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.

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. She is excited to continue growing with her clients at Ready Set Go Therapy.

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. 

Leanne Adorable, SLP

Leanne is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech language pathology in the state of California. She graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Second Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology where she received her SLPA license. Leanne completed her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at CSU East Bay in December 2018. She has practiced speech therapy in the private clinic and public schools. Leanne has experience working with early intervention (EI), children with Autism (ASD), Down Syndrome, developmental delay, attention and behavior challenges.  On her free time, Leanne enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to travel (for food), read, jog, and explore San Francisco.


Ashley Jones, OTR/L

While Ashley is a California native, she has spent the past 15 years living all over the country, from Seattle to New York City. She returned to her hometown of Oakland in 2019 to begin graduate school at Dominican University. She was inspired to pursue a career in OT after working for over a decade as a home health aide, where she got to see firsthand how OT improved independence and quality of life for her clients. And as a former Division I rower at the University of Michigan, Ashley has channeled her passion for rowing into coaching high school students and advocating for greater inclusivity and accessibility within the sport. Happily back home in the East Bay, Ashley spends her time hiking the beautiful trails, attempting to ride her bike up very steep hills, rowing on the estuary, and enjoying time with family. 

Mackenzie Day, OTR/L

Mackenzie grew up here in Marin County, where she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and swimming. She has two young children and loves to play, explore, dance, bake, and read with them. She has lived in Guam and Spain, and loves travel and adventure.

Mackenzie has always enjoyed working with kids. While working as a nanny she found she especially enjoyed working with kids who needed additional support to foster their success. Occupational therapy lets her use her skills and knowledge to help children engage more fully and achieve their goals.

Katherine Hatch, OTR/L

Kate enjoys practicing yoga and Pilates, spending time outdoors, and traveling. She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where she was very involved in dance. She spent most of her childhood attending dance practices and participating in dance competitions. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at San Francisco State University and her master’s degree in occupational therapy at San Jose State University. Her passion to work with children flourished during her time working as a nanny for over 6 years. She has previously worked as a Registered Behavior Technician, helping children with autism spectrum disorder and their families using Applied Behavioral Analysis.  

Carley Kruger, OTR/L

Carley enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, hiking, and trying new restaurants. She grew up in Danville, California and now resides in San Francisco. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her master’s degree in occupational therapy at San Jose State University. Carley’s interest in this field began as a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. After being exposed to multiple areas of occupational therapy, her love and focus has been in pediatrics. She has experience working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Down syndrome, and developmental delays. She has a passion for working with children and helping them live their lives to the fullest.

Nicolle Wilson, SLP

Nicolle is a play-based pediatric speech language therapist who specializes in supporting neurodiverse individuals, especially those who have sensory differences. Her passion is empowering communication in real-world moments with a good dash of humor and a lot of fun. In therapy, you’ll see her frequently incorporate multiple communication modalities like pictures, gestures, sign language, and written communication, as well as using speech generating devices and other forms of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). Nicolle’s therapy style also has a focus on using multisensory experiences, such as movement, rhythm, and melody to help access and support speech, language, and social communication skills.

Nicolle had the joy of having easy access to nature and the outdoors growing up to explore with lots and lots of play in wheatfields, forests, mountains, beaches, lakes and creeks across the country. Now she lives in Marin and you’ll find her at the beach with her dog, hiking to look at trees and flowers, and posting up at a greenspace with good book.


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 family. She loves the arts, architecture, skiing, reading, baking, sewing 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 with local non-profits, education, and volunteering has been a core foundation of her career for many years. 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.

Ashley Rubin, Administrative Assistant

Ashley is a Marin County Native. She has been a working girl since she was a young teen. In her mid twenties she co-founded two small businesses with her twin sister. In 2015 they founded Native Twins Granola, a local wholesale granola company, in 2018 the twins expanded their brand and opened Native Twins Coffee in San Francisco. Unfortunately, in 2020, the pandemic hit and the twins made the tough decision to shut down and sell their coffee shop but continued with Native Twins Granola.

Ashley has since transitioned out of the entrepreneurial world & has been working as a certified personal trainer in Marin County. Leading a healthy active lifestyle is a passion of hers, she loves connecting with & supporting others along their fitness journeys.  With over a decade of varied experience in the workforce, Ashley has developed a strong work ethic. She is known to be very personable, perceptive & reliable & she’s great at adapting to any situation thrown her way.   In her free time, Ashley can be found hanging with her precious puppy Ziggy, working out, enjoying live music, exploring the outdoors & traveling when she can.

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

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