Sandy founded Sensory Systems 35 years ago. Her technical training is extensive and she's been highly recognized in the field.
Training and experience combined with an intense desire to help children (and grown ups) overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their lives, in a healthy, fun & beneficial way is her passion.
Amanda has had extensive experience working in clinical and school based therapy programs in Northeastern Illinois and Metro Detroit areas. She is a proud wife and mother to 3 young children who looks forward to the endless possibilities that each day brings. Amanda feels that the potential for making positive functional changes with pediatrics is endless!
Michelle joined the Sensory Systems family in 2011. She loves bringing out the best in each and every child. She believes wholeheartedly in the process of child directed therapy, the "power of play" and the incredible outcomes it brings. In her downtime, she enjoys listening to her two musical teenage boys, her sassy farm cat named "Gumbo' and sailboat racing with her husband.
Her training with sensory integration therapy began in 2012. She is also a dance instructor at Le Reve Dance Company for various concentrations including a class specifically for children with special needs. She is proud and loving to her husband and two dogs. She believes that sensory integration is "play with a purpose" and it provides endless potential for children to grow and learn!
Sheena started her journey at Sensory Systems Clinic in 2009 as a student volunteer. This inspired her to pursue a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Sheena enjoys experiencing new things including traveling, and playing with her mischievous dog, Albee. Sheena’s love for adventure allows her to relate to children and help them grow, and develop through the use of play.
Tarisa is the prodigal therapist, she keeps coming back to work at Sensory Systems! She started in 2008, has moved back and forth several times and now commutes 2 days a week because she loves to see the progress in the kids. Tarisa also does occupational therapy with online students from home to be able to spend more time with her husband and 5 year-old daughter. Helping and causing a giggle are her passions in life.
Her training in sensory integration started years earlier when her own son attended Sensory Systems which eventually led her to obtaining her own degree in Occupational Therapy. She continues to look forward to learning new techniques and therapies to aid children as they progress the developmental stages of life.
Sue enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three sons. She also enjoys taking long walks, riding her bike, gardening, reading and knitting/crocheting.
Gwen came to Sensory Systems for help with her son's sensory issues. Their expertise and loving support has helped their family overcome many obstacles and achieve some amazing results. She is happy to help keep the office running smoothly so other families can get the help they need.
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Sandy Glovak, OTRL
Sandy has been the director at Sensory Systems Clinic from 1982 until present. She graduated from Wayne State University in 1976, and has completed training in Sensory Integration, Oral Motor, Neurodevelopmental Training, Integrative Manual Therapy, Interactive Metronome, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Listening, Core Course Samonas Sound Therapy, DIR/Floortime, Integrated Listening Therapy, Integrative Manual Therapy, MNRI Reflex Integration Treatment Techniques, Attachment, Autism, Infant Developmental Assessment, Neurofeedback, Trauma and many others. She is certified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. She completed an advanced mentorship in Sensory Processing Disorder. She has co-authored a chapter in Case Studies in Infant Mental Health: Risk, Resiliency and Relationships(publisher is Zero to Three 2002, editor Shirilla and Weatherston) and co-authored (Deborah Weatherston, PhD and Julie Ribaudo, MSW) an article in Infants and Young Children, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Special Care Pediatrics (July 2002). In 2005 she was recognized with the Occupational Therapy Alumni of the year award. In Fall 2012, she published an article titled "Occupational Therapy and Infant Mental Health" in the Infant Crier. In 2016, she was a co-author of Building Healthy Relationships In Early Learning. Sandy sub-specializes in continuing education training for occupational therapy students and therapists, infant mental health specialists, attachment therapists, educators, parents, social workers and psychologists.
Amanda Oswald, OTRL
Amanda Oswald, OTRL is a 2002 graduate of Western Michigan University's Department of Occupational Therapy. She holds certifications in Sensory Integration (SIPT), Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Handwriting Without Tears, Yoga for the Special Needs Child, Therapuetic Listening and Samonas Sound Training. Her continuing education coursework includes therapeutic taping strategies, fine motor, DIR/Floortime, Craniosacral and visual/vestibular treatment to name a few. Amanda has had intensive experience working in clinical and school based therapy programs in Northeastern Illinois and Metro Detroit areas. She is the proud wife and mother of 3 young children who looks forward to the endless possiblities that each day brings. Amanda feels that the potential for making postive functional changes with pediatrics is endless!
Michelle Sgrazzutti, COTAL
Michelle Sgrazzutti graduated from Macomb County Community College with her Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant in May of 2011. Michelle holds certifications in Interactive Metronome, Mastery Level in Greenspan's DIR/Floortime, IN-TIME Music Therapy and ILS Listening Systems. She has completed several Advanced Cranial Sacral technique classes, Visceral Manipulation, Lymphatic Drainage, Quantum Reflex Integration and SOS Approach to Feeding. Michelle has attended Jean Ayre’s Sensory Integration theory classes, completed Attachment training and completed advanced training in trauma and the polyvagal theory. She is also trained in Handwriting Without Tears (including the Print Tool Evaluation).
Lindsay Boks, MS, OTRL
Lindsay graduated in 2008 from Western Michigan University with a Master of Science with emphasis on Occupational Therapy. Her continuing education work includes Craniosacral Therapy, Interactive Metronome, The PLAY Project, Torticollis, and sensory integration treatment techniques. Lindsay has experience working in outpatient neurological setting working with adults with stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. Lindsay is a proud wife and mother of two children. She loves working with children and bringing out the best in each and every one of them.
Cara Clark, MOTRL
Cara graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in health studies and a cognate in Anthropology. She then went on to graduate from Wayne State University with her Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has completed several continuing education training courses including Craniosacral therapy, How to Calm Your Brain, Infant Mental Health with attachment, and SOS Feeding therapy for Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders. She has begun her certification for the Sensory Integration Praxis Test and is excited to continue to expand her knowledge of SI. She also has training in Interactive Metronome, Lymphatic Drainage, and Praxis. Her training with sensory integration therapy began in 2012. She is also a dance instructor at Le Reve Dance Company for various concentrations including a class specifically for children with special needs. She is proud and loving to her husband and two dogs. She believes that sensory integration is "play with a purpose" and it provides endless potential for children to grow and learn!
Sheena Patel, MOTRL
Sheena Patel graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science from Michigan State University in 2009, and then graduated with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies in 2014. She is currently licensed and registered in Michigan, California, and Idaho. Sheena has experience working with infants in the NICU and individuals in the inpatient setting with a plethora of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebrovascular accidents (strokes), and cancer.
Sheena is currently certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing (SIPT), Play Matters: Play as a Therapeutic Modality a Neurodevelopmental Perspective, and Cranial Sacral Therapy (Level one through Upledger). Further training and continuing education courses include: Interactive Metronome, lymphatic drainage, Autism Spectrum Disorder: Childhood Sensory Success, and Infant Mental Health courses including: mood dysregulation, and mind-body skills that affect regulation.
Tarisa Tugun, OTR/L
Tarisa Tugun graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy in 1998. She has spent 16 of her 19 years as an OT working with children. Her varied experience includes work rehab with adults with developmental disabilities; in-patient rehabilitation; pediatric home health; sensory integration clinics; travel OT positions (New Mexico, Washington, Illinois, California) in schools, early intervention, SI clinics, acute care, and nursing homes; her own OT practice in Colorado including area schools, nursing homes, adult day program, outpatient rehabilitation, hand therapy, home health and early intervention; and - most recently - teaching OT at an English-speaking university and providing sensory integration services in Turkish at a special education program, both in Northern Cyprus. Tarisa is certified in Sensory Integration (SIPT) and has experience and training in DIR/Floortime, attachment, Interactive Metronome, Craniosacral therapy, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Handwriting Without Tears, Integrated Play Groups, yoga, intentional breathing, and meditation. She loves collaborating and working as a team with children, parents, and staff; she has a well-rounded approach to find hidden strengths and difficulties, an ability to see the big picture, and overall enthusiasm for working with children.
Sue (Svetlana) Stefanoski
Sue (Svetlana) graduated from Macomb Community College with her Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy May of 2014. She has worked in the field of Pediatrics for the past 4 years. Sue is trained in Craniosacral Therapy through The Upledger Institute having taken CST1, CST2, Somatoemotional Release 1, and The Brain Speaks. She also has training in The Play Project and Interactive Metronome. Sue has taken continuing education courses in Preschoolers and Autism and Handwriting Without Tears.