At Shining Stars Therapy, we take pride in providing the best Pediatric Therapy Services for your child. Please learn more about all of our experienced Occupational therapists at Shining Stars Therapy!

Dawn Solomon OTR/L, Owner


Dawn received her degree in Occupational Therapy in 1997 after attending Downstate Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY.

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Julie Burke, MS, OTR/L


After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, Julie moved to North Carolina where she worked with young children with fragile X syndrome and their families for three years. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2008.

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Katie Charron, MS, OTR/L


Katie grew up in Raleigh, NC. She attended NC State for an undergrad degree in Biology and worked in a DNA sequencing lab for 3 years before going back to for her Master’s in OT at ECU. Along the way to her current career, Katie was inspired to work with children by her counseling position at City of Raleigh’s Specialized Recreation department and as a Habilitation Tech at A Small Miracle. Katie’s favorite pastimes are playing music, walking her dog, drawing, and rock climbing. Katie also is passionate about teaching special needs piano and regularly volunteers with Duke Adaptive Climbing, ask her about these awesome experiences!

Emily Hoyle, MS, OTR/L


Emily earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2005. Following graduation, she moved home to Raleigh and worked as an ophthalmic technician until returning to East Carolina University to obtain her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She graduated in 2008 after completing her fieldwork experiences in acute care, subacute rehabilitation, and the burn center.

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Hadley Kirkpatrick MS, OTR/L


Hadley received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia and her Masters degree in Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities from the University of Virginia. Prior to beginning occupational therapy school, Hadley worked in both public schools and private schools as an adapted physical educator for children with sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury. Hadley enjoyed working with parents and other team members to maximize each student’s independence throughout the school day. Hadley earned her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Brandon Zane Klassett, MS OTR/L


Zane has a passion for working with children and their families to help maximize every child’s potential. Prior to becoming an OT, Zane was a competitive gymnast and coached for over 7 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in human occupation studies and psychology from Lenior Rhyne University in 2006. He continued at Lenoir Rhyne to complete his Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008.

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Felicia Lisewski, MS OTR/L


Felicia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ithaca College in 2009. After college, Felicia always knew she wanted to work with children and became a child life specialist. As a child life specialist, she worked on a pediatric inpatient unit of a hospital providing ongoing emotional support. Felicia decided she wanted to go back to school to earn a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. In 2014, she graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Bay Path College in Massachusetts.

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Kristina Nguyen MS, OTR/L


Kristina grew up in Cary, NC and always dreamed of being a pediatric occupational therapist. Since a young age, she volunteered and worked with young children with autism, sensory processing disorders, and Down syndrome. She received her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Services from East Carolina University and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. During her masters, Kristina worked at an Assistive Technology Resource Center helping college students with disabilities excel in secondary education. Additionally, she completed clinical rotations in school settings, outpatient pediatric clinics, adult day programs, and inpatient rehabilitation where she gained experience working with individuals of all ages with a range of diagnoses including developmental delay, ASD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and visual impairments.

Kristina currently lives in Cary with her cat named Luigi and enjoys roller skating, pottery, and all outdoor activities!

304 Judd Place Drive
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Phone: 919-557-8305
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