Meet Our Staff
Integrated Therapy Services has a long history of providing the highest quality of therapy to its clients throughout the Richmond, Virginia metro area. Our experienced staff is registered and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and many of the therapists have additional training in specialty area such as sensory integration, listening programs, pediatric certifications, and the Interactive Metronome® to name a few. Our services include evaluations, direct intervention, consulting services, and fun therapeutic afterschool and summer programs. We are a team dedicated to providing quality services to children and their families. As a team of professionals, we work together to help children reach their maximum potential.
Geri Allen, OTR/L, Owner
Geri P. Allen, OTR/L is the owner of Integrated Therapy Services, PLC. She opened the doors of ITS in 2000.
Geri graduated from VCU/MCV. She has over 30 years of treatment experience in clinic, school and private settings. Geri uses an eclectic treatment approach and draws on extensive sensory integration training and complementary treatment approaches. Geri reflects on personal experiences and her many years of living, loving and learning to build meaningful relationships with children and families. She is the mother of two sons and experiences much joy in living a life of service.
Geri serves on the Board of Directors for Commonwealth Parenting and The VCU Governance Board.
Geri has certifications or advanced training in the following areas:
- Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Administration and Treatment
- Therapeutic Listening – Advanced Training
- Astronaut Training Protocol
- Interactive Metronome
- Floor Time
- How Does Your Engine Run? – The Alert Program for Self-Regulation
- The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol
Carolyn Huff, OTR/L
Carolyn Huff graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelors of Science in occupational therapy and has been practicing OT for 11 years, first in Delaware, and now in Virginia. She has a certificate in assistive technology and has experience providing assistive technology to children and adults, including communication devices, wheelchairs, computer adaptations, and activities of daily living aids. Most recently she has been focusing on working with children who have difficulty with fine motor and visual motor tasks, such as handwriting. Carolyn homeschools three small children of her own, and enjoys spending her free time with them and her husband. Her hobbies include reading, playing the flute, singing and baking.
Laurie Lanning, OTR/L
Laurie received her degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and has over 20 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy, including certification in sensory integration. She has worked at The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins, in early intervention for the state of North Carolina, at the Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital at Duke University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital in Richmond, and has worked at Integrated Therapy Services since 2002. Laurie loves working with children and their families and is committed to nurturing the skills that children need to flourish.
Ashley Amey Alrich-Altman
Ashley received a B.S. in Biology from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy and a certificate in autism spectrum disorders from VCU. She is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing) certified. Ashley has experience working for several years in a local school system prior to coming to ITS full time. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Ashley and her husband were recently married in April 2013 and she enjoys playing tennis, UVA sports, reading for pleasure, and attempting to sew.
Donna Sabel, Ed.D.
Donna Sabel received her undergraduate teaching degree in special education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Richmond in the field of Learning Disabilities. Her desire to improve the quality of instruction for students with special needs led her to pursue and complete a Doctoral degree from the College of William & Mary. Donna is a 2008 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking program sponsored by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities and a member of the Autism Society of Central Virginia.
During Donna’s twenty years in the field special education, she has taught students with learning disabilities, autism, ADD/ADHD and the emotional disturbed. Her passion is to see that students have access to quality education and support that is appropriate to their needs. In addition, Donna believes in empowering parents so they can advocate for their own child. Her experience working with children, as well as parenting one of her own with special needs, has shown her the importance of direct teaching and modeling of appropriate social skills. Donna co-leads the TeamBuilding groups offered at ITS. She also provides consultative services to parents and academic support to address student needs.
Janet Williams, OTR/L
Janet Williams received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She subsequently worked on an interdisciplinary team in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas treating a wide variety of physical disabilities with an emphasis on traumatic hand injuries. Janet is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing) certified, and has a Handwriting Without Tears Level 01 Certification.
Janet has just recently returned to practice after working overseas for 27 years with a large humanitarian aid organization. During that time, she homeschooled her three children for 12 years, teaching grades K-7, and served as an unofficial mentor/coach to younger families trying to homeschool, organizing field trips and special art, music and field days for the homeschool community. She loves helping children explore their interests.
Janet and her husband, Tom, have three grown children and a rescued Beagle, named Luke. Janet enjoys gardening, reading, and all kinds of needlework. She loves juried craft shows and garage sales!
Jena Northen, MS OTR/L
Jena earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management from Winthrop College. She moved to Richmond, where she was introduced to an occupational therapist. The rest was history. She attended VCU/MCV and earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1993. Jena has experience in a variety of settings and has had the pleasure of working with people of all ages. Her philosophy includes empowerment of the individual to better understand their illness, injury or disorder and to give them the tools or skills needed to reach their potential. She has been working with ITS since 2009. Currently, she sees both children and adults with sensory processing challenges (as well as other diagnoses). She has advanced training or certification in the following areas: Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program, Interactive Metronome, The Alert Program for Self-Regulation, The Wilbarger Protocol, Heartmath-Heart Rate Variability Training, and Neurofeedback.
Jena is married and has three VERY active boys – all of whom have taught her how to be a better person and a better OT! She enjoys spending time with her immediate and very large extended family, reading, walking her dog, and going to the beach.
Lisa Riley, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Lisa is a speech-language pathologist with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders and related language-learning disabilities. She received her Masters in Education with a concentration in communication disorders from the University of Virginia. Lisa is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology and has assisted families and their children with the diagnosis and management of communication disorders. Early in her career, she developed a passion for furthering her understanding of Autism and related developmental disorders, particularly high functioning Autism, language-learning disabilities, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Over the past twenty years, Lisa has provided diagnostic and treatment services at a variety of public and private institutions including Oakland School, Northstar Academy, Riverside School, Children’s Neurological Services, Virginia Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disorders, Dominion School for Autism and Language Works. She has had the opportunity to counsel numerous families in the management of their children’s complex educational and social/emotional needs.
Aly Halstead, M.S., CCC-SLP
Aly is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), and is accredited by Virginia’s Professional Licensing Board. Aly earned a Master of Science degree in Speech Therapy from James Madison University in 2011.
During her educational and professional experience, Aly had the opportunity to work with children and adults in a variety of settings including out-patient speech clinics, elementary, middle, and high schools, acute rehabilitation hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Aly has experience working with school-age children with articulation and language disorders, fluency disorders, auditory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.
Aly’s special interests include treating children with autism and autistic like behaviors as well as working with children that have expressive and receptive language delays, fluency disorders, articulation concerns, phonological disorders, and auditory processing issues. She finds working with children to be very fulfilling and enjoys building relationships and working collaboratively with the families of the children she treats.
Outside of the clinic, Aly enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her black boxer named Dozer. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, and rock climbing.
Chelsey Hall, OTR/L
Chelsey received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at Radford University and her Master’s of Occupational Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University. During her educational and professional experiences, Chelsey has worked in a variety of settings and with people of all ages. She has experience working with clients in the public school setting, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient rehabilitation, and a pediatric private practice. Chelsey has experience working with children with autism, down syndrome, attention deficit disorder, developmental delay, developmental coordination disorder, sensory processing disorder, and auditory processing disorder. She enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities through direct one-on-one services and social skills play groups to help them maximize their independence in activities of daily living and self-help skills. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, scrapbooking, and is an active member/volunteer at Area 10 Faith Community.
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