Laura Goltz OTR/L is the owner of Timber Ridge Pediatric Therapy, LLC. She has been practicing OT for 25+ 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 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 our 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™.
Ronna DeKoven, OTR/L, C/NDT is an OT manager. She has been practicing for 40 plus years in pediatrics first in the school setting and for the last 30 years in a clinic setting. Ronna has attended education opportunities meeting her clinical interests in evaluation and treatment of infants, children and adolescents. She has participated in professional training resulting in NDT certification and Sensory Integration Certification including administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT.) Ronna strives in her therapy sessions to incorporate play, enjoyment and motivation to engage a child in the treatment process. A primary component of the therapy plan includes collaborating with family members as well as members of the therapy team.
Madonna Nash, OTR/L, C/NDT, is a published teacher, clinical instructor, and world-renowned occupational therapist. She is a leader in the areas of neurodevelopmental treatment and clinical management of neuro-motor, musculoskeletal, and sensory processing throughout the lifespan. Madonna is devoted to assessment and treatment, consultation and
teaching throughout the world. Impacting and enhancing the life of families, therapists and children is her reward!
Katy Lawrence, MOT, OTR/L is our senior occupational therapist. She has 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.
Katherine Jordan, MS, OTR/L received her masters degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She emphasizes collaboration with parents and other professionals to create fun, family-centered, and occupation-based treatment plans. She has experience working with children who have sensory integration dysfunction; autism spectrum disorder; down syndrome; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; and hearing, vision, and cognitive impairments. She is passionate about pediatrics and helping her clients achieve greater functional participation in the activities they engage in everyday. Kate enjoys dancing and spending quality time with her large, loving extended family.
Jasmine O’Donnell, MOT, OTR/L graduated from Elmhurst University with her masters in Occupational Therapy. She realized her love for pediatrics while working at a pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Chicago. There she spent many years learning therapeutic approaches emphasizing relationships, communication, and individualized treatments for each child. Before becoming an occupational therapist she worked as a paraprofessional in the Lincolnwood school district and uses her understanding of a child’s school environment to support her treatments. She loves finding creative ways to solve problems and help kids achieve their goals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, visiting her family and friends, skiing, and cooking.
Yarelly Velazquez, MS, OTR/L graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with her masters in occupational therapy. She is passionate about working with children and families, and has gained experience using evidence-based practice in therapy. Yarelly is currently obtaining an occupational therapy doctoral degree, focusing her research on increasing awareness and quality of OT services for Latinx families. As a bilingual provider, Yarelly aims to enhance collaboration with Spanish-speaking families to improve client-centered care. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, spending time with family, and trying new local restaurants.
Veronica Meza, MS, OTR/L ,graduated from Lewis University with her Masters of Science in occupational therapy. She loves learning about different cultures to promote diversity and inclusion as art of her pediatric work whenever possible. Veronica has varied pediatric experience including working with children who have autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, hearing, vision, and cognitive impairements, and more. Veronica enjoys spending time with family, spending time outdoors, and trying new local restaurants.
Ashley Pak, MS, OTR/L, graduated from Lewis University with her Masters of Science in occupational therapy. Her passion for occupational therapy started while serving a volunteer at Timber Ridge before OT school! She has experience working with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings. Ashley strives to provide client-centered, evidence- based, and fun interventions to promote participation in daily routines and meaningful occupations. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, taking yoga and pilates classes, and engaging in self-care activities.
Darlene Mazilu, our 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.
Jenny Landsman,our office manager has over 23 years experience in the non-profit world dealing with project and program management to help enhance the community. She was the office manager of a thriving social service agency for over 10 years. Jenny is the proud mother of five wonderful children.