Our Staff


At Shining Stars Therapy, we take pride in providing the best Pediatric Therapy Services for your child. Please learn more about all of our experienced therapists at Shining Stars Therapy! 

Abbey Zinn, OTR/L

Abbey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2008. She continued on at East Carolina to earn her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010.

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Dawn Solomon OTR/L, Owner

Dawn received her degree in Occupational Therapy in 1997 after attending Downstate Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY.

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Ellen Macri, BS CBRS, ITFS

Ellen has a long history of working professionally and personally in the fields of education, child development, behavioral management, speech language delays, sensory integration and play therapy. She is a teacher, an advocate and an understanding member of the special needs community. She is held in high regard both by the medical and educational community both in New York State in North Carolina. Ellen has served as a program coordinator and lead teacher of a distinguished inclusion preschool program in the Raleigh vicinity. Ellen believes in helping a child become a “whole” person by addressing all primary areas of developmental growth as the child matures: social, physical, emotional, communication and intellect.

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Jenna Swanson, DPT

Jenna has a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.

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Amy Balfour MA, CCC-SLP

Amy completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and then got her bachelors in Communication Disorders from Wayne State University. She received her Master’s in Speech Pathology from Central Michigan University. Amy is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

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Kerri Frie BA, CBRS, ITFS

Kerri graduated from Adelphi University in 1996 with her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders. While studying her undergraduate degree, Kerri attained many clinical hours treating children with speech/language delays and articulation disorders in a speech therapy setting.

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Karen Cardillo ADM

***For all billing and financial concerns, please contact Karen Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm.

Karen received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from SUNY-Binghamton in upstate New York. She worked for several years in Human Resources then went on to get her graduate degree in elementary education from Adelphi University.

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Lesley Petee, MPT

Lesley has worked as a pediatric physical therapist for 16 years. She graduated from the University of Michigan with her Masters in Physical Therapy and began working with children in a hospital based clinic a few years after that.

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Mary Giro, PT

Mary graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science/ Pre-Physical Therapy from Rutgers University in 1989 and a Masters in Physical Therapy from University of California in 1993. Mary has over 20 years of experience in the field of Physical Therapy.

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April Nelson M. Ed. CCC-SLP

April attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she received a BS in Communication Disorders afterwards, she continued onto the University of Georgia where she earned her M.Ed. in Speech Language Pathology.

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