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 and children who attend Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Hershey, PA. 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, Speech Language Pathologists, 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.
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.
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.
KATELYN (KATIE) HENRY, M.S., CCC-SLP
Katie Henry is a Speech-Language Pathologist. In 2020, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She has held her Certification of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2021. Katie has worked in a variety of early-intervention, school-based, and medical settings with clients of a wide range of ages and diagnoses including articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, expressive and receptive language disorders, stuttering/fluency, and children with multiple diagnoses. Katie loves supporting families, providing personalized therapy plans, and finding ways to make reaching goals fun.
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 birth 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.
REBAKAH (BEKAH) JARRELL, M.S., C.C.C., SLP
Rebekah (Bekah) Jarrell is a Speech-Language Pathologist. In 2013, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She has held her Certification of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2014. Bekah has worked with a range of diagnoses including: stuttering/fluency disorder, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, traumatic brain injury, cochlear implant, central auditory processing disorder, articulation disorder, phonological disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Bekah also has experience in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Bekah loves educating and supporting families and children with developmental delays. Bekah also enjoys supporting children in reaching their speech and language goals.
MEGAN MCSHEA, M.S., C.C.C.,SLP
Megan has spent over seven years helping children develop language and communication skills. She completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology through Nazareth College in 2015. She also completed a Deafness Specialty Program, which provided additional training for working with Deaf/Hard of Hearing children. She also has additional training and experience in the areas of sensory processing disorders, Autism, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Megan is passionate about ensuring that all children (and their families) are provided the supports needed to develop language.
SORA SIMBLIST, OTR/L
Sora Simblist received her BS in Applied Social Sciences from Binghamton University in 1993, and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. Sora is also a RYT 200 Yoga instructor. She recently moved from Colorado with her husband and children.
Sora has working experience in both geriatrics and pediatrics; this combination she believes has enriched her perspective as a therapist. She regards her greatest education however to have been derived from raising her own five children. Her primary and initial attraction to OT was movement and sensory based; with interests in proprioception and sensory processing. Sora believes in meeting children where they are, honoring their learning and developmental process, becoming more whole through movement and exploration, and celebrating transformation.
JAMIE MATTHEWS, MS, OTR/L
Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in childhood education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Jamie worked with children in rural NC for many years as an educator and early intervention specialist, while raising two young children with her husband. After moving to Pennsylvania in 2010, she continued working with children in different settings while completing her Master of Occupational Therapy at Alvernia University and continuing to grow her family by two more. She has enjoyed working with adults over the last three years and is excited to bring her practice back to pediatrics and her inspiration to become an Occupational therapist. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, hiking and being near the water. Jamie strives to work with families to provide opportunities to enjoy watching their children grow and learning to communicate their needs successfully.
OLIVIA RICE, M.S., CF- SLP
Olivia received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish Linguistics and Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2020. In 2023, she completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Jacksonville University. Olivia has worked with a range of diagnoses including: autism spectrum disorder, aphasia, deaf/hard of hearing, apraxia of speech, dysphagia, fluency disorders, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders and pragmatic disorders. She has gained experience in a variety of settings with children aged birth to 18 years old. Olivia enjoys empowering families and caregivers to facilitate communication with their children
Sovia Therapy, LLC
1015 Tiverton Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
We provide Early Intervention Services to Infants and Toddlers