Our Occupational Therapists

All of the occupational therapists at Oak Tree Developmental Center specialize in the evaluation and treatment of sensory integration, motor development, fine motor and handwriting skills, visual-motor integration, motor planning and sequencing skills and activities of daily living.   Our OTs collaborate with the child’s family, other therapists and members of the team in order to provide treatment ideas that can be carried over to all areas of the child’s life.  Our goal is to optimize each child’s function based upon your child’s individual needs.

Kathleen Stanton OTR/L

Kathleen has over 20 years of experience and is the co-owner of Oak Tree Developmental Center.  She is an experienced therapist who has worked in a variety of settings, supporting families, educators, and therapists in hospitals, home health, schools and private practice.  Her primary objective is to have each child achieve his or her highest potential, through individual treatment plans, education, and home programming.  Kathleen has extensive experience in sensory integration and motor development. She has taken many courses on sensory processing and development, including DIR, TEACCH, M.O.R.E, NDT treatment, ABLC, Yoga for the Child with Special Needs and Therapeutic Listening.  Kathleen holds a B.A. in Education from Texas Christian University and a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois in Chicago.  She is a certified pediatric specialist and evaluator for Early Intervention in Illinois.

Melissa Melnick, M.S. OTR/L

Melissa graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in Spanish and has a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University. She is a licensed Early Intervention Specialist.  She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses, including sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, genetic disorders, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and many more. Melissa enjoys consulting and collaborating with families, other healthcare professionals, and educators to ensure each child is able to reach their full potential. Families love working with Melissa because she is excellent at recognizing what motivates their individual child to work hard towards achieving their goals.

Jessica Johnson, M.S. OTR/L

Jessica is a pediatric occupational therapist who has over 8 years of experience working with children and their families at Oak Tree Developmental Center.  Jessica enjoys working with all team members to create an individualized treatment plan for each child to foster growth, independence, and successful in various environments.  She has specialized experience in consulting with teachers and support staff on “Education and Classroom Collaboration on Inclusive Practices” in several private schools.  Jessica received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is also a licensed Early Intervention Specialist and a credentialed Early Intervention Evaluator.  Jessica has had additional specialized training in Sensory Integration, Vision Screening, Therapeutic Listening, PECS, Handling/NDT principles, and Yoga for the Child with Special Needs. 

Stephanie Nereppil, M.S. OTR/L

Stephanie is a pediatric occupational therapist who graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Psychology and with a minor in Human Development and Disabilities. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Brenau University in Georgia. Stephanie has experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders, muscular dystrophy, sensory processing disorder, behavioral disorders, visual motor deficits, and many more. She has worked in the school environment and is thrilled to bring her passion of pediatric therapy alive in the clinic. Stephanie enjoys collaborating with other health professionals to bring the best therapeutic fit to children and families in order to increase the child’s strengths.  Children always feel comfortable and welcomed in therapy because of Stephanie’s big smile and warm approach.

Allie Boyan, M.S. OTR/L

Allie graduated from The University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences. She then continued her education at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA where she obtained her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has experience with patients across the lifespan. After working with multiple patient populations, she found her passion to be in the field of pediatrics. She became certified as an Early Intervention Specialist in the state of Illinois and has experience treating clients with sensory processing disorders, Autism, ADHD and many other diagnoses. She strives to put a smile on children’s faces and thoroughly enjoys creating enjoyable treatments for kids to increase their success in all settings.

Sammie Knetsch M.S. OTR/L

Sammie graduated from Florida State University with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science with minors in Child Development and Psychology. She then attained a masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of St Augustine. Sammie has experience working in a variety of settings that include the clinic, schools, and home health. She is certified as an Early intervention Specialist in the state of Illinois and has experience treating children with sensory processing disorders, genetic disorders, Autism, ADHD, and many others. Sammie strives to make every session engaging and considerate of a child’s interests. She believes that children work their hardest and improve outcomes when they are having fun and enjoying therapy!