Degrees held by therapists and clinical assistant:
Masters Degrees in Occupational Therapy (M.S. & M.A.)
Exercise Science and Physical Education (B.S.)
Human Development & Family Studies (B.S.)
Theatre Dance (BFA)
Nicole Krysiak, MS, OTR/L
Padra Smith, MS, OTR/L, SIPT
Founder & Clinical Director
Padra Smith is the founder and clinical director of Mighty Minds and Muscles who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education from Arizona State University. After obtaining her B.S., she pursued a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine and trained at Mayo Clinic & the University of Champaign Hosptial and Clinics (and other locations).
To build on her exercise and research background, when Padra continued her studies at Washington University School of Medicine she studied how cognition develops and changes through the life cycle. Additionally, she studied how the physical environment affects one's ability to participate and be successful in the world. She also took care of a child with severe physical and mental diabilities and traveled internationally with and assisted a professional adult with quadripegia on a daily basis. These experiences inspired her to develop her practice using neurodevelopmental therapeutic interventions and coaching strategies. In addition to providing O.T. services, Padra also incorporates her skills as a Professional Organizer in order to help clients and their families to interact with their belongings and successfully complete life tasks in a calm organized fashion. She also acts as a consultant to a number of schools and provides teacher and parent workshops regularly.
Padra is constantly promoting her own knowledge and seeks to grow with each client as they grow and learn. Padra also provides mentorship to other therapists and emerging clinicians.
Padra is a Certified Tomatis Method® Practitioner, Certified Therapeutic Listening Provider, Certified iLS Provider and Certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and a Licensed Cellfield Reading Intervention provider. She is also training in the Masgutova Sensory Neural Reflex Integration program. She is very experienced in Handwriting Without Tears, Balametrics, Astronaut Training, The Alert Program and incorporates concepts related to Orton Gillingham, Writer's Workshop, Singapore Math, Brain Gym, Beckman's Oral Motor Techniques, NDT and many more programs.
When she is not working Padra loves to spend time with her devoted husband, visit with her family and friends, read, design (anything), cooking, photography, arts & crafts, going to the movies or shows and most of all she loves to travel.
Robert Lee, MS, OTR/L
Robert is our dynamic superstar who joined the MMM team
in 2014. He received his Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons after completing his training at NewYork-Presbyterian.
Robert takes on MMM's holistic and evidence-based approach
to therapy. He believes that all children have the potential for success with the just-right level of support. Robert also provides subject tutoring, test prep services (Regents, AP, SHSAT, SSAT, ISEE, ACT, SAT), and daily administrative support.
In his spare time, Robert enjoys scooting, UberEats, eating
over-priced deli sandwiches, fishing, cooking, swimming, and playing disc golf. He also volunteers as a youth lacrosse coach, and provides free tutoring and test prep to low-income families.
Nicky has a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. She previously obtained a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Allied Health Sciences from Bridgewater College. She has worked in a variety of settings including the school systems, outpatient pediatrics, and a specialty clinic with the military. Due to these wide variety of experiences, Nicky believes in a holistic approach to treatment where children are treated a whole and based on their individual personalities and needs through a play based approach. She is trained in Therapeutic Listening and completed the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test certification. Advanced training and experience include work in vision therapy and mental health/trauma.
In her free time, Nicky enjoys cooking, traveling, interior design, and trying new things!
Kate Foster, MS, OTR/L
Kate has joined the MMM clinic team this fall bringing 5 years of experience working with families and children in homes, clinics, and ABA center based schools. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a Masters degree of Occupational Science and jumped head first into the Early Intervention program for babies/toddlers 0-3 years old.
She believes strongly in the benefits of a therapeutic connection between child and therapist. She strives to give each child specific challenges to watch themselves attempt, fail, learn, grow, and succeed in their therapeutic activities and exercises. She has experience with selective eaters, delayed fine motor, increasing social skills, and leading group therapy sessions.
Outside of her work hours she enjoys meditation, playing piano, yoga, sweets, and jogging. She is recommitting herself to learn how to cook dinner meals for her family and always tinkering around making DIY toys for fine motor.
Administrative & Clinical Assistant
Loretta holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Binghamton University and has a true passion for helping people in need. Loretta loves animals especially raptors, birding, drawing, crocheting, spoiling her cat, and gardening/filling my room with plants! Her positive energy is simply contagious. We are super thankful for her incredible organization, deluxe sponge learning skills, and self-managed work ethic. She is absolutely amazing!
Malinda continuously works to transform Padra's creative thoughts into a final product she loves!
Marjorie Liebman, MA, OTR/L
Marjorie is our energizer bunny!!! She has more energy than the rest of us combined. Marjorie not only understands the body and
it's need to move as a therapist, she herself thrives by moving and dancing. Marjorie has spent her entire life dancing and training throughout NYC. To date she takes approximately four (2-3 hour long) dance classes a week. PHEW! I am tired reading that! We
can't keep up with her, but we try.
Marjorie has been an occupational therapist for nearly 20 years. She has worked as an OT in hospitals, preschools and elementary schools, early intervention and at our gym. She obtained an M.A. in Occupational Therapy from New York University. Before becoming
an OT she was a certified yoga instructor, a personal trainer and a business professional. Majorie has a special touch when it comes
to getting children and adolescents to really understand their bodies.
She specializes in yoga and body movement techniques. She has been certified in Integral yoga/Asanas and Pranayama since 1999. Marjorie beame a Kundalini Yoga Teacher (Level 1) in 2012 and continues to practice. She also received certification in Simonson Dance Technique in 2004, which is a modern dance technique based on injury prevention for teenagers and adults. Marjorie brings all of this speciality knowledge and her physical strengths to MMM with enthusiasm.