Antonia, better known as “Tonina”, has been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist and child advocate for over 23 years. Tonina, holds a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a bachelor’s degree in Biology.
In her career’s journey, she has founded/directed a multidisciplinary, pediatric rehab clinic and a private school for students with special needs in Orlando, FL; and has been part of a rehabilitation medicine department’s management team at a top-rated hospital in Manhattan.
Tonina continues to treat children and work with families while also building educational programming for parents, educators, and professionals. She loves discovering, sharing, and collaborating with her community to maximize growth, learning, and creativity in children of all ages and skill levels.
She founded MPowerMe, LLC and to share her experience with the use of toys, games, gadgets, literature, and sensory accessories to build children’s social skills, physical performance, ability to respond adaptively to their environment, and foster their continued journey as life-long learners. She offers consultation, workshops, direct treatment, and telehealth services.
Her current work with Dr. Gummer’s Good Play Guide and the Toy Association includes being the Director of Toy Reviews, USA. For Tonina, shaping the development and use of toys and games is a motivating and rewarding endeavor as she sees the great impact in the daily lives of children and their families.
Current / Notable Projects
- Director of Toy Reviews, USA for the STEAM Accreditation – Dr. Gummer and the Toy Association
- Genius of Play – Panel of Experts
- Author of the Special Needs and Early STEM Chapters for STEM.org – online curriculum.
- Won the 2016 Patient Centered Grant aimed to increase the use of Augmentative
Communication and Play in the Emergency Department and In-Patient Units at NYP Hospital
Current / Previous Clients