TJ is currently working on completing his Masters in Speech Disorders though New York University.
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Favorite food: Chicken Cordon Bleu
Favorite color: Green
Favorite quote: “No man is an island unto himself.” – John Donne
Favorite superhero: Batman
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.
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
Liz Skiffington, BS, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Liz was homeschooled through the accredited A Beka book program from kindergarten through high school. She then traveled to Pensacola, Florida and received her bachelor’s in Pre-physical Therapy at Pensacola Christian College. Upon graduation, she moved back home to New Hampshire and pursued an associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy at River Valley Community College where she graduated magna cum laude in May of 2019. Liz is an energetic therapist and is excited every day to work in both the local school system and as a member of the team at Spark therapies. Liz believes in learning something new everyday in order to become a better practitioner and to give the children she works with and their families a personal experience. She enjoys creating new therapeutic activities based off of the child’s personal interests and implementing evidence based research into her practice.
Hobbies: cooking, hiking, crocheting, photography, cosplay
Pets: My hedgehog, Merlin and my Beta fish, Hikaru
Favorite time of year: Fall
Favorite animal: chickens
Favorite food: anything Asian
Favorite color: seafoam green
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.
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
Faith Drescher volunteered at Littleton Regional Rehabilitation at the age of twelve. From the age of of sixteen she ran the local pool lessons as a lifeguard and water safety instructor. In 1999 she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with honors and began her career as an occupational therapist. Faith established Play to Learn OT Services she helped hundreds of children in rural areas birth to age 18 manage and overcome developmental challenges. Before working with Spark Therapies, Faith was a Director of Rehabilitation for nursing home and home health agencies in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Florida. Her husband, two of her five children, chickens, rabbits, cat, parrots, and dog live in Lyme NH. Her passions include cooking, kayaking, and writing. She looks forward to tailoring a therapeutic plan of care to meet the needs of your child and family.
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.
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.
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.
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Favorite food: Seafood (of any kind!)
Favorite color: Blue
Hobbies: Kayaking, cooking, hiking, and reading
Favorite Animal: The Fox