Pioneer Central Schools

Meet the OT/PT Department Staff

  •  Meet our Staff:
     
    The Therapy Department at Pioneer Central School consists of District and CABOCES staff.
     
     
    OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
     
    Lori Walczyk, OTR/L   Lori graduated from the University of Buffalo in May of 1995 and holds a Degree as a Licensed Registered Occupational Therapist through the New York State Department of Education and NBCOT.  She has been working in the field of Occupational Therapy since 1991.  Lori's background experience includes vocational work experience at the Center for Assistive Technology at the University at Buffalo, working at Springville Preschool Learning Center, Aspire Children's Center and providing Early Intervention Services, then at Suburban Adult Services, and currently at the Pioneer Central Schools. Lori's office is located in the High School and Delevan Elementary Schools.
     
    Michelle Breen OTR/L  Michelle graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1995 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Secondary Concentration in Philosophy. She later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Utica College of Syracuse University in 1997. She worked as a Psychiatric Assistant at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica, NY and as a Teaching Assistant for Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy and Kinesiology while completing her degree. She is registered through The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the New York State Education Department. Michelle has worked at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Visiting Nursing Association, but her primary area of focus has always been school-based pediatrics. She worked as a school-based OT at Heritage Education Program (part of Heritage Centers), as a community- and home-based Early Intervention and Preschool OT at Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center and served as an Adjunct Professor at Erie Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She has also been a Guest Lecturer for elementary education and special education classes at Canisius College. She is from Chenango Bridge (a small town east of Binghamton, NY) but has lived in Western New York since 1997. She is married to Tim Breen, a guidance counselor at Pioneer High School, and has two children, Jack and Abby. In her spare time, she loves attending her children’s sporting events, volunteering at school and church functions and spending time with friends and family. Michelle is honored to work with the outstanding staff and fabulous students at Pioneer! Michelle's office is located in the Middle School and Arcade Elementary School.
     
    Melissa Rhodus, OTR/L  Melissa graduated from Keuka College in May of 2000. She holds a degree as a Registered Occupational Therapist through NBCOT and is Licensed through the New York State Department of Education. She has been working in the field of Occupational Therapy since she graduated in 2000 and has maintained her practice in pediatrics. She began her career working at the Springville Preschool Learning Center and then moved on to Franziska Racker Center in Cortland, Children's Hospital of Buffalo at The Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center, Cantalician Center in Amherst, and Tender Loving Care in Buffalo. She has been with Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES since 2006 and is thrilled to be working in the Pioneer District where she resides with her husband and 2 boys. Melissa's office is located in the Middle School and Arcade Elementary School.
     
    Pam Griffith, COTA  Pam graduated from SUNY Genesee Community College in May of 1995 and holds a degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant through the New York State Department of Education and NBCOT.  Pam has been working in the field of Occupational Therapy since she graduated in 1995.  Her background experience includes Bornhava Early Intervention, NOVACARE, Hillside Children's Center, and Pioneer Central School. Pam's office is located in the Delevan Elementary School building.
     
    Connie Roll, COTA  Connie graduated from SUNY Genesee Community College in May of 1998 and holds a degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant through the New York State Department of Education and NBCOT.  Connie has been working in the field of Occupational Therapy since she graduated in 1998.  Her background experience includes CABOCES, Springville Preschool Learning Center and Pioneer Central School. Connie's office is located in the Arcade Elementary Building.
     
    Jodi Wangelin-Koch, COTA  Jodi graduated from SUNY Genesee Community College in May of 2007 and holds a degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant through the New York State Department of Education and NBCOT. Jodi has been working in the field of Occupational Therapy since 2009. Her background experience includes CABOCES, Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, Fiddlers Green Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Pioneer Central School. Jodi’s office is located in the Middle School and Arcade Elementary Building.
     
    Donna Damude, OTA  Donna graduated from SUNY Erie Community College in May 1982.  She holds a degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant through the New York State Department of Education.  She has been working in the field of Occupational Therapy since she graduated in 1982.  Her background experience includes working at Morton Plant Hospital (Florida) 5 years specializing in Adult and Child Mental Health, Hamburg Health Care, CABOCES (currently servicing Pioneer Central School). Donna's office is located in the High School and Delevan Elementary Schools. Donna has been working at the Pioneer Central School District since 1987.
     
    PHYSICAL THERAPY
     
    Cindy Sampson, LPT  Cindy graduated from Daemen College in 1991 with a degree in Physical Therapy.  She has been practicing as a pedriatric physical therapist since 1994.  Cindy has training in Brain Gym, Educational Kinesiology, Reflex Integration and Total Motion Release. Cindy's office is located in the Middle School building where she assists students, as well as in the Arcade Elementary Building.
     
    Heather Holland, LPT  Heather graduated from Ithaca College in August of 1996 and holds a Degree in Physical Therapy through the New York State Department of Education.  She also graduated from New York State Institute of Massage Therapy.  Heather has been working in the field of Physical Therapy since 1996.  Her background experience includes CHC Learning Center, CABOCES and currently Pioneer Central School.
     
    Beth Scheffler, LPT  Beth graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1989, licensed in Aug 1989.

    I began my career in a Grand Island private practice for 2 years with concentrations in orthopedics, aquatics and pediatrics.  I then moved into home care therapies in Buffalo and surrounding towns.  During that time I also contracted with many school based programs filling in as needed and providing coverage to UCPA.  For the next 10 years, I returned to private practice within the outpatient orthopedic setting.  Currently, I have been working with CABOCES since 2007 providing school based services in the Pioneer and West Valley districts.

     
     
     
     
Last Modified on December 10, 2015
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