about us

Nicole Moes, MS, OTR   
Rehabilitation Director of Boca Raton   

Nicole joined Progressive Pediatric Therapy in 2014 after transitioning from running her own practice in the Lake Worth Area. She graduated with Bachelors degree in OT from University of Florida in 1999, and obtained her Masters degree from Florida International University in 2002.  She is certified in sensory integration, therapeutic listening, kinesiotaping, Beckman oral Motor intervention, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including developmental delay, autism, neurological impairment, hypotonia, chromosomal disorders, cerebral palsy, disorders of sensory processing, and ADHD.
Belinda Perez, MOTR/L 
Occupational Therapist   


Belinda Perez graduated from the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in January 2000. Since then, Belinda has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist primarily in a school and home environment treating children with various diagnosis between the ages of 9 months to 21 years of age. Belinda is Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT) certified and has extensive training in the treatment of children with Autism and sensory processing disorders.

Cristina Rojo, MSOT, OTR/L 
Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Cristina Rojo graduated with a Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy in 2005 and a Master's in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Florida International University.  She has worked with children in school and charter school settings as well as in the home and private clinical practice settings. She is certified as a Therapeutic Listening provider and enjoys integrating this into her therapy. Additionally, she holds training and certification in the Interactive Metronome program and the Handwriting without Tears program. She is a member of AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) and FLOTA (Florida Occupational Therapy Association).

Cristina is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certified and enjoys treating sensory integration and processing disorders as well as working with children with autism spectrum disorders.  Additionally, she has worked with children with a variety of other diagnoses including developmental delay, neurological impairment, visual motor delay, hypotonia, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Cristina and her dog, Capone, are currently training in animal assisted therapy.   

Janis VanVuuren, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist     

Janis van Vuuren has worked within Palm Beach County as a pediatric occupational therapist since 2013. She earned her masters of occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2012, and is also a proud alumni of Palm Beach Atlantic University.      

Janis has had the privilege of working with children with a variety of diagnoses and functional impairments including, but not limited to, feeding and eating difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Torticollis, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Down's Syndrome, developmental delay, and fine motor delay/handwriting difficulties. She also has experience providing therapeutic services within the aquatic setting. Janis is well loved by her clientele, and absolutely adores her work as an occupational therapist.  

Karla Pierre-Louis, MSOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist     

Karla graduated from the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Florida in December 2010. Since then, she has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in various settings, performing evaluation and treatment of children from birth to age 21 in the home, school, and clinical environment. She has treated children with varying diagnoses and conditions including Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Brachial Plexus Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, developmental delay, feeding difficulties, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and seizures.    Karla has a special interest in sensory processing difficulties and pursues ongoing continuing education addressing children with these difficulties. Karla has been a member of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association as well as the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is also currently an Early Steps provider. Her professional goal is to communicate and work closely with families and other disciplines in order to ensure carryover and improve functional outcomes for the involved child. She recognizes the uniqueness of each child and strives to identify the priorities and strengths of each family unit as an integral part of her professional practice. 

Dana Virag, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist      

Dana graduated from Stony Brook University in New York in June of 2001.  She has 15 years of experience working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in New York and has recently moved to sunny South Florida, joining the PPT team.  Dana loves working with children and always knew she would be a pediatric therapist.  She has worked with a variety of patients with Autism, CP, fragile X, IDD, Downs’s syndrome, and developmental delays in outpatient, school, home, and residential school settings. Dana has attended numerous continuing education courses ranging from Neuro reflex integration & NDT to Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention and sensory integration.  

Teresa Hans, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist     

Teresa graduated with her Masters degree in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University. Since graduating, she has worked in pediatrics primarily within the private practice setting. Her experience includes working with children with developmental delay, ASD, sensory processing disorder, fine/gross motor delays and handwriting difficulties. She uses a variety of treatment approaches including Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime and Neurodevelopmental Treatment. She also has experience with the Handwriting Without Tears and the Size Matters handwriting programs.
    Teresa seeks additional professional development opportunities to expand her clinical knowledge and enjoys working within a multi-disciplinary team for family centered care.

Gabriela Alvarez, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist 

Gaby graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in December 2016. Through her undergraduate and graduate career she gained valuable experience as caregiver to a special needs individual and volunteer for several Gainesville organizations. Helping in the community fostered a passion for helping children and their families. She enjoys working in a multidisciplinary team, helping children develop skills for the present and future. She has developed skills in treating a variety of diagnosis including developmental delays, autism, Down's syndrome, and handwriting delays. Her professional goal is to gain experience and expand her treatment interventions to best fit the needs of her patients.

Dominique Whitehead, MOTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Dominique graduated with her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in December of 2016.  Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career she worked as a paraprofessional at the Anita Zucker Center in Excellence in Early Childhood Education and in a special needs classroom.  These experiences amplified her passion for working with children and her goal of becoming more knowledgeable about tools, treatment, and implementation of activities.  Dominique is dedicated to expanding her clinical knowledge and implementing evidenced based practices throughout her professional career.

Bethany Christian, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Bethany Christian Gordon is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Barry University in May 2017.  While getting her degree, Bethany worked as a paraprofessional in the St. John's County School District.  She assisted in a contained classroom working with children with various diagnoses such as Autism, PDD, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Learning Disabilities.

Bethany is creative and open-minded and loves exploring new approaches and research-based methods to provide a modern multidisciplinary approach in helping families meet their full potential.

Bethany considers her position as an OT a privilege as she strives to maximize every opportunity to influence childhood occupational performance.

 Lauren Merchant, COTA 
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant     

Lauren is a graduate from Keiser University. She joined us bringing a wealth of experience and passion for children. She has developed skills with a variety of diagnoses including ASD, Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay. Lauren enjoys working on a multi-disciplinary team and guiding families for skill development in their child. 

Stephanie Miller, COTA 
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

From time to time as humans we may encounter many challenges that affects us in many different ways. For children life stressors or severe life experiences can affect both emotional and mental overall wellbeing. Stephanie's greatest passion is being able to help every child overcome obstacles that may prevent them from reaching their maximum potential through everyday therapeutic use of daily activities. 

Stephanie has experience with children birth to age 21 in a pediatric Outpatient/Inpatient clinical setting, with various diagnoses such as ADD/ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, and Developmental delay.  

 Stephanie is very open to exploring and implementing different approaches to ensure the best quality of care for every individual. She has been trained in Physical Agents Modalities and Neurodevelopmental Theory. Stephanie continues to expand her clinical knowledge with implementing modern evidence based practices that best fit each individual need.  

 Stephanie graduated from Keiser University in 2016 with an Associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she has volunteered at the Veterans Affairs, Outpatient hands clinics, Outpatient Rehabilitation/Habilitation facility, Home Health and Pediatric Clinics, to gain experience and grow within her profession. Stephanie strives to find the uniqueness of each child to communicate effectively with family's along with other multi-disciplines to ensure that each child is given the appropriate tools in reaching their goals. 

"The staff at Progressive Pediatrics is experienced, goal orientated, and provides superior care for our son, Chase. The changes in a short time have been huge for us; he is now preparing to use a power wheelchair and is progressing more each day."

Sean and Thea