Erin Clemens, Clinic Director and Owner, is a 2001 magna cum laude graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in schools, early intervention services providing home-based therapy, daycares, group homes, and outpatient clinics. In 2004, Erin became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor through the Loving Touch Foundation, and currently teaches both group classes and private instruction on the techniques of infant massage for parents and other caregivers. In July 2007 Erin became a Certified Handwriting Specialist through the Handwriting Without Tears (R) Program. Erin has been a certified provider of the Therapeutic Listening Program since 2011, and develops home programs for families using this approach. She also provides feeding therapy and has been trained in the Beckman Oral-Motor Protocol as well as the SOS Approach to feeding. She has presented at numerous local and state conferences on varied topics such as handwriting, sensory processing, executive functions, feeding, and fine motor development.
Erin has been the President of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association since 2016, and is in her second term as President.
Erin is a past adjunct faculty member for the Northern Virginia Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program teaching the Developmental Disabilities course for 4 years.
Erin is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA). She was the secretary for the Northern District of the VOTA from 2012-2013. She was the co-chair of the Northern District of the VOTA from 2013-2015.
Erin takes an active role in advocating for children and families who have a child or children with disabilities, particularly military families. She was a contributing writer for the book Life Journey through Autism: A Guide for Military Families, a guidebook from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). She is also in the process of writing a handbook for families on childhood development.
Erin maintains an active role in professional associations as well as community organizations. She keeps herself educated on current evidence-based practices to ensure the provision of the highest quality of care. She keeps current on therapeutic trends and evidence-based research. She maintains current national and state licensure by regularly attending a variety of continuing education conferences and workshops to further her knowledge in pediatric occupational therapy. Erin enjoys spreading the word and educating the local community on the importance of occupational therapy across the lifespan, in addition to the value that occupational therapists provide to a multitude of settings and practice arenas.
Erin was accepted into the American Occupational Therapy Association's Leadership and Development Program in Bethesda, MD in September 2012. She spent 4 days learning from the top leaders in the profession, including the President, Vice President, President-elect, and Vice President-elect of AOTA. She also spent a day on Capitol Hill speaking with VA Senators' offices on current legislative issues impacting occupational therapy.
In her spare time Erin enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, hiking, cycling, and reading. She volunteers on the PTA of her son's Chinese School, and volunteers in her community whenever time allows.
Carly Kerkoff, COTA/L
Bio and picture coming soon!
Teresa Herdegen, MS, OTR/L
Teresa has earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University, a bachelor of fine arts degree from East Carolina University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She has experience working in early intervention services, skilled nursing facilities, and the school system. Teresa began working at Pediatric Achievements in June 2016 and has enjoyed working with children and their families in a private practice setting. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Teresa has completed two Handwriting Without Tears® workshops and pursues continuing education in a variety of practice areas including sensory integration, visual-motor skills, and health and wellness. She is a native of Minnesota but has also lived in five other states as well as overseas in South Korea and Southern France. Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. Her hobbies include running, yoga, cooking, reading, travel, and art.
Michelle Tiemann, MS, OTR/L
Michelle Tiemann is a graduate of the University of Southern California with her Master's in Occupational Therapy. Upon graduating she first worked at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington D.C., where she specialized in neurological cases. After working there for a year and a half she decided that something was missing in her life, which was working with children. Michelle soon applied to several school based positions in the area. She accepted a position a private school in Springfield, VA that specializes in children with Emotional Disturbance or Learning Disabilities. After working at the school for a year, she assumed the role of Director of the Occupational Therapy Department, overseeing the interns and the other therapists also working at the school.
Michelle began working part time at Pediatric Achievements several years ago. Despite now living in Maryland, she enjoys Pediatric Achievements so much that she continues to work one Saturday per month!
Some of the continuing education classes that she has taken are as follows: Pediatric Self- Regulation Techniques, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders and Educational, Behavioral and Sensory- Based Methodologies to Help ALL Children Excel.
In her spare time you can find Michelle cheering on her Virginia Tech Hokies (her undergraduate university), running in local races, hanging out with her two puppies or spending time with friends!
Dr. Linda Carson, OTD
Bio and picture coming soon!
Dr. Kathryn Laslie, OTD
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Owner & Clinic Director: Erin M. Clemens, OTR/L, BCP, CIMI
AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
**Erin is 1 of only 3 OTs in the state of Virginia who is Board Certified in Pediatrics!
Jennifer Faherty, MOT, OTR/L
Assistant Clinic Director
Jennifer Faherty is a graduate of James Madison University with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She completed an internship with Pediatric Achievements and upon graduation returned for a full time position. She has experience working in outpatient pediatrics, mental health, and the school system, including leading and running small treatment groups as well as supervising students. Jen is certified in the Handwriting Without Tears program. Her primary area of interest is sensory processing disorders.
Jen grew up in the Northern Virginia area and finds it exciting to work with local families. Her favorite treatment activity includes playing games on all of the different swings. She is a member of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
In her free time she enjoys baking, cooking, photography, and knitting.