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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Maheras, MS OTR/L has over 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities in a variety of settings and has been licensed as an occupational therapist for the past 10 years. She has worked with individuals aged 2-103, but has spent the past few years honing her skills in a pediatric setting. Her areas of special interest include sensory integration, autism spectrum disorders, balance, neurological and movement disorders, and managing/preventing difficult behaviors. She enjoys mentoring and coaching the next generation of occupational therapy practitioners.
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!