Meet Our Team
Bonnie J Hacker, MHS, OTR/L
Bonnie has dedicated a lifetime to helping children and their families. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in 1975 and a Masters of Health Science in Pediatric Occupational Therapy in 1978. Since 1978, Bonnie has practiced in the Durham-Chapel Hill area. Initially she was part of the Division for Disorders of Development and Learning, a training and diagnostic center associated with the University of North Carolina. During that time, she was awarded the Cordelia Myers Writers Award by the American Occupational Therapy Association for her two-part series on Single Subject Research, published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Bonnie has co-authored three books: Pediatric Assessment: A Guide for Therapists, The Carolina Curriculum for Infants with Special Needs, and The Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs.
Bonnie has attended numerous continuing education courses in sensory processing/integration, autism, cerebral palsy and behavior. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Sensory Integration & Praxis Tests, Integrative Listening Systems, Advanced Therapeutic Listening, and Interactive Metronome.
Bonnie founded Emerge-A Child’s Place in March, 2001 in order to provide services to more children in the Triangle area, to train therapists to provide skilled and caring services and to develop a fully equipped state-of-the-art clinic. In September 2011 that dream was fully realized with the opening of the new, 6500 sq. ft. facility on University Drive in Durham.
Bonnie has two grown children who are both part of the Emerge family. When not working, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her grandson, creating art, reading, and traveling.
Brittni Winslow, MS, OTR/L
Clinical Director of Occupational Therapy
Brittni Winslow received her master’s in occupational therapy from East Carolina University in 2011. She decided she wanted to become an occupational therapist while in high school and gained experience with pediatrics while working as a developmental therapist and volunteering at the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center. Brittni has experience working with children with Down Syndrome, Autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, developmental delays and Sensory Processing Disorders. She has a strong background in handwriting and fine motor skill development and published a thesis titled “The Effects of the Fine Motor and Early Handwriting Curriculum on the Fine Motor Skills of Preschool Aged Children.” Brittni has completed advanced sensory training through the Sensory Integration Certification Program, as well as trainings focused on reflex integration, the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) approach, and DIR/Floortime. Outside of work, Brittni enjoys running, travel, and spending time with her husband, Clint, and daughters, Brooklyn and Eleanor.
Kelly Goad, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Director of Speech-Language Therapy
Kelly began working at Emerge – A Child’s Place in May 2010. Kelly graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2007. She has specialty training in PROMPT, Visualizing and Verbalizing, LiPS, DIR/Floortime, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, PECS, Social Thinking, Zones of Regulation, and the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. By working closely with parents and other caregivers, Kelly strives to create an environment in which children’s speech and language skills are being stimulated and supported in the most effective way. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys being outdoors and exploring events and food around the Triangle. Kelly and her husband live in Durham with their dog, Gigi.
Andrew Klein, MS, OTR/L
Andrew received his inspiration to become an Occupational Therapist while participating in a 10-month volunteer project in Tel Aviv, Israel. During that time, he assisted children with cerebral palsy in outdoor athletics and mobility programs, and discovered a passion for working with children with special needs. He graduated with his Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, and spent the first 5 years of his career working as a pediatric OT in New York City. Andrew is trained extensively in the DIR®/Floortime™ methodology, and believes that each child’s individual differences can serve as their greatest strengths. Andrew also supports childhood development and sensory processing utilizing the programs and techniques in which he is well trained, including Therapeutic Listening®, Handwriting Without Tears®, The Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol (brushing), The Zones of Regulation®, and Interactive Metronome®. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing guitar, fencing, exploring North Carolina with his wife, Emma, and spending time with his cat, Seth.
Anna Housman, MS, CCC-SLP
Anna is a North Carolina native, originally from Winston-Salem. From a young age she always knew she wanted to work with children. During her junior year of high school her mother mentioned some of the job openings posted at the local hospital for speech-language pathologists. After reading the job descriptions, Anna knew there was no other profession for her. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at UNC-Greensboro in 2011 before moving on to complete her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. Prior to joining Emerge, Anna worked in both Durham and Wake County Public Schools with students ranging from kindergartner to high school in mainstream and self-contained classrooms. During this time she worked largely with, and discovered her passion for, working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She has experience working with children with varying intellectual disabilities, stuttering, articulation and expressive and receptive language delays and disorders. Anna has attended conferences and received training in PROMPT, Visualizing and Verbalizing, DIR/Floortime,The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, The Zones of Regulation, and Interventions for Word Retrieval. In her free time Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs, taking numerous pictures of said dogs, sewing, knitting, reading, and antique and thrift store hunting.
Brooke Brees, MS, OTR/L
Brooke is a Michigan native who moved to North Carolina in August 2012. After falling in love with the field of occupational therapy during her years as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, she received her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan in August 2012. Prior to being a part of the Emerge family, Brooke worked in early intervention in Wake County where she developed skills working with children from birth to age 3. Brooke joined the Emerge team in June 2013. It is her passion to work with children with special needs and sensory processing difficulties and their families in order to help each child become as successful in their daily lives as possible. Brooke is certified in Interactive Metronome, has been trained in the Zones of Regulation, and has attended numerous courses regarding sensory processing. She loves helping children with social skill development and has co-lead the group Social Sleuths since the Fall of 2014. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, cooking, and exploring the Raleigh/Durham area with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Lloyd.
Dorie Coil, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Dorie has spent many years working with children of all ages and in various capacities. Prior to her work in occupational therapy, Dorie worked as a graphic artist, retail display artist, in home daycare provider, nursery school teacher, camp counselor, team builder, challenge course facilitator, and children’s special needs advocate. She is certified through the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL) as a DIR Floortime provider. Additional continuing education topics include; special needs laws, sensory integration, developmental hand function, Social Thinking®, Zones of Regulation®, Core Connection Dorie especially enjoys working with children who have sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. In her spare time, you will find Dorie spending time with her husband and/or 3 boys. At Emerge, she aims to treat all her clients with the quality she would expect for her own children. Dorie loves the outdoors, martial arts, gymnastics and ice skating (sensory input!) She also dabbles in painting, baking and other artistic endeavors.
Erica O’Connor, MS, CCC-SLP
Erica, a New York native, moved to North Carolina and began working with Emerge – A Child’s Place in August 2013. Erica received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2013 from Teachers College, Columbia University. The path that led Erica to Emerge is unique. Erica graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Psychology and then worked in the media and entertainment industry in New York City for 8 years. After volunteering at a clinic for children with developmental disabilities, Erica was inspired to change careers and get her Master’s degree. During graduate school, Erica completed clinical field placements at a Head Start preschool program, and the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. At CERC, Erica discovered a passion for working with children on the Autism Spectrum and received instruction on the Social Thinking treatment framework. After joining Emerge, Erica received training in PROMPT, DIR/Floortime, Visualizing and Verbalizing, PECS, The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, C.A.R.E. and additional training in Social Thinking. Erica aims to help each child she works with reach his or her individual potential to communicate effectively. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, yoga, reading and travel.
Jaclyn Jewett, MS, OTR/L
Jaclyn was born and raised in Ohio, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Walsh University in 2012. Jaclyn then continued on to complete her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Milligan College, in Tennessee. During this time, Jaclyn had the opportunity to work with children with a variety of developmental disorders in the school and outpatient settings. Jaclyn completed her graduate level pediatric clinical rotation at Pediatric Therapy Network, a sensory clinic in Torrance, California. While there, Jaclyn was able to gain experience working with children with sensory processing disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, and many others. Outside of work, Jaclyn enjoy almost all outdoor activities, especially hiking and biking, singing, playing volleyball, and learning new things, most recently, playing the ukulele!
Janet Marron, MED, CCC, SLP
Janet is a speech and language pathologist with experience in articulation therapy, apraxia of speech, language disorders, cleft palate speech, speech and language delays and autism spectrum disorder. She is trained in PROMPT, Hanen It Takes Two to Talk, Lindamood Bell Programs – Visualizing and Verbalizing, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LIPS), Kaufman Speech-To-Language Protocol, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding with focus on infants and special populations, Picture Exchange Communication System, Floortime Method, Story Grammar Marker, Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding, Social Thinking Curriculum, and Zones of Regulation.
Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Janet completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho followed by a master’s degree at Drexel University. She and her husband moved several times within the US settling in Durham in the early 1990’s. Janet completed a master’s of education degree in Communication Disorders at NC Central University and has found her passion providing pediatric speech and language therapy to her delightful clients. She strives to make therapy fun while maintaining a high standard for using research-based therapy strategies.
Katie Woolard, MS, OTR/L
Katie Woolard received her master’s in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. Katie discovered the career of occupational therapy working as an applied behavioral analysis therapist for children with autism, while an undergraduate student at Meredith College. Katie has experience working with children with Autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, and motor planning disorders. She completed one of her graduate fieldwork placements at Emerge – A Child’s Place, before returning as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in the winter of 2014. Katie has completed formal education with the Sensory Integration Certification Program (SIPT). She also completed courses with the Vital Links program, focusing on primary movement patterns and positioning in therapy, as well as, DIR/Floortime, and training with the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) approach. Katie has a focus in sensory processing, with a special interest in praxis, completing graduate research alongside faculty and colleagues where she examined children with and without dyspraxia, in order to establish test norms for children with motor planning difficulties. She also enjoys serving as Emerge’s fieldwork student coordinator and the volunteer/shadow coordinator for the occupational therapy program. Outside of work, Katie enjoys playing with her dog, Heidi, traveling, spending time outdoors, running, hiking and biking. She also enjoys yoga, cooking, and reading.
Megan Seto, MS, OTR/L
Megan, a California native, moved to North Carolina and began working with Emerge – A Child’s Place in March 2014. In her undergraduate years at University of California, Berkeley, she became interested in the field of occupational therapy, because she felt it embodies the philosophies and traits that she values, such as viewing the individual holistically – as an integrative unit with psychological, emotional, social, and physical needs. Thus, Megan pursued and received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy in August 2013 from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Including her fieldworks at Emerge – A Child’s Place and UNC Hospitals in Acute Child Psychiatry, Megan has over 6 years of pediatric work and volunteer experiences with a wide variety of diagnoses (Autism, Sensory Processing and Integration disorders, Psychiatric disorders, and Intellectual Disability), ages, and settings (preschools, elementary schools, daycare, outpatient, inpatient). Megan strives to address her clients holistically through building strong therapeutic rapport, client-centered interventions, and facilitates collaboration with other professional disciplines and family members. In her free time, Megan enjoys bike riding, kayaking, visiting museums, cooking, eating out, painting, and crafting.
Lauren McCoy, MS, OTR/L
Lauren grew up living in many different states, but now considers North Carolina to be home. She recently joined the Emerge- A Child’s Place team in November 2016 and is thrilled to be back after completing one of her graduate fieldworks here. Lauren received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from East Carolina University in 2015 and began her career as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in Wake County Public Schools. Lauren has always enjoyed working with children and received her inspiration to become an Occupational Therapist from her mom, who is also an OT. She has clinical experience working with children with sensory processing disorder, Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delay, and Intellectual Disabilities. In addition to joining the Emerge team, Lauren also got married in the fall of 2016. In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her new husband and their dog, Sadie.
Interactive Metronome Technician
The day after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology in 2013, Bri Rambo moved to her new home in Durham, NC. In 2015, She started at Emerge – A Child’s Place as a volunteer and later became the clinic’s Interactive Metronome Technician that same year. Bri enjoys working with children to help them stay focused in school and hopes to enter an occupational therapy master’s program in 2017. When she’s not at work, Bri loves hiking with her husband, David, and their dog, Ranger, gardening, and eating cookies n’ cream ice cream.
Deb Van Deman
Front Desk Manager
Dan is a native Durham resident. He did the majority of his grade schooling at Carolina Friends School in Durham and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Film Studies.
In his downtime, Dan is a semi-professional photographer with published works. When he is not busy taking pictures you can find him going to movies, attending the theater, reading comics, playing video games and trying any of the new trendy restaurants that have sprung up in our area.
Dan says. “My favorite thing about working at Emerge is the people. From my amazing team of therapists and aids to the wonderful families that attend our clinic, my day is packed with one-on-one interactions that I’ve never get tired of. On top of that, seeing kids come into our clinic and improve and conquer the challenges they face in life really moving. While I enjoy seeing the same faces week-after-week, seeing our patients’ graduate is an amazing thing to be a part of.”