Occupational Therapists

Dawn Balliett, COTA/L

Dawn is a 2014 Stark State graduate with Distinctions as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She worked in nursing home and in hospital settings her first year out of school before joining the team at ABC therapy. She has been working with ABC Therapy going on 3 years now, and has had an ongoing passion for working with children. Treating children from pre-K to high school age with different backgrounds, Dawn loves helping them achieve their best in a school setting, but also in their personal 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 flourished. 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. Caseandra 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

As a recent Occupational Therapy Assistant graduate, Rene’ has an abundance life experience as a mother of 3, and foster mom of 32 (6 of whom she adopted). She focuses on providing students with the opportunity to reach their highest potential physically, emotionally, and mentally. Her goal is to help these students obtain and maintain the greatest degree of independence possible while adjusting to limitations they may face.


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. Jennifer enjoys helping individuals be as functional and independent as they can be through having fun.


Dora Sword, COTA/L

As an Occupational Therapy Assistant working for ABC Therapy, Dora addresses the needs of children with a varying physical challenges including ASD. She enjoys working with children from a sensory motor frame of reference. Additionally, Dora 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; I love watching the children grow and their achieve goals.”


Stacey Viar, MOT/Lm

Stacey graduated from Tennessee State University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Primarily, she began practicing for 6 years with the geriatric population before transitioning to school based therapy services. “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 Jo D 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. In the past few years, she has worked with children in the outpatient and school-based settings. Linda enjoys working with children that are neuromotor impaired or medically fragile to try to make a difference in their quality of life.