Meet Our Staff
Deidre is a licensed occupational therapist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She received a doctorate and master's degree from Misericordia University and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Deidre has completed research in the pediatric field that has been presented nationally and internationally at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.
Deidre consistently advances her clinical skills and therapeutic reasoning through continuing education and research opportunities. She has worked with children across a variety of settings including early intervention, schools, inpatient, child care centers, aquatics and outpatient/private practice. Deidre strives to meet the needs of each family through collaboration, creating strong therapeutic relationships and facilitating positive outcomes. She is passionate about her work with children and, in her off hours, loves spending time with family, exercising and traveling.
Erin is a New Jersey licensed occupational therapist and certified by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists. She received a master's degree in occupational therapy from Hofstra University and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Erin has worked with children of all ages and abilities throughout her career and enjoys the long-term connections she makes with families. She feels that these connections, paired with a holistic view of the child, is essential for tapping into functional independence and maximizing the benefits of therapy.
Erin has a keen interest in continuing education opportunities in various pediatric areas such as sensory integration techniques and developmental approaches. In her spare time, Erin enjoys being a dog-mom, seeing friends and family, traveling, exercising and watching HGTV.
Victoria is a licensed occupational therapist who earned a master's degree at the University of Scranton. She has a longstanding interest in human development and finds that independence emerges as children navigate their complex, ever-changing environment. Victoria feels that having the opportunity to work collaboratively with children and their families is motivating and rewarding. She believes that occupational therapy can be a powerful tool and chooses to see the strengths in children, rather than their limitations, to unlock their potential.
In her spare time, Victoria enjoys cooking, exercising and exploring new places.
Patti received a bachelor's degree in health sciences with a concentration in human development and master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Scranton. Her educational background has helped her to understand the therapeutic process from a developmental perspective, as well as the logistics of establishing a treatment program and navigating the case management process. She has worked with children in inclusion settings and private clinical practice. Additionally, throughout her career, she has supervised graduate and undergraduate occupational therapy students.
Patti is a member of national and state occupational therapy associations and participates in continuing education and research opportunities. She values the opportunity to collaborate and work with families and believes that involving each child in the development of their treatment plan and therapy goals is the key to ensuring a successful therapeutic process. Outside of work, Patti enjoys spending time with family at the shore, hiking, swimming and cooking.
Jess received a master's degree in occupational therapy at Elizabethtown College. She is a New Jersey licensed occupational therapist and certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Jess is also a certified provider of the Interactive Metronome program.
Jess has worked in various settings, including schools, inpatient hospitals and outpatient centers. Jess gained valuable insights in these settings on effectively treating children across environments with varying diagnoses and abilities. She has participated in research focusing on family-centered engagement and how therapists can be most effective while treating children and educating families. She believes that occupational therapy has the power to unlock the doors of children's minds, bodies and hearts.
In her free time, Jess enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband, cooking, exercising and taking trips to her family's lake house in the Adirondacks.
Kyla Vacchio is a licensed occupational therapist in New Jersey. She received her doctorate of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kean University. Kyla specializes in Pediatrics and Assistive Technology and Devices.
Her roles within the community include being a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association. She has also presented at the National Conference of American Occupational Therapy Association and New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference.
Kyla's doctoral thesis focused on the creation of a new health information technology, AT Aware; she believes it is important to provide equity on assistive technology literacy for pediatric OT practitioners while promoting better health care quality and improving treatment outcomes for clients in need.
Kyla finds her work rewarding in so many ways: 'As an occupational therapist, I strive to connect the physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities of all children that I work with. By providing comprehensive and collaborative care, we are able to defy limitations, foster authenticity and allow children to become their happiest selves.'
Melissa Butler is a licensed occupational therapist in New Jersey. She has a master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University and received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University. Melissa specializes in Pediatric Therapy.
Melissa is inspired by the children and families who are on the journey to better health:
'I decided to become a pediatric occupational therapist as it brings me great joy to support a child and their family in achieving greater independence and function in their daily lives. Utilizing skilled occupational therapy services and a whole-child approach, I know the skills and independence fostered through intervention will help my clients become successful, happy children and one day, happy and successful adults!'
Megan Anderson is a licensed speech-language pathologist in New Jersey. She has a master's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Language Disabilities from Elmira College. Megan specializes in Speech Sound Disorders, ASD, Language Disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Megan describes her passion and motivation this way:
'What led me to become a speech pathologist was a desire to make a difference in the lives of people with communication disorders. I am continuously motivated by the progress my clients make, big or small, and the connections formed with each family.'
Rob Terracciano is the Office Manager for Harmony. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University. He is CPR-certified from the American Heart Association. He loves listening to, and playing, all kinds of music. A big baseball fan, he keeps a close eye on the Boston Red Sox.
Karen Bachan-Singh is the Office Coordinator for Harmony. She holds a master's in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University. She has worked in administrative roles in diverse settings from inpatient hospitals, outpatient therapy, and nursing homes to pediatrics.
'It is motivating within itself to be part of a team and field that affects the lives of others in a positive way,' says Karen of her career choice. She is a member of NJPHA and ACHE. Karen is a proud geriatric volunteer at a nursing home where she hosts bingo nights, paints nails, reads aloud, and spends quality time with residents. She has also served as a pediatric volunteer where she helped with homework and played games with the children. Karen enjoys traveling, hiking and reading poetry.
Tamia Tucker is the Therapy Aide for Harmony. Tamia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Kean University. Her aspirations and motivation is summed up this way:
'My goal is to pursue a career in occupational therapy, so I decided to take on the job as an OT aide in order to gain hands-on experience, meet and learn from other occupational therapists in various settings. I also wanted to gain a strong understanding of what an OT's day looks like and dive deeper in the holistic approaches used to treat many different clients.'