Introducing the Play for Real Occupational Therapy Team!
Dedicated to supporting and developing the occupational needs of your child
Lisa Timrick, COTA/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant
Lisa joined us in September, 2016 as our first employee at Play for Real and is here Mondays through Thursdays. In 2006, she began working with children as an orthopedic technologist at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago. During this time, she developed a passion for assisting children with a variety of disabilities. This experience inspired her to become an occupational therapy assistant.
Wanting to deepen her relationships with children and families, Lisa completed course work to become a Basic DIRFLoortime Practitioner. In turn, this led her to become part of our team at Play for Real Therapy Services.
During her time at Shriners, Lisa enjoyed working closely with other professionals in a multidisciplinary team. This approach is something she continues to value. While training as an occupational therapy assistant, she was fortunate to work at Mt. Sinai and Stogers hospitals in Chicago. Here Lisa developed her pediatric experience in neonatal care and outpatient therapy. After graduating, Cum Laude, in 2010, she gained experience in a pediatric unit specializing in trauma. At this time, Lisa also developed an interest in using play to work on pre-handwriting skills in children.
2014 brought Lisa on an amazing journey to Florida where she initially worked with medically fragile children and their families. Through this experience, she discovered the effects of nurturing touch and its benefits to both the child and parents. Consequently, Lisa went on to become certified as a pediatric massage therapist.
In her free time, Lisa spends time cooking and creating new dishes for her family and friends. She enjoys researching and learning about Florida’s reptiles and spiders of all kinds. Lisa’s other interests include travel, swimming, reading, yoga and watching football.
Andrea Karczewski, MS, CPAM, OTR/L,
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Andrea became a therapist at Play for Real Therapy Services in the spring of 2017. She is a registered occupational therapist and licensed both through the state of Florida and nationally. She was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science (2010) and Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy (2011) from Keuka College in Keuka Park, New York.
Andrea completed her level 2 field work experiences at Marcus Whitman Central School District in Middlesex, NY (Winter 2011), and Canandaigua VA Medical Center in Canandaigua, NY (Summer 2011). She began her career as an occupational therapist working at TOP Rehabilitation Services Inc out patient clinic, where she gained experience working with both pediatric and adult clients. Andrea has worked with clients who have many varied diagnoses such as autism, traumatic brain Injury, cerebral palsy, cerebral vascular accident, and other developmental delays. While in this setting she completed a Physical Agent Modalities certification to better treat physical limitations. Since moving to Florida in 2014, Andrea has gained a Level 1 handwriting specialist certification through Handwriting Without Tears to promote learning pre-writing and writing skills using a multi sensory approach. She has also recently completed training to become a Basic DIRFloortime Practitioner.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys activities such as playing sports, baking, and reading.
Jenn Bannon, COTA/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jennifer is delighted to be joining the team at Play for Real Therapy Services! She was born and raised in Rhode Island and relocated to Florida in June 2016. Jennifer ultimately credits her parents for her occupational therapy career choice. Her mother is a speech pathologist who has 25 years of history in working with children with disabilities and her father is a firefighter who has a history of working at special needs programs and schools. Jennifer was raised in an environment that encouraged individuals of all abilities to be the best they can be.
In 2014, she decided to follow her dreams and enroll in the OTA program at New England Institute of Technology. She excelled in this program, graduating with honors in 2016. It was during her time at New England Tech that she was able to explore various populations and clinical settings throughout her fieldwork experiences, which assured her that a career in occupational therapy was meant for her. Jennifer particularly enjoyed her time working with children and decided that she wanted to pursue her career in pediatrics.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with her dog, Parker. Jennifer’s other interests include exercise, travel, the beach, paddleboarding, and snorkeling.