Lena Thoresen, OTR/L
Lena graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 20 years of experience in her field and has a strong desire to help people and work with “difficult and challenging therapy situations.” Lena has worked with many medically fragile children, premature babies, and a variety of families with a multitude of challenges. One of her specialties is working with babies who are diagnosed with Torticollis. She has attended specialized courses in FloorTime, Hippotherapy, Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, Neuro-Developmental Therapy and Aggression Control Training (ACT) among many other classes. Lena is originally from Norway, speaks fluent Norwegian as well as brings a unique perspective into multicultural living. Lena believes it takes as many adults as possible to help love and raise children. “Parents need all the support they can get, as well as children can never have too many people who love them and look out for them”. Lena enjoys spending time with friends/family, running, volunteering and traveling.
Megan Halliday, M.S., OTR/L
Megan is the Director of Therapy at Children’s Therapy Solutions, Inc. She obtained her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University. Her love for children and helping families brought her into this field. Megan has been with CTS since 2008 and has extensive experience in Sensory Processing Disorders, Handwriting Without Tears and academic based therapies, and feeding therapy utilizing the S.O.S. Feeding Approach. She also has training in the Alert Program for self-regulation, FloorTime, and Brain Gym. Megan connects with families and individualizes treatment to meet the family’s needs. One of her specialties is problem solving difficult situations to create practical solutions to apply in the home setting to maximize progress. Megan enjoys anything outdoors, volunteering with Junior League of Manatee County and other non-profits, spending time with family and friends, traveling, music, and watching sports (Go Rays!).
Lorin Newingham, OTR/L
Lorin graduated with her degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University. She was brought into the field 12 years ago by her love for children and helping others. Her patience, kindness, and flexibility make her the great therapist she is. Lorin specializes in providing quality and skilled therapy for medically fragile children with various diagnoses. She has attended specialized courses in FloorTime, Therapeutic listening, Behavioral Tools, Myofascial Release (MFRI), Brain Gym, Vestibular (Astronaut) training, Pediatric Kinesiotaping, Pediatric Feeding (The Big Picture), and Yoga for Special Needs. Lorin likes to play kickball, rollerblade, go on mission trips, volunteer in the community, and go to the beach as an Anna Maria local.
Elizabeth Reinbolt, M.S. OTR/L
Elizabeth graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She was introduced to the field when her brother, who has autism, received Occupational Therapy at Children’s Therapy Solutions. Elizabeth then spent several years working with children with special needs prior to becoming an OT. Elizabeth is trained in PCM and her strengths are working with children with severe autism, medically fragile, cerebral palsy, and sensory difficulties. She oftentimes helps parents understand floor time play to help children engage with others and play more appropriately. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and shopping.
Cara Jackson, MOT, OTR/L
Cara graduated from Colorado State University with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016. She was originally drawn to the field of occupational therapy through volunteering at a summer camp working with children and teenagers with disabilities. Cara has been working at CTS since 2016 and specializes in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding approach with specialty training for a child on the Autism Spectrum. Additionally, she is certified in CAN-EAT Approach which utilizes medical, motor, and behavioral strategies with pediatric feeding disorders. She is a creative and fun therapist that enjoys working with a variety of clients and has a passion for working with teenagers. Cara has lived in Bradenton for most of her life and is a very active person who loves skim boarding, working out, sports, and spending time with her family.
Heather Carpenter, MOT, OTR/L
Heather graduated from Adventist University of Health Sciences with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016. She was drawn to the field of occupational therapy from her passion for working to improve the lives of children with disabilities. Heather is a kind and compassionate therapist that believes family centered care is a key component of therapy and enjoys incorporating families into her session. Heather has been working for CTS since 2017 and specializes in the Beckman Oral Motor protocol which focuses on interventions to increase functional response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movement for the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue. She has a passion for early intervention and has taken a variety of specialized course to meet the needs of this population including Treating Torticollis, Evidence-Based Kinesiology Taping for Pediatrics, Essential Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Pediatric Orthopedic Dysfunction. Heather was born and raised in Florida, during her free time she loves going to the beach, boating, spending time with her family, friends, and two adorable dogs.
Juan Nieto-Quinterio, COTA
Juan Nieto-Quinterio is a COTA with 3 years experience working with the pediatric population. He grew up in Venezuela and is a bilingual Spanish-English speaking therapist. Juan graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is completing training in the Handwriting Without Tears program and will soon be a certified HWT specialist. Juan joined the OT field after discussing career options with his sister who is a Speech Language Pathologist. After she told him about Occupational Therapy he went into the field and found out he loved working with kids and making a difference in their lives. His strength in addition to assisting with handwriting is making progress with intense behaviors. In his free time he plays soccer, tennis, guitar, and enjoys traveling!
Eleonora Salustri, MOT, OTR/L
Eleonora graduated from Barry University with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2017. She was drawn to the field of occupational therapy through her volunteer experiences at a variety of pediatric sites. Eleonora is a creative and compassionate therapist who uses her strengths to aid children in reaching their fullest potentials. Eleonora was born in Rome, Italy and is fluent in Italian. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, and exercising.
Danielle Slaughter, COTA/L
Danielle graduated from Keiser University with her Associates of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2014. She was drawn to the field of occupational therapy to make a positive impact on children’s lives. Danielle is a fun and driven therapist who strives to make’s her children as independent as possible. Danielle has 2 1/2 years of experience working with children in home health and the outpatient setting. She has attended specialized courses for Handwriting Without Tears. In her free time, Danielle enjoys playing tennis and going to the beach with friends and family.
Emily Spencer, MOT, OTR/L
Emily graduated from Adventist University of Health Sciences with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2017. She was drawn to the field of occupational therapy after working with children with disabilities in an ABA clinic. Emily is a joyful and compassionate therapist who loves to be a part of children’s journey towards independence. Emily has previous experience working with children as an occupational therapy aid, registered behavioral therapist, and a gymnastics coach. During her free time, Emily loves painting, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Carolina Gonzalez, MOT, OTR/L
Carolina is a bilingual Spanish speaking occupational therapist. She graduated from the University of Florida with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2017. Carolina was drawn to the field of occupational therapy to improve the lives of children through a holistic approach. Carolina is a patient and motivated therapist who uses her versatile skills to guide children as they become more independent. Carolina was born in New York and grew up in Miami, Florida. In her free time Carolina enjoys dancing, cooking, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
Barbara Farnsworth, COTA/L
Amanda C, M.S., OTR/L
Amanda graduated with her Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She had a desire to help others which led her to Occupational Therapy. She has completed continuing education courses in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Myofascial release, and other behavioral interventions. She feels her strengths in her field are in working with children with Autism, children with multiple disabilities (CP, seizure disorders, and visually impaired). Amanda and her husband are foster parents and enjoy serving the community in this way. In her spare time she plays with her children, participates in church activities, and serves with non-profit organizations
Jennifer Gunn, M.S. OTR/L
Jen grew up in Bradenton, FL where she lives with her husband and their three dogs. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University. She first learned about occupational therapy while working as a vocational counselor at a residential school for students with brain injuries in Boston, MA. She has attended specialized courses in Interactive Metronome, Burn Care, Splinting, and Low Vision Rehabilitation. Jen’s experience in the field includes outpatient pediatric and adult clinics, work in the school system from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, acute care, and inpatient rehabilitation. Taking a holistic approach to therapy, Jen enjoys meeting children where they are while focusing on functional skills, independence, and community inclusion. She loves to read, spend time with her family, travel, volunteer with Young Life, and take her dogs to the park.