Meet the Team

Christopher Ristic

Christopher Ristic – 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.

Jessica Holder

Kenrica Baptiste - Registered Occupational Therapist

Kenrica is a Trinidadian Occupational Therapist qualified from Northumbria University, in England. She is the facilitator of our HOPE parent support (Helping Our Parents become Empowered).  She enjoys being an occupational therapist, as you get to be a catalyst in helping a person improve their doing through purposeful activity, gain independence, and turning an "I cannot" to "I can." Experiencing the transition from dysfunction to function is meaningful to her. Now back in Trinidad, she looks forward to helping advance the practice and standards of Occupational Therapy while maintaining the ethics of the profession in Trinidad and Tobago.

Cathryn Wakefield

Cathryn Wakefield - Registered Occupational Therapist

Cathryn is a Trinidadian Occupational Therapist qualified from University of Cumbria in Carlisle, England. She’s always been interested in working with kids and got her introduction to paediatric Occupational Therapy as a volunteer at CKFTO and also did her placement with us. She is happy to be back in Trinidad to share her knowledge and to help promote the benefits of Occupational Therapy.

Cathryn Wakefield

Latasha Winford - Registered Occupational Therapist

Latasha an American with Trinidadian heritage, qualified from Brunel University, in England. Prior to joining the CKFTO team she worked with the NHS in England. Her smile and cheery personality is reflective of her passion for the outdoors and athletics. Latasha enjoys working with groups, training and school based approaches. She is a certified CPR trainer and uses this skill to educate our support groups at the clinic.

Jessica Holder

Maya Chriqui - Clinical Supervisor/Music Therapist

As a practicing Music Therapist for over 23 years, Maya specializes in working with the paediatric population. Maya has her Accredited Music Therapist status from the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. She holds a degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University and her certification in Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado University, as well as a certification in CPR, First aid and is an Emergency Responder. Before joining CKFTO, Maya founded the music therapy program at a private therapy clinic in Ontario, Canada and has designed/implemented programs based on the needs of the clinical population, and has witnessed the positive gains made by her clients when driven by their engagement in music therapy. She is committed to providing both treatment and education to the Trinidadian community by increasing their availability for obtaining services and increasing their knowledge base and awareness.

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.

Natasha Babwah

Natasha Babwah - Puppet Program Co-ordinator

Natasha is know for her golden voice in Trinidad, but at CKFTO she is our CKFTO Count Me In® Puppet Show Co-ordinator and Program leader. Natasha just completed her BSC in Speech and Language Science at UWI, prior to this she pursued an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy at University of Miami (UM), but had to withdraw due to family responsibilities here at home. She is a professional vocalist and sings for many private events as well as in the church choir. Natasha's final project was "The use of Music Therapy in the speech and language development of children with cochlear implants in Trinidad and Tobago".

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.