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OUR TEAM

We are a private pediatric therapy clinic owned and directed by Davina Daura, MS, OTR/L.

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

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

Kennedy is a licensed physical therapist who joined Performance Pediatrics in 2021. She attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where she received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2017. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside, VA in 2021.

She is excited to begin with the Performance team and continue her education with continuing education courses and certifications.

When not in the clinic, Kennedy enjoys pilates, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Kennedy Young

PT, DPT

I am excited to continue growing in my profession through continuing education classes to become the very best therapist I can be. Helping children reach their full potential and celebrating milestones, big or small, are just two of the reasons why I love being in this profession. I am very passionate about what I do and take pride in being part of a hard-working team that is just as passionate!

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending my time snuggling up with my three cats, reading a good book, or enjoying some fresh air! 
Shauna Menzella

PT, DPT

Hello! My name is Gabby and I became a part of Performance Pediatrics in 2021. I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with a strong passion to work with and help children of all ages and disabilities. I had the pleasure of completing my final Fieldwork placement at Performance and learned more than I could ever imagine. Everyone in the clinic made my experience one that I could never forget and I knew I wanted to continue my education and career with the Performance team. I am extremely excited for all that is to come and to watch each child grow and improve as time goes on. In my free time, I enjoy performing with my theatre groups, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my with my many pets.

Gabriella A. Crocco

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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

My name is Morgan Amels, a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA/L) as of 2021. I have always had a huge passion for helping others, and sharing my heart with those around me. I knew from when I was little that I wanted to help make a difference in this world, no matter how great or small. I began my journey in pediatrics when I completed my fieldwork at this very clinic back in 2019. I fell in love with pediatrics as well as the Performance Pediatrics family, and realized this is where I feel I can make a difference. I try to put myself in the shoes of my patients, which I believe helps me to be the most empathetic and understanding therapist I can be. I aspire to let each child I work with know how loved and special they are, helping them realize their gifts and assist them in gaining confidence in all areas of life. I am eager to gain more certifications to better assist our clients of varying needs. When not at the clinic, I enjoy spending my time with my husband, cooking, traveling, camping, playing with our dog, being outdoors, and seeing family.

Morgan Amels

COTA/L

Hi there! My name is Kara and I am a licensed and national board certified Occupational Therapist. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Following, I attended graduate school at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia to receive my Masters of Occupational Therapy. I have previous clinical experience working in outpatient pediatric clinics, public schools and private schools. I joined the Performance Pediatrics family in the Fall of 2021 and it has been a wonderful experience thus far. I could not think of a better setting to work in because working with children to help reach their full potential and celebrate each child’s progress, big or small, brings me so much joy. I look forward to continuing my education and becoming certified in a multitude of areas to better myself and benefit the individuals I work with. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, crafting, singing, and geocaching.

Kara Kurzawa

MOT, OTR/L

Hello! My name is Hannah Tobal and I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who joined Performance Pediatrics in 2021. I attended William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, where I received a Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders.

During my professional career, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and gained experience working as a speech-language pathologist in multiple settings including public schools, multi-disabled preschools, and private clinics.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and giving back to the community. I am a board member of a 501(c)3 charity that is dedicated to help changing peoples lives around the world! I’m excited to grow my career with the Performance team and continue learning through educational courses and certifications. I have a passion to work closely with children and their families to facilitate effective communication and empowerment.

Hannah Zydoyko

MS, CF-SLP

I am a nationally certified, level 1 PROMPT trained speech language pathologist. I received my undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst in 2017, and graduated with my masters in speech pathology in 2020 from Seton Hall University. I have been working with kids for over 10 years and have truly developed a passion for wanting to help them become their best selves. As a speech therapist, I have experience with autism, multiply disabled children, language disorders, articulation disorders, fluency, oral motor, dysphagia, voice disorders, late talkers, tongue thrust, and more. I believe the key to success is a play-based approach, and absolutely love watching children thrive in the therapy setting. In my spare time I love to travel, hang out with my family and friends, and do anything outdoorsy.

Alexa Beck

Speech Language Pathologist

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

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