Our Team ——
Experienced, Trustworthy, & Friendly Staff
Occupational Therapist / Clinical Director / Founder
Katie has a passion for helping children overcome life’s challenges! Katie received her Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has over 25 years experience in the field of Pediatric Occupational Therapy with expertise in Early Childhood Intervention, oral sensory/motor feeding difficulties, Autism, and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Katie has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including inpatient/NICU, outpatient, home & school-based environments. She has been involved with Handwriting, Feeding Aversion, and Sensory Diet program development while practicing in Southern California for over 6 years. She has received post-graduate certification for the administration & interpretation of the Sensory Integration & Praxis Test, including therapeutic intervention programs using Sensory Integration Techniques. Katie has specialty certification and training in the following areas:
- Advanced Training in the assessment and treatment of Sensory Integration Disorders, Behavior Disorders, self-regulation, attention, praxis, and other child-centered, relationship-based therapeutic interventions. SIPT Certification #1216
- Clinical Instructor for Level 1 and 2 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Students affiliated with UTMB-Galveston, UT Health Science Center-San Antonio, Texas Woman’s University-Denton
- Certified Interactive Metronome (IM) provider
- Advanced Training in Oral Motor and Oral Sensory Feeding Disorders
- Completion of Austin Eye Gym Level 1 and 2 certification course for Managing DevelopmentalVisual Deficits in Children
- Trained and Certified to administer the Therapeutic Listening Program, Vital Links provider # M4785
Katie’s special interest areas include: Auditory Integration Therapy, Pediatric Yoga, Music Therapy, and Relationship Development Intervention for children on the Autistic Spectrum.
In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her 2 children, Holt and Hadley, traveling, exploring ALL the different food Austin has to offer, running, reading, going to movies, and seeing live music shows!
Clinical Supervisor / Occupational Therapist/ Team Lead
Cindy Martin, OTR graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989. She has been a practicing OTR in Texas for 29 years, working extensively in both adult and pediatric settings. She has a passion for children and improving their families’ lives and has been practicing with children exclusively since 2001. Cindy has expertise in acute care, trauma care, rehabilitation, psychiatric and outpatient settings. She has extensive experience working with brain injury, feeding and developmental care in the Neonatal Intensive Care, splinting, infants and children with developmental delay and sensory processing difficulties. She has been a Student Fieldwork Coordinator / fieldwork Clinical Instructor for over 20 years. Cindy has a wonderful 26-year-old son who is in training to be a nurse. She loves to fellowship with friends, read, watch classic and contemporary movies, play outdoors and she thoroughly enjoys living in Central Texas.
Blessy received her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX and her Master’s Degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.
Her fieldwork includes non-clinical and clinical experiences ranging from outpatient and in-home therapy, skilled nursing facility, homeless shelters, acute care, and salvation army day centers. She is passionate about creating a strong connection with her clients and families and always works towards thinking “outside the box.”
Blessy has published pediatric therapeutic materials that are available for other clinicians worldwide, along with serving as a panelist at Syracuse University’s S.T.E.M Program for girls to learn about the field of occupational therapy. She has written blogs and was the founding member of the Occupational therapy Practice Associate Program in a Pediatric Outpatient Practice in Chicago, IL.
In her spare time, Blessy enjoys spending time with her husband, interior design, do-it-yourself projects, photography, and traveling.
Rebecca “BECCA” received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Texas. She recently graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Austin with her doctorate in occupational therapy. The focus of her doctoral project was the development of an outdoor/nature-based occupational therapy intervention for children, which she worked on here at OT Connection. Becca helped develop the outdoor space and design new outdoor activities. Becca’s previous clinical experiences include a rotation in an acute care setting and at a pediatric hippotherapy clinic. She has also worked as a paraeducator in a preschool setting with children with language and learning disorders. In her free time, Becca enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, and reading.
Rikki received her bachelor in kinesiology at Texas Tech University and is a recent graduate from Abilene Christian University where she received her master of science in occupational therapy. She has always had a passion for working with children and their families and started her occupational therapy career working in pediatric home health therapy. Rikki has prior fieldwork experience working with a variety of pediatric and adult patients at an outpatient clinic in central Texas, children within the school system, and adults in acute care.
In her free time, Rikki enjoys reading, exploring Austin with her friends, and taking her 4-year-old dachshund, Edward, on walks around the trail at Lady Bird Lake.
Jackie received her bachelors in biology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She received her masters degree in biology with a specialization in ecology and evolution from University of Illinois at Springfield and her master of occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University at Houston. She is passionate about occupational therapy as it is challenging, fulling, has a holistic approach, and is focused on incorporating activities that are meaningful to her patients. She has experience working with both pediatrics in outpatient setting and adults in acute care. She has worked with pediatric clients age birth to 21 and a variety of diagnoses, such as coordination disorders, sensory processing, neurological disorders, physical disorders, developmental delay, ASD, Down’s Syndrome, ODD, feeding difficulties, and ADHD. Furthering her knowledge in pediatric occupational therapy is an ongoing pursuit. She has taken courses on pediatric N.D.T. intensive handling techniques, S.O.S approach to feeding, and Handwriting Without Tears Program.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Reina received her OTA Associates degree in August of 2020 from St. Catherine University. With a big passion for working with children, she started her career in the pediatric home health setting after graduation. Reina has 15+ years experience working with the pediatric community including at childcare facilities, as well as being a teaching assistant in a special education preschool classroom setting working with many diagnoses such as Autism, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, and many others. Reina prides herself on her ability to put the “fun” in functional through play that is complimented by her sunny disposition.
For leisure, Reina enjoys kayaking, playing volleyball and pickleball, delights in family time, and tending to her very needy cat’s every wish and desire.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Anni is a graduate of Pima Medical Institute in El Paso, Texas. Knowing that their passion lies with the pediatric population, they were eager to begin their journey as a pediatric COTA in both outpatient and the schools here in the Austin area. Their previous experience includes fieldwork in pediatric settings, time as a pediatric occupational therapy and neurofeedback technician, and clinical rotation in skilled-nursing facilities. Anni is eager to grow and learn all that they can about working with the pediatric population in hopes of someday pursuing their Masters in Occupational Therapy. In their free time, Anni enjoys spending time outside with their dog, taking pictures of their cats, roller skating, and volunteering for various causes.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Sarah is a 2010 graduate of Austin Community College in Austin, TX. Her passion is working with the pediatric population. Sarah has worked in the public school system in the past. She has additional training in sensory and behavioral feeding difficulties and handwriting. Sarah is the mother of two boys that keep her busy when not at the clinic.