Our Practioners and Office StaffEach of our therapists bring years of experience and passion to a fun learning environment.

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Shiraz Kashani

MS OTR/L, Co-Director

Shiraz is the co-director of Sensational Kids Therapy. She first became interested in occupational therapy while working as an assistant at Lynne C. Israel and Associates, OT summer camp program while home on summer breaks from the College of Charleston. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness in Health from the College of Charleston, she chose to attend Boston University where she completed her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in January, 2000. She returned to Lynne C. Israel and Associates to begin her career as a pediatric OT, working in a private school setting for children with learning disabilities as well as working in a private outpatient clinic. Shiraz works with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, torticollis, and fine and visual motor delays including handwriting. For over ten years, she has worked in private practice in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. She has spent many years leading therapeutic sensory-motor summer camps and weekly groups. Her treatment experience also includes classroom treatment and family and classroom consultations. Shiraz has a special interest in constraint-induced therapy and bimanual traning for children with hemiplegia. She is certified in Sensory Integration Theory and Treatment and in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT).

  • SIPT Certified
  • Sensory Integration Theory and Treatment Certified
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Lisa George

MS OTR/L, Co-Director

Lisa George, co-director of Sensational Kids Therapy, received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in December 1999. She began her career in pediatrics with Lynne C. Israel and Associates where she worked in both the private practice as well as Kingsbury Day School. In the fall of 2002, Lisa left Lynne’s employment to work exclusively in pediatric private practice with children and families in the MD and DC areas. Lisa is dedicated to working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilites, and fine and visual motor delays including handwriting. In addition, she performs evaluations and consultations and has several years of experience leading sensory-motor groups in the clinic setting and at therapeutic camps. Lisa is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and Sensory Integration Theory and Treatment. She is also certified to administer The Listening Program.

  • SIPT Certified
  • Sensory Integration Theory and Treatment Certified
  • Listening Program Certified
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Cheranne Bennett

MS OTR/L, Therapist

Cheranne Bennett received her master of science in occupational therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. She began her career in pediatrics at the Montgomery Primary Achievement Center (MPAC) in Silver Spring, MD. From 2002 to 2009, Cheranne worked exclusively with preschool-aged children at this site. Diagnoses included ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome. Cheranne began working for Lynne C. Israel and Associates during the summers of 2008 and 2009, providing school-based occupational therapy at Kingsbury Day School. In August 2009, she began working full time for Lynne Israel and Associates at Kingsbury Day school, while also providing clinic-based therapy for children at the private practice. Additionally, Cheranne has maintained an interest in working with older adults, performing part-time work in both the rehabilitation setting and home health. She enjoys educating parents and teachers about sensory integration through workshops and in-services.

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Kathleen Pyne

OTR/L, Therapist

Kathleen (Kathy) Pyne, OTR/L graduated from VCU/MCV in 1990 with a degree in occupational therapy. Since then she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults From 1990 to 1993, Kathy worked in the school system, at a rehabilitation hospital, and at the Hospital for Sick Children. In 1993, Kathy joined Lynne Israel’s practice and has worked at Kingsbury Day School and the private clinic. Kathy is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and in Sensory Integration Theory and Treatment. She is also certified in Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, and infant massage. She is experienced in teaching swimming and bike riding. In addition, Kathy has led sensorimotor groups at a therapeutic summer program for many years and has led various groups in the clinic setting. Her goal is to help her clients gain the skills and confidence they need to explore new territory in their development and partner with families and teachers to problem solve strategies for increased independence in daily life roles.

  • SIPT Certified
  • Sensory Integration Theory and Treatment Certified
  • Interactive Metronome Certified
  • Trained in Therapeutic Listening
  • Infant Massage Certified
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Elizabeth Baugher

OTR/L, Therapist

Beth received her Bachelor of Science Degree in occupational therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in June, 2000. She began her career in pediatrics at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in York, Pennsylvania. From 2000-2004, she worked primarily in the outpatient clinic with a wide variety of diagnoses. She oversaw the expansion of the inpatient hospital to include pediatric patients and established a driving rehabilitation program. From 2004-2010, Beth worked at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. There she worked in the outpatient clinic at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. While at KKI, Beth established the occupational therapists role within the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome clinic, integrated OT in preschool classes with children on the Autism Spectrum, and worked extensively on evaluation of toddlers with red flags for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Beth also ran several different pediatric groups, regularly was a guest lecturer at Towson University, and devoted time to parent trainings. Beth joined Lynne C. Israel and Associates in the fall of 2010, working in the private practice as well as at Kingsbury Day School.

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Becky Parks

MS OTR/L, Therapist

Becky has her M.S. degree in O.T. from Columbia University in NYC. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American OT Association (AOTA) and is a Fellow of the AOTA. She is also certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). During the work week, Becky provides occupational therapy at the National Institutes of Health, where she has been for 20 years. She speaks French, Thai, and Spanish; she was a Peace Corps Volunteer for 2 years in Togo, West Africa, after completing her Bachelor's Degree in French Literature.

  • SIPT Certified
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Jennifer Blair

OTR/L, BCP, Therapist

Jenn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational therapy from Quinnipiac University in May 2002. She began her career working in both school systems and early intervention. In 2006 she was hired directly by North Haven Public Schools, CT to provide occupational therapy services during the school year and for extended school year services during the summer. During this time, she created district wide protocols on the role of occupational therapy, provided many presentations on the role of occupational therapy and was also involved in developing a state of the art program for students with autism spectrum disorders at the Middle School. After school hours, she also worked at Cheshire Fitness Zone, a private, outpatient clinic providing occupational therapy to children ages 2- 21. She was also a mentor to new graduate occupational therapists within the clinic. She has also been a guest lecturer to the School of Education at Quinnipiac University, where she educated future teachers on the role of occupational therapy in the schools. In 2012, she received her BCP, Board Certification in Pediatrics, by the American Occupational Therapy Association. She moved down to DC in June 2012 and joined Sensational Kids. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is licensed to practice occupational therapy in DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Connecticut. Her goal in therapy is to understand the wants and needs that a family has for therapy and find the ways to accomplish those goals, and also to improve a child’s skills so that tasks that were once difficult, are now “fun.”

  • AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics
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Terryl Rosenberg

PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Terryl has been practicing Physical Therapy for 36 years. She began her career in Canada in acute and rehabilitation settings. In 1979, Terryl was recruited by Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas Texas. She was instrumental in organizing a Neurological Service where PT’s were specifically trained to provide interventions for children and adults with neurological impairments. Terryl worked for Baylor Hospital for 12 years. In 1991, Terryl joined a multi-disciplinary collaborative group of professionals including Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Psychologists and a Doctor of Education. A few years later, Terryl, along with her OT business partner, owned/operated a successful benchmark practice that included sponsoring clinical affiliations for PT and OT programs from colleges all over the United States. Terryl has attended many workshops in NDT, Sensory Integration Theory and Practice, and DIR Floortime. Terryl has a special interest in constraint-induced therapy and bimanual training for children with hemiplegia. Terryl has extensive experience working with babies with torticollis/plagiocephaly, infants and children with cerebral palsy (spastic diplegia and hemiplegia) and assisting with the acquisition of play skills with children with autism spectrum disorders. Terryl also receives many referrals for gait (walking) disturbances, idiopathic toe walking, and delayed acquisition of gait in infancy. Terryl completed her Post Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Drexel University, Philadelphia PA in 2008. Her concentrations were in Pediatrics and Clinical Teaching. In 2010,Terryl relocated to the Washington DC area.

  • Fellow of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • Member of the APTA, Pediatric Section
  • Member of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders