All About Bethlehem Pediatric Therapy Services
Our goal is to help improve children’s quality of life. Children and their families come to us because they are struggling, and our mission is to help determine the reasons behind the struggle and tailor a program to help improve the child and the family’s quality of life. We structure a therapeutic program to develop skills, but we understand that you and your family know your child best.
We provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to children 0-21 in their homes, at our clinic and in the community. We provide Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy and Pediatric Behavioral Services.
What makes us unique?
Collaborative model with parents, family members, and other professionals. They may attend your therapy session, or we may contact them via email or phone with your permission.
Experienced and highly trained therapists. All of our therapists are employees, and all receive continuing education in current treatment methods and conditions. We offer training for other professionals in the area.
Flexible scheduling options. We offer appointments in evenings until 7 and on Saturdays (Occupational Therapy).
Flexible location of services. Services usually take place in the clinic, however depending on your location, services may take place in your home, daycare or school. Home visits to monitor progress are possible, as well as community visits to schools and daycare. We also are providers of early intervention services for children ages 0-3 in Lehigh and Northampton County. In the early intervention model, services always take place in the home.
Bethlehem Pediatric Therapy offers a caring staff of professionals experienced across a broad range of pediatric therapy disciplines - occupational, physical, and speech therapy evaluations and treatments. Our associates are skilled in the latest and most advanced teaching, skills development and social programs. We opened our doors in 2007.
Learn About Our Therapists
Jennifer Doyle MA OTR/L is a graduate of Tufts University where she majored in Clinical Psychology and Child Study, and the University of Southern California, where she received her Masters in Occupational Therapy.
Jennifer specializes in Pediatrics and has worked in school, clinic and home-based early intervention settings since graduating in 2000. She has taken course 1 of the Intensive Sensory Processing Mentorship program with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller in Denver. She has completed training in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to feeding. She is trained in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) approach for children with Autism from ages 2-5. She is currently certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), the Listening Program, the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and Interactive Metronome. She has completed training in Therapeutic Listening and Integrated Listening Systems.
Jennifer lives in Bethlehem with her husband Chris and her son Charlie.
Karen Gualtieri MS, OTR is an experienced clinician specializing in pediatrics. She is a graduate of University of Scranton where she received her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has taken advanced training in Sensory Processing and is certified in Handwriting without Tears, the Listening Program, Integrated Listening Systems, advanced training in Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome. She is certified in DIR®/Floortime. She is trained in Rhythmic Movement and reflex integration.
Karen lives in Coopersburg with her husband Dino and their 3 children.
Jessica Haynes MS SLP-CCC Jessica Haynes M.S. CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist providing early intervention and pediatric clinic services. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Jessica has lived and provided educational speech therapy services in Connecticut, Maine, and finally here in Pennsylvania where she spent the last 3 years providing services in a Verbal Behavior classroom for the Intermediate Unit in Berks County. Jessica is PECS trained and is highly interested in augmentative and alternative communication.
Currently residing in the Lehigh Valley, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Suzanne DeGerolamo, COTA/L has extensive experience working in school and clinic settings with a specialization in Sensory Processing. Suzanne graduated from Virginia Tech in 1990 and became a Certified
Occupational Therapy Assistant in 1994. She is certified in Interactive Metronome. She has taken advanced training in Brain Gym and reflex integration with Sheila Frick.
Suzanne lives in Phillipsburg with her husband and 3 children.
Ellen Johns MS OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist with her Masters from Saint Francis University. Ellen is experienced in working with children with Sensory Processing, Neurodevelopmental, and Musculoskeletal challenges. Ellen is trained in Interactive Metronome, The Listening Program and Visual-Vestibular training via the Astronaut Program.
She lives with her husband, son and 3 daughters in Allentown.
Jen Davis COTA/L possesses an extensive background helping individuals with Autism, Emotional Distrubance and severe Intellectual Disability. She has her associates degree in Occupational Therapy and a bachelors degree in Psychology. Jennifer is certified in Interactive Metronome (home & clinic), Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems and is currently working on her Floortime Certification (Spring 2016). She has taken training with Sheila Fricke on reflex integration and sensory integration.
Jen lives in Quakertown with her husband Ryan and their two children.
Brenda Plourde, MS, OTR/L Brenda is an experienced Occupational Therapist with a background in treating children in their homes and in clinic settings. Brenda is highly experienced in early intervention and addresses feeding, motor skill development, sensory processing with a variety of children and diagnoses. She has advanced training in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), The Listening Program, Integrated Listening Systems, the Safe and Sound Protocol, Visual-Vestibular training via the Astronaut Program, and Reflex Integration with Sheila Fricke.
Brenda lives in Bethlehem with her husband and 2 daughters.
Laurie Barlow MS SLP-CCC is an experienced (20+ years) Speech Language Pathologist with experience evaluating and treating children, toddlers, and infants with communication, swallowing, and/or cognitive disorders
She has experience with medically fragile children develop mode of communication through AAC. She is a board member of the Northeastern Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Pennsylvania.
Lauri lives in Bethlehem with her family.
Vinnie Albanese MA, PT is a physical therapist who earned his B.S. from Stony Brook College. He has been practicing since 1996. Vinnie also has his M.S. in elementary education. Vinnie has been working in Early Intervention and outpatient therapy for 10 years. He enjoys working with a variety of children with sensory and motor challenges, and employs floortime strategies, parent training and functional therapy in a variety of settings.
Vinnie lives in Center Valley with his wife and daughter.
Nina Britz, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist Nina treats children with a myriad of challenges including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Developmental Delay, Dyspraxia, feeding issues, and ADHD. Her clinical perspective is through a Sensory Integration lense as well as relationship-based models like DIR/Floortime.
Nina received her B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University, and her MS degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University . She taught private children’s yoga classes in Manhattan after receiving her certification from Karma Kids Yoga. She has continuing education in reflex integration (R.I.S.E) to support education, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), Reflex Integration, Therapeutic Listening and participated in a 30-hour Autism Navigator course to support children with Autism and their families in home and community settings. Recently, Nina was certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) which is an assessment of communication, social interaction, and play (or imaginative use of materials) for children and adults suspected of having autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.
Larissa Pauly, MS, OTR/L, CKTP, CPAMS, earned her undergraduate and master's degrees In Occupational Therapy at Ithaca College. She also has advanced training and certification in the Kinesio® Taping Method as well as credentialed in physical agent modalities. Larissa has worked in a wide variety of settings as well as cases throughout the lifespan. She is active with advocacy for the OT and rehab professions as well as served as a clinical instructor for numerous students. Larissa is an animal lover and enjoys attending numerous charity events and fundraisers that benefit local shelters.
Julie Millhouse, M.S. OTR/L is an occupational therapist providing early intervention services. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She has over a year of experience in outpatient pediatrics working with a variety of ages and diagnoses. Julie enjoys working with children on the autism spectrum as well as working with kids with various developmental delays and disabilities. She is interested in sensory integration and emotional regulation and is looking forward to further training and education in the future. Julie resides in Bethlehem, PA and enjoys spending time reading, hiking, baking, and spending time with her cat, friends, and family.
Lara Zellner, Office Assistant
Lara manages our billing, assists with scheduling and insurance verification, and generally helps our office run more smoothly.