ERIN M. CLEMENS, OTR/L, BCP, CIMI
Owner and Clinic Director
AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Erin Clemens is a 2001 magna cum laude graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in schools, early intervention services providing home-based therapy, daycares, group homes, and outpatient clinics. In 2004, Erin became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor through the Loving Touch Foundation, and currently teachers both group classes and private instruction on the techniques of infant massage for parents and other caregivers. In July 2007, Erin became a Certified Handwriting Specialist through the Handwriting Without Tears (R) Program. Erin has been a certified provider of the Therapeutic Listening Program since 2011, and develops home programs for families using this approach. She also provides feeding therapy and has been trained in the Beckman Oral-Motor Protocol as well as the SOS Approach to feeding. She has presented at numerous local and state conferences on varied topics such as handwriting, sensory processing, executive functions, feeding, and fine motor development.
Erin has been the President of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association since 2016, and is in her second term as President.
Erin is a past adjunct faculty member for the Northern Virginia Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program teaching the Developmental Disabilities course for four years.
Erin is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA). She was the secretary for the Northern District of the VOTA from 2012-2013. She was the co-chair of the Northern District of the VOTA from 2013-2015.
Erin takes an active role in advocating for children and families who have a child or children with disabilities, particularly military families. She was a contributing writer for the book Life Journey through Autism: A Guide for Military Families, a guidebook from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). She is also in the process of writing a handbook for families on childhood development.
Erin maintains an active role in professional associations as well as community organizations. She keeps herself educated on current evidence-based practices to ensure the provision of the highest quality of care. She keeps current on therapeutic trends and evidence-based research. She maintains current national and state licensure by regularly attending a variety of continuing education conferences and workshops to further her knowledge in pediatric occupational therapy. Erin enjoys spreading the word and educating the local community on the importance of occupational therapy across the lifespan, in addition to the value that occupational therapists provide to a multitude of settings and practice arenas.
Erin was accepted into the AOTA's Leadership and Development Program in Bethesda, MD in September 2012. She spent four days learning from the top leaders in the profession, including the President, Vice President, President-elect, and Vice President-elect of the AOTA. She also spent a day on Capitol Hill speaking with VA Senators' offices on current legislative issues impacting occupational therapy.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, hiking, cycling, and reading. She volunteers on the PTA of her son's Chinese School and volunteers in her community whenever time allows.
JENNIFER FAHERTY, MOT, OTR/L
Assistant Clinic Director
Jennifer is a graduate of James Madison University with her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She completed an internship with Pediatric Achievements and upon graduation returned for a full-time position. She has experience working in outpatient pediatrics, mental health, and the school system, including leading and running small treatment groups as well as supervising students. Jen is certified in the Handwriting Without Tears program. Her primary area of interest is sensory processing disorders.
Jen grew up in the Northern Virginia area and finds it exciting to work with local families. Her favorite treatment activity includes playing games on all of the different swings. She is a member of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
In her free time she enjoys baking, cooking, photography, and knitting.
TERESA HERDEGEN, MS, OTR/L
Teresa has earned a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor's Degree from University of Minnesota. She has experience working in early intervention services, skilled nursing facilities, and the school system. Teresa began working at Pediatric Achievements in June 2016 and has enjoyed working with children and their families in a private practice setting. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Teresa has completed two Handwriting Without Tears ® workshops and pursues continuing education in a variety of practice areas including sensory integration, visual-motor skills, and health and wellness. She is a native of Minnesota but has also lived in five other states as well as overseas in South Korea and Southern France. Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. Her hobbies include running, yoga, cooking, reading, travel and art.
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CARLY KERKOFF, MS, COTA/L
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DR. KATHRYN LASLIE, OTD
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COURTNEY MARIN, PT, DPT
“Whether it’s standing for the first time, learning how to maneuver a wheelchair, or helping a kiddo swing a bat and hit a ball, seeing smiles on both my patients’ and families’ faces makes being a pediatric physical therapist a very rewarding career.”
Courtney received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech and went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Lynchburg in May of 2019. While studying at the University of Lynchburg, Courtney helped manage a pro bono health clinic and treated uninsured and underinsured patients of all ages in the Southwest VA area.
Throughout high school and college, Courtney spent a great deal of her time being a nanny, which established her passion for working with children. Courtney has pediatric physical therapy experience in both the outpatient and school-based settings working with a variety of ages and diagnoses. She has also been involved with helping to clean, assemble, and fit adaptive equipment for children. One of Courtney’s passions is advocating for her patients and their families to make sure they get the care they need and deserve. Courtney has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2016 and is a member of both the pediatric and neurological sections. In her free time, she enjoys watching and playing sports as well as putting together over 1000-piece puzzles!
DEBORAH “DEBI” J. REESE, PT, DPT, MPA, DPT
Dr. Reese entered into physical therapy with a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 1988. From there, she received a commission into the United States Air Force. The USAF used her student training in pediatrics to send her overseas to become a member of Air Force Services for Exceptional Children (AFSEC) program through which she began her career in evaluating children as a member of a multidisciplinary team and providing physical therapy via outpatient and school-based settings. During that time, she was sent to Germany in 1990 to attend an 8-week pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) certification course.
After 5-years of active duty service, she transferred into the Air Force reserves as an individual mobilization augmentee and began full-time pediatrics in her civilian life. She was the sensorimotor evaluator for the New Mexico preschool and infant evaluation program for almost 10 years, held various contracts in early intervention and pediatrics for 16 years, and continued to perform adult orthopedics in the Air Force reserves. She has performed pediatric physical therapy in the home, NICU, PICU, cardiac care, hospital-based inpatient care, and outpatient settings since moving east in 2007.
In 1998, Dr. Reese received a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Troy University. She achieved her pediatric board certification in 2005, recertified in 2015, and finished with her doctorate through the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program with A.T. Still University in 2016.
Throughout the years, Dr. Reese has been an active member in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and her state chapters; her most recent experiences were with the Hawaiian chapter of the APTA as she was the secretary (2015-2016) and membership chair (2017-2018). She is currently the Awards Chair for the Virginia chapter. Dr. Reese retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2016 after 28-years of service and has been with Pediatric Achievements since September 2018.