Meet Our Team
In-home & Clinic-based Occupational Therapy
Shelly Sears, M.S., OTR/L
Shelly Sears is a Chicago-based pediatric occupational therapist. With extensive experience working with a range of different populations, including (but not limited to) autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder, and trauma, she is a lead therapist at Chicago Occupational Therapy.
Shelly is a Michigan native and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Western Michigan University. After graduating from Western Michigan University, Shelly moved to Chicago to begin her career as a pediatric occupational therapist. Shelly is committed to meeting the unique needs and learning styles of all children by developing individualized treatment plans and collaborating with a multidisciplinary team.
Sarah Zaas, MS, OTR/L
Sarah Zaas is a Chicago-based occupational therapist who specializes in working with pediatric populations in the school, home, clinic, and medical settings. Before moving to Chicago to begin her career in the field, Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Sarah has extensive experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder, fine and gross motor skill delays, and more. As an occupational therapist on a multidisciplinary team, Sarah enjoys the opportunity to regularly collaborate with a team of speech therapists, behavior analysts, ABA therapists, and feeding therapists.
Amanda Cortese, MS, OTR/L
Amanda Cortese is a Chicago-based occupational therapist who specializes in pediatric services. Before moving to the city, Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree with high distinction from Indiana University. She then went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University. In her years of pediatric experience, Amanda has worked with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy, coordination disorders, fine and gross motor delays, executive functioning deficits, and more.
To provide the most comprehensive level of care for her clients, Amanda regularly collaborates with speech, feeding, and ABA therapists. Amanda loves being an OT because occupational therapy is based on facilitating a person’s participation in all the things that are important to them, whatever that may be. She gets to make a difference in the daily lives of all of her clients.
Rebecca Prosser, MS, OTR/L
Rebecca Prosser is a California native who recently relocated to Chicago. After earning her Bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University in Early Childhood Education, she taught preschool for several years before returning to school. After graduating from California State Dominguez Hills with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, she combined her love of education and working with children and families and began her career as a pediatric occupational therapist.
Rebecca has an extensive history working with children with a variety of abilities such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorders (SPD), fine and gross motor delays, genetic conditions, physical disabilities, and more. She enjoys working with a great multidisciplinary team to provide holistic, quality care.
Valerie Brunso, MS, OTR/L
Valerie Brunso is a pediatric occupational therapist. Valerie earned her Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from Indiana University. She then went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University.
Valerie has worked with children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, coordination disorders, fine and gross motor delays, executive functioning deficits, and more. She also has a wide range of experience working with children in both the clinic and medical settings.
Valerie enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with the multidisciplinary team of speech, feeding, and ABA therapists in order to provide the most comprehensive care for each child.