Playabilities is a multi-disciplinary pediatric occupational, physical, and speech therapy clinic located in Leawood, Kansas. We provide personalized, intensive, and client-centered therapy services for children with various neurodevelopmental disabilities including developmental delays, autism, and sensory processing disorder. We provide a relaxed, yet professional work environment comprised of a collection of highly motivated, self-driven therapists who feed off of each other’s love for their job and compassion for helping our families. The culture of our clinic is service-oriented, and our highest objective is providing the best possible treatment and care for our clients, every step of the way.

Administration


Kelly Reardon
MOTR/L
Co-Owner and Director
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Kelly holds a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri’s Occupational Therapy Program in Columbia, Missouri. Read More

Kelly Reardon

Kelly holds a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri’s Occupational Therapy Program in Columbia, Missouri. She is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in both Kansas and Missouri. Kelly is board certified in pediatric occupational therapy through the national board for certification in OT. Her areas of expertise include relationship-based therapy and treatment of children with sensory processing disorders and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Kelly has completed advanced training in specialty areas including sensory processing disorder (SPD), constraint-induced movement therapy, splinting, Interactive Metronome, DIR/floortime (play-based therapy), Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT), vision rehabilitation, and feeding difficulties. She has advanced certification in evaluating and treating children with Sensory Processing Disorders. She participated in SPD mentorship training level 1 (August 2014) and level 2 (December 2015) at the STAR center in Denver, Colorado under Dr. Lucy Jane Miller (author of Sensational Kids) and Dr. Sarah Schoen. Kelly holds certification for being trained in administering the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) through the Thompson Center for Neurological Disorders in January of 2017. She has completed the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding course. Kelly’s work experiences have been across hospitals, schools, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and most recently private practice. She is the founder and co-owner of playABILITIES for sensational kids. Her passion is to provide comprehensive, individualized, and relationship-based therapy services, education, and support to the families and children that she serves. She feels extremely lucky to be building a knowledgeable, passionate team of therapists at playABILITIES who thrive on collaboration with each other and each have their own areas of strength and expertise to contribute to playABILITIES.

Kelly has three children, Lily, Colton, and Emmy. Her daughter, Lily, was born at 32 weeks gestation in March of 2017. She has learned the value of trust that it takes parents when seeking help with their children from her own experiences of being in the NICU with her daughter. Kelly finds the most joy spending time with her kiddos and laughing at all of the funny things they say and do. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, and hanging out with family and friends.

Jeremiah Reardon Co-Owner

Jeremiah began working with Playabilities as he collaborated with his wife, Kelly, on growing the clinic and expanding services. Read More

Jeremiah Reardon

Jeremiah began working with Playabilities as he collaborated with his wife, Kelly, on growing the clinic and expanding services. With finance and real estate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jeremiah spends his time on the business aspects of Playabilities looking for ways to improve upon the client experience. Jeremiah gets the most enjoyment working with a collection of people dedicated towards improving the lives of their clients and, of course, eavesdropping on all hilarious things that the kids say during treatment sessions. If he is not seen around the clinic, he can be found working at MCR Companies where he is a co-owner.

Jeannie Liberatore Revenue Cycle Manager

Jeannie has been in the medical field since graduating from The University of Kansas with her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Read More

Jeannie Liberatore

Jeannie has been in the medical field since graduating from The University of Kansas with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. With a passion for seeing kids thrive the transition to the world of pediatrics was a welcome change. Jeannie began working with Playabilities in 2016 as the Clinic Manager. After a move took her family to Seattle, Jeannie transitioned to the role of Revenue Cycle Manager. Within her role Jeannie is responsible for all financial processes at Playabilities. Jeannie highly values the relationships that she has built with Playabilities families, and looks forward to seeing how much the kiddos of Playabilities have grown each time she returns to Kansas City. In her free time Jeannie enjoys traveling, interior design, and hiking in the PNW with her husband, but what brings Jeannie the most joy is being a mom to her son, Carson.

Emily Kerr
SLP-CCC
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Clinic Manager

Emily is a Kansas state and American Speech-Language and Hearing Association licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Read More

Emily Kerr

Emily is a Kansas state and American Speech-Language and Hearing Association licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas. Her graduate degree in Communication Disorders was received from the University of Texas at Dallas. Emily spent six years working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public school system. She began working at Playabilities in 2016 as a full time speech-language pathologist. She has experience working with children of all ages with a variety of needs: articulation, expressive and receptive language, social communication, feeding, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Because of her passion for helping families and therapists meet their goals, Emily moved into the clinic manager role at Playabilities in April 2020. She loves helping our clients receive high-touch services with our wonderful therapists!

Becky Basta Senior Administrator

Becky has an Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Truman State University. Read More

Becky Basta

Becky has an Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Truman State University. She grew up in KC and after living in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Indianapolis working for the same company, she settled back down in KC. She’s spent the last 10 years raising 3 children. She brings a unique perspective to our team – being a parent of a special needs child. She is a strong advocate of play-based therapy for all children. She has a passion for helping families on their parenting journey. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, cheering on her kids at soccer, baseball, softball, and girl scouts. Family nights always include pizza and a board game. 

Mary Traxler Clinic Administrator-Leawood Clinic

Mary is a native of Kansas City and attended UMKC.Read More

Mary Traxler

Mary is a native of Kansas City and attended UMKC. She has a varied background in customer service and medical office administration. She is a proud mom to four children and loves to garden, play golf and read. Mary’s love of children and belief in play based learning and therapy make her very excited to be a part of our team here at Playabilities. 

Hannah Carney Clinic Coordinator

Hannah has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kansas.Read More

Hannah Carney

Hannah has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kansas. She joins Playabilities team after eight years in fundraising. Hannah supports with coordinating schedules across our clinic locations and helps ensure each family’s needs are met with high touch services! Hannah lives in Overland Park with her husband and their dog. In her free time, you can find Hannah cheering on the Jayhawks, on walks with her dog, and playing board games with her family.

Miranda Dove Billing Support Specialist

Miranda is a native of Kansas City and has been in the medical field for several years.Read More

Miranda Dove

Miranda is happy to be part of the team and is excited to get started at Playabilities. She is a lifelong native of Kansas City and has been in the medical field for several years. With backgrounds in both physical therapy and working with children, she is very excited to take on the role as the billing specialist. She obtained her associates degree in medical billing and coding from Pinnacle in 2016. She enjoys working with patients and their families to ensure that any questions about their claims are addressed and answered quickly. Sometimes, billing can be confusing and she is here to help ensure that billing is not overwhelming for you during your child’s care. Miranda is a single mom of three children and two dogs. Her and the kids enjoy spending time outside, watching movies and Chiefs games, playing board games and doing puzzles. They love warm weather and getting together with family and friends.  

Occupational Therapists


Amber Englehart
MOTR/L
Lead Therapist Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Amber has earned an Elementary Education degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University.Read More

Amber Englehart

Amber earned an Elementary Education degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University. With a passion for pediatrics, Amber spent 13 years as a school-based occupational therapist in the metropolitan area, where she worked with students with a variety of disabilities from early childhood through high school. Amber joined playABILITIES in 2016, and currently holds a position as Lead Therapist at the Leawood clinic.Amber has a variety of continuing education experiences including Autism Specialist Training through KCART (Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training), reflex integration, behavior and trauma. She has extensive experience with children with sensory, behavioral trauma and social emotional deficits, as well as fine motor and visual perception delays. Amber has advanced mentorship in sensory processing disorder, and has completed the Level 1 mentorship throught the STAR center.

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Amber is passionate about preparing children, at all ages, with the skills that they will need to be successful throughout their life. Amber and her husband have two teenage boys, Bryce and Blake, and are also foster parents. When she is not working, she enjoys watching her sons play sports and spending time with her family.

Chloe Fike
MOTR/L
Senior Therapist Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Chloe earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia .Read More

Chloe Fike

Chloe grew up in Belleville, Illinois before moving to Columbia, Missouri. While in Columbia, she attended the University of Missouri where she earned her Master’s Degree of Occupational Therapy. After receiving her degree, Chloe moved to Kansas City. Chloe joined the Playabilities team in 2019 and holds the position as Senior Therapist for the Prairie Village clinic. Chloe has experience in multiple settings including outpatient pediatric intervention, school-based intervention, acute care, and inpatient rehab. Chloe is passionate about using a holistic, child-led approach that empowers kids to reach their goals and have fun! Chloe enjoys using a transdisciplinary approach with all of her clients, encouraging communication between providers, parents, and kids to ensure success for the client in all aspects of life.

Chloe has specialized training in using a play-based, child-led approach to therapy and has completed her first ICDL-DIR Floortime Course. She also has specialized education on behavior management and therapeutic feeding approaches. Chloe is passionate about individualizing treatment for each child to make it meaningful, motivating, and fun! She believes parents are an essential member of the therapy team and loves providing strategies to empower parents in helping their kids. In her free time, Chloe enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants in KC, reading, going on walks, and creating pieces of art for her family and friends!

Taffeta Jordan
MOTR/L
Clinic Culture Facilitator- Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Taffeta grew up in the Springfield, MO area and moved to Kansas City to continue her education at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Read More

Taffeta Jordan

Taffeta grew up in the Springfield, Missouri area and moved to Kansas City to complete her education at the University of Kansas Medical Center, earning her Masters degree of Occupational Therapy. Taffeta joined the Playabilites team in 2016 and is the Clinic Culture Facilitator at both Prairie Village and Leawood clinics, assisting the administrative team with marketing development, obtaining referral sources, and executing client and therapist appreciation events.

Taffeta has experiences with local infant and toddler services, community outreach programs for children with special needs, and coaching swimming lessons to children with autism spectrum disorders. In April of 2017, Taffeta completed the Advanced Level I Mentorship training at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder in Denver, Colorado and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorders. She also specializes in the evaluation of and treatment of infants and toddlers, teaching sensory strategies and regulation skills, advancing social and emotional development, and promoting independence through play for kids of all ages. She is passionate to provide families with education and training of ways to carry over strategies and skills learned in the clinic to the home, school and community environments. In her free time, Taffeta enjoys running and hiking with her dog, completing home renovations, and spending time with family and friends.

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Julie Morrow
MOTR/L
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Julie Morrow earned her Bachelors of General Studies degree in Human Biology with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Read More

Julie Morrow

Julie Morrow has a pre-med degree, in Human Biology with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Masters in Occupational Therapy, from Rockhurst University. She is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in Kansas and Missouri. Her primary experience is in pediatrics with specialized training in Reflex Integration (MNRI), motor coordination (Bal-a-vis-x), emotional regulation (The Zones of Regulation), Social Skills (The Social Thinking Curriculum), play-based therapy (DIR Floortime model), Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, Fine Motor Skills; including strategies for handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears, First Strokes), Self-Regulation, Emotional Regulation, Behavioral interventions (prior training in CPI, Collaborative Problem Solving, Positive Support Planning, and ABA principals), school processes for individuals with disabilities (504 plans and Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)), Sensory Processing (STAR Institute training), Vision Rehabilitation, and Executive Functioning Skills.

Julie was the founder and owner of Developmental Possibilities LLC, a private pediatric clinic, prior to merging with Playabilities for Sensational Kids. Julie is passionate about community and parent education and occasionally speaks publicly on topics of interest (i.e. Motivation, Executive Functioning, Behavior, Sensory Processing, Handwriting).

Julie has experience working in schools (6 years), outpatient pediatric clinics (7 years), homes, daycares, and hospitals; with a total of 13 year of professional experience. Building relationships is her favorite part of her job and she takes pride in treating the whole child and taking a family centered approach to therapy. Julie loves spending time with her husband and two boys! Going to the lake, family movie nights, fishing, coaching the kid’s sports teams, family bike rides, and researching are some of her favorite things to do!

Allie Mullender
MOTR/L
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Allie earned her Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Missouri and has specialized in pediatrics from the start of her career. Read More

Allie Mullender

Allie earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Missouri in and has specialized in pediatrics from the start of her career in 2013. Allie has previous experience working as an OT in the school system and enjoys helping families advocate for supports and services in the school. Allie has experience working with all age ranges and a variety of developmental disabilities. She specializes in working with children with visual and fine motor delays, feeding difficulties, sensory processing disorder, behavior difficulties, handwriting concerns and delay with play and social emotional skills. Allie has specialized training in feeding therapy through the SOS Approach to Feeding. She has also completing continuing education in the area of ODD, Autism, Down Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder. Allie emphasizes treating the ‘whole child’ during therapy sessions and building on a child’s strengths and interests to increase their independence and function within meaningful daily activities.

In her free time, Allie enjoys spending time with her family and dog, Roux. Allie and her husband welcomed a baby boy, Burt, in May of 2021. Allie also enjoys gardening, cooking and reading.

Natalie Webb
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Natalie graduated from the University of Kansas with her highest degree being a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Read More

Natalie Webb

Natalie graduated from the University of Kansas with her highest degree being a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. During her clinical rotations, she had the opportunity to learn in a preschool for children with autism in Australia. This was just the beginning of her passion for working with kids. She has worked full time as a school-based therapist for 15 years and enjoys working at PlayAbilities after school and during the summers. She attended an Autism Interdisciplinary Team Training through “TASN Autism Tertiary Behavior and Supports” in 2016 and has attended various pediatric conferences throughout her years as an OT. Natalie hopes to support and facilitate children’s highest level of functioning within the natural environment. She has experience working with children targeting: fine motor skills, visual perception, leisure skills, social skills, sensory processing, behavior and emotional regulation. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Jennafer Ort
MOTR/L
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Jennafer graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Read More

Jennafer Ort

Jennafer graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She currently holds a state license to practice in both Kansas and Missouri. She also is a registered, board-certified occupational therapist with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Jennafer’s concentration in occupational therapy has been outpatient pediatric practice, with additional experience in private elementary and high schools. She has advanced training in feeding therapy through the SOS Approach to Feeding, as well as training in the DIR/Floortime approach (play-based therapy). Jennafer has worked with children with a variety of developmental, sensory, neurological, genetic, and psychological diagnoses. These have included Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, and many others. Her areas of emphasis have been feeding therapy, fine motor and gross motor development, social-emotional skills, and sensory processing.

For Jennafer, the essence of pediatric occupational therapy is “playing with a purpose.” She is passionate about helping children and their families find joy in every success – big or small – on their journey. Jennafer’s favorite therapy moments always take place when both she and her kiddos are laughing and learning all at once.

Jennafer now lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband. In her free time, she can usually be found outside – biking, hiking, or simply blowing bubbles.

Bethany Ogle
MOTR/L
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Bethany earned her Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Read More

Bethany Ogle

Bethany earned her Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she gained clinical experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and birth-preschool aged children with visual impairments. There she also completed the LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities), which provides interdisciplinary leadership training in clinical practice, research, and community outreach.

Bethany has completed the STAR Institute’s Advanced Level I Mentorship for evaluating and treating children with Sensory Processing Disorder and the subsequent Level I Sensory Processing Proficiency Certification. Bethany’s other areas of expertise and interest include infant and toddler development, reflex integration, social-emotional skills, self-care, and visual and fine motor delays. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential, partnering with families and team members, and making therapy meaningful and fun! In her spare time she enjoys cheering on the Jayhawks, playing music, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, son, and energetic Aussie/lab pup.

Brooke Buck
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Brooke earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center.Read More

Brooke Buck

Brooke is a Northwest Kansas native and graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Psychology. Brooke moved to Kansas City to obtain her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her clinical experiences consisted of multiple different pediatric settings, including Infant Toddler Services, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and rural school systems. Brooke completed the Advanced Level I Mentorship in evaluating and treating children with Sensory Processing Disorder at the STAR Institute in Denver, Colorado. She also completed the Autism Specialist Training through KCART (Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training.)

Brooke makes it her mission to meet children where they are and expand upon their strengths in fun and creative ways! She enjoys developing relationships with not only the child, but the whole family in order to maximize carryover. Brooke is also a photographer and loves being able to use her OT lens to capture kiddos and therapists in a playful and candid way.

Johnnea Saulsberry
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Johnnea earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center.Read More

Johnnea Saulsberry

Johnnea earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Throughout her clinical rotations she was able to gain experience working with children of a variety of ages, abilities, and backgrounds. During the school year Johnnea works within a local school district. Her passion is to help children work toward their goals and grow in any way possible. Johnnea loves to spend time with her family, play team sports, and watch movies.

Cari (Giggy) Reardon
MOTR/L
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Giggy graduated from The University of Missouri with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree.Read More

Giggy Reardon

Giggy earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Giggy holds her OT license in both Kansas and Missouri, and has worked across multiple settings including hospital settings (inpatient acute care and inpatient rehab), schools, and outpatient private practice. She has experience in the education system providing OT to children aged 4 – 19. Giggy has gained a variety of experiences and perspectives through volunteering at Camp Encourage, volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding program, and by providing adaptive swim lessons in a low stimulation environment for kids with Autism.

Giggy is dedicated to understanding the whole picture for each of her clients and developing relationships with clients and their families. She strives to provide relevant and valuable interventions by participating in various continuing education courses. She has completed the level 1 mentorship program at the STAR Institute in order to gain more knowledge on Sensory Processing Disorder to share with families and to use within treatments. She is from Kansas City and loves to spend her free time with her friends and family in the area. She also enjoys running, biking, yoga, and traveling to new places!

Elease Greedy
MOTR/L
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Elease earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at Rockhurst University.Read More

Elease Greedy

Elease is originally from Nebraska where she graduated from University of Nebraska Lincoln then moved to Kansas City to continue her education at Rockhurst University, earning a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Since then she has worked in the pediatric outpatient setting gaining experience working with a diverse client population in both age & ability. She has continued educational experience in handwriting through Learning Without Tears, STAR PROCESS: Regulation, Relationship, and Sensory Processing, and feeding skills through SOS training. Elease is passionate about building meaningful relationships with children and their families while assisting them to achieve their goals. In her free time she enjoys spending time in nature, trying new restaurants, and being with friends and family.

Steph Marquess
MOTR/L
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Steph graduated from The University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Medical CenterRead More

Steph Marquess

Steph graduated from The University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Medical Center. Her degrees include a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Minor in Psychology. Steph holds an OT license in Kansas and has practiced for over 7 years. She is also a certified group fitness instructor and enjoys bringing health and fitness to both adults and children since 2009. Steph specializes in working with children with Autism, Sensory and Behavioral differences, Down Syndrome, Visually Impaired, and fine and gross motor delays. She works as a full-time occupational therapist in a school district and loves working at PlayAbilities during the summer and after school hours. When she is not working, Steph enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, traveling, meal prepping, working out and volunteering.

Morgan Britton
OTD, OTR/L
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Morgan earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University.Read More

Morgan Britton

Morgan is a Kansas City native who graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Health. Morgan then moved to Omaha, Nebraska to obtain her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University. Throughout her education, Morgan gained multiple clinical experiences in pediatric settings including outpatient medical rehabilitation facilities, the school systems, hospital-based settings. She assisted in the development of the SENSE (Supporting & Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences) Program at Saint Luke’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and completed her clinical fieldwork during occupational therapy school as a student at Playabilities. Morgan has experience working with children ages 1 to 21 with a variety of different diagnoses. Some of the diagnoses include Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Muscular Dystrophy, Mowat-Wilson Syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, children that are visually impaired, and with children with other fine motor and gross motor delays. Morgan’s personal interests include sewing, paddleboarding, and spending time with family, friends and pets. Morgan loves working at Playabilities and is passionate about building relationships with children and family members and assisting clients in achieving their goals.

Lauren McClung
OTD, OTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Lauren earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University.Read More

Lauren McClung

Lauren grew up in Dallas, Texas, and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Applied Behavioral Science. She then moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to pursue a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Creighton University. Lauren has experience working with the pediatric population in the areas of Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Picky and Problem eaters, social-emotional regulation, and executive functioning and cognition.

Lauren completed her Doctoral Capstone Experience with Playabilities specializing in advanced clinical practice and advocacy regarding Sensory Processing Disorder. Lauren continues to grow her passion for Sensory Processing Disorder and has completed the advanced level 1 mentorship program at the STAR institute. She continues to educate and work with community settings in the Kansas City community about Sensory Processing Disorder. She additionally has training in the SOS approach to feeding to address picky and problem eaters. Lauren currently serves as the national secretary for Pi Theta Epsilon, the national occupational therapy honor society which functions to promote scholarship and research in the occupational therapy field. Lauren is passionate about working with children and their families to promote success in meaningful activities and achieving their goals. In her free time, Lauren enjoys swimming, playing with her puppy, and spending time with friends and family.

Garrett Ann (G.A.) Nevins
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

G.A. earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Rockhurst University. Read More

Garrett Ann (G.A.) Nevins

Garrett Ann “G.A.” earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Rockhurst University. She attended the University of Kansas for her undergrad where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Her clinical/volunteer experiences consisted of multiple pediatric settings including Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, early childhood/school systems in the KC metro area and abroad in St. Lucia, where she served students with disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorder. To further expand on her Sensory Processing knowledge, she attended and completed the STAR Institute’s 2021 advanced Level I Mentorship Program. G.A. has additional experience working with older children and adolescents with hemiparesis through her group Capstone Project, where she researched the benefits that Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) and Hand Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy (HABIT) has on improving function and independence for daily activities. G.A. values the importance of communication and education through the Occupational Therapy process and is even knowledgeable in American Sign Language (ASL).

G.A. has a passion working with children and their families and is all about putting the “fun” in functional! G.A. is a Colorado native and enjoys hiking and skiing when she is back visiting family. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, cheering on the Jayhawks, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.

Kylie Kirshenbaum
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Kylie earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Read More

Kylie Kirshenbaum

Kylie is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and graduated with her bachelor of science degree from the University of Central Florida. She moved to Kansas City to obtain her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Kylie has a wide range of experiences in working in pediatrics in multiple school settings and in pediatric inpatient rehabilitation at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. She loves watching kids grow and develop and working alongside caregivers to help kids succeed. She has a passion for working with kids because she gets to bring out her creativity and she enjoys that every interaction brings something new.

In her free time, Kylie enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising, reading, and doing puzzles.

Asia Garruss
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Asia earned her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from the Univeristy of Kansas Medical Center. Read More

Asia Garruss

Asia earned her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her work experiences include serving children and families through early intervention, public school, in-home private therapy, and at an outpatient pediatric clinic. She has vast experience in delivering therapy through the telehealth model. Asia’s special interest areas include working with children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and ADHD. She is trained in Handwriting without Tears Instruction, focusing on improving fine and visual motor deficits through a multi-sensory approach.

Asia loves children, animals, all forms of art, and dark chocolate!

Hannah Underdown
MOTR/L
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Hannah earned her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Rockhurst University. Read More

Hannah Underdown

Hannah was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She earned her Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree from Rockhurst University. Hannah previously worked for a local school district and currently works PRN in in-patient acute care at Olathe Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include fine motor skills, handwriting, visual motor skills, adaptive skills, self-regulation, 504s/IEPs, sensory processing, and executive functioning. While working as a school-based OT, Hannah supported students from Pre-K through 12th grade with a wide variety of needs. She looks forward to utilizing her school-based background to help families navigate and advocate for appropriate services and accommodations in that setting. Hannah’s favorite part of her job is building relationships with children and their families while providing the support they need to reach their goals. In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and energetic German Shepherd!

Taylor Justmann
MOTR/L
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Taylor earned her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Read More

Taylor Justmann

Taylor earned her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Taylor holds her OT license in the state of Kansas and has previously worked across multiple settings, including school-based practice (serving elementary-aged students) and inpatient rehabilitation (serving young, middle-aged, and older adults). Her areas of expertise include behavioral modification, crisis prevention and intervention, emotional and self regulation, sensory processing, and motor skill development. During her graduate studies, Taylor gained experience through implementing behavioral therapy, adapting and modifying ride-on toy cars through GoBabyGo to create an alternative form of early childhood power mobility, and teaching sensory-friendly swimming lessons to children with autism. Taylor loves working with children and families to help them reach their full potential. She comes up with unique and fun ways to help children participate in a variety of activities to build upon their skills and maximize their strengths.

Taylor is from Kansas City and outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her dog. She also loves spending time outside, going for walks or hikes, traveling, and trying out new restaurants!

Mary Kate Renschen
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Mary Kate earned her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Louis University. Read More

Mary Kate Renschen

Mary Kate (or you can call her “MK”!) grew up in St. Louis, MO and went to St. Louis University to complete her Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Mary Kate always knew she wanted to go into Occupational Therapy because of her strong passion for pediatrics! She comes from a large extended family where there are always children to play with. Mary Kate completed her clinical rotations at a variety of settings including a school, acute care hospital, the Veteran’s Association in St. Louis, and Washington University outpatient pediatric clinic. During her pediatric rotation, she worked with a handful of children and adolescents with Tourette’s and tic disorders using the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) treatment program. Mary Kate is excited to create personal relationships with new clients and families and use her creativity to provide functional solutions to everyday activities.

In her free time, Mary Kate enjoys hanging out with friends and family, being outdoors, crafting, watching sports games, and spending time with her goldendoodle named Stanley!

Natalie Pelletier
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Natalie earned her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Missouri-Columbia.Read More

Natalie Pelletier

Natalie is from Springfield, Missouri and earned her Bachelor of Health Science with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Missouri in May 2019. She went on to earn her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Missouri. Natalie completed her clinical training in various settings, including outpatient pediatrics at Playabilities (Leawood location) and in acute care at a Level 1 Trauma Center. During her graduate studies, Natalie assisted with developing and implementing social-emotional based occupational therapy interventions for preschool-aged children in the Columbia, MO community. She gained additional pediatric experience from multiple work and volunteer experiences in childcare and recreational camp settings, working with ages ranging from infancy to adolescence. Natalie has always had a strong desire to work in pediatrics and is so excited to continue working with the amazing children and families here at Playabilities!

In her free time, Natalie loves to spend time with family and friends, read books on her Kindle, cook new recipes, cheer on the KC Chiefs and Mizzou Tigers, and explore all of the unique restaurants and experiences that KCMO has to offer!

Speech Therapists


Taylor Hornbaker
SLP-CCC
Lead Therapist Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and adolescent Speech Language Pathologist

Taylor graduated from Kansas State University with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Read More

Taylor Hornbaker

Taylor graduated from Kansas State University with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Throughout her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Taylor has gained experience working with a wide range of clients, ranging in ages 2 months to adult within the school, inpatient rehabilitative, and outpatient rehabilitative setting.

Once completing her degree, Taylor worked at an Early Childhood Special Education program while also providing private speech and language services to families. She has primarily worked within an outpatient pediatric rehab setting for the majority of her career. Taylor has experience diagnosing and treating speech and language disorders for typically developing children, as well as children of special populations secondary to Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, neurogenic disorders (e.g., Childhood Apraxia of Speech), and genetic disorders. She has experience with interventions targeting receptive and expressive language skills, articulation and phonological delays, early literacy skills, fluency, social-emotional skills, and Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices. She also has extensive knowledge and experience as a feeding specialist within our Playabilities setting where she provides feeding therapy to children of various ages and diagnoses. Working with children in the outpatient pediatric setting has taught her a lot about how successful therapy can be when the interventions are holistic in nature. She greatly believes in the importance of early intervention, creating a strong functional communication system, family involvement, and the power of play.

Taylor currently holds the position of Lead Therapist at Playabilities. She has advanced certification in treating children with a variety of feeding challenges and received certification for implementing the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding in August, 2016. She has completed advanced coursework in regards to feeding children on the Autism Spectrum, feeding birth to 6-month-old infant, transitioning children from purees to solids, as well as helping children to transition off supplemental tube feedings. In November 2021, Taylor received certification for implementing the Supporting Oral Feedings in Fragile Infants (SOFFI) method. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, practicing yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.

Courtney (Watkins) Faerber
SLP-CCC
Senior Therapist Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Courtney holds a Master’s degree from Rockhurst University in Speech-Language Pathology Read More

Courtney Faerber

Courtney holds a Master’s degree from Rockhurst University in Speech-Language Pathology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science Disorders from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Courtney has experience working with children ages 2-21 with a variety of speech and language disorders. Her experiences include working in elementary school, hospitals, preschools, and private clinics. She specializes in receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation, social communication delays, and a wide range of developmental disorders. Courtney has experience in continuing education with the SOS Approach to Feeding therapy, Dyslexia, and working with children on the autism spectrum as well as children with Down syndrome. Courtney strives to make each therapy session individualized, motivating, and fun for every client. Family-centered therapy is Courtney’s passion, and she feels strongly that parents are their children’s best teachers.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys exploring Kansas City with her husband, Jack. She also loves to be with friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews. She loves to be outside and enjoys traveling to the beach and mountains when she can!

Jessica Pangborn
SLP-CCC
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and adolescent Speech Language Pathologist

Jessica received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Read More

Jessica Pangborn

Jessica received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Following that, she took a year off to gain pediatric therapy experience and served as a para-educator for a year as well as gained experience with formulating and carrying out plans to help adolescent children with ASD gain social skills in various community environments. Jessica then moved to Kansas City to obtain her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Rockhurst University. Jessica’s work experiences have expanded across multiple therapeutic environments including working with school-aged children, preschoolers, and adolescents. Jess has completed continuing education experiences related towards implementing the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and has a passion for implementing play-based therapy as well as working with kids of all different ages and developmental levels. She loves working with kids and continuing to learn new things every day at Playabilities.

Jess is a mother of three children, Mason, Brody, and Adelyn. She enjoys spending time at baseball games, football games, basketball games, and volleyball games, as well as supporting her husband in all of his sporting endeavors as a coach at a local high school. She spends most spring and summer weekends at baseball tournaments as her husband is coaching her oldest son’s baseball team.

Shalinn Silkwood
SLP-CCC
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and adolescent Speech Language Pathologist

Shalinn discovered Speech-Language Pathology as a undergraduate student at Kansas State University. Read More

Shalinn Silkwood

Shalinn discovered Speech-Language Pathology as an undergraduate student at Kansas State University and pursued it after realizing that it combined her love of English and science. Upon finishing her graduate work, she focused her continuing education on assessment and intervention for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has worked with infants through adults in schools in both Kansas and Missouri, overseas, in homes, and in private clinics. She’s received additional specialized training in Applied Behavior Analysis/Verbal Behavior, received certification for implementing the Sequential Oral Sensory feeding therapy approach in April, 2017, and has evaluated and secured funding for Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices. She received her first Award for Continuing Education from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in September of 2017. In the last few years, she has sought to learn directly from Autistic adults and those with disabilities, and is working to dismantle ableist practices and become neurodiversity affirming in her therapy style. She frequently works with Autistic individuals, those with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, articulation and language delays, apraxia of speech, reading/writing challenges, feeding disorders, and those who stutter. Shalinn loves to collaborate with her clients to create goals, help others to learn how to self-advocate for their needs, and communicate effectively across environments. She enjoys mentoring graduate students, and having conversations that challenge the status quo.

Shalinn enjoys playing piano, singing, and writing music in her spare time. She teaches beginning piano students when she can, and volunteers with her local church congregation, is a devoted St. Louis Cardinals and K-State Wildcat fan, and enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, learning, and hanging out with her husband, friends, and cat.

Nicholle Ryan
SLP-CCC
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Nicholle recieved her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the Univeristy of Utah. Read More

Nicholle Ryan

Nicholle received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University and completed her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology through the University of Utah. She has experience diagnosing and treating a variety of communication disorders including articulation, speech fluency, receptive and expressive language, and social communication difficulties in school-age children both in the school and outpatient clinic settings. Nicholle moved to the Kansas City area from Portland, Oregon in June 2018. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Danielle Cupryk-Novascone
SLP-CCC
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Danielle attended Kansas State University where she graduated with honors with her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Read More

Danielle Cupryk-Novascone

Danielle has been practicing in the speech pathology field for over 15 years. Danielle attended Kansas State University where she graduated with honors with her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. She then earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas. Danielle has working with Playabilties families since 2017. Prior to that, Danielle spent ten years working for Blue Valley School district where she provided speech-language services to children ranging in age from pre-K through 12th grade. In 2011, she was awarded “Master Teacher of the Year” from her school building for her work in special education. Danielle is a licensed speech-language pathologist with experience providing therapy to children with speech-language delays, learning disabilities, Autism, social skills deficits, cognitive impairments, developmental disabilities and ADHD. In her free time, Danielle enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her two children, William and Ada.

Mary Waldenmeyer
SLP
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Mary graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with her Master’s in speech and language pathology. Read More

Mary Waldenmeyer

Mary received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas, where she also earned her bachelors in Speech-Language-Hearing and Spanish education. She has experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, elementary schools, and early childhood settings. During those experiences, Mary has been able to work with a variety of individuals including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fluency Disorders, speech and language delays, cleft lip and palate, voice disorders, and those who use augmentative alternative communication. She also has experience working with children with feeding and swallowing difficulties and received specialized training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding in the summer of 2019. She has a passion for affirming and expanding upon every individual’s abilities, and helping others succeed. Outside of the clinic, Mary enjoys competitive waterskiing, snowboarding, yoga, and spending time with family!

Sarah Custer
SLP-CCC
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Sarah holds a Master’s degree from Rockhust University in Speech-Language Pathology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science Disorders from Missouri State University. Read More

Sarah Custer

Sarah holds a Master’s degree from Rockhust University in Speech-Language Pathology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science Disorders from Missouri State University. Sarah is currently in her tenth year working for a local school district where she provided speech-language services to children ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist with experience providing therapy to children with speech-language delays, social communication, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In her free time, Sarah enjoys trips to Disney world, the happiest place on earth, with her family and spending quality time with her cats, Steve and Evie.

Delaney Owen
SLP
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Delaney received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language and Hearing with a minor in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of Kansas. Read More

Delaney Owen

Delaney is a Wichita native who received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language and Hearing with a minor in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of Kansas. During her education, Delaney completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program which is a year-long traineeship at the University of Kansas Medical Center focusing on interdisciplinary, family-centered care. She has experience in a variety of settings including elementary schools, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. During those experiences, Delaney has been able to work with a variety of individuals including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, speech and language delays, cleft lip and palate, neurodegenerative diseases and those who use augmentative alternative communication. She has completed additional continuing education in the areas of Childhood Apraxia of Speech and phonological/articulation disorders. Delaney is passionate about play-based, engaging therapy sessions that target relevant and meaningful goals for the whole family.

Brynn Schiele
SLP-CCC
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Brynn completed her B.A. in speech and hearing Sciences at the University of Iowa in 2016 and her M.S. in communication disorders at Arizona State University in 2018. Read More

Brynn Schiele

Brynn completed her B.A. in speech and hearing Sciences at the University of Iowa in 2016 and her M.S. in communication disorders at Arizona State University in 2018. She has experience working with diverse populations in elementary and middle schools, pediatric therapy clinics, ABA clinics, and in-home care. She has extensive experience working with individuals with autism and is always excited to learn new things in the field of speech pathology. She has advanced training in feeding and has completed the S.O.S approach to feeding course. In her spare time, Brynn loves to travel, read, crochet, and spend time with her dogs Finn and Albert.

Lexi Oatman
SLP-CCC
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Lexi received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, both from the University of Kansas. Read More

Lexi Oatman

Lexi received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, both from the University of Kansas. During graduate school, Lexi worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Word and Sound Learning Lab under a grant where she researched effective methods for vocabulary learning through story book reading with Kindergarten aged children with Developmental Language Disorders. She also completed her thesis which developed a short-term summer program which provided treatment to children in preschool who had articulation delays. Lexi was awarded the University of Kansas 2020 Outstanding Speech-Language-Hearing Student Clinician award and the Jacob Rockwell Osman Award which was awarded to the graduate student who demonstrated outstanding work with pediatric speech and language clients. Lexi has had experience evaluating and providing intervention for children of special populations including cleft lip and palate, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, neurogenic disorders, and those who use augmentative and alternative communication devices. She is Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) certified, which is a program originally designed for voice treatment in adults, however newer research supports the application of this treatment with voice kiddos as well! Lexi plans to become certified in the Beckman oral motor program in January 2022 and the Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding in April 2022. Lexi has a special interest in working with children with oral motor and feeding needs, phonological delays, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In her free time, Lexi loves to cook new recipes, read, and watch KU basketball!

Christina Degraffenried
SLP
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Christina completed her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the Univeristy of Kansas School of Health Professions. Read More

Christina DeGraffenreid

Christina completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University and received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Kansas School of Health Professions. While in graduate school, she completed 2 years of research focused on early language development and early literacy programs with The Baby Lab at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Christina is passionate about early literacy, play-based therapy, collaborating with families to meet their individual needs, and working with other disciplines to provide a holistic therapy experience. She has experience working in elementary schools, hospitals, and in early intervention models. Christina enjoys working with a wide variety of clientele, including children with developmental delays, children with language delays and disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, articulation and phonological disorders, social communication deficits, cleft lip and palate, and augmentative and alternative communication devices.

In her free time, Christina enjoys quality time with family, including her new baby girl, hiking, playing volleyball, and losing to her husband in tennis :).

Karina Parrish
SLP
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Karina completed her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Rockhurst University. Read More

Karina Parrish

Karina has a Health Science Degree from University of Missouri and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University. She has had the opportunity to work with clients of all ages in schools, summer programs, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and private practice. Karina loves working with families to ensure goals will empower both her clients and their families. She has serviced a variety of individuals including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, hearing loss, ADHD, speech and language delays, fluency disorders, social emotional disorders, and those who use alternative augmentative communication devices. Karina is originally from Chicago but now calls Kansas City her home. Outside of therapy she enjoys yoga, gardening, and taking her pup to the dog park!

Ashlyn Dunham
SLP
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Ashlyn completed her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Kansas Medical Center. Read More

Ashlyn Dunham

Ashlyn received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Kansas Medical Center and her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Child Development from the University of Arkansas. Ashlyn has experience working in a variety of settings including autism diagnostic clinics, hospitals, and pediatric rehabilitation centers. She has had the opportunity to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delays, traumatic brain injury, motor speech disorders, and those who use augmentative and alternative communication devices. During her education, Ashlyn conducted research looking at language development in infants and toddlers and received training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Ashlyn is passionate about providing engaging, individualized therapy that builds on the child’s strengths and leads to outcomes that are functional and meaningful for the family. A few of Ashlyn’s favorite things are baking cakes, traveling with friends, and finding new restaurants in Kansas City!

Physical Therapists


Luke Giefer
DPT
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist

Luke earned his doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Read More

Luke Giefer

Luke holds his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. He is a licensed physical therapist in both Kansas and Missouri. His areas of expertise include pediatric rehabilitation including NDT facilitation, manual therapy techniques, primitive reflexes, balance rehabilitation, and young athlete rehabilitation. Luke also works at Infant Toddler Services of Johnson Co., specializing in infants to 3-year olds. He has served an autism diagnostic team administering ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and CARS (Child Autism Rating Scale) testing, while also providing therapies to children with autism. Luke has received training in family centered care, vision rehabilitation, torticollis therapy, NDT muscle facilitation, orthopedic rehab, feeding techniques, and orthotic implementation. He knows the importance of providing parents with knowledge and home treatment strategies for best success. Luke has always enjoyed the enthusiasm of children and feels lucky to help all kids achieve their best ability in order to play and interact with their peers. He is a husband and father of 2 young children. He enjoys taking trips to the mountains or lake with his family, exploring Kansas City, and going to sporting events. He keeps active by biking, golfing, visiting friends, and going to parks with the family.

Jenny Chrisco
DPT
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist

Jenny earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Rockhurst University in Kansas City Read More

Jenny Chrisco

Jenny earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Rockhurst University in Kansas City in 2013. After she received her degree, she moved to St. Louis, where she worked as a pediatric physical therapist in early intervention and in a pediatric outpatient clinic. Jenny and her husband moved to Kansas City in April 2017 and she has been with the Playabilities team since summer 2017.

Jenny has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses including Autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, hypotonia, torticollis, genetic duplications/deletions, and global developmental delay. She specializes in infant and toddler development, but works with kids through18 years. She enjoys working with children and helping them feel stronger and more confident in their bodies as they make progress with their gross motor skills. She focuses on integrating play into therapy. She believes that therapy continues beyond the clinic and works hard to involve the whole family, making it as functional and achievable as possible.

Outside of work, Jenny spends time with her husband, daughter and golden retriever. They enjoy traveling, taking walks, visiting family and playing outside.

Kaitlin Farley
PT, DPT, PCS
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist

Kaitlin earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Mary in 2015.Read More

Kaitlin Farley

Kaitlin earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Mary in 2015. She then completed the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at Creighton University in 2016 to gain further training and mentorship working with the pediatric population. Following her residency Kaitlin received her Pediatric Certified Specialist certification. Kaitlin has always had a passion for helping children and their families reach their greatest potential through physical therapy. Kaitlin has experience working with children of all ages as well as a wide range of diagnoses. Kaitlin additionally works at Britain Development serving children with special needs ages birth to six years old. She is passionate about family centered care and assisting children in meeting their gross motor milestones to fully interact with peers and family at home and in the community.

Vanessa Shaw
PT, DPT
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist

Vanessa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017.Read More

Vanessa Shaw

Vanessa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. She is a licensed physical therapist in both Kansas and Missouri. After receiving her degree, she worked as a pediatric physical therapist in an outpatient clinic in St. Louis, working with children ages 0-18. In 2019, she moved to Kansas City and worked in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic prior to accepting her current position with us. She is certified in vestibular and concussion therapy.

Vanessa has experience working with children ages birth to 18. She has worked with children with torticollis, developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, orthopedic injuries/chronic pain, and many other diagnoses. She also has experience with aquatic therapy for children.

Vanessa enjoys working with children and families and believes a family-centered, team approach is essential for success. She believes that incorporating play into therapy promotes confidence in each child to reach their full potential. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys exercising and playing slow-pitch softball. She likes spending time with friends, family and her cat, Sampson.

Kate Kennison
PT, DPT
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist

Kate is a Kansas City native who earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during her few years spent living on the east coast.Read More

Kate Kennison

Kate is a Kansas City native who earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during her few years spent living on the east coast. Her clinical experiences at Carolina included UNC Children’s Hospital, Duke University’s outpatient pediatric clinics, and therapeutic day camps for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Kate’s capstone project explored the contribution of early mobility to infant cognitive development as well as language and social skills. Kate and her husband moved back to Kansas City to be closer to family, where she worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting prior to joining the Playabilities team. She has experience working with pediatric neurologic, orthopedic, and developmental diagnoses as well as pediatric equipment evaluation.

Kate has over 10 years of experience working with children in various capacities, and she is passionate about helping them explore and find value within their own abilities. She enjoys getting to know each child individually and partnering with families in order to tailor therapy to their unique needs and goals. Outside of the clinic, Kate enjoys spending time with her family and yellow lab, traveling, and being outdoors.

Stacey Spataro
PT, DPT
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist

Stacey earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2014.Read More

Stacey Spataro

Stacey earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. She is licensed in Kansas and Missouri. After graduation, she began working for Early Childhood Intervention of North Central Texas with children from birth to 3 years of age in their homes. Stacey then worked for an out-patient orthopedic clinic where she specialized and became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist working with pediatric and adult patients. Most recently she was a School Physical Therapist for 4 years in a school district located in Fort Worth, Texas working with children from kindergarten through graduation and the transition program (5-21 years of age). She also has pediatric home health and out-patient experience. She moved to the Kansas City area in June 2021 to be closer to family.

Stacey has experience working with children with various orthopedic, developmental, and neurological conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Torticollis, Mitochondrial conditions, Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, and several other diagnoses. She also has experience with pediatric equipment evaluations including manual and power wheelchairs.

She is very excited to join the Playabilities team and continue her journey with pediatric therapy in the Kansas City area. Stacey is passionate about working with children and their families to help children reach their full potential. She believes that functional independence is unique to each child and finds joy in helping children. Outside of the clinic, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family, two dogs, friends and traveling.

Music Therapist


Lane Zipsie
Board Certified Music Therapist

Lane earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas.Read More

Lane Zipsie

Lane earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Kansas. She has specialized in early childhood since completing an internship with Unity Community Options of Miami. Lane believes that each child has a birth right to engage in musical experiences while learning new skills, as music is a part of everyday life. She strives to provide a wide range of experiences with opportunities for each child to participate and learn successfully. Lane has experience working with a variety of populations including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Delay, Developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome.