Heather McClure, MS OTR/L
Heather McClure earned her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and her B.S. in Social Science from Portland State University. She was born and raised in the Northwest, and is excited to provide excellent occupational therapy to kids in the Gorge! Her experience in OT ranges from behavioral health (inpatient and partial hospital psychiatry) to acute care/sub-acute rehabilitation as well as outpatient pediatrics. She has specialized training in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) method, Astronaut Training Program and Therapeutic Listening. She is extremely interested in sensory processing, the auditory/visual/vestibular triad, reflex integration and how neurological differences affect behavior in children (and adults!!). She is a wife, mom, dog-mom, avid reader, crossword puzzle junkie, novice gardener, locavore foodie and outdoor enthusiast.
Angela Ripley, DPT
Angela Ripley earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from D’Youville College - Buffalo, NY in 2011. With a passion for pediatrics, her goal is to analyze movement and develop creative individualized treatment strategies to improve patient safety, efficiency and independence navigating their environments. She has diverse experience treating pediatrics to geriatrics in multidisciplinary outpatient clinics, inpatient units, acute rehab, home health and an early childhood program. Angela’s heart for medical missions led her to volunteer with CURE International in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a PT program in a pediatric orthopedic hospital. She has been fortunate to work with unconventional treatment strategies such as hippotherapy (PT on a horse) and an outdoor aquatic setting (with dolphins as motivation). Her specialty is movement but her focus is providing holistic care. For every child to reach their potential, Angela believes it’s the therapist and caregiver’s responsibility to find what motivates the patient and cultivate an environment of intentional play supporting learning opportunities and high
Rachelle Walters, COTA
Rachelle Walters earned her Associate of Occupational Science degree from Pima Medical Institute’s Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant program in Denver, CO in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Humboldt State University. Rachelle has worked with children for 13 years in a variety of settings. She has worked in WA schools, as a school-based COTA for the past 4 years. She has also provided OT services in Acute Care, Long Term Care and Rehabilitation hospitals. Rachelle has had specialized training in the areas of sensory processing, handwriting, assistive technology, Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism and behavioral interventions. Before her OT career, she taught Art at a K-5 Charter school. She then left the classroom for the woods, where she worked as a Wilderness Guide and a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor with at-risk youth before going back to school to become a COTA. Rachelle participated in a study abroad program in Chile where she became fluent in Spanish. Rachelle enjoys providing children with the necessary tools to increase independence while watching their confidence grow.
Riley Thomas, MS, OTR/L
Riley Thomas received his master's degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Washington University and his B.S. in clinical physiology at Central Washington University. Riley has a diverse background in occupational therapy settings including outpatient pediatrics, acute rehabilitation, home health, outpatient neurorehabilitation, and upper extremity rehab. He found his calling for pediatrics while interning in a remote village for disabled children in Vietnam. Since this time, Riley continues to be inspired by the joyful spirit and excitement for life that every child has. He enjoys working with children of all ages and backgrounds, though has a growing interest in helping children with cerebral palsy and visual deficits. It is Riley’s long-term goal to garner a well-rounded and fruitful pediatric experience in the U.S. so that he can one day take the skills he has learned to benefit children and families living in impoverished places around the world.
Riley has recently moved to the Gorge out of a strong interest in all of the outdoor recreations the area has to offer. He loves being outdoors in all seasons, whether that means trekking up and down the snow slopes in winter or trailblazing the pacific northwest in the summer.