Say Hello To Your Therapists

It takes a special kind of therapist to be effective in utilizing sensory integration as part of an occupational therapy practice. We only hire therapists who love to learn, are flexible thinkers, are effective communicators, work as a team, have a love for people, and are a joy to be around. We place a heavy emphasis on mentoring, educating, and training of our therapists with constant study and frequent attendance at educational conferences and seminars. Our therapists are the local experts in sensory integration theory and practice.

Elise Caton

CEO, Clinical Director

Elise grew up in Keystone Heights, Florida playing whatever sport was in season at the time, but particularly basketball. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Science. From there, she moved to Gainesville to begin the inaugural year of the entry level Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida in 2003 with a graduating class of three. While walking her dog, she met the man who would become her husband, Steve. They settled in the big city of Gainesville and have two beautiful daughters.

With a special focus on pediatrics and sensory integration, Elise began working in settings such as clinics, multi-disciplinary programs, as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Florida, school settings, and in homes. Seeing the need for a clinic that would fully support the treatment of children and adults affected by sensory processing dysfunction, Elise and Steve decided to open the Lamp Post Therapy Center in 2009. Since then, they have been striving to provide a place of hope, help, and joy for those impacted by sensory processing dysfunction.

Steve Caton

President

Steve was born and raised right here in Gainesville, Florida. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Clemson University and then spent a few years in Portland, Oregon. He returned in 1999 to earn a Master’s degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida where he was the Coordinator of the Fishing for Success Program. After eight years, he began his labor of love of stay-at-home dad to two incredible girls. As the Lamp Post has grown, so has Steve’s role at the Lamp Post. He serves as the Chief Financial Officer and manages insurance needs. Steve is also a talented handy man able to perform most of the work required to keep things at the Lamp Post fun and functional. Steve is also known as Elise’s husband.

Lori Consolazio, OTR/L

Lead Occupational Therapist

Lori is the Lamp Post’s lead occupational therapist. She was born and raised in Palm Beach County and has been an occupational therapist since graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Health Science degree in 1988. That same year she married her husband Gary, a UF Professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering. Together they have two grown children, Michael, a U.S. Marine veteran and current student at FSCJ, and Molly, a graduate of Southeastern University and 4th grade teacher. Lori’s initial OT experience was broad and included working with individuals impacted by severe developmental and physical disabilities. After raising a family and volunteering countless hours working with children in a variety of settings, she spent two years as an occupational therapist in Alachua County schools. Through that experience and others, she began to develop a strong interest in sensory integration leading her to work briefly with a multi-disciplinary team at The Morris Center. She considers it a privilege to serve children and their families with sensory processing needs at The Lamp Post.

Kay Sackaloo, DOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kay, originally from Great Britain, graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and worked in mental health before entering OT school. She earned her Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Toledo, Ohio in 2013. In OT school Kay completed Level II fieldwork with older adults and in school based pediatrics. After graduating, she moved to Tennessee and began her career working with older adult populations. Having recently relocated back to Florida, Kay is excited to now be pursuing her interest in pediatrics and honing her competencies in the area of sensory integration. Kay is also a Certified Health Coach and fascinated by the interaction of the sensory, mental, and physical systems as they relate to human function. Kay’s doctoral experience with preschools has also made her a key member of developing the Lamp Post’s preschool program. She is honored be a member of the Lamp Post Team and spreading its mission of bringing light to families and individuals with sensory processing disorders.

Hanna Olsson, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hanna is originally from Orlando, FL. Her love of OT started as a child receiving rehabilitation services when she was young. This experience led her to a desire to help future generations reach their potentials of function and independence. Hanna served as a mental health technician treating children and adults with varying mental health struggles at Central Florida Behavioral Hospital for over four years. She graduated with her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Adventist University in 2016. Hanna’s mental health experience and sensory integration specialty makes for enhanced occupational therapy services. Hanna is both honored and excited to be a part of and growing with the Lamp Post team.

Amy Padgett

Reading Tutor and Education Specialist

Amy was born and raised just outside of Gainesville in the little town of Archer. She and her husband Roy, met, fell in love, and were married in only eight months. After eight years, they were blessed with their son.

Amy graduated with honors from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She is also certified in Exceptional Student Education, ESOL Education and has a Reading Endorsement. The past 14 years, Amy has worked in various educational capacities with children ranging from 2 to 16 years of age. She has held positions as an Elementary school teacher, early childhood teacher, Manager of tutoring company in Alachua County, Special Education Services Coordinator, and Vice Principal of Preschool, Elementary, and Special Education programs.

Amy has a passion for reaching children with various academic and developmental disorders. After learning about sensory processing disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder not only at work, but first hand through her son, Amy began to focus her work more and more in those areas. She quickly noticed a direct correlation between academic struggles and sensory processing. She specializes in providing Academic intervention for children with Dyslexia and Special Education services for children that benefit from one on one services.

Amy utilizes the Barton Reading and Spelling System when working with children that struggle with spelling, writing, and reading fluently. The Barton system uses a proven multi-sensory approach to addressing the unique way that students with reading disorders learn to process language. Learn more https://bartonreading.com/

Through her experience, resources such as the Barton Reading and Spelling Program, and life as a blessed mama, Amy feels well equipped to help children rise to their full potential.

Tory Saputo

Administrative Assistant

Tori is a Florida native. Born and raised in Tampa, she grew up spending her time at the beach and at the golf course. She moved to Gainesville after high school and attended the University of Florida where she studied broadcast journalism. While Tori has no background in occupational therapy, she has always had a strong connection with children. She has spent time volunteering with Reading Pals and Girls' Place because she enjoys being around children and learning from them. In her free time she likes to travel with her boyfriend, spend time with her family, play golf and cuddle with her cat.
Total Years Experience
40
Specialized Therapy Rooms
5
Families Served
400
Therapist Certifications
13