Our Mission

OUR MISSION is to empower, support, and habilitate children, families, and those who serve them. We strive to set the standard for quality of care by providing highly effective, targeted, and innovative services. Through community education and the expertise of highly skilled and caring Therapists, we help children reach their maximum potential.

Occupational Therapists

Leigh Burkey, OTR/L, Co-Founder/Co-Director

Leigh Burkey, OTR/L, Co-Founder/Co-Director

Leigh’s favorite pastimes include dance parties in the living room with her kids, hiking, road biking, and occasionally trying to keep up with rock climbing. She loves to travel and has enjoyed zip lining through the jungles of Costa Rica, exploring the beaches of Mexico, and seasonal work at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. Leigh was born in Normal, Illinois and grew up in the small town of Altamont, home of 2300 people. She lives in San Anselmo with her husband, two young children, and two cats, Unicorn and Alice in Wonderland.

Leigh knew she wanted to be an OT since high school, when she received OT for a hand injury. She followed the therapist, and was fascinated by her passion for the work, and impact it had on others. When OT was listed as a good fit for Leigh on career matching exam in high school, her mind was made up. She attend the University of Columbia in Missouri.

Jamie Close, MSOT, OTR/L, Co-Director

Jamie Close, MSOT, OTR/L, Co-Director

Jamie loves to spend her time being outside and active. She also loves to travel and explore the world. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda and is still deeply connected to friends there. As a child she wanted to be an archeologist and some of her favorite travels have included China, Egypt, Zanzibar, and Borneo where she was been able to see many things she dreamed of in her youth. Jamie was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, which inspired a love for being outdoors. She lives in Fairfax with her husband.

Jamie had never heard of OT until college. She was describing her dream job of working with children with disabilities and her sister told her to check out OT. After researching the field and observing a pediatric OT, she knew it was a perfect fit. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Deborah Baumgarten, OTR/L

Deborah Baumgarten, OTR/L

Deborah loves to spend her time running, surfing, snow-boarding, and being on the beach. She adores her two children, Noah and Sofie, and her Staffordshire Terrier, Mocha. Deborah grew up in Durban, South Africa where she loved spending time playing in the waves and on the beach of the Indian Ocean. She has traveled extensively and zip-lining in Costa Rica is a highlight for her. Deborah moved to the United States in 1994 and lived in Atlanta and San Francisco. She now lives with her kids and dog in San Rafael.

When Deborah was 12 years old and observing her younger brother’s fun-filled OT sessions, when she realized that occupational therapy was what she wanted to do when she grew up. It turns out that his OT was one of the pioneers of Sensory Integration therapy so it is no wonder why she was inspired. Deborah attended school in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Cassie Eveans, MA, OTR/L

Cassie Eveans, MA, OTR/L

In her spare time, Cassie enjoys biking, yoga, cooking, outdoor adventures, and spending time with friends and family. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska (Go Cornhuskers!), and loved the books Roxaboxen and When the Relatives Came growing up. Cassie also loved living in Minneapolis for 6 years; a great place to visit, especially in the summer. Cassie currently lives in San Francisco, and enjoys the vibrancy of the city.

Cassie was introduced to OT through children that she knew and babysat for, and was drawn to the creativity, compassion, and knowledge required in the profession. Cassie received her MA in OT from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Jessie Strauss, MA, OTR/L

Jessie Strauss, MA, OTR/L

Jessie enjoys yoga, cooking, having friends over, and going to see live music. She grew up Santa Monica, CA where she loved playing the HORSE basketball game and listening to Raffi songs. Jessie spent 7 months in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and studied Portuguese and Psychology. Her other favorite travels have included Costa Rica and Italy. She currently lives in San Francisco with her fiancée.

Jessie was inspired to become an OT because she loves working one on one with children to help them feel strong and confident. She is passionate about helping children learn to move their bodies, explore new activities, and giving them the sense “I can do this!” Jessie attended the University of Southern California.

Stacey Drew, OTD, OTR/L

Stacey Drew, OTD, OTR/L

Stacey enjoys spending her free time hiking, practicing yoga, traveling, and creating art. She is the proud aunt of eleven nieces and nephews. Stacey has traveled all over the world and enjoys learning about different cultures. She is from Long Island, New York and spent 30 years training and competing as an equestrian. Stacey has a son attending college and she lives in Kentfield with her newly adopted cat, Princess Leia.

Stacey’s grandmother inspired her to become an OT, as she was known to say “Your hands are your best tools.” Stacey received her MA in OT from Touro College in New York and more recently received her doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah.

Marika Austin, MS, OTR/L

Marika Austin, MS, OTR/L

Marika’s favorite things to do include playing ultimate frisbee at the international level, practicing yoga, dancing, and spending time with her friends and family. Marika grew up on a sheep farm in Maryland and her favorite books as a child were “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney and “Ish” by Peter Reynolds. Marika has enjoyed living in Ghana, Peru, and Costa Rica as well as traveling to the Philippines and biking in Ireland. She lives in San Francisco.

Marika became an OT because she wanted to work in a profession that looked at the mind/body connection and would allow her to work with kids and their families in various settings. She attended Boston University.

Stephanie Soriano MSOT, OTR/L

Stephanie Soriano MSOT, OTR/L

Stephanie is happiest when she is running, doing yoga, dancing, or at live music shows. Stephanie loves to travel and has been fortunate to experience many adventures. She’s backpacked on her own throughout western Europe, camped in Morocco, and seen the Northern Lights in Iceland. She recently checked off the number one item on her bucket list: to watch the sunset in Santorini alongside her mother.  Stephanie was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but spent her childhood summers in Lima, Peru.  She lives in San Francisco with her sidekick, a 10 year old Shih Tzu named Penelope.

Stephanie was first introduced to Occupational Therapy as a child when her younger brother received Speech Therapy. To occupy her time during his therapy sessions, Stephanie observed the OTs and wondered how grown-ups could make a career out of “playing with kids”.  Stephanie attended Florida International University in Miami, Florida.  She is passionate about pediatrics and believes becoming an Occupational Therapist was the best decision she made in her twenties.

Vanessa Recinto MOT, OTR/L

Vanessa Recinto MOT, OTR/L

Vanessa recently drove cross country from Chicago to the Bay Area, in Feb 2018, with her fiance and 12-year-old Yorkie. She has only ever lived in Chicago, but frequently takes advantage of their Southwest Companion Pass to travel! She has been to many places in the US, also traveling to the Philippines, Greece, Dominican Republic, Paris and Mexico. They are hoping to add the Maldives as their next destination. Vanessa is very family orientated, having over 60 first cousins/nieces/nephews and enjoys spending time with her family and friends as much as possible. Since moving to the Bay Area, they like to spend time exploring the outdoors with year-round sunshine!

Vanessa has worked in numerous places including outpatient clinics, schools, early intervention, and most recently 6 years at the children’s hospital of Chicago. She received her OT degree from Chicago State University. She always knew she wanted to work with children having so many family members to babysit/play with!

Jasmine Jia Erazmus MSOT, OTR/L

Jasmine Jia Erazmus MSOT, OTR/L

Jasmine loves reading, exploring the bay area with her husband and painting. Jasmine grew up in Reno Nevada and has always loved making new things from crayon necklaces to cooking food with her multicultural family of parents, step-parents and godparents. She has lived in Shanghai working as an occupational therapist, learning basic Mandarin while working with children from a variety of backgrounds and doing educational trainings with orphanages.

Jasmine first heard of OT from her godmother – a former Miss America, writer-researcher, exercise physiologist and her role model. Jasmine attended Touro University, Nevada. This field continues to give Jasmine strategies to be her full self, something for which she’s deeply grateful. These days, she is thrilled to be able to bring what she has learned to families, while remaining open to learning even more with every child she encounters.

 

Administrative Assistant

Shelby Young

Shelby Young

When it’s time to unwind, Shelby finds joy in spending time with her son at home or going out for fun-filled game of miniature golf. She finds peace of mind and recuperation when out in nature, on hikes, or at the beach. Shelby was born and raised in the city of Monterey, California. She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in her early teens, where she fell in love with the Hawaiian culture and the year-round sunshine. She enjoys travel, and dreams of one day crossing “go on a cruise” off her bucket list.

Shelby is currently on her journey to becoming a certified Life Coach. Her passion is to connect with others and guide them in reaching their highest potential.

Ready Set GO Therapy, Inc. • 350 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito, CA 94965

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