled when helping others.

Jennifer Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Texas Woman's University. She has been practicing in the field of Occupational Therapy since 1998. Jennifer has a diverse background in pediatrics, hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and geriatrics. Her pursuit of Occupational Therapy began as a young child helping to care for her great grandmother after surviving a stroke and was introduced to the world of occupational therapy and rehabilitation. She was born to work in this field with her God given gifts and servants heart. Jennifer is a wife and mother to two very active and loving boys. Jennifer enjoys hunting with her family, arts and crafts, vegging out on the couch watching movies and expanding her knowledge in multiple areas of Occupational Therapy to better serve her clients.

Megan has been with Fundamental Therapy Solutions since 2017. She is certified in the Astronaut Training Program, as well as the SOS Feeding Program, and has also been trained in the Handwriting Without Tears Program. Megan specializes in Social Skills and enjoys implementing various sensory strategies in session and working with kiddos who struggle with visual processing. Additionally, she is on the Development Committee for the Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association and won the 2016 Oklahoma advocacy award.    
 
In her downtime, Megan enjoys spending time with her family: riding bikes, hiking, traveling and anything else outdoors.

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Oklahoma Office Manager

Occupational Therapist
CEO, Oklahoma

Megan Atterberry, COTA/L

Stephanie Ivy

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Jennifer Fitzpatrick 

OKLAHOMA OFFICE

Taylor is a physical therapist and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is from Tulsa, OK and has always had a passion for pediatrics! Taylor spends most of her time hanging out with her husband, Ethan, and three dogs Lyla, Rosie, and Demi. Taylor’s favorite part of pediatric physical therapy is using different aspects of play to facilitate gross motor development.

Sarah VanAlstine (OTR/L) graduated from Texas Woman's University in 2001. She worked in neuro-rehab adults & pediatrics in Houston, TX, before moving to Oklahoma in 2005. Sarah has experience working with people of all ages who have life skills impacted by injury, disability, chronic conditions, mental health issues, prior trauma, and learning differences. Sarah has served in leadership roles with the Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association since 2014; she was recognized by OKOTA as the "Occupational Therapist of the Year" in 2020.

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Sarah VanAlstine, OTR/L

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Taylor Forman

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OCALA OFFICE

Melissa graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2008 with her Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Science, and with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Most of her experience has been in an outpatient setting for both adolescents and adults, until her time with FTS.
Melissa is originally from Wisconsin, but has been in Florida since 2011. She enjoy's being active, especially with her daughter - Elaine, and considers herself the biggest fan of the Green Bay Packers ;-) 

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Melissa Cordell, OTR/L

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