Tanya Glass, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy, Motor Supervisor
I received my bachelor of science degree in 1996 from California State University in Sacramento. I then received my Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 1998 from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. I have worked in a variety of different settings including early intervention, schools, hospitals, and private practice. I have received advanced training in the areas of Autism, sensory integration, and feeding disorders. I am very passionate in working with these special populations. I have completed training in therapeutic listening programs including The Listening Program through Advanced Brain Technologies and Therapeutic Listening through Vital Links. I have also completed training in administering the Autism Diagnostic and Observation Scale, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and teaching kids yoga.
Matthew Steadman-MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Matthew received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. He went on to receive his Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in the summer of 2013 from Touro University Nevada in Henderson, NV. He is fluent in both English and Spanish, having lived in the Dominican Republic for two years. Matthew also minored in Spanish at BYU-Idaho. Matthew has varied experience working with families and children in a variety of different settings and is passionate about helping children become as independent as possible with their activities of daily living. When not at work, Matt enjoys spending time camping and exploring with his wife and three young children.
Kelsie Colombini-MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Kelsie received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Science with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014. She then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. During her fieldwork, she gained experience working with children using a Sensory Integration framework. Part of this fieldwork also allowed her to experience being a camp counselor at a summer camp that had an occupational therapy focus for kids with disabilities. Camp will always hold a special place in her heart, because Kelsie loves combining therapy with a natural environment. In her spare time, Kelsie enjoys spending time outside camping, boating, and hiking.
Lauren DeValk-MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Lauren received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Lauren has worked with children and teenagers with developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on autism, Down syndrome, Angelman syndrome and Cerebral Palsy throughout a variety of settings including camps, homes, schools and in the community. Lauren has worked in a school setting to promote access to a functional life skills curriculum for children impacted by multiple disabilities including deceased mobility, blindness, cortical visual impairment, and those who are primarily non verbal communicators. Lauren also has experience working with children and teens who use a variety of assistive technology and adaptive equipment in order to access their environment and increase independence in self feeding. She has been certified through Yoga for the Special Child to incorporate adaptive yoga into therapy sessions. Lauren has a passion for partnering with families impacted by disabilities to grow resilient, connect to resources, and achieve a high quality of life filled with meaningful activities.
Megan Tabano-MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Megan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Science and Minor is Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014 and received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Touro University Nevada in 2017. While attending her master’s program in Henderson, NV, she gained fieldwork experience working with adults in both the hospital and rehabilitation setting, as well as early intervention and pediatrics here at Advanced Pediatric Therapies. Megan also has been involved in coaching high school soccer locally while attending Nevada. Megan is an energetic and compassionate individual who strives to help children reach their full potential and become as independent as possible! She was born and raised in Reno and enjoys skiing, soccer, spending time at Lake Tahoe with her family, and watching her favorite professional sports teams.
Gabrielle Best-MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
Gabrielle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her Master of Occupational Therapy at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. She has enjoyed working in pediatrics for her entire career. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, including schools that specialize in behavioral disabilities and guided by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Gabrielle has extensive experience working with children with autism from ages three to 22. She recently moved to the Reno area, and she spends her free time enjoying the abundant outdoor opportunities in this beautiful region.