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Jessie Simkins, MOT
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Jessie Simkins, MOT

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...

Karen Bailey, MS, OTR/L
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Karen Bailey, MS, OTR/L

Karen received her first Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and continued her education at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, earning a second Bachelor’s in Occupational Sciences and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with kids of all ages in a variety of settings, including a clinic setting, school-based setting...

Rachel Rozen, MS, OTR/L
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Rachel Rozen, MS, OTR/L

Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She has experience working with kids of all ages in schools and medical settings, with a focus in pediatric outpatient clinics. Rachel takes a special interest in...

Kathy Flentge, OTR/L
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Kathy Flentge, OTR/L

Kathy holds a Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development from Profectum as well as an intermediate DIR certificate from ICDL. As a senior therapist, Kathy enjoys opportunities to work with children and families, educate others, supervise colleagues, and create new programs. She is passionate about teaching and guiding others to hone...

Katie Crosby, MS, OTR/L
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Katie Crosby, MS, OTR/L

As operations manger, Katie oversees the big picture of clinic processes. After graduating from University of Michigan and developing a logistics career, Katie started at AZ+A and confirmed her niche in the OT world to support kids and families to live their potential. As occupational therapist, Katie has experience from infants to young adults in pediatric...

Amy Zier, MS, OTR/L, PhD
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Amy Zier, MS, OTR/L, PhD

Amy started Amy Zier & Associates, Inc. in 1997 in response to the limitations of traditional therapy settings and her desire to provide innovative, quality occupational therapy to children and families. Amy’s vision of unique spaces, coupled with the highest quality therapist training, and the advantages of employing therapists passionate about their role in supporting...