Our Staff

Our therapists have advanced training in the areas of speech & language disorders, sensory processing disorders, autism, neuro-motor reflex integration, handwriting, feeding, functional vision, and other developmental, psychosocial, musculoskeletal, neurological, and learning disorders.
Occupational Therapists

Romain Jensen OTR/L, Director

     Romain is the founder and director of The Center for Pediatric Therapy (CPT). Prior to opening the Center in 2000, she worked in various aspects of Early Intervention (birth to 3, BCIU) where she provided direct treatment, was a part of evaluation teams and worked within the school system. Romain’s passion for understanding, treating and educating others on concepts of sensory integration and processing issues grew out of personal experiences. This passion eventually fueled her dream of opening a private practice dedicated to supporting children and their families. The Center for Pediatric Therapy started in a 2 room basement rental. Plans for being a part-time solo OT practitioner while raising her children blossomed into the multi discipline practice it is today. In 2003, the practice moved to its current location where it is now “bursting at the seams”.

     Romain began her OT career as a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). She later received a Bachelors Degree in Occupational therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University in New York. She has completed the SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing) certification and a multitude of other continuing education programs in the pediatric field.

     In addition to providing evaluation, consultation, and treatment for children at the CPT, Romain currently provides evaluation and consultative services for adults with autism who reside in group home settings in the community. The emphasis is on identifying the sensory aspects of various behavioral issues and working with the team to develop strategies to reduce challenging behaviors and increase independence with daily living skills.

     Romain also currently serves on the Occupational Therapy Advisory Boards at Alvernia University and Penn State Berks. She has previously served as adjunct faculty at Penn State Berks and has been a guest lecturer in both programs. In addition, Romain has served as the District 1 Delegate for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA).

     Romain is Co-founder of Collaborative Learning Solutions (CLS), a network of professionals in the field of functional vision and brain-based training. CLS provides free educational seminars to local parents and professionals. She also presents various educational programs on a local and state level including the Fragile X conference, State autism conference, Better Kid Care program, etc. Romain continues to be very active in sharing her passion for children and teaching others about “what makes them tick” and strategies to “make life easier”.

 

Megan Fidler, COTA/L

     Megan is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who received her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Penn State University - Berks in 2006. Upon graduation, she started working for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in their outpatient pediatrics department. She was an employee of Good Shepherd for 2 years before making a switch to Austill's Rehabilitation to work in the school setting in Chester County. After commuting to provide school-based services for a year and a half, Megan decided to leave Austill's and joined The Center for Pediatric Therapy staff in 2009.

     Megan is the Clinical Manager at The Center for Pediatric Therapy as well as a treating COTA. Megan is Fieldwork Educator Certified and serves as a fieldwork supervisor for students in local COTA programs. She has a strong interest in working with children on the Autism Spectrum as well as children with feeding difficulties/picky eaters. When not working, Megan enjoys spending time crafting and being outdoors with her husband and fur-baby, Charlotte.

 

Debbie Auman, COTA/L

     Debbie joined The Center for Pediatric Therapy staff in the Summer of 2015, as a part-time Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  She received her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Penn State University-Berks.  She is also employed by Easter Seals of Berks County and HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital.  Since earning her degree, Debbie has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient pediatric clinics, private school based, outpatient hand therapy, and inpatient rehab.  She has discovered her passion in working with children of all ages and various needs.  Debbie currently provides occupational therapy services to students at Hogan Learning Academy, a school for children with Autism.

     Debbie is married and has one grown son and two beautiful grandchildren.  She enjoys spending her free time with her family, her 2 cats, and her golden retriever "Mandy".

Elizabeth M. Bentz, OTD, OTR/L, SIPT

     “Miss Liz” is excited to join the CPT family. She brings 20 years of experience working with children and adults across all ages in hospitals, school settings, pediatric outpatient clinics, cyber-charter schools and the home environment. She has provided services for children who have diagnoses of developmental delay, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, oppositional defiant disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, neurological impairments, muscular dystrophy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Rett syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. Elizabeth attended Misericordia University to receive her Doctoral degree in 2017 and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1999. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Alvernia University with a minor in Gerontology in 1995. To advance her skills with therapeutic interventions, Elizabeth obtained her certification in Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing (SIPT) in 2013. With her expertise, she has provided consultation and in-services to organizations supporting young children and adolescents.  Her sensory training has enabled her to teach families how to create a calming space where children can thrive and grow. She ensures that children’s main occupations – play and having fun – are a part of every session.

      Elizabeth believes in providing occupational therapy to include heart-mind-body holistic approaches that inspire everyone’s greatest physical and emotional health. Through her continuing education in Tai Chi and yoga instruction, she has learned how movement, restorative breathing, and mindfulness can support a child’s participation, especially with rest and sleep. She is certified as a Tai Chi for Rehabilitation instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute by Dr. Paul Lam. Elizabeth also received her Registered Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT-200) through the Tula Yoga Center.

      She continues to share her experiences and knowledge with parents, families, friends, and clients through her work as an OT and as an adjunct professor at Alvernia University. Since 2010, she has served her community as a Shillington Borough Councilwoman, and volunteered at the All Abilities Fitness Center in Exeter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and practicing yoga. She is grateful for her husband and her two beautiful daughters who have taught her the value of love and family.

Michelle Hriscu, COTA/L

     Michelle is a part-time Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant at CPT. She earned her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Penn State University-Berks in 2017. Michelle has a passion for working with children of all ages and various needs and is excited to start her career at CPT. Michelle hopes to impact the lives of many children here at CPT, and strives to provide them with the best OT care by working on their specific needs. She believes in working as a team by working alongside the children and their caregivers. “Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much.”- Helen Keller

     Michelle enjoys spending time with her beloved husband, son, and family. She also enjoys being an active member in her church where she is a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and worship leader. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being outdoors and traveling, as well as volunteering for community outreach programs with her church community.

Susan Cohick, COTA/L

     Susan is a part time Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who received her Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from Harcum College in 2018. She also previously attended Alvernia University and received her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2015. Susan passed her certification exam in February 2019 and was excited to be offered a job at the Center for Pediatric Therapy!

     Susan previously did an internship at CPT when in her Psychology program where she was really introduced to the world of OT and she fell in love! CPT opened her eyes to what eventually would be her career and now loves being part of this team!  Susan has a passion for working with children of all ages with varied needs; she is open to learning and exploring new treatment ideas and loves to be creative with her approaches.

     Susan is married and currently working on home renovations during her down time. She loves spending time with family and friends and playing board games.

Physical Therapists

Jenna Trout PT, DPT
    Jenna joined the team as a physical therapist at The Center for Pediatric Therapy in 2012, when she moved to Berks County.  Prior to that, she worked in an Outpatient Pediatric Rehab Department at a hospital in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  In this setting, she gained experience working with infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and performed developmental screening for these children at NICU follow-up clinics.  Here at CPT, Jenna continues to provide evaluations and treatment for children ages birth through teens with a variety of diagnoses, including prematurity, torticollis, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, hypotonia, autism, down syndrome, orthopedic conditions or injuries, etc. 

    Jenna is a graduate of Arcadia University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology, and then completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  Jenna enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities.  She has a passion for helping kids understand the importance of physical activity and learning to enjoy exercise and an overall healthy lifestyle.  In addition to working here at the CPT, she also provides in-home therapy to children ages birth-to-3 through the Early Intervention program.  When she's not at work, Jenna enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her young daughter, husband and Boxer, Lacy.

 

 

Speech-Language Pathologists

Administrative Staff

Jana Styer, MA, CCC/SLP

     Working at the Center for Pediatric Therapy since 2006, Jana brings over 40 years of experience to her position as a speech language pathologist having provided therapeutic services in both the public school system and private clinical settings. She has served as a clinical fellowship supervisor, a graduate student supervisor, a coordinator of speech language services, and as a mentor to newly hired speech language pathologists. In addition to holding a Master’s Degree and the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology, Jana holds 36 hours of post graduate training in many areas including childhood apraxia of speech, auditory and language processing, fluency, and oral motor therapy.

     Jana enjoys and is dedicated to providing services to children in a way that is designed to meet their specific needs in an engaging and lively manner. She strives to make learning fun!  Working directly with families by providing home practice ideas allows the children to transfer and improve their skills between therapy sessions.

      In her leisure time, Jana enjoys being active by spending time with family and friends, traveling, exercising, and entertaining. Quiet time is occupied by reading, reading, and reading.

Christine Moyer, MS, CCC/SLP

     Christine earned her Bachelor's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology degree in 2003 and Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from East Stroudsburg University in 2006.  In 2006, Christine was awarded a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She has experience in providing therapeutic intervention in the public school system, preschool and home-based Early Intervention and outpatient pediatric facilities.  Christine also has experience as a team coordinator, collaborator/liaison, supervisor of undergraduate and graduate students from local universities,

and editor of therapy based newsletter.  Christine has additional trainings in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems and the Social Thinking Curriculum.

     In 2017, Christine completed the requirements to become a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards Board.  As a CAS, Christine feels that it confirms that she continually strives to provide her clients/families with current best practices and professional competency in the area of Autism.  Christine is now the Hogan Coordinator, where she manages the related services provided at Hogan Learning Academy, a school for children with Autism.

     Christine’s passion includes providing children with methods in which to effectively communicate their everyday wants and  needs, ultimately helping the children to develop their very own

“voice”.  Christine enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Maggie Terefenko M.S., CF-SLP

     Maggie was excited to join the Center for Pediatric Therapy team as a clinical fellow in June of 2018.  She received both her Bachelor’s of Health Science and Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University.  During graduate school, Maggie gained clinical experience working with a variety of populations across settings.  She evaluated and treated adult and geriatric patients with swallowing disorders and/or cognitive communication disorders within the intensive care units at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  She also gained experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and those with behavioral and emotional disturbances at both St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Head Start & Early Intervention and New Story.  These clinical experiences fostered Maggie’s passion for working with children, specifically those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

     Directly observing the impact speech therapy has on a child’s ability to communicate their wants and needs and developing communication systems for children who did not currently have a means of communication has been a truly rewarding experience for her.  Maggie also has interests in working with fluency disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and literacy.  When she’s not at work, Maggie enjoys being outdoors, running, and spending as much time as she can with her friends and family.

 

 

Gini Bennett, Office Manager

     Gini is highly involved in the referral intake process at the Center for Pediatric Therapy and loves the atmosphere the children bring to the practice.  Among many front office duties, she assists in scheduling appointments and is your go-to person for checking insurance benefits and tracking claim issues.  Gini has spent most of her career in an office setting, including 13 years managing a Pediatric Dental Office, 8 years working with Executives and Presidents of companies, and 5 years managing the front office of a Physical Therapy Clinic.  She loves to travel, explore new places and experiences, and in her quiet time she loves to read.

 

Wayne Jensen, Business Manager

    Wayne took on the role of business manager for The Center for Pediatric Therapy in 2003, after the practice moved to its current location.  He is the brother-in-law of the center's director, Romain Jensen.  Wayne holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Ursinus college.  Prior to contributing his skills and expertise to the CPT, he had experience in the fields of banking and real estate.  Wayne enjoys outdoor activities, including biking and running, and spending time with his dog, Tucker.

 

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