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.

Ingrid Haider, MS, OTR/L

Ingrid Haider, MS, OTR/L

Ingrid loves spending time with her 1 year old daughter, exploring the world through her curious eyes. In her spare time she also enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, snowboarding, reading and photography. Ingrid grew up on an organic farm in Austria. As a child she loved playing with her siblings and cousins outdoors, building forts, feeding farm animals, climbing trees, building snowmen, igloos and skiing and sledding down the hill at her house. Ingrid has traveled extensively and some of her favorite spots include the Greek and Hawaiian Islands, Antigua, Guatemala, and Rome. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

Ingrid taught Preschool and Kindergarten in Austria for 4 years before moving to the U.S. She has always felt a special connection with children and during her years as a teacher, she developed an interest in supporting the kids who appeared to have greater challenges in reaching their potential. When she moved to San Francisco, she realized her calling to pediatric occupational therapy after working with a child with an autistic spectrum disorder and meeting a wonderful OT. Ingrid attended San Jose State University.

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.

Lindsay Roberts, MA, OTR/L

Lindsay Roberts, MA, OTR/L

Lindsay enjoys exploring San Francisco, going for hikes, visiting her farmers market, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering with community organizations. Lindsay grew up in Pasadena, CA and her favorite childhood books were Good Night Moon and The Twits. She has a tight knit family and enjoys being an aunt to her 3 nieces. She loved living in Manhattan for several years. While studying abroad in Amsterdam, she traveled to different parts of Europe and one of her favorite travels was to visit her sister in Australia. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Throughout her life, Lindsay always felt an internal pull to help people who might need it. Throughout college, she realized that the jobs and activities she found most fulfilling were those where she was working with children. When she heard about OT and took an introductory class, she knew immediately it would be a great fit. Lindsay attended USC.

Administrative Assistant

Erin Chaffee, Administrative Assistant & OT Student

Erin Chaffee, Administrative Assistant & OT Student

In her spare time, Erin enjoys hiking, amusement parks, cruises, and spending time with her kids. Erin grew up and has spent most of her life in Marin and Sonoma counties. As a child she liked playing hopscotch, tetherball and volley ball as well as playing her 45s on the Fischer Price record player. Some of her travels include visiting Spain, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Canada, and driving across the U.S. twice. She lives in the house she grew up in with the support of her husband, two kids, parents, and little yorkie, Minnie.

Although Erin is the current administrative assistance at Ready Set GO Therapy, she was a multi-lines insurance agent for 13 years and now has returned to school to become an OT. She is excited to change careers and work in a profession that values the whole person and helps individuals develop self-confidence and independence. Erin currently attends Dominican University.

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

415-339-8800 • Fax 415-963-4243 • info@readysetgotherapy.com