Occupational Therapists (OTs) must have a State License to practice. Occupational Therapists must obtain a minimum of a Master's Degree in the area of Occupational Therapy. Areas of study include kinesiology, psychology, anthropology, biology, and sociology.
Certified OT Assistants (COTAs) provide treatment under the OT's supervision and must also hold a state license.
Occupational Therapy provides services for the following:
Fine and Gross Motor Strength
Fine and Gross Motor Coordination
Visual Motor/Perceptual Skills
Self Regulatory Skills
Star Speech & Occupational Therapy LLC
Meet The Team
Macaile Hutt, MOTR/L, CCATP-CA
Macaile Hutt has been practicing occupational therapy since 2015. Her therapy style takes a holistic and child-directed approach, with the goal of children succeeding across multiple environments. She has been humbled more times than she can count when she witnesses a child doing something they were once told they would never be able to do, and has always said she receives more from her resilient, hopeful, and remarkable clients than she could ever even dream of giving back to them.
Macaile’s motto as a clinician is always striving to be a safe place to land for families and children. She loves getting to be a new tool in the toolbox and working together with families to help their children feel successful in areas they once struggled. She believes there’s room for everyone at the table and loves learning new techniques, philosophies, and strategies for helping each unique child thrive in all of his or her daily environments.
Macaile holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy from A.T. Still University and has received continuing education as a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional for Children and Adolescents (CCATP-CA), Handwriting Without Tears, pediatric kinesiotaping, Interactive Metronome, and Beckman Oral Motor. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, backpacking, and traveling.
Maggie Sweeney, OTR/L
Maggie Sweeney has been working as an occupational therapist for the last 8 years. She moved to the Treasure Valley from Buffalo, NY in 2020. Maggie has experience in schools, early intervention, and pediatric home health with particular interest in sensory integration. In her free time, Maggie enjoys exploring and hiking with her dog, tending to her indoor garden, and listening to music.
Doug Birkland, COTA/L
Doug has been living in the treasure valley since 2006 as a transplant from Washington state. He became certified as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2011. Before coming to Star Speech and Occupational Therapy, Doug spent 8 years working with kids in the school setting as a COTA in the Caldwell School District. As a COTA Doug has experience in multiple areas of OT such as working on fine motor skills and writing, visual motor skills and attending, and reflex integration and motor planning. He sees the uniqueness of each child and believes in the importance of building rapport by using humor, getting at their level, and connecting with them in order to help them feel known. When not working as a COTA Doug may be found doing some personal training, hiking up Table Rock, or spending time with his 2 kids.
Hailey Kahre, COTA/L
Hailey has been a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) since 2015. She began in the acute care and geriatric populations, making the transition to pediatrics in 2019. Hailey is certified in Mindfulness and Neurological Interventions for Multisensory Integration, Emotional Regulation and Executive Functioning, Transition Issues in Executive Functioning, and Neuroscience of Brain Plasticity. Always loving children, she was eager to learn more about how to further serve the children at Star Speech and Occupational Therapy; specifically taking an interest in handwriting, Parenting with Love and Logic, ocular motor skills, and development/milestones for infants/young children. Hailey has an affinity for working with the younger population under 6-years-old and carries over her knowledge to her daughter who was born in March of 2021. In her spare time, she loves going on adventures with her husband and daughter, a good book, and exploring more of Idaho.
Taylor Mitzel, COTA/L
Taylor has been a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) since 2019. Taylor is certified in neurological interventions for multisensory integration, emotional regulation, and executive functioning. Throughout her time at Star Speech and Occupational Therapy, Taylor found a passion for helping children improve their social skills and leads a social skills group for teen girls emphasizing positive social interactions and improving reciprocal social skill development.
Taylor also helps lead a feeding group at our clinic, emphasizing the SOS approach to feeding, and has found a niche for helping children increase their independence with instrumental feeding skills such as proper positioning, utensil use, habituation to sensory input such as messy hands and faces, and increasing the preferred foods a child will accept.
In her free time, Taylor enjoys hiking, exploring in nature, and outdoor photography.