About

Cynthia Poluka, MS OTR/L

Cynthia Poluka MS, OTR/L , owner of Sunrise Pediatric Therapy, P.C., is a highly experienced Occupational Therapy Clinician who believes learning is facilitated by creating safe, supportive, fun yet challenging activities, tailored so each child is motivated to learn new skills and is able to experience success each step along the way. She has dedicated her work to infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. Extensive continuing education includes areas of Pediatric Feeding, Sensory Integration, Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health, and Therapeutic Listening.

  • Extensive training in Sensory and Motor Feeding Therapies including SOS/Steps to Eating; Get Permission Approach; Mealtime Partners; SOFFI method; Established a feeding team with an Speech Language Pathologist in the school system
  • Advanced training in Sensory Processing and Integration; Evaluation and treatment of Sensory Modulation and Sensory Discrimination foundational skills needed for attention, emotional regulation, motor skills, speech/language and cognitive skills; How to develop a “Sensory Diet” during home routines
  • PLAY Project and Autism Navigator training for children at risk or diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Therapeutic Listening and Soundsory to improve attention, listening, and sensory modulation
  • Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health training including Circle of Security
  • Infant/Child Massage; Tactile Integration
  • 20+ years experience with a variety of developmental delays such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medically fragile conditions, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing, Motor Delays; Emotional Regulation


Kelly Acker, BS TVI/Special Educator

Kelly advocates for vision stimulation as very important at the outset of a visually impaired baby's development. The sooner the eye is stimulated, the quicker the eye-brain connection is made.

  • 25+ years experience in Early Intervention.
  • 35+ years’ total experience in the field of Visual Impairment & Blindness.
  • Experience providing services to children birth to 5 years of age who have the following diagnoses:

-Total Blindness

-Visual Impairment

-Deaf-Blindness

-Multiple Disabilities related to syndromes

-Medical Fragility

-Cognitive Impairment

  • Programming includes Visual Stimulation, play skills, book exploration, music and movement, and resource delivery to families
  • Pre-Braille Activities


Kelly Harms, MS OTR/L

Kelly has had the pleasure of raising three boys - each with their own unique personality and challenges. She combines her personal family experience with her professional knowledge to work with each child and their family in helping to guide them on their individual path of growth and development.

  • Extensive training in Sensory and Motor Feeding therapies including SOS/Steps to Eating, Pediatric Feeding: Birth to 3 and Advanced Feeding and Problem Solving; Established a feeding team with a Speech Language Pathologist
  • Autism Navigator training for children at risk for or diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in addition to a variety of continuing education courses regarding Autism
  • Advanced Training in Sensory Processing and Integration including a focus on foundational skills needed for sensory processing and how to develop a sensory diet for the home
  • Behavioral training including Assessment to Intervention: Positive Behavior Support
  • Torticollis Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children
  • 20 years’ experience with a variety of developmental delays including: Autism Spectrum Disorder; Motor Delays; Emotional Regulation; Down Syndrome; Medical Fragility

Sharon Manifold-Herring, MPT, PCS

Sharon received her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. She has over 25 years of clinical practice experience across a variety of care models, including acute, rehabilitative, and outpatient care, school-based therapy, and early intervention. Sharon has completed the pediatric neurodevelopmental treatment course and passed the clinical specialist certification exam in pediatrics. She is experienced in working with children that have a wide variety of medical and/or developmental conditions, including torticollis, plagiocephaly, prematurity, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, down syndrome, genetic conditions, hypotonia, and complex medical conditions. Sharon also has specialized training in standardized pediatric assessment and interpretation; orthotic application and prescription; seating, positioning, and mobility equipment prescription; and the Go Baby Go program. Her passion is early motor development and helping each child that she works with to reach his or her full and unique potential.

  • Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist by the APTA Board of Clinical Specialists
  • Trained in the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment approach
  • 25 years’ experience in pediatric clinical practice across a variety of settings, including:

-Acute and Rehab Hospital Environments

-NICU

-PICU

-Early Intervention- infant-toddler and preschool settings

-Private Practice

-School-based practice

  • Proficient in standardized assessment tools and interpretation
  • Experienced in orthotic applications and prescriptions
  • Experienced in seating, positioning, and mobility equipment prescriptions
  • Completed the GoBabyGo training in early mobility experiences for young children


Courtney O'Keeffe, MS OTR/L

Courtney has a great deal of experience in pediatrics and working with children on the Autism spectrum over the last 6 years. She has a background and knowledge in sensory processing, and has gathered research in the benefits of sensory processing intervention and inter-professional collaboration. Courtney has a very committed attitude toward helping children reach their fullest potential, and assisting parents in creating an environment for their child to thrive in.

  • Courtney is a registered and licensed occupational therapist in Pennsylvania new to Sunrise Pediatric Therapy, P.C.
  • Graduated in 2019 from an accredited program at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Background and knowledge in sensory processing
  • Research completed in the benefits of sensory processing intervention and inter-professional collaboration
  • Training in Sensory and Behavior issues
  • Six years’ experience in pediatrics and working with children on the Autism spectrum
  • Volunteer and personal experience with Down Syndrome and Fragile X conditions


Katie Stempo, MS CCC SLP

Katie Stempo obtained a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from East Stroudsburg University in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Penn State University in 2010. She maintains her Pennsylvania professional license and Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech and Hearing Association. Katie enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two year old daughter, Norah. Katie looks forward to meeting new families and developing strategies individualized to each child so that they may thrive!

  • Over six years providing services to children birth to 3 years old who have the following diagnoses:

-autism spectrum disorder

-childhood apraxia of speech

-expressive and comprehensive language delays

-hearing impairments/loss

-cognitive impairment

-social skill differences

  • Knowledge and understanding of basic sign language