Meet Our Team

In-home & Clinic-based Occupational Therapy

Shelly Sears - Chicago Occupational Therapy

Shelly Sears, MS, OTR/L

Shelly Sears is a Chicago-based pediatric occupational therapist and lead therapist at Chicago Occupational Therapy. She 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 occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics.

Shelly has extensive experience working with a range of different populations, including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder, and trauma in various settings including home, school, and in clinic. Her specialties through continued education programs include Handwriting Without Tears and several sensory integration specializations. As a clinician, Shelly is committed to learning her client’s unique needs, placing on an emphasis on parent training, and advocating for the child’s best interests. She has strong belief in a holistic team approach and collaborates regularly with other medical and academic professionals. Shelly is passionate in growing a child’s independence to have them believe in their own potential.

Amanda Cortese - Chicago Occupational Therapy

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 - Chicago Occupational Therapy

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.

Rebecca Prosser - Chicago Occupational Therapy

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 school-based and clinical 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.

Rebecca Prosser - Chicago Occupational Therapy

Kathryn Carrier, MS, OTR/L

Kathryn is a Chicago-based pediatric occupational therapist. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University. Throughout her years of experience, she has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, early intervention, and medical settings.

Kathryn works with children to address a wide range of needs including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, fine motor challenges, gross motor challenges, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, and executive functioning deficits.

Kathryn values the opportunity to work with parents to ensure generalization of skills through consistent home practice and communication. As a part of a multidisciplinary team, Kathryn also enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with the team of speech-language pathologists and behavior analysts to provide the most comprehensive level of care for every child.

Rebecca Prosser - Chicago Occupational Therapy

Rachelle Halbrook, MS, OTR/L

Rachelle Halbrook is a pediatric occupational therapist. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia, otherwise known as Mizzou. Rachelle is a Missouri native from St. Louis, and upon graduation, made the move to Chicago to begin her career at Chicago Occupational Therapy.

Rachelle has experience working with a wide variety of children, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), cerebral palsy, spina bifida, executive functioning deficits, fine and gross motor delays, as well as other neurological, orthopedic, developmental, and behavioral conditions.

Rachelle has been passionate about working with children from a young age, and is committed to putting her clients and their families first, in order to help them grow and reach their greatest potential. At Chicago Occupational Therapy, she enjoys the opportunity to work collaboratively with other medical and academic professionals, including speech-language pathologists and behavioral analysts, in order to provide holistic and client-centered care. Rachelle’s favorite part about being an OT is experiencing the joy alongside her clients when they reach a new height or achieve a goal that they have worked so hard for.