Theraplay UES & My Playful Mind - Preschool Alternative | 212.288.1450
Address: 353 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075
Theraplay - UWS | (212) 663-3331
Address: 740 West End Avenue (96th Street),Unit #2, New York, NY 10025

About Us

About TheraPlay New York City
  • Inclusive. Supportive. Playful.

    Theraplay is a specialized pediatric therapy clinic providing individual physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy. We understand that all children are unique and we develop treatment plans that are specific to each child’s individual needs. Our model uses fun and play to facilitate function and progress.

    We believe in supporting parents and encourage them to be an active participant in their child’s treatment.

  • Experienced. Nurturing. Open.

    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 developing a comprehensive treatment plan. The initial evaluation looks at the whole child 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 constant and open communication with parents and members of the child’s team.

  • 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.

    Amanda Bonano – Occupational Therapist

    Amanda earned her combined Bachelors in Occupational Science and Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University at Buffalo. Amanda has experience working with children of all ages in schools, daycares, summer camps, and an outpatient clinic. Coming from a large close knit family, Amanda loves to collaborate with caregivers to gain the most beneficial outcome and carryover for the child. Amanda believes looking at a child from a holistic perspective is the best way to determine their functional needs. Amanda is dedicated to continuing education and looking forward to complete further certifications and trainings to maximize motivation, independence, and age-appropriate play skills in all children. Outside of work, Amanda loves hiking, yoga, and traveling with family and friends.

    Jennifer Wank – Physical Therapist

    Jen graduated from Quinnipiac University from an accelerated program, where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Health Science Studies. Jen is currently licensed to practice Physical Therapy in both New York and New Jersey. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Jen has experience working with individuals in all walks of life in a variety of rehabilitation settings, including pediatric sensory gyms, outpatient orthopedics, and acute rehabilitation hospitals. Jen has always loved working with children, whether it be as a babysitter or a camp counselor, and knew she wanted to pursue a career in pediatrics as a physical therapist. She is passionate about collaborating with families and the entire interdisciplinary team to treat the ‘whole child’ in order to help each child reach their maximum potential. Jen loves making physical therapy as fun as possible while fostering a positive and supportive environment. When Jen is not working, she loves spending time with her dog, traveling with family and friends, and finding a new dessert to bake!

    Emily Mitchell – Occupational Therapist

    Emily earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University. She has experience working with children and their families in a variety of settings, including a center-based early intervention program, sensory gym, short-term crisis center, and specialized summer camp. She has developed and led caregiver workshops on sensory processing, supervised OT assistants and fieldwork students, worked as an early-childhood consultant, and created a pen-pal program to connect children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emily is passionate about working with children and their families as they develop their functional skills and confidence. She believes in using a collaborative, holistic, and client-centered therapy approach to best support her clients in reaching their goals and being their best selves. Other areas of professional interest for Emily include social justice in healthcare, the impact of screen-time on child development, and the power of play to support learning. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, hiking, cooking and enjoying delicious food, and spending time with her loved ones. 

    Megan McKiernan – Speech Language Pathologist

    Megan earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Mercy College. She is a New York State licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  She is also certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Megan has experience working with children from 3-18 years old, in various settings including schools, daycares, and assisted nursing facilities. She has experience evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of disorders including: Articulation disorders, Language disorders, Voice disorders, Fluency disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory issues, and Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity, and Down Syndrome. Megan enjoys working with pediatric clients and their caregivers in a collaborative approach in order to maximize the child’s communication development. Outside of work, Megan enjoys baking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling! 

  • Tovy Aube – Physical Therapist, Director of Outreach and Development

    Tovy graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California.  She has experience in a variety of settings including inpatient hospital based care, outpatient clinics and home health physical therapy.  Tovy is originally from the island of Guam and after receiving her degree returned home to provide services to an underserved population. In her four years there, she gained valuable experience working with children with severe forms of many of the conditions she now treats.  Since moving to New York in 2013, she has provided services to children at Theraplay and though Early Intervention. She also regularly evaluates children for the NYC Department of Education. Tovy has worked with children with a variety of genetic, neurologic and orthopedic diagnoses, and has experience with repairing and maintaining assistive devices and mobility equipment.  Her goal is to help every child to reach their potential, focusing on their abilities, and not on disability.
    When she’s not working, Tovy enjoys running, yoga, reading, traveling and scuba diving.

    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.

    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. 


    Kelly Van Clief – Occupational Therapist

    Kelly received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College. Since then she has had opportunity to work across various pediatric settings including within the home, therapy camps, schools and clinics. She loves play based therapy and highly recommends that kids get outside to play as much as possible! She regularly incorporates movement and mindfulness into her sessions whether it’s through the Zones of Regulation curriculum or yoga techniques. Kelly is also very familiar with the activities and techniques from the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, and applies them with each student working on pre-writing and handwriting. Kelly is excited to continue growing as a pediatric therapist and hopes to gain experience and knowledge with feeding therapy and reflex integration in the near future.