Melisa Kaye is the founder and director of Firefly Center: Therapy Services for Children. A pediatric occupational therapist in practice for two decades, Melisa works with children with a wide variety of challenges in their home, school, clinic, and community environments. In addition to her clinical work, Melisa is an occupational therapy instructor and teaches courses in educational technology. Melisa has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on topics including sensory integration, child development, and OT education. She is the co-author of a book on kindergarten readiness. Melisa is currently completing her doctoral degree in Education at the University of San Francisco.
Holly is the assistant director of Firefly Center. She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She has more than 12 years of experience in the field of pediatrics facilitating healthy development in children with special needs. Her background includes specialized training in sensory processing, pediatric yoga, and disorders of feeding and eating. She is highly skilled at addressing challenges related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, developmental delays, and a variety of mental health disorders.
A member of the Firefly Center team since 2012, Holly has enjoyed serving children and families in the clinic, schools and numerous community settings. She is also trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and leads workshops combining mindfulness practice and gentle yoga for wellbeing. After becoming a mother to a child with sensory processing differences, Holly discovered a passion for helping parents and families navigate transitions into and within the therapy process, making her current role especially meaningful. Her greatest pleasure in work comes from helping families by promoting meaningful interactions and enhancing development and satisfaction through daily activities.
Cassie received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University. Cassie has focused on pediatric practice throughout her career. She has completed continuing education in sensory processing and integration, self-regulation, the Perceptual Enrichment Program (PEP), Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory Integration and Trauma, and Yoga for Infants, Toddlers, and Kids. Cassie enjoys finding the “just right” challenge during sessions. She also loves collaborating with families and other professionals to support kids’ participation in all environments. In her free time, Cassie enjoys yoga, cooking, outdoor adventures, and spending time with family and friends.
Julie Robertson Monroe
Julie Robertson received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California. Julie became an occupational therapist because of her passion for working with children. She has volunteered and worked as an assistant recreation program leader with children and teens with disabilities at the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center. She has also worked with older adults in an inpatient sub-acute facility. Julie returned to pediatrics and became part of the Firefly Center team in 2015. She has advanced training in sensory processing and integration, self-regulation, sensory diets, and handwriting. She is proficient in utilizing programs such as the Zones of Regulation, Alert Program, and Handwriting Without Tears. Julie is dedicated to fostering her students' growth and development by providing a warm, supportive, and playful environment. Julie is the mother of a young boy and loves watching him grow and learn.
Sunny received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Sunny worked in pediatrics over the past 10 years in New York, Austin, and Chicago. She has worked with children in the school, clinic, and community environments. Sunny has training in sensory processing and integration, self-regulation, feeding therapy, aquatic therapy, therapeutic taping, and is Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) certified. Sunny loves working with children of all ages and collaborating with families and other professionals. In her spare time, you can find Sunny chasing her toddler with her husband, hanging with friends, and exploring the Bay Area.
Marla received her bachelor’s of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida. She has almost a decade of experience in educationally based OT, preschool through 8th grade. Marla is trained in the Zones of Regulation, Handwriting without Tears, and the Alert Program. Prior to working with children, Marla spent 19 years of her OT career working with adults in acute care, rehab, skilled nursing facilities, mental health day treatment programs, and an outpatient senior fall prevention program. She is committed to mentoring both students and professionals who are new to the field. Over the years, Marla has precepted more than a dozen OT interns and co-precepted many others.
"Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is." —Yoda