Meet Our Team
WENDY J. COCHRAN | Founder/CEO
Wendy Cochran is one of the Founders of Sky Bridge Therapies. After a long and fulfilling career working in personal injury law where her firm had a focus on protecting and representing children with disabilities, she had her fifth (and final) child and became a stay at home mother. At age 2 her youngest son, Decker, was diagnosed with Autism and Wendy spent 3 years traveling Pierce County to as many as 3 facilities and 8 appointments per week. Having trekked the same paths 10 years prior with her eldest son seeking therapy, it became clear that not much had changed in the therapy community. There is still a huge gap between services needed by children and what is offered in Pierce County. More than just addressing a piece of a children’s treatment needs, Wendy recognized the need for a clinic that addressed the whole child.
Wendy is a proud wife and mother who spends her free time supporting her family’s endeavors. She is the proud parent of Cooper, studying at the University of Puget Sound (attending the Doctorate program of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound) and Cade, studying at UCLA. She cheers on daughters Skylar and Taylor as they compete and participate in academics, sports and music. Wendy also supports Decker and his peers in elementary school through volunteering and coaching. She can also be found in the courtroom pews as she proudly supports her husband’s career as a trial lawyer representing victims of abuse and other catastrophic injuries.
RACHELLE BOGUE, MS-HCA | Clinic Administrator/HR Director
Rachelle has her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from California State University, East Bay. Prior to joining Sky Bridge Therapies, she served as Practice Administrator for a private MFT therapy clinic. She also managed the HIV and Hepatitis C testing and linkage to care programs at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Sutter Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a 2 site emergency department hospital with over 97,500 annual visits located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rachelle has experience in patient engagement, community outreach, strategic planning and program management, and she has presented at National and International conferences regarding best practices in the field of HIV/HCV program management. She is excited to be part of the Sky Bridge Therapies team!
Rachelle recently moved from California to Washington. In her free time, she enjoys traveling (and travel planning), crocheting, knitting, spending time with her husband and their two cats: Oliver & Luci (short for Lucifer, both named after Disney cats) reading, and exploring the beautiful state of Washington that she now proudly calls home.
NICOLE LENARD | Facilities and Billing Manager
Nicole has been with Sky Bridge Therapies since early 2019. She first started as the Front Desk Receptionist and Authorizations Clerk, and moved on to the Administrative Team Lead, to her current position as Facilities & Billing Manager, where she helps with all the behind the scene administrative tasks such as managing patient accounts and the billing process.
Nicole graduated from Middle College in 2001 and since that time, has worked in hospitals and community clinics in customer service, billing, and supervisory roles.
Nicole is a native Washingtonian, a proud wife, mother of two, and a grandmother to one, and the youngest of eight children. She also has two dogs named Sheiba and Yoda, who keep her busy with a lot of walks and outdoor activities. When she is not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her big family, cooking, spending time outside, and volunteering at Fish Food Bank.
TOKINA BROWN | Credentialing/Front Desk Receptionist
Tokina started at Sky Bridge Therapies in late 2019 as the front desk receptionist. After a year in that role, she was promoted to her current role as Authorizations / Credentialing Clerk where she helps our team of speech and occupational therapists establish credentialing through various insurance carriers. She also serves as one of our front desk receptionists. She has extensive experience working in customer service and patient service roles, and prior to joining Sky Bridge Therapies, Tokina worked with military families to assist with housing placement and accounts receivable. Tokina relocated to Tacoma, WA a few years ago from Leavenworth, Kansas, and she is enjoying getting to explore the PNW that she now calls home.
A fun fact about Tokina: she has an identical twin! Her twin sister made the transition from Kansas to Washington first, and Tokina followed shortly after. Recently, their mother decided to join her daughters, so Tokina is enjoying living in a new state with the comfort of her family nearby! Tokina adopted her 1st furry child “Jucee,” a Labrador mix and a puppy at heart! When she is not working, Tokina enjoys doing nails (this jack of all trades is also a professional nail technician!), she enjoys spending time with her family and her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s 6-year-old daughter.
KIERRA CLARK | Authorizations Specialist
Kierra is one of the receptionists here at Sky Bridge Therapies. She is the proud wife of an active-duty Army soldier who is currently stationed at JBLM. She has been working in the healthcare industry for the past six years and she strives to provide the best patient experience possible. Prior to working in healthcare, Kierra served in the army for four years and spent time stationed at Fort Dix and Silas. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Kierra became the first college graduate in her family. She enjoys learning and continually expanding her skillsets. Kierra relocated to Washington from New Jersey in 2019. She is excited to settle down and start a new adventure on the West coast. When she is not working, Kierra enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, traveling, exploring her new home here in the PNW, and spending time with her three-year-old puppy.
JENNIFER JOHNSON | Front Desk Receptionist
Jennifer holds two associate degrees in the realm of business administration. She has a very diverse background providing administrative experience in industries such as customer service, manufacturing, retail, and legal services. Jennifer has lived in the Pacific Northwest her entire life and loves it here. She is a wife, and mother to two wonderful children. Jennifer enjoys heading to the mountains to rally the SXS and ATVs. She also loves hiking, boating, and spending lots of time with family.
Jennifer is excited to join the Sky Bridge Therapies as one of the newest administrative team members and looks forward to getting to know everyone!
KELSEY ENSTROM | Scheduling Coordinator
Kelsey graduated from Edmonds Community College in 2017 with an Associates degree, since then she has worked in childcare centers and clinics working as a receptionist and scheduling specialist.
Kelsey was born and raised in Washington, she grew up in the Lynnwood area and recently moved to Auburn. She enjoys getting to know the south end of the state a little better. She is an only child and has a new kitten named Jack. When not at work Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family, trying out new crafting projects and watching lots of movies. She also loves to take weekend trips to the Oregon coast any chance she gets.
She is looking forward to getting to know everyone here at Sky Bridge Therapies!
COOPER M. COCHRAN | Intern
I have always been a little different than other kids. Where noise wouldn’t affect most kids it physically hurt me and caused severe anxiety. Where some kids would engage in interactions and talk with one another, I chose to be alone because I just didn’t know how to communicate with others. Everyday life was a challenge, coping resulted in tears and stress beyond what other kids experienced. My mom took me in to a Developmental Pediatrician at a young age and we realized that it wasn’t my fault. The doctor used the terms “developmental delays” and “Aspergers” which gave us something to point to for the reason why I was having such a hard time coping in life. I never knew what it all meant but from that point on life changed. My mom took me to speech therapy and occupational therapy appointments several times a week to ensure I learned the life skills necessary to be successful in life. After nine years of hard work, I turned a corner. With the support of my parents, coaches and teachers, I gained more confidence and took on new challenges. I joined athletic teams receiving my varsity letter in three sports, and even took Advanced Placement courses in high school. By gaining the tools necessary to go through life I have become a success in school and on the field.
Today I am a Psychology major at the University of Puget Sound and an active member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the school. I have been accepted and am scheduled to start the new Occupational Therapy doctoral program at the University of Puget Sound in Fall 2020. I am excited to continue on my path of learning pediatric occupational therapy, interning and learning at Sky Bridge Therapies as I pursue my doctorate in an area that is close to my heart.
CYNTHIA BONILLA, MOTR/L | Occupational Department Head
Cynthia, aka “Cindy”, has her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Mexico – Albuquerque. Cindy’s background is well rounded, in management capacities, owner of a private practice, and collaborative partnerships with speech and physical therapists. For the past 16 years, Cindy has worked in early childhood, schools, and clinics (inpatient and outpatient), rural health in New Mexico specifically with kiddos diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism spectrum, and other developmental disorders. She was a camp OT mentor for an autism camp in New Mexico for 3 years. Cindy has focused her continuing education on specific needs for children including visual processing and vision rehabilitation, sensory processing and self-regulation, gross and fine motor strengthening to improve hand dexterity, grasping, and manipulation skills.
Cindy moved to the Pacific NW in 2009, and after moving up along the west coast, reports having finally found “home” in Washington State. She is currently working on a PhD in Public Health, specializing in Health Education and Promotion, as her vision is to be part of a collaborative community-based program that can better serve and support parents (to empower and support them) in meeting the needs of their children with autism or other delays. Cindy’s hobbies include being a fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Storm (oh yea, add the Kracken to that list!), she loves dogs and cats (has one of each), reading science and fiction, learning new skills like crocheting, ukele, and meeting new people that love to laugh. and enjoy the great outdoors in this beautiful state.
NIKI GOTELLI, MSOT, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist
Niki is a nationally certified and licensed occupational therapist. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Child Development from California State University. Niki always knew that she wanted to pursue a career working with children. She became passionate about occupational therapy in college after designing an after-school program for children with special needs and vulnerable families. She received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound and completed internships at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego, CA and Therapy at Play in San Ramon, CA.
Niki enjoys the collaborative process working with children and their families. She strives to use a strength-based approach through play to meet functional outcomes.
Niki recently moved back to Tacoma after completing her rotations in California. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, playing lacrosse, and taking photo shoots of her dog, Scoma!
TABITHA TATUM, MSOT, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist
Tabitha is a nationally certified and licensed occupational therapist. She majored in Psychology with concentrations in Leadership and Family Studies at James Madison University in Virginia before obtaining her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine in Florida. Prior to joining the team at Sky Bridge Therapies, Tabitha worked as a traveling occupational therapist, where she gained experience working with children in outpatient clinic and school-based settings while traveling the country with her boyfriend and their two dogs, Yogi and Gabby.
Tabitha is passionate about working with each child & their family holistically in order to focus on strengths to facilitate progress. She completed her yoga teacher training in India and is also a Yoga for the Special Child practitioner. This, combined with her psychology background, allows her to integrate the mind-body connection as well as self-regulation techniques into her OT practice. She loves all things sensory, places an emphasis on movement-based learning, and strives to keep each session fun and meaningful.
In her free time, Tabitha enjoys hiking in the mountains, practicing yoga, cooking, traveling to and learning the cultures of other countries, and being a dog/plant mom!
MICHELLE LANE | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Michelle Lane is a nationally certified and licensed Occupational therapy assistant at Sky Bridge therapies. She graduated from Green River College with an Associates degree in applied science.
Through Michelle’s life experiences she has developed a passion for working with children. She strives to connect with families to provide a rewarding and successful therapy experience while making a positive change for the children as they are working toward their independence.
Michelle got married to the love of her life last year, and is making new memories as she prepares for the future. She spends her free time with her family and friends when she is not vacationing or off on an adventure with her grandchildren.
ALEXA JORDAN | Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Alexa Jordan graduated from Central Pennsylvania College in 2017 with her Associates Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and became nationally certified and licensed in the states of Washington and Pennsylvania in 2018. While completing her level II fieldwork in college, she provided occupational therapy in both an elementary and middle school setting and decided that pediatrics was where she wanted to use her degree and her passion for working with children.
After getting married in August of 2018, Alexa moved across the country from Pennsylvania to Washington. When she is not working, she enjoys baking, painting, hiking and exploring Washington with her husband and their one year old black Labrador Retriever, Gunner.
MEGAN THIELEN | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Megan Thielen is a nationally certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sky Bridge Therapies. Megan received her BS in Therapeutic Recreation in 2015. After working as a certified recreational therapist for about 2 years, she decided to go back to school to pursue OT. She graduated from the occupational therapy assisting program from Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Oklahoma in 2019. She has years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities from her time working as a nanny to a boy with special needs, in a special education classroom, and at after school programs. She has a passion for working with kids and loves the unique way that occupational therapy can help them!
Megan recently moved to Washington state and has enjoyed exploring it so far. In her free time she likes to hike, camp, swim, spend time with loved ones, play with her dog Scout, and travel.
SHEA SHOCHAT | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Shea is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sky Bridge Therapies. She graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with an Associates degree of applied science. Before beginning school, she spent some time nannying for a few families in New York City. It was there she discovered the joy of working with children. She entered her OTA program with the goal of continuing to work with children in a more meaningful capacity. During fieldwork II, she was placed in a school district and a stroke rehab unit where she gained valuable experience working on fine motor and visual perception skills as well as physical and cognitive development. Her hope is to help kids reach their highest potential through the occupation of play!
Shea lives in Lakewood with her husband and 2 year old daughter. She loves art, exploring new cities and spending time with friends and family.
MADDY SMITH | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Maddy is a nationally certified occupational therapy assistant and is licensed in the state of Washington. Originally from Maine, she received her bachelors in exercise science and kinesiology in 2016 from the University of Maine. After taking a year off she decided to relocate to Washington in 2017 where she received her associates in applied science in occupational therapy from Bates Technical College in 2019. Maddy has experience working in the geriatric population in skilled nursing facilities in addition to pediatric outpatient experience from her fieldwork level 2. Through her fieldwork she has hands on experience working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism, Down’s syndrome, ADHD/ADD, and behavioral disorders. Maddy has always wanted to work with children and knows the value and importance that play has on a child’s development.
When not working she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, rock climbing, being with friends, and kayaking! She is thrilled to be a part of the Sky Bridge Therapies team!
LAUREN BREWER | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Lauren Brewer is a nationally certified occupational therapy assistant and obtained her associates degree from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2019. Lauren discovered her passion for working with children while completing her level II fieldwork in the Seattle School District, where she worked with children ages 4-13 diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, intellectual disability and more.
Lauren is a Washington native and in her free time, enjoys hiking, going to concerts, working out and enjoying time with friends and family.
JESSICA DAWSON | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jessica is a nationally certified and licensed in the state of Washington as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). She graduated from Green River College with an Associate degree in applied science in 2018. In her previous life, Jessica worked in hotels and Accounting settings and realized she needed more fun at work and decided to make a career change. After initially working with the geriatric population, Jessica transitioned into working with pediatric patient population and realized this is where her true passion lies.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hanging out with her husband of 10 years, building Lego sets and RC cars. She also enjoys remodeling their home before they move next year to do it all over again!
CAROLYN NEEDHAM | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Carolyn is a nationally certified occupational therapy assistant and licensed in the state of Washington. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University, an associate of applied science in Occupational Therapy from Bates Technical College and graduated from a three-year vocational program at the New York Fashion Academy. Carolyn‘s prior professional background is in fashion design and product development.
Carolyn discovered her passion for working with children in a special education preschool during fieldwork. Carolyn strives to make OT intervention a fun and interactive environment.
Carolyn is a Washington native and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and friends camping, gardening, and kayaking.
ALLYSON VACCARO-PELTON, M.A., CCC-SLP | Speech Department Head
Allyson received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in May 2011. She received her master’s degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University in Hampton, VA in May 2013. Since receiving her degree, Allyson has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including home health, preschools, public elementary schools, and pediatric hospital outpatient clinic.
Her experience is vast including working with children with a variety of speech and language disorder such as articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, stuttering and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Allyson’s passion lies in helping early language learners from age 18 months – 5 years find their voice and their means to communicate.
Allyson is the proud military spouse of a Navy Sailor who is serving at Naval Bangor-Kitsap. She also serves her military community as the Treasurer of her husband’s command Family Readiness Group, which helps coordinate events to build camaraderie and increase connection for military families. While her husband was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Allyson had the pleasure of working with military families in the elementary schools on base as a Speech Language Pathologist. Her experience as a military spouse has helped shape her to become a better clinician and provide services to those military families in need.
Allyson moved to the PNW in September 2019. She loves being near both the water and the mountains. In her spare time, she enjoys running and hiking as well as spending time with her husband and dog. She is honored to be part of such a strong team here at Sky Bridge Therapies!
MEGAN O’CONNELL, MA, CCC-SLP | Speech Language Pathologist
Megan earned a BS in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences as well as BAs in Spanish Language and Linguistics at Purdue University in Indiana. During her time as an undergraduate, she enjoyed participating in fun, camp-style programs which provided children with special needs the opportunity to work on speech and physical therapy goals.
Megan continued to graduate school but took a year of leave to complete a Fulbright grant in Arequipa, Peru, where she assisted with English courses and cultural exchange at a local university and rural areas of the city. Megan returned to the United States and finished her studies, graduating with her master’s in Communication Disorders and a certificate of bilingualism in Spanish language from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas.
Drawn to the culture of support and collaboration at Sky Bridge Therapies, it was an exciting decision for Megan to complete her Clinical Fellow year here. She strives to provide quality care for those of a variety of backgrounds and abilities as well as appreciates working as a team to create the best experience possible for our community and its goals.
In her free time, Megan’s hobbies include hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. Since moving to Washington, she has also begun learning to rock climb with her boyfriend!
JOCELYN TITUS, M.A., CCC-SLP | Speech Language Pathologist
Jocelyn grew up in southeast South Dakota, where she earned her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Dakota. In fall 2019, Jocelyn made the move to Washington with her husband, who is an active duty nurse!
During her undergraduate and graduate experiences, Jocelyn had the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings. Throughout her experience, Jocelyn worked with students of all ages in school settings, completed inpatient and outpatient services at a hospital, provided therapy services in USD’s on-campus pediatric clinics, and was able to provide home-health services to several children! Jocelyn completed her Clinical Fellowship Year at an elementary school where she worked with many students ages 2-12, all with varying ability levels.
In her free time, Jocelyn can be found hiking, baking, traveling, FaceTiming her family, and playing with her two corgis, Bo and Bonnie!
JILL PETROWSKI, M.S., CCC-SLP | Speech Language Pathologist
Jill was inspired to pursue a career in speech language pathology after becoming fluent in American Sign Language through an immersive program at her high school. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Oregon in 2017. Then Jill continued her education to receive a master’s degree in Medical Speech Language Pathology from the University of Washington in 2019. While receiving her degree, Jill also served in leadership positions for the University of Washington’s graduate program. Jill has worked in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient centers, private practice, and early intervention.
Jill has experience treating many speech and language disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and children with medically complex diagnoses. She has a particular passion for early language development, working with children on the autism spectrum, and co-treating with her OT colleagues to best support a child’s development. Jill has a background in providing treatment through a parent coaching model. She enjoys the opportunity to work collaboratively with caregivers to set their child up for success.
Jill moved to Washington in 2017 but she has always been a Pacific Northwest native. Jill has an art business on the side and enjoys spending her time outside of work creating – whether with pen and paper, watercolors, or through digital illustration. She also has a beautiful little calico cat who likes to knock over her art supplies and jump up on top of tall bookcases whenever possible. Jill is excited to be part of the team at Sky Bridge Therapies!
KASIA ENDLER, CF-SLP | Speech Language Pathologist
Katarzyna (Kasia) graduated from Fordham University in New York, where she hails from, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. She then decided to pursue Speech Pathology at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, where she earned her Master’s degree.
During her time at St. John’s, Kasia participated in a 10 day trip to Guatemala to treat pediatric patients whose complex medical disorders hinder their ability to swallow. It not only helped develop her skills as a feeding therapist, but also learn how to create meaningful connections with her patients. Kasia also has experience working with fluency disorders in children at her university clinic and outside placement at a public school in NYC. She is also a polish bilingual, and has earned her bilingual extension in polish from New York State.
Her interests include archaeology, and salsa dancing! Kasia likes to read, hike and listen to music on her free time.
Tracy Wong, M.A., CF-SLP | Speech Language Pathologist
Tracy received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland, where she graduated with a bilingual speech-pathology certificate and gained the skills to evaluate and treat clients of all backgrounds.
Tracy has worked in the public schools providing therapy services to preschool and school-aged children with a variety of speech and language disorders. She organized therapy for groups and individuals to expand language, practice articulation, and build social skills to help children become confident communicators.
She enjoys learning about each child she works with and using their interests to explore language and speech that is meaningful to them. She aims to offer ongoing support and guidance to families in order to generalize skills for everyday life. What Tracy looks forward to most is seeing children grow and finding joy in their communication!
Originally from Georgia, Tracy is excited to explore the PNW. In her free time, she enjoys browsing local bookstores, playing board games, practicing ukulele, hiking, yoga, and cooking.
PERRI SCOTT, M.Ed., CF-SLP | Speech Language Pathologist
Perri graduated in 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with her B.A. in Japanese Language and Cultural studies and a minor in Linguistics. Following graduation, she moved to Japan where she worked as an English teacher to children of all ages. It was in Japan where she learned of her passion to help others with their speech and communication needs. Despite studying Japanese for 9 years, she left that old dream behind and started on a new path toward becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist! After just one year in Japan, she moved back to her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with her Master’s of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
During her time in graduate school, Perri was able to foster her love and passion for speech therapy. She completed clinical practice at her university’s speech clinic where she worked closely with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a variety of other speech/language disorders. She also completed clinical practice at an elementary school, acute rehabilitation hospital for adults recovering from strokes and brain injuries, as well as an out-patient pediatric clinic in Nashville, Tennessee where she gained experience in treating childhood feeding disorders.
Perri is new to Washington. She moved from Nashville, Tennessee at the end of December 2020 without ever visiting the area! In her free time, Perri loves to go on road trips and travel to new places. She has been to 39 of our 50 states and several countries around the world! When she isn’t traveling, she likes to stay at home, watch movies, and enjoy cooking and eating southern food. She looks forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest and learning and growing as a speech therapist here at Sky Bridge Therapies!
SHELLY SHEAR | Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Shelly graduated from Eastern Washington University with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May of 2019. Following her graduation from Eastern, she found a passion for working with children through assisting in private clinics and early literacy programs. She’s optimistic about working with this team to further her education, build relationships and broaden her experience within a private clinic. Her goal is to create an open and motivating environment for children of all ages and abilities. Through a team-based approach, her hope is to ensure that all clients and families leave each therapy session with a positive impact.
Since moving from Idaho, Shelly enjoy’s exploring everything the Pacific North West has to offer including all of the beautiful areas to hike and places to eat. In her free time, she enjoy’s traveling, fishing, reading, drawing, playing the guitar, and spending quality time with friends and family.