Dr. Tina Casoglos-Adamopoulos, OTD
Dr. Tina, our Director, has over 30 years of experience in Occupational Therapy. She obtained her Doctorate Degree in Occupation Therapy at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, where she developed a program for the Early Recognition of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Delays in Preschool children. She also holds an Advanced Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy with a specialization in Pediatrics and Developmental Disabilities from New York University.
Dr. Tina is a specialist in Sensory Integration and Processing, Auditory Processing Skills, Executive Functioning Skills and Working Memory. She has worked to make Ability & Beyond a cutting edge center where the focus is on using evidence-based methods to help children reach their fullest potential in the areas of cognition, working memory, motor planning, auditory processing, visual processing, and attention. She has developed expertise at evaluating and determining appropriate intervention plans using highly specialized state of the art programs, which focus on enhancing motor, cognitive, and social skills, leading to improved performance and increased self-esteem.
Dr. Tina has taught Occupational Therapy undergraduate and graduate level coursework at New York University; Touro College in New York; the Technological Education Institute of Athens, Greece; and most recently a course in Sensory Integration at A.T. Still School of Health Science.
Dr. Tina has presented numerous workshops for the Texas Occupational Therapy Association's Mountain Central Conferences, including workshops entitled: "Neurotechnology: Cognitive, Physical and Sensory Implications," at the 2012 Conference in Austin and, "Facilitating Neuroplasticity with Technological Programs" at the 2013 Conference in Sugarland, "Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders" at the 2015 Conference in Dallas, and "Improving Executive Functioning Skills in Children" at the 2017 Conference in Austin.
Dr. Tina is a member of the American Association of Occupational Therapists (AOTA) and is licensed by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE). She is a certified provider of Cogmed®, the Interactive Metronome®, IM Home®, The Listening Program (TLP)®, Fast ForWord®, and Reading Assistant®. She has been educated in Ayres Sensory Integration®, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Quantum Reflex Integration and other progressive treatment approaches.
Monica Newsom, COTA
Monica received her training and degree from Lone Star College in Kingwood. She is certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant by the National Board of Certified Occupational Therapists and the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners. Monica did her Level II affiliations at Ability & Beyond and came back to work with us after she obtained her degree and certification.
Monica has been trained in the use of The Interactice Metronome as well as many other of our Sensory Motor and Integration Progarms including the Astronaut Vestibular Program.
Monica is also trained in Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI) using low level laser therapy and harmonic frequencies to integrate primitive reflexes.
Renee Shepherd, B.A., COTA
Renee has over 20 years of experience in Occupational Therapy. She is certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant by the National Board of Certified Occupational Therapists and the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners. Renee holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Services Administration.
Renee has taught as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor/Fieldwork Coordinator in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Lone Star College-Kingwood. She has a wide range of experiences, which include working with those who have head and brain injuries, developmental delays including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.
Renee is trained in iLs® (Interactive Listening System) and is a certified iLs® Practioner, and has completed training to be a provider of the Interactive Metronome®. She recently was trained in Quantum Reflex Inegration (QRI) using low level lasers to integrate primitive reflexes.