Martha (Marti) Austin, OTR/L
Owner and founder
Marti has been a board certified therapist for fifteen years and has worked throughout the New York metropolitan area, contracting with area hospitals and academic settings in both New York and New Jersey for the last thirteen of those years. Marti's academic experience includes the development of a collaborative preschool program for New Jersey urban school districts.
Recognizing a need for more specialized programs, Marti endeavored to open a sensory clinic in the area. In January, 2006, WeeCare Occupational Therapy, located at the Monroe Center in Hoboken, New Jersey, opened its doors.
Marti has her certification for the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) with Western Psychological Services and has also completed the initial phase of Miller Method training. She has completed extensive training in many areas of practice, including sensory integration, handwriting, TAMO, therapeutic listening, oral motor therapy and vision screening and treatment. Marti is a board-registered occupational therapist, licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey.
Jennifer Leiman, M.S. OTR/L, is a staff occupational therapist working in the pediatric field for the past six years. She earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degree from Ithaca College where she concentrated in aquatic therapy and pediatrics. Jennifer has worked extensively with children with various developmental, behavioral and neurological challenges; focusing on sensory integration difficulties directly affecting fine-motor, visual perception/motor and self-help skills. She has worked in multiple settings including home-based, center-based, schools and clinics. Additionally, Jennifer has worked in multiple aquatic settings, teaching children with sensory dysfunction and individuals on the PDD spectrum how to regulate their sensory systems as well as educating staff on working with children with special needs. Jennifer has furthered her education by becoming certified in the program Hand Writing Without Tears, evaluation and treatment (November 2008).
Robin Karpenski, MOTR/L, received her Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in Health Science from Quinnipiac University in 2007. She received her MOT at QU and her OTR/L in 2009. Her extensive coursework and internships have included outpatient neurorehabilitation specifically for traumatic brain injury, implementation of sensory integration specific to the needs of individuals with autism, and aiding in classroom activities for children with special needs (e.g. autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities). Robin has worked in a variety of settings including a special education school for children with multiple disabilities, a sensory clinic, and public schools. Robin has completed continuing education courses in Handwriting Without Tears and Sensory Integration. Her fields of interest include working with the pediatric population within a multitude of clinical settings including school systems, physical and neurorehabilitation, and in specialized areas such as hippotherapy.
Angela Rodrigues, PT, DPT is a physical therapist who has been treating children in the school setting for five years. She received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UMDNJ in 2004. Angela is school ceritified and has experience treating children with various developmental and behavioral challenges ranging in ages from 3 to 18 years of age. She works to improve strength, balance, coordination, and body awareness so that the children receiving therapy will be better able to negotiate their environment and play with peers in an age appropriate manner. She has attended several courses including most recently New Functional Strategies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Behavioral Challenges, Pediatric Assessment of Typical and Atypical Gait Patterns, and Functional Gait for the Child with Hemiplegia.
Stephanie Lubalin is a pediatric occupational therapist who holds specialty certifications in yoga and sensory integration. Ms. Lubalin has an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in Environmental and Business Economics and a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physician and Surgeons. Ms. Lubalin has worked extensively in both the NY and NJ school systems and in various early intervention programs for over 10 years. She is currently a supervisor in the NYC Department of Education and is founder of Integrative Occupational Therapy and Wellness, L.L.C. , her private practice she maintains in the evenings and on weekends.
Ms. Lubalin is a believer of integrating alternative therapeutic treatment with traditional occupational therapy. She has training in cranial sacral therapy, TAMO, DIR Floor-time, NDT, Reiki, and Thai Yoga Therapy tm. She is an ACSM certified health and fitness specialist, a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance, and is a licensed Yoga for the Special Child TM practitioner. In 2005, Ms. Lubalin enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and graduated in 2006 with a certificate in Holistic Health Counseling. She was also awarded a certificate from Columbia University in Holistic Health Counseling and is a board certified holistic health counselor.
Ms. Lubalin is a workshop leader and has presented many workshops to therapists, teachers, and parents throughout the tri state area on topics such as behavior, yoga, sensory processing disorders, nutrition, and assistive technology. In 2007, Ms. Lubalin presented a short course titled “Peaceful Bodies..Peaceful Minds….the Power of Yoga” at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s national conference.
Ms Lubalin is also a patron of the arts and has recently joined Art House Productions Inc. as a Board of Trustee. Ms. Lubalin has been a strong advocate for those with disabilities and understands the need for community arts programming to be accessible to individuals of all ages and abilities.