My name is Maria Fernanda Rincon; I was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to USA in 2010. I have always been passionate about working with children, and particularly those with special needs. Following my passion, I graduated in Early Childhood Education and then graduated with a master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Florida International University. I also became licensed in the state of Florida and certified with the National Board of Occupational Therapy. I started working in Bi-County Therapy in May 2014. In my job, I am always looking to grow as a professional and as a human being and I feel rewarded every time I see how children improve and how their families are filled with joy with this improvement. On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband and Mika, our dog. I also love to travel especially to meet with those family members who are still in my home country. I really like to dance, going to the beach and watching movies.
Nazifa earned her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Long Island University in New York. She is licensed to provide OT services in the state of New York and the state of Florida. Her passion for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) started in graduate school when she performed a research case study in the effects of aquatic therapy facilitating more organized behaviors and increasing water safety awareness for children with ASD. She has provided school based OT services to children from ages 5 to 21 with ASD at Gersh Academy- School for Children on The Autism Spectrum. Her experience with Equine Assisted Learning Therapy was the foundation for her growing interest in animal therapy for children with special needs to increase their functional skills for daily living. School based therapy has been her passion as she also worked in the New York City Department of Education. She is very passionate about providing holistic, family and client centered therapy by providing services to increase their independence, teaching sensory integration techniques and treating children with developmental delays, ASD, Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities and sensory processing disorders.
Stacey was born and raised on Long Island in New York and Plantation, Florida. She attended Boston University and graduated from Sargent College of Allied Health in 1991. She did her Pediatric Clinical at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans where she solidified her love for working with kids. She spent over 25 years working at Joe DiMaggio Children’s hospital and has vast experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Acute Care and Outpatient Settings. She is NDT (Neuro Developmental Technique) Certified for Pediatrics and Infants, Infant Massage Certified, Interactive Metronome Certified, and Sensory Integration Trained. She has extensive Kinesiotape as well as TheraTog training. She has enormous experience with a variety of diagnosis’s including but not limited to Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Autism, Brachial Plexus, Downs Syndrome, Prematurity, Developmental Delay, Impaired Fine Motor Coordination, and Sensory Processing Disorder, Her love for kids and watching them reach their maximum potential and independence continues to drive her to make a difference in their lives every day.
Sharena is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University. She enjoys working with both the pediatric and adult population. She believes therapy can be a fun and interactive place for the child. She enjoys blending crafts and activities into a child’s session in order for them to reach their full potential and carrier over new skills to the home and school environment. On her free time, she enjoys reading a good book or watching a show with friends.
Marie Tippenhauer graduated with honors from Keiser University with an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Member of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, she also has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She speaks English, French, and Creole. She worked for more than 30 years as a preschool principal. She moved from Haiti to the United States where she has the opportunity to further pursue her passion for working with children. She is currently working on her certification in “Handwriting Without Tears” and the “Touch Math” program.
Katrisha is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Keiser University with an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked for 6 years as a pediatric occupational therapist. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including; Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay and ADD/ADHD. She enjoys working with all populations, giving them not only the skills but the tools to improve their daily lives. She speaks English and Creole. In her spare time, she enjoys making arts and crafts and spending time with her three kids and husband.
Natalia originally from Colombia but have been in the USA for over 27 years. I graduated from Concorde Career College in 2017 with an Associates of Science degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. I am certified and licensed in the state of Florida by the National Board of Occupational Therapy. My job after I graduated has been at Bi-County Therapy. I feel comfortable and very happy to have the opportunity to help children and their families improve life’s functionality day by day. I have always been passionate about helping others. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant, I was a full time certified personal trainer. I enjoy working with children. I am continuously seeking to increase my knowledge in the field of pediatrics, especially in sensory integration in order to provide high quality and professional services to my clients with diagnoses of ADHD, ADD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and more. I am knowledgeable in gross motor performance and corrective exercise as well as nutrition. My hobbies and interests are working out, spending time with my family, and reading.
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