Our Team

The Little Hands Pediatric Therapy team is dedicated to creating positive change in your child's life.

Speech Language Pathologists

Kelli Atangan
M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner

PROMPT Trained
Feeding Specialist

Kelli, Owner and lead speech-language pathologist, received her master’s degree at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Kelli primarily works with children ages 0-5 years. Her specialty areas include: Auditory Habilitation for children with hearing loss, feeding and swallowing disorders, early language, apraxia, and children with complex medical needs such as feeding and tracheostomy tubes.

In 2017, Kelli earned an ASHA ACE award for completing over 70 continuing education hours in a three-year period. She is PROMPT Trained, an approach frequently used in the treatment of Apraxia and has completed Basic Course on the DIR/Floor Time Model for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kelli is trained in therapeutic feeding and swallowing from NICU through school-age children and has attended The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach Course (SOS), Catherine Shaker’s pediatric and NICU courses and is Beckman Oral Motor trained. She completed an intensive 30-hour course in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy to help children with mouth breathing and tongue thrust. She works closely with a team of dentists, physicians, orthodontists, and specialists. Kelli is passionate about providing children who are Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing access to language. Her love of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language has brought her to teach Sign Language Workshops to parents and their babies and toddlers in order to help them communicate at an early age. Kelli lives in Brambleton, VA with her husband and three lively sons.

"My clients become family. Their successes are just as important to me as my own children's milestones. The close relationship I build with parents and caregivers helps guide and empower them with the tools and confidence essential to helping their children."

Amanda DeAngelis
M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

PROMPT Trained
Fluent in Spanish

 

Amanda received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from New York University and her master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from The George Washington University. She first became interested in speech pathology at the age of five when her brother received speech therapy for a language delay. She has always been interested in working with people and absolutely adores playing with children and watching them develop. Her journalism background, coupled with her speech training, has allowed her to solidify her love of words, language, and helping others.

Amanda has experience working with pediatric populations with various needs and has worked in both a private and public school setting, conducting individual and group therapy, and working through the IEP process. Amanda is fluent in Spanish and has facilitated bilingual meetings, performed evaluations, and provided therapy sessions. Amanda is a member of ASHA and is licensed to practice speech pathology in Virginia. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, twin girls, and dog, taking barre classes, and cheering on a variety of sports teams (Go Yankees!).

"It's so much fun seeing kids in their natural environment and being able to assist in the improvement of their communication skills. I love playing games with kids, but most importantly I love giving them a voice!"

​Dawn Dera
M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Preschool Language
35 Years Experience

 

Dawn received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the State University of New York in Geneseo, New York and received her master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Syracuse University. Dawn has over 35 years of experience working with preschool and elementary aged children in the Cerebral Palsy Center in upstate New York, the Early Intervention program in Fairfax and Loudoun County and the Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools. Dawn has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Apraxia. She especially enjoys working with preschool children with language delays, with an emphasis on augmentative communication and pragmatics. Dawn lives in Herndon, VA with her family and enjoys gardening, the beach and traveling.

"I love that moment when I connect with a child and see that sparkle in their eyes and joy on their face! Learning is always more successful when it's fun!"

Angela Cloud
MS CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

 

Angie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Missouri State University. A lifelong Loudoun County resident, Angie decided to pursue a career as a speech language athologist in high school after seeing her younger brother with Down Syndrome receive both early intervention and private speech language therapy from infancy.

Angie has experience working with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children in public schools and private outpatient clinical settings. She enjoys working with children with articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorder, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and picky eating. Angie lives in Leesburg with her husband, son, daughter, and their dog.

"I love celebrating all the little growing moments with kids and their
families."

Gillian Lavigne
M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

PROMPT Trained
PECS Certification

 

Gillian earned her master’s degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Gillian is an experienced Speech Language Pathologist having 20 years in a variety of pediatric settings including pediatric hospitals, private settings, early intervention, and schools. Having supervised a team of SLPs in a pediatric hospital, she is experienced with children with medically complex needs from NICU to teens, including feeding and swallowing and cleft lip/palate. She is experienced in the unique aspects of working with families and their medical and school teams.
Gillian has a special interest in speech disorders, feeding & swallowing, & early speech & language development. She is experienced in working with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, hyper-nasal speech, oral motor/oral myo-functional disorders, and early intervention. She is PROMPT & PECS trained, & Early Intervention Certified. She has been trained in the Hanen method for communication development in the 0-5 population, and DIR/Floortime. A current & past ASHA ACE award recipient for continuing education, she has knowledge in & additional training in Feeding & Swallowing, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Resonance Disorders, Oral Myo-functional Disorders, & NDT. Gillian has additional experience & training in Social Thinking. Gillian enjoys working together with children and their families in natural environments. Gillian lives in Ashburn and enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children and loveable Goldendoodle.

"I love working with children & their families in their everyday environments. As a partner in their journey, I enjoy collaborating together to facilitate functional skill development. The most rewarding part of my day is sharing in the joy & celebration of a child achieving a new skill."

Kathleen Ann Egan
M.A. CCC-SLP, BCBA

Speech-Language Pathologist

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
PROMPT Trained
PECS Certification

 

Katie is a native of Northern Virginia and earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from George Washington University. Katie received her BCBA through study at the University of North Texas. Katie is certified by the American speech and Hearing Association and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and is licensed to practice in Virginia. Katie specializes in developmental and intellectual disabilities and was the former director of speech-language pathology at the Northern Virginia Training center.

Katie has provided SLP services across the past 15 years in a variety of settings including public and private schools, private practice, home health and long term care. Katie holds certification in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), is PROMPT Trained, and Beckman Oral Motor Trained. She has treated children and adults with dysphagia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ASD, dyslexia, language learning disorders, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and many neuro-biological disorders. Katie’s expertise in communication and behavior allows her to combine basic principles of human behavior to her speech interventions maximizing results and increasing independence for her clients. Katie lives in Reston Virginia with her family. In her free time she teaches Zumba for adults with disabilities at Service Source and enjoys spending time outside with her kids.

"I enjoy helping families find language learning opportunities throughout daily routines: strengthening relationships and building communication skills for life!"

Occupational Therapists

Lindsay Borda 
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Handwriting Without Tears
Therapeutic Listening
Kinesiotaping

Lindsay graduated from James Madison University and is a board certified, state licensed pediatric occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, sub acute rehabilitation, schools, private practice, and pediatric outpatient rehabilitation. Lindsay has worked with children with sensory processing disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, rare genetic disorders, developmental motor delays and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Lindsay leads many of our Education for Educators services in the Ashburn schools advising educators and staff. Lindsay lives in Brambleton, VA with her husband and three children.

“Working with children is rewarding and fun. The reward isn't just seeing the child improve and succeed, it's seeing that their success improves the entire family's quality of life.”

Brittany W. Simco
M.S. OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Handwriting Without Tears
Therapeutic Listening

 

Brittany received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Ithaca College. As a clinician, Brittany has worked with children in outpatient clinics, school settings, lead occupational Therapy summer camps, and group therapy. She has experience working with children ranging from birth to adolescence with conditions including Autism, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, genetic conditions, cerebral palsy, TBI and CVI. She is familiar providing therapy within interaction groups using the DIR/Floortime model with preschool aged children. Brittany is personable, engaging, creative and aims to make therapy sessions holistic and fun all while inspiring children to be their best selves. Brittany lives in Great Falls, VA and enjoys gardening, skiing, biking, hiking and spending time with her husband and dog, Cola.

"I believe that therapy for all kids should include a little dose of FUN. True learning occurs when a child is motivated and interested and adding a bit of fun does just that!"

Caroline Cohn
MS OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Caroline graduated from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University with a master’s degree in occupational therapy, and a concentration in pediatrics. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Caroline was a professional ballet dancer and dance teacher with over 10 years experience working with children of all ages. She taught dance classes in the Boston Public Schools, including students with special needs, autism, learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, and limited English proficiency. During graduate school, Caroline returned to the Boston Public Schools as an occupational therapy fieldwork student, and worked with students ages 3 to 21 to address needs related to fine motor skills, visual motor skills, self-regulation, sensory, attention, and social skills. In addition to working with Little Hands Pediatric Therapy, Caroline also works as a school-based occupational therapist in the Fairfax County Public Schools.

"I enjoy the process of supporting every child to reach their goals. As a therapist, I love to learn about each child’s interests, passions and strengths to guide my session for a fun and enriching experience".

Tracey S. Yost
OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Tracey received her bachelor’s of science in occupational therapy from Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania in 1989. She has extensive Experience with infants, preschoolers, school-age children, teens, adults. Tracey has worked in nearly all settings, from inpatient, outpatient, clinic, school, and home and has supervised both level I and II fieldwork students. She is comfortable with a wide range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, learning disabilities, fine and gross motor delays, visual motor integration deficits, and feeding disorders.

Tracey has specific coursework and training in the following programs: Handwriting Without Tears (Preschool, School Age, Print Tool), Pediatric Yoga, Astronaut Training, Building Blocks for Sensory Integration, SOS Feeding, Pivotal Response Training, Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocols, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems, Floortime, Myofascial Release, NDT Handling Techniques, Bal A Vis X, Sensory Integration Theory, Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Administration, Interactive Metronome, and Oral Placement Therapy.

"It is a privilege to partner with a family to create the best life for their child."

Kristina Wilk
MS OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kristina received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of NC - Greensboro and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University; specializing in pediatrics. She is passionate about working with children. Kristina was previously the lead OT at Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She has worked in multiple school systems, where she has evaluated and treated children with behavioral and sensory challenges, fine motor deficits, visual processing difficulties and learning disabilities. She has experience using behavior modification techniques. Kristina is also a published author in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s clinical magazine, OT practice. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband and 4 children.

"I see the whole family as part of the team. Every relationship and every interaction is an opportunity for children to demonstrate their therapeutic achievements. My role is to help them to be the best version of themselves."

Katelyn Black
MS OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

DIR/ Floor Time Trained

 

 

 

Katelyn received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University and master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has experience in the public school system, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient neurological rehabilitation, and private clinic pediatrics. Katelyn has worked in the pediatric outpatient clinic setting for the last five years, gaining specific experience working with children with a wide variety of diagnoses and impairments including: Autism, CVA, hemiplegia, TBI, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, feeding challenges, executive functioning challenges, fine motor delay, ocular motor impairments, and social difficulties.  She has training in DIR/Floortime for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Interactive Metronome, as well as experience with Handwriting Without Tears, Kineseotaping, and Therapeutic Listening.

Katelyn lives in Fairfax with her husband and 9 month old daughter.   She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, crafting, calligraphy, and spending time with family and friends.

“Working with children and their families, and helping them to be the best versions of themselves, is truly a fun and rewarding experience! It is a privilege to be a small piece of their lives as they gain independence, learn new skills, and grow into the people they were meant to be.”

Administrative Team

Kimberly Lee
Office Manager

Kimberly graduated from George Mason University with her bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She worked as a Hospitality Event Planner for NASCAR and IndyCar Racing Teams for over 13 years. Kimberly began her career at Little Hands Pediatric Therapy in the spring of 2016 and enjoys working with our excellent team to help families. Kimberly lives in Loudoun County with her husband and daughters.

"I love getting to know each family personally, learning their needs and placing them with the best therapist for their child. Seeing the positive impact that therapy has on their family is wonderful!"


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