About

Performance Pediatrics

Welcome to Performance Pediatrics: Pediatric Therapy, 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.

Performance Pediatrics

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.

Performance Pediatrics

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.

Davina Daura, MOT, MS/OTR/L

Owner, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

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, hiking, cooking, going to concerts, spending time with my family, playing with my two young nieces!

Melissa McCabe,

Clinic Manager and Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant

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. 

Jayme McCormick

PT, DPT, Assistant Clinic Manager

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.

Kelly Gazzo

PT, DPT

Nicole is a licensed physical therapist who joined Performance Pediatrics in 2020. In 2008, I received my Bachelors of Science in Sports Marketing & Management from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. After working in the sports industry, as well as doing some philanthropic work distributing wheelchairs to those in need, I realized my passion was helping create an environment for someone to achieve better accessibility and quality of life. That passion led me to graduating from Dominican College with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. Since the start of my career, I have primarily worked in school-based services and out-patient services focusing on adolescent injuries. My experience includes manual therapy courses focusing on Mckenzie and Mulligan techniques as well as many courses focusing on Autism. I look forward to continuing my clinical education with various pediatric courses & certifications with an end goal of becoming a pediatric clinical specialist. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and two girls. We enjoy going to the beach, boating, skiing and traveling in our RV to various camping spots (Lake George is our favorite).

Nicole Hill

PT, DPT

Angelique is a physical therapist who graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2020. As an undergraduate at Quinnipiac, Angelique received her Bachelors of Science in 2017, where she also minored in Biology and Music. At Quinnipiac, Angelique was very fortunate to work with kids in a variety of settings including working with Camp No Limits, a camp for children with limb differences, and GoBabyGo, which provides modified ride-on cars to children with mobility deficits. Angelique has been passionate about the pediatric population for as long as she can remember and is excited to begin her PT career with the Performance Pediatrics team. In her free time, Angelique loves to spend time with her family and friends, sing and play piano/guitar/ukulele, hike, and travel.

Angelique Donati

PT, DPT

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.

Deann Hollander MS CCC SLP SLS

Speech Language Pathologist

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.

Kimberley Miebach MS

CCC-Speech Language Pathologist

My name is Kimora Beaupierre-Liberati, and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist with 9 years of experience in a variety of settings--from early intervention, to private and public schools, to skilled nursing facilities. My passion, however, is empowering children through communication! I graduated from Long Island University with my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008, and from Nova Southeastern University with my M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2013. I enjoy learning as much as I can through continuing education courses focusing on play-based interventions, language acquisition, and pediatric feeding and swallowing. When I am not at work, you can find me spending time with my family, cooking, hiking, and creating.

Kimora Beaupierre-Liberati

MS, CCC-SLP

Max Shafer is a Speech-Language Pathologist from Branchville, NJ. Max received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in the field from West Virginia University. Max recently moved back to New Jersey from Colorado where he worked with pediatric clients with a variety of disorders and developmental delays. Max is excited to continue his career as a clinician at Performance Pediatrics. When Max is not working, he enjoys hiking, fishing, and seeing live music. When hanging out inside, he enjoys a good movie, TV show, or playing some video games with friends. Max is a passionate hockey fan and loves the New Jersey Devils.

Max Shafer

M.S. CCC-SLP

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.

Jennifer Waters

Occupational Therapist

Cindy comes to us with thirteen years of pediatric experience, working in a school-based setting since her first employment with the West Point Military Academy. Cindy has worked with children, ages 3-21, living with a variety of diagnoses, such as autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, developmental delays, physical disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and neurological disorders such as ADD and ADHD. Cindy has a strong background in research and was selected to present her graduate thesis replication study findings with her co-authors at the 87th American Occupational Therapy Association in St. Louis, MO, in addition to her evidenced-based article “Best Practices in School OT Evaluations.’ Cindy has attended numerous workshops and continuing education courses focusing on pediatrics and school-based interventions, obtaining her certification in the Handwriting Without Tears program. In addition, Cindy completed the Size Matters Handwriting Program and The Print Tool assessment workshop, expanding her handwriting knowledge and expertise to effectively assess and treat writing deficits in school-aged children. During her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her two daughters, and her four-year-old granddaughter.

Cindy Pendergraft

OTR/L

Hi, my name is Toni and I became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in 2019. As a student I was lucky enough to be placed at Performance Pediatrics for my Clinical Rotation where I learned and developed skills working with children of all ages. Now I am proud to call Performance Pediatrics my home and excited to continue to build my skill set to provide the best care for our clients. I have been working in many different pediatric settings for over ten years. I have a deep passion for working with children and helping them become the best versions of themselves.

 I am eager continue my education and receive certifications in all different areas of practice to better help children improve in all life skills

Toni Abbondanza

Certified Occupational Therapy Asst.

"Hello! My name is Brooke and I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). I always knew I had a passion for working with children and wanted a profession where I could help make a difference for them in some way. I went to ESU and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Psychology in 2016. From there I went to OT school in PA, graduated in May of 2019, and received my OTA license in July of 2019. During my clinical rotations, I was able to experience many different settings including outpatient pediatrics, inpatient pediatrics, and school-based. For the last year, I have worked as a school-based COTA within and around Sussex County. I am beyond excited to be able to join the Performance Pediatrics Family. I am looking forward to continuing my education and becoming certified in many different areas to better myself as a therapist!"

Brooke Derin

Certified Occupational Therapy Asst.

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.

Sue Useini

Office Administrator

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.

Elaine Johnson

Office Administrator

Louie is a Therapeutic Service Dog who has made his debut at Performance Pediatrics in 2018. Louie is a gentle giant, and a 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! 

Louie

Service Dog

OUR
MISSION
STATEMENT:

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.

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