about sassafras

Familiar southern lingo – A term with a lot of history here in Louisiana, from root beer to gumbo to attitude about life! Sassafras is the source of food and nourishment for a particular butterfly, allowing it to grow and change to reach its full potential through the lifespan. I hope to help you, your family, and your children move through the developmental stages of life with greater ease, efficiency, and success! 

I’m Katherine Gristina, MS, LOTR, CHC. I am a Certified Health Coach, Occupational Therapist, and owner of Sassafras Therapy + Wellness Center. A little about me: I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Spring Hill College and my Master’s in Occupational Therapy at UAB. I have 12+ years of experience working with children and adults in the hospital, NICU, and outpatient settings. I am certified in the pediatric Neuro-Development Treatment Approach.  I have continuing education and certifications in infant/pediatric massage, children’s yoga, and etiquette for kids. I am an expert in children’s hand development and handwriting. 

I live in Mandeville and spend my free time with my husband, Scott, and our three children, Lucas, Gwyneth, and Abram. I enjoy coaching soccer, playing outside, cooking healthy meals, and hanging out with family and friends.