Pamela (Pam) Mears is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University. She received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy in 1984. Pam’s experience as an Occupational Therapist began in 1984 working in adolescent psychiatry. Her clinical skills continued to develop as she transitioned into geriatric settings where she worked not only as a clinician, but served as a rehab manager as well. Pam has also worked in a number of school systems throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut serving as a clinician as well as a supervisor to many college students completing their fieldwork in Occupational Therapy. Pam is currently working as a school based clinician treating preschool through high school age students. She is certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBOCT) and is licensed in the state of Connecticut.
In Pam’s 25 years of clinical pediatric experience she has treated highly diverse populations including children with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Medical Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Visual Perceptual Deficits and Fine Motor Coordination difficulties. She has a strong knowledge base in areas of Sensory Integration, Manual Dexterity and Fine Motor Coordination development (as they relate to self-care, play and school based activities), Visual Perceptual treatment, Pediatric Neuro-Developmental treatment (NDT) and feeding strategies for “picky eaters”.
Pam’s personal goal is to help children develop the skills they need to grow into functional independent adults by providing high quality comprehensive services not only to the children themselves but to their caregivers as well.
Kirsten Spear - Zaccaro
Kirsten Spear is a graduate of American International College in Springfield, MA. She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in August 2014. Prior to completing her MSOT, Kirsten received her BA in Psychology from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Kirsten is certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and is licensed in both the state of Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Kirsten’s varied skills and knowledge for working in both a clinical and educational setting makes her an asset to Burke Therapy and to each family she encounters. On any given day, you will find Kirsten tirelessly working toward promoting the development of fine motor, sensory and visual motor skills needed for each child to live life to its fullest. Kirsten’s rehabilitation philosophy is “we help you help yourself”.
Molly Tibbetts received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Worcester State University in Worcester, MA. Molly is licensed in the state of Connecticut and Massachusetts and is certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy.
Molly has worked with children birth to three years old in early intervention, providing direct and consultative based therapy. She has experience providing in-home services, center-based and services via telehealth. In addition to working in early intervention, Molly has also worked with young adults and adults with neurological conditions where she focused rehabilitative services on ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) and IADLS (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living) to help regain their independence in daily living. Molly’s true gifting resides in her work with students ranging between the ages of 3-21 who have a variety of diagnoses including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, behavioral dysregulation, executive dysfunction, visual deficits, developmental delay, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and sensory processing disorder.
Molly's special interest and strong knowledge base in sensory regulation and executive functioning is a true asset to the Burke Therapy Occupational Therapy Team. Through her knowledge and passion for working with children, adults and their families to better understand their sensory system, we, at Burke Therapy, are able to offer families and school districts regulating tools and seamless routines to help facilitate consistent sensory regulation throughout the individual's day.