Occupational Therapy Department

Staff Bios

Leon Kirschner, MPH, OTR/L

Leon Kirschner, MPH, OTR/L

Name: Leon Kirschner, MPH, OTR/L
Title: Director of Occupational Therapy
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
iHOPE Email: lkirschner@iHOPENYC.org
Bio: Leon Kirschner completed his degree in occupational therapy in 1999-2000 from SUNY Downstate. He has a Masters degree in Public Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since then, he has a wealth of experience working as an occupational therapist with people of a variety of ages but with a primary focus in pediatrics in a variety of treatment areas including school-based, home care, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and outpatient clinical care. He is a specialist in evaluation, and is specially certified in multiple evaluations, including several naturalistic evaluations. He is certified in two types of therapeutic handling (TAMO and NDT), using hands to help teach improved movement patterns to people with movement disorders. He is also a feeding specialist. He has taught labs at local OT schools and continuing education courses in these subjects. His varied experiences have led to a philosophy of looking at the “whole picture” of the person. This includes treatment to help the child build skills, but also changes as necessary to the environment or task such as adding equipment or changing the manner in which something is done so that the child can maximally participate. Part of his work has been in evaluating for, justifying to payers, creating, adjusting, modifying and maintenance of all types of equipment and splints. He ran the fieldwork and volunteer programs at previous clinics and developed programming including a karate program (Brown Belt) which resulted in a training for other therapists requested at several hospitals. With a primary interest in improving family and client-centered care, he has developed and piloted tools and done research in this area. He can communicate in Spanish or Sign-Language. He is also involved in an NIH granted research projects looking at the effectiveness of specific treatment techniques. He has presented multiple times at national and international conferences. His greatest passion is social justice. Annually he and his daughter go to a town in rural Nicaragua to live with a family, volunteer with children with disabilities and for intensive Spanish lessons. The experience provides perspective on what is valuable and what is possible. Every child has tremendous possibilities to grow and develop. Families are the most important partner the child has and their insight should be considered the most valuable; their input the most important.
Family Origin: New York City

 

Mary Kate Seville, M.S., OTR/L

Mary Kate Seville, M.S., OTR/L

Name: Mary Kate Seville
Title: M.S. OTR/L
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
iHOPE email: mseville@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Mary Kate Seville, M.S., OTR/L received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in Boston, MA. Prior to working at iHope, she completed a fieldwork rotation at Kennedy Krieger Institute, an affiliate of John Hopkins Hospital, in the outpatient therapy department in Baltimore, MD. At Kennedy Krieger, she provided evaluations and treatment to children and adolescents ages 12 months- 20 years old with a range of developmental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, sensory processing disorder, and even pediatric cancer. Mary Kate developed a passion for neurology while completing a fieldwork rotation at NYU Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. At NYU, she provided daily intensive inpatient rehab to adults who have recently had a stroke or other brain based trauma. While a graduate student in Boston, Mary Kate spent time interning at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Public Schools. She is passionate about the profession of occupational therapy and plans to involve herself in AOTPAC (American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee) to influence others on the legislative level. Mary Kate is beyond thrilled to start her occupational therapy profession at the International Academy of Hope!
Family Origin: American

 

Name: Megan Barrett
Title: M.S., OTR/L
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
iHOPE Email: MBarrett@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Megan Barrett MS, OTR/L received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from The Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology & Human Development and Psychology from Boston College. Prior to working at iHOPE, she completed two pediatric fieldwork placements at a children’s hospital in St. Louis and at charter schools and a sensory gym in Washington DC. During OT school, Megan received a certificate in school-based occupational therapy by completing several elective courses focused on school-based practice. She is very interested in animal-assisted therapy and has presented research on this topic at the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy conference. Megan is very excited to be starting her OT career at iHOPE!
Family Origin: American

 

Stephanie Hui, M.Sc, OTR/L

Stephanie Hui, M.Sc, OTR/L

Name: Stephanie Hui
Title: M.Sc, OTR/L
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
iHOPE email: SHui@ihopenyc.org
Bio: Stephanie Hui MS, OTR/L received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child Development from Whittier College, CA. Prior to working at iHope, she has been working with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including school based, sensory gym and home- based therapy in New York City & California. She has provided evaluations and treatment to children ages 18 months- 18 years old with a range of diagnosis including autism, developmental delays, genetic disorders, neurological disorders and orthopedic disorders. She is passionate about research and has presented at Society of Research for Adolescents, Society of Research for Child Development and American Occupational Therapy Association. She is also interested in providing services internationally; she has been to Cuba to provide therapy to children with neurological impairments. Stephanie believes in providing a holistic and individualized treatment approach to promoting independence. She is very excited to be working at iHope!
Family Origin: Indonesia