OUR TEAM

DAMIR

HECIMOVIC MS OTR/L, Owner

Damir Hecimovic, MS OTR/L, is a licensed, registered Occupational Therapist with experience in treating children and adolescents with different developmental disabilities. 

Damir was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he got his undergraduate degree in Sports Education. After working for US Military in Iraq for 3 years, he moved to Atlanta, GA.  Damir attended the Brenau University in Gainesville where he earned Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Damir treats children and adolescents implementing DIRFloortime® model and sensory integration techniques improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, handwriting, emotional regulation, and activities of a child’s daily living. Damir believes that the foundation of childhood development is through a strong relationship with the child focusing on their individual differences and development capacities, all of which can be achieved through play. He has completed training in DIR Floortime (101, 201, and 202), Tomatis Method Listening Therapy (2.0), and is licensed Interactive Metronome provider.

Damir views individuals holistically to incorporate an approach that looks at the whole child to promote independence in their daily activities. Damir has had valuable experience working with Dr. Milagros Mili Cordero with whom Damir has shared clients for more than 6 years.

Damir keeps current in his field through continuing education and training on subjects such as sensory integration, therapeutic listening, DIRFloortime® model, and updated research.

Before receiving his degree in occupational therapy Damir worked/volunteered at The Hirsch Academy as a therapy assistant mentored by Shelley Cranes, OTR/L. Damir and his wife are the proud parents of three daughters Sara, Hana, and Leyla.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.

  • BS SPE (Bachelor of Science in Sports and Physical Education), University of Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

RACHEL

BAEK

MS OTR/L

Rachel Baek graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and The University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Rachel successfully completed her fieldwork in an outpatient pediatric clinic where she gained experience with little kiddos with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, cerebrovascular accident, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, and hearing and visual impairments. Rachel strongly believes in focusing on the strengths of each kiddo for therapeutic outcomes. In her free time, Rachel enjoys trying new local restaurants with her boyfriend, golfing, running, hiking, and taking her pup to the park.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

  • BS (Family and Consumer Sciences), University of Georgia, Athens, GA

DERIN

SODIYA

MS OTR/L

Aderinsola Sodiya aka (Derin) received an undergraduate degree at Georgia State University with a Bachelor's in Exercise Science and received a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Augusta University. After her first internship at Tender Ones, she discovered the love for pediatrics and have a background in working with special needs children in an inclusive setting at the Elaine Clark Center and Coralwood School. Originally from Nigeria but raised in Georgia, Derin enjoys trying new restaurants around Atlanta, watching movies, all things about Harry Potter, and traveling. She has a secret passion for thrifting and love to casually thrift toys on the weekends. In the future, she wants to specialize in sensory integration and become a seating specialist. I'm excited to work with DH Therapy and directly support and work with all our families.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Augusta University, Augusta, GA.

  • BS (Exercise Sciences), Georgia State, Atlanta, GA

SAMANTHA

CHONG

MS OTR/L

Samantha is a graduate of the Thomas Jefferson University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Her passion has always been to enrich the lives of the children she works with by supporting them to do the things they want and need. Samantha believes in a family-centered approach and wants to empower families to see their children's potentials and strengths through her work. Prior to discovering her love for pediatric OT, she grew up in the beautiful Borneo Island in Malaysia and attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. After college, she moved to New York for a year doing creative work but knew that working with children was what made her the happiest. Her love for diversity, traveling, and understanding of different cultures can surely be attributed to the different places she has lived in throughout her life thus far. In her free time, you can spot Samantha photographing her adventures in Atlanta or sipping coffee at your nearest coffee shop.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy), Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

  • BA (Arts in Psychology), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

LAURIE BOTSTEIN

M.S./C.C.C.-SLP

Laurie Botstein received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Impaired from Brooklyn College. She is a specialist in providing services to persons with mild to high-level impairments in the areas of autism, apraxia of speech, delays in speech and language and language processing disorders. Her overall objective as a speech-language pathologist is to optimize an individual's ability to communicate, thereby improving the quality of life. Laurie is a Level C Floortime Provider, Level 1 certified in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), and a Fast ForWord provider. Laurie, a Brooklyn, NY native, has made Atlanta her home. She enjoys working out, running, good restaurants and traveling.

  • MSOT (Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Impaired), Brooklyn College, New York, USA

  • BA (Bachelor of Arts ), Brooklyn College, New York, USA