Theraplay New York City | 212-288-1450
Address: 353 East 78th street New York, NY 10075
Theraplay Long Island City | 718-433-4434
Address: 11-11 44th Road Suite 402 Long Island City, NY

About Us

About TheraPlay New York City
  • Welcoming place that engages each child.

    Theraplay is a specialized sensory gym and therapy clinic providing pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and play therapy. We believe that all children are unique and deserve a treatment plan that is specific to their individual needs using fun and play to facilitate function and progress.

    Theraplay was created to offer a unique, fun and professional treatment space outside of the standard in-school therapy sessions. We offer an interactive play space that caters to all children and their parents.

  • Quality care in a friendly atmosphere

    Theraplay employs experienced pediatric specialists in the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language pathology.   We provide thorough assessments for each child prior to a formal treatment plan. This evaluation takes into account all perspectives and provides parents with a complete picture of their child’s strengths and challenges. Specific goals are then set and a formal plan is put in place to reach these goals.  We believe that building positive relationships with parents dramatically increases the child’s success. Our therapists pride themselves on maintaining a constant and open communication flow with parents on each child and their progress.

  • Meet Our Therapists

  • Kimberly Sullivan Mitchell Owner & Clinical Director

    Kim is a physical therapist who received her Masters degree in physical therapy from the University of Hartford. She has a Bachelors degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology. Kim has been working with children with developmental delays since 2009 in the home, school, and gym setting.  She is an approved provider through the New York State Early Intervention Program. Prior to finding her passion with children, she worked at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital on their Traumatic Brain Injury and Rehabilitation Unit. A dancer for most of her life, Kim understands the importance of movement on the physical and emotional wellbeing of a child.  Through movement, children are able to explore and learn about the world around them.  Using a variety of approaches and techniques, Kim helps each child develop their movement skills and improve their ability to interact with their environment. Kim believes in a “whole child” approach to treatment, collaborating with OTs, Speech therapists, Nutritionists, Orthotists, Physicians, and Play therapists.  She feels that parent education and interaction is a major part of helping children develop to be their best selves. Kim is trained in NDT, sensory processing, taping techniques, and orthotic assessment. She is currently completing a fellowship in Infant Parent Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

    Kelsey Hardiman – Occupational Therapist

    Kelsey earned her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions. She received her Masters in Medical Sciences from Boston University and her Bachelors in Science with a major in Biology from Providence College. In graduate school, Kelsey has completed research projects identifying early markers for Autism Spectrum Disorder and investigating the mechanisms of pretend play. Kelsey has experience in a variety of settings including; private school,  non-profit outpatient clinic, and at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel’s mental health unit. She has worked with children with a range of developmental delays and disabilities since 2011 in settings including camp, school, and clinic. Kelsey has a passion for working in pediatrics and for using play to help children develop skills that enable them to participate in daily activities. She thinks that client-centered and family-based treatment approaches are integral in creating positive outcomes. In her free time Kelsey enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.

    Kati OlsenOccupational Therapist

    Kati graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Prior to finding her passion in pediatrics she worked in the acute rehab stroke department at NYU Lutheran Hospital. She has experience working with children between the ages of 16 months and 10 years and young adults 16-25 with various developmental differences. Kati has experience providing services within the home, sensory gym and school. Kati utilizes a holistic approach, focusing on the whole child and the family. She has training in the Handwriting without Tears curriculum, reflex integration, visual motor and perception treatments and NDT. She is currently working on becoming Level 1 Certified in the Handwriting without Tears Curriculum. She has specialized training in sensory integration including Astronaut Training program and Wilbarger protocol. Kati also conducts CPSE evaluations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Kati enjoys traveling, food, and outdoor activities.

    Marisa DavisonOccupational Therapist

    Marisa received a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She received a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Non-teaching Special Education from James Madison University. Marisa has experience working with the pediatric population in various settings including schools and hospitals. She completed fieldwork affiliations at NYU Langone Hospital in pediatric acute care, Bellevue Hospital in adult acute care, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel in mental health. Marisa currently works in a special needs school in Manhattan and works per diem at Bellevue Hospital in the Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit. She embraces a holistic and strengths-based approach and is passionate about helping others. In her free time, Marisa enjoys cooking and traveling. 

    Amanda HassanSpeech Language Pathologist

    Amanda is a certified speech and language pathologist. She received her Bachelors of Science in speech, language and hearing Sciences from Boston University and holds a Masters of Science in early childhood, elementary and special education from Mercy College. Subsequently, Amanda went on to receive a Masters of Education in communication sciences and disorders from Valdosta State University. Prior to receiving her masters degree in speech language pathology, Amanda taught preschool and elementary school aged children in both general and special education settings. Amanda currently provides speech therapy to those from early childhood through school age. This experience entails providing verbal, visual and tactile cues in order to facilitate receptive, expressive and pragmatic language skills. In addition, Amanda also provides articulation, feeding and oral motor treatment. Her experience includes working with children to enhance their performance in the classroom, as well improve peer interactions, turn taking, reading social cues, following multi-step directions, creating narratives, listening to stories and problem solving. During her free time, Amanda enjoys yoga and traveling.

    Lauren Calder – Speech Language Pathologist

    Lauren is a certified speech and language pathologist. She received her Bachelors degree from Loyola University Maryland  and her Masters degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University.  She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist and holds a New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate. Lauren currently works with school-age children and adolescents with neuro-developmental disorders, Autism, PPD, apraxia of speech, intellectual disabilities, emotional, language and developmental delays. Lauren is PROMPT trained. She has also received training in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Picture Exchange Communication (PECS), behavior management and Talk Tools. 

  • Amy Morik – Pediatric Social Worker

    Amy Morik is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (in both New York and New Jersey). Amy earned her Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) as well as her Masters degree in Public Management from New York University. Amy has over 10 years of experience working with pre-schoolers, elementary age children, pre-teens and adolescents predominantly in school settings. Amy offers a combination of play therapy and cognitive mindfulness techniques to children with a variety of social emotional and behavioral challenges. Amy is skilled in providing individual counseling, social skills group counseling, and parent support counseling.

    Rosa Goglas – Physical Therapist

    Rosa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Health Science at Touro College, after earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Hunter College. Rosa completed 4 months of clinical training at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey where she learned various handling techniques and worked with children from ages 3 months to 16 years-old. Since receiving her Doctorate, Rosa has experience in working with children of all ages with various circumstances from newborns to school aged children. She believes play is an important part of a child’s purpose and uses it to help promote overall wellness and learning.  Rosa has always found joy in working with children stemming from her undergraduate years working as an EMT and camp counselor at a summer camp. She continues to volunteer her time helping children by volunteering with NJ Special Olympics and Go Baby Go, modifying and adapting cars for children. Rosa enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, traveling, good food and photography.

    Samantha KublinOccupational Therapist

    Samantha earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Her Bachelors Degree is in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Samantha has done research focused on various positioning interventions for children with sensory deficits to facilitate fine motor skills. Samantha has experience working with children of all ages in various settings including tutoring, working as a camp counselor, and teaching dance classes. Samantha enjoys working with children of all ages to promote motivation, confidence, and engagement in functional activities. She has received certification in the Handwriting Without Tears program and Therapeutic Listening.  Outside of work, Samantha loves cooking, traveling, yoga, and watching Michigan football.

    Emily Bolan – Occupational Therapist

    Emily has over twelve years experience working with children from birth to 18 years old in various capacities such as teaching summer school, tutoring, instructing swimming lessons, camp counselor and as a waterfront director at a summer camp. She has now put her experience to work as an occupational therapist. With a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from NYIT, she enjoys helping pediatric clients improve self-regulation, sensory modulation, fine motor coordination, handwriting and social skills. Emily has experienced sensory processing difficulties when she was younger and has a keen understanding of how this can affect a child.

    Rachel Heidling – Occupational Therapist

    Rachel graduated with dual Bachelor degrees in Human Physiology and Psychology from The University of Oregon with Phi Beta Kappa honors. She went on to receive her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Boston University where she graduated with honors. Rachel has experience working with children in the acute hospital setting, outpatient Development and Rehabilitation Center, and in schools. She is passionate about working closely with children and their family for the greatest therapeutic impact. Rachel has demonstrated her passion for the field during international volunteer trips to Ecuador and India where she worked to promote age-appropriate play skills for children with developmental disorders

    Emma HumphriesOccupational Therapist 

    Emma graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and Masters in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. Emma has always had a passion for working with children and believes that every day should be an adventure and describes her sessions as creative and playful! Emma has worked with children in both general ed and special ed school settings. She also has experience with adults in the acute care hospital setting and the outpatient rehab setting. In addition to her time spent at Theraplay, Emma works at a specialized school for children with speech and language delays. Emma is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears Program.  When she’s not working with children Emma runs food blog and Instagram account. 

    Suzanne Gallanter – Occupational Therapist 

    Suzanne earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, where she also received her Bachelors in Therapeutic Studies and a minor in Deaf Studies. Suzanne is enthusiastic about working with children and their families to create a positive environment where each child can achieve success and gain confidence to overcome challenges. She has always been passionate about working with children, and loves working in a field where children can play, laugh, and explore while developing new skills. Suzanne’s  experience with the pediatric population encompasses a variety of settings including schools, sensory gyms, and home-based settings.  She has received training in pediatric visual rehabilitation, DIRFloortime®, and is trained in Handwriting Without Tears. She believes collaboration with families and other professionals including teachers, specialists, and other team members is vital in maximizing the growth and carryover needed to improve independence and function within the child’s natural environments.   In her spare time, Suzanne loves cooking, exercising, and spending time at the beach. 

     

    Sarah Dharsi – Speech Language Pathologist

    Sarah completed both her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’s University. Sarah holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certificate and is also PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) trained. Sarah has provided individual therapy for children in Early Intervention Programs as well as pre-school and school aged children. She has experience in treating children with disabilities such as developmental delays, receptive and expressive language delays, articulation, oral motor and motor planning difficulties. She also provides social skills and pragmatic language therapy to children in group settings.

    In addition to her work in New York, Sarah volunteered in East Africa at the World Federation Autistic Day Care Centre in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania where she helped children with activities of daily living and behavioral skills. Sarah is aware that each child is unique and intervention must be individualized to fit his or her needs.