Meet the Team

Crystal Amelang - OTR/L, SIPT
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Owner and Founder of Sprouts Therapy
Crystal graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2002. She has always had a passion for working with children. During her college years Crystal assisted teaching a preschool program, provided caregiving services in the homes of families of children with special needs and coached figure skating. She later developed a special needs ice skating program in her home town of Fort Collins, Colorado after traveling to New York to volunteer with the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped (SABAH). After graduation Crystal completed her fieldwork placements in San Diego, California studying Spinal Cord Injuries and in Edinburgh, Scotland working in Neurology.

After completing her advanced certification in Sensory Integration (SIPT), she saw how the field of Pediatric Occupational Therapy combines her love for children and Neurology, leading her to pursue her career in this direction. Crystal has years of experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including the home, community parks and beaches, public and private schools and play based sensory clinics. These opportunities have allowed her to treat children with a variety of developmental delays and given her extensive experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with Sensory Processing Disorders. Crystal is an Advanced Integrated Listening System (iLs) Practitioner, Advanced Pediatric Interactive Metronome (IM) Practitioner, an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner (SIPT), and Therapeutic Listening Practitioner. Crystal has completed 500 hours of training in massage therapy, which she incorporates into her pediatric practice, as well as training in CranioSacral Therapy provided by the Upledger Institute. Additional trainings include Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits, The Whole Child: SANE (Sleep, Activities, Nutrition, Environment) System of Pediatric Assessment/Treatment, Feeding Therapy, and The SCERTS Model. Crystal is currently undergoing her Basic Certification in the DIR/Floortime Approach.

Crystal relocated to Hawaii in 2009 and realized there was a great need for specialized therapies for the pediatric population on Oahu. At that time she began her pursuit to bring Sprouts Therapy to life!!!
Heidi has been an occupational therapist for almost 25 years, graduating from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including medical facilities and early intervention, with the majority of her career focused on pediatrics in the school system and private practice. Owning a trans-disciplinary pediatric therapy center for 15 years in Connecticut allowed Heidi to specialize in attention, learning, and development concerns. Her passion is helping children with attention and learning-related concerns to feel more confident as they navigate the demands of schoolwork.

Working in a public school system for 12 years, Heidi helped children develop and integrate their visual systems simultaneously with other sensorimotor skills, focusing on each child’s unique strengths to help kids flourish in one of their primary childhood “occupations”—being a student. She fostered cognitive skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and organizational skills to help students feel competent and successful.

While living in New England, Heidi worked closely for many years with a vision therapist and collaborated with several behavioral optometrists. Her therapies are based upon the fundamental concept that motor skills are reliant upon adequate visual skills. Advanced training includes areas of Sensory Integration, Functional Vision, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Handwriting Without Tears, Bal-A-Vis-X, S’Cool Moves, and Irlen Screening.

Heidi recently relocated to Hawaii with her husband and youngest daughter and she is excited to join the talented team at Sprouts Therapy!
Heidi Marie Clement - OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Diane Watjen - OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Diane Watjen, OTR/L has practiced Pediatric Occupational Therapy since graduating Tufts University Boston School of Occupational Therapy in 1979. She has specialized in Sensory Integration for children with learning disabilities, autism and related sensory processing disorders. She has been certified in Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) for children with neuromuscular dysfunction. Diane has worked in a variety of settings while starting her practice in a sensory integration clinic, and has also worked in Early Intervention, county programs in California servicing children with orthopedic and neurodevelopmental disorders, a state hospital serving more fragile pediatric patients, and she has had private practice in California for over 25 years. Diane is able to include Iyengar Yoga, Craniosacral Therapy and body work including Zero Balancing, Reiki and Polarity for adults and children for those interested in complementary medical intervention.
Ashlee is a graduate of the Occupational Therapy Masters program at the University of Souther California. She majored in child development at San Diego State University and is passionate about family centered care. Ashlee has worked in a variety of settings including physical rehabilitation with children and adults, school-based therapy, in home therapy, and early intervention. She has experience working from a behavioral lens including applied behavior analysis and floor time. Ashlee has taken continuing education courses in Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory Integration, vinyasa flow yoga, splinting, and Beckman Oral Motor. Ashlee enjoys traveling and has worked internationally in Mexico and West Africa working with children of all abilities and ages. In her free time she loves hiking or going to the beach with her fiancé and daughter, Riley.
Ashlee Marie Lewis - MA, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Cassie Fujitani - MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech Therapist
Cassie has a B.A. in Psychology with a Linguistics minor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Master’s of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2003. Since then, she has worked with the pediatric population, from birth-21, in the public schools and as an Early Intervention therapist. She has experience treating a wide variety of communication impairments and developmental delays, with special interests in articulation, child apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders and cochlear implants. Cassie has completed PROMPT and Kaufman trainings, is trained in Beckman Oral Motor, and is Hanen Certified to lead “More Than Words – The Hanen Program for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum.” Cassie enjoys the positive, sensory and play-based philosophy at Sprouts, as she believes it provides the foundation for children to learn not just to communicate but also to connect with others.

Cassie is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, Tabata, gardening and any ocean or nature-related adventures with her family.

Bruce Watson is a talented and experienced pediatric speech therapist. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he received a Master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese language. He is both State Licensed and Nationally Certified in speech-language pathology. Bruce has over 10 years experience as a speech therapist through the Hawaii Department of Education. When it comes to speech therapy iPad apps, Bruce Watson is your man and expert! As a hobby, Bruce loves to learn new languages and he currently understands Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Hawaiian Pidgin and English.
Bruce Watson - MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech Therapist
Lauren Koepke - MT-BC
Pediatric Music Therapist
Lauren is a board-certified music therapist and holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy. In clinical practice, Lauren has worked with developmentally and intellectually delayed children/young adults, geriatric patients, including those in hospice, with various needs and severity. In her internship, she also co-facilitated a summer camp for children with special needs and rock bands for young adults. Currently, Lauren is teaching Music Together classes with Ohana Music Together as well as conducting music therapy sessions through Sprouts. She views music therapy as a holistic form of treatment and one that is accessible to most every person. Lauren's primary instrument is violin but she also utilizes voice, guitar, piano, percussion, ukulele, and other small instruments in music therapy sessions.

In her spare time, Lauren loves to go scuba diving, hiking, or snorkeling. She can also be found reading, learning new music, or cooking with her husband.
Nicole Miller received her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University. She moved from New York to Hawaii to continue her education at the University of Hawaii. Nicole has worked with children of all ages, as well as adults, in a variety of settings. She joined the Sprouts Therapy Team in September 2016 as a Speech- Language Pathology Assistant and loves the learning opportunities Sprouts staff and children offer. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, being in the ocean, and living an active lifestyle.
Nicole Miller - SLPA
Speech Therapist Assistant
Tiana Hokutan-Layne - PT, DPT
Pediatric Physical Therapist
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Primrose Buenaluz is a Hawaii-born State-Licensed and Nationally-Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During her time in college, Primrose spent 7 years working with the elderly at the skilled nursing and memory support levels. After completing graduate school, Primrose relocated to Central Louisiana where she worked in the schools, providing speech therapy to children and young adults. Primrose is currently working full-time for the Department of Education in Windward Oahu. She has experience in working with communication impairments related to fluency, articulation and phonology, literacy, language and pragmatics, autism spectrum disorders, and down syndrome. In her free time, she enjoys stand-up paddling and hiking.
Primrose Buenaluz - MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech Therapist
Grace Dixon - OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
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Marissa Anderson - MA, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Rebecca Bussert - PT, DPT
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Rebecca graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has worked with pediatrics in several settings including, outpatient clinics, an acute care hospital setting, as well as home and community settings. She has worked with children with various diagnoses including torticollis, Downs’ syndrome, cerebral palsy, gross motor incoordination, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, toe walking, autism, hypertonicity, hypotonicity and developmental delays. Rebecca is excited to become a team member at Sprouts because of the play based philosophy. Rebecca has one young daughter and enjoys playing ultimate frisbee with her husband in her spare time.

Since completing the 4-year professional Feldenkrais® training in 1987, Eva Geueke has been practicing and teaching the Feldenkrais Method® internationally in thousands of private sessions, week long seminars, many hundreds of week-end workshops and evening classes. Originally from Germany, where Feldenkrais® is fully embraced by the mainstream medical community, Eva Geueke has been a guild-certified Feldenkrais® practitioner and skilled Feldenkrais® teacher for almost 30 years. She has worked extensively with people with neurological problems: to mention a few MS, Parkinson and CP.
Eva Geueke -
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Teacher
Bonnie Poli -
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Bonnie graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1975 with a degree in PT. She has worked in acute care, public health, a long term hospital for children, a pilot program for pre-schoolers with disabilities, public schools, CP Center and in Early Intervention. She has homeschooled her 6 children. A lifelong learner, the birth of one of her children with a rare cranial defect, recurrent hydrocephalus and hearing loss, catapulted her into extensive research on neuroanatomy, hearing and the visual systems. Using a system approach to neurological development from conception has transformed her understanding of movement through space and the tone which supports it. Movement and plotting space is a 2 way street informing the visual system of edges and shapes and the moving system of direction and speed. Most recently, this therapy was used to enable her 20 year old son get the jump elevation for karate moves required for a black belt. A profound respect for the difficulties and rewards of parenting and the beauty of each precious child are her guiding principles.