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Paulina Pei, MS, OTR/L
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Paulina Pei, MS, OTR/L

Paulina received her Bachelor of Science degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Paulina’s training and experience in the DIR/Floortime model began internationally at AZ+A’s sister clinic in Naples, Italy, and continued in Chicago as a student leading summer camp...

Kasey Kotsiris, MS, OTR/L
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Kasey Kotsiris, MS, OTR/L

Kasey received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carthage College and received her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University.  As an occupational therapist, Kasey has experience working in early intervention, acute rehabilitation, and hospital settings. Through her personal experiences growing up with a sister with developmental differences, Kasey has developed a...

Sam Conrad
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Sam Conrad

Samantha is a third-year Occupational Therapy student at Rush University and is thrilled to join Amy Zier + Associates for her fieldwork experience this fall! Sam grew up in Singapore, where she was able to travel across Southeast Asia and Africa with various immersion and volunteer service groups. She then completed her undergraduate career at...

Karen Dilfer, MS, OTR/L
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Karen Dilfer, MS, OTR/L

Karen has a bachelor of science degree from Calvin College and a masters of science degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is Neurodevelopmental  Treatment (NDT) trained and has also completed post-graduate education in Sensory Integration. Karen has worked with Marsha Dunn Klein, MEd, OTR/L, a leading expert in the field of pediatric feeding...

Emily Garcia, OTD OTR/L
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Emily Garcia, OTD OTR/L

Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University and her doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University. Having the opportunity to work internationally with Amy Zier & Associates in Italy to learn more about the DIR model, her passion and desire to work with children grew. Emily says that “being able to return to...

Jessie Simkins, OTR/L
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Jessie Simkins, OTR/L

Jessie is thrilled to return to Amy Zier + Associates as an Occupational Therapist after spending three months learning from this group of talented therapists last summer! After graduating from the Master of Occupational Therapy program at Elmhurst College, she spent time backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Australia before rejoining the AZ+A team. Last year Jessie...

Sophia Mendoza OTR/L
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Sophia Mendoza OTR/L

Sophia received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Gender Studies from Grinnell College, and later continued her education to pursue her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the interim, Sophia completed a three year Waldorf Teacher Program, and was both an assistant and then lead kindergarten teacher in a Waldorf...

Hayley Younkin, OTR/L
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Hayley Younkin, OTR/L

Hayley graduated for the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA with a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree. She has been working closely with kids birth to 18 and their families in a variety of contexts and capacities for the past 9 years. She uses a relationship-based approach to target emotional regulation, executive functioning,...

Vasilios Niphoratos, MOT, OTR/L
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Vasilios Niphoratos, MOT, OTR/L

Vasilios received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and received his Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Wayne State in Detroit. He has experience working with children of a variety of ages and settings, including schools, outpatient clinics, and traumatic brain injury centers. Vasilios values developing strong relationships...

Emma Fricke, MS, OTR/L
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Emma Fricke, MS, OTR/L

Emma graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison and received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Rush University. In addition to working at AZA Chicago, Emma has experience with private practice and school settings in Rome and Naples, Italy. She has been working with kids with developmental differences in the home, school, and outpatient...

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