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Abigail Avery, MOT, OTR

Abigail joined the TherAplay team in January of 2013. She is a graduate of Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Science and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

Her fieldwork took her to the Positive Education Program’s Prentiss Autism Center in Cleveland, OH; the Florida Institute of Neurological Rehabilitation in Wachula, FL; and IU Health Goshen Hospital/Center for Cancer Care in Goshen, IN.

Abigail is has completed American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level I Equine Skills and Treatment Principles and is a member of the AHA.

Abigail interned and served as assistant barn director and cabin head at Bradford Woods summer camp for children with special needs, making the full summer camp experience accessible to children with special needs. She has also volunteered at the Ithaca Free Clinic and worked with the Center for Life Skills, a post-stroke program. She will complete her American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 Certification in Spring 2013.

In her free time Abigail enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing, and spending time outdoors. Her passion for horses and helping others achieve their highest potential are a great combination for her work at TherAplay, and she is excited to join the team!

  

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Jessica Whyde, MOT, OTR

TherAplay is pleased to introduce our newest occupational therapist! Jessica graduated in 2010 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She then attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Jessica completed her clinical experiences in pediatric acute rehabilitation at Riley Children’s Hospital with a specialization in the neonatal intensive care unit, an adult acute rehabilitation at St. John’s Hospital, and even here at TherAplay.

She loved TherAplay’s unique therapeutic use of the horse and all of our kiddos so much she decided to return as a full-time occupational therapist, officially joining the TherAplay team in January 2013. In the future she plans to attend continuing education courses on sensory integration and complete her AHA Level I Certification and AHA Level II Equine Skills. 

Jessica resides in northern Indianapolis with her husband Matt. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

  

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Jaime Owings, OTR

Jaime graduated in 1990 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Medical Professions / Occupational Therapy. She completed her graduate training in pediatric occupational therapy as a research fellow at OSU from 1991 to 1993 and went on to work for Easter Seals of Central Ohio and Allied Health Professions private practice, both in Columbus, OH. She became SIPT certified in 1996.

After Jaime moved to Indianapolis in 1997, she worked as a pediatric occupational therapist at Riverview Hospital with early intervention and Tri-County Education Co-op in out-patient rehabilitation.

In 1998, Jaime became an independent provider for First Steps of Indiana and, from 2000 to 2004, was employed in an independent contract position with TherAplay. We were delighted to have Jaime return to TherAplay as a PRN (as needed) contractor in 2011. She has completed American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level I Equine Skills and Treatment Principles.

Jaime resides in Fishers with her husband, three daughters, dog, and two cats.

 

 

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