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Our Staff

Leadership Team

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Lynn Lopez

Vice President of Educational Services

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Education: Millersville University, Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education

Lynn joined Austill’s in 2003 and has held many different roles at Austill’s over the years including administrative functions, database development and management/agency administrative support. In her current role she is responsible for the oversight of our ACE database system and its reporting features. In addition, Lynn participates in the analysis, acquisition, growth and development of new agencies.

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Laura Gladden, M.Ed., OTR/L

Director of Clinical Services for Educational Services

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Education: University of Virginia, Masters in Education, specializing in Motor Learning, Ohio State University, Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, NDT certification, SIPT certification

Laura began working with Austill’s as a pediatric therapist in 1998 moving into a management role of Pediatric Coordinator in 2004. Laura brings a variety of clinical experiences including working in adult rehabilitation settings and also a clinical supervisor and mentor. She also has coordinated and co- founded continuing education programs in those settings. Currently, Laura works closely with our Educational Therapy Teams to lead the clinical operational management of Austill’s in collaboration with our educational school district partners including monitoring trends, services using our ACE database.

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Laura Boyle Nester, OTR/L

Director of Recruitment for Educational Services

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Education: University of Pittsburgh, Occupational Therapy; Juniata College, BS in Psychology and Biology, SIPT certification

Laura has worked with Austills since 2006 as a pediatric school based therapist before joining the management team in 2011. Her background includes pediatrics, adult rehabilitation and management. Laura is responsible for oversight of the recruiting and hiring processes with our Educational Placement Team.

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Jessica Johnston, PT, DPT

Manager of Recruitment for Educational Services

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Education: Arcadia University, Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy; Oakland University, Master’s degree in Physical Therapy

Jessica began working with Austill’s Educational Therapy Services in 2017, joining the management team in 2022. Prior to joining Austill’s, Jessica worked in both pediatric and adult settings.

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Kristin Harding, MOTR/L

Manager of Educational Therapy


Education: University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Texas Women’s University, Master of Occupational Therapy

Kristin joined AOT in 2005 as an educational manager, a role that she continues to hold. Kristin is a skilled communicator and adept manager, and presents multiple inservices in schools on a variety of topics to empower teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Kristin was a registered nurse. Fulfilling her desire to work with, and improve the lives of, children, she completed a master’s degree in OT and a post-graduate certification in sensory integration. She began her career as a pediatric occupational therapy specialist for The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, where she worked for several years.

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Kaitlin Mueller PT, DPT

Manager of Educational Therapy


Education: Duquesne University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Biology and Health Science

Kaitlin joined AOT in 2014, providing services in school-based settings in both rural and urban districts, and with children from early intervention age through high school. She was promoted to manager in 2019, and shares her practical experience with client districts and her colleagues via in-services on transfers, gait, and custom seating solutions. Kaitlin has also provided outpatient physical therapy services at AOT's sister company Positive Steps Therapy (PST) as well as The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and inpatient therapy at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.


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Melody Ovitsky, OTR/L

Manager of Educational Therapy


Education: University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Melody joined AOT in 1991. Upon her graduation from Pitt, she worked for AOT as a staff occupational therapist, working with adults in acute care settings. Her life-long ambition was to work with children, and she realized this dream with the expansion of AOT’s pediatric division in the 1990s. She assumed the role of educational manager in 1993. Aside from her school-based role, Melody is also an early intervention provider. A tri-county agency recognized her as an expert in early intervention feeding practices and chose her to develop feeding protocols. In addition, Melody has provided clinical supervision for AOT’s clinical/fieldwork program for many years. She has post-graduate certification in neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) and therapeutic listening.

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Mary Wojtaszek, MBA

Finance Manager of Educational Therapy

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Education: Robert Morris University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting, Duquesne University, Master of Business Administration

Mary has headed AOT’s accounting department since joining in 1999. Prior to joining AOT, Mary worked as a staffing consultant for finance and accounting and as a controller.


“Your competence in understanding the components of sensory integration and explaining them to others was so apparent and your extensive preparation was also evident. Along with your excellent service delivery in two school districts, and for the entire program, you have truly made a most significant contribution as an OT. Your efforts and your expertise are valued.”

– Dr. S., Director of Special Education