Occupational Therapy Dept

Shannon Hurley, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Education: Master's degree in Occupational Therapy and Undergraduate degree in health sciences from Gannon University.

Focus of Practice: Occupational Therapy

Experience: Shannon Hurley joined The Hope Learning Center in 2014. She completed her thesis work in the Quality of Life in Adolescents with High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome using Creative Arts Activities. She has worked with the pediatric population in a variety of settings such as Early Intervention services, outpatient services, and school-related OT services.

Salley Kafko, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Education: SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor's degree in psychology before attending Stony Brook University, where she received her 2nd bachelor's degree in health science and her Master's of Occupational Therapy

Focus of Practice: Occupational Therapy

Experience: Salley Kafko has been with The Hope Learning Center since August 2016. She recently moved from New York City where she was employed as an occupational therapist with the NYC Department of Education, working with students from preschool to 5th grade in acheiving independence in the school environment. She also has experience working at a sensory gym with children from early intervention to high school, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is certified by the National Board of Certication in Occupational Therapy. She is currently licensed to practice in New York and Pennsylvania. Salley works every day to create an atmosphere in which each of her clients can achieve success and reach their goals.

Samantha West, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Education: Master of Occupational Therapy: West Virginia University- School of Medicine, Bachelor of Arts- Human Performance and Health: West Virginia University- School of Medicine, Bachelor of Foreign Language- German: West Virginia University- Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Focus of Practice: Occupational Therapy

Experience: Samantha joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. She has been working in pediatrics for the past eight years. Samantha has experience in the public school system, in daycares and early intervention centers, in the home with medically unstable children, in outpatient clinics, and at a private school for children with special needs/severe behavior. Samantha is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She is a Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist through Handwriting Without Tears and is a certified provider for Interactive Metronome (IM). In 2016, Samantha was awarded the Fieldwork Educator of the Year from the Florida Occupational Therapy Educational Consortium. Her primary goal is to work with children and their families to obtain the highest level of independence and quality of life!

Tessa Gacovsky MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Education: Master of Occupational Therapy Degree from Saint Francis University

Focus of Practice: Occupational Therapy

Focus of Practice: Tessa Gacovsky joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. Tessa focuses in school based occupational therapy and has clinical experience in outpatient pediatrics, inpatient rehab, and early intervention services. Tessa also did a service trip to provide occupational therapy to the residents of Jamaica in 2016.

Anna Kasten-Coffman, AS, COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Education: Occupational therapy assistant from South College of Asheville. Health/Physical Education from Slippery Rock University.

Focus of Practice: Occupational Therapy

Experience: Anna Kasten-Coffman joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. Ann has taught K-12 physical and health education in school districts, has served as a personal care assistant, and has experience within a residential treatment for adolescent girls and young adults. Anna has field work experience with kids with autism, seizure disorders, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and intellectual disabilities.