John and Tara McCormick are the proud parents of 5 children, Tristan, Liam, Kiara, Bridgette, and Nolan. They own and manage the Kioko Center and reside in Andover, MA.
Tara McCormick, OTD,OTR/L,C/NDT, SIPT/C, completed both her Bachelors and Clinical Doctorate degrees at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. A native of a small farming community in Nebraska, and youngest of 13 children, Tara, understands the concepts of commitment, hard work, and flexibility. She grew up working on the farm with her parents and siblings to plant/harvest grain fields and raise cattle, horses, pigs, and chickens. These values and ethics engrained in her since a young child have carried over into her commitment to help her clients and their families.
In addition to being SIPT and NDT Certified,Interactive Metronome Certified, and Handwriting without Tears Certified, Tara has additional training in the following areas of pediatric therapy: Listening Therapy, DIR/Floor Time therapies, Aquatic therapy, and Hippo therapy..
Tara and her staff are committed to the children and parents to help them achieve their goals
Hi, I am Tara, founder and owner of the Kioko Center, LLC. I sincerely love my job and have such gratitude for my clients and the families of Kioko Center. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in OT in 1994 and have been a practicing therapist in Pediatrics for the 20 plus years. I earned by doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy in 2000, specializing in pediatric occupational therapy. I have several certifications, which include Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing, Pediatric Neurodevelopment Treatment, Listening Therapy, Interactive Metronome, and Handwriting Without Tears. I have training in feeding/eating treatment strategies, Aquatic Therapy, Hippotherapy, Floortime Therapy, And Reflex Integration Therapy. I have worked in numerous clinics across several states. I opened the Kioko Center in 2006 after I had my 5th child. I have also co-founded Global Occupational Therapy for Orphans with my husband as well as Jessica and Sean Kenney. Through my travels abroad and experiences here in the U.S. I have learned a great deal from each and every child and have enjoyed my career as an OT. I feel blessed to work in an amazing profession and work with remarkable kids and the staff here at Kioko. I sincerely love my job and have so much appreciation for my clients and their families.
Suzanne completed her undergraduate degree at Amherst College in 2009, where she majored in music and German. After spending a year teaching English abroad in Germany, she returned to Boston to complete her graduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College. Suzanne loves being a speech language pathologist, and especially enjoys working with children from diverse language and cultural backgrounds and individuals with augmentative and alternative communication needs.
Alexa Moskowitz, MS, CF-SLP graduated from Northeastern University with her bachelors and masters in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Psychology in 2016. In addition to Kioko, Alexa works at a collaborative school providing speech therapy to students ages 3- 22 with moderate to severe disabilities. Her interests include Autism spectrum disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and articulation disorders. Alexa enjoys building meaningful relationships with each child and family. She is passionate about making language accessible to every child.
Rachelle F. Cowdrey, M.Ed.-CCC/SLP has been a speech/language pathologist in the public schools for almost 30 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a graduate degree in Speech/language Pathology from Northeastern University, Boston. Rachelle is currently a speech /language pathologist at the Marsh Grammar School in Methuen, Massachusetts, servicing preschool through grade 2 in direct therapeutic and cooperative/inclusionary settings.–She services students who require â€œrelatedâ€ speech/language services, for articulation/phonemic awareness, language, stuttering, and voice, as well as those with learning disabilities, developmental delays, autism/PDD, and hearing impairment, and provides diagnostic testing as a part of a multi-disciplinary special education team, with teacher/parent consult and direct services. Rachelle has been a trainer for the Bay State Readers Summer Reading Academy and GLCAC, focusing on language and literacy. Other interests include spending time with her family, husband Michael and two grown children, Sarah and Jake, and singing with the church choir and N.R.T.W., a local musical theater group.
My name is Brooke Basiliere and I am a recent graduate of Quinnipiac Universityâ€™s Masters in Occupational Therapy program. I had the opportunity to be placed at Kioko as a student for my fieldwork placement and have been fortunate enough to now be a hired as an employee. I have experience working with children with ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, and Sensory Integration Disorder in the past through my education and volunteering. I am very excited to continue my passion of working with children and families as they achieve their goals.
My name is Elaine Richards, and I’ve been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for 16 years. I hold a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and an A.S. for OT Assistant from Mount Ida College. My experience includes 10 years of pediatric settings at schools, a therapeutic horse riding facility, and I have been with the Kioko Center for 5 years. I am certified in Therapeutic Listening and Fascial Movement Taping, and my continuing education training includes Brain Gym for Special Needs, core stability, myofascial release, autoimmune diseases, and nutrition for special needs. I have experience with sensory/reflex integration, and Handwriting Without Tears. I work with clients who have a wide range of conditions, aged 15 months to adults. I absolutely love helping children organize their bodies and minds, in order to access their abilities and highest potential for learning. It’s such a joy to witness clients gaining coordination and confidence in all areas of their lives!
Liz got her bachelors in Communication Disorders in 2006 and her masters in Speech and Language Pathology in 2009 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked in a variety of settings including the Vermont public schools (middle/high school) and with patients of all ages in a hospital setting in Western Massachusetts. Currently, in addition to working part time at the Kioko Center, Liz works with elementary school students (pre-school through 8th grade) in the public school setting. Her interests include autism spectrum disorder, pre-school aged children with speech/language delays, and speech/language delays in multilingual children.
My name is Stacy Jackson and I have been an Occupational Therapy Assistant since 2012. Prior to returning to school for Occupational Therapy, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education fromthe University of Massachusetts and worked in public schools as a mathteacher. Since becoming a COTA/L, I have worked in both public schoolsand private pediatric settings. In addition to working at the KiokoCenter, I currently work in a public school. Working with children is mypassion and I love to help them achieve new skills! When not working I love to spend time outside with my husband and our 2 years old daughter!
Alyson Shaheen, M.S., CCC-SLP, originally from Methuen, completed her Bachelors degree at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where she majored in Psychology and concentrated in Speech-Language Pathology, and received her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Worcester State University. Alyson works at the Kioko Center as a per diem speech-language pathologist during after school hours. Full time, Alyson works in the high school program of a local special education collaborative. She specializes in pragmatic language skill acquisition and both functional and developmental language reception, formulation and expansion, using adapted strategies to teach these skills when appropriate. She loves working with the children, families and staff at the Kioko Center to provide speech and language intervention that addresses the individual needs of each child and concerns of each family.
My name is Jillian Brook and I have been an occupational therapy assistant since 2007. I spent 6 years in Iowa where I worked in the school systems as a COTA and gained much experience in the education and academic school-based setting. My husband and I moved back to Massachusetts in late 2012 and I have worked at Kioko since January of 2013. Working with children is a passion of mine and I value contributing to achievements that will enhance their lives now and in years to come.
Jessica Kenney has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist since 2007. She has worked for the Kioko Center since April of 2008. Jessica graduated with her Bachelors of Arts from Assumption College with a major in Psychology and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. Her passion for working in pediatrics sparked in graduate school with a trip she took to Romania to work with orphans with special needs. She continues to share this passion working alongside Tara McCormick, John McCormick, and Sean Kenney as co-founders of Global Occupational Therapy for Orphans (G.O.T. Orphans). Jessica is SIPT (Sensory Integration Praxis Testing) certified and has advanced training in Handwriting Without Tears, the Therapeutic Listening Program, the SOS Approach to feeding. Jessica has also attended professional development courses including, but not limited to: Training in Trauma-Attachment Problems; Nutrition To Improve Therapy Outcomes: Strategies to Enhance, Attention, Behavior, and Cognition; Intensive Handling and Problem Solving for Function; The Whole Child Approach S.A.N.E. Strategies; and the Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL). Jessica currently spends most of her time raising her 2 young children and looks forward to her days working at the Kioko Center.
My name is Pauline Viscosi and I graduated from Quinnipiac University with my bachelors in Health Sciences and my Masters in Occupational Therapy. I have also received certification in the Handwriting Without Tears program (Handwriting Specialist) and The Print Tool assessment of handwriting. I have also completed my certification in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment and am now a certified Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapist. I have also been trained in Aquatic Therapy. I have experience working with children with various and extensive sensory challenges, feeding difficulties, attention/regulation disorders, mental health diagnoses as well as neuromotor and neurodevelopment challenges. Additionally, I have experience working with a wide range of children with various diagnosis ranging from ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Integration Disorder, etc. Working in the field of pediatrics is one of the most rewarding aspects of my life as it is humbling to watch children achieve their goals.
Linda Wells- Office Manager
Linda’s responsibilities at the center encompass many aspects of our business, which include billing, human resources, and customer service. Her organizational skills keep our team of therapists running smoothly. She is the friendly voice you hear when you call the office and the person that will greet you upon your arrival at the center. Linda will make sure that all your needs are taken care of.
Miranda Leoni, MS, CCC-SLP graduated with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. Miranda works at the Kioko Center as a per diem speech-language pathologist during after school hours. Full time, Miranda works in the public school setting with students of a variety of ages. Her interests include preschool aged children with speech/language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder,social pragmatics, and articulation disorders. Miranda is passionate about working with children and supporting the development of their communication skills.
Jaclene Forlano, M.S., CCC-SLP graduated from Northeastern University with her BS and MS in Speech-Language Pathology, as well as a minor in Psychology. She enjoys working with the pediatric population, and her specific interests within the field include early childhood, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and infant feeding/swallowing. In addition to the Kioko Center, Jaclene currently works full-time for the Billerica Public Schools at the preschool level. She has experience working with children ages birth-18 with a wide variety of communication disorders and delays, including articulation, receptive/expressive language, and other complex needs such as Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices. She is passionate about providing individualized treatment for every child to best help them grow and reach their goals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, skiing, hiking, and traveling.
Colleen Dufresne is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with ten years of experience working with children in both the public school and outpatient settings. Colleen received her Master of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. She is passionate about improving communication skills in children with various communication disorders including autism spectrum disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, as well as articulation/phonological disorders. She does this by planning fun and meaningful activities to maximize the childs engagement and to promote generalization of new skills. In her free time, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters.