Kindergarten proved to be a very challenging year, but [our OT] was our rock. The kid who would skip birthday parties and cancel play dates because he didn’t want to leave the house — or put on clothes — is now happy, playful and balanced. We are so grateful to have him back.
— Mom in SE Portland

 
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Mikki Kistler, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Groundplay Therapy Works, LLC

Mikki migrated from Colorado to the NW in 1989 to attend Lewis and Clark and has since made Portland her home. After working with high-risk children in a school setting for 5 years, she completed the Occupational Therapy graduate program at Pacific University, graduating in 2001. Since that time she has specialized in the pediatric population. Mikki specializes in sensory processing, nervous system regulation, and emotional and behavioral development. Mikki believes the relationship is essential to the growth of children in therapy and that small steps should be celebrated. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking up a great meal and enjoying the outdoors.

 

 

Rachel Salisbury, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Rachel Salisbury OT LLC

Rachel's clinical interests and experience include working with children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory integrative dysfunction, motor and developmental delays. Prior to her career in occupational therapy, Rachel worked as a Family Advocate and an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) aide in upstate New York. Rachel received her Master's Degree in occupational therapy from Pacific University. She is a prior LEND Fellow from OHSU's Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC), where she received extensive training and mentorship focused on working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Rachel also has experience working as an OT in a rural school district. She has extensive continuing education in the areas of DIR/ Floortime, therapeutic listening, sensory based feeding therapy, visual and ocularmotor deficits and Handwriting without Tears.

Rachel thoroughly enjoys collaborating with families, teachers and other professionals to provide comprehensive child and family-centered care.

 

 

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Maureen Benedict-Lee, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Maureen Benedict-Lee OT, LLC

Maureen enjoys working with clients of all ages and abilities. She has experience working with children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing difficulties, emotional and behavioral challenges, motor delays, and difficulties with feeding in community, school and clinic environments.  Maureen received her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California.  She has received advanced training in sensory integration, and is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT).  Maureen has had experience leading social skills groups, summer camp groups as well as creating and implementing a summer dance program for children with special needs.

Maureen values a team approach with therapy and including parents in sessions to help carry OT strategies into the real world.  When not at work she enjoys cooking delicious food for friends and family, exploring the great outdoors and enjoying the wonderful food and music in Portland.

 

 

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Diedra Pine, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Diedra Pine OTR/L, LLC

Diedra works with infants, children and adolescents using a holistic approach combining different frames of reference with a focus on motor development, communication and sensory processing skills.

Since graduating from Pacific University’s School of Occupational Therapy in 2002, Diedra has gained experience with children who have a wide range of skills and abilities including autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing and regulation difficulties, emotional and behavioral challenges, and motor delays.

Diedra is a mother of a 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.  As a mother, she understands the importance of including the parents in the treatment process and working with them as a team.  When not at work, Diedra enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her children’s school, gardening, cooking delicious gluten and dairy free foods, and Crossfit.