Kassandra Griffin, a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist, brings with her a passion for equipping children and their families and caregivers with the knowledge and skills necessary to live life to the fullest. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. In her new role, Griffin works with residents to develop goals and treatment plans that promote independence.
Dorene Allis has been a Registered Occupational Therapist for 27 years and specializes in mental health. She is an Alumni of Quinnipiac University - Hamden, CT, where she earned her Advanced Baccalaureate Certificate in Occupational Therapy. In her new role, Allis incorporates faith into her work with children and individualizes treatment plans based on each child's specific needs. She collaborates with kids, their families, and Ranch staff to set children up for future success. Allis enjoys seeing kids experience "Eureka!" moments as they assimilate their sensory-modulation, motor, social-emotional, and cognitive skills.
Matthew Baumgartner received his Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from the University of Jamestown. As a therapist, Baumgartner provides individual, group, and family therapy for Ranch residents. Having previously worked in the Criminal Justice System, Matthew decided he would rather be on the front end, working with youth and their families to prevent juvenile justice involvement. He brings passion to his work at the Ranch as he recognizes that access to mental health and addiction treatment has a positive impact on youth, their families, and the community.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.
To join an amazing team of professionals, where you can work with and learn from the best, check out our careers page at https://www.dakotaranch.org/careers.