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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 Office Support

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ABIGAYLE BACCHUS

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT

Abby Bacchus is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who began working at We Play in the summer of 2023. Prior to a career in Occupational Therapy, Abby spent 10 years in the restaurant industry as a waitress. 
Abby stumbled upon Occupational Therapy accidentally. She has always been passionate about helping others with a primary focus in mental health, however, she struggled to find her “perfect fit”. When she became interested in pursuing a healthcare career, Abby was given the opportunity to shadow an Occupational Therapist at a nursing home. She fell in love with OT instantly. Abby pursued her degree in Occuaptional Therapy with the initial desire to specialize in geriatrics. This desire quickly changed upon working with children during clinicals. Abby found her “perfect fit”.  Abby has completed additional trainings in Floortime, Therapeutic Listening, and is continuously researching to further her knowledge of best practice.
In her free time, Abby enjoys spending time with her dog Bear, going for hikes, attending
concerts, and traveling.

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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MARY LEIGH AMEREIN

CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Mary Leigh started her journey at We Play Atlanta as a student while she was completing her graduate program fieldwork. She loved it so much, she decided to stay! Originally from East Cobb, Mary Leigh graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Health Promotion minor in Global Health and went on to get her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at GSU. Mary Leigh believes each child has the potential to thrive and loves facilitating the process of them discovering and embracing their unique shine. As an athlete growing up, Mary Leigh loves to gamify tasks or approach therapy from a playful perspective. 

“If it looks like we are just playing, that means I am doing my job right”
When she is not at work, you can find Mary Leigh practicing yoga, soccer, or hanging out with friends. 

Fun fact: Mary Leigh used to work for a Hippotherapy farm with horses! 

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

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