Dr. Kali Penders

Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Being active and practicing wellness was instilled in Kali from an early age.  She grew up playing judo, basketball and softball.  She learned how activity correlates to wellness in a child that expands to a lifelong skill.   
Kali studied at Northeastern University where she gained diverse clinical experience at the major hospitals in Boston and graduated with her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and certification in early intervention.  Kali has over 16 years of experience in Pediatrics from Shriner's Hospital in Springfield, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Yale Pediatrics, Schools and Birth To Three settings.  And a certification in NDT.

Specializes in the following:

  • Prematurity
  • Torticollis/plagiocephaly
  • Neurological/genetic disorders
  • Visual-occulomotor impairments
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • NDT (neuro-developmental treatment)

Maegan Onofrio, M.S. CCC-SLP

Maegan attended Duquesne University where she received an M.S. in Speech Language Pathology. Her professional interests include providing intervention for Birth to Three, pediatric feeding disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, stuttering and articulation. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, coaching high school softball, and going on hikes with her two shepherds Nova and Zulu.
Specializes in the following:

  • Articulation Disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Expressive and Receptive Language Delays
  • Stuttering Disorders

Erin Feeney, OTRL

Erin graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Allied Health Sciences and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University. Her passion is working with the pediatric population and creating fun and motivating therapeutic activities to help children achieve their goals. In her spare time, Erin enjoys playing basketball, reading fiction novels, and spending time with her nephew.

Specializes in the following:

  • Feeding Therapy
  • Fine Motor Delay
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Kellie Belledonne
Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Kellie grew up in Massachusetts where dance and soccer were her activities of choice.  She enjoys hiking with her dog and Husband.
Kellie studied at BU where she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has experience working in private pediatric outpatient clinics, birth to three, Yale Pediatrics, as well as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Specializes in the following:

  • Gross Motor Delay
  • Torticollis/Plagiocephaly
  • Toe Walking
  • Neurological/Genetic Disorders
  • Adaptive Equipment (static/mobile standers, adaptive walkers)
  • Hypermobility Conditions
  • Orthotic Evaluations

Liz Traversaz, M.S.CCC-SLP

Liz grew up on the shoreline and was inspired by her younger brother to become a speech language pathologist. She attended Southern CT State University for her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and earned her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from University of Reading in the U.K. in 2017.

Liz has worked in a variety of pediatric settings in CT including Birth to Three, outpatient clinics, and schools.  Her clinical interests are in neonatal difficulties that impact feeding, as well as neurological and genetic conditions.

Some of Liz's favorite things include walking at Hammonasset, reading a good book, and enjoying a beach day with her family. 


Specializes in:

  • Early Development
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Sara Cave, OTR/L

Sara has been an Occupational Therapist for 13 years. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in
2010 with a Masters in Occupational therapy. She has experience in pediatric outpatient settings including Yale Pediatrics and the NICU.  When not working Sara enjoys spending time with her two boys and her husband. She enjoys exploring the outdoors , hiking and painting.
Specializes in the following:

  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Hand Specialist
  • Genetic/Neurological Conditions
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Genetic Abnormalities
  • Constraint-Induced Therapy

Anne Koba, OTR/L

Anne has over 30 years of experience in occupational therapy. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University, and a Master’s of Science in Special Education with a concentration in Assistive Technology from Southern Connecticut State University. She has practiced in both school-based and early intervention settings.  Additional to Coastal KIDS, Anne is employed as a full-time assistant professor at the University of Hartford in the Occupational Therapy Program.

 Specializing in the areas of:

  •  Assistive technology
  •  Emotional regulation
  •  Sensory processing
  •  Fine Motor development
  • Activities of Daily Living


"We are THRILLED with Coastal Kids and only wish we made the move over to their services sooner! SLP Maegan has been wonderful to work with. She's been very flexible in scheduling, allowing us to find the time our 3 year old is the best possible participant, communicative in all of his progress and setting realistic goals/expectations, and has adapted each session to how he learns best. Cannot recommend this practice as a whole highly enough. In home services are just the icing on the cake!"

"I can’t recommend Coastal kids more highly!!!  They were incredible.  My son was behind with physical milestones at 1 years old  but Kellie can in and identified where his weaknesses were and gave him exercises to strengthen him in these areas.  He is now fully caught up w milestones!!!!
With Kellie’s help, my son then started to get his balance but wasn’t figuring out how to stand easily when he lost balance.  Kellie taught him how to do this and he took off and was walking non-stop.
I can’t say enough about the support they gave and the success that they enabled my son to have.
They really solved my son’s issues.  I will always be extremely grateful!!!!"

"My son's OT Dana is professional, well prepared, and uses her time wisely when working with him.  Goals have been clearly defined and she knows how to best motivate him to succeed in meeting his goals. I have been very impressed with her work during these first eight weeks and I already see measurable improvement in several areas. "

"I am having a wonderful experience with Coastal KIDS.  Both Dr. Kali and Dr. Kellie are amazing.  They are supportive, kind, and take the time to help me understand what I could be doing to best support my baby's development.  I am seeing amazing progress with their help and I would recommend them to everyone who needs their services."

“Our son J has been seeing Kali since he turned 2, and from the very beginning we knew that Kali was a special person. J immediately responded to Kali, her sweet voice and cheerful, silly encouragement. To this day she is one of the only people that can get him to put in hard work, and she still gets lots of hugs and kisses! She is a professional, kind, effective, and gentle therapist. We would highly recommend Kali Penders to anyone in need of PT for their child. We love her!!!” 

“Does anyone need a truly, amazing Physical Therapist for their little one? I am thrilled to share that I have just learned that B's former Physical Therapist, Kali Penders, who is the best he’s ever worked with and is just wonderful overall, has started her own practice in our town!  I’m so excited that she has started her own practice and has the flexibility now to come to our homes for full, one hour sessions! I’ve been wanting her to do this for years!”

"Kali has been working with my daughter for several months now and has really helped to make some major breakthroughs in her care! I have always felt she is very knowledgeable, caring, and great to work with. It is also a major plus to have in home PT as our schedule is very tight. She does an amazing job keeping my 5 yo attention throughout the full hour of therapy which is a task on its own! My daughter looks forward to her sessions each week!"

"Kali is a phenomenal PT! She was right on helping my athletic 10 year old who developed knee pain right at the peak of basketball and dance season. Kali explained the anatomy and cause of pain (patellofemoral pain syndrome) in a way my daughter understood to help her take care of her knee. She gave us a structured and manageable home program to reduce pain and increase strength in her weak muscles. Thank you for your patient approach and for sharing your extensive knowledge in a way we could understand!