Our Team

 
Wayne Stevenson, MOT, OTR/L

Wayne Stevenson, MOT, OTR/L

Co-FOUNDER

Wayne earned his undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies with a biological emphasis from California State University Fresno. During that time he worked with children and adults with special needs at Good Shepherd Luthern Homes. Wayne continued on in his education earning a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA in 1997.

Wayne's work experience includes Oakland Unified School District, Stanislaus County Office of Education (SELPA) and early intervention with Communication Station Inc. For the past four years he has worked privately contracting with several school districts in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.

Over Wayne's 20 years as a pediatric occupational therapist he has gained proficiency in Sensory Processing, Bal-A-Vis-X (BAVX), Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems, The Wilbarger Protocol, How Does Your Engine Run, Beckman Oral Motor and Visual Development. Through experience, research and training he has gained exceptional therapeutic skills that make him an excellent therapist.

 
 
 
 
 

April Herline

Co-FOUNDER

April Herline has been a special educator for the past 17 years. Her career began in Vallejo, California, teaching a Learning Handicap Class for students 1st through 3rd grade, and then she moved to Modesto City Schools, where her jobs have evolved from a Special Day Class Teacher, Inclusion Support and Resource Specialist all for children on the autism spectrum.

April earned a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from San Jose State University, as well as a Master's Degree in Special Education, Multiple Subject Credential and a Mild to Moderate Special Education Credential from Chapman University and an Autism Certificate.

Therapeutic Playground of Central Valley is a dream that April has had to help better serve the community, as well as, assist parents and children in getting the services they need in a positive and supportive environment. April lives in Modesto, California with her husband, and two kids. When not working April enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, and camping.

 

April Herline
 
 
 
Michele Wells

Michele Wells

Co-FOUNDER

Michele Wells has been active in the field of special education for over 19 years, focusing on overseeing special programs within the school district, delivering instruction to students, developing trainings for staff and incorporating different techniques and strategies in classrooms to meet the needs of the entire student body.

Michele earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies on an athletic scholarship and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from University of the Pacific.  She holds a multiple subject teaching credential, a specialist instructional credential and an administrative services credential as well.  

Therapeutic Playground of Central Valley is close to Michele’s heart as her son was diagnosed with Autism at age two.  For years she has been addressing her son’s sensory needs in the school and home environments through different sensory strategies and techniques, clothing, toys and diets.  Michele lives in Modesto, California with her husband, twin boys and retriever pups.  When not working, Michele enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

 
 
 
 

Britta Foster

Co-FOUNDER

Britta Foster is a mom, a wife, a partner in zentiv agency - a local marketing company - and an active community member. With a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and an MBA, both from UC Davis, Britta has always enjoyed the field of marketing. These days she most enjoys working with local companies and helping them figure out how to better tell their own story.

Britta’s path to co-founding Therapeutic Playground really began when her youngest daughter entered kindergarten. Suddenly struggling with her writing, her daughter’s school was unsure of the correct diagnosis or the best support.  Luckily Wayne came into their lives and quickly identified a severe eye tracking issue which needed to be addressed.  Knowing this diagnosis pointed Britta in the right direction and enabled her to get her daughter on track, however, they ended up driving to Roseville to receive some of the needed services.  The experience left her frustrated with the lack of services in our area and inspired her to want to create something locally to support kids, parents and schools.

Through her own experience, Britta quickly realized the power in the team approach as she (the parent), worked with Wayne (the OT), along with her daughter’s very supportive school and teachers. Fast forward 2 years…..Britta was thrilled to bring together Wayne’s amazing Occupational Therapy knowledge with April and Michelle’s unparalleled Childhood Education experience plus Katie’s enthusiasm for Bal-A-Vis-X and her own passion for bringing services to our local community.  

When she isn’t working, Britta enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, serving on local non-profit boards and working on Blessings in a Backpack - a program she and her husband started to feed local kids.

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Britta Foster
 
 
Katie Jarratt

Katie Jarratt

BAVX

Katie Jarratt graduated from Stanislaus State University in June of 2016 with a degree in Psychology.  For the past two years Katie has had the opportunity to attend multiple Bal-A-Vis-X (BAVX) trainings with Bill Hubert. This exposure to Bill and to his techniques, ignited a passion in Katie as she saw first hand the amazing results that BAVX could have with different children and adults. 

In the fall of 2016, Katie began working at Big Valley Christian Elementary School where she served in a variety of roles. While at Big Valley she had the chance to incorporate BAVX into her work with students whenever possible. This furthered her desire to learn more about BAVX and become more focused on this unique type of service.

Katie was thrilled to join the Therapeutic Playground team. She is looking forward to incorporating BAVX into our client services as she works alongside Wayne in supporting each child (or adult’s) unique needs. A former Division 1 college soccer athlete, Katie is also interested in pursuing how BAVX might also support local athletes as they pursue their dreams. 

When she isn’t working, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe a local fireman, and their friends and family.  She is also currently taking classes and working towards a master’s degree.