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 two children, Lily and Colton. 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 and her husband, Jeremiah, enjoy spending time outdoors, playing with Lily, 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. Jeannie brings with her several years of experience as a Billing and Insurance Coordinator. With a passion for seeing kids thrive the transition to pediatrics was a welcome change.

Jeannie began working with Playabilities in 2016 as the Office Manager. After a move took her family to Seattle, Jeannie transitioned to the role of the Revenue Cycle Manager. Jeannie oversees all of the billing and insurance claims within our clinic.

Jeannie grew up in Northern California and has a love of the ocean, every trip home you can expect to find her at the beach for the majority of her visit. In her free-time Jeannie enjoys traveling with her husband, interior decorating, reading just about anything she can get her hands on, hiking, exploring Seattle, and watching all of the Golden State Warriors and Jayhawks basketball games she can.

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.

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 has spent six years working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public school system; she worked two years in Plano, TX and four years in Olathe, KS. She has experience working with children ages 3-12 with a variety of needs: articulation, expressive and receptive language, social communication, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Emily moved into the role of being the clinic manager at Playabilities in April, 2020. Emily has been a speech language pathologist with Playabilities since 2016, and she is excited to be supporting our clients in this new role!

Becky Basta Clinic Administrator-Prairie Village Clinic

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. 

Cassie Walker Billing Support Specialist

Cassie grew up in Lawrence, KS and moved to the Johnson County area in 2003.Read More

Cassie Walker

Cassie grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and loves the Jayhawks. After moving to the Johnson County area in 2003 with dreams of pursuing culinary arts, she stumbled into medical billing and has pursued it ever since. When she is not at Playabilities she works part-time with the kiddos in children’s ministry at her church, teaching 2nd to 5th graders. While she didn’t end up pursuing becoming a professional chef, she still has a strong passion for food and cooking, and definitely enjoys baking over the holidays. Another one of Cassie’s favorite hobbies is cross stitching. She can often be found with multiple unfinished projects going at one time.  

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 has 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 and behavior. She has extensive experience with children with sensory, behavioral and social emotional deficits, as well as fine motor and visual perception delays. 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 always lived in the KC area. She has two boys, Bryce and Blake who keep her on her toes at all times. When she is not working, she enjoys watching her sons play sports and spending time with her family.

Julie Morrow
MOTR/L
Lead Therapist 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 Bachelors 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 special training in Reflex Integration, Bal-a- vis-x (motor program), Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking, DIR Floortime Play (play-based therapy), Fine Motor Skills, Self-Regulation, Behavioral intervention, 504’s/ IEP’s, Sensory Processing, and Executive Functioning.

Julie was the founder and owner of Developmental Possibilities LLC, a private pediatric clinic, prior to merging with PlayAbilities for Sensational Kids. Julie is currently the Lead therapist at the Playabilities Satellite Location, inside the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders. Julie is passionate about community and parent education and frequently 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 (3.5years), homes, daycares, and hospitals. Building relationships is her favorite part of her job and she takes pride in treating the whole child. Julie is the mother of two busy boys and enjoys spending time with her family, going to the lake, and playing Frisbee Golf. The whole family loves physical activity and being outside!

Allie Bakke
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 Bakke

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. Allie has previous experience working as an OT in the Shawnee Mission School district and enjoys helping families navigate finding the right blend of therapy for their child in private therapy, and advocating for accomodations in the school. Allie’s areas of expertise include developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, visual and fine motor delays, and handwriting.

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 pre-school 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 12 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, cheering on the Jayhawks and spending time with her family and friends..

Taffeta Jordan
MOTR/L
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, MO area and moved to Kansas City to continue her education at the University of Kansas Medical Center, earning her Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Taffeta’s experiences have included clinical rotations through infant and toddler programs, community outreach programs for children with special needs, and teaching 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, CO under the teachings of Dr.’s Lucy Jane Miller and Sarah Schoen. She enjoys 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 outside with her dog, completing home renovations with her husband, and working for her small business making home decor..

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 Hiskey

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

Bethany has specialized training in evaluating and treating children with Sensory Processing Disorders. She completed the Advanced Level I Mentorship in evaluating and treating children with Sensory Processing Disorder in April of 2018 at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder in Denver, Colorado under Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential and is excited to work with families at PlayABILITIES. In her spare time she enjoys cheering on the Jayhawks, playing music, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Mary Nestor
OTD, OTR/L
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Mary grew up in the Kansas City area but moved to Nashville, TN to earn her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Belmont University. Read More

Mary Nestor

Mary grew up in the Kansas City area but moved to Nashville, TN to earn her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Belmont University. Throughout her education, Mary gained experience in multiple pediatric settings including outpatient clinics, schools, infant toddler early intervention programs, and equine assisted occupational therapy. She is passionate about helping kids be kids and reach their full potential through play.

Mary has specialized training in evaluating and treating children with Sensory Processing Disorders. She completed the Advanced Level I Mentorship in evaluating and treating children with Sensory Processing Disorder in April of 2018 at the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder in Denver, Colorado under Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen.In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, watching sports, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

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

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

Brooke Ostmeyer

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 the school system. She also completed the Autism Specialist Training through KCART (Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training.)

Brooke loves working with children and listening to each family’s story. Developing relationships with children, families, and coworkers is one of her favorite parts of the job. She makes it her mission to meet kids where they are and expand upon their strengths in fun and creative ways! Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and capturing candid photographs for people.

Chloe Fike
MOTR/L
Leawood & 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 earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is originally from the St. Louis area, but moved to Kansas City after college to pursue her OT career. Chloe works as an in the school district throughout the school year, and works with Playabilities during the summer. She has a passion for traume-informed care and loves to bring her knowledge of OT into emerging areas that have a high need for trauma-informed care, such as foster homes. During her free time, Chloe likes to spend time outside, try new places to eat, and enjoys exercising!

Rebecca Puffer
M.S. OTR/L
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Becca earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Loma Linda University.Read More

Rebecca Puffer

Becca earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Loma Linda University in 2014 and quickly discovered a love for working with children. In addition to being mentored by and working alongside very experienced and knowledgeable pediatric occupational therapists since the onset of her career, Becca has also completed a variety of continuing education courses relating to evaluating and treating sensory processing/integration and neurodevelopmental disorders. Most recently, she completed her training of and has extensive practical experience using the H.O.P.E. (Harper’s Optimal Protocol for Enrichment) Method.

Becca was drawn to occupational therapy because of how it identifies value in every individual. She loves being able to meet children right where they are and help them connect with their strengths, empowering them so they have access to the most fulfilling life possible – a life they deserve. Becca and her husband love spending time with their daughter. In her downtime, Becca enjoys reading, hiking, painting, traveling, and making/eating good food.

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. During her clinical rotations, she gained 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 stable, and by providing adaptive swim lessons in a low stimulation environment for kids with Autism. She is from Kansas City and loves to spend her free time with her friends and family in the area. She also enjoys running, 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 grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska and moved to Kansas City to continue her education at Rockhurst University, earning a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Elease completed a clinical experience at Playabilities satellite location as a student and is very excited to continue her pediatric experiences with Playabilities. She is passionate about building relationships with children and their families while assisting them achieve their goals. In her free time she enjoys spending time outside, walking dogs at Wayside Waifs, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.

Maura Dombrowski
MOTR/L, OTD
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Maura graduated from Rockhurst University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.Read More

Maura Dombrowski

Maura has been practicing as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for 11 years. She graduated from Rockhurst University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She began her career in the school setting in North Kansas City. She spent 6 years working in the school setting before transitioning to home health, treating children birth to three through Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County. Maura has advanced training in the area of feeding, attending the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding workshop in 2016. She enjoys working with all children, and considers it a privilege to challenge them to learn and grow. Maura is married with four small children and a golden retriever. They all do their part to keep her busy, but when they aren’t, she enjoys playing soccer, running, reading for fun, and cooking.

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 licenses in both Kansas and Missouri and will start her 4th year of practice this August. She is also a certified group fitness instructor and enjoys bringing health and fitness to both adults and children for the past 9 years. 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 the Blue Valley 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 and working out.

Lauren Richter
MOTR/L
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

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

Lauren Richter

Lauren earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has worked in pediatrics since the beginning of her career. Lauren has worked for several years in the Blue Valley school district. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in occupational therapy through Creighton University. Lauren loves to provide innovative treatment to her clients and is invested in making an impact on the families that she works with.

Morgan Britton
OTD
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 Snyder Charleson Therapy Services – Kid*Ability, Ability KC, the school system (St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School and Pembroke Hill’s Early Childhood Center) and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City the Children’s SPOT. 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 the summer of 2019 as a student at Playabilities.

Morgan worked for two years as a Respite Care Provider for an individual with Cerebral Palsy during Occupational Therapy School. In addition, she worked closely with many children with Autism during the summer months in college. Morgan’s personal interests include sewing, paddleboarding, and spending time with family, friends and pets. Morgan is so excited to be back at Playabilities and is passionate about building relationships with children and family members and assisting clients in achieving their goals!

Lauren McClung
OTD
Prairie Village 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 completed clinical rotations in the school setting and at St. Louis Children’s Hospital evaluating children for wheelchairs and augmentative and alternative communication devices. She has volunteered in providing handwriting services to a school, provided summer camp activities for those with Autism, and taught swim lessons to children and adults with special needs.

Lauren completed her Doctoral Capstone Experience with Playabilities specializing in advanced clinical practice and advocacy regarding Sensory Processing Disorder. She continues to educate and work with community settings in the Kansas City community about Sensory Processing Disorder. Lauren also 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. In her free time, Lauren enjoys swimming, playing with her puppy, and spending time with friends and family. Lauren is excited to be at Playabilities working with children and families to promote success in meaningful activities and achieving their goals!

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 6 months to adult within the school and inpatient rehabilitative setting.

Once completing her degree, Taylor worked at an Early Childhood Special Education program for 3 years, while also providing private speech and language services to families. 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 (i.e., Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Dysarthria), 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 has also had extensive experience providing feeding therapy to children of various ages and diagnoses. Working with children in the early childhood setting as well as her previous experiences in various settings, has taught her a lot about how successful therapy can be when a strong team is in place for the child. 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 approach to feeding in August, 2016. She has completed advanced coursework in regards to feeding children on the Autism Spectrum, as well as helping children to transition off supplemental tube feedings. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, being outdoors, practicing yoga, and spending time with her friends

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. 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, swimming lessons, and gymnastics/dance events. She spends most spring and summer weekends at baseball tournaments as her husband is coaching her oldest son’s baseball team along with two sports in high school.

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 a 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 kids aged 2 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. he recieved her first Aware for Continuing Education from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in September of 2017. She frequently works with those with Autism, Down Syndrome, articulation and language delays, apraxia of speech, and fluency disorders. Shalinn loves for her clients to meet their goals, and become independent, socially successful communicators.

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. She’s a devoted St. Louis Cardinals and K-State Wildcat fan and enjoys hanging out with her husband and friends.

Courtney Watkins
SLP-CCC
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

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

Courtney Watkins

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 strives to make each therapy session individualized, motivating, and fun for every client. Family-centered therapy is Courtney’s passion. Courtney loves to be with friends and family, especially her 3 nieces. She enjoys being outside and exploring new places in the Kansas City area.

Sarah Brill
SLP-CCC
Leawood & Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Sarah is a Kansas City native who graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. Read More

Sarah Brill

Sarah is a Kansas City native who graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas, and her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University. Throughout her education Sarah has gained prior clinical experience working in a variety of settings with patients throughout the life span, including elementary and high schools, inpatient acute care and rehab, the NICU and infant toddler services. She has also particularly enjoyed her time serving on augmentative and alternative communication and cleft lip and palate teams. She believes strongly in the importance of functional communication and family centered therapy. When Sarah is not working, she enjoys traveling and hanging out with her friends, family and dogs.

Erica McCarthy
SLP-CCC
Prairie Village Clinic
Pediatric and adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Erica is a Kansas City native who graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kansas State University. Read More

Erica McCarthy

Erica holds a Master’s degree from Kansas State University in Speech-Language Pathology. She has gained years of experience providing therapy to children and adults with a wide range of needs and involvement including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury and a variety of visual impairments. She currently works full-time at the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired working with the early childhood population. Erica has experience treating a variety of skills including feeding, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological delays, vision specific language needs and social-emotional skills. Erica is strong believer in making sessions motivating and fun for each child she sees. She works hard to put family education and team collaboration at the center of every intervention. Erica is a Kansas City native that enjoys spending her free time with her husband, family and friends, and their dog.

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 recieved her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University and completed her graduate degree in Speech-Launguage Pathology through the University of Utah. She has experiences working with children from infancy through adoescents within a variety of speech, language, and social skill needs. In her free time, Nicholle enjoys dancing, reading, and hiking. Nicholle moved to the Kansas City area from Portland, Oregon in June 2018 and enjoys exploring her new city!

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 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 spent the last ten years working for a local 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 delays and ADHD.

Mary Hamilton
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 Hamilton

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 program 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. Delaney is passionate about play-based, engaging therapy sessions targeting relevant and meaningful goals for the whole family. Delaney is thrilled to be working with families at Playabilities loves working alongside many skilled therapists.

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 doctorate 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, vestibular and balance rehabilitation, and young athlete rehabilitation. Luke also works at Wyandotte Count Infant-Toddler Services, 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 understanding, as well as 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 enjoys taking trips to the mountains or lake with his wife and exploring Kansas City. He keeps active by hiking, playing softball, fun runs, and taking his dog to Shawnee Mission Park. Luke prides himself in being an “alt-athlete” and is always ready for a challenge in ping-pong or foosball.

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.  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.  She continues to work in early intervention in the home setting through Missouri First Steps and now joins our team.  Jenny has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses and age levels.  She enjoys working with children and helping them feel more strong and confident in their bodies as they make progress with their gross motor skills.  She believes that therapy continues beyond the clinic and works hard to involve the whole family, making it as functional and achievable as possible.

Kayla (Boggs) Powers
PT, DPT, MLD-C
Leawood Clinic
Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist

Kayla earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.Read More

Kayla (Boggs) Powers

Kayla received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. After four years of employment at The University of Kentucky’s neonatal ICU and part time work with First Steps and outpatient pediatrics, she has relocated to Kansas City to begin a life with her new husband! She has a strong background working with medically fragile infants, torticollis and head shaping, positioning to improve success with feeding, neurological rehabilitation, oncology therapy, post surgical recovery, and early developmental intervention. She is certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) to address generalized edema, post surgical edema, venous insufficiencies, chronic pain, and headaches.

Kayla values a family-centered approach and believes that the best outcomes are achieved when the family, medical staff, and therapists work together as a team. She is passionate about building a strong relationship with everyone she has the privilege to serve and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with such extraordinary children and families.

Outside of offering therapy services, Kayla enjoys hiking with her husband, running, spending time with her rescue dog, traveling, and anything outdoors! She has run two full marathons, nearly two-dozen half marathons, and has traveled to seventeen different countries (and counting!). She loves exploring and trying new things, but most of all loves watching children conquer goals and reach their highest potential.

Kaitlin Beckloff
PT, DPT
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 Beckloff

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.

Music Therapist


Lane Zipsie
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.

Rehab Technician


Briauna Jurgensmeyer
Rehab Tech

Bri is working towards her doctorate degree in physical therapy at KU medical center.Read More

Bri Jurgensmeyer

Bri completed an internship with Playabilities during her final semester before recieving her bachelors degree at Kansas University. Following her internship, Bri stayed on with Playabilities as a Rehab technician, supporting therapy and clinic needs. Bri is working towards her doctorate degree in physical therapy at KU medical center, gaining experience in the field of pediatric therapy while working with Playabilities.