THE TEAM

FLORIE GLUSMAN

OWNER

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST 

A graduate of Boston University, Florie Glusman is both a mommy and a pediatric occupational therapist who has been practicing in the field of pediatrics in Atlanta since 1997. She has had the opportunity to work and mentor under well renowned therapists in the United States. When Florie moved to Atlanta in 1997 for her training, she decided this would be the place for her to stay. Florie has worked part time at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf and many years at a local private practice, ITT’S For Children. Florie begun her private practice in 2003, where she continues to expand and share her knowledge.

 

Among some of Florie’s passions are lecturing, educating parents and teachers, consulting with schools, and just playing. Florie often lectures on the subject of Sensory Integration to both parents and teachers. Some of those topics include incorporating Sensory Diet into everyday play for both typically developing and special needs children, Sensorimotor development, What is Sensory Integration, and bringing the world of sensory integration into the classroom.

 

Florie’s areas of specialty include: Sensory Integration, SIPT (Sensory Integration Praxis Test), SAMONAS sound therapy, therapeutic listening, and handwriting. All of her work is done through a play model where she focuses on a child’s social emotional growth. When working with a child she takes a pyramid type approach looking first at one’s nervous system, sensory systems, and muscle strength/tone and seeing how these areas may be impacting the child’s social-emotional development, motor function, and regulation both at home and in the classroom.

 

During her free time Florie enjoys goofing off with her children, dancing and traveling.  She also sits on the National Board for the American Friends of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled where she has been actively involved for over 30 years.

Ana is a bilingual licensed occupational therapist registered who was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology. During that time, she tutored 3 amazing children who demonstrated challenges in their academic performance and it was difficult for her to identify the reason for this. She then knew she wanted to positively impact children with their main occupations of daily living by working in the foundations of those observable challenges. She developed her passion for occupational therapy during her volunteering experiences, where she was amazed with the impact occupational therapists have in the activities, self esteem and quality of life of these patients and their families. 

Ana earned her master's degree from the University of Puerto Rico. She then moved to Miami, Florida where she worked as the occupational therapist supervisor in a pediatric outpatient clinic. Her work has been focused on children with developmental delays, sensory integration disorder characteristics, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Additionally, she has participated in educational programs for teachers in daycares and elementary schools. She completed her sensory integration certificate through the University of South California and is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Approach. Ana recognizes the significance of emotional connections and the importance of emotional development as the foundation to develop fundamental skills. 

Ana enjoys trying different local cuisine, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

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ANA GARCIA

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

OT Supervisor

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LAUREN MEADER

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Lauren is a Certified Occupational Therapist who began her passion working with children while volunteering with an outreach soccer program for children and adults with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities. It was through this experience that she learned working with this population was her passion. It was through Occupational Therapy that she discovered the perfect combination of child-led and playful approaches to see progress that is truly life-changing for the kids and their families.  The kids love Lauren and her playful, bubbly energy.

 

She began her educational career at the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors of Health Sciences with an Occupational Therapy specialty. From there she received her Masters in Science of Occupational Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University. Her work has been focused on children with developmental and physical delays, sensory processing differences, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and retained primitive reflexes.

 

In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, and spending time outdoors.

Jen began her educational career at Washington University in St. Louis where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1996. She went on to receive her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in 1998. Jen has been fortunate to work in pediatrics with extensive training in the DIR®Floortime model under the supervision of Rosemary White, Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, and Handwriting Without Tears.  

After a decade of gaining work experience in Seattle with a wide range of children, coaching their parents, and optimizing their potential she moved to Atlanta in 2009 when she decided to join WE Play, formerly known as Sensawee Play.  She has since been able to grow on her previous experiences and add to her training.  She is dedicated beyond words to what she does and becomes "part of the family" when working with her clients.  She not only is an amazing player but she also is an amazing parent coach.  

 

When she is not at work, Jen embraces spending time with her husband and three children travelling, cooking, rollerblading, playing soccer, dancing, and hiking.     

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JEN HELLER

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST 

KATHY JEFFRIES-SMITH

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT

Therapy/Clinic Manager

Kathy Jeffries-Smith is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant who began working at Sensawee Play/WE Play since graduating in 2009.  Her passion was pediatrics so she came to us for her Level II Fieldwork experience.  Occupational Therapy she found was the perfect way to combine her passion of working with children and having fun.

 

Prior to coming to our office in the afternoons she has the opportunity to bring her passion for play into the world of geriatrics.  Kathy has completed additional trainings in Floortime, Therapeutic Listening, Quickshifts, Sensory Integration and Interactive Metronome.

 

Kathy loves the atmosphere of play and utilizing her play skills as a means of achieving each child's individual goals. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, extended family and traveling. 

Keland began his educational career at Miami University of Ohio receiving a BFA in theater. He continued his education at York University with an MFA in theater and teaching of movement for actors’ diploma.  During this time he also earned a diploma from Ringling Bros. Clown College and, after graduation performed for a year with the circus.  Prior to becoming an OT Keland had the privilege of working for five years with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit playing in hospitals, nursing homes, and camps for children with life-threatening illnesses.  

 

Keland received a secondary Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in 2014.  Keland holds continued certifications in DIR® Floortime Basic Practitioner, Integrated Listening Systems, sensory integration, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga from the School for Body-Mind Centering®, and more.  His OT experience encompasses working in a private clinic, public school, and private school settings. Over the summers he enjoys running the younger children’s OT programming for Clay White’s summer PEOTSI camps.

When Keland is not playing at work, he enjoys pickleball, yoga, Braves games, traveling, playing, and laughing with his wife, son, dog, parents, and extended family.

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KELAND SCHER

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST 

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TRACEY BELL

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

A resident of Atlanta since 1996, Tracey originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri. The sunny South beckoned, however, and she pursued her Bachelor’s degree in OT from the
University of Florida. Taking early advantage of the multitude of settings open to
occupational therapists, Tracey worked with adults, geriatrics, and children both clinical and management roles. The arrival of her oldest child 16 years ago rekindled her passion for working with children, and this is where she has focused ever since.

 

Trained in Floortime DIR, Integrated Listening Systems, Handwriting Without Tears, sensory integration, and more, Tracey believes the most important ‘modality’ is in developing excellent rapport and trust with children. She is an avid learner and regularly attends continuing education opportunities related to sensory processing disorder, primitive reflex integration, dyslexia/dysgraphia/dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorders, sensory diet strategies, and handwriting interventions. She is passionate about rebuilding a child’s self-esteem and creating meaningful, engaging ways to solidify the foundational skills needed for school, play, and friendship success. The true beauty of occupational therapy work with children is that it is play-based.

 

Tracey counts her blessings every day, and looks forward to getting to laugh and interact with her clients. When not working, Tracey enjoys kick-boxing, reading, taking care of her yard, spending active time outside with her family, and trying to tire out her very large Labradoodle, Murray.

Ruhi is the face of WE Play.  Serving as our Office Manager she has the opportunity to virtually meet our clients before we do.  She is the one who will guide you through the process, help you with billing as well as with insurance questions.  She is the glue to this office. The one who helps keep us in order making sure the practice runs smoothly on a day to day basis.

 

Prior to her most challenging and rewarding job as a mommy and raising two beautiful and sweet young adults she worked in Dubai, UAE in the corporate office of an international company.  Alongside her husband she continues to stay actively involved in her kids schools and community.

 

Ruhi works in the office from 8-5 daily should you want to ask her any questions.  In her free time she likes to read, travel, cook and most importantly spend time with her family.

RUHI KHAN

OFFICE MANAGER