OUR PROFESSIONALS

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide highly specialized, goal oriented, effective therapeutic
services for children of all ages in a safe and nurturing environment.


Anna-Angela Lupinacci, MS, OTR/L

Master of Science - Columbia University

Anna-Angela LupinacciAnna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University (1997) and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University (1999). She is currently a licensed, registered, and school certified occupational therapist. Anna has worked in numerous pediatric therapy settings with infants and young children diagnosed with Developmental Delays, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorders, Feeding Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, orthopedic conditions, etc. She serves as the CEO of a well-established staffing company, School Based Therapy Services, or SBTS. Over the past decade, SBTS is proud to have grown to a staff of 30 talented and caring professionals providing occupational, physical, speech, child study team, and behavioral therapies in school districts throughout New Jersey. Staff members develop therapy programs and carry out treatment plans on a permanent basis. This outsourcing model allows school administrators to focus on education, while SBTS manages and delivers the highest quality services in a cost-effective manner. Anna is dedicated to sharing her knowledge base and advancing the field of occupational therapy. She is frequently invited to give lectures at various schools, hospitals, universities and parent support groups. In addition, she gladly serves as a clinical supervisor for graduate level occupational therapy students fulfilling their Level 1 and Level 2 pediatric internships. Anna is a Yoga Instructor, registered with the Yoga Alliance. She has advanced training in therapeutic yoga for adults and children. Anna is currently working toward a doctorate in movement sciences with a specialization in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University. 


Robert McMahon, MS, OTR/L

Master of Science – Columbia University

Robert McMahonRobert obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kean University (1997) and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University (2000). He is a licensed, registered, and school certified occupational therapist in both New York and New Jersey. Robert has extensive experience working in public and private school settings with children of all ages and diagnoses. He has worked as an assistive technology evaluator and has provided therapy for the Early Intervention Systems. In addition, Robert has provided therapy services to adults in community hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals and specialized medical centers. Along with Anna, Robert has served as an integral partner of School Based Therapy Services.


Alyssa Hertzberg, MS, OTR/L

Master of Science- Columbia University

Alyssa Hertzberg graduated from Yeshiva University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She earned her Master of Science degree from Columbia University and was awarded the G. Gordon Williamson Achievement Award for Excellence in Pediatrics. Alyssa is a licensed occupational therapist in both New York and New Jersey. She has experience evaluating and treating pre-school through middle school aged students with a variety of diagnoses, in both public and private school settings. Alyssa has a passion for working with students of all abilities and collaborating with other school based professionals.


Chava Shpilsky

Masters of Science – New York University

Chava Shpilsky (aka Ms. C.) recently joined the School Based Therapy Services team. She graduated from CUNY Queens College and received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She received a Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from New York University. Chava has worked in a variety of settings including public and private elementary schools, an ABA center, a day care center, as well as in private homes providing Early Intervention services. She has worked with children ranging from ages 2 to 13 diagnosed with expressive and receptive language delays, pragmatic language delays, language learning disabilities, articulation disorders, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chava uses a team approach to collaborate with teachers, therapists, and staff members in order to provide optimal care for each student. Chava strives to help children reach their potential and meet their goals, while providing a fun learning environment for children to grow.


Christina P. Fisher MS, OTR/L

Master of Science – The Richard Stockton College

Christina P. Fisher graduated from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007.  During Christina’s graduate level of education, she participated in a research study that examined the Effectiveness of a Supported Education Program for Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities: The Bridge Program.  During one of her School-Based OT fieldwork assignments, Christina participated in a new grant: “Water Survival and Basic Swimming” program for special education students from ages 5-17.  Christina has a proficient level of experience in working with adults with neurological injuries such as brain injury and stroke. She was Co-Facilitator of an inpatient rehab hospital’s Medication Management Group and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) protocol with neurologic patients. She possesses strong leadership skills as she was one of the Team Leaders of an adult neurological inpatient gym, and successfully supervised Fieldwork Level II students. Christina has attended various continuing education courses pertaining to Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach (NDT), Examination and Treatment of Vestibular Disorders, Assistive Technology in School Based Setting, Yoga Therapy in the Classroom, and Handwriting Without Tears. Christina is National Board Certified in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) has her NJ Teacher’s Certificate. She also holds a certificate for Àrnadóttir OT-ADL Neurobehavioral Evaluation and Treatment (A-ONE), Treatment of Upper Extremity Dysfunction NESS H200, Modalities Intervention Part 1 Electrotherapy and Part 2


Dina Rosen, CFY

Bachelors of Science – New York University

Dina Rosen earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Hunter College. Dina’s training includes public, private and special education elementary schools. She is experienced helping children with Expressive and Receptive Language Delays, Pragmatic Language Delays, Language Learning Disabilities, Articulation Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dina is dedicated to ensuring her students reach their full potential.


Elisa Rotonda, MS, OTR/L

Master of Science – Columbia University

Elisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University (2009) and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University (2011). She is currently a licensed, registered, and school certified Occupational Therapist, practicing within the pediatric population. Elisa also has experience working in inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation with adults who have suffered traumatic/acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, and various orthopedic conditions. Elisa has worked on several research studies, including one in the area of mental practice/visualization, of which she presented to the Columbia University student body. She is also a co-author of Hard-Wired for Groups: Students and Clients in the Classroom and Clinic, which has been published by AOTA in the Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly.


James L. Sell, M.A., LDT-C

Master of Arts, Montclair State University

James received his Master’s Degree from Montclair State University and is certified in the State of New Jersey as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT-C) and Teacher of the Handicapped (K-12). James recently retired from the Morris School District after devoting nearly 40 years to educating and case managing students with special needs. James is CEO/Owner of Educational Resources of Morris, LLC a private practice specialized in educational assessments, test preparation and advocacy support. In his leisure time, James enjoys spending time at Long Beach Island, listening to music, running and motorcycle riding.



Marisa C. Hajart, MS, OTR/L

Master of Science – Seton Hall University

Marisa Hajart received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2002 from Seton Hall University after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science from the same institution in 1999. Marisa joined School Based Therapy Services in August of 2012 and has since been enjoying working with a collaborative team of therapists. She was previously employed as the Director of a Staffing Company serving the northern Hudson County region with Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Prior to her time there, Marisa was a staff Occupational Therapist for Trinitas Children’s Therapy Services, providing school-based and clinic-based services. Mrs. Hajart has extensive training and experience in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) certified and has a special interest in Yoga Therapy for children. Marisa’s post graduate interests include the treatment of complex feeding issues, yoga, and functional exercise in pediatric patients. She is an approved TLP (The Listening Program) provider and is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist.


Sara Baquero, LDT-C
Master of Special Education – Jersey City State College

Sara received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Jersey City State College and completed a post- graduate program in Learning Disabilities at Montclair State University. She is certified in the State of New Jersey as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT-C), Teacher of the Handicapped (K-12), Teacher of Bilingual/ Bicultural Education, and Teacher of English As a Second Language. While certified for the Degree of Doctor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Sara specialized in International Education and Special Education. Sara recently retired from the North Bergen School District after dedicating 37 years to the education of Special Needs students. Sara taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency Program to adult night school students. Lastly, Sara taught Special Education at the graduate level at William Paterson University.


Talia Forman , M.S., OTR/L
Master of Science - New York University

Talia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Biology from Yeshiva University (2009) and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University (2012). She is a licensed, registered, and school certified occupational therapist in New York and New Jersey. Talia has spent the last 4 years working in a private school in New York City for children with Autism. She has worked with students across the spectrum focusing on their physical, visual perceptual, visual motor, graphomotor, attentional, and fine motor needs. She has collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to provide quality care and ensure that student’s needs are being met in and out of the classroom. Talia is dedicated to helping her students reach their full potential.


Yafit Finkelstein, M.S., OTR/L
Master of Science - Columbia University

Yafit earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary School Education from Levinsky College of Education (2005) and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University (2012). She is a licensed, registered, and school certified occupational therapist. Yafit’s areas of expertise include Learning Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Sensory Integration, orthopedic conditions, mental health, etc. She is passionate about working with children and dedicated to helping her students reach their full potential. Yafit has two children and resides in Bergen County, NJ.


Jennifer Hughes, PsyD., BCBA

Masters in Clinical Behavioral Applications – CUNY Queens College Master of Clinical Psychology – Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Jennifer obtained her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University (1996), her master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Applications from CUNY Queens College (1998), a second master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2001) and her doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2005). She has over 10 years of experience working with children with autism, medical disorders, and other developmental disorders with behavioral challenges. Jennifer has worked as a, home-based behavioral therapist, and instructor in an ABA School, overseen home-based programs and clinic based programs, designed and ran social skills training groups, trained ABA therapists, provided parent training to parents in both group and individual settings, and consulted with schools. Jennifer’s goal is to help as many children develop and increase appropriate skills and decrease maladaptive behaviors utilizing efficient, effective, evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis practices while at the same time empowering their parents, caregivers, and teachers to do the same.



Julie Baruch, PT, DPT

 
Julie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Skidmore College in 2004 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University in 2009. She is a licensed, registered, and school certified physical therapist in New Jersey. Julie has over 10 years of experience working with the pediatric population in both private and public school settings as well as outpatient private practice. She has a multitude of experience in the evaluation and treatment of a wide range of pediatric diagnoses. Julie also has experience in both acute and subacute neuro rehab. In her spare time, you can find Julie on the tennis court as she is an avid competitive tennis player. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, and their three dogs.


Allison Perricone, PT, DPT


Allison received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey after completing her undergraduate work in Exercise Science with a minor in Health, Physical Activity, and Disability at the University of Delaware. She is a licensed and school certified physical therapist in New Jersey. Allison has experience working within the Early Intervention System and school-based settings with children with a variety of diagnoses. Allison has a passion for working with the pediatric population to achieve the highest outcomes for the students in her care.



Therese Dublin, MA, CCC-SLP


Therese graduated from Montclair State University in 2012. She has been working with students from two years old to high school in the Early Intervention setting and the school-based setting for nine years. She loves incorporating literacy-based language intervention into therapy activities, and has a special interest in disfluency disorders.


Jaime Zirk , MSOTR/L

Jaime Zirk obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University majoring in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College. Jaime has worked in a variety of school settings (private and public schools) with children of all ages and disabilities. In addition to her school based work, Jaime has worked in other settings, such as; a private practice setting and early intervention. Jaime’s areas of expertise include working with students across the Autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders. She has been Trained in the DIR/Floortime model (the Greenspan-Wieder Developmental Individual Relationship-based therapy), Handwriting Without Tears, The Astronaut Training Program, The Listening Program, MNRI trained, as well as Brain-Based Pediatric Yoga and Mindfulness. Jaime’s passion is working with children and assisting them to reach their greatest potential.



Inna Galeta , MS

Inna Galeta graduated from Hunter College majoring in Psychology and got her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 2008. Inna is a licenced Physical Therapist in both New Jersey and New York and a School Certified Physical Therapist in New Jersey. Inna has over 15 years of experience evaluating and treating children of all ages starting with Early Intervention with a variety of diagnoses. She has worked at multiple inpatient and outpatient facilities in the NY/NJ region and has held managerial roles as well as staff level positions. Inna is passionate about working with young children with special needs and works hard to ensure all of her patients are provided with the best care possible


  • Amy Solano, PTA
    Associate of Arts – Essex County College
  • Christine Fisher, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – The Richard Stockton College
  • Courtney Diaz, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science, Howard University
  • Dina Rosen, CFY
    Bachelors of Science – New York University
  • Elina Isaacson, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Touro College
  • Elisa Rotonda, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Columbia University
  • Eunice Gavieres, MA
    Master of Arts– Fairleigh Dickenson University
  • Inna Galeta, DPT
    Doctorate, Long Island University
  • James L. Sell, M.A., LDT-C
    Master of Arts, Montclair State University
  • Kara Grifonetti, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science, University of Scranton
  • Kara Dellamonica, SLP
    Master of Science, CUNY
  • Kellie Fitzpatrick, PTA
    Becker College, Assosciate’s of Science
  • Marisa Hajart, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Seton Hall University
  • Maria Mogel, COTA
    Assoscites of Applied Science, Eastwick College
  • Nicole Thawley,MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Columbia University
  • Paulette, Green, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Columbia University
  • Rebecca Schwartz
    Dual Master’s in School and Educational Psychology - Columbia University
  • Robert McMahon, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Columbia University
  • Sara Krinitz, MA, OTR/L
    Master of Arts – New York University
  • Talia Forman, M.S., OTR/L
    Master of Science – New York University
  • Terese Dublin, SLP-CCC
    Master of Art, Montclair State University
  • Shannon Moynihan, BCBA
    Master of Art, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
  • Shira Burstein, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science, Tuoro College
  • Vivian Stamos, MA, CFY
    Master of Arts, Seton Hall University
  • Yafit Finkelstein, M.S., OTR/L
    Master of Science – Columbia University
  • Victoria Benitez, PT, MSPT
    Master of Science - Stockton Universit