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Kristen Brokamp, MOT, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist. Kristen is a graduate from the University of Indianapolis' occupational therapy program. She works for Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute in their community based programs, which includes providing services in the schools, summer social skills groups, and COTI's summer camp, Camp OdakOTa. She is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati and a big Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

Alexandra Hornak, M.A. CF-SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist. Originally from northern Ohio, Alex received her Bachelor of Communication Sciences and Disorders from Cleveland State University in 2016. She continued her education at Cleveland State to obtain her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018. Since then, Alex relocated to Cincinnati where she has been working for the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati, treating both the adult and pediatric population. Alex has been part of the CFL team since June of 2018.

Breanna Lynch, MOT, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist. Breanna earned her masters degree in occupational therapy from Xavier University. She has relocated from New York to join the team at Connections for Life. She also works at Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute in their Blue Ash and Anderson clinics.

Maria Piombo, Ed.D., LPCC-S, Director Connections for Life. Dr. Maria Piombo received her B.A. from Northwestern University and M.A. and Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati’s Counseling Program. Her counseling work during the past 27 years has included prevention, intervention, and clinical services. Dr. Piombo is presently the Director of the Child and Family Treatment Center (CFTC), a division of Central Clinic Behavioral Health. She oversees four different programs within CFTC: Ready to Learn School-Based Services, The Young Child Institute, Connections for Life, and the Child and Adolescent Counseling Services.

Ariel Smallwood, MA, LPC - Mental Health Therapist. Ariel is originally from eastern Kentucky, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morehead State University. She moved to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati’s Mental Health Counseling Program. She graduated with a master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2015. She works for Central Clinic in their school based programs and Connections for Life. Ariel enjoys working with the early childhood population and likes working alongside other professionals for a multi-disciplinary approach.

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