Meet the Crew
Cherie Francis-Boegeman OT/L
Owner/ Occupational Therapist
Cherie has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years in a variety of settings. Twenty of those years have been specializing in pediatrics. Cherie was a rehabilitation manager at Children’s Hospital of Orange County for 7 years. When productivity demands moved her into carrying a caseload, her original passion for sensory integrative therapeutic intervention was re-ignited.
Cherie pursued her Sensory Integrative and Praxis Test certification (The Gold Standard for Sensory Integrative Therapy) and opened the LaunchPad Therapy for Kids with Barbara McCrory. Cherie recently assumed full ownership of the LaunchPad which is enjoying its 10th year of exceptional service and reputation. She is grateful Barb remains on staff as a contract therapist as Barb divides her time with her new grandson and family.
In addition to being SIPT certified. Cherie is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has had extensive training in Masgutova Neuro-Sensory-Motor and Reflex Integration. The LaunchPad is a field testing site for the EASI (Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration® the next generation of the SIPT). She works closely with local school districts and private schools to support clients in being successful in the classroom.
Cherie loves sensory integration and identifies well with her clients. She grew up a “Rambunctious” child and though undiagnosed at the time most likely had sensory integrative issues. She considers herself as a child not “Bad” but rather “Misunderstood”. She has a huge heart for the tricky kids and enjoys analyzing test results to figure out each child in order to help them “Soar” in their occupational roles of family member, student and playmate.
Cherie is fortunate her husband and best friend, Steve, enjoys being the CFO and CIO to the LaunchPad as his night job. The growth of the LaunchPad would not have been possible without Steve. Together they are blending a family of her two adult children Kaya 27 and Khalid 20 years old. She also has an 18-year-old nephew transitioning into adulthood. She enjoys travelling camping and usually can talk the two boys into going as well. She, also, is cofounder of the FREE To Love Again Divorce recovery Ministry.
Megan Meyer MOT,OTR/L
Megan Meyer is an Occupational Therapist. She graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University. She was on the Dean’s List throughout the program and received recognition for her potential in leadership and education in the field of occupational therapy.
She learned about occupational therapy from a neighbor while she was completing her undergraduate studies and instantly fell in love with the profession. She was drawn to occupational therapy because of her desire to help others. She is honored to work alongside clients on their journey to gain function and independence in meaningful, daily life activities. Her passion for working with children started early on in her collegiate career and has grown as she has found such joy in helping children be who they are capable of being and participate in all of the beauty that childhood has to offer.
She completed a three-month internship at LaunchPad Therapy for Kids during her graduate studies and has been working at LaunchPad since April 2016. Her occupational therapy experience also includes school-based occupational therapy and skilled nursing facilities.
She enjoys being outdoors, going to the beach, hiking, running, and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with people, cooking, serving at her church, and she is always up for an adventure.
Katie Puccio MOT, OTR/L
Katie initially joined The LaunchPad Therapy for Kids as an occupational therapy student completing her graduating fieldwork. She went on to gain experience in the area of early intervention and pediatric development, working with children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, feeding disorders and a variety of medical diagnoses with various health and sensory issues. Katie has also gained experience working with adults with neurological and orthopedic disorders following a hospital admission. She has taken this experience and rejoined The LaunchPad family, and continuously focuses on increasing her knowledge in sensory integration therapy. Her academic experience includes completing her undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s of Human Development and Psychology, and went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Loma Linda University. While at Loma Linda, she earned The Rising Star Award, recognizing her advancement of the profession of occupational therapy, entrepreneurship in invention and learning, and noteworthy performance in research. When not at work, Katie enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends outside at the beach, on hikes, and playing any sport!
Barb McCrory, OT/L, MA
Barb McCrory is an OT with 35 years experience. She first learned about Occupational Therapy as a career during a summer break after her freshman year of college when she worked as a volunteer at Denver Children’s Hospital. The field fit all her interests, science, working with children and the fun of purposeful play. That Fall she immediately changed her major at Colorado State University to OT. She has worked in the field of pediatrics since her first employment after graduation.
Barb has worked in public and private school settings and in private practices in California, Colorado, and Washington DC, places where her husband Jeff’s jobs have taken her family. She has experience in treatment of neurological diagnoses such as Cerebral Palsy and brain injury as well as Down’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, Autism and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. She is trained in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, Integrated Listen System, and Handwriting Without Tears.
Barb met Cherie Francis Boegeman in 2005 as Cherie began to dream of opening a private practice. The dream came to fruition as a partnership when they opened The LaunchPad Therapy for Kids in July of 2006. After 10 years of owning the LaunchPad together, Barb transitioned to being a contract therapist. Barb still most enjoys providing individualized treatment as well as coaching parents and teachers in the power of play as an intervention model.
Tristen Anderson MA OT/L
Tristen Anderson is an Occupational Therapist, graduating with a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California. She has worked with children throughout her therapy career in various outpatient clinic settings. She loves occupational therapy with children because it is play-based and great fun! She also enjoys helping parents learn strategies and tools for supporting their children as they grow and change through the therapeutic process.
Tristen values learning and has taken continuing education courses in a variety of topics to increase her knowledge of how to best serve the clients and families she works with. She feels very fortunate to have been able to work alongside many smart, creative therapists from whom she has learned much. Once such experience involved working at the STAR Center in Denver under the supervision and guidance of Lucy Jane Miller, a pioneer in sensory processing disorder.
Tristen enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 young children, which often involves being outdoors at the park, the beach, or her backyard. She also enjoys sports, international adventures and traveling, homeschooling, and being crafty.
Occupational Therapist Aide
Kaelyn is a senior at California State University, Fullerton working on her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. After graduation she plans to attend a Masters of Occupational Therapy graduate program. When Kaelyn was required to complete a job shadow assignment in high school, she reconnected with her occupational therapist Barb McCrory, and spent an afternoon observing The LaunchPad clinic. It was during that shadow that Kaelyn fell in love with Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy and has since worked to do everything she can to further her knowledge of the field. As a former client, she has firsthand knowledge of what a family goes through as they work to meet their child’s sensory needs. Kaelyn volunteered at The LaunchPad for three years before being hired, and has worked as a therapist aide for almost three additional years. Getting to see the smile on a client’s face when they achieve their goals is the best part of her job.