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Thom Pentucket Early Intervention

320 Main St., P.O. Box 956, West Newbury, MA  01985

Contact information:
Phone: (978) 363-5553
Fax: (978) 363-2435
Linda Schaeffer, Director

Hours Of Operation:
8:00 - 5:00


  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Family Therapists
  • Feeding Specialists
  • Music Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Teacher of the Deaf
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Special Educators
  • Nurses

Meet the Staff

Thom Pentucket Early Intervention is in the business of helping children and their families achieve their goals. We recognize that our success depends on the skills and experience of the people who work for us. Thom Pentucket employs 100 full and part-time staff members: counselors, social workers, therapists, nurses and a teacher of the deaf, a number of whom are fluent in Spanish and Sign Language.

Meet some of our dedicated staff:

Pilar has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development and has worked in early childhood settings for the past twelve years. Her special interests and talents include working with premature babies, teen moms and consulting to childcare providers.

Gayle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who serves as a Family Therapist at Thom Pentucket Early Intervention. Her work in support of children and their families spans more than twenty-five years. Gayle enjoys working with parents and providing parent education and training. She’s especially interested in working with parents and children around issues of establishing permanent family relationships for children in foster care.

Julie enjoys creating enriching group experiences for toddlers, their parents and staff members alike. Prior to working in Early Intervention, Julie worked as a teacher in Head Start, childcare and literacy programs. She says she, “values the professionalism of her fellow Early Intervention staff members,” which is one of the reasons that she has stayed with Early Intervention for nearly a decade!

Katie is an Occupational Therapist who is excited about, “devising and implementing sensory diets,” personalized activities of sensory input for infants and young children. Katie came to Early Intervention two years ago after working in an acute rehabilitation facility.

Mary-Jane, a twenty year Early Intervention veteran, is a Registered Nurse with a special interest in childhood growth and nutrition. Prior to starting her Early Intervention career, Mary-Jane worked at the Boston Regional Medical Center.

Héla is a Physical Therapist with seventeen years of Early Intervention experience. She is very interested in how motor development impacts on and is impacted by other areas of development. As a Team Supervisor, Héla is particularly excited by Early Intervention’s capacity to encourage interactive learning and growth for everyone involved, parents, children and clinicians alike.