Our Occupational Therapy Staff

Introducing the Play for Real Occupational Therapy Team!

Dedicated to supporting and developing the occupational needs of your child

Melissa Meikle, OTR/L

Melissa Meikle, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Melissa is excited to be joining the team at Play for Real Therapy Services! She will be providing services on Mondays through Thursdays. In 1998, Melissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI with a degree in occupational therapy. During her course studies, she specialized in pediatrics.

In 2001, Melissa wed an Air Force officer and began traveling the country while pursuing her career as an Occupational Therapist. She gained experience working in a variety of settings that included school-based therapy, acute care hospitals, and outpatient pediatric clinics in CA, CO, IL, and FL. More recently, in 2015 Melissa continued her career as a teletherapist providing virtual school based occupational therapy services to children all across the country. She is excited to be returning to the clinic setting to provide face to face therapy. Melissa has attended the Introduction to DIR/Floortime course in 2015 and is eager to expand her knowledge in DIR while working with children and families.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her spouse and 3 children. Her interests include spending relaxing days at the beach, traveling, snorkeling, kayaking, crafting, and going to the movies.

Taylor Giambalvo, COTA/L

Taylor Giambalvo, COTA/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant

Taylor was born in Southern California, but raised here in Brevard. She got her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. After graduating from UCF in 2012, Taylor moved back to California where she pursued her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. Taylor graduated from Santa Ana College in 2018 and moved back to Florida in 2019. Taylor has always enjoyed working with children, previously as a behavioral therapist and also an assistant teacher in a Montessori preschool. Taylor loves all things OT and enjoys to help people learn and grow. In her free time, Taylor likes to go to the beach, explore new restaurants, and take naps.

Lisa Timrick pediatric occupational therapy assistant

Lisa Timrick, COTA/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant

Lisa joined us in September, 2016 as our first employee at Play for Real and is here Mondays through Thursdays. In 2006, she began working with children as an orthopedic technologist at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago. During this time, she developed a passion for assisting children with a variety of disabilities. This experience inspired her to become an occupational therapy assistant.

Wanting to deepen her relationships with children and families, Lisa completed course work to become a Basic DIRFLoortime Practitioner. In turn, this led her to become part of our team at Play for Real Therapy Services.

During her time at Shriners, Lisa enjoyed working closely with other professionals in a multidisciplinary team. This approach is something she continues to value. While training as an occupational therapy assistant, she was fortunate to work at Mt. Sinai and Stogers hospitals in Chicago. Here Lisa developed her pediatric experience in neonatal care and outpatient therapy. After graduating, Cum Laude, in 2010, she gained experience in a pediatric unit specializing in trauma. At this time, Lisa also developed an interest in using play to work on pre-handwriting skills in children.

2014 brought Lisa on an amazing journey to Florida where she initially worked with medically fragile children and their families. Through this experience, she discovered the effects of nurturing touch and its benefits to both the child and parents. Consequently, Lisa went on to become certified as a pediatric massage therapist.

In her free time, Lisa spends time cooking and creating new dishes for her family and friends. She enjoys researching and learning about Florida’s reptiles and spiders of all kinds. Lisa’s other interests include travel, swimming, reading, yoga and watching football.

A photo of Jenn COTA/L

Jenn Bannon, COTA/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jennifer is delighted to be joining the team at Play for Real Therapy Services! She was born and raised in Rhode Island and relocated to Florida in June 2016. Jennifer ultimately credits her parents for her occupational therapy career choice. Her mother is a speech pathologist who has 25 years of history in working with children with disabilities and her father is a firefighter who has a history of working at special needs programs and schools. Jennifer was raised in an environment that encouraged individuals of all abilities to be the best they can be.

In 2014, she decided to follow her dreams and enroll in the OTA program at New England Institute of Technology. She excelled in this program, graduating with honors in 2016. It was during her time at New England Tech that she was able to explore various populations and clinical settings throughout her fieldwork experiences, which assured her that a career in occupational therapy was meant for her. Jennifer particularly enjoyed her time working with children and decided that she wanted to pursue her career in pediatrics.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with her dog, Parker. Jennifer’s other interests include exercise, travel, the beach, paddleboarding, and snorkeling.