Therapist Bios

Lisa Gould-York, MOT, OTR/L

Lisa received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR in 2005. She was fortunate enough to have received training in sensory integration therapy as a student intern at the Easter Seals Children’s Guild in Salem, OR. She immediately knew she wanted to work in pediatrics, but also knew it would take some time to break into the field. After working on-call in hospitals, nursing homes, a hand-therapy clinic, and Portland public schools for 6 months while taking the necessary classes for sensory integration (SI), a private pediatric clinic gave her a chance and hired her on-call. This led to a permanent full-time position. Lisa worked solely in sensory integration for the following 2 1/2 years, receiving top training from veteran OT’s while continuing her education in pediatrics and SI before leaving to open Pediatric Sensory Therapy (PST). PST was founded in November 2007 and officially opened its doors in December 2007 as Oregon’s only Medicaid rate clinic, meaning that PST did not bill more than Medicaid pays. Lisa’s vision is to provide quality occupational therapy that everyone can afford. By keeping costs low, all families, even those with limited insurance coverage, are able to bring their children in for quality and effective therapy.

Lisa specializes in Sensory Integration therapy, working with children experiencing autism, aspergers, sensory processing disorder, motor delays, neurologic, social and communication delays and behavioral problems. She also has experience working with the cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, Torticollis and genetic disorders populations. Lisa is trained in the Therapeutic Listening Program, DIR Floortime, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Therapeutic brushing, Brain Gym, Handle, and many more therapeutic modalities.

Lisa is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon and has received numerous awards from the Cambridge Who’s Who among American Women Entrepreneurs.

On a personal note, Lisa a dedicated mother to two boys Zane (age 5) and Luke (age 3) and two Australian Shepherd/Border Collies dog named Molly Lu and Kinsey. Aside from her love of pediatric occupational therapy, Lisa enjoys hiking, cooking and healthy eating, traveling when possible and movies on rainy nights with her family. She is a member of the Marylhurst Symphony Orchestra where she has played the violin for the past 16 years.

Sally Stepath, PsyD, OTR/L

Sally Stepath, PsyD, OTR/L,  graduated from University of Illinois  in Occupational Therapy in 1982 and went right to work in the special education school system through a chapter 1 funded program going to several schools in the same year including Lighthouse for the Blind, Rubloff UCP, Esperanza (a Waldorf school), and Misericordia in Chicago.  She has worked with children diagnosed with autism, aspergers, downs, cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, sensory processing disorder, and blindness.  Sally has worked as an occupational therapist full time in the Chicago Public Schools, and in several pediatric outpatient clinics including two years doing hippotherapy with young people on horseback.  She took time off from working with children in 1987 to go back to graduate school to get a doctorate in psychology, returning to work with children in 1997.

Sally’s specialties include working with autism, motor problems, sensory difficulties and behavioral problems.  She has completed a three year training course in fluid model Cranio-Sacral and also does Cranio-Sacral treatment. Sally is also trained in the Therapeutic Listening Program, therapeutic brushing technique and more.

Sally moved back to the Northwest where she was born, from the flatland of Illinois, to Portland in 2008.  In the Portland area, she has worked in early intervention (birth to three) and private pediatric clinics.

In her spare time, Sally dances, does tai chi, rug hooking, takes banjo lessons, hikes and cross country skis. Sally has three grown sons who live in San Francisco, Seattle and Oakland who she visits several times a year.  She lives in a 100 year old house with two kittens named Mij and Zipp.