Our Team

Speech.

Thomas O’Hara, B.S. SLA

Speech-Language Assistant 

Thomas, aka TJ, earned his BS in speech and hearing sciences from Arizona State University in 2014. After receiving his license, he began working in a variety of pediatric settings including free well-child clinical events, private multidisciplinary therapy clinics in Phoenix, AZ and within the public school system. He currently practices speech therapy across several schools, working with early intervention – preschool aged children through teens up to age 21. TJ specializes in articulation and social skill development in his sessions and frequently works in conjunction with our other team members to implement and achieve goals across a client’s plan.

TJ is currently working on completing his Masters in Speech Disorders though New York University.

Articles by TJ:

Conversation Starters.

Favorite food: Chicken Cordon Bleu

Favorite color: Green

Favorite quote: “No man is an island unto himself.” – John Donne

Favorite superhero: Batman

 

Klaran Warner, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Klaran graduated from University of Michigan with honors studies in experimental psychology, the initial efforts at understanding brain localization and function. Sher recieved her Masters from Syracuse University, with training in Deaf Education at Smith College. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Dallas. Her published dissertation was part of a National Institutes of Health study of children with ear infections. She is highly interested in language processing and its impact in normal development, aging, autism, attention deficit and neurological contexts. As a Speech Language Pathologist, she has worked across the ages, with babies in the home through college teaching. Klaran emphasizes family collaboration in her sessions and strives to utilize new techniques and research in her work. Here in our beautiful NH, she has been an adjunct professor, consultant active therapist, and supervisor. Klaran is a member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the New Hampshire Speech-Language-Hearing Association and supervises our SLA, TJ.

Conversation Starters.

Favorite food: Salad

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite quote: “Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present!”

Favorite animal: The Brown Pelican

Occupational Therapy.

Marin Marka, MS, OTR/L 

Occupational Therapist

Marin graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a BA in child study and human development. She then went on to receive her master’s degree from Boston University in occupational therapy.  Marin enjoyed teaching piano lessons to kids with diverse abilities and disabilities while pursuing her education. As an occupational therapist at Spark, Marin’s goal is to help each child achieve their maximum potential and experience success in their day-to-day activities. She loves working with kids of all ages and collaborating with parents, teachers and other specialists to consider the whole child. You can often find Marin playing piano, hanging out in one of the sensory swings, or setting up an obstacle course. Marin is currently working toward her certification in the Integrated Learning System’s Safe and Sound Protocol to better work with and meet the needs of children with behavioral, sensory, auditory processing, and self regulating needs.

Conversation Starters.

Favorite food: Hummus

Favorite color: Orange

Hobbies: playing piano, skiing, ice-skating

Favorite quote: “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things” – Paulo Coelho

Favorite animals: Dogs and seals

Literacy.

Valerie Kehoe, Ed.D 

Literacy Specialist

Valerie completed her undergraduate work at St. Anselm College and her Masters of Education at Plymouth State University. She went on to specialize in reading and writing instruction through both the University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University where she received her Reading Recovery training and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. Valerie earned her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction through Argosy-Sarasota University. As a reading and writing specialist, Valerie uses direct, systematic instruction delivered in a multi-sensory approach to support students’ literacy needs (dyslexia, dysgraphia, comprehension). Valerie works closely with parents, who are their child’s first teacher, to improve their literacy skills.

Conversation Starters.

Favorite food: Nachos!!!!!

Favorite colors: Purple and Green

Favorite quote: “Easy, easy and you’ll go very far.”

Favorite cartoon:  “Scooby Doo!”

Family & Individual Life Coaching.

Jessica O’Hara, B.S.

Life Coach & Owner of Spark

Jess is a Family & Individual Life Coach and Educator practicing in the upper valley of New Hampshire. She graduated cum laude with her undergraduate BS through Arizona State University in human development and family relationships, minoring in sociology. Prior founding Spark, she worked for a variety of non-profit organizations across New Hampshire to plan and implement individual programs for children/teens and families with disabilities. She has also worked as a special education interventionist within the public school setting. She is currently pursuing an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Play Therapy certificate from Capella University. She has a Lean Six Sigma Quality Improvement certification in client care and process improvement from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Jess has a special interest in coaching families and children with special needs and utilizes a solution-based, narrative approach during sessions. At Spark Therapies, Jess strives to create a warm and comfortable environment in which clients and their families can freely explore their thoughts, feelings and present any concerns. Sessions are tailored to the client’s unique needs and situation and draws on a range of evidence-based approaches while keeping sessions engaging for kids and teens. If you ever need anything, call, text or email her.

Articles by Jess:

Conversation Starters.

Favorite food: Seafood (of any kind!)

Favorite color: Blue

Hobbies: Kayaking, cooking, hiking, and reading

Favorite Animal: The Fox

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