Meet Our Team

Wendy J. Cochran

WENDY J. COCHRAN  |  Founder

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 and Decker were fortunate to have met Dianna who has treated Decker for the majority of his life.  Over the years they realized they shared the same vision for meeting the needs of children in Pierce County and, with the help and support of Wendy’s husband Darrell, Sky Bridge Therapies was born.

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.

Dianna Finlay

DIANNA FINLAY, M.S., CCC-SLP  |  Executive Director

Dianna Finlay is the executive director and a nationally certified speechlanguage pathologist at Sky Bridge Therapies.  Diannas passion for helping others in conjunction with her enthusiasm for working with young children as a SpeechLanguage Pathologist serves as the foundation of Sky Bridge Therapies core values and vision. Diannas determination and desire to change the delivery of speech and occupational therapy services into a positive experience for children and families is her goal for every childs treatment program.

Dianna earned both her BS and her MS in SpeechLanguage Pathology/Audiology from Molloy College in NY. Diannas professional experiences includes pediatric speech, language and feeding therapy in a variety of settings as well speech and language rehabilitation for individuals who had sustained traumatic brain injury.

Dianna left the public school in 2014 in order to expand on her professional skills working with children with a variety of communication challenges in the private clinic setting.  Diannas experience includes assessment and treatment of various areas including, Apraxia, Articulation, Attention Deficit, Auditory Processing, Augmentative & Alternative Communication, Receptive/Expressive Language, Feeding, Developmental Delays, Neurogenic Disorders, and Sensory, Social and Behavioral Deficiencies.

Dianna is committed to coupling her knowledge and skillset with the insight of parents, caregivers, teachers, doctors, and other service providers to provide your child with individualized therapy through a collaborative team-based approach.

Rachelle Bogue

RACHELLE BOGUE, MS-HCA  |  Clinic Administrator

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

NICOLE LENARD  |  Administration Team Lead

Nicole Lenard is the Administrative Team Supervisor at Sky Bridge Therapies. Nicole graduated from Middle College in 2001 and since that time she has worked in hospitals and community clinics in customer service, billing and supervisory roles.

Nicole is a proud wife, mother of 2 and grandmother of 1, who spends her free time supporting her family’s endeavors. She is also a dog lover of 2, Sheiba and Yoda, who keep her busy with lots of walks and outdoor adventures.

Tokina Brown

TOKINA BROWN   |  Insurance Authorizations/Front Desk Receptionist

Tokina is one of front desk receptionists at Sky bridge Therapies. She previously worked with military families to assist with housing placement and accounts receivable.

Tokina relocated to Tacoma, WA about 3 1/2 years ago from Leavenworth, Kansas  and, fun fact, she has an Identical twin that also lives in Washington.  Her twin lives in Washington and recently her mother joined her daughters and now Tokina is enjoying her close knit family.  Tokina adopted her 1st furry child “Jucee,” a Labrador mix and a puppy at heart!  She loves learning and getting to know our Sky Bridge parents.

Kierra Clark

KIERRA CLARK   |  Front Desk Receptionist

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.

Daisy Reckner

DAISY RECKNER  |  Bilingual Scheduler

Daisy Reckner is the bilingual Scheduler at Sky Bridge Therapies. Daisy was born and raised in California and has worked with kids with special needs since 2015.

Daisy moved to Washington a year ago and is loving Washington’s four seasons. When she isn’t working you’ll find Daisy shopping, hiking and exploring new places in Washington. Daisy also enjoys cooking and trying new foods! She loves her dog Jax and enjoys her Saturday mornings walks.

Cooper Cochran

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.

Cindy Bonilla

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. 

Erica Petru

ERICA PETRU, MSOT, OTR/L  |  Occupational Therapist

Erica is a nationally certified and licensed occupational therapist. After graduating from the University of Washington, Erica worked for several years in Seattle Public Schools both in general education and special education settings. These experiences inspired her to pursue a career in occupational therapy with the goal of helping children better access their education and environment. She received a Master’s in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound, and had the opportunity to complete internships at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina and Castro Valley Unified School District in California. As a therapist, Erica strives to collaborate with children and families to make OT services fun, meaningful, and productive.

Erica lives in Tacoma with her partner and their dog, Charlie. During her free time she enjoys riding and fixing up bicycles, cooking for her friends, listening to music, and curling up with a good book.

Niki Gotelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Allyson Vaccaro-Pelton

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

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

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!

Kasia Endler

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

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.

Shelly Shear

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.

ROSAN ORTIZ-ANAYA  |  Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Rosan always knew she wanted to work with children, though her passion for speech therapy came from a neighbor growing up (a Speech Language Pathologist) who introduced Rosan to the industry. After that, Rosan decided to change her career path and she graduated from Caribbean University in Puerto Rico with a BS in Speech and Language Therapy. She has over 5 years of pediatric SLPA experience across home health, school based settings, and outpatient clinics in Texas and Washington. After working for several years as a SLPA, Rosan has decided to pursue her MA in Communication Disorders from Emerson College, which she is currently working on. Rosan enjoys working with children, their families, and collaborating with other therapists with the goal of improving communication skills for her kiddos.

Rosan moved to Washington with her husband and children in 2018. When she is not working or studying for school, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.