Welcome to Performance Pediatrics: Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy Services
located in the heart of Passaic and Sussex Counties NJ.
We are a private pediatric therapy clinic owned and directed by Davina Daura, MS, OTR/L.
specialize in working with children presenting with challenges associated with disorders of relating and communicating such as autism spectrum disorder, aspergers, sensory processing disorders (sensory integration disorders), regulatory disorders, dyspraxia, learning, behavioral and neurological disorders, gross/fine motor difficulties, visual perceptual/spatial challenges, self-help, and motor-coordination difficulties.
embrace the DIR®/Floortime Model of treatment developed by Stanley Greenspan, MD, Serena Wieder, PhD and Dr. Jean Ayres, Sensory Integration Theory with an emphasis on understanding the impact of the child’s sensory processing and postural control on their capacity to relate, communicate and learn. The focus of the practice is on empowering the child and parent in their interactions through child directed play.
Please contact us for information about our services. We are happy to accept new clients and look forward to speaking with you.
MEET Our Staff
Davina Daura is a licensed and national board certified Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She is the owner of Performance Pediatrics. In February of 2012, she opened Performance Pediatrics in Lafayette, NJ with the goal of helping children with special needs and unique learning styles an opportunity to achieve their highest potential. I truly find great satisfaction in my work with children and in helping families overcome the everyday challenges of parenting children with special needs. Davina received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY. Davina has extensive experience with children and young adults with an array of learning disabilities and in acute/sub-acute and out-patient rehabilitative settings, preschool and elementary school-based settings, and home-based therapy. Davina is certified in Handwriting Without Tears, The Listening Program with bone conduction (which is an auditory-based program to help improve overall organization, attention to task, processing skills, communication abilities, reading, and memory), Interactive Metronome, trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Yogapeutics, Zones of Regulation, and Pilates. Davina has advanced training in DIR/Floortime and neuro-developmental treatment. Davina has attended many continuing education courses and has advanced training in treating children with autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficits, and behavioral challenges; Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program and self-regulation, and Brain Gym. Davina’s hobbies are travel, cooking, decorating, fitness, and spending time with her family.
My first job was working in Sub-acute setting in 1996. The patients whom I worked with had various diagnosis ranging from total hip replacement to shoulder injuries. While working in sub-acute and various settings, I discovered my true passion lied in working with children. In 2007, I took a position as an Occupational Therapist at Celebrate the Children School in Wharton, NJ where I had the opportunity to learn and embrace the DIR/Floortime model while blending Sensory Integrative techniques. Seeing as there was a need for private speech, occupational and physical therapy services Lafayette and Totowa, New Jersey, I established my own private practice clinic outfitted with fun, therapeutic equipment. I continue to be passionate about discovering new occupational therapy treatment techniques that will help improve the quality of life of the children with whom I work. My hope is to provide you and your child with quality care in a fun, therapeutic, clean, and safe environment.
I have been part of the Performance Pediatrics team since 2014! I have experience working with children who display an array of challenges from, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism spectrum disorders, fine and gross motor deficits, emotional regulation dysfunction, feeding challenges, Genetic Disorders, ADHD, Opposition Defiant Disorder and more! I have experience with children of all ages between the school systems and private clinic. I strive to stay up to date with the newest training and therapeutic certifications to guide and aid my treatment sessions, in addition to my creativity, and enthusiasm while creating the Just Right Challenge for your child. I currently hold certifications and training in DIR Floor time, SOS approach to Feeding, Handwriting without Tears, Zones of Regulation, Interactive Metronome, Alert Program, Brain Gym, The Listening Program /Provider, Student Fieldwork Educator and NJ Top Doc award Recipient. I am also the owner of Louie, our clinic Therapy Dog! When I am not at work, I enjoy traveling with my fiance, hiking, cooking, going to concerts, spending time with my family, playing with my two young nieces!
I have been an employee of Performance Pediatrics since 2013. I attended undergraduate and graduate school at Stockton University where I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. My experience includes manual therapy, school based therapy, and outpatient based therapy. I enjoy continuing my education and have participated in courses including Maitland Manual Therapy, Interactive Metronome, DIR Approach, Brain Gym, Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, and other Reflex Integration courses. Recently, I was nominated for the New Jersey Top Doc Award. When I am not at work, I enjoy going to the beach, going to country music concerts, outdoor activities, and going to the movies.
Abbey is originally from New Hampshire and joined Performance Pediatrics and Performance
Rehabilitation in 2019. She attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT where she graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine in 2014 and then with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017. She has unique experience with the adolescent athletic population as well as experience with the outpatient orthopedic and school-based pediatric populations. She has completed a certification in the Functional Movement Screen and is M1 Graston Certified. Outside of the clinic, Abbey loves to read, train for 5K races, and go horseback riding.
Kelly is a licensed physical therapist who joined Performance Pediatrics in 2020. She attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT where she received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences in 2016 and then her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019.
She is excited to begin her career with the Performance team and continue her education with continuing education courses and certifications.
When not in the clinic, Kelly enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Cody.
I am a nationally certified, state licensed speech language pathologist with over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings with all ages. I have my New Jersey speech language specialist certificate. I am PROMPT Level 1 trained and have been trained in Beckman Oral Motor Techniques and DIR/Floortime. I specialize in childhood apraxia, language delays, autism, phonemic awareness, feeding/swallowing disorders, articulation disorders, executive functioning and verbal reasoning, preparing an adolescent for adult challenges and vocabulary development. I love what I do and experience joy improving a child’s ability to communicate and cognitively function with the his/her family, peers and community. During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking and hiking, and reading.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Kimberly Miebach and I am a Speech Language Pathologist. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Stockton University, and my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Marywood University. I grew up in New Jersey. I love to be outside and hiking is one of my favorite activities. My family and I are huge hockey fans and my favorite team is the New Jersey Devils. I enjoy reading books and making DIY projects.
Rachael is an Occupational Therapist and has been with the Performance Pediatrics team for 4 years. Previously, she served families in their homes through the early intervention program and has experience working with children of all age in school. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Science and a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Rachael is certified in DIR/Floortime based therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome and Zones of Regulation and specializes in working with children with autism, sensory processing disorders, and motor coordination disorders. Rachael enjoys taking her dogs on hikes, rock climbing, crafting and DIY projects. She believes the most important goal in occupational therapy is to build a good relationship with your family and create positive experiences through the just right challenge!
Jackie has a very diverse background that has shaped her into a professional with vast educational and practical experience. Jackie is driven to enable people and children to participate in the things that they love and want to do within their home life, community, work, school, leisure, artistic, sport interests and self care. Occupational therapy is founded on a belief that occupations influence our development and our health, wellbeing and contribute to our quality of life. Our ‘occupations’ harness our time and interests, and utilize our personal capacities. Our ability to participate can be impacted by individual determinants such as physical, emotional and developmental issues, and social determinants such as barriers within the social and physical environment. Jackie knows that thorough education and direction she can continue to change the lives of so many.
Jen is a licensed and national board certified Occupational Therapist with over 16 years of Pediatric experience. Jen has experience working with children and young adults with an array of learning disabilities in acute/sub-acute rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, school-based settings, and home-based therapy. Jen is certified in Handwriting Without Tears, Primitive Reflex Integration, and DIR/Floortime. Jen has attended many continuing
education courses and has training in treating children with autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficits, and behavioral challenges. Jen’s hobbies are traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Kristin Ribe graduated with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University. She is currently a licensed occupational therapist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Kristin has experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention and schools. She continues to expand her clinical knowledge by attending continuing education courses in various pediatric areas including visual processing skills and sensory processing skills. Kristin is also a Level 1 Certified handwriting specialist through Handwriting Without Tears.
I have been a practicing COTA for 30+ years and had the pleasure and privilege of joining the Pediatric Performance “team” last year. Most of my experience has been in pediatrics providing OT services in the public and private school setting as well as outpatient setting. Through my experience in multiple types of settings, I am adverse in many developmental and therapeutic techniques and am equipped with a tool box full of creativity! I am the proud mom of 2 and enjoy the outdoors and traveling. I love to learn and strive to learn something new every day!
I am Elizabeth Wolthoff, and I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). I have worked in multiple early-childhood settings for over eight years, developing a passion for aiding children with their emotional regulation, reaching developmental milestones, and sensory integration. I have been certified by “Handwriting Without Tears” and “Zones of Regulation”, and am additionally certified in the SOS approach to feed.
My name is Sue Useini, I have been working part time at Performance Pediatrics since 2015. I am a proud mother of three. I enjoy cooking, shopping, traveling and spending time with my family. I am proud to be part of the Performance’s family and the wonderful services we provide to the community and families.
Elaine has been with Performance Pediatrics since its inception in 2012. When not in the office, Elaine enjoys spending time outdoors in nature with her family.
Melaney is one of our Office Administrators who joined the Performance Pediatrics team at the end of 2019. She attended Montclair State University where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and is now working towards a Master’s Degree. Outside of the office, Melaney enjoys snowboarding, going to concerts, cooking and spending time with family. She is excited to be a part of the Performance team and grateful for the opportunity to work with such great individuals.
Louie is a Therapeutic Service Dog who has made his debut at Performance Pediatrics this year! He is a 6 year old, Purebred Fawn Boxer. When louie is not at work, you will most likely find him sun bathing any chance he gets! His favorite word is ‘Cookie,” and he knows exactly what that means! He enjoys going for rides in the car, chasing squirrels, giving kisses, and most importantly he loves coming to work and learning new things with our kiddos!
Performance Pediatrics strives to assure a positive, child-friendly, family- based center servicing Sussex, Morris, Warren, and Passaic counties in NJ. Our mission is to give each child that comes through Performance Pediatrics doors the best of our experience and attitude that will help maximize their function and independence in school and home. We work at giving the parents empathy, understanding, and the knowledge to help their kids, believe in their abilities, and achieve goals. At Performance Pediatrics, we believe in treating the whole child to individually meet each child’s unique and special needs. We strongly believe that ALL children have the ability to grow, learn, and develop and it is just a matter of tapping and discovering “how” they learn “best,” believing in them, and providing the “just right” guidance along the way.
Our goal is to provide the highest quality of therapy to children and their families, with new and current evidence-based research and clinical experience. We strive to be on top of the latest programs available that will help children with and without special needs, as well as, to maintain the highest level of education and professionalism in our field.