Dr. Chaye Lamm Warburg, DPS, OTR/L – Director
Dr. Chaye Lamm Warburg earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University in 2010 and is currently a lab instructor at NYU. She has been a practicing occupational therapist for 35 years, focusing on pediatrics for most of her career. In 1991 Chaye founded Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services, LLC (POTS), a private occupational therapy practice that is committed to providing children and families with cutting-edge treatment to empower each child to maximize his/her potential.
In 1976 Chaye received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and four years later earned her M.A. in Motor Learning from Columbia University Teachers College. During that time she published an article in a peer reviewed journal on rhythmicity and motor coordination which she followed up in her doctoral work at NYU. In 1999 Chaye became Board Certified in Pediatric Occupational Therapy (BCP).
In the 1990’s as an associate professor in occupational therapy, Chaye taught the pediatrics courses at her alma mater, Columbia University for 3 years, and happily several of her students joined her at POTS.
Chaye holds many certifications including: Sensory Integration & Praxis Tests, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program and MEDEK. She lectures extensively to audiences of teachers, parents and therapists at universities, schools, pre-schools and in other forums. She values being part of a team with the child, parents and others significant in the child’s life. She will never be too old to play on the floor and help the children she works with discover the joy of experiencing successes.
“I am passionate about treating the whole child. I never tire of the detective work involved in figuring out just what drives each child’s behavior, and helping each child find his/her area of strength.”
Chaye has five children, one who completed her occupational therapy studies at the university level and is currently assisting at POTS. In her free time Chaye is an avid quilter and needle pointer and is responsible for much of the artwork in the office. She has been a head lifeguard, swimming and CPR instructor for more years than she is willing to acknowledge.
Deborah Goldberg M.A., OTR/L
Deborah has had over 15 years of pediatric experience in a wide variety of settings including acute care and rehabilitation centers as well as school and home-based environments. She has been at POTS for the last 9 years. In 1992, Deborah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College and in 1994 she earned a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University.
Deborah is certified in Sensory Integration (SIPT), The Listening Program, as well as MEDEK, has extensive training in Neurodevelopmental (NDT) techniques for children with neuromotor dysfunction and has delivered talks on various aspects of pediatric occupational therapy to a number of different audiences.
“Having an opportunity to work with a child to overcome a personal challenge is rewarding, but making that all look like fun and play is what makes being a pediatric occupational therapist so exciting. To see the gleam and the glow in the eyes of a child’s face when he has just connected to another person for the first time, to help facilitate the first steps of a child who has never walked before, or to watch how a child could now feed herself independently or hold her own bottle gives me the greatest pleasure. It also give me the hope that we now live in a world with limitless possibilities. Any social, sensory, motor, and/or educational challenge can be overcome.”
Deborah’s hobbies and interests include traveling, biking, yoga, Pilates, community involvement, and playing and reading to her children.
Gershon Kravetz M.S., OTR/L
Gersh has over 9 years of experience working with school age children that have multiple handicaps, Down’s syndrome, autistic spectrum disorder, and sensory integration dysfunction.
Gersh has advanced training in Floortime DIR/C Level II Advanced; and is certified in Interactive Metronome (IM), Brain Gym, Handwriting Without Tears, and Therapeutic Listening. He has extensive experience in Sensory Integration.
“I love to play and have fun, and I really enjoy seeing kids have fun too. To see a child open up and play with unabandoned exuberance is a sheer delight. To watch as a child’s skills emerge and watch how they challenge themselves to see if they can better themselves and laugh it off if it doesn’t go their way the first time is what I enjoy most about being an OT. Helping the child through play to play is what makes this fun!”
When Gersh is not working with children, his interests include comic books, fitness, pop culture, computer gadgets and technology.
Joyce Bendavid OTR/L
Joyce Bendavid, the first occupational therapist to join the POTS team in 1994, has been a practicing occupational therapist since graduating from Downstate Medical Center in 1977. In the course of her career Joyce has been involved in the full gamut of Occupational Therapy practice. She enjoys working with people of all ages and has worked in a myriad of settings. With experience in pediatric psychiatry, early intervention, schools and the aged, Joyce brings a depth and breadth of knowledge to her practice at POTS.
Dedicating many hours to continuing education, Joyce is trained in MEDEK, Interactive Metronome, Homework Without Tears, and Brain Gym, and has immersed herself in Sensory Integration and energy work. This combination of skills has enabled her to approach each child’s development from a global perspective, and offer a uniquely integrated therapeutic approach. In the past few years Joyce has added yoga to her repertoire of modalities, which blends seamlessly with traditional occupational therapy methods. As children learn to move through Yoga postures, they explore their sense of body and mind.
Most recently, Joyce has been actively developing the “Rhythmex” program and has been involved in researching its benefits. In July 2010 she co-authored an article entitled The effect of rhythmic exercises on cognition and behaviour of maltreated children: A pilot study, which was published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Joyce has brought her holistic approach to a variety of settings including local schools such as SAR, Maayanot High School, Yavneh Academy and the JES Early Childhood Conference.
“It is always rewarding to watch children grow and evolve into unique beings as they develop a sense of self. Occupational therapy has enabled me to help children discover themselves as they hone the skills that support their learning and play. It is always a thrill to begin a new relationship with a child and it is even more rewarding to send them forward knowing that I have contributed to their future life successes.”
Lisanne has over 14 years of experience as an occupational therapist in various settings including Early Intervention, public school, and private clinic settings. A graduate of Hunter College, she received her B.S. in Psychology, and graduated from Columbia University with an M.S. in Occupational Therapy. She has an extensive background in home and school modifications for improved function, as well as experience in educational in-services to teachers and para professionals in the various domains of O.T.
Lisanne’s credentials and certifications include: Therapeutic Listening, and Interactive Metronome. She is trained in Sensory Integration, various manual handling techniques and DIR/Floortime. Lisanne has always had a special interest in visual perception and its impact on function.
“I love the dynamic quality of O.T.. In addressing physical and neurological development, I am also nurturing each child’s social and psychological growth. The best part is being able to do this while “playing”! Seeing the smile that lights up a child’s face when they feel a sense of accomplishment or mastery is the best reward there is.”
Lisanne’s hobbies and interests include, reading, cooking, working with therapy animals, fitness, travel, needlepoint, and spending time with her family and various pets.
Vivian Genn M.A., OTR/L
Vivian received her Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy from New York University in 1998 and has enjoyed working as a pediatric occupational therapist for the past 12 years. She has worked with children of all ages and varying abilities through early intervention, private practice, and in a variety of school settings, including the Child Development Center in NYC. As a consultant in schools in the NYC and NJ area, she has worked closely with teachers and staff. Vivian has presented numerous workshops to parents and teachers on a range of topics including sensory integration, handwriting, and improving skills at school and at home. Sensory integration, working with a multidisciplinary team, and integrating occupational therapy into the home and school setting are particular areas of interest and expertise.
An avid student, Vivian has attended many continuing education courses and has advanced training in treating children with autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficits, and behavioral challenges; Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program and self regulation, and Brain Gym. She is also certified in Interactive Metronome and Therapeutic Listening.
“I truly enjoy working with parents as well as with children. I believe that it is essential to work not only with the child, but with parents, caregivers and others involved in the child’s life. Working together using a team approach helps the child to meet his/her goals, and to succeed. Occupational therapy should be child centered, goal oriented, motivating, challenging, and fun! I strive to help children become more independent and successful in meaningful activities at home, at school, and in social settings. Watching a child work through a challenge and come out smiling and proud is a great reward for me as a therapist.”
Vivian enjoys travel, biking, photography, community service, and spending time with her children, family and friends.
Hemel Bavalia, MOTR/L
Hemel earned her undergraduate degree in health science and her masters degree in occupational therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. The vast majority of her experience has been working with children ages birth through 16 in school, at home and in the clinic.
“Going to work has never been more fun! As a therapist, it is rewarding to see children making strides and achieving their goals. I am a true believer in learning by doing, and as an OT I love to incorporate therapeutic play and activities into my sessions. Today’s children are the future of tomorrow and it is a privilege to be working with them.”
Lisa Sugarman M.S., OTR/L
Lisa’s experiences include evaluating and treating toddler, pre-school, and school age children who are diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, dyspraxia, visual-perceptual deficits, gross and fine motor incoordination and other disorders. Lisa received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University. She is trained in the Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym and Therapeutic Listening techniques. Lisa has participated in developing a comprehensive handwriting workshop for both parents and teachers, which consists of a toolkit and handouts to help prepare a child to write.
“I enjoy finding creative ways to be playful with the kids in order to establish a sense of trust where the child looks forward to coming to OT. I take pleasure in the day to day surprises from each child as they attain their goals and continue to improve their quality of life.”
Lisa enjoys photography, playing tennis, swimming, traveling and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.
Joining us from sunny L.A. Addie Main has 8 years of experience working with toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children with a range of diagnoses including autistic spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, dyspraxia, handwriting difficulties, and fine and gross motor coordination deficits.
Addie is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. She has attended many continuing education courses including Brain Gym, The Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run? Handwriting Without Tears, and Praxis: Treatment for the Clumsy Child.
Addie recently moved to New Jersey from the Los Angeles area. She was the first occupational therapist hired by the Beverly Hills Unified School District. She began and ran the program independently from 2000-2003, which included servicing 5 public schools and one therapeutic preschool within the city of Beverly Hills.
Addie loves working closely with parents and teachers, helping them to understand their children and facilitating their growth in their natural environments. “I think it’s so important to educate parents, teachers and caregivers about what is going on with their child. I love to give them strategies and tools that they can use on a daily basis in order to feel empowered and confident that they can help their child.”
“I love working and playing with the kids; gently encouraging them to take risks, and to challenge themselves in order to achieve their maximum potential. I love to see them conquer a skill for the first time, to feel good about themselves for doing something they didn’t think they could do.”
Addie enjoys many outdoor activities, especially hiking, snowboarding, and taking long walks. She has a 2 year old son, a new baby and a dog named Dakota. She loves to spend time with family and friends.
Aviva Goldwasser, MS, OTR/L
Aviva loves working with children, and enjoys making a difference in both the child’s development as well as helping the family make changes at home. For Aviva, “the best part of working with children is making therapeutic activities fun and playful.”
A 2005 graduate of Stern College for Women with a major in psychology, Aviva earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2007. As a full time member of the POTS staff Aviva has provided occupational therapy to children from toddlers to teens with a wide variety of diagnoses. Continuing education is a priority for Aviva and she has advanced training in Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, and DIR/Floortime.
As a regular contributor to the POTS blog, Aviva shares her ideas with parents on how to incorporate sensory integration, fine motor and Floortime techniques into their daily lives in fun, creative ways. Aviva has a special interest in sensory integration, handwriting, and keyboarding. A dynamic lecturer, she frequently conducts workshops for parents and teachers with Chaye Lamm Warburg on handwriting and sensory integration.
Aviva has a keen appreciation of the need to incorporate sensory integration techniques in the classroom to promote student skills and social skills and has a knack for making significant changes in the classrooms in which she spends time.
When she is not at POTS Aviva enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, cooking and baking. Thankfully she shares her cooking and baking with us at POTS!
Carol Silvestri – Office Manager
Carol has been working at POTS for four years as the office manager. She handles multiple functions at POTS and is available to assist clients with any questions regarding scheduling, billing or handling insurance authorizations prior to your first visit.
When Carol isn’t busy in the office, she enjoys exercising, traveling, going to the beach and spending time with her family.