Our Therapists

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Tara Martello, MS, OTR/L, IMC Owner and Director of Grow Thru Play, LLC

Tara is a board certified and licensed occupational therapist with over a decade of experience treating children from birth through adolescents in hospital, clinic, school and home environments. She has experience treating children with sensory integration dysfunction, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay and a variety of other childhood diagnosis. Tara has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Villanova University and Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University.  Tara has training in Sensory Integration Theory, the DIR®/Floortime™ Approach and the award winning Handwriting without Tears® program, on which she is in the process of becoming certified. She is certified to use the innovative, evidenced- based Interactive Metronome® computer based program as well. Tara has fulfilled a career long dream through opening Grow Thru Play, LLC. She enjoys working with children and their families and watching them grow through occupational therapy. Tara lives with her husband, Stephen, and son, John, in the Fairmount section of the city. She enjoys running, practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, and is an avid reader.

 

Jami Ginsberg, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Jami started working with children as a teacher’s assistant in the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in 2004. After 2 years of working hands-on with special needs children in an integrated classroom, she took a position as a service coordinator at PHMC. During her time there, she discovered her love for working in early intervention, and after 3 years, decided to pursue her Masters of Science degree in occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. Since receiving her degree in 2010, Jami’s occupational therapy practice has been specialized in pediatrics, and she uses a multidisciplinary, child-centered approach. She is committed to facilitating collaborative relationships with clients, empowering them to take positive risks toward change. She continues to explore different avenues for treatment, and has recent continuing education in Sensory Building Blocks, Handwriting without Tears, Pediatric Yoga, and NDT principles. When she is not working with children, Jami enjoys travel, animals, yoga, and browsing the racks at thrift stores in the tri-state area.

 

RosaleenRosaleen Gnoffo, PT, MS, DPT, PCS Physical Therapist

Rosie began her career as a Pediatric PT in New York City in 1999 after completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Boston University. After four years at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village, she traveled to Uganda, East Africa to do volunteer PT work. Upon returning to NYC, Rosie worked at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NY Presbyterian – Columbia University Medical Center for six years. She was promoted to Assistant Head of Pediatric PT and gained expertise in treating infants in the NICU and with Torticollis, Brachial Plexus Injury, foot deformities, and Developmental Delay. She also provided Early Intervention home services to infants during evenings and weekends and completed her Doctor of PT degree at Temple University in 2007. After moving to Philadelphia in 2009, Rosie became the Clinical Specialist in Pediatric PT at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Her expertise grew in treating children in the NICU as well as with Torticollis, toe walking, splint and wheelchair needs, and with Cerebral Palsy. She passed the APTA specialty exam and became a Board Certified Pediatric PT Specialist in 2010. She has taught Pediatric PT to graduate students at both Columbia and Jefferson Universities and in her free time enjoys yoga, travelling, camping, and experiencing Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and restaurants. She lives with her husband Kevin and son Andrew, born in 2011, in Bella Vista in Center City.

 

Katherine Nugent, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist
Kati graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She was awarded the Interdisciplinary Early Intervention/School-Based Training Grant and has been specializing in pediatrics ever since. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses in several different settings including home care, daycares, preschools, and center-based preschool programs.  Kati not only brings years of experience and the latest practices, but also a fun and engaging approach to her treatment. When she’s not at Grow Thru Play or around Philadelphia County treating children in their homes you can find her surfing, traveling or spending time with her family.

 

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