Meet the Team

Christopher Ristic

Christopher Ristic – Senior Registered Occupational Therapist

Christopher a Venezuelan with Trinidadian roots, studied Occupational Therapy at Colegio Universitario de Rehabilitación May Hamilton. He is trained and certified in Sensory Integration and is experienced in the treatment of children with down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, vascular stroke, SPD and developmental delays. He enjoys splinting and making prostheses for amputees. Christopher is trained in aqua therapy and is passionate about the benefits that can be derived from this modality. In his free time you can find Christopher at the beach hanging with friends or gardening.

Toni Betudier

Toni Betudier - Educational Psychologist

Toni earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York and her Master of Education degree in School Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She is a New York State Certified School Psychologist and has worked both in the special needs school systems in Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as with private clients towards meeting academic and behavioural goals. Toni is experienced in conducting assessments, and offering consultation and intervention strategies for students with academic difficulties, emotional disabilities, and challenging behaviours.

Tara Riley

Tara Riley - Registered Occupational Therapist

Tara is a Trinidadian Occupational Therapist who holds a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University. She is delighted to be back in Trinidad and is pleased to apply her experience to the diverse population of paediatric needs at CKFTO. Tara prides herself on being an advocate for the differently abled, as well as, someone who is committed to her country and the betterment of her people. Tara particularly enjoys working with Fine Motor Challenges and Development Delays in young children. She is certified in the Alert Program® for Self-Regulation, and Handwriting Without Tears program.

Karen Litchfield

Karen Litchfield - Occupational Therapist

Karen is an Occupational Therapist (OT) with over 25 years experience. She studied OT at the University of Western Ontario, and currently holds licensing with the Ontario College of OT and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy. Having been a primary school educator for a brief time, she is able to integrate her knowledge of curriculum and teaching strategies with her OT skills, knowledge, and experience. This has proven to be valuable when consulting in the school system and at providing effective learning strategies for students with exceptionalities. Karen is also effective in providing in-services to school personnel and colleagues regarding OT issues, treatments strategies, and foundation skills necessary for academic learning. Karen has a specific interest in sensory integration and has developed expertise in this area. Karen acts as part of the clinical support team at CKFTO.

Michelle Laveau

Michelle Laveau - Puppet Show Co-ordinator

Michelle is multi talented and multi faceted but at CKFTO she is our CKFTO Count Me In®, Bullying and Human Trafficking Puppet Show Co-ordinator and Program leader. Michelle is vital to our Puppet Show awareness program and she is in charge of creating awareness.

Krista Hamelsmith

Krista Hamel-Smith - General Manager

Krista was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago,she attended Lander University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management and a minor in Dance.   Since graduation Krista guided her career to stay in the Health Care field and has a broad spectrum of experience in many different types of health care facilities.  In the last few years Krista’s interest has been focused on different NGOs and the mission behind the organization.  She is motivated to provide good health care services to all people no matter their financial situation.    Her interest lies in the working systems within these organizations and the principles involved in managing the people and the organizations. 

Deborah Deane

Deborah Deane - Administrator

Deborah is a well know face at CKFTO for the last 4 years, starting as a volunteer in Petit Valley and filling the emerging portfolios as we grew. She worked at the US embassy in Port of Spain for 37 years, before fulfilling her desire to do community service. Deborah works tirelessly to assist the parents, children and therapists in keeping the centre working smoothly and functioning optimally. Her interest in working with all children is evident in her dedication to CKFTO over the years.

Roxanne Grant

Roxanne Grant - Receptionist

Is the calming voice and smiling face you see as you enter the CKFTO clinic. Roxanne grew up  quickly having to take care of her siblings until they finished school as her mother migrated to the US.  This life lesson helped her to understand the dynamics and importance of family life, as such, Roxanne champions the family centered service approach at CKFTO, and embraces and offers some comfort to challenged parents and caregivers. When she is not working she enjoys travelling with friends, watching TV and singing in her church’s choir - which she has been a part of for 15 years.

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