About Us

History of Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento

Carolyn Ecker started Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento in 2003. It started as a small private practice with just Carolyn, to adding more occupational therapists and growing into Developmental Occupational Therapy, PC in 2020. In 2021, the company continued to expand by adding on speech and feeding therapy services and changing their name to Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento (DTS of Sac). Now DTS of Sac is a company with 13 clinicians ready to provide occupational, speech, and feeding services to the greater Sacramento area!

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Meet Your Occupational Therapists

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Carolyn Ecker

MOT OTR/L (Owner) Occupational Therapist

Carolyn graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA with a Bachelor in Biology. She then earned her Master of Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA. Since graduating in 1997, Carolyn has had experience in multiple settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools and home-based services. Her primary area of practice has been pediatrics for the last +16 years.

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Catherine Cooper

MOT OTR/L (Clinical Manager) Occupational Therapist & Feeding Therapist

Catherine graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA with a Bachelor in Kinesiology and a minor in Child Development. In 2014, she received her Master of Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. Catherine has experience working with adults and children, but her passion is in working with young children and providing quality parent education and training. She has recently obtained the advance specialty of feeding therapy and loves helping children and their families learn to love mealtimes!

Sarah McMills

Sarah McMills

MOT OTR/L Occupational Therapist

Sarah graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She received both her Bachelor of Occupational Science and Master of Occupational Therapy. She moved to Sacramento from Athens, OH and Sarah started as an intern with Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento. Sarah is now a full-time therapist and she loves working with children and their families. She takes pride in providing personalized services to her clients.

Gaby Corona

Gaby Corona

MOT OTR/L Occupational Therapist

Gaby graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then completed her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. Gaby is enthusiastic and passionate about helping each child reach their fullest potential through fun, engaging, child-centered therapy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, and being outdoors. She looks forward to working with children and their families at Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento!

Lisa Smith

COTA/L Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Lisa began her career as an educator, with a Bachelor in Elementary Education from Concordia University, Nebraska, and a Masters in Special Education from CSU Sacramento. After 15 years as a classroom teacher, she returned to school and completed the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Sacramento City College. Since then she has enjoyed providing occupational therapy to children in school-based settings.

Lisa Marie Matthews

Lisa Marie Matthews

COTA/L Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Lisa Marie graduated from Sacramento City College, CA with an Associate of Science – Occupational Therapy Assistant, and a Preschool Teacher Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Folsom Lake College, CA. Lisa Marie has worked with children across varied environments for many years, and in the outpatient pediatric clinic setting since March 2020. Her passion for play-based, sensory-rich, child-centered therapy interventions with an emphasis on caregiver education & collaboration is evident in her interactions. She enjoys spending time with her family, in nature, being active and creative, and is a life-long learner!





Meet Your Speech Therapists


Kelly Louney

MS, CCC-SLP Speech and Language Pathologist, Lead Speech Therapy Supervisor

Kelly graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology 2000. In 2003, she received her Master of Speech Pathology from California State University, Sacramento. Kelly has experience working with clients of all ages from early intervention to adulthood. She has a passion for clients on the autism spectrum, clients with challenging behaviors and supervision within her field.

Jennisah Garon

MS, CCC-SLP Speech and Language Pathologist & Feeding Therapist

Jennisah graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2013 and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018. Jennisah has worked in the speech pathology field as an assistant for two years and now as a credentialed therapist. She has a passion for clients with pediatric feeding disorders and clients with challenging behaviors. She is excited to bring her school and clinic-based experience to the clients and families at Developmental Therapy Services.

Jessica Newman

Jessica Newman

MS, CCC-SLP, CLC Speech and Language Pathologist, Certified Lactation Counselor & Feeding Therapist

Jessica received both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Sacramento. She completed her Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) certification and will start her Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology at Rocky Mountain University in May of 2022. Jessica is passionate about pediatric feeding disorders, with the emphasis of breast and bottle feeding and medical complexities. She has gained experience with the pediatric population in the medical setting with children who have cleft and craniofacial anomalies, aerodigestive challenges, tracheostomy tubes, and tube feeding. She also enjoys early intervention and working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She looks forward to working with the families at Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento!

Melissa Seiter

Melissa Seiter

MS, CCC-SLP Speech and Language Pathologist

Melissa received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at CSU, Chico. Since, she has worked with the pediatric population in the clinical and public school settings. She enjoys providing quality intervention that focuses on the whole child as well as providing parent education to families. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, reading, and taking cycling classes. She looks forward to working with the families at Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento!

Katie Barbao

SLPA Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Katie graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor in Communication Sciences and Disorders while also teaching at a preschool. She graduated from a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program at Loma Linda University in California where she gained experience working with elementary and middle school children. Katie’s passion is working with infants and young children and she is excited to take part in helping families with Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento.