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Donna Shank
Owner/Director, M.A.


Since my son’s diagnosis of autism and other related disorders over eight years ago, it has been my dream to create a caring place where families can obtain practical and collaborative therapies in one location. Since 2005, I have recruited, trained and supervised many students and professional therapists for my son's home program. Four years after my youngest son’s autism diagnosis, my older son was diagnosed with leukemia – he is now five-years in remission. I was inspired by his treatment which embraced treating the WHOLE person and integrating family support. My greatest wish is to help families create a road map and become their own experts about their child’s potential. I know first-hand the struggles that parents face, and at Wings to Fly we will harness every possible motivation through the use of effective, therapeutic approaches, tailored to meet your child’s unique needs. My past education and additional trainings include:

  • B.A. in Child Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • M.A. in International Public Administration, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California
  • Master of Science Student at Shenandoah University in Occupational Therapy
  • Board Member, Autism Society of America-Northern Virginia
  • Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), Certificate of Completion Introductory Course
  • Northern Virginia Autism Project for Autism Insurance Reform
  • Medicaid Facilitator, Moms in Motion
  • Creator of Northern Virginia Special Education Co-Op
  • Virginia Partners In Policymaking Graduate
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis/Verbal Behavior Workshops
  • Son-Rise Engagement, The Autism Treatment Center of America
  • P.L.A.Y. Project Training
  • The Listening Program, Certified Provider (Advanced Brain Technologies)
  • R.E.I. Listening Program
  • Floortime Webinars
  • RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) Webinars
  • MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration)
  • Volunteer for Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding
  • Member of POAC-NoVA, Parents of Autistic Children - Northern VA
  • C.A.S.A. Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer for Foster Children
  • Spanish (Conversational)

  • Professional Organizations:
  • Student Member - American Occupational Therapy Association

  • CONTACT ME: donna@wingstoflytherapy.com

KATE HURST
M.S., CCC-SLP


Each of us is created uniquely and see the world in a distinct and different way. In my 20 years working as a speech/language pathologist, with ages birth to adult, I have strived to help my clients communicate with their world and with others in their own way. It is my duty and privilege, as an SLP, to help my clients develop their voice whether it be through speaking, signing, spelling, writing, or typing. Likewise, reading is an avenue to discovery and understanding that does not come easily to all. I am committed to helping children and adults improve their literacy skills so that they too can discover the world beyond their immediate surroundings. I have my Masters and Bachelors of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University. In my over 20 years of experience, I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, the Virginia Public Schools, private school, and Children’s National Medical Center with ages 2-82! I have worked with many children and teens demonstrating a wide range of disabilities including learning disabilities, social communication disorders, emotional disability, hearing impairment, fluency disorders, Downs Syndrome, and a wide range of individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder to name a few. I have three boys My education and additional training includes:

  • B.S. in Speech Pathology Pathology, James Madison University
  • Extensive training in literacy and with language programs
  • Lindamood-Bell's LiPS and Visualizing and Verbalizing programs
  • Orton Gillingham and Phonographix Programs
  • Established and run social skill groups for students from elementary to high school age

  • Professional Organizations:
  • ASHA - American Speech and Hearing Association
  • SHAV - Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia
  • Licensed by The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions

  • CONTACT ME: kate@wingstoflytherapy.com

Denise Young
B.S., OTR/L


I graduated from Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Occupational Therapy. I’ve earned extensive experience working with children with a variety of disabilities with a concentration in the areas of Autism and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. As a pediatric OT with 20 years of service in both the school system and private practice models, I believe that occupational therapy should be a collaborative model, not only working with child, but the family and caregivers as well. Additionally, a child’s ability to integrate the sensory systems is essential for higher learning and skill development. My education and additional training includes:

  • BS, Occupational Therapy, MCV-Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Early Intervention Provider
  • 20 years of school system practice and IEP development
  • Handwriting Without Tears, Pre-K, K-5, Print & Cursive
  • Therapeutic Listening Distant Learner-ILS
  • “How Does Your Engine Run” Self-Regulation and Alert program
  • Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) Pyramid Approach
  • Extensive training with numerous Sensory Integration courses including SIPT courses, sensory integration and visual processing.
  • School system symposium workshops
  • National Autism conference 1997 with training in Floor Time and ABA
  • National AOTA conference 2005
  • Medicaid Billing and documentation

  • Professional Organizations:
  • Licensed by The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions

  • CONTACT ME: denise@wingstoflytherapy.com

Chrissy Carr
Occupational Therapist, OTR/L


My over 15 years of experience in the OT field has been working with individuals of all ages with multiple disabilities in school, home and clinic settings. I also have personal knowledge with my own son who has behavioral, sensory and speech difficulties, which have given me an understanding and insight into daily struggles that children and parents experience. I am also close to my nephew with Downs Syndrome. All of these challenges have strengthened me as a therapist and made me a better advocate for families. I am a practical therapist and I strive to help children live their lives to the best of their individual abilities through a holistic approach. Every child is unique and not every child responds to therapy in the same way, therefore each therapy session is individualized for your child’s specific needs and interests. My education and additional training includes:

  • MANDT Training
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Training and Experience
  • Handwriting Without Tears Program (Pre-K, K-5, Print & Cursive)
  • Former member of the Assistive Technology Team in Franklin County supported by Virginia Tech T/TAC Program
  • Previous Board Member of the Shenandoah Autism Center

  • Professional Organizations:
  • Licensed by The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions

  • CONTACT ME: Chrissy@wingstoflytherapy.com