Sandra Burke – Speech-Language Pathologist
Sandra Burke has been working with children and adults with communication difficulties for 15 years. She has worked in several settings, such as home health care, assistive living facilities, special day classes, public and private schools, and university clinics. She received her Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech and Language Pathology from San Francisco State University in 2005. She finished her clinical fellowship year in September 2006 at Hope Technology School. Sandra is a licensed speech-language pathologist, has her national certification through the America Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and obtained a California Credential in Clinical Rehabilitative Services. Prior to graduate school, Sandra studied Special Education and Linguistics at San Francisco State University. She has been trained in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), Integrated Play Group therapy, Links to Language, Tomatis Auditory Re-Education Therapy, Feeding Therapy, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She is very excited to be working at school that focuses on full-inclusion.
Julie Freschi – Physical Therapist
Julie has been working a physical therapist for ten years and brings a diverse set of experiences to the Hope Technology School. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Oregon and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University. As part of her Master’s degree Julie received hands on training in neuro-developmental treatment as an intern at the Mayo Clinic. Following her internship, she gained experience in post acute rehabilitation, orthopedics, and Equine Facilitated Therapy. Most recently Julie worked at Rehab without Walls, where she was responsible for preparing patients with neurologic injuries (primarily head injuries and strokes) to re-enter the community. At HTS, Julie adapts these experiences to facilitate community integration for children with special needs. In addition to serving her therapy clients, Julie works as the physical education instructor for HTS and coaches an after school fitness program.
Kokeb McDonald – Occupational Therapist
Kokeb McDonald has her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and Masters of Science in Health Care Administration Management and Change in Health Care Option at Cal State East Bay. Kokeb believes strongly in the value of providing family education and training to help achieve optimal results with her therapeutic interventions. Kokeb is very enthusiastic about learning new treatment approaches, and expanding her current therapy box of tools. Kokeb has additional training and certification in Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Integrated Listening System (iLs), Advanced Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome (IM), and Handwriting Without Tears.
Karen Smith – Behavioral Therapist
Karen Smith holds a BA in Psychology and Literature from American University, for which she completed a visiting scholar year at Harvard University and a fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health Neuropsychology Department. She received her MEd from the University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology. Karen has 7 years of experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and is in her 5th year at Hope Technology School as a Behavior Therapist. She has enjoyed teaching high school and college courses in Psychology through Canada College. At Hope Technology School, Karen is focused on helping students overcome barriers to learning in the classroom by teaching communication, self-regulation, self-esteem and leadership skills. Helping all students succeed at learning is a passion and a joy!