Treehouse Pediatric Therapy

Marti Flanagan, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Co-Owner

Marti received her BS in Rehabilitation Services from VCU, and her MS in Occupational Therapy with a specialization in Pediatrics, from Towson State University.  She has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages.  She has worked at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD, in Early Intervention for counties in Maryland and Virginia, and at Integrated Therapy Services. Marti has certification or advanced training in the following areas:  SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) Certification, Neuro-developmental Treatment of the baby, Certification in Early Intervention, Therapeutic Listening, Talk Tools, The Alert Program for Self Regulation, the Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol, DIR/Floortime and Craniosacral Therapy.  Marti loves working with children and families, and feels very blessed to have chosen a career that is so fulfilling.  When Marti is not playing at the Treehouse, she enjoys gardening, running, dining out with friends, and spending time with her family.  Marti has been married for over 20 years to her husband Dan, and they have three grown children, Connor, Jake, and Lindsay.

Michelle Allen, OT/L
Occupational Therapist

Michelle is a licensed occupational therapist with over 20 years of pediatric experience in school-based, early intervention, and private practice settings.   Michelle has advanced training in play development, sensory processing, self-regulation, developmental hand skills, assistive technology/augmentative communication, Interactive Metronome, and executive functioning skills.  She also has attended an international study group on preschool education in Reggio Emilia, Italy.   A passionate promoter of inclusion, Michelle is particularly skilled at consulting and collaborating with teams to help improve the fit between the child and his/her environment.  

Melissa Kates, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Melissa Kates comes to Treehouse pediatrics with 24 years of experience in a variety of settings including Children's Hospital of Richmond, outpatient therapy, early intervention, private and public schools, and a center for children who have autism. She has received specialized training to provide oral motor assessment and intervention and therapy for children who stutter. In addition to providing speech and language therapy for a variety of disorders, she has focused on providing services for children who have autism and/or complex communication needs. Melissa has developed a unique approach to help children who are primarily nonverbal communicators express themselves effectively and independently. She believes that every child can talk, regardless of their different abilities, and some may need different tools to do so. She can help your child explore and learn to use tools (an augmentative communication system) that work best for them and submit the paperwork required for your insurance to pay for the tool.  Melissa believes that collaboration is essential to helping your child communicate successfully and she will provide the training that families need to support their child to use their voice at home, school and in their community. She is excited to join the team at Treehouse! 

Dr. Rebecca Finch, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Becca graduated from University of Virginia with a degree in psychology and went on to complete her doctoral degree in occupational therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021. She is licensed and registered as an occupational therapist in the state of Virginia and has always had her heart set on pediatrics. She completed a 12-week Level II Fieldwork at Treehouse as part of her doctoral requirements and is thrilled to be back as part of the Treehouse family. While she may be a relatively new therapist, Becca is no stranger to the tiny humans. She has extensive experience in fostering the growth and development of children from birth to age 10 through years of nannying and has loved using her skills and training from graduate school to more effectively support the developmental progression and functional independence of her young clients. Becca highly values the relationship and collaboration between therapist and family and works hard to connect all the pieces to support the child across all environments and contexts. When she’s not treating, you can find her on a phone call with a teacher, emailing a parent, or touching base with another professional on a child’s team. Becca lives in Henrico with her husband and loves traveling, finding all the best coffee spots in RVA, and spending time with family and friends. Her clients call her “Becca”, “Miss Becca”, “Becca OT!” and “Cool Girl Miss Becca." 

Laurie Lanning, MPH, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist , Co-Owner

Laurie received her degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University, her Master’s in public health from University of North Carolina and has over 30 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy.  She has worked at The Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins, in early intervention for the state of North Carolina, at Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital at Duke University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital in Richmond, and 13 years at Integrated Therapy Services.  Laurie has certification or advanced training in the following programs/areas: SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certification, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach To Feeding, Certification in early intervention, Therapeutic Listening, DIR/Floor Time, The Alert Program For Self-Regulation, The Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol,  MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration), and the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading. Laurie loves working with children and their families and feels fortunate to be working alongside such a talented group of therapists and in a profession that she truly loves. Laurie and her husband have an adult daughter, two cats, and two dogs.

Theresa Fink
Billing Specialist

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Ashley Dunbar, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Ashley graduated from West Virginia University in 2014 where she received her Bachelor of Arts- Human Performance and Health degree and minored in communication studies.  She then continued at West Virginia University to receive her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2015. Ashley has experience working with children of various diagnosis and ages and has a great interest in sensory processing. She has advanced training in MNRI- Tactile integration, Neuro-Developmental Treatment of the baby, and Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Ashley is certified as an Early Intervention Professional. She also has experience working in a local school system, as well as years of experience working in pediatric clinics. Ashley loves working closely with kids and their families, and feels very blessed to be a part of their lives. In her free time she enjoys exploring Richmond with her husband, reading, and going on adventures with their labradoodle, Luna. 

Our Roots:

Janet Williams, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Janet Williams received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  She subsequently worked on an interdisciplinary team in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas treating a wide variety of physical disabilities with an emphasis on traumatic hand injuries.  Janet is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing) certified, and has a Handwriting Without Tears Level 01 Certification.  Janet has just recently returned to practice after working overseas for 27 years with a large humanitarian aid organization.  During that time, she homeschooled her three children for 12 years, teaching grades K-7, and served as an unofficial mentor/coach to younger families trying to homeschool by organizing field trips, special art activities, music and field days for the homeschool community.  She loves helping children explore their interests.  Janet has three grown children and a rescued Beagle puppy named Sawyer.  Janet enjoys gardening, reading, and all kinds of needlework.  She loves juried craft shows and garage sales!  

Our Occupational therapy branch:

Allie Hayes
Treehouse Office Assistant

Allie is thrilled to be a part of the Treehouse team!  She is a graduate of Monacan High School and participated in the Project Search Program at St. Francis Hospital.  Allie spends her spare time reading, doing word searches, swimming and writing cards of encouragement.  She loves going out for Mexican food and spending time with her two brothers, sister in law, and two adorable nephews.

Angela Reamy, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Coming soon!

Ashley Amey Alrich-Altman, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Ashley received a B.S. in Biology from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy and a certificate in autism spectrum disorders from VCU. She is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing) certified. Ashley has experience working for several years in a local school system before transitioning full time to a clinic-based setting. She enjoys participating in philanthropic organizations outside of work to support her clients and her community. When Ashley is not at the Treehouse, her free time is spent with her husband and twin boys, playing tennis, sewing, and supporting the Richmond dining scene.

Our speech therapy branch:

Providing pediatric occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, physical therapy, augmentative and alternative communication, and feeding therapy in the greater Richmond area

Van Ruffner, M.ED, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Van has over 15 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist. She received a Masters of Education in Communication Science Disorders from The University of Virginia, and has worked in various settings including school systems in numerous Virginia counties, inpatient rehab at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital,  outpatient therapy services at Children’s hospital and in private practice. Van has a passion for language development and working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A parent of a former client of Treehouse, she feels specifically passionate about collaborating with other allied health professionals such as OTs to provide comprehensive care tailored to each of her clients’ needs. When Van is not working at Treehouse, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and visiting America’s national parks.