Meet Our Occupational Therapists

Our team of certified occupational therapists has decades of experience providing care to patients of all ages. 

Learn more about each member of our team, including their areas of clinical interest.

Theresa Breen

Theresa is a pediatric occupational therapist at South Shore Health.

Occupational therapist Crystal Cote of South Shore Health

Crystal Cote

Crystal always wanted to help people. Beginning her journey into the OT field at Springfield College, a foundation of working with children was laid as she worked at the campus daycare and as an aide for children with Autism. Her love for working with children has continued at South Shore Health for more than 10 years. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family/friends and going to the beach.

Clinical Interests: Pediatrics, Autism care

Julie Garber

Julie Garber, OTR/L has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist at South Shore Hospital since 2016. An alumnus of St. Ambrose University (1995), her passion to help children reach their potential along with her work experiences in early intervention, school-based therapy, and private practice guide her practice daily. She is passionate about working with patients who have a variety of developmental delays, sensory processing/modulation challenges, Autism, or physical challenges from a stroke or traumatic brain injury. She has special training in Autism, sensory processing, Therapeutic Listening®, and is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). A mother of eight, in her free time she enjoys baking, gardening, and time with her family.

Clinical Interests: Developmental delays, Autism, sensory challenges

Julie Garber of South Shore Health
Occupational therapist Jon Henesey of South Shore Health

John Henesey

John Henesey, OTR/L practices at the South Shore Health Center for Orthopedics, Spine and Sports Medicine. While obtaining his master’s degree from New England Institute of Technology, he practiced in a skilled nursing facility setting with acute care patients as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. He has an interest in pursuing a certification as Hand Therapist, working in adaptive sports. Outside of work, John enjoys coaching both youth and high school lacrosse and doing any activity he can outdoors.

Clinical Interests: Adaptive sports, hand therapy

Kathy Kowalski

Kathy Kowalski, OTR/L, CHT has practiced Occupational Therapy for more than 20 years. She earned the designation of Certified Hand Therapist in 2001 and has focused her clinical practice to specialize in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. Her specific areas of interest include complex tendon injuries, fracture care, and the fabricating of custom splints. Her priority is to return patients to the highest level of function using the best therapy techniques available.

Clinical Interests: Hand therapy, custom splinting

Occupational therapist Kathy Kowalski of South Shore Health
Occupational therapist Peggy Leung of South Shore Health

Peggy Leung

Peggy graduated from Boston University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings, including acute care and home care, but her passion is in outpatient orthopedic rehab. She completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy with concentration in upper extremity rehab in 2010 at Tufts University. Peggy became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2014 and she specializes in injuries/conditions involving the elbow, wrist and hand. Outside of work, she enjoys reading and traveling with her family.

Clinical Interests: Hand therapy, upper extremity therapy

Alicia Quach

Alicia Quach graduated from Boston University in 2019 with her doctorate in Occupational Therapy and has been working at South Shore Health since 2020. She is passionate about working together with her patients to help them reach their goals. She enjoys treating both the orthopedic and neurological populations and is interested in pursuing certification in hand therapy. Originally from California, Alicia can be found spending her free time outdoors, appreciating all four seasons, or in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.

Clinical Interests: Stroke rehabilitation, upper extremity rehabilitation, splint making.

Occupational therapist Alicia Quach of South Shore Health
Occupational therapist Wilma Rizal-Bilton of South Shore Health

Wilma Rizal-Bilton

Wilma Rizal-Bilton, MS, OTR/L, CDP has worked as an occupational therapist for more than 25 years. She graduated from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University where she earned her master’s degree. Wilma is passionate about quality care and the role of occupational therapy interventions in helping patients across all age groups, from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has worked in a variety of settings including school systems, acute hospitals, and subacute rehab. Wilma currently works in both home care and outpatient rehab. Wilma is a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Wilma enjoys yoga, running, and traveling with her family. She also enjoys volunteer outreach visits to local health care facilities to support both patients and staff with her therapy support dog, Manny.

Clinical Interests: Pediatric and geriatric neuro-rehab