Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! prides itself in the quality of our staff. We recruit the best possible candidates who are professionally trained and skilled in engaging children in the therapeutic process. Then, we provide extensive supervision and mentoring to further develop the skills of our therapists. All clinical staff members have degrees in occupational therapy, have passed a national exam and are licensed in California to provide occupational therapy.
The majority of the staff at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! is certified or in the process of obtaining certification in the evaluation and treatment of sensory processing disorders. Therapists may have other additional training in feeding/swallowing issues, neurodevelopmental treatment, auditory interventions (e.g. therapeutic listening); fine motor issues (e.g. handwriting programs) and other techniques. We train interns and provide advanced training in sensory integration intervention for international occupational therapists.
About the Directors:
The owners of Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! are Sena Felt and Sahana Baker-Malone.
Sena Felt, O.T.R./L
Sena Felt received her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. Sena has been practicing occupational therapy since 2001 and has been at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! since 2008. She previously worked in acute care and school based settings, as well as a multi-disciplinary pediatric facility. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and is trained in several forms of therapeutic listening including iLS, The Listening Program, and Therapeutic Listening.
Sena is originally from Wisconsin and most of her immediate family still lives there. She has 3 children, 2 dogs, and a cat. Prior to moving to California nine years ago, Sena’s family had the pleasure of spending 12 years moving around the US and overseas as a military family. Their most distant travels took the family to Cairo, Egypt where she practiced pediatric OT and learned about Egyptian culture.
When she’s not at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY!, Sena enjoys traveling, hiking, going to the beach, girl’s nights out, running, boot camp, horseback riding, and playing volleyball.
Sahana Baker-Malone, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Sahana Baker-Malone majored in Psychology at Scripps College in Claremont, California before receiving an MA in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. Sahana has been practicing occupational therapy since 2003 and has been at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY! since 2004. Sahana previously worked in the only hospital on Maui, helping patients in acute and rehabilitation care, hand splinting, and performing modified barium swallow studies. Sahana has advanced certifications in the SIPT, swallowing and feeding, Therapeutic Listening, and the Masgutova Method.
Sahana grew up and homeschooled in rural Maui, Hawaii. When she’s not at Development Is CHILD’S PLAY!, Sahana plays competitive roller derby with the Peninsula Roller Girls and spends time with her husband Joe, their three children snowboarding, traveling and being adventurous.
Our clinical therapy staff currently includes:
- Jenni Adelman, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Jenni Adelman, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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- Sahana Baker-Malone, M.A., O.T.R./L.
- Kerry Bunger, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Kerry Bunger, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Kerry is one of our most animated and enthusiastic therapists, and her families love her for it. Kerry has been a therapist at DICP for over 10 years. She is our resident baker and loves celebrating any and all holidays. We are lucky to have Kerry with her positive energy and chocolate goodies as a member of our DICP family!
Education: Kerry attended the University of California, Davis where she completed her BS in Physiology. She then received an MA in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. Kerry has been a practicing therapist for 11 and a half years, and has been with DICP for 11 years. Kerry is SIPT certified and is our Volunteer Coordinator.
Kerry was born and raised in San Jose, CA, where she still resides. She and her boyfriend George have bake-offs while watching sports. Her furry child (cat), Romi covers her with white fur and kisses. Our remarkable Kerry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is celebrating her 11 year Stem Cell Transplant anniversary (2/15/07) as a survivor. She is also an auntie who spoils her adorable niece and nephew.
Kerry is a lover of USC Football (Fight On!), baker of all things sweet, especially chocolate, and has recently become addicted to her InstaPot. She loves to travel all over, and even went to Ethiopia to provide OT in orphanages, but her heart yearns for a return visit to County Kerry, Ireland, which she was named for.
"I became a pediatric occupational therapist because of my older sister, Tara B. Tara reacted to her DPT shot in April of 1973 when she was 3 months old. She has right sided hemiparesis, cortical blindness, and has seizures due to her injury. Tara now walks with a brace on her right foot and cannot open her right hand, but none of that stops Tara from singing her heart out to KBAY, while she rocks for hours in her glider chair asking for me to make her "brownies." Her all-time favorite is Christmas music, which is why we had to purchase her a 50 CD changer to hold all her Christmas CDs. I used to attend Tara's therapy sessions where I watched these amazing people who would help my sister to stand and walk and use her hands, all while playing! I was amazed at how easy it looked, so I would go home and try to copy what they did in their sessions to help my sister. I knew then and there what I wanted to do for my career! Having been the younger sister of a person with special needs, I know the family side of OT. I know the special needs child changes the family dynamic because even though Tara is my older sister, I will always help to care for her, even if that means listening to Christmas music in July. "
- Sena Felt, O.T.R./L.
- Joy Ho, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Joy Ho, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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- Hana Ju, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Hana Ju, M.A., O.T.R./L.
Development is Child's Play scored big when Hana decided to come work with us! We love Hana, and we know her DICP families do too. Hana immediately clicked into place at DICP, and she has been sharing her wisdom (OT and otherwise) with us since then. If one of us has a question or needs something, Hana knows someone who can help. She makes connections wherever she goes, and we're lucky she connected with us!
Hana received her undergraduate degree from UCLA with a BS in Psychology. She received her MA in Occupational Therapy from USC. Hana has been a practicing OT for almost 14 years, and has been at DICP for six years! Hana has worked in many settings and along the way has been trained in Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening System, SOS approach to feeding, DIR/Floortime, and the Beckman oral-motor protocol.
"I always wanted to be in a 'helping' profession, and I always knew I wanted to work with kids, so when I first heard about OT my Junior year of college, I knew right away that's what I wanted to do! I love that as an OT not only can I directly work with a child and help them be more independent, successful and happy, but I can also work with and get to know the parents and other family members and help to enrich their lives as well. For over 8 years of my OT career I worked in non-public schools for children with moderate to severe autism in the bay area and New York City. And although I am so grateful for the experiences I got in those settings, professionals I learned from, and children I worked with, there is something very special about the ladies and culture of DICP that I have never had in a work setting before. It is very rare that you enjoy working with each and every person and everyone is there to help, support and sacrifice for one another....so I feel extremely blessed to call DICP my work home."
- Catherine O’Sullivan, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Catherine O’Sullivan, M.S., O.T.R./L.
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- Jill Painter, M.S., O.T.R/L.
Jill Painter, M.S., O.T.R/L.
Jill is one the Development is Child's Play's "home grown" occupational therapists. She started at DICP as a volunteer in 2005, and was later hired as an OT Aide, and then began work as an OT here in 2008.
Jill received her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University with a major in Theatre and Dance, and a minor in English Literature in addition to studying classical voice. She received her MS in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in 2008. Jill is interested in neuro-anatomy and holistic nutrition, specifically the gut/brain connection and the influence it has on behavior. She has completed continuing education in various areas including Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, Benbow handwriting, neurology, feeding, and behavioral issues.
Jill was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up in California. She and her husband, Al, are always busy with their two children, Lilly and Jeremy. The family loves to do day trips around the area (especially if they can take the train!) and enjoys exercising and hiking. Jill continues to study voice even though her kids are always yelling at her to stop singing.
Jill says: "The first time I saw an OT clinic was when I first walked through the doors of DICP and saw a therapist playing with a child on the whale swing. After working in both hi-tech and non-profits for about five years, I immediately knew that this was the new career I wanted. My favorite thing about being an OT is helping kids participate more fully in their lives - from being able to attend a birthday party without being overwhelmed, to having the confidence to ride a bike, or play with other kids at the park. I also love it when I get to play on the swings with the kids! DICP is an incredibly special place because of the amazing women who work here. Each one of them inspires me with their knowledge and dedication to this job. I also can't imagine any other group of co-workers has as much fun or laughs like we do on our nights out!"
- Karen Swinehart, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Karen Swinehart, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Karen received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis with a BS in Human Development and a minor in Psychology. Karen has worked as a therapist at Development is Child's Play since graduating from San Jose State with a Master's in Occupational Therapy in 2007. Karen is trained in Therapeutic Listening, The Astronaut Training Protocol, Social Thinking, The S.O.S. feeding approach, Handwriting Without Tears, has completed two SIPT Courses, and has taken multiple courses in Sensory Integration through TheraPeeds. Karen is the clinical fieldwork supervisor for OT students and interns, and is the editor of our newsletter, the DICP Digest.
"I have always been drawn to working with children. I was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons through high school and college, and studied child development and research at the university preschool. After college, and during the tech boom, I was offered a job at Sun Microsystems and spent six years working in HR. I realized, after a few years and too many long meetings, that it was time to make a career change and get back to my roots. I looked into pediatric physical therapy as a career, and was easily convinced to become an occupational therapist after talking with an OT friend. I took classes at night and volunteered at DICP after work until I was accepted to the OT program at SJSU."
- Jaime Yoshino, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Jaime Yoshino, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Please meet Jaime Yoshino. We love Jaime's energy, humor and breadth of experience and she brought us chocolate so she knows her way into our hearts!
Education: Jaime attended Pacific University in Oregon where she completed an accelerated program that overlapped her senior year of undergrad with the first year of OT school. She has a degree in Human Occupation and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Jaime has been a practicing OT for five years and before coming to DICP worked at a Rehabilitation Hospital specializing in brain injury and other neurological diagnoses. Jaime has certifications for Physical Agent Modalities and Manual Edema Management. She is trained in Visual Processing Deficits in Acquired Brain Injury and took courses for evaluation and treatment with Neurodegenerative and Demyelinating Disease. At the rehab hospital Jaime started a Therapeutic Gardening program that she was very excited about. They would use the food they grew to do healthy eating cooking groups. Jaime also volunteered with Access Surf Hawaii, which is a non-profit organization aimed toward providing opportunities for kids and adults with disabilities to participate in ocean sports and surfing.
Jaime was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She went to college and lived in Portland, OR for about six years, before returning home to Hawaii. Jaime married her high school sweetheart three years ago and followed him to the San Jose area about six months ago. Jaime's husband is a medical resident at Stanford for Family Medicine. They love to surf, hike, camp, skateboard, swim and snorkel and LOVE all dogs. They don't have any children (human or dog), but hope to adopt a pup soon! When she isn't surfing and coveting puppies, Jaime loves to crochet, watch movies and eat!
Jaime says: "I am so excited to be a part of the DICP family! I have been working with children since I was a child! My mother was a Special Education Teacher for the Department of Education for over 30 years and I have been helping in her classroom since I was young. I also worked as an Educational Assistant in a special education classroom while in college. So I always knew that I would end up working with kids! After graduating from OT school, I worked for the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific because I received a scholarship requiring 1-2 years of work after graduation. Due to the high cost of living in Hawaii and needing to support my husband through medical school, I stayed with RHOP for 5 years. But now that my husband is in Residency, I can finally follow my dream of working with children!
I have loved every minute of working at DICP! Everyone is so caring and helpful and I am so lucky to be surrounded by such a great group of amazing therapists that are so passionate about OT and their clients! I also love all the resources and equipment DICP has available to the therapists and clients. Every day I found something new and fun in the clinic and the possibilities are endless! I look forward to learning and growing with the kids and being a part of an amazing team!".
- Laurie Ferrell, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Laurie Ferrell, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Please meet Laurie Ferrell. Laurie has years of OT experience, and we are lucky to have her on the team!
Education: Laurie attended Pacific Union College where she completed her BS in Occupational Therapy. She then received an MA in OT at USC. Laurie has been a practicing therapist for 20 years, and has worked in pediatric settings including clinics, school districts, counties, at regional center, and privately for families. Laurie is SIPT certified.
Laurie has two sweet rescue dogs (siblings, pictured above), and enjoys adventuring near her home in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Areas. She also enjoys board games with friends, biking, swimming, walking her dogs near the ocean, and face-timing with her niece and nephew.
Laurie says: "I love working with kids. You can't beat the smile on their face when they work so hard to do something and finally succeed."
- Amberlynn Slavin, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Amberlynn Slavin, M.S., O.T.R./L.
Amberlynn is the newest addition to Team DICP, and we are so excited she decided to join us. Amberlynn was a DICP Aide in 2012 and 2013 and returned as a therapist in March of this year. Amberlynn has an adventurous spirit and has already brought some great ideas to DICP. Welcome, Amberlynn!”
Amberlynn received her undergraduate degree from Springfield College with a BS in Movement Science and Sports Studies and Physical Education, and a minor in Athletic Coaching. Amberlynn got her Master's Degree in OT at Springfield College and has been practicing occupational therapy since graduating in 2015. Amberlynn has worked in a school-based setting, a multi-disciplinary pediatric facility, and a skilled nursing facility. Amberlynn’s interests include Sensory Integration and Reflex Integration. She has experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, mental health disorders, and other developmental disorders.
Amberlynn and her husband moved to the Bay Area from New Hampshire 6 years ago. The couple recently completed a 5-month, self-supported bicycle trip through Central Asia and the Middle East. During their adventures through Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Oman, Amberlynn practiced pediatric OT and learned about the different cultures and their different practice models.
When Amberlynn is not working at the clinic, you can find her coaching competitive gymnastics, working on all sorts of creative projects, and eating artichokes. As a student completing her occupational therapy graduate fieldwork, Amberlynn came up with the idea for an assistive technology app called SnapType. The app is now helping over 2 million students worldwide to keep up with their peers in the classroom. (Check it out, it's a great app!).
"I LOVE being an OT! Helping children and their families overcome challenges brings me so much joy. When I see their eyes light up after having completed a previously impossible task, it makes my heart happy. My work allows me to express myself creatively and my clients appreciate the personalized treatment I give them."
Are you interested in finding out more about our staff or our services? Please feel free to give us a call at 408-865-1365.