Kari began her career in Chicago, Illinois at an Autism Therapeutic Day School where she was a paraprofessional and arts and craft coordinator while she completed her Masters. This is also where she began her career as an occupational therapist and her passion for working with children with autism was born. Upon moving to Portland, OR in 2009 she worked as an Autism Specialist for the school districts. For the next four years she refined her skills in the outpatient pediatric clinical setting where she enjoyed working with children of all ages and abilities, including autism, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, prenatal drug exposure and other developmental delays. Kari is passionate about making therapy playful by bringing out her inner child and making the child and family feel relaxed.
Outside of the clinic she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, golden retriever and cat. They enjoy outdoor adventure sports including snowboarding, canoeing, rock climbing, and biking. During PNW rainy days she enjoys yoga, knitting and sewing.
Belkis Iravani, MS, OTR/L
Belkis graduated from Florida International University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various pediatric settings including, hospital outpatient, early childhood intervention, residential treatment center, and private clinic. She has training in sensory processing, emotional regulation, and DIR/floortime. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys hiking, yoga, volleyball, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.
Mya Vardi, MA, CCC-SLP
Mya received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Hearing & Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University. She has worked with children with expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, literacy concerns, and social pragmatic difficulties. Mya has participated in the following training programs: AEIOU Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding, Hanen’s More Than Words workshop, and Orton-Gillingham Plus Literacy Training. She practices child-centered treatment and believes that a strong clinician-family relationship is an asset to effective therapy. Mya’s personal interests include reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog and family.