meet the team

Our Therapists


Your child is an individual and deserves treatment specifically tailored to their needs. In addition to their many years of experience in advanced training, our therapists bring warmth and a unique insight about each child to every session. Each treatment is fun, exciting and therapeutic on so many levels. We will collaborate with one another so that we are treating the whole child and not just parts.


Wendy Gensler

Occupational Therapist

Wendy graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2005 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy, and has been working as a Pediatric OT ever since. Throughout her career, Wendy has worked in New York and New Jersey, in both school and clinical settings. She has years of experience working with children of all ages with a wide variety of diagnoses, as well as with assistive technology. Wendy values working with a team of OTs, PTs, SLPs and ABA therapists to best meet children’s needs and potential to help them thrive in achieving their goals..

Jessica Parks

Occupational Therapist

Jessica has been working at POPS Therapeutics since its opening in July 2019. She graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College in 2007. Jessica has 12 years of experience working in a variety of pediatric settings, including Early intervention, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, preschools, private practice, and home care. She has experience working with children aged 0-21 with diagnoses which include autism, sensory integration disorder, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and other neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Karen Lyman

Physical Therapist

Karen has been a practicing Physical Therapist for more than 40 years. She received her BS in Physical Therapy from Downstate Medical Center, New York; her MS in Motor Learning from Columbia University, New York; and her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine, Florida. She continues to attend post graduate courses. Trained in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) for children and babies, she has extensive experience working with children of all ages from infants to teenagers. Additional areas of focus are normal development, ribcage dysfunction and breathing. She addresses treatment of children with Torticollis in a unique and gentle manner which avoids pushing on the baby’s head. She has worked with children afflicted by brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy, CranioSacral dysfunctions, developmental delays, Down’s syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, genetic disorders, musculoskeletal problems, pelvic asymmetries, and postural difficulties.

Elana Schechter

Speech Therapist

Elana is an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist with a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology from The University of Cincinnati, as well as a Masters in Education Curriculum and Design from The University of Scranton. Additionally, she has received specialized PROMPT training. Elana has experience working in both schools and in private practice, helping children with speech and language disorders.  

Eileen Fasanella


Eileen, MA, CCC-SLP has been a licensed and certified SLP for over 25 years. Her background includes extensive work with pre-school children and their families. She specializes in language delay, language disorders, articulation disorders, phonemic awareness, literacy, pre-school and kindergarten readiness as well as work with children and young adults with autism and related disorders. Eileen has experience working in schools, hospitals, clinic, private practice and in the training of graduate students in higher education.



A Word

 From Our Director

 Dear Families,

We are so grateful that you thinking about POPS to help you and your child reach your goals. Please know that you are high priority! No concern is too small or too big. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or feedback. We know that you have chosen POPS because you want your child to receive great therapy from a wonderful therapist. We won’t let you down.

Thank you for considering POPS!

– Dinah Leiter