Our Team

Thomas Decker, EdD, OTD, OTR/ L

 

T homas Decker is the Clinical Director at Interplay and an Associate Professor in the OTD entry level program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Tampa Bay campus. He has been an occupational therapist for 27 years in both adult and child rehabilitation, including co-founding pediatric private therapy practices in the Republic of Ireland. He received his training in several different approaches and treatment techniques, including Neuro-developmental Treatment and PNF, Sensory Integration, Interactive Metronome, The Listening Program, and many other specialized protocols throughout his career. Dr. Decker has clinical experience with adults including those with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and other neurological disorders; and he has been both a therapist and consultant for children of all ages with varying diagnoses across several settings in the USA (Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale), Ireland, and the UK. His dissertation for his EdD was titled “Student Perceptions of Preparation for Fieldwork Experiences in a Blended Learning Entry Level OTD Program: A Phenomenological Study” and his research for his post professional OTD was titled “The Development and Implementation of an Adolescent Treatment Group Program for Teens with DCD/Dyspraxia”.

His other research has included topics such as private practice, sensory processing and fieldwork education, transformational leadership and personality traits, as well as survey development. His current research is phenomenological in nature examining areas of disenfranchisement, and more specifically employment and education experienced by different racial groups of ex-convicts, post-release. A multitude of factors affecting ex-convicts upon release are being explored. 

Testimonials

MB & BB
Words cannot even begin to describe how very grateful and pleased we were with Dr. Pilar Saa and her professional staff of Occupational Therapists. We had an appointment for an initial evaluation with Dr. Saa scheduled a few weeks in the future for when she returned from being out of the country, but we called her office as our 3 year-old son was in some immediate distress and she squeezed us in before she left. We have never forgotten that!! Our son was able to start his OT immediately with the most wonderful, warm, kind, compassionate therapist that we all grew to love. He actually looked forward to his appointments at the play-gym. We are happy to report that our son is thriving and doing wonderfully. We cannot thank Dr. Saa and her staff enough for being such a special part of our "village". They held our hands through every step of the way, educated us and guided us as we navigated this scary thing called "Sensory Processing Disorder". We highly recommend Dr. Pilar Saa and her staff at InterPlay!!!!