Our Team

Get to know the wonderful Creating Pathways team!

Learn a bit more about the faces behind Creating Pathways! Whether it eases your mind before your first visit or gives you some additional insight about the therapist who already serves your child, we invite you to get to know us.

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Directors | Managers | Occupational Therapy | Speech/Language | Admin
Meet The Directors

Directors

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    Joanie Johnson,
    OTR/L, MPA-HA

    Director of Strategic & Business Operations Senior Occupational Therapist

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    Joanie Johnson graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Joanie continued her education and received a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Portland State University in 2010 with a focus on program development and healthcare policy.

    She has practiced in a variety of settings serving children and families including early intervention, inpatient, home health, and outpatient therapy clinics. Joanie believes in making therapy fun, engaging, and including the entire family in the therapy program.

    Joanie has completed training in Sensory Integration tools and techniques, Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, and Pediatric Strengthening Programs.

    Joanie enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and enjoys photography as a hobby.

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    Shay Copple
    MS, CCC-SLP

    Director of Patient Experience & Service Excellence Senior Speech/Language Pathologist

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    Shay is a Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist who has been practicing speech therapy in the Willamette Valley since 2007. She holds a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Eastern Washington University.

    Prior to her opportunity with Creating Pathways, Shay spent 10 years working with children in a variety of settings including life skills and regular education classrooms, private schools, and charter schools. Shay has extensive experience working with children who are impacted by communication disorders such as autism, stuttering, apraxia of speech, cleft lip and palate, receptive/expressive language disorder, articulation disorder, and phonological disorder.

    Shay has a particular passion for working with children who experience phonological dyslexia. She prides herself on the lasting relationships that she builds with children and their families. In a recent turn of events, Shay was elated when approached by the University of Oregon to help supervise and mentor graduate students during their clinical experiences.

    Shay enjoys all of life’s adventures with her husband and their four boys on their small farm.

Managers

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    Callie Kolb
    MS, CCC-SLP

    Pediatric Rehab Manager ​Speech/Language Pathologist

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    Callie is a Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence who has been practicing in the Willamette Valley since 2009. Callie takes great pride in meeting children and families where they are and building functional goals and treatments to allow each child to live their best life.

    Callie holds a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She has also received multiple ACE awards, is a graduate of the American Speech and Hearing Association Leadership Program (LDP), and has extensive training in the areas of pediatric dysphagia, autism, receptive/expressive language disorders, pragmatic disorders, and cognitive disorders. 

    Callie is an active member of American Speech and Hearing Association and participates in many special interest groups and projects. Prior to her opportunity with Creating Pathways, Callie had worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient care, home health, hospice, education, and healthcare management.  She has training in AEIOU approach to feeding, pediatric feeding, PECS, Social Thinking, Early Language, Complex Cognitive Disorders, and is a Certified Parent Coach & Educator.

    In her free time, Callie enjoys traveling with her kids, cooking, reading, spending time with her dog and rowing on a competitive crew team.

    Clinic Location: Salem Madrona & Fairview

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    Kelly Morrow
    MS, OTR/L​

    Pediatric Rehab Manager Occupational Therapist

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    Kelly is a certified Occupational Therapist who has been an OT since 2015.  Kelly’s clinical specialty and passion is working with children and families with physical disabilities. She loves problem-solving and working as a team with each family to achieve the highest level of independence for their child. 

    Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy at Dominican University of California. In the last 8 years as an Occupational Therapist, she has had the opportunity to help build both outpatient and inpatient Occupational Therapy programs. As the Albany clinic manager, Kelly loves having the opportunity to serve all the families of the clinic and collaborate with the CP team to best serve our Albany community.

    Kelly loves play-based and child-led therapy, and she strongly believes in meeting the child right where they are at each therapy session. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, skilled nursing, school-based therapy, outpatient pediatrics, hand therapy, home-based pediatric therapy, and special care nursery settings. Kelly has training in the Get Permission feeding program, Sensory Integration Disorders, and Handwriting Without Tears programs.

    When she’s not working with children, Kelly loves spending time with her husband and daughter on their property in the country side. Kelly also enjoys working out and indulging in her ever-present sweet tooth! 

    Clinic Location: Albany

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    Jamie Ruiz

    Intake Manager

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    Jamie has been working in the medical profession for the last 20 years and has a strong passion for helping others. Jamie has extensive experience working through the insurance maze and advocating for children’s needs.  

    Jamie has worked as a registered medical assistant/surgical coordinator in the past and attended Chemeketa Community College in pursuit of a nursing degree.  With her education and experience in the medical profession, Jamie chose to pursue office administration.

    When she’s not working, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and attending her children’s sporting events.

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    Gillian Herndon

    Financial & Benefit Administrator

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    Gillian is our Financial and Benefits Administrator.  As an adult she finished her college degree after a 25-year break and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from George Fox University, Summa cum laude. 

    Prior to getting into the Healthcare Administration field, Gillian worked those 25 years in business administration and accounting for a local company.  She loves crunching numbers and believes that the information they can provide tell an important story. 

    In the 25 years between her college start date and graduation she also raised three boys, and she is now the proud mom of two bonus daughters(in-law) and two beautiful granddaughters – who are the light of her life. 

    Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family/friends, playing with her granddaughter’s, rescuing cats/kittens and taking her beloved Jeep 4-wheeling.

    Clinic Location: Albany

Meet Our OT Team

Occupational Therapy

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    Joelle Garland
    OTR/L​

    Occupational Therapist

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    Joelle is an Occupational Therapist who discovered the joy of working in Pediatric Occupational Therapy after working with adults in psychiatric setting, skilled nursing home, adult daycare centers, and home health. 

    Joelle received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in French Literature from California State University Long Beach.  

    Joelle enjoys working with children because each child is unique! 

    When Joelle isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and traveling.

    Clinic Location: Madrona and Salem clinic

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    Tami Giesler
    MS, OTR/L

    ​Occupational Therapist

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    Tami has been an Occupational Therapist for 27 years and has mostly served the pediatric population & their families.

    Tami graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Tufts University.  

    Tami has a specific love for working with children with sensory integration issues and has completed extra training in this area. Tami is certified to perform the Sensory Integration & Praxis Tests (SIPT) and has extensive training in sensory integration, feeding, and handwriting. 

    When she’s not working, Tami enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cheering on the OSU Beavers. 

    Clinic Location: Salem Madrona & Fairview

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    ​Emily Mattson
    COTA/L

    Intake Supervisor, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Emily is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has worked with children in multiple settings for over 12 years.

    She had initially worked as an aide in a pediatric outpatient clinic where she fell in love with the profession and decided to pursue a career as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

    Emily graduated from Linn-Benton Community College with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy.

    In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, particularly if that time is spent outdoors while hiking, camping, or exploring new places.

    Clinic Location: Salem Madrona & Fairview

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    Christina McCormick
    COTA/L

    Project Coordinator, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Christina is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant whose love for children and desire to build on their individual strengths led her to pursue a position at Creating Pathways Therapy in 2020. Christina’s clinical specialty and passion is working with children who are diagnosed with ADHD and she enjoys supporting and teaching children and their families to advocate for themselves in the community setting.

    Christina received an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy in at Linn-Benton Community College and has been certified as an ADHD-rehabilitation service provider since March of 2023.

    Christina has the ability to cultivate true partnerships with the families she serves and uses a child-centered and play-based approach to her therapy sessions. In her education and experience, she has worked with children in both home health and clinical pediatric settings.

    When she’s not working with children, Christina loves spending her free time with her husband and two children exploring the outdoors, BBQing, boating, and being a sports mom.

    Clinic Location: Salem Madrona & Fairview

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    Stephanie Barham
    COTA/L

    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Stephanie is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant whose passion for working with children provided new purpose and direction in her life after a long career in customer service. 

    Stephanie’s clinical specialty is helping school-aged children thrive in their community and home life and assisting them with meeting their full potential through their main occupation, play!

    Stephanie received an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at Linn-Benton Community College in June of 2021, and was fortunate enough to find her way to Creating Pathways in March of 2022.

    Stephanie thrives on meeting children where they’re at and engaging them in activities that interest them through a fun and play-based approach.  She is a kid at heart and enjoys the creativity that Occupational therapy provides to the treatment of children.  She has experience with Sensory Integration, Self-regulation strategies and the Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol.

    When not working with the children, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her own family, gardening, crafting, and doing yoga. 

    Clinic Location: Albany

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    Maria Barten
    COTA/L

    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Maria is a certified occupational therapy assistant who seeks to work collaboratively with families to help children achieve their goals and discover tools that will provide lifelong benefits.

    Maria graduated from Linn-Benton Community College earning her associates in applied science of occupational therapy assisting. She enjoyed fieldwork placements within the program in inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, and pediatric settings, gaining valuable knowledge and experience from each.

    Maria’s previous experience working with infants in a pre-school setting and toddlers as a nanny sparked her interest in pursuing pediatric occupational therapy; She witnessed the powerful impact of learning through play on developmental outcomes, as well as the influence of the child’s environment on these outcomes. Occupational therapy presented itself as a prime opportunity for Maria to focus on these factors in order to support growth and development in functional independence.

    Outside of work, Maria finds fulfillment surfing, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her loved ones. 

    Clinic Location: Salem Fairview

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    Carolyn Chambless
    COTA/L

    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Carolyn is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who has transitioned within the last several years from working with adults and seniors to children.  She finds the change challenging and refreshing.  Most recently, Carolyn completed a year working at a school in CA. and looks forward to further work in the clinic setting. 

    Carolyn received an Associate Degree in OT at Loma Linda University in 1997 and is also a National Board Certified Health Coach. With many years in the field Carolyn has seen how the field has changed and evolved through the years and can bring some of the old wisdom as well as the new as she never wishes to stop learning. 

    Carolyn spent a year in a school in CA working with all ages of youth and about 9 months in an outpatient clinic in CA as well.  This leaves a grand total of 28 years completed in skilled nursing and home health!  

    When she’s not working with children, Carolyn loves spending her free time hiking with her dog, friends, and family, using her camper or van to see new places in OR, playing pickleball, cooking healthy food and swimming! 

    Clinic Location: Salem Fairview

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    Jolene Gerlits
    COTA/L

    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Jolene is a certified Occupational Therapist Assistant whose passion for serving others brought her to switch careers after managing Jamba Juices for 15 years.  Jolene’s clinical specialty and passion is working with children of all ages on emotional regulation, developing gross motor skills and exploring sensory strategies while enriching the lives of children through play.

    Jolene received an Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Linn Benton Community College. Jolene has experience teaching English to students in Thailand, as a swim instructor for all ages and is continuing her education in sensory integration.

    Jolene loves engaging families through play-based therapy and assisting children to learn and grow in a fun and supportive environment. Throughout her education and experience, Jolene has worked with children and adolescents in educational and clinical settings as well as working with children with Dyslexia.

    When she’s not working with children, Jolene enjoys swimming, camping, and exploring the natural world with her husband and son. 

    Clinic Location: Salem Fairview Clinic

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    Susan Principe
    COTA/L

    ​Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Susan is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who loves working with children and their families. Susan is passionate about helping children reach their full potential and loves watching them learn, grow, and thrive. Susan is truly a “people person” and enjoys connecting with people and building relationships.

    Susan received an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Linn Benton Community College. She also holds certifications in Basic Lifesaving, CPR, and First Aid. She is excited to put her knowledge to work for the communities of Albany, Salem, Corvallis, and beyond.

    Susan is new to the clinical world but has been working with children in various settings for 7 years. She has worked in preschools, special education classrooms, after school programs, and has been teaching children to swim for the past 5 years. Her fieldwork experience includes working with the diagnostic team at CDRC in Eugene, OR, and the Occupational Therapy team at Springfield School District.

    When she’s not working with children, Susan enjoys spending time with her own kiddo, Sage, and their dog, Emmett. They love to adventure, explore, and discover.

    Clinic Location: Albany

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    Amelia Roberts
    COTA/L

    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Amelia is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant whose passion for nurturing the whole child fueled her pursuit of a career in occupational therapy. Amelia received an Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assisting from Linn-Benton Community College.

    Amelia loves furthering the progression of a child’s development and meeting their goals, including coaching the adults in the child’s life as partners in the therapy process. In her education and experience, Amelia has worked with children across pediatric settings including equine assisted therapeutic services, and in the clinical and school settings.

    Outside of work, Amelia enjoys crafting, spending time with her pets, and playing games with family and friends.

    Clinic Location: Salem Fairview & Albany

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    Adam Sperling
    COTA/L

    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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    Adam is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant whose passion for working with children provided new purpose and direction in his life, bringing him to Creating Pathways.  Adam’s clinical specialty is helping school-aged children thrive in their community and home life, while helping them advocate for their needs to better play, interact, and develop.

    Adam received an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at Linn-Benton Community College. In the last two years as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Adam has worked with many children in the Willamette Valley through Mighty Oaks, Old Mill Center, and finally Creating Pathways.

    Adam thrives on engaging and challenging children through a fun and play-based approach, always seeking to test their limits and provide support and encouragement.  His time in school and pediatric clinical settings fortified his ability to connect with children on a personal and emotional level to reassure and promote successful interactions with family and peers.  He has training in SOS approach to feeding, Handwriting Without Tears, reflex integration, and the Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol.

    When not working with the children of his community, Adam enjoys spending time with his own family, hiking, and watching sports.

    Clinic Location: Albany

Meet Our Speech Team

Speech & Language

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    Billie Davis
    MS, CCC-SLP

    Supervising Speech/Language Pathologist

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    Billie is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist whose passion for helping children communicate led her to the field of speech in pediatric private practice. Billie’s clinical specialty and passion is working with children and families to support early language and functional communication.  

     Billie received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assisting from Chemeketa Community College, as well as her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. 

    Billie completed 10 years of experience in the educational setting, prior to working in private practice. Her experience in the schools, as well as clinical settings, has provided her with opportunities to support children with a variety of needs across the areas of receptive and expressive language, pragmatics, articulation, fluency, voice, feeding, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Billie is also a Certified Parent Coach & Educator.

    When she’s not working with children, Billie enjoys her hobby of autobody work (restoring classic cars), themed party planning, and spending time with her family.

    Clinic Location: Albany

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    Shea Sommerfeldt
    MS, CCC-SLP

    Supervising Speech/Language Pathologist

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    Shea is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  Shea’s clinical passion is working to support early language development in children and working with families to support communication and connection. 

    Shea received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, and a master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Oregon. 

    Shea loves engaging families in therapy and using a fun, educational and play-based approach to helping each child learn.  In her education and experience, she has worked with both children and adults who are impacted with communication disorders and associated diagnoses including autism, receptive-expressive language disorders, phonological disorder, articulation disorder, social communication disorder, cognitive deficits, and stuttering. 

    When she’s not working with children, Shea enjoys traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

    Clinic Location: Albany & Salem Fairview

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    Haylie Adams
    SLP-A

    Speech/Language Pathology Assistant

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    Haylie is a certified Speech Language Pathologist Assistant.  Haylie’s passion is working with children along with seeing children play, grow, and develop their own unique speech and language skills. Haylie has a passion for children who have sensory sensitivity needs. 

    Haylie received an Associates of Applied Science Degree and completed the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program through Chemeketa Community College in 2023. 

    Haylie loves working with families in therapy and using a fun, creative and educational based approach to helping each child learn to communicate.  In her education and experience, she has worked with children across school settings and at the Boys and Girls Club. 

    When she’s not working with children, Haylie spends her free time being a professional wedding photographer, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family and friends. 

    Clinic Location: Albany

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    Evelina Brishka
    SLP-A

    Speech/Language Pathology Assistant

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    Clinic Location: Salem Fairview


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    Athena Carlson
    SLP-A

    Speech/Language Pathology Assistant

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    Athena is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist Assistant whose interest in the field was sparked in 2006 when she was inspired to enter the field by the wonderful Speech and Language Pathologists that worked with her own child in speech therapy. Athena received her Associate’s of Applied Science as a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant in 2011. She also earned certification in Early Childhood Education from Portland State University in 2012 and certification in Rural Social Sciences from Portland State University in 2013 while working towards her Bachelor of Science degree.

    Athena began working with children in a professional setting in 2010 and was hired at Creating Pathways in 2018. She loves to meet the child where they are and feels honored to help families on their unique journeys in traversing communication disorders.

    When she’s not working with children, Athena enjoys spending time with family, whether it be cooking, listening to music, heading out the Oregon Coast or gathering with friends… and yes, she really does like llamas!


    Clinic Location: Salem Fairview


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    Riley Hayes
    SLP-A

    Speech/Language Pathology Assistant

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    Riley is a Certified Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Riley’s clinical passion includes working to support early language development in children, while working with families to support communication and connection. 

    Riley received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communication from Oregon State University and an Associates of Applied Science in Speech Language Pathology Assisting from Chemeketa Community College.

    Riley loves using fun, creative, and education-based curriculum to approach each child’s journey to communicate. In her education and experience, she has worked with all ages (K-12) within the school and clinic setting.

    In her free time, Riley enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking, fishing, and horseback riding.

    Clinic Location: Salem Fairview

Meet Our Admin Team

Admin

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    Bryar Amaral

    Intake Specialist

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    Bryar is an Intake Specialist whose passion for making a difference recently began her adventure with Creating Pathways Pediatric Therapy.

    Bryar received her Office Specialist Certificate from Linn-Benton Community College in 2016. Since then, she has worked in various administrative roles throughout the Albany area.

    Bryar loves working with children and has spent the past 15 years providing childcare in her home for many families. Bryar is excited to be a part of the team and is looking forward to helping our current and future families receive the best care possible.

    When she’s not working, Bryar enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters exploring our beautiful state.

    Clinic Location: Albany

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    Cassandra Bjorklund

    Lead Scheduler

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    Cassie is our reception lead who has always loved being around children in all pediatric settings which brought her to Creating Pathways Pediatric Therapy a few years ago.

    Cassie’s mother ran an in-home daycare. While Cassie was growing up, she got to know all the kiddos and found her passion in the pediatric setting. As she got older, she began babysitting kids on the weekends and summers for teachers at her local elementary school.

    Cassie has grown in her position at Creating pathways starting as a receptionist and growing into her current position of reception lead. Cassie loves getting to know all the families that come through the doors and watching them graduate from services.

    When Cassie is not working, she likes to go paddle boarding, watching her nephews, and playing with her dog Kenai.

    Clinic Location:  Salem Madrona & Fairview

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    Quintin Charlton

    Office Support Assistant

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    Quintin is our exceptional Office Support Assistant. He joined The Creating Pathways team with the goal to help children and their families live their best life and celebrate the joys and milestones that only hard work and perseverance can provide. 

    Quintin graduated from Sprague High School and the CTEC Culinary program in June 2022 and has been working at Creating pathways since June 2021. 

    In his free time, Quintin loves cooking, spending time with friends at youth group, and caring for his dog. Fun fact about Quintin, He is a morning person and wakes up with a smile every day. Quintin is thrilled to be a part of the Creating Pathways team and looks forward to continuing to serve his community.

    Clinic Location: Salem Madrona & Fairview

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    Reagan Federico

    Salem Fairview Receptionist

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    Reagan is our Salem Receptionist. She has an ardent love for working with others, but her heart finds its deepest content in children. She is best known for her affectionate personality, and the way she cares for others.

    For Reagan, there is no greater joy than witnessing our kiddos fulfill their Speech and Occupational goals. Reagan is an aspiring SLP, and is very grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow at Creating Pathways. She loves all kinds of animals, but is especially fond of otters.

    When she is not working, Reagan enjoys riding her 4-Wheeler at the dunes or spending time at the racetrack. Family is her favorite gift of life. 

    Location: Salem Fairview

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    Karlie Jakubowski

    Albany Receptionist

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    Karlie is a Medical Receptionist whose love for children and helping others helped her begin her career at Creating Pathways Pediatric Therapy. Karlie is new to the role, but excited to be here and grow with the Albany Clinic Location.

    Karlie has a background in Early Childhood Education, she has spent 10 years teaching preschool as a Lead Teacher and Director.

    Karlie enjoys engaging with children and families as soon as they walk through the doors of the clinic. She is eager to problem solve and partner with parents on any scheduling questions they may have.

    When she’s not working at her station, Karlie enjoys photography, attending concerts, and a variety of different crafts.

    Clinic Location: Albany