Milagros Cordero, Ed.D., OTR/L
Dr. Milagros Cordero is founder of ITTS For Children. She is a licensed, registered occupational therapist with over 40 years of experience treating children and adults with developmental disabilities. She received her basic training in occupational therapy from the University of Puerto Rico. Her Masters degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy and a Doctoral degree in Special Education are from Boston University. Dr. Cordero is a certified senior clinician and faculty member through the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). ICDL promotes the work of Dr. Stanley Greenspan and the DIRFloortime® approach. Additionally, Dr. Cordero is a member of Comunidades Inclusivas, an initiative for Spanish speaking professionals spearheaded by Dr. Cecilia Breinbauer, which focuses on respect, integrated education and emotional attunement in the area of inclusiveness. Dr. Cordero is also certified in the use of Therapeutic Listening, SAMONAS and Tomatis sound therapies.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cordero trains aspiring clinicians, serves on numerous committees and boards, and travels both nationally and internationally to teach, guide and speak on issues related to pediatric development. Additionally, she serves as a field work supervisor for students in training at numerous colleges, including: Boston University, Washington University, and Louisiana State University. Dr. Cordero feels that teaching clinicians in training reaffirms the core principles of her own work. As she explains the concepts, models and interactions to students in the field, she develops a deeper understanding of the topics, which in turn deepens her own knowledge-base. Click here to learn more about Dr. Cordero.
Julie Hogg, OTR/L
Julie Hogg is an occupational therapist who has been with ITTS For Children since January of 2004. She is a graduate of Boston University's Sargent College. Julie has previous experience working with children in center based, school based, and early intervention environments.
Before moving to Atlanta, Julie worked as the Occupational Therapy supervisor at the Spectrum Communications Center in New York City where she oversaw implementation of the Tomatis program. In addition, Julie works with clinics internationally and in the local Atlanta area. She is certified through the International Council on Development and Learning as an advanced practitioner and trainer of the DIRFloortime® method.
A busy mother of triplets, she has decided to only come play at the office for a few hours a week, so she can have more time to play with her toddlers.
Deborah Fleary, RPT
Deborah Fleary is a licensed, registered physical therapist who specializes in treating children who have orthopedic needs, neuro-developmental problems and difficulties with sensory integration. She graduated from Indiana University Medical School with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1970. Deborah has continued with graduate courses in neuro-development, sensory integration and orthoses from Michigan State University, Northwestern University, University of Indiana and Ball State University.
Deborah has worked as a pediatric clinician for over 35 years. Clinical and teaching responsibilities have included: University hospital assistant supervisor with budgeting, clinical supervision of physical therapy students and assistants; teaching medical students, physical and occupational therapy students courses in high risk newborn, developmental disabilities, pediatric rheumatology and hemophilia. She has served as Supervisor of Physical Therapy Services in a school corporation. Deborah currently serves through private practice as a consultant and serves children in Babies Can’t Wait-Early Intervention Program and provides PT services at private clinics in the Atlanta area.
Deborah enjoys and is experienced in working with of all ages and diagnoses; including children whose diagnoses include Pervasive Developmental Delay, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, delays secondary to Prematurity, sensory-motor disorders and coordination issues.
Joann Fleckenstein, MS, OTR/L
Joann Fleckenstein graduated from Brenau University in 2005 with a BS/MS in Occupational Therapy. Joann has worked with clients from 2 months to 108 years old with a focus on client-centered care. Joann has begun to focus on helping adolescents and young adults in maneuvering into adulthood, including navigating social life, as well as learning functional skills for independent living. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her extended family and raising her 2 children with her husband.
Chava Neiditch, MS, OTR/L
Chava is a licensed, registered occupational therapist. She graduated with honors from Brenau University in 2011 with a BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy. Before receiving her degree in occupational therapy Chava was a first grade teacher. As a teacher, she worked closely with occupational therapists who assisted her students. These interactions provided her first exposure to the field of occupational therapy and her interest was immediate. In time, Chava decided to pursue her own career in occupational therapy. She has been working at ITTS For Children since 2011. She loves working with children of all ages and abilities. Chava is an Atlanta native and now has three young children of her own.
Lalah Evans, MHS, OTR/L
Lalah Evans is a licensed, registered occupational therapist with experience in treating children with developmental disabilities. She received an undergraduate degree in psychology and a second degree in Occupational Therapy. She attended the Medical College of Georgia for her Masters in Health Science and Occupational Therapy. Lalah has treated children implementing floortime and sensory integration techniques, improving fine motor skills, handwriting, and activities of a child's daily living. She keeps current in her field through continuing education and training on subjects such as sensory integration, handwriting, and updated research. She holds a beginner certificate in DIRFloortime®. Lalah and her husband are the proud parents of 3 children.
Marianela Matheus, MEd,LPC
Marianela is a Bilingual (Spanish/ English) Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Psychologist educated in Venezuela. She has a masters degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. She holds an Advanced DIRFloortime® Certificate and is currently working on her certification as a Registered Play Therapist. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 30 years and has applied the DIRFloortime® model in her work for the past 20 years. She has completed Floortime® Workshops overseas and co-directs the DIRFloortime® Spanish-speaking Group with Dr. Milagros Cordero. Marianela enjoys working to counsel the parents of children with special needs and treating both children and adults who benefit from the DIRFloortime® approach. Marianela and her husband are the parents of a young adult.
Damir Hecimovic, BExSS, OTS
Damir received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Tuzla University in 2003. He is currently a student in the Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy program at the Brenau University and will earn his degree in 2015. Damir moved from Bosnia to Atlanta in 2010. He then worked/volunteered at The Hirsch Academy as an assistant to therapy for two years. Damir has worked at ITT’S For Children as a floortime player since 2013. Damir enjoys engaging with children of all ages applying DIRFloortime® and sensory integration techniques that he's learned from his studies. Damir and his wife have one young daughter.
Carmen is currently our Office Assistant. She has worked for ITTS For Children since 2012. She is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English fluently. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she also earned her BA in Secretarial Sciences from UPR. She moved from Puerto Rico to Atlanta in 1988. She has three sons and one handsome grandson.
Liz has worked for Cordero and Associates since April of 1999. She is currently the office and billing manager. She has worked in a variety of settings, many of which revolve around children and education. Additionally, she has completed courses in Careers in Education. She currently lives in Centerville with her two sons, Sean and Jesse.