Meet Our Team
Rose-Stella is the owner of Ms. Rose's TheraPlace. She's an intuitive pediatric Occupational Therapist and engaging public speaker who holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. Since 2008, she has provided early intervention treatment for infants through the local ALTA Regional Center, and currently works with children in general and special education classes. She is certified in behavior management strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by the Placer county SELPA, and is certified by the Sensory Processing Therapy and Research (STAR) Institute, a world leader in research and treatment for sensory processing disorder.
Rose enjoys sharing her knowledge, especially as it relates to the most important time in life, childhood. She has a passion for raising awareness about invisible disabilities. Her interactive workshops offer different perspectives for identifying and working with children with a range of abilities. Using an engaging public speaking style, Rose is effective at communicating complex ideas and making them relatable to any audience demographic, from children to healthcare specialists. Rose has presented as Keynote for the Redwood Chapter and conference presenter for the California Association for the Education of Young Children, and guest lectures at Sacramento State University and Sierra College. She has presented workshops to the Young Professionals Conservatory at the Sacramento Theatre Company, in addition to workshops for educators and parents about Sensory Processing Integration, learning readiness, and Autism.
Rose enjoys staying current with evidence based treatment practices and research. She has contributed work to the Sensory Processing Measure Quick Tips, a published treatment tool that is used by thousands of therapists every day.
Rose serves as a consultant to the Sacramento Children’s Museum and is a founder of its free Autism pre-school program called ExplorAbility. She is a member of the Occupational Therapy Honor Society Phi Theta Epsilon, American Occupational Therapy Association, and California Occupational Therapy Association.
“ In my free time outside of work, I love to travel and explore various places enjoying the company of my beloved friends and family. I love people and I'm very social and outgoing in almost any environment. I also love dancing to my favorite music, listening to spiritual discourses, watching movies.”
Disha has been practicing as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for almost 6 years. “I became an Occupational Therapist because it is a profession that requires sensitivity, understanding, and compassion; all of the characteristics that I value tremendously. What I found that was very unique about this profession is that Occupational therapy addressed the vital importance of people’s psychological and emotional well-being, as well as their physical needs. I have always liked the position of supporting and helping.” Disha has worked with children in a wide age range of 0-21 years presenting with neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, Autism spectrum disorder providing services at schools, clinics and at home.
Education: Disha graduated from University of Southern California in May 2015 with a degree in Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy.
Additional certifications or therapy specialities:
● Successfully completed certification of Theory and Treatment course in Sensory Integration at USC
● Training and certification in Handwriting Without Tears, Brain gym, HANDLE techniques, Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, Attachment and Trauma.
“My heart needed to help others. When occupational therapy was introduced to me and I started to learn about it and all that it could do, I knew it was for me.”
Crystal is an energetic licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She was looking for a change in profession and craved something more fulfilling. Crystal has worked in schools with students from preschool through adult education as well as in hospital rehab.
She can understand and speak some French and German.
“I love playing tabletop games with my friends, camping by the ocean, reading sci-fi, sharing a cup of coffee with a friend, and I’m searching for the best pizza in Sacramento.”
Rebekah graduated from University of Oregon in Eugene in 2016. A desire to help people, a love of anatomy and physiology, and a passion for communication made speech language pathology the perfect fit. She has worked in a private practice for three years and experienced working in the schools (both charter schools and a non-public school), early intervention, and home health. She loves working with a diverse population and has experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and language and articulation disorders.
B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University Chico 2014
M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from University of Oregon 2016
Rebekah specializes in voice, swallowing, and fluency therapy.
“I love to garden, cook and bake. I can think of nothing more satisfying than spending part of the day in my garden, then cooking what I’ve harvested that night for dinner. I also love making special desserts for family and friends for birthdays or other special events.”
Marcia has been working as a public school speech therapist since 1979. She has always loved working with children and also has a love for language and linguistics. Speech pathology was a natural fit, and Marcia has been passionate about it. Since Marcia had a solid background in Spanish from many years in school, she soon began seeking out further training to do her job in Spanish as well. She has worked in the public school system for 38 years with an emphasis on preschool-aged children, elementary school aged students and bilingual students.
"I love helping others get to their full potential."
Amanda is a licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant who graduated with a Bachelors of Science in speech language pathology and audiology from California State University, Sacramento. She later went on to obtain her SLPA license from San Joaquin Delta College. During her undergraduate career until the present, Amanda has been working with diverse populations ranging from ages three to late teens.
One of the main reasons Amanda became a SLPA stems from her experiences in her internships. During that practicum, she spent a significant amount of time with children with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other speech and language disorders.
Amanda also holds a certificate in American Sign Language.
She loves spending time outdoors and reading.
“I am excited to help families and Ms. Rose’s Theraplace come together to support the development of the community’s children.”
Veronica is our Marketing & Social Media Specialist. She is a recent University of the Pacific graduate. Veronica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, concentrated in marketing and arts & entertainment management. She also has a background working with children, with previous jobs as a babysitter, teacher assistant, and Kumon Learning Center assistant. Veronica is a creative person who enjoys art, design, crafting, and interior decorating, among many other creative activities. She loves to spend her free time working on personal projects and hanging out with her family, friends, and dog.