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Dana | Dina F. | Dina K. | Emily | Galo | Jan | Judy | Lisa | Margie | Nicki

Dana Blumberg

Dana Blumberg is a pediatric occupational therapist and the owner/director of Positive Steps Pediatric Occupational Therapy Center. Dana started Positive Steps in 2007 after spending many years working with children in schools, hospitals, home care and early intervention. She realized that she wanted to personalize her therapies and integrate them amongst the child’s many outlets and caregivers.

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Jan Pett

Jan Pett attended Boston University for her bachelor and master of science in Occupational Therapy. Since 1998, she has worked with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including the school setting, private practice, and outpatient rehabilitation.

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Dina Forster

Dina Piserchia has been practicing occupational therapy for over a year in the pediatric setting. In addition to being at Positive steps, Dina also works in the public school setting specifically with preschoolers who are on the Autism spectrum or have other developmental delays. She has also worked in the Early intervention setting treating children in the home environment.

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Margie Ruszkiewicz

Margie Ruszkiewicz graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Buffalo in 2000. Since that time, she has practiced exclusively with the pediatric population both treating and consulting in a variety of settings including early intervention, private schools, public schools and aquatic therapy. For the past 10 years, Margie has treated a variety of diagnoses including PDD, Autism, cerebral palsy, handwriting difficulties, visual perceptual/visual motor delay, ADD/ADHD, developmental delay, fine motor delay, learning disabilities, William’s Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, and other genetic disorders.

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Emily Ripps

Walk into the Positive Steps office and you will be greeted with Emily’s contagious smile. As the center’s office manager, Emily brings her SUNY Cortland education, office management experience and love of kids to her current role. Her duties include managing the office, checking in clients, helping therapists in sessions, organizing and tech support.

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Dina Krupka

Dina Krupka has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for over six years. A graduate of Columbia University, she enjoys working with kids (ages 2-21) because they pick up things easily and by teaching them specific tasks and exercises, they can get back on track and she can really see a difference. She also spends time analyzing the components of the task and the skills a child needs to work on to fine tune each individuals needs. Dina works with a variety of diagnoses, and focuses on sensory processing, fine motor, NDT, wheelchairs and mobility and access, among others.

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Lisa Bruno

Lisa Bruno, MS, OTR is a licensed Occupational Therapist with 12 years of clinical experience. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including: public and private schools servicing students with disabilities, pediatric home care, and early intervention. She also performs OT evaluations and provides home care services.

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Nicki Scacciaferro

Dominique (Nicki) Scacciaferro is a graduate of New York University’s Occupational Therapy Program. She has been practicing as a pediatric OT for over two years. In addition to seeing children at Positive Steps, Dominique works at a special school/hospital for children with medically complex and development disabilities.

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Galo Aguayo

Galo Aguayo graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Kean University. He enjoys working with children and adolescents ranging from ages 2-21. In addition to being at Positive steps, Galo also works in a private specialized school setting specifically with high school students.

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Judy Birnboim

Judy received her OT degree from McGill University in Montreal in 2005. Since then, she has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, daycare, schools, private practice as well as hospital in-patient and out-patient. Judy has worked both individually and in group settings with school age children with a variety of diagnoses, learning disabilities, and sensory processing disorders.

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Rebecca Gilchrist

Rebecca Gilchrist graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University. With over 6 years of clinical experience, Rebecca has worked in several pediatric settings including private practice, early intervention, and a public specialized school for children with autism. During her career, Rebecca has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses from ages 1-21, both individually and in groups.

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Jessica Addeo

Jessica Addeo is a pediatric occupational therapist with experience in a multitude of settings. She graduated from Boston University for both her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Studies (2005) and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy (2007). Jessica has worked in NJ public schools, early intervention, specialized private schools, and sensory clinics. She enjoys working in early intervention and sensory clinics for the opportunity to delve into a child and family’s specific needs with intense focus.

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