Pediatric PT & OT Services - Seattle, WA
Rosemary White, OTR/L
Rosemary is the owner and director of Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services. Rosemary’s work has developed to empower parents in their interactions with their child using the DIR®/Floortime model with emphasis on understanding the individual profile of the child including sensory processing, emotional regulation and postural organization. The focus of her work is on how these factors impact relationships.
Rosemary is very invested in wooing therapists to work with her who have a desire to embrace this style of treatment. She is very active in mentoring all the therapists in our practice, while at the same time encouraging them to continue to grow and broaden their areas of expertise.
Rosemary lectures nationally and internationally, provides consultation and mentoring.
More about Rosemary and her work.
Rebecca Berg, OTR
Rebecca completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at NYU. She relocated to Seattle specifically for an internship with Rosemary White’s practice and leapt at the invitation to join!
Long fascinated by research and study in the area of social perception and cognition, Rebecca worked as a research assistant in the field of language acquisition and her own thesis sought to investigate social behaviors in children with sensory regulatory deficits. She became interested in the science of interaction while acting and directing, and taught theater students to apply these concepts to their projects in a program she helped to develop at NYU. Rebecca was also a founding teacher at Learning Spring Elementary in NY, a school created by parents for their high functioning children with ASD. She developed curriculum for her 1st and 2nd graders that incorporated emotional regulation and social interaction into their academic lessons. At present, Rebecca is pursuing certification in DIR®/Floortime.
When she’s not playing in the therapy rooms, Rebecca is always busy running, reading, cooking, volunteering, and traipsing about the mountaintops and shores of Washington with her husband and son.
Kristin Johnson, MAOT, OTR/L
Kristin graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California after receiving a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. She returned to the Pacific Northwest and completed her internship with Rosemary and Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services. Kristin was easily wooed into accepting a full time position and has never looked back. She has attended a broad array of continuing education courses to enrich her knowledge of Sensory Integration, DIR®/Floortime and gross and fine motor development. Kristin is also a candidate in the DIR®/Floortime Certificate Program.
In her spare time Kristin enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going on mini day trip adventures to new places with her husband.
Kristin McNally, MSR, OTR/L
Kristin began her educational career at Clemson University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 1996. She went on to receive her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2000. Kristin has been with Rosemary White since 2001 after discovering her true passion as a pediatric Occupational Therapist. Kristin’s background includes extensive training in the DIR®Floortime model as well as training in Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, and therapeutic horseback riding. She has a certificate as an Expert DIR®Floortime Provider and a Profectum Fellow Certificate in DIR® and the Foundational Capacities for Development. Kristin was a participant in the planning, organizing and supervising of our DIR®Floortime Summer Camps for many years. She also organized and conducted Floortime Parent Training Courses and was a supervisor for PLAY Project West.
Outside of work Kristin’s passions include playing with her 2 children and spending time with her husband, who is a chef. She was certified as a Pilate’s instructor in 2004 and has an enthusiasm for staying healthy and in shape.
Laura Meyer, MOT OTR/L
Laura graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in December of 1995. While attending school, she worked in home with several families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Laura moved to Seattle in 1996 and spent the next four years teaching preschool, working at Children’s Hospital Medical and Regional Center in the Psychiatric Unit, working in an Early Intervention Program and working as a Para educator in the Bellevue School District before returning to further her own education. Laura graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2002 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She completed her masters thesis on children with failure to thrive and co-authored “Parent-child interactions and everyday routines in young children with failure to thrive” in the Journal of Occupational Therapy. Laura has been with Rosemary since February 2003. She enjoys working with children in a variety of settings while embracing the DIR®/Floortime model in concert with sensory processing and postural organization. She especially loves working in an environment that supports the family as a whole.
During her free time, Laura is quite active; she enjoys being outdoors, hiking and biking with her husband, playing with their daughters, Larissa and Ariana and working in Larissa's preschool co-op classroom.
Marissa Shelnut, OTR/L
Marissa graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington in 2000 with a Degree in Occupational Therapy. After completing her internships in 2001 she began working with Rosemary and our practice. Over the course of her professional development Marissa has attended many continuing education classes that have strengthened her knowledge of DIR®/Floortime and Sensory Integration and is candidate in the DIR®/Floortime certificate program. Through this practice Marissa led a DIR®/Floortime parent training course, is involved in planning and supervising the DIR®/Floortime summer camp, and has been a supervisor for PLAY Project West.
In her spare time, Marissa enjoys running, hiking, gardening, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Annie Stathoulis, MOT OTR/L
Annie graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2003. Prior to her Masters in Occupational Therapy Annie completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Washington. Directly after graduation she joined Rosemary White’s practice. Annie continued to expand her knowledge in Occupational Therapy in the areas of sensory integration theory and practice, the DIR®/Floortime approach to treatment, and gross and fine motor development through a variety of continuing education seminars and courses.
Annie enjoys working with each individual child’s needs and takes pride in being able to adapt her skills for each family. She enjoys working in this environment as it calls for her to constantly learn and be challenged; Annie also enjoys the collaboration between the therapists and other disciplines. Since joining Rosemary, Annie has sharpened her skills with children with feeding concerns and embodies the DIR®/Floortime approach with feeding issues.
Annie is licensed in the state of Washington and is certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy.
Beyond work, Annie loves spending time with her husband, George and their three year old daughter. They enjoy getting outdoors to take their dog to the park, ride bikes, hike and camp. They love going out to sushi and having movie nights at home.
Christy VanBuskirk, MOT, OTR/L
Christy always had a passion for child development, but her love of DIR®Floortime began when she worked as an aide in the Pediatric PT & OT Summer Camps as an undergraduate college student. Christy graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and then attended the University of Washington where she received her Master's in Occupational Therapy. Christy did her pediatric internship at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and also worked at Valley Medical Center Children's Therapy. She is delighted to continue her OT career at Pediatric PT & OT.
Christy completed many continuing education courses, including Handwriting Without Tears, Boehme Motor Control and Treatment of the Baby, and Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation's International Symposium.
Christy lives in Seattle with her husband, son and golden retriever. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, bike riding on the Burke Gilman, and playing with her baby boy.
Jeannette Wake, OTR/L
Jeannette graduated from University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1995. She then worked for Kent School District in the Early Childhood Education program, provided birth to three evaluations and participated in the establishment of the Augmentative and Assistive Technology Team. In addition, Jeannette worked for Children’s Therapy of Kent’s hippo therapy program (therapeutic horseback riding) and also, within a few years of graduating, met Rosemary and started working part time for her.
In 2003 Jeannette transitioned to working full time for Rosemary. Jeannette participated in extensive post collegiate training and has experience in Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Treatment and most importantly, DIR®/Floortime and has initiated the candidacy for the DIR certificate program. You may have met Jeannette as she frequently lectures for local parent and professional groups and school districts.
Jeannette is an avid sports nut and plays lacrosse competitively. She also enjoys playing soccer, training for triathlons and sitting on the couch enjoying a nice cup of coffee.
Alek White, BA
Occupational Therapy Aide
Alek received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound in 2005. She worked as an aide in the DIR®/Floortime summer camps since they began in 2000 and is mentored by Rosemary in all her work with clients and their families. She is very skilled in her work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children with challenges in social interaction. Upon graduation Alek joined our practice as a full time aide and worked with families as a home consultant with Play Project West. Alek works in the homes with many families doing DIR®/Floortime, as well as joins the therapists in their work with groups to facilitate social interaction among peers. She plans to get her degree in Occupational Therapy in Australia and after travels will return to our staff.
Alek is an avid soccer player, playing 5 to 6 nights a week!! She loves music, movies, Disneyland and travel. She is very involved with her family, spending many hours having fun with her three sisters and her mum and dad.
Sara Wyckoff, MHS, OTR/L, Ph.C
Sara received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. She specialized in pediatric OT for her Masters of Health Science from the University of Florida. Sara has a Ph.D. in Bio Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. Her studies focused on the impact of culture on physical development Birth to Three.
Locally, Sara has worked for the Boyer Children’s Clinic, the Seattle Public Schools and as a clinical instructor in OT at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington’s Experimental Education Unit. Sara initially joined Rosemary in 1987. She has substantial training in Neurodevelopmental Therapy and Sensory Integration as well as DIR®/Floortime. Her clinical focus is on neurological and behavioral issues impacting children with learning disabilities and autism.
Now that her son has graduated from college, when she has spare time, Sara enjoys dancing, hiking, downhill and cross country skiing and cooking.