Occupational Therapy Department

Staff Bios


Dr. Laura Romanelli OTD, OTR/L

Name: Dr. Laura Romanelli OTD, OTR/L
Title: Director of Occupational Therapy
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
iHOPE Email: LRomanelli@iHOPENYC.org
Bio: Dr. Laura J. Romanelli, OTD, OTR/L received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. She has a wealth of experience working as an occupational therapist in a variety of rehabilitation environments including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and outpatient, however her passion is pediatrics. Laura has a strong background in research and evidenced based occupational therapy practice with a special interest in Jean Ayres Sensory Integration, Neuro- Developmental Treatment, Neuro-occupation frames of reference. She is committed to improving functioning across the developmental continuum. Laura uses a holistic approach to improve fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills, executive cognitive functioning, play skills, IADLs, and ADLS. She has experience in program design having created dance based program for children and older adults as well as designing a professional skills program for at risk youth. She is experienced in using a variety of standardized and non-standardized evaluation techniques including The Sensory Profile 2, The Peabody Development Motor Scales 2, Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition, and The School Function Assessment. Laura is skilled in in creating individualized education plans, communicating with parents, and communicating with third party payers as needed. Laura believes strongly in incorporating creative and personally meaningful interventions into her OT sessions, including music, dance, cooking, and art. She also enjoys exploring the relationship between high and low tech adaptive equipment and increased quality of life and functioning.
Family Origin: American



Cancha Igari MS, OTR/L

Name: Cancha Igari
Title: MS, OTR/L
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
Email: Cancha.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Cancha Igari MS OTR/L earned her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Studies and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Boston University. She has lived all over the United States but calls New Hampshire her home. Cancha’s experience includes working with young adults and adults with traumatic brain injury and stroke in an outpatient clinic in Newton, MA. She has also worked with adults and children with autism and intellectual disabilities at YAI Manhattan before joining iHOPE NYC. Her favorite aspects of occupational therapy are community reintegration and home skills (cooking!). Other hobbies include photography, arts and crafts, and spending time with her pet pig, Olivia.
Family Origin: Japan



Chloe Scobee MS, OTR/L

Name: Chloe Scobee
Title: MS, OTR/L
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
iHOPE Email: Chloe.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Chloe Scobee, MS OTR/L, earned her Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. She comes to iHOPE with a passion for working with the Pediatric population.  Before coming to iHOPE, Chloe provided evaluations and treatment for adult and pediatric populations with a variety of conditions including brain injuries, mental illness, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, and orthopedic conditions in various health care settings in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Chloe additionally has experience in research including sound-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as creating an interest checklist for adolescents with a cohort at the University of Scranton, and had the opportunity to present this research at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Fall 2014.
Family Origin: American



Irene Mykoliw, OTR/L

Name: Irene Mykoliw
Title: OTR/L
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
iHOPE Email: Irene.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Working as an Occupational Therapist is Ms. Mykoliw’s 2nd second career; business being the first chosen career. On the advise of a Career Consultant, Ms. Mykoliw underwent extensive battery of testing to ascertain the best suitable professional direction. The results indicated pursuing an education in Occupational Therapy, beginning with Associated Degree followed by a bachelor, graduating from York College, in 1989. Her work experience began in a city hospital (Metropolitan Hospital), acquiring experience in a Rehab Unit with various diagnoses such as CVA, spinal cord injuries, and hip replacement addressing specific patient’s needs. Rotations included: an outpatient adult hand clinic, with various hand/shoulder trauma injuries, including working with orthopedic surgeons, fabricating hand orthotics right after surgery; a pediatric rotation out patient and in patient ward, fabricating splints for infants born with brachial Plexus, hand injuries and addressing sensory processing deficits. Turn of events lead Ms. Mykoliw to transition into pediatrics, working in preschools, developmental centers, school base serving population with special needs, physically challenged and autistic population. Qualifications include: Supervisory skills (staff, students Field Work I & II), program development, administrative in budgeting, equipment adaptation, writing accurate documentation staff training in sensory intervention techniques, and parent education on child’s specific needs implementing home program suggestions and using alternative healing approaches. Maintains National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) and is a Member of American Occupational Therapy Association and meets with continuing education requirements on a yearly basis.
Special interest is in alternative healing approaches, using foot reflexology, hand and ear reflexology. Ms. Mykoliw acquired a National Foot Certification in reflexology 2010, holds certificates in hand ear Reflexology and Healing through Essential Oils 2008-2010 and is a member of New York State Reflexology Association.
Family Origin: Ukrainian



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