Occupational Therapists

Dawn Balliett, COTA/L

A  2014 graduate of Stark State as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Dawn did some PRN before joining ABC part time in September. She studied Physical Therapy after receiving some for a back injury, but while at school determined that Occupational Therapy was more to her liking. She enjoys being able to make a difference in the children’s lives.

Cassandra Jirous, COTA/L

While working at a school for autism and special needs during her studies for a Masters in Art Therapy with Counseling, Cassandra’s passion for helping children grew. After receiving her masters, she decided she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children, so she slightly changed directions and went to school to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She especially enjoys working with the younger children in the school setting and encourages them to attain their goals using play and other fun activities.

Rene’ Barlow, COTA/L

Recently graduated as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Rene’ has much life experience as a mother of 3, and foster mom of 32 (6 of whom she adopted). She focuses on providing students the opportunity to reach their highest potential physically, emotionally and mentally. Helping students obtain and maintain the greatest degree of independence possible, while adjusting to limitations, is her daily goal.

Jennifer Netzband, COTA/L

Jen has been practicing as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for the past 15 years predominantly with children, but also in outpatient, acute and rehab settings. She enjoys helping individuals be as functional and independent as they can be, through having fun.

Dora Sword, COTA/L

An Occupational Therapy Assistant with ABC Therapy for the past three years, Dora addresses the needs of children with a variety of developmental challenges including ASD. She enjoys working with children from a sensory motor frame of reference. Additionally, she works in rehab settings for adults, is an adjunct teacher in the summer for an OTA program and is working on completing her MS of Psychology. “I teach through work and play: and I love watching the children grow and achieve goals.

Stacey Viar, MOT/Lm

Stacey graduated from Tennessee State University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has been practicing for 6 years with primarily the geriatric population before transitioning to school based therapy. “I enjoy working with the kiddos and the level of energy they have. I love how they can get so excited over the little things!”

Jo D Loutzenhiser, MOTR/L

Portrsit of Jodi LoutzenhiserJo D graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University, and brings many years of previous experience as a COTA working with the pediatric population. She has a real passion for working with the children and families to help them be all they can be. During her spare time she volunteers at the Medina Creative Therapy Ranch assisting individuals with therapeutic riding.

Linda Cooksey, OTR/L

Linda has been an Occupational Therapist for 10 years, working in the areas of adult inpatient rehabilitation, acute care and outpatient therapy. She has worked with children in the outpatient and school-based settings for the past few years. She enjoys working with children that are neuromotor impaired or medically fragile, to try to make a difference in their quality of life.