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.
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, 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.
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.
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).
I joined Performance Pediatrics in 2020 but have been practicing for over 21 years. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1999 and my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from SUNY Stony Brook in 2004. I have extensive experience in acute care, outpatient rehabilitation as well as school-based pediatrics. I have published clinical research results to improve hand function for children and adults with hand burns and I have been a manager of a Rehabilitation Department overseeing staff and treating pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics. My continuing education includes the McKenzie Method (MDT), Maitland Manual Therapy, and I am certified in LSVT Big. When not working, I love being with my family, doing outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, taking our dog for long walks and attending my daughters’ sporting events.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
"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!"
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.
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.