Meet Our Occupational Therapists

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Julie Krawiec

OT LEAD

M.S. OTR/L

 

Julie Krawiec, MS, OTR is a licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University New Hampshire in 2014. Following graduation, Julie moved to Virginia to begin her therapy career, working at a Certified Autism Center. In 2017, she moved to Colorado with her husband and continued her journey in pediatrics, providing client-centered care to children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, developmental delays, and sensory processing disorder. Her professional interests currently include handwriting, feeding, vision, and sensory integration therapy.  

In her free time, Julie enjoys running with her dog, cooking, skiing and hiking with her husband.

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Stacey Kesner

MOT, OTR/L

 

Stacey is originally from Wisconsin and graduated from Utica College, NY with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology with a minor in Disability Studies at The Ohio State University in 2013. Prior to graduating, she has been involved in working with the special needs population in a variety of settings including the classroom, community/day camp, and private clinics.
Between undergraduate and graduate school Stacey worked as an ABA therapist, broadening her knowledge of a variety of therapeutic approaches.

Stacey has focused on pursuing professional development courses which offer training in the areas of Feeding Therapy, Sensory Processing, Self-regulation, Handwriting and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She has completed the courses: SOS Approach to Feeding, Food Scientist Adaptation of the SOS Approach to Feeding, Talk Tools-Feeding Therapy Level 2, Zones of Regulation, Handwriting without Tears™, and Therapeutic Listening®.

Stacey believes in implementing a holistic, family-centered approach to treatment. Incorporating play-based and evidence-based models to therapy sessions offers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and to supply families with strategies and tools which promote their own success.

In her free time, Stacey enjoys yoga, running, reading and knitting. She also enjoys trying out new restaurants, traveling, camping and hiking with her husband.

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Pakizé Arslani

OTR/L

 

Pakizé (Pawkey-zay) Arslani, MSOT, OTR is a licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University, VA. in 2019. Pakizé also graduated with her Bachelors in Art Education from North Central College, Naperville, IL.
Before Pakizé became an OT, she was a Kindergarten-12 art teacher and a special needs classroom assistant. She developed lessons, activities, and worked one on one and in small groups with children with special needs. In addition, Pakizé worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant specializing in sub-acute pediatrics and geriatrics at Marian-Joy Rehabilitation in Wheaton, IL. Pakizé has experience in working with, but not limited to:

• Early Intervention
• Autism
• Cerebral Palsy
• Down Syndrome
• Spina Bifida
• Paralysis
• Chromosomal Disorders
• Developmental Delays
• Sensory Processing Delays
• ADHD
• Hydrocephalus
• Learning Disabilities
• Auditory Processing Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders
• Reflex Integration

Pakizé is originally from Chicago, IL. and currently resides in Denver, Co. Her interests include venturing out into nature, painting and drawing, helping her community, exploring unique foods in Denver, and traveling. Pakize is a member of Autism Speaks and sat on the board of Sarah’s Inn Chicago, an organization that educates and assists women and children of domestic abuse.
Pakizé enjoys working as a unit with families, children, therapists, and other professionals in order to enhance the lives of the individuals she serves.

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Alisa Taylor

OTR/L

Ali was born and raised in Madison, WI and made the move to Colorado for college.  She graduated from CU-Boulder in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then attended Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York and received her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2019.  Ali knew she always wanted to come back to Colorado, and work with kids.Through her fieldwork education, Ali has had training in sensory integration, reflex integration, and neurodevelopment training (NDT).  She is excited to continue to explore further training in feeding and early intervention.  Ali couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Milestone team and help her kiddos become as independent as possible.  In her free time, Ali loves to stay active with biking and pilates, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

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Vanessa Miller

OTD, OTR/L

Vanessa received her master’s degree in occupational therapy before going on to
complete a year-long clinical residency to receive her doctorate of occupational therapy, both from the
University of Southern California. During her residency, Vanessa worked in chronic disease
management, primarily with individuals with neurological and mental health conditions, and aimed to
improve patients’ quality of life through the modification and optimization of daily routines. Vanessa
enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan and some of her primary professional interests
include sensory integration therapy, social skills groups, and the use of holistic and play-based
interventions to address client concerns. Vanessa completed her bachelor's degree in exercise science
from Creighton University while competing on the Division I cross country team. Vanessa is a Des
Moines, IA native but has enjoyed calling Colorado her new home while engaging in some of her favorite
occupations, including exploring new running trails, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

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