Dr. Tanya O’Callaghan has 24 years of experience and as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist has a passion for the development and wellbeing of children. Tanya brings clinical expertise from a diverse range of practice settings both local and international. Tanya grew up in South Africa, and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Medical School obtaining her honors degree in Occupational Therapy with distinction. In 2001, Tanya took on further study through Creighton University completing her post professional Doctorate with a focus in pediatric program development, healthcare management and advocacy. She achieved the Occupational Therapy Doctorate award and graduated Suma cum laude. In 2005 she completed her advanced diploma in higher education teaching while teaching undergraduate and Master’s level students at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. Tanya has worked in a variety of practice settings including early intervention, clinic based private practice, specialized education programs as well as specialty assistive technology and oral motor clinic services. Tanya brings a broad range of clinical expertise to serving children and their families. Tanya completed her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certification in 2008. In 2009 she fulfilled her vision of opening a Pediatric community based clinic. Kids At Play Therapy has grown to provide specialized therapy services to the community and support families advocate for their children to achieve maximum participation in all aspects of their lives. Tanya was awarded the FEAT provider of the year in 2010 and continues to pursue learning opportunities in a range of pediatric specialties including neuromotor development, sensory processing and feeding. When not in the clinic Tanya enjoys the outdoors, family time and spends many hours at soccer, judo and other school related activities supporting her own children.
Loren has always enjoyed working with children, and prior to attending graduate school she worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through independent study in a collaborative classroom at Children’s Village in Yakima, WA and as an Applied Behavior Analysis tutor for 2 years. Loren volunteered for 6 months in 2009 at Mary Bridge Hospital in the outpatient occupational therapy clinic, where she met Tanya. Three years later, Loren was very excited to have the opportunity to join the team at Kids at Play Therapy. She has been working at Kids at Play since March 2012 and has continued to grow and build her clinical skills and support other clinicians as Lead therapist. In her spare time, Loren enjoys relaxing, playing with her dogs, and spending time with friends and family.