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.

    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.

    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. 

    Erica Quinn – Physical Therapist

    Erica graduated with her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Elon University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. She has always had passion for working with children starting from her days as a big sister and babysitter. Before graduate school, she worked as a volunteer at a children’s hospital and at a pediatric physical therapy private practice. Since starting her career as a physical therapist, she has worked in a sensory-gym setting working with children for almost 3 years now and is very dedicated to her work. She has experience working with a wide range of neurological, genetic, muscular and developmental disorders. She has taken Lois Bly’s NDT course and is interested in taking the CLASI certification courses in the near future. She is passionate about what she does and is interested in enhancing the knowledge she has. Outside of her job, she is a HUGE Atlanta Falcons fan and loves football season!

    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.

    Mahra Weber – Speech Language Pathologist

    Mahra graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  Mahra continued her studies at Boston University in an accelerated program, subsequently earning a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Mahra is a New York State Licensed speech language pathologist, holds a New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate, and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). She emphasizes treating the ‘whole child’ and the ‘whole family’ to ensure that goals are comprehensive and achieved successfully during sessions, at school, and at home. Mahra has experience with pediatric clients of all ages, ranging from infancy through adulthood. She has experience working with expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation, motor speech (apraxia/dysarthria), social communication, and fluency disorders. She also currently evaluates and treats clients with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, especially those with complex medical needs. She is Beckman Oral Motor trained. Mahra is passionate about the support she provides for her clients and their families. She loves making therapy as fun and rewarding as possible

    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!

  • 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.

    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

    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.