Padra Smith, MS, OTR/L, SIPT
Founder & Clinical Director 
Occupational Therapist
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Kate Foster, MS, OT/L
Occupational Therapist
& Clinical Manager
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.  

Kate joined the MMM clinic team with a wealth 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.  

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Edgar Gallego, MS, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist
& Clinical Supervisor
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Jennifer Louie, DPT, PCS 
Physical Therapist

Edgar graduated from Hofstra University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Edgar has extensive experience treating a wide array of children, from typical developing children to those with severe disabilities. Edgar served 8 years in the military as a combat medic, where he was deployed (twice!) to Iraq. He also spent 13 years as an EMT providing emergency services throughout the 5 boroughs. He has had the opportunity to teach first aid to marines and sailors in the military, and mentor many front line first responders still serving today.

 

In his spare time, Edgar loves to spend time with his family, taking road trips and trying new restaurants.

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Kelly Paris, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
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Ana Akay, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Anastasiya Akay (Ana) graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has several years of pediatric OT experience across 3 states (NC, NJ, NY). Anastasiya’s experience has ranged from home care to school based settings with children and adolescents between the ages of 2-21 years. She believes each child is unique and therefore requires a specialized approach to care.

 

Anastasiya is also passionate about equitable access to healthcare and community resources to promote each child’s developmental growth and potential.

 

In her free time, Anastasiya loves to travel, run an online bake shop, exercise, and spend time outdoors.

Kailey Gruber, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Kailey graduated from McMaster University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She grew up in Toronto, but moved to New York to start her career.

 

Kailey works in schools and clinics with kids ages 3-18, and enjoys building rapport with kids and helping them achieve their individual goals.

 

In her spare time, Kailey likes to cook, read, and go for walks.

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Kiki Skeete, DPT
Physical Therapist
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Cathy Procopio, PT
Physical Therapist
Cranial Sacral Practitioner
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Loretta Yong
Accounts Manager
Future Occupational Therapist

Kelly received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Hofstra University, and her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton where she majored in Psychology and minored in Health and Wellness. The degrees complement each other and well prepared her for a career as an occupational therapist where she focuses on the physical and emotional well-being of individuals. 
 

Kelly has experience providing care to individuals across the life span. This includes working in sensory gyms, elementary schools, outpatient neuro rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities. She values the interdisciplinary approach to care through collaboration with teachers, caregivers, therapists and healthcare providers.

 

Kelly has a passion for working with children, helping them maximize their potential and increasing their independence in their school, home and community. Kelly values a holistic and client/ family centered approach to the care that she provides. She believes that it is important to listen, engage, and communicate with parents as she develops her treatment plans. Her individualized treatment plans are designed to engage children through activities that are of interest to them with the end goal of increasing confidence and self-esteem.

 

During her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, cooking, hiking, and traveling

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Stacey DiPillo, M.S. Ed
Special Education Teacher
Academic Coach

Loretta has been working with the MMM team in various administrative roles since 2019. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

 

When she is not studying or working, she likes to play with her cat, read, and play board games.

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Malinda Smith
Graphic Designer
Billing Assistant

Malinda continuously works to transform Padra's creative thoughts into a final product she loves!