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, Music Together for families and within therapy, and The SCERTS Model. Crystal holds a Basic Certification in the DIR/Floortime Approach and the SOS Approach to Feeding.  Additionally she has completed the level one mentorship training program at the Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorders under Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sara Schoen.

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
Grace Dixon - OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist



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Christina Partyka, MOT OTR/L has practiced Pediatric Occupational Therapy since graduating from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 2011. She spent several years working in rural Northern Ontario working with children in their homes, clinic and school environments with a focus on Early Intervention and feeding difficulties before moving to Hawaii.

Christina has completed several other training and certifications in feeding, including the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach and Shaker Approaches for NICU Swallowing and Feeding and Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding. Christina has completed pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) for children courses and is certified in the Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach for children with coordination difficulties.
Christina Partyka - 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.



Marissa Anderson, MOT OTR/L has practiced Pediatric Occupational Therapy since graduating from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2010. She has worked with schools, early intervention and private clinics, with a focus on feeding and sensory regulation for children with autism and related sensory processing disorders. Marissa has been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, and is also certified in the use of Kinesio Tape. She is also trained in Music Together teacher, and teaches some of our Sprouts Therapy Music Together classes.


Marissa is excited to be a team member at Sprout’s Therapy because of the play-based approach and strong emphasis on sensory regulation. Marissa moved to Hawai’i in 2016 with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she enjoys exploring Hawai’i’s hiking trails and beaches.
Marissa Anderson - MA, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Sara Watts - MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech Therapist



Sara is a seasoned Speech Language Pathologist with over 10 years of experience working with children with speech and communication delays. Sara has worked closely with Nancy Kaufman and has advanced knowledge of Childhood Speech Apraxia. She is a certified DIR Floortime, basic level clinician and trained in the iLS Focus program. Sara believes that if you do not have an answer for a child or family’s needs, you need to further your education and consult with paraprofessionals and therefore truly believes in the multi-disciplinary approach that Sprouts Therapy offers.

Sara has a great love for each family and child she works with, and she personally understands the joys and challenges of having a child who needs support. Sara’s oldest child has received occupational therapy and physical therapy services for several years. She has found that the most important piece of his growth is that he enjoys his time in sessions!





Primrose is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who joined the Sprouts Therapy team in August 2016. Born and raised in Kāne’ohe, Hawai’i, Primrose received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. After graduate school, Primrose relocated to Central Louisiana where she began her professional career in the school setting. She has also worked for the Hawaii Department of Education in the preschool, elementary, and middle school levels. Primrose has experience in evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of disorders including: developmental delays, down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, language disorders, social communication disorders, fluency disorders, dysphagia, medically fragile children, and articulation and phonological disorders. She also has experience working with children benefiting from various types of augmentative communication systems. Primrose is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. She loves working with children and enjoys implementing theory and strategies to ensure that every child has an opportunity to communicate using Sprouts’ play-based philosophy.

Primrose holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is currently licensed in Hawai’i, California, Louisiana, and Oregon. Most recently, she began providing speech and language tele-therapy services to children both nationally and internationally. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, stand-up paddling, scuba diving, and hiking.
Primrose Buenaluz - MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech Therapist
Bruce Watson - MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech Therapist




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.



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
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 Spouts 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.



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 to 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.
Bonnie Poli -
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Tiana Hokutan-Layne - PT, DPT
Pediatric Physical Therapist



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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.



Rebecca Bussert - PT, DPT
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Eva Geueke -
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Teacher



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.



Terra has been working on the Sprouts admin team since 2014. She jumped at the opportunity of helping her sister grow Sprouts Therapy from behind the scenes. She lives in Colorado and works remotely for Sprouts full time. Terra has a Bachelor's degree in Speech Therapy, and while she is not a practicing SLP, she uses her education to help with many therapy related administrative tasks.

Terra does a variety of jobs for Sprouts Therapy, however her primary position is being an insurance and billing guru! In her free time you will most likely find her traveling, painting used furniture, camping, watching Survivor (yes that show is still on), or eating cookies and milk. Mmmmm. smile
Terra Amelang -
Medical Billing Specialist
Michelle Thorstad -
Administrative Assistant



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Carlos has been supporting the Sprouts team for several years now and loves the opportunity to assist a program that helps his community. He began volunteering for Sprouts Therapy in 2014, when he assisted in clinic development, and equipment cleaning and set up. In 2017 Carlos joined the Sprouts Therapy Team, with a solid understanding of computer systems and general handy work, Carlos assists Sprouts management with completing projects both in the office and online. He also assists with client scheduling, company organization online, logistical tasks, and handling most IT related issues in the office. Carlos has a diverse work background ranging from Military Service to Cell Phone Sales Representative to Wildland Firefighting.

Carlos has been living on Oahu since late 2009 and absolutely loves the island lifestyle. Having grown up in Utah most of his life, he has really come to appreciate the year-round warm weather Hawai’i has to offer. In the past couple years, he has become a certified PADI Scuba Instructor and enjoys being in the water as much as possible. Along with Scuba diving, he also enjoys surfing, hiking, traveling, photography, and videography.
Carlos Taranto -
IT/Admin Assistant
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