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, 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 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. 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. Lactaton support is available to trouble shoot issues with nursing infants and their mothers.
STACY FOY, M Ed, TVI
Stacy has been an educator in the classroom and Early Intervention for 17 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 14 years.
EMMA GROFF, SI
Emma Groff, SI joins Sovia Therapy, LLC from the daycare population of early intervention. She has been a lead daycare teacher and conducted assessments and observations of young children. Emma has also functioned as an assistant preschool teacher creating a child friendly environment and interfacing with parents. She is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College and Central Penn College.
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 and outpatient clinic pediatric populations since 2011. Amber has experience with aquatics, and has expertise in torticollis management.
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 36 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. Kimberly has advanced training in many areas related to pediatric physical therapy and provides guidance and leadership to other staff therapists.
CHARLOTTE RHOADS, COTA/L, SI
Charlotte has her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She also has an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant. Charlotte has experience as a caretaker for children with special needs as well as hippotherapy. She has spent time abroad assisting in the care of children who are orphaned and also have special needs.
MISSY NEELY, OTR/L
Missy has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 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 is excited to return to working with families in the Early Intervention.
KIM BARBETTA, PT
Kim has over 18 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 in New York State, working with children birth to 3 years old. She has specialized in NDT (neurodevelopmental treatment) and is a certified kinesio taping clinician. 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 15 years of experience as an occupational therapist working primarily in pediatric practice. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education and has spent several years as a special education teacher working with children that have moderate to severe autism. Leanne enjoys working with children, families, and school systems to improve function and quality of life for children. She has extensive training in applied behavior analysis, and is certified in the use Interactive Metronome. In addition to practice, Leanne also serves as OT faculty at Messiah College.
MELISSA ROBERTS, MOT, OTR/L
Melissa has 17 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist working primarily in pediatric practice. Her master’s degree is from St. Francis University in Loretto, PA. Melissa has worked with both preschool and school aged children with a variety of diverse special needs. She enjoys collaboration with the educational team in working toward child and family goals. She is working on completing her CLM (Competent Learner Model) certification.
CAROL SIPE, SI, CIMI
Carol has a degree in Early Childhood Education with over 30 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. More recently, she fulfilled the role of case manager at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, in PA. Charlotte has completed trainings in developing functional behavior analyses 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.
CARISSA THROCKMORTON, MS, CCC-SLP
Carissa has been a speech language pathologist since 2018. She has worked primarily in the Early Intervention realm providing school based services and home based interventions. Carissa’s background includes performing evaluation and treatment for a wide variety of pediatric clients and providing close collaboration with parents, caregivers and family to make recommendations appropriate for each individualized setting. Carissa is currently working on her doctorate research and degree in long term care, and will be excited to expand her time and services to Early Intervention in the fall of 2020.
*** Carissa is not current with Sovia Therapy quite yet.****
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.
SOPHIE RICE, THERAPY AIDE
Sophie is currently a junior at Saint Francis University majoring in biology with a pre-medicine concentration and plans on continuing on to become a Physician Assistant. She is a member of SFU Division I Women's Volleyball team and has participated in many volunteer activities through Early Intervention and Special Olympics in the past. Sophie has over 5 years of experience in child care and is excited to take on her role as a Therapy Aide for Sovia Therapy. She is also functioning as a Medical Scribe during therapy sessions. Sophie has a special interest in working with indivduals with hearing loss, and is available to staff at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf both as a Therapy Aide and Assistant for staff working with children that are deaf and hard of hearing.
Sovia Therapy, LLC
1015 Tiverton Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
We provide Early Intervention Services to Infants and Toddlers