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Experienced and knowledgeable therapists –Maximizing the potential for progress.  At the heart of all we do are the therapists at Amy Zier & Associates. Each possesses a passion for working with children and families. Many therapists have furthered their training beyond a specialization in pediatrics. In addition, all therapists who join our practice must complete an extensive apprenticeship with our most experienced senior occupational therapists and also receive extensive training outside of our field in the area of psychology. While this additional training is not mandated by our profession, we believe it is essential to the quality of our practice and our continued response to the changing developmental trajectories of the children. Because there are so many advances being made in the field of pediatric therapy, our therapists continue to dedicate themselves to continuing education, training and certifications. As a result of our expertise, we are also asked to speak at key conferences, seminars and events in the United States and around the world. In addition, our therapists are enthusiastic participants in the progress of the children and believe in sharing our work and insight into child development. We believe in what we do.

Amy Zier, M.S., OTR/L, PhD 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 children and families became the essence of her practice. Amy is a PhD candidate at the ICDL Graduate School specializing in developmental disorders and infant mental health. She is now completing her dissertation, a unique research study analyzing variables impacting early diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorders. She has special interest in therapeutic listening programs, visual-spatial development and forming an alliance with parents that empowers them to help their child. She has her SIPT certification and has completed the DIR® certificate program. Amy has extended her practice to Italy and now splits time between Italy and Chicago teaching and supporting children with developmental challenges in schools, hospitals and private settings across Italy.  amy@amyzier.com

Negli ultimi venti anni, Amy ha svolto l'attività di terapista privata a Chicago, specializzandosi nel trattamento dell'integrazione sensoriale e nella terapia a base relazionale DIR. Tiene corsi negli USA e da quando si è trasferita in Italia alcuni anni fa, oltre ad insegnare, offre consulti e si occupa del trattamento di famiglie a Roma, Napoli e Rovereto. Amy possiede certificazioni in Terapia dell'integrazione sensoriale, Terapia DIR, Terapie di ascolto ed ha concluso un dottorato in Disabilità dell'età evolutiva e salute mentale infantile.


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 in on essential aspects of what may help each child succeed- a strong foundation of physical and emotional development.   Kathy has experience in a variety of settings from private clinics such as AZ&A, Early Intervention, pre-schools, elementary schools, as well as out-patient and in-patient pediatric rehabilitation.  In all of these settings she has "played with a purpose" in order to help each child develop skills for life, and to help their parents gain insight to why this play is important.  When she is not working, you may find her spending time with her family, going for a run, exploring the city or maybe even doing yoga at the beach.

Shannon Cullerton M.S., OTR/L received her Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University and continued her education at University of Wisconsin – Madison, earning her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has focused her field experience on working with children of all ages in their homes, clinics, schools and communities. When designing treatment plans, Shannon believes in individualizing her approach to fit the needs, strengths and personality of each child. Forming strong connections with her patient’s family and collaborating on treatment strategies is also paramount to effective participation for all involved. Shannon and her clients thrive in environments that nourish creative interaction and innovative techniques and she truly enjoys developing ways to help them be healthy and engaged. During her leisure time, Shannon loves the outdoors, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.  shannon@amyzier.com    

Rachel Rozen, M.S., OTR/L, 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 getting to know her patients and their families, and ensuring that her sessions are as enjoyable as they are therapeutic. Her goal is to build relationships and create experiences for her families where they can feel safe to explore, grow and thrive. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys traveling, new restaurants, Michigan Football, spending time with family and friends, and her rescue cockapoo Crosby!  rachel@amyzier.com

Karen Bailey, M.S., OTR/L, 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 and in the home environment through Early Intervention.  Karen values family members as collaborative partners in their child’s treatment and emphasizes the importance of providing each family with the tools and education needed to promote their child’s development and success.  She enjoys working in a sensory rich environment that encourages a child’s confidence and success.  In her free time, Karen enjoys traveling to visit family, playing with her dog Mowgli, spending time with friends and walking outdoors. karen@amyzier.com

Katie Crosby Both, M.S., OTR/L oversees the "big picture" of clinic processes with the AZ+A leadership team. After graduating from University of Michigan and developing a logistics career, Katie started at AZ+A in 2012 and confirmed her niche in the OT world to support kids and families to live their potential. She has experience working with infants to kids of all ages in pediatric outpatient clinics, inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation settings, and the home environment through Early Intervention with special interest in treating the whole child. She is certified through ICDL and holds a DIR-Basic DIR/Floortime Provider certificate. She is also certified in Early Intervention. Katie enjoys doing anything outdoors, exploring Chicago, reading, and being near Lake Michigan.  katie@amyzier.com  

Emma Fricke, M.S., OTR/L 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 settings since 2010. Emma is currently completing her DIR-Basic DIR/Floortime Provider certificate through ICDL. She believes child development is best supported with a team approach, with the family at the center and makes parents a fundamental part of the therapeutic process. Her philosophy is based around the concept that all children have the capacity to thrive and through a deeper understanding of the child we can support success and independence in daily life. Outside of AZA, Emma enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with friends and family. emma@amyzier.com

Melissa Boshans
, Med, DT is a developmental specialist who holds a Master's of Education in Early Childhood Instructional Leadership with a state endorsement for Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She began working in the field of early childhood development in 2003. Much of her professional career has been spent working in the cooperative nursery school setting which has taught her the importance and valued of strong partnerships with parents. Melissa's formal training and professional experience has included sensory processing supports, understanding individual learning profiles, and extensive work with children in inclusive classroom settings. She loves working closely with parents to help them unlock the potential in their children and to support their family goals. Melissa has been a presenter for the National Association for Young Children and has also published work regarding the relationship between attachment, play and early learning. She gained her Developmental Therapy credential in 2012. Melissa has been collaborating with Amy Zier and others on staff for many years and she is excited to be joining this team of dedicated and gifted practitioners. melissa@amyzier.com

Stefania Menconi. Stefania lives and works in Rome, Italy treating children with special needs. Her approach to treatment focuses on the child's individual differences with family involvement at its core. She has particular interest in the construction of comprehensive treatment plans in collaboration with schools and other professionals. Stefania is a DIR/Floortime expert provider and is trained in Sensory Integration therapy. She is one of the founders and the president of  DIRimè Italia, a non-profit organization that promotes the DIR model and developmental approach in Italy.

Contact Stefania at stefania.menconi@gmail.com.

Stefania lacora e vive a Roma, dove si occupa del trattamento di bambini affetti da disturbi dello sviluppo. Il suo approccio tiene in primaria considerazione le caratteristiche individuali di ogni bambino e prevede il coinvolgimento attivo della famiglia. Dimostra particolare interesse per I'mplementazione di un programma d'intervento che implicala collaborazione con la scuola e con gli alrti professionisti. Stefania è un DIR/FT Expert provider ed è esperta di terapia di integrazione sensoriale. E' tra i soci fondatori e presidente dell'associazione di promozione sociale DIRimè Italia, che promuove la diffusione del Modello DIR e di altri approcci evolutivi in Italia.

Ruby Moye Salazar 
L.C.S.W., B.C.D. 500 School St. Clarks Summit, PA 18411 (570) 586-3587 (Main)

Ruby Salazar, a child and family psychotherapist for 40+ years, is the Founder and Clinical Director of Pennsylvania Life Span Services, a multi-disciplinary family-focused practice of developmental and mental health professionals. Mrs. Salazar is the Clinical Director and Regional Reflective Mentor for the Pennsylvania Early Intervention Reflective Supervision Project, the first state-wide initiative in reflective supervision. As a founding member of Profectum, Mrs. Salazar participated in the initial upstart of the organization and currently serves as Coordinator of Tutoring and is a member of the Training and Development Committee. Also, Mrs. Salazar serves as faculty in the ICDL Graduate School and is as a senior trainer in developmental-relational practice throughout the U.S. and abroad. She chaired President Obama’s Autism Advisory Work Group during his Presidential campaign and was the first annual recipient of the Sally Provence Award for Excellence in Infant/family Practice from Zero to Three, National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Salazar resides in PA with her husband of many years and is the proud mother of four adult children and two grandchildren.

AZA Greeter and Playmate  
Tula is an ever-friendly, calm, fluffy white Samoyed you can find making everyone at the clinic feel even more at home. Tula loves to play outside, relax in the lobby or kitchen, and be around her favorite people - the kids and therapists of AZA.

AZA Friends
Flo and Kropelka are the AZA parakeets that keep us all company and live in the kitchen or office. With their ever-positive singing voices, F and K love to greet and interact with the kids of AZA.
Meet the Office Staff at AZA

Everyone at Amy Zier and Associates works together to provide high quality services.  In addition to a great team of therapists is an excellent team of individuals that make clinic processes happen.

Katie Crosby Both, M.S., OTR/L
Clinic Coordinator, Occupational Therapist
oversees the big picture of clinic processes with the AZ+A leadership team. After graduating from University of Michigan and developing a logistics career, Katie started at AZ+A in 2012 and confirmed her niche in the OT world to enable others to live their potential. She has experience working with infants to kids of all ages in pediatric outpatient clinics, inpatient as well as outpatient medical rehabilitation settings, and the home environment through Early Intervention with special interest in treating the whole child. 
She is certified through ICDL and holds a DIR-Basic DIR/Floortime Provider certificate. Katie enjoys doing anything outdoors, exploring Chicago, reading, cooking, and being near Lake Michigan. Contact Katie at katie@amyzier.com                                 

Jenny Patino
Office Manager, Intake Coordination
Jenny assists the AZA office with billing, invoicing, filing claims, renewing prescriptions, and following up with insurance requests for medical records. Jenny received her B.A. in Art History from Columbia College with a minor in Poetry. She loves to read, write poetry and creative non-fiction, and check out new art shows in the city. Jenny is also the AZA intake coordinator. You can reach her at jenny@amyzier.com.

Aquita LaGrone
Administrative Assistant, Intake Coordination
Aquita Lagrone is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She attended Lane College in Jackson, TN for three years and later graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors of Arts in English. She then attended Purdue University-Calumet where she received her Masters of Arts in Communication. She enjoys reading, traveling, exploring new seafood restaurants, roller skating, board games with family and friends, poetry, and writing short stories and inspirational poems.  Contact her at aquita@amyzier.com

Sylwia Trelecki
Clinic Assistant
Sylwia helps to maintain the clinic space inside and out to ensure things are running smoothly. Contact her at sylwia@amyzier.com

Katrina Zurla
HR Manager
Katrina is a graduate student from the Chicago School of Psychology AZ+A who is developing and implementing new HR processes to streamline the business. She manages and leads monthly staff meetings, coordinates with the operations director, operations manager, and operations staff, and has designed and implemented a benefits structure for employees.

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