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 pursing a graduate degree in integrative medicine.


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.


Amy Hagopian, BS, OTR/L 

Bachelor of Science - University of Hartford

Before joining SBTS, Amy was a senior occupational therapist and director of student programs for a private sensory clinic.  She has provided treatment in various settings, including a sensory clinic, a therapeutic nursery school and delivered home-based therapy for infants and toddlers as an Early Intervention provider.  She also worked as a staff occupational therapist at a private school for multi-disabled students ranging from three to 14 years of age.  Amy has experience in the successful implementation of a broad array of therapeutic techniques ranging from Therapeutic Listening® to Interactive Metronome®.  She has run many handwriting and social skills groups and clinically supervised Level I and Level II  graduate level occupational therapy students. 


Anna Moskal, Physical Therapist

Doctorate of Physical Therapy - University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ

Anna earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. She is a licensed and school certified physical therapist. Anna has over 11 years of experience in pediatrics and has worked in public and private school as well as early intervention. She has experience working with children of all ages and with a variety of diagnosis. Anna is dedicated to helping her students reach their greatest potential.


Brian Brutzman, M.A. BCBA

Master of Arts - New York University

Brian is a licensed behavior analyst in the state of New York and currently serves as the clinical liaison for the Global Psychiatric Epidemiology Group at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He has been involved in several different research projects/publications involving child and adult mental health. He is passionate about helping students achieve their potential in school and specializes in the mitigation of complex and challenging problem behavior in the home, school and community. Brian holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland and New York University, respectively.


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


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.


Jennifer Strasnick, MS, OTR/L

Master of Science – Ithaca College

Jennifer Strasnick is a licensed and registered occupational therapist, with both a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science from Ithaca College as well as a pediatric certification from Misericordia University. Jennifer has worked in a variety of school settings with children of all ages and disabilities ranging from physical disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities. In addition to her school based work, Jennifer has worked in other various settings, such as; inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and early intervention. Over the course of her career, Jennifer has been involved with providing formal lectures at various colleges and mastering her own skills through continuing education seminars and professional certifications (NEURO-IFRAH, A-ONE Cognitive Assessment Tool, Handwriting Without Tears).


Joanne Fischer, MA, OTR/L

Master of Arts – New York University

Joanne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan (1993) and a Master of Arts degree from New York University (1998). She is currently a licensed, registered and school certified occupational therapist, working with School Based Therapy Services, in New Jersey. Joanne has experience working in both the New York City public school system, as well as several districts within the New Jersey public school system. She also has experience providing service within a private practice in New York City. Over the years, Joanne has worked with children of a variety of ages and diagnoses.


Karen Salkin, MS, OTR/L

Master of Science - Columbia University

Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology from SUNY Albany (1995) and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University (2002). She is a licensed, registered, and school certified occupational therapist in both New York and New Jersey. Karen has experience working in the New York City public school system with children from pre-k to 8th grade for over 13 years. She has run many fine motor and handwriting groups and has supervised Level I and Level II students. She also has experience working at a sensory clinic consulting, collaborating with parents, teachers and professional staff to maximize student’s performance in the academic and home environments. Karen is a knowledgeable and versatile therapist and has a passion to promote independence in a child’s daily life.


Kareen Bruce-Ugwuala, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Master of Science-Long Island University (Brooklyn)

Kareen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Montclair State University and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Long Island University. Kareen is ASHA Certified and has dual licensure and school certification in New York and New Jersey. Kareen's pediatric experience includes inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and school based speech therapy. Kareen has worked closely with a multidisciplinary team in order to coordinate care and promote progress and success towards therapeutic goals. She has a variety of experience with children and adults and has provided direct care for a range of disorders/disabilities including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders, Cognitive and Neurogenic Communication Disorders. Kareen is compassionate and prides herself on providing families with the education needed to effectively carryover learned strategies in order to facilitate therapeutic success.


Lindsey Mannarino, MA, CCC-SLP

Master of Arts – Montclair State University

Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University (2009) and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Montclair State University (2011). She is licensed and school certified as a speech language pathologist in NJ and has her national ASHA certification as well. She has been trained to use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. She currently works with the pediatric population, mostly in the school setting. She has a variety of experience with children of all ages and abilities and is happy to be a part of improving the communication of this population.


Madiha Muzammal, MA, BCBA

Masters of Arts, Queens College CUNY

Madiha earned her masters degree from Queens College in 2013 with specialization in applied behavior analysis (ABA). She completed her BCBA supervision in a center based program in New York and providing staff training to teachers at one of the public schools in New York. Currently, she is enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology with specialization in ABA. Her research area is teaching social communication skills to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. She is also an adjunct lecturer in psychology department at Queens College. In addition, she provides home based and school based services to children with developmental disabilities. She also provides training to school staff about setting up a classroom that has children with developmental disabilities.


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.


Melissa Cook, MA, BCBA

Master of Arts- College of Saint Elizabeth

Melissa earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from James Madison University (2000), a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Assistive Technology from The College of St. Elizabeth (2010), and completed her BACB Coursework at the Pennsylvania State University (2008). As a certified Teacher of Students with Disabilities, she taught a self-contained classroom for students on the autism spectrum in a public school from 2005-2010. Since becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2010, Melissa has provided services to students on the autism spectrum and other disabilities in public schools, private schools, community, and home-based settings. She has worked with students of all ages. Melissa is passionate about training parents and students in best practices of Applied Behavior Analysis. She specializes in Assistive Technology, addressing challenging behaviors, school based consultation, and educational programming for students on the autism spectrum.


Nicole Haack, OTA

Associate of Applied Science - Rockland Community College

Nicole Haack graduated from Rockland Community College in 2014 with an associate’s degree in occupational therapy. Nicole completed internships at Hamilton Park Health Care Center in Jersey City, NJ and East Ramapo Public School District in Rockland County. Nicole has experience working with adults diagnosed with various orthopedic conditions and traumatic brain injuries. In addition, she has worked with school-aged children with learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prior to becoming a certified occupational therapy assistant, Nicole worked as an echocardiogram technician. While completing her degree, Nicole simultaneously worked for SBTS as a supporting staff member, to help the rapidly expanding company. Nicole has a passion for helping children through occupational therapy and looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the field.


Rebecca Schwartz
Dual Master’s in School and Educational Psychology - Columbia University

Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College (2008) and a dual Master’s in School and Educational Psychology from Columbia University (2013). She is currently a nationally and New Jersey certified school psychologist. Rebecca has a wide range of experience working with PreK-12th grade students, conducting psychological evaluations, parent and teacher consultations, designing and implementing behavior intervention plans, creating Individualized Education Plans, and school based counseling. Rebecca’s primary focus is on the academic and social-emotional well-being of all children. She has a passion for linking assessment results to practical and empirically based interventions to resolve barriers to learning.


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.


Tammy Wagner Cayir M.S.Ed.,BCBA
Masters of Science-Hunter College

Tammy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience in special education. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from Lock Haven University, a Masters of Science Degree in Learning Disorders from Hunter College and she completed her BCBA course work at Penn State University. As a Certified Special Education Teacher Tammy has taught all ages and abilities at a special education school and in public schools. She pursued her BCBA certificate after establishing a program for students with autism at a public middle school. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Tammy provides behavior services and training in public and private schools as well as community and home settings. She also supervises ABA therapists and graduate students. Tammy is dedicated to providing services that will enable students to access education, engage in meaningful interactions with others, and to improve quality of life.


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.


  • Alyssa Hertzberg, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science - Columbia University
  • Amy Hagopian, MS, OTR/L
    Bachelor of Science - University of Hartford
  • Anna Lupinacci, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science - Columbia University
  • Anna Moskal, Physical Therapist
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy - University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ
  • Brian Brutzman, M.A. BCBA
    Licensed Behavior Analyst
  • Chava Shpilsky
    Masters of Science – New York University
  • Christine Fisher, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – The Richard Stockton College
  • Elina Isaacson, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Touro College
  • Elisa Rotonda, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Columbia University
  • Jaime Moorehead, CCC-SLP
    Master of Arts, Adelphi University
  • Jamie Dice, SLP
    Master of Arts, Kean University
  • Jeanne Venitelli, BS, OTR/L
    Bachelor of Science – Dominican College
  • Jennifer Strasnick,MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Ithaca College
  • Joanne Fischer, MA, OTR/L
    Master of Art – New York University
  • Judy Anderson, CCC-SLP
    Master of Arts, Montclair State University
  • Julie Baruch, DPT
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy, New York University
  • Karen Salkin, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science - Columbia University
  • Kareen Bruce-Ugwuala, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD
    Master of Science-Long Island University (Brooklyn)
  • Lindsey Mannarino, MA, CCC-SLP
    Master of Arts – Montclair State University
  • Madiha Muzammal, MA, BCBA
    Masters of Arts, Queens College CUNY
  • Maria Camerino, LDTC
    Master of Special Education – Kean University
  • Marisa Hajart, MS, OTR/L
    Master of Science – Seton Hall University
  • Nicole Haack, OTA
    Associate of Applied Science - Rockland Community 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
  • Tammy Wagner Cayir M.S.Ed.,BCBA
    Masters of Science-Hunter College
  • Yafit Finkelstein, M.S., OTR/L
    Master of Science – Columbia University
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