WHO WE ARE
Jamie Hecox, MS, OTR/L
Jamie is the owner and director of Sense-Abilities Pediatric Therapy Servies, LLC. She received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in 2001. Since that time, Jamie has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for Montgomery County Public Schools in their Infants and Toddlers, Preschool Education, and elementary school-aged children’s programs. In addition, Jamie has worked in a variety of private pediatric occupational therapy clinics. Her passion for enhancing your child’s self-esteem and sense of accomplishment fuels her commitment to pursue ongoing certification, training, and expertise. Jamie holds advanced certifications in working with Sensory Processing Disorders (SIPT-Sensory Integration and Praxis Test), The Listening Program, and is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). She has attended trainings and has experience with “Handwriting Without Tears”, “The Alert Program”, “Brain Gym”, Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, and pediatric hand splinting. Additional areas of interest and expertise include prematurity and treating a variety of feeding difficulties.
Holli Meissner, OTR/L
Holli attended undergraduate school at Pacific Lutheran University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a Pre-Therapy concentration and an Athletic Training specialization. She also obtained minors in communication, biology, exercise science and psychology. Holli went on to get a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been working in pediatrics for more than 20 years. Holli has worked in school-based settings, outpatient clinics and early intervention settings. Holli has specialized training in treating plagiocephaly and torticollis and with working with babies in all areas of development as young as 1 week old. She has training in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol and has a certificate of clinical enhancement in feeding and swallowing and enjoys working with all areas of feeding with all ages of children, including picky eating. Holli has extensive experience working with preschool/school age children with cognitive delays and executive function challenges, visual perceptual/visual motor delays, as well as handwriting.
Melinda Naill, MS, OTR/L
Melinda graduated from Towson University in January 2008 with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She also holds a teaching certificate from Frostburg State University from 2004. Melinda has been working for Sheppard Pratt at the Forbush Therapeutic Preschool at Towson since January 2008. She also worked at the Autism Program on the Glyndon campus from November 2010- August 2014. At the Therapeutic Preschool, Melinda provides group and individual sessions, focusing on fine motor, self help, and sensory needs. In January 2014, Melinda started working at Towson University’s Institute for Well Being (IWB) as an Occupational Therapy supervisor. She provides consultative services for a Speech-Language based preschool, with the OT focus on fine motor skills, oral motor, positioning, and sensory needs. She also is the supervisor for Sensorimotor groups for children ages 2-5. Melinda is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has also attended trainings and has experience with “Handwriting Without Tears” as well as many courses on Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Visual Processing Therapy. Melinda enjoys learning new techniques and strategies to facilitate the growth of each child.
Melissa Shipley, OTA/L
Melissa graduated from the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville in 1993 with her Associates of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy. Since then, Melissa has worked in the field of Pediatric Occupational Therapy for over 27 years. She worked at The Kennedy Krieger Institute on the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Unit as well as the Behavior and Behavior Feeding Units. Melissa is currently working on the OT staff for Prince George’s County Public Schools in their Elementary, Middle and High School Autism programs. She is a member of the county Tech Team supporting the Assistive Technology Team throughout the county. Melissa also works closely with Behavioral Analysts to identify and address the unique behavioral needs of the Autism population within the home and school settings. Melissa has presented on various rehab and school-based topics at the state and national level and is committed to helping families and students with challenging behavioral concerns find success in the school and at home. She is trained and experienced with Zones of Regulation, Behavioral Intervention Plans and incorporating Handwriting Without Tears for struggling writers. Melissa is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Monica Levine, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Monica received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University in 2007. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Maryland license from the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology. After completing graduate school, Monica worked in Montgomery County Public Schools for six years with students in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Monica has experience working with children with articulation, language, fluency, apraxia of speech, and autism spectrum disorders. Monica believes in a play-based approach to therapy that is tailored to the specific needs and interests of the child.