Our Team

Every member of our team shares a passion for working with kids!  Therefore, we have dedicated our practice exclusively to the evaluation and treatment of infants, children, and adolescents. With advanced training in topics and techniques specific to the pediatric population, our therapists blend progressive, evidence-based practice with family-centered, compassionate care. We believe continued professional development, education, and training are essential to providing the most effective treatment in the most efficient manner. Our therapists work as a team to ensure each child receives the best possible treatment and care.

ellison_border1Ellison Sanders, PT, MSPT, C/NDT

Ellison, the owner of Jump Start Pediatric Therapy, is a pediatric physical therapist with experience serving children in outpatient, early intervention, school, hospital, and hippotherapy practice settings. Ellison holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. She is a Pediatric Section member of the American Physical Therapy Association, a member of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association, and a certified clinical instructor. She is certified in pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment, and she is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. Ellison’s areas of clinical interest and expertise include premature birth, torticollis and plagiocephaly, management of abnormal muscle tone, developmental trauma, and neuromuscular conditions.

MeganN_websiteMegan Webb, PT, DPT

Megan is a pediatric physical therapist with experience serving children in outpatient, school, and hospital settings. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Wheeling Jesuit University as well as a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from The Ohio State University. She is a Pediatric Section member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Megan’s areas of clinic interest and expertise include neuromuscular disorders, gross motor delay, congenital torticollis and plagiocephaly, management of abnormal muscle tone, adaptive equipment assessment, and coordination disorders.

Christi Shelley, MSOT, OTR/L

Christi is a pediatric occupational therapist with experience serving children in outpatient and home-based practice settings. Christi holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Christi is certified in DIR Basic Floortime, and she is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. Christi’s areas of clinical interest and expertise include sensory processing, developmental trauma, interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder, and use of assistive technology to promote independence in play and daily activities.

 
Dawn-Marie Hancock, BS, OTR/L

Dawn-Marie is a pediatric occupational therapist with experience serving children in outpatient, acute, early intervention, and school practice settings. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College, and she is nationally certified with NBCOTA. Dawn-Marie has advanced training in manual therapies and myofascial release, and she holds certifications in complete decongestive therapy and children’s yoga. Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include sensory integration, manual therapy, lymphedema, wellness, and mindfulness.

 
Robyn_borderRobyn Zahand, MA, CCC-SLP

Robyn is a pediatric speech language pathologist with experience serving children in outpatient, school, hospital, and hippotherapy practice settings. Robyn holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Robyn’s areas of clinical interest and expertise include the PROMPT system of therapy, childhood apraxia of speech, speech sound disorders, and early language development.

 
Diana_borderDiana Williams, MS, CCC-SLP

Diana is a pediatric speech language pathologist with experience serving children in outpatient, school, and acute care practice settings. Diana holds a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Idaho State University and a certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Diana’s areas of clinical interest and expertise include orofacial myofunctional therapy, early language development, speech sound disorders, and pediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties.

Christine Stanton, MS, CCC-SLP

Christine is a pediatric speech language pathologist with experience serving children in outpatient, school, home, and virtual practice settings. Christine holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Redlands with an emphasis on autism and early childhood language disorders. She holds a certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Christine has previously served as supervisor of the Outpatient Department of Child and Adolescent Speech/Language Services and manager of the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. In addition to her position with Jump Start, Christine is the founder and director of the Center for Mindfulness Northwest. Christine is a certified provider for UCLA’s Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®). She is also a qualified teacher of Collaborative Problem Solving, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self Compassion, and Mindful Schools. Christine’s areas of clinical interest and expertise include social cognition, pragmatic language, reading, writing, mindfulness, and mindful self-compassion.

Mercedes DeMartini, MA, CF-SLP

Mercedes is a pediatric clinical fellow speech language pathologist with experience serving children in outpatient and school practice settings. Mercedes holds a Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University Long Beach, and she is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Mercedes’ areas of clinical interest and expertise include the DHH population, cochlear implants, early intervention, and SEE Sign/ASL.
 

 

BeccaBecca Fahey, Office Manager

Becca oversees a variety of administrative functions, including billing, human resources, compliance, and practice management. With her quick smile and background in business management, Becca is a tremendous asset to our practice and a valuable resource to the families we serve.
 
 

Ashley Clemens, Patient Care Coordinator

Ashley provides front office administrative support and coordination for our staff and the families we serve. Her responsibilities include management of referrals, new patient intake, scheduling, and medical records. Her attention to detail and passion for helping others makes her an invaluable member of our team.