Occupational Therapy Services
Grace Tseng, OTR
Grace qualified as an occupational therapist in Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy (Kaohsiung Medical University) and an MS degree in Medical Information Management (National Chong-Cheng University) in Taiwan. Grace has nearly 10 years of experience as an occupational therapist in a teaching hospital and private early intervention centers as well as working as a certified clinical supervisor of occupational therapy. She specializes in working with children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and developmental coordination disorder. Language: Mandarin, English, Taiwanese
Aisha Alli, BSc Occupational Therapy (Hons), MSc Health and Rehabilitation
Aisha is a British-trained occupational therapist who qualified in 2012 and completed a Master’s degree in Health and Rehabilitation in 2015. Aisha has extensive experience in hospital and community settings throughout the United Kingdom. As part of her Master’s dissertation, Aisha explored the role of occupational therapy in non-traditional settings and she has a keen interest in how culture impacts occupational therapy practice in non-western societies. Aisha’s experience spans across specialist areas including neurology, sensory processing disorders, and orthopedics. She has worked with clients from different backgrounds with a range of complex diagnoses including cerebral palsy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, developmental coordination disorder, and autism. Languages: English
Andrew Gao, MSc
Andrew is a Licensed Occupational Therapist from Taiwan. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan) and a Master Degree in Behavioral Science and Occupational Therapy from Chang Gung University (Taiwan). Andrew has more than 5 years of experience as an occupational therapist in teaching hospital and medical center in Taipei. He also has experience as a home-based therapist and in a mental health hospital. He has various experience working with children with disability. He is interested in sensory integration, pre-term infants, and assistive technology. Languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, English
Abby Huang, MSc
Abby is a fully licensed occupational therapist from Taiwan. She obtained her Master of Science and Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) from National Taiwan University and Chang-Gung University in Taipei, Taiwan. Abby is also a certified kinesio taping practitioner (CKTP) in Taiwan. She has over 3 years of experience assessing and treating children of all ages with a variety of difficulties and diagnoses, including autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy (CP), developmental delay, and Down syndrome. Abby also has been a teaching assistant for undergraduate level pediatric OT courses, focusing on clinical skills (e.g., treatments and assessments) in clinical settings and kindergartens. She is available for clinical assessments, sensory integration, motor function training, rehabilitation in virtual reality, cognition training, social skills training and ADL training. Languages: English, Chinese
Nicole Yuewen Wang
Nicole graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and received her Bachelor Degree of Science, specialized in rehabilitation therapeutics (occupational therapy). She has a Master’s of Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University (US). Languages: English, Mandarin, Shanghainese
Lisa graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, majoring in Science of Rehabilitation (Occupational therapy) and earning her Bachelor Degree of Science in 2018. She specializes in rehabilitation therapy (occupational therapy). During her university studies, she trained as a student Occupational Therapist at a rehabilitation center for one year. At the training, Lisa observed and helped treat children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, Rett’s Syndrome, hemiplegia, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. Languages: Mandarin, Shanghainese, English
Nancy (Huang GuiHui) graduated from Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University with a Bachelor Degree of Science in 2018. She majored in integrated rehabilitation and therapeutics for both Chinese and Western medicine (occupational therapy) and specializes in rehabilitation therapy (occupational therapy). During her university studies, she trained as a student Occupational Therapist at Shanghai seventh people’s hospital for one year, mainly including neurorehabilitation, orthopaedic occupational therapy and pediatric occupational therapy. At the training, Nancy observed and helped treat children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral palsy, and developmental delay. Working language: Chinese, English.
Physical Therapy Services
Lexi is a licensed physical therapist (China). She graduated from Chengdu Sports University, majoring in sports rehabilitation and health. She has experience working with children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental delay, in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Lexi is good at helping children with movement dysfunction by using games. Languages: Mandarin, English
Xin Tang, MSc
Xin is a Fully Licensed Physical Therapist from Belgium. She has her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science and Physical Therapy from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, specialized in children. She has studied and worked in various clinical rehabilitation settings for children in Belgium, including private clinic, general hospital, rehabilitation center, and research institution, focusing on infant and child development and rehabilitation. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Therapist in China and has three years’ work experience in a children’s hospital. Her rehabilitation training has included orthopedics, orthosis, neurological, respiratory, metabolic, and psychomotor. She is interested in preterm infants, pathological gait analysis, and treatment of cerebral palsy. Languages: Mandarin, English
Dennis Mlambo, BA, MSc SLPT, Reg. MRCSLT
Therapy Director & Speech-Language Therapist
Dennis obtained his Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Therapy at University College London in 1997. He worked in Zimbabwe for 2 years at a government head office for special needs education and was involved in establishing a national center for augmentative and alternative Communication. Dennis then worked for the National Health Service in the UK for 15 years, within a community clinic as a clinic coordinator as well as working in special schools. Dennis obtained a Diploma of Credit in ‘Advanced Clinical Practice in Dysphagia’ in 2010 from The Manchester Metropolitan University and has experience in carrying out video fluoroscopy jointly with consultant radiologists. Dennis also provided dysphagia competency training for junior speech and Language therapists within the NHS. For the last two years, Dennis has been a therapy team manager at a special education school in the UK. Languages: English, Shona and Ndebele, French
Martin Qiu MSc SLT, Reg. HCPC, RCSLT
Speech and Language Therapist
Martin is a UK qualified speech and language therapist. He holds double master degrees from the University of Edinburgh (Special and Inclusive Education) and the University of Reading (Speech and Language Therapy). He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Martin has worked with both adults and children with speech and language difficulties in a variety of settings. He has experience working with children with autism, hearing impairment (cochlea implant users), speech sound disorder, fluency disorder, and severe learning and physical difficulties. He has special interests in working with children with autism, hearing impairment, and AAC speakers. Language: Mandarin, English
Paula Willis, MSc, Reg. RCSLT, HCPC
Paula graduated from the University of Reading, UK in 2012 with an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, and is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in the UK. After graduating, she spent a year doing voluntary work for a mainstream school in the UK. From 2014-2017, she worked she with local and expatriate families at a child development clinic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, treating children with a diverse range of disorders, including language delay, global learning delay, dyspraxia, speech sound disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. She also supported therapy assistants at the clinic and teaching staff in local schools, developing their knowledge of speech and language disorders, and how to support the children in their care. Language: English
Su is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. She holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the ShanXi Normal University in China; a M.A. in Pedagogy from Sizhuoka Universaity in Japan and a M.S. in speech-language pathology from Lamar University in Texas, USA. She has more than 8 years experience in speech-language therapy. She also is a VitalStim certification holder. Su has worked extensively with adult and geriatric population in different settings including hospital, nursing facility and home health. She specializes in working with individuals with Speech-Language Disorders, Dysphagia and Cog-communication Deficits. She also worked in children with Autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate, developmental retardation and Speech-Language Disorders. Language: Mandarin, English and Japanese.
Hannah Gates, BSc
Hannah Gates obtained her Speech and Language Therapy BSc from The University of Exeter, UK in 2009. Since graduating, she has provided therapy plans and carried out therapy in school settings for children with developmental speech and/or language disorders. She also worked in the UK National Health Service community services, providing assessment and intervention for adults with acquired swallowing and communication disorders. She holds a certificate in Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment and has experience of this Parkinson’s Disease specific intervention. Language: English
Adrianna Harrison, MA
Ms. Adrianna Harrison is a speech and language therapist from the United States. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from New Mexico State University. Adrianna has treated a variety of different speech and language disorders serving individuals with apraxia of speech (children and adults), Autism spectrum disorder, articulation delays, aural rehabilitation, expressive/receptive language disorders, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and individuals with stroke. She has served these individuals within schools, home, location throughout the community and clinics. Adrianna has most recently worked in San Francisco, California within the public schools treating and assessing preschool students with a variety of disorders.
Kathleen Joyce Lopecillo, BSc
Kathleen Joyce Lopecillo obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines-Manila in 2006. She is a certified regular member of Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP). She has 12 years of experience working with children in mainstream, inclusion and special schools in the Philippines and in Singapore. She holds a certificate in Oral Placement Therapy (Level 1) and PROMPT Training (Level 2). Kathleen has special interest in working with small children with autism, apraxia and developmental language delays. Languages: English, Filipino
Chris Chen, BS, BA, MSLP
Chris obtained a B.S. in Rehabilitation Science from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a B.A. in English from East China Normal University, a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Duquesne university in United States. She has health professional certification in rehabilitation in China, occupational qualification in therapeutic massage in China, and certification of Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment LOUD. She has 2 years of experience in working with children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum, Down syndrome and speech sound disorders. She has also expertise in auditory disorders and language delay. She has special interest in working with children with development impairment and Down syndrome.
Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin, Shanghai dialect)
Jennifer graduated from Shanghai Sports University with a major in sports rehabilitation. She was trained in the department of rehabilitation medicine in a Shanghai local teaching hospital. She also had internship experience in the outpatient and inpatient department to provide therapy for children with cerebral palsy, parturition and development delay. She has participated in and published 4 scientific research articles, and won the Shanghai Scientific Research Award. Her research area covers the stress analysis of femur after hip replacement, sports injuries and training causes, the controlling of obesity through diet and the influence of yoga exercise on proprioception. Languages: English, Mandarin, Shanghai dialect
Stephanie Li MSc
Speech-Language Therapist Assistant
Stephanie graduated from the University of Bristol, UK in 2018 with a Masters of Science in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Public Health. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Rehabilitation from Chengdu Sports University. She is also China-certified National Senior Nutritionist. She has worked as a teaching assistant for FAB Kids (Food, Activity, Body) at the University of Bristol, teaching basic knowledge on health and diseases to primary school children in the UK. She has also volunteered her time working with special education school in China that supports children with autism. Stephanie previously completed a physical therapy internship in a Chinese public hospital, observing intervention pathways for child development delay and cerebral palsy. She is interested in working with children with speech and language delays. Languages: Mandarin, English
Educational and Clinical Psychology Services
Beth Rutkowski, MA, PsyD
Dr. Beth Rutkowski is a Fully Licensed Psychologist from the United States. She has her Doctorate of Psychology her Masters of Arts in Psychology and her Doctoral Certificate of Child and Family Studies from Roosevelt University. Dr. Rutkowski obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Rutkowski has been a professor at both undergraduate and graduate level college settings, focusing on Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Basic Clinical Skills. Dr. Rutkowski was on the Michigan Governor’s Task Force Mental Health Standards Committee, which defined and regulated quality mental health care for that state’s children and families. Dr. Rutkowski worked with the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authorities to assist treatment facilities in becoming capable of treating individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Rutkowski was also on the board for the Detroit Parent Network and conducted parent training throughout Detroit. She has worked with youth, families, and adults in outpatient and inpatient settings, with a focus on utilizing evidence-based treatments. Dr. Rutkowski has worked in various multidisciplinary teams comprised of state agencies and medical professionals. She is available for consultation, clinical assessments, child and adolescent therapy, parental and family therapy, addiction counseling, supervision and training. Language: English
Sandy Tien, MS
Sandy is a licensed psychologist from Taiwan. She received her Master degree in clinical psychology from the medical school of Chang Gung University in Taiwan. After she graduated, she worked as a child clinical psychologist in a rehabilitation hospital in New Taipei City. She also joined a multidisciplinary project as a clinical researcher in National Taiwan University Hospital neurosurgery department, focusing on social-psycho development, and neuropsychological evaluation for children with rare disease. She has focused on psychological assessment and psychotherapy for adults and children, and psychoeducation and psychological support for parents. She is currently studying in a parent-infant psychotherapy program in Columbia University. She is available for consultation, psychological assessment, child psychotherapy, and psychoeducation for parents. Language: Mandarin
Stephanie Watters, M. Counselling, B. Psychology (Hons)
Stephanie completed her Master of Counselling mid-2017 through Monash University (Australia) and graduated from University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2014 with an honors degree in psychology. Steph’s undergraduate honors thesis was published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Neuroscience in 2015. Steph has training and experience in counselling children and adults on a range of concerns including stress, low mood, relationship issues, and learning difficulties. She also has experience in conducting assessments for learning difficulties. Steph incorporates evidence-based approaches in her therapy, with a particular focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. Language: English
Dr. Westwood is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and registered practitioner psychologist with the UK Health & Professions Care Council (HCPC). She completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham and began her career in mental health services by supporting people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and people with intellectual disability in London. Following this, she provided individual and group cognitive-behavioral interventions as a Psychological Well-being Practitioner for people experiencing difficulties with depression and anxiety. Alongside this, she gained a post-graduate certificate in evidence-based psychological treatments at the University of Reading. Dr. Westwood completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey. She has practiced in a memory assessment clinic; a community mental team for people with intellectual disability; a community mental health recovery service for working age adults and a primary mental health care service for people over 18 years of age. She has worked with children, young people, and their families in community mental health services, including an ‘early intervention for psychosis’ service, and a secure setting. She is experienced in conducting neuropsychological assessment and incorporates a range of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Systemic Family Therapy. Language: English.
Santy Chen, BA(Psych), MCouns, MPsych(Ed&Dev)
Psychologist (Educational & Developmental)
Santy Chen is a fully registered psychologist from Australia. She holds both a Masters of Counselling and Masters of Psychology from Monash University.
Santy has worked with children, teenagers and young adults in a variety of settings, including clinics, primary, secondary schools and universities. She has experience in treating a wide range of mental health and school-based issues, such as anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, emotional regulations, social skills difficulties, oppositional and challenging behavior and low self esteem.
Santy uses a range of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Play Therapy techniques. When working with children and adolescents, Santy emphasis on the importance of working collaboratively with parents and teachers to effectively support her clients. When working with adults, Santy aims to provide a safe, non-judgmental experience by adopting a collaborative approach to helping clients achieve their personal therapeutic goals. Language: English and Mandarin.
Qinchen (Corrine) Wu, MSEd
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Ms.Wu is a national certified mental health counselor from China, and received her degrees and related clinical practice and training from the U.S. Ms. Wu has her Bachelor degree in Psychology from University of Arizona, and her Master of Science of Education in Counseling and Mental Health Services from University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified trained responder in Penn I CARE network for suicide prevention, counseling and psychological services, and is also a counselor of physical and psychological health issued by Chinese Mental Health Association. Ms. Wu was a counselor in an international school and worked with school’s learning support team to support children and teenagers’ academic, behavior, and mental needs. Ms. Wu has also been a clinical mental health counselor in the Child Mental Health Research Center of Nanjing Brain Hospital, which leads national children’s mental health in China. Ms. Wu worked with the center’s medical team and focused on clinical aspects of children’s and teenagers’ psychological well-being. She has worked with young children, teenagers, and families in outpatient and inpatient settings, with a focus on utilizing CBT strategies. Ms. Wu has worked in various multidisciplinary teams comprised of international school support teachers and clinical specialists. She is available for child and adolescent counseling and parental guidance. Language: Mandarin, English
Lauren Mifsud, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Care Coordinator/School Relations Specialist
Lauren completed her Master of Social Work at New York University Silver School of Social Work and earned her Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University (Chicago, US). Prior to completing her graduate work, she spent a year teaching English at Early Childhood Education Centers in Wenzhou and Shanghai, China. During her master’s program, Lauren was a trained volunteer counselor for summer camps at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. These intensive group behavioral treatment camps were designed to help children ages three to eight with selective mutism speak in school and other public places. Lauren also has experience as a mobile crisis social worker in New York City, providing direct psychosocial services and crisis intervention to individuals who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis and are unable to secure traditional mental health services in the community. In addition, Lauren has worked as an emergency room social worker, supporting the complex needs of high risk patients and establishing a bridge to community services. Lauren is experienced in conducting biopsychosocial assessments for individuals experiencing mental health issues and incorporates Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in her therapy. Lauren also has experience using motivational interviewing and a strengths based approach when working with clients. Language: English
Learning and Behavioral Support Services
Jamie Fanelli, MSEd
Learning & Behavior Support Lead
Jamie has extensive experience working both with children with special needs and typically developing children in educational and clinical settings. She holds an M.S.Ed in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, US, and a professional educator’s license. Before joining Olivia’s Place, she worked as a psychometrician for the TRANSCEND Research Program, affiliated with Harvard Medical School and MIT, at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a psychometrician, she administered a full battery of neuropsychological assessments and diagnostic interviews and provided behavioral management support to infants and children while they underwent neuroimaging. Jamie has also been a special educator, with experience developing and implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and Behavior Support Plans (BSPs) and educating children with special needs using an ABA methodology and a variety of instructional approaches, including PECS, sensory integration activities, differentiated instruction, and incidental teaching methods. She has provided reading support utilizing specialized instructional approaches and conducted educational and functional behavioral assessments. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, dyslexia, ADHD, developmental delay, seizure disorder, and traumatic brain injury.Language: English
Lee Chun Mae, MA, BCBA, Clinical Psychologist
Applied Behavior Analyst
Chunmae is a registered Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a clinical psychologist. She obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical psychology at the Yonsei University in 2015 and mainly studied on sleep problems and facial expression mechanism of children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). She also participated in a program that aimed to develop a mobile application to increase the skills of emotion recognition. She began her career as a behavior assessor, using Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to evaluate and deal with students’ problem behaviors in school and clinic settings. Following this, she provided individual and group behavioral interventions such as Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), PECS to children and adolescents diagnosed with developmental disorders, especially autism. She has experiences in curriculum development for the improvement of autistic children’s social skills. She is certified as a Clinical Psychologist and has experiences in implementing full clinical battery assessments to evaluate mental disorders. Language: Mandarin, Korean, English, Japanese
Zexi Ma, MA
Learning and Behavior Specialist
Zexi Ma is a graduate of Teachers College Columbia University, with an M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has taught in a wide range of settings, including general and special education programs, monolingual and bilingual settings, and private and public schools– with children ranging in age from infancy to adolescence. Zexi has experience in curriculum design and development, incorporating differentiating instruction, and assessing student learning. She has also worked with children with autism spectrum disorder using the Developmental Individual Differences Relationship-based (DIR) methodology in a special education school in New York City. Zexi has special interest in working with children with autism, early intervention programs, and infant care and education. Languages: Mandarin, English
Shu Lin, RBT
Shu Lin obtained her Master’s degree in Art Therapy at Konkuk University, South Korea. She also had internship experience in a specialized school to provide art therapy for children with cerebral palsy. She completed the RBT training courses under BCBA’s supervision, and she is interested in working with children with autism spectrum disorders. Language: Chinese, English, Korean
LIH Olivia’s Place Learning Center Team
Akshata Kamath,MA, PGDM,PGD
Learning Support Specialist
Akshata is a versatile child advocate with a solid focus on the individual needs of special education students. She designs and implements inspiring hands on lessons, wide ranging manipulatives, and Individualized Learning Programs to enhance student achievement. She is skilled in addressing her student’s needs, ensuring children will thrive and develop in an adaptable educational atmosphere. She has a Masters in History and Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management from Mumbai University. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and is pursing a Masters in Education from Karnataka University. She has worked in India as a classroom teacher for over 5 years and at SHINE Academy, Shanghai for 3 years as a Learning Facilitator for children with autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, cognitive impairment, and Down Syndrome. Her core teaching areas include mathematics, language, and science. She also has a strong background in creating Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), behavior management, and social skills.
Learning Facilitator/Client Care Coordinator
Shelly Hall is a Learning Facilitator for LIH Olivia’s Place Early Intervention program. Shelly is originally from the UK, where she started out her professional career teaching adults. For several years, Shelly worked at The Children’s Trust in Surrey, UK a rehabilitation center for children with acquired brain injury. Focusing on each child’s individual physical, mental, and educational needs during their rehabilitation program, she worked closely with the Trust’s inter-disciplinary team, on-site school, and local educational authorities to get children back home following their rehabilitation and back into school with the most appropriate support.
Learning Facilitator/Learning Assistant
Robyn song has a bachelor of science in education psychology from Anhui Normal University. She has worked with special needs children since 2008. She has previously taught children with sensory integration disorders through leveled sensory integration training and worked with preschoolers with special needs to develop their language, behavior, feeding, toileting, music, art, academics, and social skills. She has also worked with children who have ADHD, dyslexia, and math difficulties in an international school learning support team. She is skilled in using Applied Behavior Analysis and visual communication systems. Language: English, Mandarin