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.
Cammie Alexander, OTR/L
Cammie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1990. Following graduation,Cammie worked primarily with adults with Traumatic Brain Injuries and helped to develop the Brain Injury Program at Maryland General/Bryn Mawr Rehab in Baltimore, MD. In 1992, Cammie received her certification in Neuro-Developmental Techniques. Shortly thereafter, Cammie started her family and took some time off to focus on full time motherhood. Since her return, Cammie has focused on Pediatrics and is currently employed by Carroll County Public schools, in addition to her work with Sense-Abilities.
Amanda Dawson, MS, OTR/L
Amanda graduated from Salisbury University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. She then earned her Master of Science Degree from Towson University in 2011, completing her Master’s Thesis, ‘Measuring Social Participation of Children on the Autism Spectrum During Sensory Motor and Play Based Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy Sessions with Peers,” at the Forbush School in Hunt Valley, MD. Following graduation, Amanda received her certification through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and began work as an Occupational Therapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, in the psychiatry department for 2 years. She provided both group and individual therapy to a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs including the following specialty areas: Child and Adolescent, Young Adult, Affective Disorders, Eating Disorders, Motivated Behaviors (dual-diagnosis), Schizophrenia, Geriatrics, and Pain Treatment Center units. She is a current member of the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association and holds additional professional certifications in the areas of; crisis prevention, substance abuse treatment, and stroke recovery. Her passion for striving to maximize functional independence and quality of life in the pediatric population has led her to her current position at Sense-Abilities. Her enthusiasm is what fuels her to continue to seek new learning opportunities and additional certifications in this field.
Jennifer Fleisher, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University) in 1995. She earned a Masters of Science in Speech from Emerson College in 1997. She is nationally certified with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and licensed in the state of Maryland. Jennifer has worked in private and public schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland. Over the past seventeen years, she has worked with students with a variety of speech-language disabilities including articulation, fluency and phonological disorders, as well as receptive and expressive language disorders. She has extensive experience working with children with Autism and Downs Syndrome. Jen has broad knowledge of Augmentative Communication, including high and low tech devices and is PROMPT trained. Jen enjoys spending free time with her husband, two children and a new puppy!
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.
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.
Kayla Koster, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Kayla received her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in 2012. Kayla currently works as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist with children from preschool through 5th grade. She has experience working with students with a variety of degrees of communication based disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, language delays, and Auditory Processing Disorder. Kayla has additional training in PROMPT, a variety of assistive technology devices and modes of communication, and has attended workshops such as Techniques for Success and Socially Thinking. Kayla enjoys learning new techniques and implementing new technologies in order to facilitate the needs of each individual client.