Meet Our Team
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Pinocchio has had a passion for infants and children since she was a child herself. Fortunately, this passion has developed into a lifelong career.
Dr. Pinocchio received a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Her doctoral work was specific to early intervention, providing occupational therapy services in the home setting to children age newborn to three years old, resulting in specialized knowledge and experience.
Dr. Pinocchio holds the following certifications: DIR Floortime, USC Chan Sensory Integration, and Yoga for the Special Child. Her continued education includes the following: Handwriting Without Tears, AEIOU Approach to Feeding, and DIR Approach to Feeding.
Dr. Pinocchio has professional experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including running her own early intervention business providing in-home services, having a role as contributing faculty to Masters and Doctoral students, providing school-based services PreK-8th Grade, and providing outpatient services newborn through teenage years.
As a clinician, her values are expressed throughout her every therapy session. Dr. Pinocchio emphasizes family-centered care, understanding, individualized treatment, and a holistic approach when providing occupational therapy services.
As a mom of four and one of seven children herself, Barbara has a genuine love for children and families. Barbara has learned the ins and outs of occupational therapy as Mallory completed her journey through schooling sharing stories and knowledge along the way with her mom. Barbara is an advocate for connecting families to resources that will bring value to their children and family and has a deep understanding of the benefits of occupational therapy.
Alyssa has been passionate about working with children for most of her life, from being surrounded by lots of siblings and cousins as a child, teaching dance and movement classes to toddlers, to now working with children as an occupational therapist! She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon in 2016, where she enjoyed going to football games, hanging out with friends, and studying abroad in Spain. After college, Alyssa worked at a rehabilitation clinic with individuals of all ages, furthering her interest in becoming an occupational therapist.
Alyssa received her Master of Occupational Therapy from University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California in 2019. After completing her pediatric fieldwork experience in Reno, Alyssa felt that Reno was the best fit for her. She quickly completed the requirements to become a registered and licensed occupational therapist in the state of Nevada and made the big move to Reno! As an occupational therapist, Alyssa has worked with elementary-aged children, early intervention, and in outpatient pediatric settings. She has experience with children of a variety of age, and with a variety of developmental disorders and challenges.
Alyssa loves to bring a creative and motivating environment to all sessions, while utilizing a client-centered and holistic approach to achieve the best outcome for each child’s development and skill.
Speech & Language Pathologist
Hailey has worked with children of all ages as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) since 2016. She earned her Bachelors in Anthropology from Wagner College on Staten Island, New York in 2011. She then discovered her passion for teaching through education outreach with the National Park Service at Oregon Caves National Monument and Congaree National Park. After traveling abroad and experiencing the power of language and communication, Haileydecided to pursue her Masters in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and graduated with her Masters in 2016.
She then completed her Clinical Fellowship to earn a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Hailey has worked in elementary and middle school, early intervention, private practice, and outpatient settings with children with a variety of impairments and disabilities. She enjoys integrating art and play into her therapy and individualizing treatment for each child with functional goals to best improve overall communication skills.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Tara Olsson earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012, from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, after first obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2009. Tara has always had a true passion for working with children early on in life with experiences while working in childcare and volunteering at summer bible schools. Her desire to work with children in particular with disabilities continued to develop during experiences abroad with Physicians for Peace in the Dominican Republic and a mission trip to Haiti with River Oak Church and United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti.
Dr. Olsson has had professional experience in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facility and general orthopedic outpatient therapy, but early on she found that her desire was to solely work with children. Since 2014, she has exclusively worked with children in settings including school based services, outpatient, and early intervention services. She is passionate about creating sessions to reach optimal gross motor goals while actively participating in all aspects of the school environment. She has experience working with a variety of age ranges from Pre-K to 12th grade and a variety of developmental disabilities in the school based setting.
She has a strong desire for family oriented care and individualized treatment plans for all children. She has extensive experience in early childhood disabilities such as Torticollis, Cerebral palsy, Autism, developmental delay, and Down syndrome.
Tara’s ultimate goal as a Pediatric Physical Therapist is to serve children and their families in an exciting, joyful environment while inspiring them to be strong, confident and motivated to be the best they can be!