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.

Heather Perez

Heather Perez

COTA Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Heather graduated from Sacramento City College with an Associate of Science degree to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Heather has always enjoyed working with children, whether teaching Kindergarten Sunday School or being a caregiver for preschool children. She aspires to provide child centered therapy to promote each child’s full potential. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking and exploring the outdoors!





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.

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!

Marcella Mojibi

Marcella Mojibi

MS, CCC-SLP Speech and Language Pathologist

Marcella graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2007 and a Master of Science in Speech Pathology in 2009. Marcella specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and has experience with clients of all ages from early intervention to adulthood.

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.

Shawn McFetridge SLPA

Shawn McFetridge

SLPA Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Shawn graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor in Art History. She studied art history and French at La Sorbonne in Paris, France. In 1998 she received a certificate in pastry arts from the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, CA and worked as a pastry chef for twenty years. Most recently, Shawn received an AS in Speech-Language Pathology from American River College. Her passion is speech-language disorders in the elementary population and helping children reach their full communication potential. She is excited to bring her school and clinic-based experience to clients in school based settings. Shawn loves animals, reading, cycling, crossword puzzles, and cooking.

Lizzy Lewis SLPA

Lizzy Lewis

SLPA Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Lizzy began her career as an early intervention educator with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Simpson University. She recently graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has a passion for providing play-based, sensory-rich and child-led therapy with a focus on caregiver education. Lizzy loves reading, scuba diving, and traveling. She is excited to take part in helping families with Developmental Therapy Services of Sacramento!

Ivonne Ochoa Torres SLPA

Ivonne Ochoa Torres

SLPA Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Ivonne graduated from CSUS with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2021. She is excited to grow in this field and continue to gain experience to provide the best services to clients and families with a wide range of disorders. Her passion is working with children and helping create communication opportunities wherever possible.

Heather Hale SLPA

Heather Hale

SLPA Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Heather graduated from Pacific University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in Public Health. Before graduating from the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program at American River College, Heather worked as a Behavior Technician and Behavior Specialist where she gained experience working with elementary aged children. She is excited to grow in this field and to work with clients and their families. Heather loves cats, cooking, and movies.

Tessa Ngo SLPA

Tessa Ngo

SLPA Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

Tessa graduated with a Bachelors in Speech Pathology from Sacramento State. She went on to receive her SLPA certification at San Joaquin Delta College. She has experience working in both the clinical and public school settings. She works with pediatric clients ranging from ages 2 all the way up to 18. Tessa is passionate about helping children expand their communication skills. In her off time, Tessa enjoys spending time with her family (plus her two cats), cooking, working out and watching true crime. She looks forward to growing in her field and joining the team here at Developmental Therapy Services.