We are a close-knit team of occupational therapists who are passionate about collaboration and ongoing learning to help kids experience joy and reach their full potential.
Amy Buchholz, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Lead Clinincian & Co-Owner
Amy is passionate about her work with children, and finds joy and fulfillment when helping families. She has been practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist since 1999, when she received her degree from the University of Florida.
Having worked in many pediatric practice settings, she's firmly settled on the small patient practice as the best way to connect with a family and support system. So she founded Bright Spot with her partner Ryan in 2017.
She has sought extensive post-graduate training and is committed to continual learning to stay at the forefront in her field:
- Level 1 Intensive Mentorship at the STAR Center
- mentorship in the DIR/Floortime Approach with Profectum faculty member and educator Kiegan Blake, OTR/L, M.A.Ed.
- SOS Feeding approach, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, Pediatric Yoga, and Collaborative Problem Solving among others.
Amy is a craft artist on the side, an acrobat in a local circus company, and a lover of dance.
Danielle Williams, OTD, OTR/L
Danielle graduated with her doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Pacific University in May, 2015. She participated in a 12-week internship and completed her capstone project at Sensory Kids in 2015, and was immediately invited to join the team. She holds passion for knowledge and a never-ending quest to learn. She has sought extensive training and post-graduate education, including Level 1 and 2 mentorship at the Star Center, as well as intensive training in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Danielle loves working with children and families, and is building our adult program to support adults with sensory processing. Outside of work she enjoys travel and ballroom dancing!
Ellie provides the kind and warm presence in our office to welcome families and to help parents with the administrative aspect of services.
When she's not in the office, she is working hard to fulfill her dream to become a pediatric speech-language pathologist, currently working through the master's program at PSU. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on walks with her partner and exploring all the excellent coffee shops around Portland.
Operations, Finance, & Project Manager
Ryan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he studied electrical and computer engineering. He began his professional life as a systems engineer in the aerospace industry before leaving to pursue other interests.
He entered the world of small business to manage finances and operations for a custom bicycle company (Ryan loves bicycles). And then joined Amy to support her work, as partner in life and business, and has been co-owner and practice manager of Bright Spot for four years now.
His skills as a systems engineer and exceptionally organized, thoughtful, and efficient human have translated incredibly well to laying the foundation for a small clinic. He maintains a strong focus on the client experience, to establish clear communication and understanding with parents about their insurance and billing during the therapy process.
Outside the office, Ryan enjoys running, cycling, tennis, and meditation.