Dr. Julie Tourigny, OTR
Founder and director of the Colorado Center For Pediatric Learning and Development.
Dr. Julie Tourigny is passionate about the preschool years. As an occupational therapist who focuses on early childhood development, she has dedicated her entire education and professional career to cutting-edge strategies and programs that develop the vital sensory, motor and social skills young children need for success in school. Dr. Tourignyâs experience has convinced her that, with the right methods, all students have the capacity to be competent and successful students, regardless of socioeconomic, cognitive, or other challenges they may face.
In 2003, Dr. Tourigny founded the Colorado Center for Pediatric Learning and Development in Denver, Colorado. Using evidence-based therapeutic intervention she and her colleagues treat children with motor, language, and social challenges as well as children with medical and developmental diagnoses that include premature birth, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Down's syndrome, and sensory processing deficits.
Dr. Tourignyâs, Get Ready for Kindergarten!, a comprehensive kindergarten readiness program, has been incorporated into preschool curriculum in private preschools in the Denver area. Her goal is to make Get Ready available to every public school student. Her newest program, a handwriting program for preschoolers, Letter Leaders, will be available in January 2014. Letter Leaders is Dr. Tourignyâs broad vision at its best as it provides enriching curriculum and formal handwriting instruction for preschool aged children.
A certified occupational therapist, Dr. Tourigny is licensed in Colorado. She is a certified trainer for the Assessment, Evaluation, and Program System Test, an assessment tool that evaluates the global skills of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She has served as an occupational therapy consultant for Home For Little Wanderers in Boston, been a senior occupational therapist at the LADDERS Clinic and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, acted as a research assistant at the STAR Center and KID Foundation in Denver, done home care through Denver Childrenâs Hospital, and worked as a facilitator for Boston Universityâs MSOT online program. She is certified to interpret and administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), and is a nationally known instructor on sensory integration intervention techniques with numerous lectures to her credit. Currently she focuses on making Letter Leaders available to as many school systems, clinics, and individual families as possible.
Julia Tourigny graduated cum laude from Boston University with a BS in occupational therapy. She earned her MBA magna cum laude from the University of Denver, with a concentration in statistics, and completed an MS in therapeutic studies from Boston University. Her doctorate in occupational therapy was awarded by Boston University.
Corey Bralower MSOTR
Corey is a graduate of Columbia University’s Occupational Therapy Master of Science program in New York, NY. She has been working in Colorado as a pediatric occupational therapist for the past four years. She shares her time working at CCPLD and Denver University’s Fisher Early Learning Center. She has worked at Adam’s Camp as well as Firefly Autism Center. She has experience with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, ADHD, learning disabilities, fine motor and handwriting difficulties, developmental delay, and other neurological conditions. She works with children of all ages and diverse backgrounds, including Spanish-speaking families. Corey is a Handwriting Without Tears certified handwriting therapist. She has a unique therapeutic style and a client-centered approach that promotes a child’s motivation to achieve goals and improve areas of weakness.
Sheri David, MOT, OTR
Sheri graduated with a Master in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2001. She has been passionately working with children and their families for more than 12 years. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including hospitals, school systems, and Early Intervention. She continues to expand her knowledge base by completing a well-rounded selection of continuing education courses. Sheri began working at CCPLD since January 2012. Her primary area of interest is Preschool and Elementary age kids concentrating on handwriting, visual and fine motor delays. In her free time, Sheri enjoys anything outdoor related; hiking, camping, skiing, and being with her two year old daughter, cavalier spaniel, and husband.
Regina Higbie MS, OTR/L
Regina graduated from Boston University in 2001 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 11 years. Regina has gained her experience working at a pediatric clinic and and at Miller Children’s Hospital in California. Her specialty is working with children with feeding issues, including medically complicated children. Regina is certified to provide Vital Stim Therapy, an intervention for swallowing disorders. She has experience working with a wide range of children in order to facilitate their fine motor, sensory processing, and play skills.
Danielle Warren COTA
Danielle has over fifteen years experience working in the field of Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She has worked in Preschool, Schools and Pediatric Therapy Clinics. She received her degree in Occupational Therapy from DIT, Denver in 1996. Professionally, her areas of interest and specialization are sensory integration, autism spectrum disorders, Down's syndrome and developmental delays. She also designs sensory spaces, therapy rooms and brain-based classrooms. In addition to CCPLD, Danielle works at Unique Prints Pediatric Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys golf, trail running, camping, experiencing new restaurants and adventures in the city with her husband, Ian and their dog, Stella.
Beth Kalimba MS PT
Beth graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She has worked with CCPLD since 2010. Beth has a passion for pediatrics and has worked in a variety of settings including the schools, clinics and homes. She has experience with a wide range of diagnoses including CP, Down’s Syndrome, ASD, brain injury, gait and coordination issues as well as prematurity and Torticollis. She has taken continuing education classes with an emphasis in premature infant development, spasticity, torticollis, kinesiotaping, and gait disorders. Beth loves working with the child’s family to incorporate therapy activities easily into their daily routines for maximal success and especially enjoys working with the birth to 3 population. When not working she is busy with her two little boys and husband going to their baseball and soccer games and exploring new places in Colorado.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Barb Peters MS CCC SLP
Barb has been a pediatric speech-language pathologist for 25 years.
Barb specializes in working with children who are experiencing language delays and disorders, articulation and motor speech disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), oral-motor and oral-sensory issues, and feeding. She has intensive training and expertise in the treatment of apraxia (CAS) and communication deficits associated with Down Syndrome. Barb is also the mother of a child with special needs and learning challenges. In her free time, Barb enjoys gardening, tennis, Zumba, and many other forms of exercise. She is also an avid sports fan.
Tracy Killian MS CCC SLP
Tracy has over 15 years experience working as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. She recently joined the team at CCPLD in 2013. She received her B.S. and M.S. at Eastern Illinois University. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospital (general peds floor, NICU, outpatient), home health (early intervention), private schools and most recently left her position as faculty at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL to relocate to Colorado. Her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorders, communication difficulties related to premature birth, language delays and disorders, and articulation/motor planning disorders. She also has coordinated social communication groups to help improve pragmatic language skills of her clients. Tracy believes in working closely with caregivers and teachers to maximize a child’s progress. Tracy and her husband have 2 children. Her interests are reading, running, cycling, skiing and traveling with her family.
Katherine Beyer M. Ed., CCC-SLP
Kate works full time in a preschool setting, as well as part time at CCPLD. Her passion is working with children birth to five years of age; however she experience as a speech language pathologist working with children of all ages, as well as adults. She has experience working with children with a variety of challenges, such as apraxia, autism, language delays, articulation delays, and social communication delays. Kate is certified instructor of the It Takes Two to Talk Hanen language program enjoys incorporating these parent strategies when working with children birth to 5 years of age. She enjoys snowboarding, biking, and spending time with her husband and dog.