A veteran member of the POTS team since 1999, Deborah has over 20 years of pediatric experience in a wide variety of settings including acute care and rehabilitation centers as well as school and home-based environments. Deborah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, and in 1994 she earned a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. In 2015 and 2016 Deb was selected from 3,2000 nominations from parents in New Jersey to receive the New Jersey Family Favorite Kids’ Docs award for her compassion, bedside manner and medical expertise. Go Deb!
Deborah has numerous advanced certifications including the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), Therapeutic Listening, MEDEK. Interactive Metronome (IM), Therapeutic Taping, Toe Walking, SOS Feeding Strategies for the Picky Eater and DIR/Floortime. She has extensive training in Neurodevelopmental (NDT) techniques for children with neuromotor dysfunction. Deborah’s professional activities include publishing an article on pediatric visual perception, teaching hands-on courses in motor development and delivering talks on sensory integration in the classroom, homework strategies, and pediatric pain management to a wide variety of audiences.
“Having an opportunity to work with a child to overcome a personal challenge is rewarding, but making it look like fun and play is what makes being a pediatric occupational therapist so exciting. To see the gleam in the eyes and the glow of a child’s face when he has just connected to another person for the first time, to help facilitate the first steps of a child who has never walked before, and to watch a child feed herself independently or hold her own bottle for the first time gives me the greatest pleasure. It also gives me hope that we now live in a world with limitless possibilities. Any social, sensory, motor, and/or educational challenge can be overcome.”
Deborah’s hobbies and interests include traveling, running, cycling, yoga, Pilates, community involvement, and playing and “chilling” with her children and husband.