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About Functional Playground Therapies

Meet Our Team

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Talia Houser

OTR/L

Amanda Hebert

COTA/L

Brittany Franzoy

COTA/L

Talia is the founder of Functional Playground Therapies. She was born and raised in New Mexico. She has worked as an occupational therapist since 2016 in various settings but has spent the majority of this time working with children and teens. Talia has experience working with a wide variety of diagnoses and always strives to utilize evidenced based research to guide and shape her practice.

Talia enjoys spending time with her husband and her son traveling, exploring and spending time outside.

Amanda has been an occupational therapy assistant since 2016. She has experience working with pediatrics, home health and in the schools. Amanda enjoys working with children with sensory processing disorders, trauma and developmental delays. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Amanda mainly services the Albuquerque area. 

Brittany is an occupational therapy assistant who has been providing therapy throughout New Mexico since 2016. She loves equipping individuals with creative treatment strategies that can be used to foster independence with everyday living skills. Brittany has experience with inpatient rehab, home health, early intervention, and the school setting. She enjoys working with any age group, but particularly enjoys treating individuals with cognitive, sensory processing and emotional or developmental conditions that impact daily living skills. Brittany takes pleasure in singing, playing drums and piano, traveling and hiking.

Brittany is our primary therapist within Hatch and the surrounding areas. 

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Abby Cole

MOTR/L

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Lourdes Marquez

COTA/L

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Robyn Harris

COTA/L

Abby Cole is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque but now living in Santa Fe.  She is a graduate of UNM with her first degrees in theatre before discovering Occupational Therapy!  She finds that OT provides the perfect opportunity to combine her creative side with her passion for helping people find improved quality of life.  She has been at OT since 2015 and has experience working with both adults and children in hospital, school and home or community settings.  She is a proud mama of two littles who keep her immersed in craft and sensory activities!  

Abby mainly services our Santa Fe area.

Lourdes has been a COTA in New Mexico since 2016. She has worked in Home Health Geriatrics and inpatient and outpatient Pediatrics. She has worked most of her career in pediatrics. She has worked with children dealing with trauma, sensory processing disorders, and developmental delays. She enjoys being a COTA, and helping each individual make a difference in their daily lives. 
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Camping and a little traveling is always a great time with her family! She loves music and the outdoors.

Lourdes mainly services the Rio Rancho area.

Robyn has been an Occupational Therapy Assistant since 2012. She has experience practicing throughout the state of NM and Central Texas. Robyn has working with the geriatric population in skilled nursing facilities, with adults with developmental disabilities but the majority of her experience comes with working in the school based setting with kids ranging from prek to high school. Robyn loves to develop functional, personalized and fun activities to help others reach their goals! Robyn enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, baking and planning events!

Robyn mainly services our Los Lunas and Belen areas.

Samantha Martinez

MOTR/L

Destiny 
Valerio

Office Administrator

Samantha “Sam” Martinez is an Occupational Therapist native to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sam received her Masters of OT at UNM and studied Psychology and Dance during her undergrad. She has a lifetime of experience supporting her older sister who has severe physical disabilities. She is passionate about neurodiversity, well-being and disability advocacy. Sam also works with adults on the Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DDW) and has experience working in the schools, early intervention, and in the mental health setting. Sam is a professional flamenco dancer and loves to sing flamenco music, spend time with family and friends, golf, swim, hike and travel!

Destiny is a Native New Mexican and has lived in Chilili, NM the majority of her life. She enjoys working hard and is always up for a challenge. She has worked in pediatrics for around 5 years. Destiny has background in medical records, scheduling, heavy call volume management, pediatric office organization and all around customer service. She enjoys being with family, yoga, shopping and helping others.

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