ANGELA HOBAN MPT

Angela earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City in 2004. She also has her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rockhurst University. Angela is a licensed therapist in both Kansas and Missouri. Angela brings nearly 20 years of experience to the Playabilities team. Angela previously worked for a local school district and in a developmental preschool. She has experience working with a wide variety of medical conditions and levels of motor function in children from birth through 18 years of age. Angela has worked in a variety of pediatric settings and is excited to bring this experience and knowledge to Playabilities. Her pediatric experiences have included aquatic therapy, early intervention services, treadmill training, and kinesiotaping. Angela has a passion for working with kids and helping them reach their greatest potential. She focuses on making therapy fun and strives to make functional home programs that are embedded within the child and family’s day. Angela firmly believes that parents, caregivers, and other family members are integral members of the therapy team. Her favorite part of working with kids is developing individualized treatment plans and celebrating a child’s successes – big or small along their journey. Outside of work, Angela spends time with her husband and three boys. You will most likely find her cheering on her boys at their various sports and the hometown favorite – the KC Chiefs. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, traveling with her family, and reading.

MCKENZIE ROBERTS OTD

McKenzie Roberts
McKenzie earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. While completing her degree, she participated in Kansas Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), where she gained additional education and training. She has gained professional experience in both school-based practice and pediatric/adolescent medical rehabilitation. She has worked with kids of all ages and diagnoses ranging from developmental delay to rare neurological disorders. She has expertise in treating pediatric stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, CP, and developmental disabilities. She is also passionate about supporting teens with IDD transitioning from high school, which was the focus of her doctoral capstone. Her favorite part about being an OT is using play to build a wide variety of skills and overall independence. She believes nothing beats seeing them smile when they reach their goals!

In her free time, she loves to play volleyball, visit local coffee shops, and hang out with her fiancé and two dogs!

ALI MCGRAW

Ali attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City before deciding to join the Air Force where she worked in finance focusing on travel pay. Ali has a background in medical billing and office administration mostly in a healthcare setting. She has had experience in working with children with disabilities and has enjoyed watching them grow. She loves being able to resolve issues, seeing people thrive in their passions, and be their life cheerleader. In her free time, Ali enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym, and taking her dog to Bar K. She is a new mom and is adoring all the snuggles she can and learning something new every day.

EMMA REWERTS CCC-SLP

Emma attended the University of Kansas for her undergraduate and the University of Central Missouri for her graduate school. She has experience in skilled nursing, acute care, home health, and the school setting. Emma’s therapeutic interests are in the areas of pediatric feeding disorder, articulation/speech sound disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. When not participating, she enjoys spending time with friends/family, listening to podcasts, and working out.

ALYSON STEWART OTD

Alyson attended Kansas State University where she dual majored in Kinesiology and Nutrition. After undergrad, she attended Rockhurst University’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program, receiving her degree in December of 2023. During her clinical experiences, Alyson worked with young children who have experienced trauma, impacting their development and social-emotional well-being. Alyson’s capstone experience focused on promoting and improving self-advocacy and self-determination skills in young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also facilitated group social/leisure activities for high school students and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Alyson has her Mental Health First Aid Certification and is passionate about inclusion, advocacy, and helping children reach their greatest potential. She enjoys building meaningful relationships with my clients and collaborating with caregivers/family members to provide services that meet the child’s and family’s needs. In her free time, Alyson enjoys spending time with friends and family, spoiling her two nephews, reading, being outdoors, traveling, playing pickleball, and trying new restaurants in KC!

Josie Beckner CCC-SLP

Josie Beckner
Josie earned her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Baylor University and her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing from the University of Kansas. During her graduate studies and since graduation she has gained experience evaluating and treating a variety of individuals including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing loss, Down Syndrome, language delays, speech sound disorders, ADHD, fluency disorders, feeding difficulties, and those who use alternative forms of communication (PECS, AAC, etc.). She also has experience in the home health setting as well as working in the schools in the Kansas City area. Josie has worked with a wide population of students in Kindergarten to 8th grade. She is passionate about providing play-based and client-centered therapy to children.

Josie is originally from a small town outside of St. Louis, but Kansas City is her new home! During her free time she enjoys baking, going on walks, trying new restaurants around KC, and spending time with her fiancé.

Kirstin Radcliffe

Kirstin graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with her doctorate in Occupational Therapy. During her undergraduate studies, she spent time as a program director of a respite care program that served children with disabilities and volunteered in private clinics, hospitals, and adult day programs gaining experience working with a wide range of clients from different backgrounds. During her clinical rotations and since graduation, she has been working in the schools serving students Pre-K to 12th grade with various abilities. Kirstin is looking forward to working with clients and their families to provide a holistic, play-based approach to therapy.

In her free time, Kirstin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking her huskies for long walks, and trying new restaurants in the area.

COURTNEY ROOT CCC-SLP

Courtney attended Kansas State University for undergraduate and Wichita State University for graduate school. She has worked in skilled nursing, acute care, and the school setting. Her therapeutic interests include receptive and expressive language in the area of birth to five as we see language take off and children experience the success of communication. Courtney has advanced training in Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing for children with apraxia.

Courtney looks forward to including families in the therapy process to assist in carry over of the skills learned in sessions. Her personal interests include roller skating, rock climbing, and paddle boarding.

NOELLA MAIS OTD

Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist Noella earned her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Baylor University. Noella has always been passionate about restoring hope and purpose through rehabilitation after recovering from her running injuries and from her dad’s recovery from cardiac arrest. Her passion for Occupational Therapy grew deeply in the special education classroom during her time as a paraprofessional. Her students will always have a special place in her heart but one student in particular who never let her disability stop her has forever changed and inspired Noella to never give up. Now, Noella strives to help all children reach their full potential no matter what the barrier or circumstances is. She is a strong advocate for children and family, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to maximize treatment sessions and promote functional activities in everyday life.

During her fieldwork rotations, Noella gained experience in home health, the school system, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation with adults and pediatrics. During her capstone experience she worked with high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help bridge the gap for transitional work and life skills after graduation.

Noella believes in advocacy, inclusion, fun and client centered care to help all individuals reach their full potential.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends/family and being involved in the community. She also enjoys exploring nature, playing board games, and trying new things!

MADISON DAMMAN, CCC-SLP

Madison has practiced in a variety of setting including early intervention (0-3 years of age), private practice, acute care, and rehabilitation hospitals. Madison has experiences in treatment of pediatric feeding disorders, articulation/speech sound disorders, language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, difficulties with feeding/oral phase of swallowing, open mouth posture, tongue ties, and “tongue thrust” issues, picky eating, and supporting oral intakes for non-oral eaters. Additionally, Madison has received her training in SOS Approach to Feeding, Tethered Oral Tissues Trained, and working towards her Certification in Lactation Counseling.

When Madison is not practicing her passion, she enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her favorite sporting teams, and her pet cat.