Meet the OT/PT Department Staff
Meet our Staff:The Therapy Department at Pioneer Central School consists of District and CABOCES staff.OCCUPATIONAL THERAPYLori 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.Rachel Eising, MS, OTR/LDarla Kent, MS, OTR/L Darla Kent is a nationally registered and state licensed Occupational Therapist. She has worked in the field of Occupational Therapy since 2007, when she graduated with an Associate's Degree from Jamestown Community College's Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Darla worked as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for 5 years, working primarily with preschool and school aged students. During this time, she completed her undergraduate degree in Health Science through Syracuse University at Utica College and then graduated with her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in 2012. Darla worked for Southtown's Children Associates as an evaluator and service provider for children aged birth through 6, then for Portville School District working with grades K-12. She started working at Pioneer in April of 2016. Darla grew up in Sardinia, NY but now lives in West Valley with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending church, repurposing antiques, gardening and cooking. Darla feels very fortunate to work close to home and loves being part of the Pioneer community! Darla's office is located at Delevan Elementary.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.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.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 THERAPYHeather 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.