SOVIA THERAPY, LLC
1015 TIVERTON ROAD, MECHANICSBURG, PA 17050
Sovia Therapy is currently able to offer a wide range of therapy services but we are limited to infants and toddlers in the Early Intervention System. Therapists have skills in providing intervention to infants and toddlers who have visual impairments, multiple complex medical issues, behavioral issues, children that are on the autism spectrum, musculoskeletal restrictions, and eating and feeding disorders. Currently, Sovia Therapy has Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy,
Specialized Instruction, Teachers for the Visually Impaired, Infant Massage Instruction and teachers that can progress language delays. Interventionists are skilled at incorporating daily routines into activities that are meaninful to families.
KELLY L. RICE, OTR/L, CLC
Kelly has been a pediatric Occupational Therapist in Early Intervention for over 30 years. She holds three specialty certifications as a Vital Stim® clinician (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for oral and pharyngeal phase dysphagia), as a clinician able to implement Cranial Sacral Fascial Therapy (soft tissue work to release tightness as well as keep the body moving freely) and is a certified lactation counselor. Kelly’s specialty lies in working with infants and toddlers who have difficulty with swallowing and who have unsafe swallowing abilities. Nursing support is provided which includes nursing troubleshooting, infant related issues and overall lactation support. She also works closely with many physicians and specialists to be sure continuity of care is occurring with children that have complex medical needs. In addition to Feeding and Swallowing expertise, Kelly has been successful at helping parents to learn techniques to eliminate tightness in their child so that conditions such as torticollis, brachial plexus injury and other muscle tightness does not interfere with typical development.
STACY FOY, M Ed, TVI
Stacy has been an educator in the classroom and Early Intervention for over 20 years. She has a master’s degree in Special Education and is a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired. She also has been trained as a Language Coach in Early Intervention. Autism and Behavior are specialty areas, having been an Autism Support Teacher for 15 years. Stacy is also certified in Infant Massage Instruction.
EMMA GROFF, SI
Emma has been an educator as a Special Instructor in Early Intervention for six years. Before entering Early Intervention, Emma worked in public and private classroom settings for children ranging from six weeks to five years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
AMBER SULLENBERGER, DPT
Amber Sullenberger, DPT, holds her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. She has functioned as a PT working with infants, toddlers, young children, adolescents and teens in an outpatient clinic, preschool setting and early intervention setting since 2011. Amber has experience with aquatics and kinesio taping. She has expertise in torticollis management, as well as a variety of neurologic and orthopedic disorders, including, but not limited to Spina Bifida, CP, Traumatic Brain Injury, Down Syndrome, Toe Walking and Club Foot. Amber strives to meet families and children at their current level (motorically and cognitively) and help them to become as independent as possible through strategies that can be easily incorporated into everyday living.
SHANNON SWEENEY, PT
Shannon provides physical therapy services to the children who attend the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf classroom in Hershey, PA. She offers consultative services to the Teacher of the Hearing Impaired as well as positioning, equipment recommendations and orthotic management. Shannon is also able to advance mobility skills and problem solve classroom issues related to gross motor skills.
KIMBERLY TUCKER, PT
Kimberly Tucker, PT has over 35 years of experience working in a variety of clinical and homebased systems with infants and young children. She has functioned in the role of clinical instructor, staff physical therapist and student supervisor. Her leadership positions in the community are extensive, and she is active in her church. Cross cultural experiences include working on the Navajo Reservation, in Moldova, and with several language groups here in the USA. Kimberly has advanced training in many areas related to pediatric physical therapy and provides guidance and leadership to other staff therapists. Pediatric specialties include, but are not limited to torticollis, plagiocephaly, Spina Bifida, prematurity, Down Syndrome, cerebellar issues, arthrogryposis, medically complex, and CP. Kimberly utilizes several techniques for treatment including Total Motion Release, kinesiotaping, Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT), Myofascial Release, and Cranio-sacral Therapy.
CHARLOTTE RHOADS, COTA/L, SI
Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and an Associate Degree in Applied Science as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Charlotte has been working as an Occupational Therapist Assistant since 2016. She currently works to support children in Early Intervention, in home-based visits for ages birth to three, and in a preschool setting for ages three to five. Charlotte has experience working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She has completed coursework in American Sign Language (ASL), which she uses to enhance communication with all children. Charlotte is passionate about travel and serving those in need. Her decision to pursue Occupational Therapy and passion for this work, came after spending time overseas supporting staff and working with orphaned children who have special needs.
MISSY NEELY, OTR/L
Missy has been an Occupational Therapist for over 24 years and has diverse experience working with children from birth to adults with developmental disabilities. Her practice has been mostly working with children within the Autism Spectrum, she has had the opportunity to work as a member of a multidisciplinary feeding team focused on sensory approaches to picky eater. She has also received special instruction in RDI, or Relationship Development Intervention, as part of her interest in Dr. Greenspan’s Floortime approach. She has mentored many young therapists in pediatrics. She enjoys being part of a team working with other professionals and families to gain results in supporting young children develop the ability to play and learn.
KIM BARBETTA, PT
Kim has over 20 years of experience; the majority of which has been with the pediatric population. Kim has worked with children ages 5-21 in the school setting as well as in Early Intervention working with children birth to 3 years old. She has specialized in NDT (neurodevelopmental treatment) and is a certified kinesio taping clinician. Kim has a growing experience in identifying and treating children with reflex integration needs. Kim loves to work directly with families to teach and guide them how to help their children reach their greatest potential. A mother of three herself, Kim loves to see young children explore and interact within their environments.
LEANNE RUTT, M.Ed., OTR/L, OTD
Leanne has over 15 years of experience as an occupational therapist working primarily in pediatric practice. She holds a doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and a Master's degree in education from Temple University. In addition to working as an occupational therapist, she also has several years of experience working as a special education teacher in an autism support classroom. Leanne enjoys working with children, families and school systems to improve the quality of life of children. In addition to her role in early intervention, Leanne is a wife, mother of three and also serves as the program director of the Master of Occupational Therapy program at Messiah University. She has extensive training in applied behavior analysis, sensory processing, and is certified in Interactive Metronome. With a commitment to using evidence-based practice, Leanne enjoys partnering with families to understand their unique story, strengths and challenges.
MELISSA ROBERTS, MOT, OTR/L
Melissa has 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist working primarily in pediatric practice. Her bachelor of health science (psychology minor) and master’s degree in occupational therapy is from St. Francis University in Loretto, PA. Melissa has worked with children from birth through high school graduation with a variety of diverse special needs. She enjoys collaboration with the educational team in working toward child and family goals. She has completed her CLM (Competent Learner Model) certification.
CAROL SIPE, SI, CIMI
Carol has a degree in Early Childhood Education with over 40 years of experience working in Early Intervention services. She is skilled at providing services to assist children with developing play, learning, social, and speech/language skills. Carol is also trained in positive behavior supports(PBS) and functional behavior analysis (FBA). She holds certification in Infant Massage Instruction.
CHARLOTTE BABINSKI, M.Ed
Charlotte has been working in the fields of regular education and special education for over 30 years. She has a Masters degree in special education from Arcadia University, and a dual undergraduate degree in elementary and special education from the University of Maryland. Charlotte has worked with infants-toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary and secondary education students. She moved from the Philadelphia area 2 1/2 years ago, where she fulfilled the role of case manager at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Charlotte has completed trainings in developing functional behavior analyses, child development, and autism spectrum disorders and in implementing positive behavioral approaches.
JESSICA PARKER, OTR/L
Jessica has been an occupational therapist practicing in pediatrics for over 20 years. She received her occupational therapy degree from Elizabethtown College in 1996 and begin her career at Penn State Children's Hospital. She has worked in a variety of settings since then, including Early Intervention, Cyber Schools and presently in an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic. Jessica is certified in Infant Massage and Interactive Metronome and has extensive training in the SOS Approach to Feeding. Recently she completed the USC Chan Sensory Integration Certificate Program as well.
LORA ESTEP, COTA/L, BCTMB, LMT
Lora has been working as an occupational therapy assistant, mainly in the field of pediatrics, since the Fall of 2012. She received her Associate Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy and received her Bachelor Degree of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Lora has experience working with outpatient pediatrics and in school based services. She is also a licensed massage therapist that is certified in pediatric massage and trained in massage for children with Autism. Lora is passionate about helping children and supporting the families that she works with.
SAMANTHA WOODSON, M.Ed.
Samantha has been working in the special education field for 10 years. She has a master’s degree in special education and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a minor in music from Elizabethtown College. Samantha has worked with individuals from ages 3 to 21. She has provided services in helping children with social, learning, and communication/language skills. She is also trained in Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA). Samantha enjoys working with the family and educational team to ensure the child reaches their fullest potential.
Sovia Therapy, LLC
1015 Tiverton Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
We provide Early Intervention Services to Infants and Toddlers