MEET OUR TEAM

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Alescia Ford MS OTR/L ATP

Alescia is an experienced pediatric occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist. She is the founder and owner of Adapt + Learn who supervises her clinical team between clinical and community-based services. In addition to managing the practice, Alescia conducts Independent Educational Evaluations and school-based consultations for OT + AT needs throughout Connecticut.  Click here for more information on Alescia's professional background and focus.

Alyssa DeLeone MS OTR/L

Alyssa is a skilled occupational therapist who brings school-based and sensory integration experiences to Adapt + Learn's team. Alyssa works in our clinic location with a strong focus on our school-age learners, and teen/young adult/adult sensory population. Alyssa enjoys targeting functional and academic skills within her practice. Most weekends, you can find her beach-side with a book or enjoying time with her family.

Brittney DeMaio MS OTR/L

Brittney is one of our original team members who draws on school-based and sensory integration experiences in her clinical work with young clients. Currently, Brittney treats some of our littlest early learners in Southern CT. She enjoys collaborating with families and clinicians to maximize the impact of her interventions! Most afternoons, you can find Brittney "at the barn" as she is an avid equestrian in the process of becoming a certified therapeutic riding instructor!

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Lisa Patenaude MOTR/L

Lisa first joined our clinical team as an OT student, then as a COTA, and now as a masters-level therapist! Lisa brings years of pediatric experience in school-based, home-based, and private clinical settings. Lisa works between our Simsbury & Farmington locations where she emphasizes the child-parent-therapist connections in her work. In her personal time, you can find Lisa on the soccer field, running, or adventuring with her dog.

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Alissa Gandiaga MOTR/L

Alissa is an enthusiastic clinician who brings a background concentration in behavior analysis, autism, and child & disability studies to her professional practice. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, pilates, and playing soccer. Fun fact: Alissa is bilingual in English & Spanish.