Dr. Tanya O’Callaghan has 23 years of experience as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. With a passion for the wellbeing of children, she 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. She went on to work in a specialized educational setting for children with learning disabilities. In 1998 Tanya moved to the USA and took a pediatric position in a school district in Illinois, where she served children with a range of needs through the early intervention program, school district special education services outpatient program development and region wide specialty assistive technology services.
In 2001 Tanya took on further study through Creighton University completing her post professional Doctorate with a focus in pediatric program development and advocacy. She achieved the Occupational Therapy Doctorate award and graduated Suma cum laude. Tanya worked in Oregon in the Early Intervention program and then accepted a teaching position in the United Kingdom at Oxford Brookes University. While teaching undergraduate and Master’s level students Tanya pursued an advanced diploma in higher education teaching. Tanya has a broad range of clinical expertise which influences her passion in serving families and children.
Tanya completed her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certification in 2008 and in 2009 she fulfilled her vision of opening a Pediatric community based clinic. Under her guidance and direction 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. In an ongoing effort to identify new and innovative therapy perspectives Tanya continues to pursue learning opportunities and has completed the advanced Integrated Listening System Certification, the advanced mentorship in Sensory Processing and SOS feeding program. Tanya is not only passionate about the children and families she works with, she is also dedicated to her own family and spends many hours at soccer, judo and school related activities supporting and encouraging 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.