Our Mission: Empowering kids to lead joyful lives.

Occupational Therapists

Leigh Burkey, OTR/L, Co-Founder/Executive 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 the impact it had on others. When OT was listed as a good fit for Leigh on the career matching exam in high school, her mind was made up. She attended the University of Columbia in Missouri.

Jamie Close, MSOT, OTR/L, Executive 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.

Corry Wagner, OTR/L – Director of Outdoor Programming, Friendship Explorations

Corry had been working as a private pediatric OT for over 10 years. Corry founded Friendship Explorations in 2015 and brought Friendship Explorations to Ready Set GO Therapy in the spring of 2020. With a background in environmental education and an obsession with the beach, she blends her pediatric OT skills with her love of helping children benefit from the beauty and developmental benefits of the outdoors.

Most prized accolade: Voted “Most likely to do OT at the beach” by her peers of OT graduate students.

Renee Trimarco, SLP – Director of Speech Therapy

Renee completed her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1998. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of California and nationally certified through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has practiced for the last 20 years in both private and public schools serving preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students. She has experience working in early intervention and children with autism, developmental delay, attention challenges, and moderate-severe learning disabilities. Renee’s style is playful and nurturing with great attention given to developing a trusting connection with her clients as a foundation for working together. Her goal is to improve her clients speech and language skills in order to expand their confidence and competence using language to form connections with others.

Renee has lived in the Bay Area since 1998. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking on Mt. Tam, practicing yoga, and spending time by the sea.

Gigi Galliani, MSOT, OTR/L

Gigi is a fourth-generation Italian San Franciscan who grew up in Marin County, where she developed a passion for exploring the beautiful scenery of Northern California through hiking, swimming in the ocean, skiing in Tahoe, camping, and beach volleyball. Gigi loves being creative and has a vast imagination that she channels into art, cooking, and of course her OT sessions.

Gigi was first exposed to OT when she volunteered at Ready Set Go Therapy, where she decided pediatric OT was the perfect career choice for her, as it combines her love for health science, creativity, and working with children. She then went on to earn her Master’s of Science at A.T. Still University in Arizona. Gigi is thrilled to continue her passion for pediatrics at the same clinic where it all began.

Lawrence Buot, MS, OTR/L

Lawrence is an avid sports fan and loves the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors. He also loves to camp, hike, and go on long road trips throughout California and the Pacific Northwest with his wife Angelica and their dog Leo Bear. Lawrence also loves to read books especially high fantasy and has extensive expertise on everything Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter. He grew up in the butter and egg capital of the world, Petaluma, California.

Lawrence discovered occupational therapy when he was getting his Kinesiology degree at Sonoma State University. Upon graduating from Sonoma State University he worked at Cypress School in Petaluma as a teaching assistant to work with kids with autism, physical disabilities, and developmental delays. It was his work at Cypress that confirmed his desire to become a pediatric occupational therapist. Lawrence then returned to graduate school and earned a Masters’ Degree in Occupation Therapy at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. Lawrence is also working as an occupational therapist at Anova Center for Education in Santa Rosa. Lawrence enjoys working with other specialists as a member of a multidisciplinary team to create beneficial and meaningful treatment sessions for his students and clients.

Catherine Datu, OTR/L

Catherine is a Bay Area native who grew up in San Jose, CA. She is an avid traveler and self-proclaimed plant lady. She recently adopted a senior cat named Junior (“Junes”) and their morning weekend routine consists of sitting together in the sunniest spot on the couch drinking coffee, reading a good book, and having a snooze. In her free time, Catherine loves to explore the amazing hiking trails in Marin, adventure in the city, cook with friends, and get creative doing a variety of crafty projects.

Catherine has always worked with children, whether it was coaching a swim team, volunteering in the NICU, or as a behavioral therapist in a public school setting. She discovered occupational therapy when she was a senior at Cal Poly and completed a pediatric OT internship in San Luis Obispo. She fell in love with the profession and continuously worked toward her goal by taking prerequisite classes while she worked in her first career as a preschool teacher. Catherine completed her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Dominican University.

Kristen DeMont, OTR/L

Kristen is a nature lover and finds her joy being outside on the trails of Marin, in the great Pacific Ocean, and in her sunny Fairfax garden. She loves music, dancing, yoga, camping, backpacking, swimming, meditation, and spending time with her family and friends. She is a Marin native, who grew up in Sleepy Hollow and was a committed Sleepy Hollow Sea Lion every summer! She earned her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego county, which gave her the chance to enter a career field she was passionate about, and surf every day! Kristen has worked in multiple OT settings and is passionate about the unique and meaningful ways that occupation can support someone’s journey through life. She will always find authentic and meaningful ways to connect to a child and their families to support their journey, and in doing so believes she is also on a path towards greater health and fulfillment.

Courtney Malachowski, OTR/L

Courtney is a California native that loves to spend her time swimming in San Francisco Bay, running in Golden Gate Park, reading about nature and being in nature with her dog Brody. She has been learning Greek for almost two years now as her partner is Greek and they try and visit friends and family in Greece yearly. Courtney’s passion has always been to help children play, grow, and learn in a creative way. She has spent many years working with children as a ballet teacher, advocate for foster care youth, behavioral coach for non profit organization for children and teens with autism and as an occupational therapist in San Francisco Unified School District. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of San Diego and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Dominican University of California. She has experience in working with children diagnosed with autism, developmental delays, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia and dysgraphia, emotional regulation challenges, cerebral palsy, and other neuro motor deficits. Her specialty training is in Ayres Sensory Integration, Quickshifts: Use of Sound in Sensorimotor Integrative Treatment, Sensory Diets, Astronaut Training: Sound Activated Vestibular Visual Protocol, Nature Based Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, S’cool Moves, and Handwriting Without Tears. She is excited to continue growing with her clients at Ready Set Go Therapy.

Natalie Piwinski, OTR/L

Natalie is a California native who grew up in Sacramento, attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has lived in Marin since 2018, completing her Occupational Therapy program at Dominican University. She loves traveling and exploring new places, having backpacked throughout Southeast Asia and lived in both New York City and Australia. When not at work, Natalie can be found hiking, running, or trying new food!  Whenever she has time, Natalie enjoys exploring the trails of Marin with her husband and two Labradors.

Natalie’s passion for working with children began while babysitting for family friends at 16 and progressed into her career focus. She has been a live-in nanny, preschool teacher, and behavioral interventionist. These experiences led her to occupational therapy and Ready Set GO where she completed part of her fieldwork experience. After finishing her master’s degree, she’s back with the RSGT family to continue connecting with children and their families through meaningful play and exploration!

Julian De Martinis, OTR/L

Julian is a recent west coast transplant who moved to the Bay Area from New Jersey in spring 2021. He works full-time at a school district in Sequoia Union as the district’s OT when not at RSGT. Julian graduated from Boston College with his undergraduate degree in English 2012 and from Kean University with his Master’s Degree 2017. It was at BC that Julian first learned about occupational therapy – and a quick observation of school-based pediatric OT confirmed to him that it’s where his future lay. His speciality and experience throughout his career has been in pediatrics. Julian has experience with early intervention, school-based services, and outpatient clinical settings. He has training in aquatic therapy, kinesiotaping, physical agent modalities, and splinting and casting the upper extremity. Julian has worked as the primary OT for a Brain Injury team and has experience with inpatient to outpatient transitions and evaluations.

When not working, Julian loves to explore the city, watch Italian soccer, and spend too much time on fantasy football. He’s a passionate reader and writer who spends his spare time consuming the newest fiction releases and writing his own fiction and sports work. He’s been a featured columnist on ESPN and Goal.com.

Kylie Farrenkopf, OTR/L

While growing up in Salt Lake City, UT, Kylie did competitive Irish dancing, swimming, and water polo. She witnessed many of her teammates sustain injuries and supported them during their recovery process.  Kylie has always been very passionate about helping children and adolescents. She has experience working and volunteering in a camp for children with disabilities, a hippotherapy clinic, and a residential rehabilitation center for female adolescents.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. She then obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. When Kylie moved to the Bay Area, she fell in love with the hikes, parks, and restaurants. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to country concerts and being outdoors in the sun. 

Deborah Baumgarten, OTR/L

Deborah loves to spend her time running, surfing, snowboarding, 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, 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.

Administrative Assistants

Rachel Seaman – Executive Assistant

Rachel is originally from Boston and has traveled and lived in many cities throughout the US before settling in San Francisco with her husband, children, and two chinchillas. She loves the arts, architecture, skiing, reading, baking, collecting vintage sewing machines, and creating everything and anything that comes into her head!

Rachel has over 20 years of experience working with children in a professional, educational and private care setting. Working to benefit children and their families has been a core foundation of her career for many years with local non-profits, education, and volunteering. Her volunteering has been focused on promoting literacy and the arts in enriching the lives of children in the Bay Area. Rachel brings her corporate and nonprofit experience to help support the staff and families at Ready Set GO Therapy.

Laarni Jet Ontal – Administrative Assistant

Laarni is a Filipina Health Science Associate and Teacher. She graduated from Nursing School in 2006 and completed her post-graduate studies in Education in 2018 in the Philippines. She is a proficient and self-motivated assistant with excellent skills and has successfully been in administrative positions for 9 years working at multi-national companies.  Her passion for kids drew her to Ready Set GO Therapy.  Laarni’s love and work with kids began in high school as she volunteered as a Children’s Catechist. Laarni is married and has 2 children.  It is important to her that her children have big hearts and care for others.  She loves animals and is committed to fostering and adopting neglected animals.   When not working, you’ll find Laarni in her kitchen with her kids and the dogs they rescue!

Eliot Sandbach – Administrative Assistant

Eliot moved back from New York a year ago after completing their BFA in Creative Writing. They grew up in Petaluma and are currently working on a Master’s degree in Poetry at Mills College in Oakland. They spend their time off exploring the hiking trails in Marin with two young puppies and their fiancée. They love mini golf, scary movies, and roller skating but on most weekends you can find them taking care of their vegetable and flower gardens.  Eliot has worked administrative jobs at a variety of small companies (from a small press in Brooklyn to property management firm in Sacramento). They also have a very big family with lots of nephews and nieces to take care of, so they are combining their love of children and organizing in their position at Ready Set GO Therapy as an administrative assistant.

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

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