Occupational Therapist II at Northampton (Atwood) Rehabilitation Services
Department + Services
Programs + Specialties
Tom has specialized in pediatrics for many years. He sees children with a variety of diagnoses that result in delays in motor skills and sensory processing difficulties (this includes children on the autism spectrum). Tom also runs the wheelchair clinic, and sees adults and children for evaluation for custom wheelchairs and a range of other adaptive equipment and devices.
Training + Education
Undergraduate: SUNY- Purchase
Graduate: Masters of Occupational Therapy, Springfield College
Nationally Board Certified and Licensed in Massachusetts
Assistive Technology Provider (ATP)
Tom has worked with children for over 40 years, and maintains a love for and commitment to the work that he tries to share with families and other therapists. He has also been involved with designing, building and keeping a knowledge base in wheelchairs and adaptive equipment since 1980, helping to insure his wheelchair clinic patients get the best equipment possible to meet their mobility needs.
Tom has worked for Cooley Dickinson since 1995, and feels a deep connection to the local pediatric and early childhood community. He works closely with children and parents to find effective strategies using exercise, games and fun activities to teach the skills children need to thrive. The wheelchair clinic is a community resource that helps insure individuals find and obtain the right wheelchair or other assistive device to foster independence and safety.
Tom founded and runs the Bogin Playscape Project, a nonprofit established in 2011 that builds and donates indoor playgrounds and equipment to local preschools. He also lectures and runs training sessions on motor development for children all over Western Massachusetts. He lives in Amherst with his wife and has two grown daughters.