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Our Team of Occupational Therapists | Blossom Therapeutics

A Unique Team for Your Unique Child

We have built a team of therapists that understand that every child is unique and beautiful in their particular way. It, therefore, makes sense that each child's sensory responses to their environment and their day-to-day experiences will vary greatly.

 

The Blossom Therapeutics team is here to help you and your child make sense of the world around them so that they can thrive and Blossom--unhindered by outside pressures.

MEET THE PRIMARY TEAM

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Jenny Johnson, Occupational Therapist, Founder

Jenny is the founder and owner of Blossom Therapeutics and has been practicing occupational therapy for over 25 years. Her breadth of diverse experience as an occupational therapist has helped her develop a unique and holistic approach.

 

Jenny's passion for ongoing learning and continuing education has led her to obtain extensive training in a variety of therapeutic interventions, and have guided her practice as a pediatric occupational therapist. In addition to her passion for ongoing education in her field, Jenny has been mentored by several leading experts in the field of occupational therapy, including Lucy J. Miller of the Star Institute, and Teresa May-Benson of the Spiral Foundation.

 

Jenny is trained in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test and has completed Level I and II mentorships with Lucy J. Miller at the Star Institute. She has completed her Floortime/DIR Level 1 and Level 2 certification through the Profectum Foundation, the Safe and Sound Program by Dr. Stephen Porges, Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (S.O.S.), Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, Integrated Listening System Program, Neuro-developmental Technique Certification, and more. Jenny has completed her Basic Course and Fellows Course in the DIR/Floortime Model of Development through Profectum Foundation.  She and her Blossom Therapeutics team are also trained in the FAN model (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) to provide increased support to our Blossom families.

 

Jenny has a remarkable core team that supports the clients of Blossom Therapeutics. In 2019, Jenny was inspired to create Blossom Collaborative to host pediatric and family based practioners to better serve our Central Oregon community. Currently Blossom Collaborative is the home of Blossom Therapeutics and the Literacy Lab. The Literacy Lab is owned and operated by Vida Barnham, a literacy specialist. Jenny is always on the look-out for family centered practitioners who are interested in joining the Blossom Collaborative. 

 

Jenny is also a passionate yogi. She's discovered benefits for her practice through mindfulness training and yoga practice. Most importantly, Jenny is a doting mother of two incredible children and finds endless learning opportunities through her parenting journey.

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Rebecca has been passionate about serving the pediatric community for over ten years. She gained much of her experience while serving in the outpatient clinic at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She went on to work with several different school districts providing therapy services in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington before joining Blossom Therapeutics in Bend, Oregon.

 

Rebecca received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hanover College in Indiana, and then her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University in 2007. Her experience as a school-based Occupational Therapist has given her insights into the challenges children often face in an academic setting.

 

Rebecca has advanced training in the How Does Your Engine Run (Alert) program, the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, and Designing Effective Sensory Diets. She has been certified in the Integrated Listening System and the Safe and Sound Protocol. Rebecca has also completed an Intensive Mentorship at the STAR Institute -- a center dedicated to research, education, and the treatment of sensory processing disorders. Rebecca is committed to helping children reach their highest potential. Rebecca has completed the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to feeding. Rebecca has completed her training in the FAN model and has begun her basic course training in DIR/Floortime through the Profectum Foundation.

 

Outside of occupational therapy, Rebecca enjoys being outdoors, soaking up the Central Oregon sunshine and spending time with her husband and two children.

Rebecca Rudolph, M.S, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

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Sarah Linden, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Sarah comes to Blossom Therapeutics with extensive pediatric experience in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital-based outpatient, acute care, and a number of schools. She earned a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Maine and has focused her career on working with children with disabilities.

Sarah has chosen to complete continuing education focused on feeding therapy interventions, autism, and emotional regulation. She is passionate about working with children on the autism spectrum, and believes in taking a sensorimotor approach to play, learning, and feeding. Sarah most enjoys working through the unique qualities that each child manifests. She is passionate about offering families the support they need to help children reach their goals. Sarah has completed trainings in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding.  She most recently completed her Basic Course in DIR/Floortime and training in the FAN model.  She is also certified in Integrated Listening System and Safe and Sound Protocol by Dr. Stephen Porges.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys skiing, traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with her two daughters and two dogs.

Tobey Close, MS OTR/L

Tobey is a creative and passionate Occupational Therapist who has over 10 years of experience in the field of pediatrics. Tobey began his career as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps, where he taught special education in Jordan. He then furthered his career at Childhaven in Seattle, Washington, where he worked as an early childhood educator for preschoolers who had experienced trauma. These unique experiences led Tobey to pursue his Master’s in Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington. Tobey began his career as an OT working in early intervention at Kindering Center, where he specialized in providing support for children experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity, which led him to develop a unique understanding of the intersection of mental health and sensory processing challenges. Tobey then transitioned to working as an evaluator at the University of Washington’s Child Development Clinic, where he worked on an interdisciplinary team to provide comprehensive evaluations to better understand the individual differences of children aged 2-18.  Tobey then relocated to Bend, Oregon and joined Blossom Therapeutics team in May of 2022.  
 
Tobey has is certified in Integrated Listening System and Safe and Sound Protocol by Dr. Stephen Porges. He has also completed the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to feeding course, as well as a yearlong training and mentorship in Promoting First Relationships, a program designed to support early attachment and socioemotional development. He has completed his Level 1 Certification in DIR/Floortime through the Profectum Foundation.  
 
Outside of occupational therapy, Tobey enjoys rock-climbing, biking, backpacking, and skiing. He also enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his wife and beloved pets, Fitzgerald the cat and Ruth Bader Ginsburg the dog.  

Kim Benrath, MS OTR/L

Kim received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from University of Portland, and then her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at University of Washington. While Kim gained experience working in a variety of pediatric settings, she discovered her calling for working with children with a sensory integration and DIR Floortime approach during her clinical fieldwork here at Blossom. She enjoys the playful and creative aspect of working with kids and families.

 

From her background in outdoor education, to working as a Life Skills coach for individuals with developmental disabilities, Kim has worked with a variety of people from children and teens to adults. Kim’s practice is informed by her experience as a certified yoga teacher and her extensive training in mindfulness, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self Compassion. She uses this background to address differences in emotional regulation, social-emotional development and build collaborative relationships with patients and their families. She is also certified in Integrated Listening System and Safe and Sound Protocol by Dr. Stephen Porges.


Kim is a Bend native. In her free time, she loves outdoor adventures, spending time with her family, practicing yoga, gardening, cooking, mountain biking and cuddling with her pets, Loki and Simba.

Taylor Albrecht, MS OTR/L

Susan Volz, Intake Specialist

Brittany, Billing Specialist

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