Kelly Beins is owner & director of OTC and a seasoned therapist with over 20 years of experience in Occupational Therapy. Kelly approaches her work with an intuitive, empathic, and playful style. Her analytical and goal-oriented nature means she is able to help all clients make measurable progress, yet she is warm and personable with a down-to-earth honesty that is appreciated by many parents.
Kelly received her BA in Psychology and her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Kelly received her specialty certification in Sensory Integration in 2005, through USC and Western Psychological Services. She has an extensive clinical background combining OT and sensory integration with behavioral health interventions, having worked in residential and community mental health settings with children and adolescents who have severe emotional disabilities. She has provided school based services for youth with IEP's and has experience in administration, private practice and consulting around use of OT and sensory interventions across the lifespan. Kelly has focused her continuing education in recent years on neuroplasticity as well as interventions for picky eaters and Kelly has presented on various topics related to function at local, state and national levels. Kelly's personal goal with her practice is to continue that ever-changing pursuit of daily life balance as she grows her business and enjoys her life in Frederick, MD with her husband and two daughters.
What Kelly likes most about working at OTC: "I like being able to work closely with parents in their pursuit of supporting their children. I appreciate the independence of private practice and being able to create services that fit best for each individual client. Most of all, there is nothing like that look of joy on a child's face and pride on a parent's face, when a child does something new for the very first time!"
- SIPT certified (2005)
- Integrated Listening System/iLs certified (2012)
- Interactive Metronome/IM & IM-Home Provider (2012)
Erin Kidd, COTA/L graduated from Penn State (2012) and comes to OTC with a range of personal and work experiences with young children. Erin has a special interest in the field of international adoptions, and she has spent summers traveling with her husband, to visit and work in orphanages in Russia. Erin has easily settled into her new role at OTC over this past year and brings much creativity and enthusiasm to her work with clients. Erin has an organized, skillful and engaging approach to her treatment sessions and she excels in communication and establishing rapport with all clients. Erin demonstrates commitment to lifelong learning and professional development, beyond what is needed for licensure, which ensures all her services are current, evidenced-based and grounded in best-practice. Erin recently completed coursework for sensory integration certification through USC and Western Pyschological Services (2014) making her one of few COTA's in the US to have completed what is allowable for OT Assistants in this international certification program. Erin lives with her husband in Hagerstown, MD.
What Erin likes most about working at OTC: "I have uncovered my passion here and I am constantly rewarded by the gains and achievements made by our clients. I have the privilege of watching my supervisor and my co-workers do the work they love and I am constantly learning. Most of all, I love OTC because of our clients. The children and families that we work with make our practice thrive and the parents we come alongside are passionate about making their children more successful and independent in their daily life."
Laura Hillman, OTR/L graduated from Towson University (2010) with a masters of science in Occupational Therapy. Laura also brings with her, a post-baccalaureate in autism studies . Laura is currently pursuing her advanced certification in sensory integration. Laura has worked as a Therapeutic Horseback Riding instructor and has experience in working with children and youth who have behavioral and emotional difficulties. Laura easily adapts her style to suit the needs of each client and demonstrates principles of client-centered practice throughout all of her work. She is resourceful and thinks on her feet and is attentive to the needs of both children and parents. In addition to being a super OT, Laura is married with two young children and lives in Westminster, MD.
What Laura likes most about working at OTC: "I welcome the opportunity to work with a practice that so honors the best practice approach to a career I feel very passionate about. I value the mind-body connection and strive to uphold that conviction through personal and professional approaches."
Melissa Ward (www.melissawardcounselingservices.com) is a Maryland-licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), and a National Cerified Counselor (NCC), who works with children, adolescents, adults and families. She focuses on creating a unique therapeutic environement for each client that not only addresses challenges, but explores possibilities. Since each client is unique, she offers both a traditional counseling experience, as well as brief, strategic consultation. Counseling sessions often focus on communication, reducing anxiety, easing transitions, improving relationships and coping skills. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University in Communications and a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from McDaniel College. In the past, she has worked as a social worker and as a community relations manager for National MS Society's Maryland Chapter.
What Melissa likes most about working at OTC: “When working with OTC families, I am often moved by their level of motivation and care trying to help their children succeed. Watching families overcome obstacles, improve communication, and enhance their overall quality of life is truly amazing.”