Meet the Team
A glance at the friendly faces behind EXPLORE Pediatric Therapy!
Kimberly DeLaura, MS, OTR/L
Founder and Occupational Therapist
As a mom of 2, and with 10 years of experience working in a variety of traditional OT settings, Kim brings a unique lens to her work having experience in the school setting, home environment, medical setting and outpatient clinics. Kim's motto is "thoughtfully addressing client centered goals that will help kids thrive across all contexts & environments, while keeping things manageable for the busy family!"
After years of dreaming about it, Kim decided to bring therapy into nature to achieve REAL results. By bringing years of sensory integration practice from the clinic setting out into nature, results are more valid. Nature is a functional context & environment for children to participate in.
She opened EXPLORE Pediatric Therapy to create a place of change for the pediatric population and for families.
Kimberly has a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University. She is NBCOT Certified and is a member of AOTA. Kim also has her level 1 and 2 certifications in Animal Assisted Therapy, Primitive Reflex testing, and is CPR/First Aid certified. In her spare time she can be found studying child development & neuroscience, cycling the backroads of the South Shore, or spending time adventuring with her husband and two children.
Cara Smith, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Cara has been a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) for eight years. She has been utilizing her skills as a kindergarten paraprofessional for six of those years. Her extensive experience with this age group, in the classroom setting, brings a wealth of knowledge to nature based therapy. She has also worked in a skilled nursing facility.
Her true passion is pediatrics. After time in the business world and being a stay at home mom, Cara went back to school to get her OTA degree. Both of her sons were born severely premature. They received OT services through EI. She saw the difference it made and wanted to learn more; not only to further help her sons, but to help other children.
When Cara joined Explore Pediatric Therapy, she immediately saw the incredible benefits nature has to offer. The evidence based, positive impacts of nature based therapy offer outcomes that no other environment can provide. It’s an enlightening and rewarding experience for her and her clients.
Cara is licensed in MA and is a member of AOTA. She has a B.S. in business management from Bryant College (University) and an associates degree, occupational therapy assistant from SUNY Orange.
In her spare time, she loves walking in the great outdoors, reading, crafting and exploring new places with her family.
Ashley was born and raised in Massachusetts and has worked in childcare most of her life, from preschool and day care settings, public school intensive learning programs, to nannying and coaching.
Ashley grew up playing soccer and has coached children of all ages and holds a national coaching diploma. Ashley has a fun-loving personality, a kind and patient nature and gravitated toward working with children because there is never a dull moment, and as much as we may teach them, they are always teaching us.
Ashley has always enjoyed being in nature including hiking, fishing, camping and just being outside. It is peaceful, healing, and there are always new things to observe and see. Ashley enjoys exploring the outdoors in her free time with her son and dog and is constantly seeking new adventures. And if there is a creature, big or small that needs her help, you can count on Ashley to take it home to nurse back to health.
Fun fact- Ashley found a baby squirrel that fell out of a tree, that she nursed back to health, getting up every two hours to feed it. She cared for the squirrel for two years before it joined curious creatures.
Special Education Teacher
I grew up in Michigan spending time camping, exploring outside and growing my love for nature. I have worked with kids in many different environments from wilderness therapy programs, adventure travel, nature centers, and residential homes for teens.
I am currently a Science Special Education teacher at South Shore High School in Hingham, where I have worked for 14 years. I find it rewarding to be a support for kids that are struggling at the moment to help them learn more about themselves, see their strengths and develop new skills.
I have enjoyed playing in the woods with younger kids at Explore Pediatrics. It has helped me slow down and enjoy the little things like a mud puddle or warm breeze. It's nice to see kids get outside and use nature as their classroom. It has been interesting to see what a child can learn and how their mood can change with just a little time outside.
In my free time I enjoy hiking with my family, traveling and gardening.