MEET YOUR THERAPIST
Liliana Salinas, COTA
Liliana is a Occupational Therapy Assistant student at Lone Star College-Kingwood. She is a nature lover; she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, and listening to music. Liliana has always loved helping others and knew her heart belonged in the medical field. She completed her first level II fieldwork rotation with Dreamcatchers and has joined the Dream team! Liliana is optimistic about the future and has been rocking it as a COTA with Dreamcatchers.
Elisa Plascencia Avila, COTA
Elisa graduated from Lonestar Tomball in 2022. She was born in Mexico, moved to Texas when she was 7 years old. She did not know any English, but worked to learn the language. Through dedication and consistency, Elisa was able to learn English within 9 months of arriving to Texas. Elisa always knew her career path was to help others. Elisa has always loved children, being able to see their smiles as they accomplish goals makes her day. Elisa is adventurous, loves trying new foods, learning about new cultures and loves to take the opportunity to enjoy the little moments in life. Elisa enjoys volunteering and helping others beyond her career field. She thrives on the opportunities to spread love and joy. Elisa's long term goal is to return to school to obtain her Masters/Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
Chiaedu Okwumabua, COTA
My name is Chinaedu Okwumabua, I have worked with the pediatric population for over a decade and my approach is simply that there isn't any challenge too big to address. I enjoy working on improving neuromuscular education of high sensory needs children and developing their overall development. I am a husband and a father to three wonderful children of whom are my world.
Wendy Mai, COTA
My name is Wendy, and I am a COTA from Lafayette. I have been on the field for 8 years, working in various settings from skilled nursing to a trauma medical center. I am married with one, beautiful daughter and 3 fur babies. On my free time, I enjoy relaxing things with my family such as picnics, listening to music, simple outdoor activities like crabbing or fishing, napping with my kids, and playing cozy video games. What I love about being an COTA is helping families grow through life and it’s challenges.
Pooja Venkatadri, COTA
Pooja is a native of Portland, OR and grew up in the Bay Area of CA and in Baton Rouge, LA. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Sciences in 2020 from St. Catherine University. She chose occupational therapy as her profession because she loved that she could help someone from any age group accomplish goals and milestones through the use of everyday or meaningful activities, like play, which truly resonated with her. Her work and school experiences include engaging with populations in out and in-patient rehabilitation, pediatric/special needs, acute and long-term acute care, and mental health. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cooking, crafting, and playing video games.
Pricilla Cabrera, COTA
Pricilla has been working in the field of Occupational Therapy for 15 years and specifically in pediatrics for the last 11 years. She initially transitioned to this field after watching a PBS special about children recovering in therapy at M.D. Anderson. I am 1 of 11 children in my family and children of all ages have a special place in my heart. I believe we all have challenges that we can overcome with help, positive motivation, support and consistency. Children are resilient and there are no limitations to their ability to overcome any challenges. At the end of each session my goal is to leave a positive and successful result in the child’s treatment that will continue to motivate them and their parents. “Every child deserves someone who will never give up on them and understands the influence of determination and perseverance to overcome any and all challenges.
KALLIE BENSON, COTA
Kallie graduated in 2019 from Lone Star Community College in 2019 with an AS degree in Occupational therapy assistance. Kallie enjoys doing art, dancing and taking her dog to the park in her free time. She is neurodivergent with having a diagnosis of ADHD which drew her interests into understand behaviors and disabilities. She often felt struggles in her life with learning and understanding things many of her peers had no problem with, while she may have felt struggles she did not let them hold her back from accomplishing her dreams to help children and others with disabilities. During her time after high school while interning and working for an inner-city children’s ministry her passion for children grew when she saw may disadvantaged children with disabilities and wanted to help make a difference. She strives to empower differently abled individuals to unlocking their full potential.
Nichole Pruitt, COTA
A COTA from Houston Texas, Graduated in 2018 from Prairie View A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. I later pursued and obtained an Associate’s of Science, in Occupational therapy graduating from Lone Start- Tomball on 2023. This comes after realizing that my true calling and passion is to help others. In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, being outdoors, basically anything health and wellness. I am excited to be apart of the Dream team, helping children with disabilities reach their full potential.
TRACIE FRETTY, COTA
My name is Tracie Fretty. I taught preschool- 3rd grade 17 years and special education pull-out intervention for 2 years. My son was diagnosed with speech delay and ID/ Intellectual Disability which ignited the passion to pursue the field of Occupational Therapy to support and help him overcome the many obstacles he would face throughout his life. As a COTA I can support families and help children excel and reach their full potential in education and life skills. I’m excited to work with DreamCatchers to enhance the quality of life for each and every child.
ROBIN GRESHAM, COTA
Robin is a native of Texas. She has been practicing Occupational Therapy for over 12 years. She is a devoted mother ad grandmother. She enjoys working with children and is truly compassionate about occupational therapy.