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”.
Nicole Storti received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA, in the summer of 2018. Prior to her completion of the program, she received her BA in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT in 2016. Nicole is licensed in the state of Connecticut and is certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy.
Nicole has experience working with clients of varying ages and abilities to engage in activities for building both life and social skills. Nicole shows determination and confidence in creating a healthy, nurturing, and skilled life-enabling environment. Nicole's goal as an occupational therapist is to create positive relationships with her clients and help them achieve their maximum potential in their daily activities.
The ability to draw on Nicole's prior work experiences working with the adult population has been integral in the development of our adult life skills rehabilitation service program. Learning Pathways to Independence (LPI) is our newest service branch of Burke Therapy dedicated to working with adolescent and young people ages 16-21 with developmental disabilities and their family members. Nicole, along with other Occupational and Speech Therapy team members look forward to expanding the vocational and independent living skills of each program participant for the achievement of personal and family life independence.