Rebecca graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is board certified by NBCOT, is a member of AOTA, and is licensed by the state of Michigan. Since graduating, she has worked in the Kalamazoo area and beyond. She has extensive experience with both pediatric and adult populations, having worked in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and internationally with a non-profit in the Dominican Republic. She has also worked with children's wellness programs in the community, starting an adaptive fitness program and running a youth fitness program at a local gym. She collaborates immensely with WMU through research, supervision of clinical students, and support from other pediatric therapists to ensure best practices in OT. Rebecca has a passion for providing evidenced-based, whole-body focused interventions to kids in order to support development over the life span. She specializes in working with complex trauma, feeding disorders, social skills, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is a trained TBRI Practitioner and is also an SOS-trained Feeding Therapist . Further, she has merged her training as an OT with her passion for wellness programs, being certified in Infant Massage, Kids Yoga, and is also a Level I CrossFit Trainer and CrossFit Kids Trainer. In her free time, Rebecca loves to be outdoors, stay active with yoga and CrossFit, travel, or simply relax with her husband Luis and two pets (and soon to be first child due in May 2019!) She is a huge foodie and loves finding delicious vegan foods at local restaurants!
Katelyn received her Bachelors of Science degree from Grand Valley State University in psychology and studied abroad at the University of Ghana working with NGO’s and children rescued from human trafficking. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2016 from Davenport University. She is registered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is licensed by the State of Michigan. Her clinical experience includes treatment in acute rehabilitation, private practice, mental health, and school settings. Katelyn has worked with a wide range of pediatric ages and diagnoses including ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, cognitive delays, fine and gross motor delays, and mental health diagnoses. Katelyn is a trained TRBI practitioner, has training in Handwriting Without Tears, and also has knowledge and training with Stanley Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Model. Katelyn plans to continue her education in manual therapies, sensory integration treatment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Thinking, and reflex integration. Pediatrics is her passion along with evidence-based treatment to help kids live their life to the fullest. She incorporates imagination, play, and movement into every session through creative and engaging games and activities. Katelyn loves to sew, bake, and bike. Her favorite place is Lake Michigan. Katelyn lives with her husband in Portage, MI.
Kari graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy Counseling in 2008. She is a registered art therapist (ATR) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) and is also licensed through the State of Michigan as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kari has spent the last ten years in the field advocating for the efficacy of art therapy in Kalamazoo County. She proposed and developed the art therapy position at Bronson Children’s hospital and has created programs in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice and rehabilitation settings. Kari is trained in domestic and sexual violence prevention and worked as a sexual assault counselor for the YWCA and has pursued training in Equine Assisted Therapy through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). Kari is particularly passionate about working with children with chronic medical illness, and teaching clients to use art to cope with daily stressors. Kari spends her free time practicing yoga, creating art in her home studio and spending time in nature with her husband and two young children.
Liz graduated from Western Michigan University in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is Certified Clinically Competent (CCC) and licensed by the state of Michigan. Her experience began with 12 years of preschool teaching and administration, followed by graduate school in Speech, four years with Kalamazoo Public Schools and two with Rehabilitation Works, an outpatient rehabilitation clinic, serving primarily pediatric clients. Liz believes that the best results in therapy come from a partnership with caregivers/family and other service providers. Not only do families aid in setting goals, they are involved in the therapeutic process as much as is appropriate for the child. Therapy is individualized, focusing on a child’s immediate communication needs in all environments. Functional and academic communication, increasing literacy skills, and overall social language ability are at the heart of her practice. Liz has experience in treating stuttering, speech sound/articulation disorders, language disorders, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, and voice and resonance disorders. She has lived in Kalamazoo for ten years, and in her free time she loves to spend time with her husband, teenage daughters and dog, Cooper, outdoors when possible. She is passionate about the idea “let food be they medicine, and medicine be thy food” (Hippocrates) and loves making delicious things grown by friendly farmers at the Bank Street Farmer’s Market.
Stacy is the backbone of the office, working on all our medical billing and managing the office as a whole. She has a background in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University and has had extensive experience with the educational counseling of criminal offenders. She has also had training under a psychometric technician role for abuse and neglect cases in southwestern Michigan. She is very familiar with billing and coding for a wide variety of outpatient therapy services and is looking forward to continuing her education to help the pediatric community. Stacy currently lives with her husband and 8 year old son. She is incredibly passionate about community involvement and pursues many philanthropic endeavors that help children and adults living with rare diseases. She also loves working on creative projects, cooking, and spending time with her family and two dogs, Dozer and Ace.
Sydney is a student at Western Michigan University. She will be graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services in the spring of 2019. She plans on going to graduate school at WMU in hopes of getting her degree in Occupational Therapy. Sydney has been a certified nursing assistant for three years and continues to deliver care. She enjoys volunteering for the Special Olympics here in Kalamazoo. Some of her favorite activities are camping with her family, going on adventures and painting.