Ask The Therapists

Robin Akselrud has fifteen years of experience in a variety of clinical practice areas. Robin is a certified early intervention provider and has worked in several treatment settings, including schools, home care for medically fragile infants and children and hand therapy and splinting for infants and toddlers.

Robin is currently the Leadership and Management Coordinator for the AOTA Home and Community Health Special Interest Section. Robin has presented her research at the 2018 AOTA conference in Salt Lake City and at the 2018 AOTA Education Summit in Louisville. Her publications include “Advocating for Occupational Therapy in Preparation for the Patient Driven Groupings Model”, SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 2019, 4(2), 14-17 and “The value of home health occupational therapy practitioners in home modifications”, SIS Quarterly Practice Connections,2019, 4(1), 17–19.

Dr Akselrud holds a Master of Science from Touro College in Bay Shore, NY and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

Chasya Soroka is a licensed clinical social worker with a background in community mental health. Over the years, she has treated individuals with a wide range of life stressors, relationship issues, and emotional distress and specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma. Chasya has experience working with adults, teens, children, and their families. She received her Master of Science in Social Work at NYU Silver School of Social Work. 


E17 | Industrial Occupational Therapy with Paul A Fontana, OTR, FAOTA

Paul Fontana is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist with 43 years of professional experience. Since 1986 when Paul founded the Center for Work Rehabilitation, Inc.®, CWR has been the industry leader in providing Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, Fit for Duty and Return to Work programs to the business community. The Center for…


E16 | Understanding and Addressing Mental Health Needs of Students

In this Episode Dr. Robin speaks with Occupational Therapy Visionary Dr. Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Professor Emerita, Occupational Therapy, Cleveland State University, and Director/Owner of Every Moment Counts, LLC


E15 | Recognizing addiction with Sarah Brecher-Portes, LCSW, CASAC

In this episode, Chasya talks with Sarah Brecher-Portes, LCSW, CASAC about common misconceptions about addiction, how to recognize a problem and how to get help.


E14 | Occupational Therapy: Improving Quality of Life Through Community Transitions

In this episode Rafi discusses how he works tirelessly to assure a smooth transition from state hospitals and institutions back into the community. Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L is the president and CEO of Rehab U Practice Solutions. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with…


E13 | Finding support for pregnancy loss with Yonina Kaufman LCSW, Ms.Ed

Chasya speaks with Yonina Kaufman LCSW, Ms.Ed about finding support for pregnancy loss.


E12 | How we care for People with Dementia: OT‘s role in Quality and Education

In this episode we speak with Katie Garvey, OTR/L, CAPS, a Dementia Care Specialist from Anne Arbor, Michigan. Katie consults and trains employees and other professionals using the Positive Approach to Care( Developed by Teepa Snow, OT) to assist the “neighbors” in the Assisted Living Communities improve their quality of…


E11 | OCD and Religion

Chasya speaks to Shmuel Fischler LCSW-C about what OCD is and how it can manifest in religious thoughts, rituals and practice. Shmuel explains how to treat OCD with the gold standard of OCD treatment, called ERP.


E10 | Occupational Therapy and Driver Safety

Dr. Robin has guest Megan Frazier, MS, OTD, DRS Driver Rehab Specialist and owner of Functional Mobility and Stability. Their website is


E9 | From Addiction to Recovery

From Addiction to Recovery: A one-on-one conversation on trauma, substance abuse and finding a path to healing.


E8 | Low Vision And It’s Effect on Daily Function

Guest: Dr Yu-Pin Hsu, EdD, OTR/L, SCLV Low Vision specialist This week we discuss how low vision can affect the safety and function of an individual and how OTs can assist!


E7 | Back To School

Chasya and Guest co-host Elisheva Parry, LCSW discuss how to get your kids back to schedule and the best routine for school.


E6 | OT and Pilates with Naomi Aaronson MA OTR/L CHT

Naomi discusses how she uses both Pilates and OT principles together to help her pediatric and adult patients progress in their treatment goals


E4 | A Glimpse into Reflex Integration Therapy


E3 | Stopping The Mental Health Stigma

In this weeks podcast we discuss depression in both children and adults 


E2 | Ask The Therapists

Pacifiers, “Blankies” and Toilet Training Tips.


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