Scott is the founder and executive director of Intensive Therapeutics. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Scott was a social worker for 7 years in both pediatric and geriatric settings. In 1997, Scott graduated from Kean University with a post-baccalaureate major in occupational therapy. He earned a post-professional master of science degree in health science, with a specialization in movement science, from Seton Hall University in 2005. As an occupational therapist, Scott has worked in various settings with adults and children. He has been an adjunct professor at Kean University.
Director of Occupational Therapy Services
Alexandra earned her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Kean University in January 2013. Previously, she obtained a bachelor of science degree in exercise science from Rutgers University in May 2009. During her time at Kean, Alexandra completed a pediatric internship with Intensive Therapeutics, and an internship in adult rehabilitation at Universal Institute. She has gained experience from working in a variety of pediatric settings including the New Jersey Early Intervention Program, as an independent contractor for the New York Board of Education, and as a staff occupational therapist at a pediatric private clinic in New Jersey and New York. Alexandra has worked summers at Intensive Therapeutics since 2013, and started full-time in December 2014.
Brielle earned her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Kean University in January of 2015. She previously obtained a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and Substance Abuse Counseling from Ramapo College of New Jersey in January of 2012. During her time at Kean, Brielle completed a pediatric internship with Intensive Therapeutics, and an internship in adult rehabilitation at Kessler Institute in outpatient neurology. Brielle has also completed research for her group masters thesis on the topic of children with hemiplegia, entitled “How Goals Identified on the COPM Change for Children with Hemiplegia at a CIMT Camp Across Factors of Age, Gender, Time and Botox: A Retrospective Study.” Brielle’s interests include hiking and photography.
Sarah completed her master of science degree in occupational therapy in August of 2015 after obtaining a bachelors degree in Health Sciences with a minor in counseling and human services in June of 2014, both from the University of Scranton. During her summers, Sarah completed a pediatric internship with Intensive Therapeutics, and an internship in various inpatient acute care units within Morristown Medical Center. Sarah has also gained experience at University Hospital (Newark), Pediatric and Adult Rehabilitation Center, as well as Morristown Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatric unit. Sarah started full-time at Intensive Therapeutics in December 2015.
Danielle earned her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Kean University in January of 2016. She previously obtained a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies from Kean University in May 2014. Danielle worked as an OT student worker for Intensive Therapeutics in summer of 2014. During her time at Kean, Danielle completed a mental health internship at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital and an internship in adult rehabilitation at JDT Villa Medical Rehabilitation Center. Danielle has also gained experience at The Children’s Therapy Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatric units serving adults and adolescents.
Ali Meringer is a speech-language pathologist who joined Intensive Therapeutics in June 2016. Ali holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and licensure in New Jersey. Ali completed her master of science degree in speech-language pathology from Seton Hall University in May of 2013. Previously, Ali obtained a bachelor of arts degree in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2011. During her time at Seton Hall, Ali completed three clinical internships at The Lewis School of Princeton, The Lakeview School of Edison, and Children Specialized Hospital – Early Intervention program where she provided speech and language therapy to children ages birth to 12 with a variety of special needs. Ali has previously gained work experience as a certified speech-language specialist working in a public school setting providing individual and small group speech and language services for preschool and kindergarten special education students with a wide range of disabilities.
Anne Melia is a speech-language pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and licensure in New Jersey and New York. She has her PROMPT Certification, (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), a holistic, dynamic, multi-sensory system approach used to assess and treat individuals with speech production disorders (apraxia, dysarthria). Anne has a special interest in motor speech and communication disorders.
Katie earned her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Kean University in January 2017. She received her BA in English from The Catholic University of America in May 2014. Katie has volunteered with Special Olympics NJ, as well as with Intensive Therapeutics before her employment began. During her academic years at Kean University, Katie also worked as a Graduate Assistant with the Department of Occupational Therapy. Katie started her employment as an OTR/L at Intensive Therapeutics in September 2017.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Peggy joined Intensive Therapeutics in January 2016. After 35 years in the global corporate world leading both information technology and business process changes, she is responsible for fundraising and grant writing activities for our nonprofit organization. She was a past president of her local Little League and currently serves on the Board of Directors for her local PAL (Police Athletic League) organization.
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®
In practice since 1998, Kathy has studied extensively with Sheryl Field, The Field Center, and also completed the Anat Baniel Children’s Mastery Programsm. Kathy has worked with children with a range of developmental issues: Cerebral Palsy, including Hemiplegia, as well as children with ADD, ADHD and children on the autism spectrum. Her extensive background in theater and dance bring an added dimension of creativity, and her continued study and practice have provided a deep understanding of the underpinnings of functional movement. Ms. Yates has already seen the benefits of combining the work of Intensive Therapeutics with Feldenrkais with children dealing with Special Needs and looks forward to continuing this complementary work with more children.