Our Team

Laura Goltz OTR/L is the owner of Timber Ridge Pediatric Therapy, LLC. She has been practicing OT for 20+ years and has experience with all stages of life including: preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit, in-patient and outpatient pediatrics, pregnant mothers on bedrest, and with adults in in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation. Her areas of training include NDT certification, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, Kinesio Taping, sensory integration, vision therapy, and the cardio-pulmonary system.


Maria Koumantos, MS OTR/L  is the clinic manager. Maria has experience working with children from birth to 18 years of age in various setting including outpatient, home, and school based services. She is an Early Intervention provider and certified in the Therapeutic Listening program. Her areas of special interest include sensory integration, visual motor coordination, core strengthening, and vision therapy. She loves collaborating with families, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals as an integral part of a child’s success.


Rachel Morris OTR/L is the school manager. Rachel grew up working with children who had autism, hearing impairment, and other developmental disorders.  She has experience working with kids who have autistic spectrum disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, traumatic brain injuries, brachial plexus injuries, burns, cancer, and premature infants. She is trained in Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) administration, Therapeutic Listening™, and Interactive Metronome™.


Jodie Schneider MS, OTR/L  has many years of experience working in different pediatric settings with a wide variety of diagnoses. She spent her first years as an OT working in the school system, and has been with Timber Ridge ever since. Jodie is a certified Yoga instructor and brings boundless of energy to our team.


Emily Lawrence, MS, OTR/L had the privilege of being a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s division 1 gymnastics team during her undergraduate studies. She brings this passion to Timber Ridge therapy!  She has certification in Handwriting and Early Intervention and has experience working in home-based, clinic-based, and hospital-based pediatric environments.


Katy Lawrence, MOT, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist with a passion for volunteering her time and helping the underprivileged. She has traveled to Nicaragua and Guatemala as part of her OT service. Those experiences reinforced her love for OT and gave her a global view of how OT can help around the world. Katy has experience with children of all ages in a variety of settings. In her free time, Katy enjoys cooking for her family and friends, attending concerts, and exploring the Chicagoland area.


Brandy Schaffel, MS, OTR/L  has been working as an occupational therapist for over 20 years. While her focus has been primarily supporting children in their educational environment, she has worked with children in the clinical and home settings as well. Additionally, Brandy has extensive experience with embedding fine motor and sensory strategies into both academic curriculum as well as the home. Brandy enjoys working children with varying profiles of all ages as well as mentoring new graduates as they enter the field of occupational therapy.


Lori De Los Reyes MS, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist with several years of experience working in the school systems. She is passionate about improving the well-being of children and their families. Her interests as an occupational therapist include sensory integration, self-regulation, executive functioning, and mental health. She is also trained in Handwriting Without Tears and the Size Matters Handwriting Program. Lori’s hobbies include spending time with her family, listening to live music, and exercising.


Rachel Muckian MS, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with experience working in the pediatric clinic setting. Her areas of interest include sensory integration and vision. She also has experience in hippotherapy, and is trained in Learning Without Tears. She is passionate about providing family-centered care to enable her clients to learn strategies to enhance their independence and confidence in everyday skills. In her free time, Rachel enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.


Ashley Penkala, MS, OTR/Lis a pediatric occupational therapist. Growing up helping out at her mother’s preschool, Ashley discovered her passion for working with children and later fell in love with the play-based nature of pediatric occupational therapy. She has experience working with children on both an individual and group basis in pediatric clinic and community settings. She strongly believes in the power of occupational therapy to positively impact children’s independence and sense of mastery in their environment through their engagement in everyday activities. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking or biking in her neighborhood, and listening to music.


Esther Schpok, MS, OTR/L received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Rush University. She has experience working as an occupational therapist in the school setting, servicing children with a variety of ages and diagnoses. Esther enjoys working with children and helping them reach their full potential.


Nicole Ortega, MOT, OTR/L achieved her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri where she learned the value of wholistic and family-centered care. Nicole has always been passionate about working with children to enhance their occupational performance, and she believes it is her mission as an occupational therapist to provide parents with the tools they need to help their children grow and develop. In her free time Nicole enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with her family.


Darlene Mazilu, our office manager and medical biller has over ten years of experience in the medical field. She started her career as a Medical Assistant and went on to become the Office Manager of a thriving Family Practice. From there, she moved on to a position managing a Physical Therapy office. She took some time away from the medical field and spent it caring for children in a daycare facility. Darlene is a mother of three who enjoys yoga, trying new cuisines and family movie nights. She is excited to join Timber Ridge Pediatric Therapy!