Meet Our Team

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Dr. Amy Wheadon

OTD, OTR/L, CPT, Y.E.S.

Occupational Therapist

Certified Personal Trainer

Youth Exercise Specialist

KidSHINE Owner & Founder

Amy is a pediatric occupational therapist who has worked with preschool and elementary aged children for over 20 years.  Amy graduated from Colby College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Child Development, earned a Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in January 2000, and just completed her Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from NEIT in Rhode Island in March 2020.  Amy is a board certified occupational therapist who is licensed in Massachusetts, and she is an AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) member. Amy has worked as a licensed and registered OT in public schools, private schools, client’s homes, and private outpatient clinics.  Over the years, Amy has performed consultations to private schools and parents/ parent groups, has organized and run parent and teacher workshops and has participated in a grant to train kindergarten teachers to re-infuse core strength and developmental foundational skills back into kindergarten curriculums.   Amy has also administered tele-health occupational therapy services to clients overseas. Recently, Amy conducted and completed doctoral level research on measuring the efficacy of the KidSHINE Bootcamp Program that she designed.  Significant results of Amy's research indicated that intense physical exercise, when implemented as part of a specific structured program can improve self regulation in children with sensory processing challenges.

Amy’s extensive clinical experience includes working with children with developmental disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Executive Functioning Disorder, as well as generalized core weakness, upper body and hand weakness, difficulty with balance, poor motor planning, decreased spatial awareness, difficulty with fine motor dexterity, decreased visual motor integration skills, poor perceptual skills, poor organizational skills and difficulty with social skills, peer interaction and structured play skills.  Amy has been trained in and has experience using specific intervention techniques such as brushing protocols, the ALERT Program, the Astronaut Program and Handwriting Without Tears.  Amy also has experience using ILS ( Integrated Listening Systems) and The Listening Program. Amy founded and developed the KidSHINE Boot Camp Program in 2015.  In the past 5 years, Amy has developed a protocol and manual and trained staff therapists on program implementation for different age groups and ability levels in multiple clinics.  Amy is also certified as a personal trainer and youth exercise specialist.  In her spare time, Amy is a distance runner (who has run 5 marathons and multiple shorter distance races) and a strength and conditioning enthusiast.  She has a passion for exercise and understands the importance of fitness, health and staying active as part of daily life.  Amy is also a mother of 3 children, including two "tweens" and one teenager.

Stephanie Bengali

MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Aviva Pruzinsky

MS, OTR/L, CPT, Y.E.S.

Occupational Therapist

Certified Personal Trainer

Youth Exercise Specialist

Brianna Worcester

MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Stephanie has been a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist since 2012. After graduating from Boston University’s Sargent College, she immediately began working in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, where she dedicated herself to assisting individuals with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries to become as functionally independent as possible. Stephanie has also worked both in an elementary school and at an inpatient/outpatient pediatric hospital, helping to create a well-rounded clinical background for working with individuals across the lifespan. Through her work with clients and their families, Stephanie developed her strength in creating holistic plans of care that focus on health and wellness through the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of people’s lives. She values the impact of physical and mental health in her own life through regular yoga, mindfulness meditation, and walking and playing with her energetic puppy. Stephanie has been able to help advance the field of occupational therapy by supervising two Level-II fieldwork students and several Level-I students. She is excited to work with children of all ages and abilities (and their families!), to meet them where they are at, and to develop a creative and motivating plan that will help them achieve and even exceed their goals.

Aviva has been a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist for 6 years, working in a variety of settings, including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinics, and home care. Aviva demonstrates strong clinical experience, including knowledge of medically-based treatment techniques and development of therapeutic exercise programs.  Aviva has a passion for working with children, and is skilled at motivating children to work hard and feel confident by accomplishing “just right challenges”.  Aviva has a Bachelors Degree in psychology (with a minor in Spanish) from Bates College and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, Sargent College, (which specializes in pediatrics). Aviva is an avid runner, (completing 6 marathons) and a sports/ fitness enthusiast.  Aviva is also certified as a personal trainer and youth exercise specialist. In addition to running, Aviva enjoys spending time outside and playing with her two young daughters and young son. Aviva lives with her husband, 3 children, her dog and her cat.  Aviva has a lot of energy and is excited to work with children who participate in kidSHINE programs!

Brianna is a licensed and registered occupational therapist who received her degree at Salem State University in 2018. Brianna received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Fitchburg State University in June 2014. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Brianna worked in a variety of fitness and rehabilitation settings as an exercise specialist. Brianna also trained under a BCBA (Behavior Specialist) and gained extensive experience with using positive behavioral redirection strategies for helping children to achieve goals. Brianna's passion is working with children, and she is skilled at engaging children in play based therapy to build confidence and strength. Brianna loves all things active! She has completed 3 half marathons, a handful of spartan races, and spends her free time hiking with her 2 dogs, or biking with her husband. Brianna is currently training for a full marathon. She is very excited to be a part of the kidSHINE team!

Josie McWhirk

COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Josie is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who received her degree from North Shore Community College in 2019. She completed her Level 1 Fieldwork with Amy at KidSHINE in January 2018 and is excited to be working alongside other therapists who demonstrate and embody the KidSHINE philosophy! Josie also received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Plymouth State University in 2014, and before starting her career as an COTA/L, Josie taught preschool in New Hampshire for four years. She has a strong foundation in working with children of all abilities and and believes that developing a therapeutic plan that incorporates meaningful and purposeful activities will help each client succeed and achieve their goals. Outside of KidSHINE, Josie loves to run; she participates in the Dover Race Series in New Hampshire every year by completing 7 5k's and a 10k. She also has a love for animals and currently has 9 pets which include a husky, two cats, a rabbit, and 5 chickens! Josie is thrilled to be a part of the KidSHINE Family! 

Danielle Wunschel

COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Danielle has been a certified occupational therapy assistant since 2014, after graduating from Bristol Community College.  Danielle previously had worked as a COTA at Kids OT Inc. in Charlton, MA refining her knowledge in sensory integration therapy as well as a developmental approach to learning.  Danielle believes in a positive reinforcement treatment approach. She greatly values the importance of movement play and incorporates this into her treatment sessions as a means to build confidence and control of self in children. Outside of kidSHINE Danielle enjoys rock climbing, running, Spartan Races, hiking, painting and reading. Danielle shares the same core values as kidSHINE and excited to contribute to a great team.

Michelle Gagnon

COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Michelle has been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) since 2013.  Prior to becoming a COTA, Michelle worked as a special education secretary, gaining experience and understanding about the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) process.  Currently, in addition to working at kidSHINE, Michelle also works full time as a COTA in a local public school system, both at the elementary school (pre K- 5th grade) and middle school (6th- 8th grade) level.  Michelle has experience working with children who have strength and fine motor needs and is also skilled in supporting children with ADHD, SPD, ASD, and other diagnoses.  Michelle is passionate about working with children; she strives to use fun and engaging activities to help children achieve success in school, in social situations, and at home, and most importantly, she wants each child she is working with to feel confident and successful.   Michelle has formal training in the Handwriting Without Tears Program and has experience with the ALERT Program and Sensory Integration.  In her free time, Michelle enjoys walking her two golden retrievers, going to Pilates classes, and spending time with her two college age children and her husband. 

Melissa Silva

COTA/L

Melissa has been a certified occupational therapy assistant since 2017, after graduating from North Shore Community College.  Melissa also has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, obtained in 2005.  Melissa worked as a COTA in the Methuen Public School system gaining experience and knowledge working with children with strength and FM needs as well as various diagnoses, including ASD, ADHD, CP and others.  Melissa also worked as a lead teacher in a Montessori style preschool from 2007 - 2014 and taught children's yoga from 2009 - 2014.  Melissa brings with her a passion for meeting children where they are at and offering that just right challenge, noting that empathy and understanding are integral for creating a bond and a base needed for lasting impressions on her clients.  She values exercise and movement for the health of mind and body and enjoys running, hiking, yoga, dancing and any activities that involve moving.

Brittany Greenwood

Fitness Instructor

Occupational Therapist Intern

Brittany is a senior at Endicott College studying Exercise Science, with the goal of becoming an Occupational Therapist after graduation. She is a fitness instructor with experience designing exercise programs for kids and an OT intern who has been training full time under Amy on the KidSHINE Boot Camp program since September 2018. Brittany has experience with personal training and teaching girls empowerment classes at KidSHINE. In her free time, Brittany loves to exercise and go on runs with her dog as well as read some of her favorite books. She is so excited to be a part of the kidSHINE team and believes that working at kidSHINE has confirmed her passion to be a pediatric OT!

Terri Lee

Office Manager

Terri is kidSHINE's office manager, scheduler, insurance specialist, and sanity keeper.  She is a medical billing specialist and certified bookkeeper with over 20 years experience working in medical offices. Terri can answer any questions that current and prospective clients have, and she keeps kidSHINE running smoothly. Terri has a passion for helping families to navigate insurance complexities so that their children can receive all the services they require. In her free time, Terri loves spending time with her daughters, her two grandchildren and her grand fur babies. 

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