Instructors

Kristen Nelson, BScKin, MOT, SPD PRO Level2
Kristen Nelson has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta (2003) and a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia (2007). After graduation she moved to the beautiful Okanagan and worked at the Okanagan Simillkameen Neurological Society in Penticton on the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Autism team as well as the Early Intervention Team. In 2011 Kristen moved back to Vancouver and has worked in both Early Intervention and School Based Therapy. Kristen joined WonderKids in December 2012.

Kristen combines a Sensory Integration approach with all other areas of occupational performance. She has extensive experience working with autism, AD(H)D, SPD, various chromosome disorders and development delays. In addition to working with children, Kristen provides consultations and offers training to teachers, parents and other professionals.

Kristen has always been drawn to a career with children and loves to work together with families to meet a child’s functional goals. Kristen is a fun, playful therapist who believes strongly that relationship and rapport are a key component to effective and meaningful therapy.

Kristen’s professional education includes:

  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Advanced Workshop (CAN 2013)
  • SPD PRO Level 2 certification: Intensive Mentorship Program: The Level 2 course, Hands-On Advanced Treatment (STAR Centre USA 2013)
  • Intensive Mentorship Program Level 1 with Lucy Jane Miller: Evaluation, Diagnostic and Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder (STAR Centre USA 2012)
  • Sequential Oral Sensory SOS Feeding Approach: Feeding Solutions (USA 2012)
  • Integrated Listening System ILS certified (CA 2011)
  • Handwriting Without Tears (CA 2012)
  • Utilizing a Sensory Integration Theoretical Framework in the Home, School and Preschool (Ellen Yack, May 2012)
  • Toilet Training for Everyone- It’s Never Too Late! (Pat Mirenda Online, May 2012)
  • Handwriting Without Tears (March 2012)
  • Integrated Listening Systems, Practitioner Training Course (February, 2011)
  • Cultural Safety (Alison Gerlach, Fall 2011)
  • ABC’s of Mental Health in Foster Care (Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, February 2010)
  • Connections- Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders (Kim Barthel, February 2009)
  • Reference and Regulate (David Loyst September 2009)
  • Partners in Movement Level 1 (Vickie Mead, September 2008)
  • DIR/Floortime Model Basic Course (June, 2008)
  • Autism Community Training (various worshops): Nancy Minshew, Beth Ann Malow, Lucy Jane Miller, Amy Wetherby, Geraldine Dawson and Sally Rogers
  • Student Practicum Supervisor for UBC Occupational Therapy Students (Fall 2008, Fall 2009)

Courtney Hall, BSc, MOT, SPD Pro Level I
Throughout Courtney’s undergraduate degree, she worked with children with autism at the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Children with Autism in Kamloops, and this led her to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Once Courtney completed her Bachelor of Science degree, she entered the Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of British Columbia. Since completing the MOT program in 2007, her area of focus has always been working with children and she continues to expand on her knowledge through attending conferences and workshops in the field of paediatric occupational therapy.

Prior to joining the WonderKids OT team, Courtney worked at two child development centres in the lower mainland. Courtney combines a Sensory Integration approach with all other areas of occupational performance. She has wide experience working with autism, AD(H)D, SPD, various chromosome disorders and development delays. Courtney believes that working with children and their families is about building a partnership, and goals should be meaningful and functional to a child and their family.

Courtney is a fun and active therapist who easily builds rapport with children and families. Her education and training shines through her therapy sessions and she always works from a foundation and skills and learning.

Courtney is an active individual and loves any opportunity to bike, swim, run or do yoga, as well as getting outside with her son and dog. Courtney feels that children need to be given plenty of exposure to physical activity, so that they can focus and learn, as well as grow up to be confident and active adults.

Courtney is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

Courtney’s professional education includes:

  • Intensive Mentorship Program Level 1 with Lucy Jane Miller: Evaluation, Diagnostic and Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder (STAR Centre USA 2013)
  • Handwriting Without Tears (CAN 2009)
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Advanced Workshop (CAN 2013)
  • ILS Integrated Listening Therapy
  • Anxiety and Self-regulation courses
  • Self-Regulation: The Pathway to Learning (CA, 2013)
  • Social Discover and Discovering Social Strategies & Thinking about Teaching and Teaching Thinking (CA, 2012)
  • Guidelines of Discipline – Gordon Neufeld Presentation (CA, 2012)
  • Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Infants: Assessment and Management (CA, 2011)
  • Paediatric Symposium 2011 (CA, 2011)
  • Fundamental Skills for Using Standardized Assessments Part 2: Hands-on Practice with Tests and Children (CA, 2009)
  • Oral-Motor Feeding Course (CA, 2009)
  • Paediatric Symposium 2009 (CA, 2009)
  • Sensory Based Motor Dysfunction Course (CA, 2008)
  • Paediatric Upper Extremity Splinting with Orfit (CA, 2008)
  • Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders: The SOS Approach to Feeding (USA, 2008)

Sarah Fenrich, BScOT, SPD PRO Level 1
Sarah Fenrich studied the career of OT at the European University of Applied Sciences Fresenius in Idstein, Germany. After she received her OT Diploma degree (comparable to the BScOT) in 2007, she decided to move to Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico where she opened a private pediatric OT clinic. She specialized in Sensory Integration, taking several courses in Germany and the United States. In January 2011 she moved to Canada in order to gain professional work experience in the area of OT in another country.

Sarah combines a Sensory Integration approach with all other areas of occupational performance. She has extensive experience working with autism, AD(H)D, SPD, various chromosome disorders and development delays. Additionally to working with children, Sarah provides consultations and offers training to teachers, parents and other professionals.

As part of her university studies she wrote a Thesis about “Attention Deficit Disorder in adolescence – a new area of Occupational Therapy”. Her additional professional education includes:

– Integrated Listening System (Canada, Mexico)
– Intensive Mentorship Program: Evaluation, Diagnostic and treatment of SPD (USA)
– Bobath and Sensory Integration in the Child (Germany)
– Management in Occupational Therapy (Germany)
– Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy (Austria)
– Introduction to the Bobath concept (Austria)
– Neuropsychology – Functioning of the Brain (Germany)

Testimonials

Sarah is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and is an active member of the BC Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT).

Sarah treated my five year old son Gerardo for several months because of Sensory Integration Disorder suspicion. The results of this therapy were outstanding, my son is now more focused in all his actions and his social skills have improved significantly” (Dr. Gerardo P. – father of Gerardo)

Jen Gellis, B.Sc.OT, MAA Design
Jen Gellis has practiced paediatric occupational therapy since 2001 in community, hospital and private practice settings. Jen’s professional experience includes paediatric school-based therapy, positioning, mobility, feeding and swallowing. She has wide experience working with children with complex needs including conditions affecting physical, motor and sensory development, such as children with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, Autism, AD(H)D, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder.

Jen graduated from the University of British Columbia as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and completed her Master of Applied Arts in Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2009 focusing on medical assistive design. Her area of focus has always been working with children and she continues to expand her knowledge through conferences and workshops in the field of paediatric occupational therapy.

Jen believes in working together with children and their families to create meaningful, practical and functional goals. She uses a fun, creative and playful approach with her clients in therapy sessions and values building relationships and rapport with children and their families.

Jen also has a passion for the children’s play environments and teaches music to young children and their families. She can often be found playing outside in the mountains, forests and in the ocean with her three spirited young children.