Our Therapists

Karen Harradine, OT/L

Lead Occupational Therapist

I grew up in Upstate New York and received my BS in Biology from Plattsburgh State University.  I learned about Occupational Therapy through volunteer work and  I realized this was the field where I could combine science with creativity and the ability to contribute to the lives of others.  I went back to college and received my BS in Occupational Therapy from Keuka College in 1997.

I moved to Wilmington that year and feel grateful to live in such a beautiful and opportune area. I have worked with OT Solutions since 2007 and am proud to be a part of such a talented, caring team of Therapists.  I have two teenage boys and we enjoy doing all kinds of outdoor activities that take advantage of this beautiful coastal region.

My favorite quote: “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things”- Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

SUSAN COFFEY CYPHER M.S., CCC-SLP

LEAD SPEECH THERAPIST

Originally from Barrington, RI, I have been a resident of Wilmington and now Leland for nearly 20 years. I graduated from University of Rhode Island in 1996 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  I have always worked in Pediatrics and have a special interest in working with children on the Autism Spectrum.  I feel fortunate to work for a company that values all families and children and provides an atmosphere of teamwork in providing the most specialized care in the area.  I strive not to get children to relate “typically”, but to enter their world and create a bond that encourages communication across settings.

I am trained in DIR/Floortime, The Hanen Program, TEACCH model, Picture Exchange Communication, Apraxia treatment programs, auditory processing as well as sign language. I have been married to my husband Chris for 10 years and enjoy traveling, camping and spending time with our 4 grown children and 5 grand babies. I love outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping and kayaking!

 

LAUREL ALMONTE, OTR/L

I am a North Carolina native and have lived in Wilmington for several years. I discovered the OT profession and my passion for it while studying at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Following graduation, I pursued a degree in occupational therapy and graduated in 2013.

I have been a practicing Therapist with OT Solutions . since March of 2014-serving home, clinic, and school settings. Special Practice Areas Include:Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorders, Epilepsy and Functional Vision Deficits.

I have specialized pediatric training in: Interactive Metronome, Sensory Integration, Hand Writing Without Tears and SOS Approach to Feeding. My hobbies include: traveling, learning new things, outdoor adventures, spending time with family and her beloved dog Cooper. Something interesting about me: I have traveled to 14 different countries and counting.

 

 

 

 

 

MARIA CILLO, M.S, CCC-SLP

I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) and bilingually trained Speech-Language Pathologist, originally from Dunmore, PA. My Bachelor of Science degree is from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology and completed extensive coursework in Spanish Language. I studied abroad in Spain during my undergraduate career, and discovered my love for traveling and learning about/working with individuals from a variety of cultures during my time there. I earned my Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX.  At TCU, I was trained in the non-biased assessment and treatment for culturally and linguistically diverse populations, while participating in the Emphasis in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Master’s program track.

My clinical experiences have been working with monolingual and bilingual pediatric through geriatric populations in the school, private clinic, skilled nursing, and medical settings.   I have specific training in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), the Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism (ESDM), and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2).

 

 

JENNIFER DAVIS-KUTNYAK

I was born and raised in WI and attend the beautiful Concordia University campus which I graduated in 1998 with honors in Occupational Therapy.  Throughout my career I have been able to experience many different cultures and lifestyles by living and working in many different areas and states.

Recently, North Carolina has been calling to my heart and I have just recently moved to the Wilmington area, which my children call Paradise.  I am a mother of 3 wonderful children, and my middle child has autism.  I find this a blessing, for I can collaboratewith my son and come up with lots of ideas for my therapy sessions, and provide parents with education and community services I have found and also learn from other parents.

I advanced my education and training combining both passions of Occupational Therapy and equines and became one of approximately 85 therapists world wide to achieve my HPCS (Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist).  You’ll find my family and I either riding our horse Tonto, outside playing or playing with our dogs.

I have experience in many different areas of Occupational Therapy such as Early Intervention, Autism, school related concerns, Sensory Processing and Integration Dysfunction, and CP, just to name a few.  I have had many years of experience with providing varies strategies and incorporating various platforms in sessions such as virtual therapy, equines, NDT, Therapeutic Listening, and Handwriting Without Tears, just to name a few.

COURTNEY DICKINSON, OTR/L

Hi! I am Courtney and I have been at OT Solutions since 2010 when my family and I moved from the Chapel Hill area. I have 2 energetic boys of my own and I love spending free time with them and my husband.

We enjoy being outside, going for walks, shopping and being at the beach! I have been a pediatric OT since 2002 and have worked in clinic/outpatient, home health and school-based settings. I have a special interest in working with children on the autism spectrum as one of my own children has autism. I have had a lot of extra training in sensory integration and I am SIPT certified. I have also taken the SOS feeding course and several other child development courses over the years.

One of many great quotes by Dr. Seuss: “Don’t give up. I believe in you all. A person’s a person no matter how small.” I believe in children, parents and therapists and that together we can all make a difference!

 

MADISON FOULKE

Hi everyone! I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with my Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science and earned my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University.

I have lived in the Clayton, NC area for most of my life. My family and I have always loved the beach and I am super excited to have just relocated to Wilmington with my younger sister. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going on walks with my dog Layla, and traveling. I have always had a passion for pediatrics and am looking forward to helping patients meet their goals and achieve new milestones.

 

 

 

MEREDITH GALLAGHER, COTA/L

I grew up in both Connecticut and New Jersey, and graduated from JMU in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Since then, I moved to Wilmington and received my Associates in Applied Science from CFCC’s OTA Program in 2020, and have been at the Leland clinic since. Throughout college, I’ve always had a special interest in childhood development, sensory integration, mental health advocacy, and working with children on the autism spectrum. I am very happy to be part of the OT Solutions team and contribute to their vision of creating unique, meaningful change in the lives of each child and their families.

In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with my family, reading a good book, traveling, expanding my OT knowledge, and being creative through art and poetry!

One of my favorite quotes: “We are stories still going” ~Jamie Tworkowski, Founder of TWLOHA

 

LILA JACOBS, M.S., CCC-SLP

I received my Bachelors from the College of William and Mary and a Masters in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Virginia. After many years working with children in the Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia areas, I am happy to have settled in Wilmington, N.C.

I have experience with specific programs such as SOS Feeding, Sensory/Motor Approach for Feeding, and Oral Placement Therapy. I have a special interest in working with children with oral motor/sensory issues, apraxia, and feeding impairments.

I am always up for a day on the beach with my husband Brad, walks with my sweet dog Barney, and frequent phone calls and visits with my two grown daughters.

 

 

 

 

JENIFER HOLMES, OT/L

I am originally from Southern California and moved to the Wilmington area in the beginning of 2008. I joined OT Solutions in July 2008 and have serviced clients in the clinic and pre-school setting. I graduated from Loma Linda University in 1999 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and have worked in pediatrics since graduating.

My special interests include: Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders, CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia) related issues, early intervention. I have special pediatric training in: : Sensory Processing, Interactive Metronome Certification, Handwriting Without Tears, Oral Motor Therapy, extensive autism training, and motor learning

“they are precious in his sight”

BRIANE RACE, COTA/L

Bri is originally from Pennsylvania. She moved to San Diego, California after  graduating from Penn State University. It was there, while working at a school  for children with autism, she discovered the profession of OT.  

After moving to Wilmington, she then attended the OTA program at Cape Fear  Community College graduating in May 2011. She joined OT Solutions in  October 2011. She has spent over ten years providing therapy in home, clinic,  and specializing in school-based therapy.  

Special practice interests include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory processing disorders,  and Developmental Delays  

She has specialized pediatric training in: Sensory Processing, and Handwriting Without Tears  

Her hobbies include: Traveling with her husband, hiking, biking, dancing, reading, writing,  listening to music, going to the beach, playing with her 3 fur babies, 2 children, and spending  time with friends and family. 

 

ERIN REED, SLPA

I am originally from Northern Virginia however I grew up in Dallas, Georgia. I have moved around quite a bit. I am the youngest of three girls. I Graduated from Radford University in 2015 with my Bachelors in COSD. Since graduating I have been working with children and adults with special needs and disabilities. I have always had such a passion for working with children. I have had lots of experience specifically working with kids and adults that have autism. I could not be more excited to be a part of OT Solutions.

In my free time I love to do anything that involves being outside. I specifically really enjoy bike riding, the gym, hiking, and reading poetry. I also, love taking my two very cute and gigantic dogs to the dog park. I am also a very high family oriented person so love spending time with family and friends. I am very excited to keep expanding my knowledge on Speech Therapy to be the best therapist that I can be.

 

 

 

CRYSTAL POWELL

General Manager

I am originally from Wilmington, NC. and now live in Supply, NC with my husband William, and son Garrett. I graduated from UNC – Wilmington in 2002 with a B.S. in Social Work. As a social worker, I gained valuable work experience with our local pediatric community through the school systems, then through my direct work with at-risk youth in residential group homes.

I joined OT Solutions in 2003 and now lead the team as the General Manager, overseeing day to day operations, client and staff needs, and serving as a community liaison. My goal is to respond to the needs of our community by providing our patients and their families with innovative, effective occupational and speech therapy services that result in superior customer satisfaction!

 

KRISTY CONNORS

 Billing Manager

I am originally from Queens, NY and moved to Kure Beach, NC in March of 2020.  I have 2 children Patrick 18 and Madison 13.  I have worked in the Medical Field for 18 years as a CNA, Medical Assistant and Biller.  I started with OT Solutions in January of 2021 and I am extremely excited to be part of such and amazing team!!

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