Meet just a few of our talented professionals
Each service provider at Boothby Therapy Services is unique. We take the time to learn about our employees: What is important in their personal life? What do they hope to get out of their professional career? Boothby Therapy Services provides the support and encouragement so providers can achieve their ideal work / life balance. Meet a few of our talented service providers below!
A Lifelong Learner
Amy Aubertine, SLP
Amy joined BTS more than 13 years ago, bringing the expertise she developed working with the birth to three population as an EI provider to her career as a preschool SLP. “It’s so interesting – when we started there were maybe 20 of us [providers]. The growth is exciting because we can support so many schools.” As an experienced SLP, Amy has seen how schools have become inundated with children with intensive needs over the years. “I have a student who has had a trach her whole life – she just got it removed and I got to hear her voice…I had never heard her voice before. That was staggering.” Working as a speech-language pathologist for 27 years, Amy is an expert in her field but she acknowledges that there are always new things to learn. “I’m still learning; I learn from newer providers, with great innovative and awesome ideas. It’s exciting.” Amy’s expertise is in feeding and swallowing but she also has a passion for working with rare diagnoses, “They make you think!” A self-identified medical geek, Amy also has a passion for how the brain works – even keeping a model of the human brain by her desk – just in case!
The OT with Many Hats!
Kerrin Gullison, OT
Kerrin graduated with her master’s in occupational therapy in 2013 from UNH. She began working in a skilled nursing facility, but quickly realized that her passion was working with children. She made the jump to BTS as soon as she had the chance! Flash forward seven years and Kerrin is truly enjoying where she is. “I just love my job,” she says. “I often tell my students ‘You make my heart so happy’”. As an OT working with children, Kerrin identifies how important it is to treat the whole child – not just one area of difficulty. Part of treating the whole child sometimes includes interacting with students’ families, where Kerrin often provides solutions to problems that families have been facing for years. “It’s like a sigh of relief, when they finally have answers.” Kerrin considers herself a child at heart, and is always looking for ways to best support her students – whether that means dressing up as Princess Anna from Frozen or conducting research on her students’ medical or visual needs; it’s all about helping her students and building their confidence. Kerrin also works part-time as a substitute at a local residential facility as well as serving as the President of the NH Occupational Therapy Association.
Finding Work / Life Balance in the Upper Valley
Meghan Lamica, SLP
Meghan joined Boothby Therapy Services in December of 2018, as part of our Upper Valley cohort of service providers. She transferred to school-based speech therapy from a medical setting and “found the transition excellent through RSM (Related Services Manager) support – it was a lot easier than I thought it would be!” Meghan has a high interest in social pragmatics in the school setting as well as working with students of all ages, “No matter the age – just to support students with whatever they’re dealing with…it’s exciting for me, to get some good outcomes.” Meghan credits the support at BTS for allowing her to achieve her own work / life balance, “the support we have comes from the top down – to all of us providers in the field – it’s really top-notch.” Since day one Meghan has been a BTS cheerleader, referring other providers whenever she gets the chance! When asked what she would tell another professional considering a career with BTS Meghan says, “It’s a wise move – we have the Community, the benefits, the whole package; work / life balance is honored”.
Laura Sleeper, PT
Laura is a highly-experienced physical therapist who was referred to BTS by one of her good friends (and long-time BTS OT!) in the summer of 2019. At that time, physical therapy was a new service offering for the company but Laura integrated seamlessly into her school teams and the BTS Community of Providers. She had some experience early in her career working with children in schools, treating students at Sanbornton Central School – coincidentally, the district she now works in with BTS! Laura’s expertise in physical therapy allows her to collaborate with service providers from other disciplines and offer solutions and suggestions that can be incorporated into their therapy. “I like to think that I am re-establishing the way that PT can help augment clinicians in other disciplines.” When asked what she loves most about working as a PT Laura says, “I love to see people move – we are kinetic beings. I feel it is an honor to help people to move better and engage more fully with life, without limitations.”
Putting the FUN in FUNctional!
Riley Walsh, COTA
When Riley joined the BTS Community of Providers in August of 2020, her love and passion for the field of occupational therapy were evident. Raised by a single mom who is also an OT, Riley has been exposed to the OT world her whole life. “Seeing her take care of her patients showed me my true purpose in life – to help others just like she does.” Riley recognizes that her role in the occupational therapy community allows her to help others at many different stages in their lives, with different abilities. “Being a COTA gives me so much purpose and I feel like I can truly make a difference, even if it’s just one moment. I love putting the FUN in FUNctional!” FUN is right! Riley brings her bubbly personality and sense of humor to her work as a school-based COTA – bringing smiles to the faces of her BTS colleagues – which were much needed in a COVID pandemic school year!
Riley continues the fun in her personal life, where she is a certified scuba diver! This COTA has depth – literally! Riley can be seen on YouTube, with the aptly named channel DiveQueen, exploring the underwater terrain of New Hampshire lakes, reef diving in Cozumel, or swimming up-close with New England seals!