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Get to Know Us and Our Philosophy

Get to Know Us and Our Philosophy

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ABOUT

Pia Seltmann OTR/L

Pia is a pediatric occupational therapist born and raised in Germany and finished her education as an Occupational Therapist in 2002. She has been living and working in Washington, DC and the DMV area since 2009.

 

After working for many years in different settings, Pia decided to go all SENSORY! 

She started TAR Education in Motion as she noticed that often families with autistic children and children with disability struggle with implementing sensory strategies and receiving treatment in their own home environment. She can now be found in and around DC at the home of families empowering them with strategies to support their families. 

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ABOUT

Victoria Guesva-Micklon CCC-SLP

Victoria received her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Misericordia University in 2020.

 

Victoria grew up along the coast of New Jersey where she began her career working in the public school systems as well as a multidisciplinary clinic providing diagnostic services and intervention to neurodivergent and neurotypical populations.

 

Victoria has experience working with children grades PreK-8 addressing speech and language concerns in areas of articulation, receptive and expressive language, assistive and augmentative communication (AAC), fluency and pragmatic language disorders.

Victoria enjoys providing engaging, interactive and effective speech and language therapy to pediatric populations.

 

She is a lifelong learner who emphasizes the sensory and emotional needs of patients to promote regulation and an optimal learning environment. 

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Christine Dasher OTR/L

Christie Dasher is a pediatric occupational therapist with 25 years of experience.

 

She has an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Christie specializes in sensory integration and was certified in sensory integration assessment and treatment through the University of Southern California/ Western Psychological Services program in 2002. She completed training in Therapeutic Listening and loves integrating a wide range of modalities into her treatment. Other areas of professional interest include vision, feeding, and psychosocial work with children/adolescents.

 

She has experience working in public and private schools, private practice, and home settings as an early intervention practitioner (birth through three years of age). For Christie the best part of her job is building relationships with clients and their families and using meaningful occupation/play to support participation and engagement in daily activities. Christie loves using a parent coaching model in her early intervention work and looks forward to expanding her practice with older children/adolescents into homes.

 

Christie’s personal interests include reading, hiking, swimming, and playing pickleball.

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Marisa Walsh OTR/L

Marisa Walsh is a pediatric occupational therapist with 18 years of experience as an OT. 

 

She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. 

 

She has experience working in community mental health, in patient psychiatric facilities, outpatient clinics and home settings. Marisa truly loves being an OT and developing therapeutic relationships with her clients and their families. She loves to assist kids in reaching their goals and engaging in life to the fullest. 

 

Marisa’s personal interests include going on adventures with her husband and 2 boys, hiking, traveling, and learning calligraphy.

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Shannon McFarland OTR/L

Shannon has been practicing as an occupational therapist since graduating from Utica College, in Utica, NY in 2017 where she's originally from. She began her career as a traveling occupational therapist along the eastern coast of the US where she's practiced as an inpatient OT, home-health OT, early intervention OT, and as a school-based OT where the majority of her experience and passion lies.  

 

She settled in the DMV area in 2021 where she currently lives in Alexandria, VA. Shannon has always known she wanted to work in pediatrics, and has a considerable amount of experience and passion for individuals with severe medical and/or cognitive needs. She has worked with a vast array of physical and cognitive diagnoses to include individuals with needs that may include visual impairments, alternative communication such as AAC devices, sign language etc., social-emotional, sensory processing, feeding, use of mobility devices, and more. 

 

Shannon's believes whole-heartedly in play based therapy as a child's main occupation is to play! Shannon strongly believes in therapeutic use of self and building strong and trusting relationships with her clients and their families. Shannon's aim as a therapist is to promote independence as much as possible for her clients while supporting her clients and their families to reach their goals. 

 

Shannon has a great love for animals. She has a dog, Australian Shepherd, who she loves to spend as much time doing outdoor activities with- and on down days staying at home and relaxing/snuggling up with her cat. She loves watching and playing sports, as her favorite sport to play is volleyball that she plays regularly, as well as being a Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Capitals fan. She loves traveling and trying new adventures and experiences!

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Victoria Guesva-Micklon

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Insurance

TAR Education in Motion is an out-of-network provider. Our services are often covered by out-of-network benefits. We recommend that you contact your insurance company before starting services to learn how much your particular plan will reimburse you. You will be provided with an itemized bill that includes all necessary information, including diagnostic and treatment codes.

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