Kathy PelletierKathy

Executive Director
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Kathy has over ten years of non-profit experience, most recently serving as a campaign director at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and prior to that at St.Vincent Hospital Foundation where she worked in Community Affairs. Kathy’s experience helping organizations revitalize their fundraising campaigns and develop stronger community relationships make her a perfect fit for this role.

Kathy is married to Ron and has three children: Jesse, Bailie, and Joseph, as well as a new son-in-law, Ryan.

 


Makaela CotmanMakaela cropped  

Front Office Coordinator
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Makaela serves as our Front Office Coordinator, and usually is the first face our kiddos and parents see when they arrive at TherAplay! Makaela is currently working toward obtaining her degree in Health Sciences with a certificate in Rehab and Disability Studies at IUPUI, with plans to graduate in December 2019. 

Makaela loves TherAplay because she likes watching the kids have fun and achieve their goals when they arrive each week. She also enjoys working at a job which has allowed her to learn so much. 

In her free time, Makaela enjoys doing DIY projects around the house, going for walks with her dog, and spending time with family and friends. 


SierraSierra Jones

Grants Coordinator
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Sierra first came to Children’s TherAplay as a volunteer and began handling horses while finishing her degree. Although she started as a Drawing and Illustration major in the Herron School of Art and Design, she branched out and eventually changed career paths.

Sierra joined the team full-time after graduating in 2018 with a BS from the Kelley School of Business. She is excited by the challenge of growing revenue at Children’s TherAplay and hopes to learn as much as possible from her teammates along the way. In her spare time, she enjoys riding, playing with her dog, and making art. 

 


Breinne LasleyBreinne

Events Manager
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Upon graduating from Ball State University in 2000, Breinne travelled around the United States for a few years before finally settling in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was there that she began her career in the non-profit world at the Loveland Boys and Girls Club as a Program Coordinator. When she wasn't working or playing in the mountains, she volunteered at a horse ranch, hoping to gain enough knowledge and experience to someday join the equine world. As fate would have it, soon after moving back to Indiana, she was introduced to and fell in love with Children’s TherAplay. 

In January of 2005, Breinne proudly joined the Children’s TherAplay team as the Office Manager. She has since become our Events Manager.


Emily McDermott  emily

Annual Giving & Communications Manager
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Emily joined the Children's TherAplay team in March 2019 as the Annual Giving & Communications Manager. Prior to joining TherAplay, Emily spent four years in non-profit fundraising as a Campaign Manager at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with a degree in Communications. Go Bills! 

Emily loves Children's TherAplay because she gets to see the mission at work every single day by watching the many milestones kiddos are able to achieve. Everyone is passionate about what they do, which in turn helps all the kids have a wonderful experience. 

In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, having a good cup of coffee, and checking out new restaurants and events around town.

 

DianeDiane McOmber

Billing Manager
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Diane joined the Children’s TherAplay team in April 2010.

She graduated from Indiana University with a BS degree in Elementary Education and pursued her MS degree at Butler University.  She is a former teacher in the Indianapolis Public School System and the owner/director of a dance school in Carmel, IN.  She was also the artistic director of the Community Dance Foundation, Inc., a not for profit children’s dance company.  Both the school and the dance company allowed her the opportunity to teach, mentor and interact with children of all ages.

Diane serves as the Children’s TherAplay liaison between the clinic families and commercial insurance carriers, Indiana Medicaid and Children’s Special Health Care Services.

She is a member of the Indiana Chapter of AAPC and has completed an intensive billing course toward her CPB certification.

 

Toni Nelson

Operations Manager
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Toni is our resident global traveler. Prior to joining Children’s TherAplay in 2011, Toni spent a number of years in the travel and hospitality industry. Her career experiences took her, among other places, to Moscow and Singapore. In both these locations, Toni established and managed offices for RCI, the world’s largest timeshare exchange company. Until she learned conversational Russian, grocery store shopping trips typically resulted in “pot luck” dinners. Toni still loves surprises.

Following her tenure with RCI, Toni joined Christel House International, an international children’s charity and in doing so, was introduced to the not-for-profit world. While at Christel House, in addition to operations, Toni helped launch and manage fundraising, marketing, and public relations efforts.

Toni and her husband Bill built IRUS Stables in Lebanon, Indiana and operated it for 14 years. Toni’s respect for and knowledge of horses along with her passion for helping children and her professional experience help make her a great asset to the Children’s TherAplay team.

 

Judy QuackenbushJudy

Operations Coordinator
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Judy began working at Children’s TherAplay as a horse handler in 2014. She is often heard saying, “I came because of my love for the horses, I stayed because of my love for the kids.” Judy joined the administrative team in December 2016.

In her spare time you will often find her at one sporting event or another cheering on one of her 12 grandchildren.


Katie StratmanDSC_8358

Development Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator 
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Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Promotions from Purdue University.

Upon completion of her degree, Katie moved back home to the Chicago suburbs and dove head first into the nonprofit world. There, she spent two years helping provide food for kids in need through the Northern Illinois Food Bank child nutrition programs.

After relocating to Indianapolis for her husband’s work, Katie soon came to love her adopted hometown. An avid volunteer herself, she jumped at the chance to join the Children’s TherAplay team. 

Katie believes in early childhood health promotion, giving back, and finding happiness through helping others. In her spare time, Katie enjoys gardening/floral design and DIY projects, spending time with family and her dog, as well as lending a volunteer hand in her community.

Lauren CopenhaverLauren and therapy horse Hank share a hug

Equine Program Manager
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Lauren joined Children’s TherAplay as a part-time horse handler in March of 2014 and was promoted to her current role in January 2018.

Lauren began riding horses at the age of 8 and competed in the Indiana Hunter/Jumper circuit into young adulthood. Spending years showing, training, and even being a groom at two Indiana racetracks, her love of working with horses never wavered. Although she still rides today, her focus is less on competition and more on keeping the equine team at TherAplay happy and healthy. Her own horse, Monster Mash, joined the Children's TherAplay team in February 2018.

Graduating from IUPUI in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Business, Lauren dabbled with the idea of pursuing a master’s degree in social work. However, as attached as she was to her work with the horses and kiddos at Children's TherAplay, she chose to dedicate herself to the organization and stay on full-time. Lauren now leads the talented team of horse handlers, participates in outreach events, and thrives on the joyful challenge of caring the exceptional herd of horses at Children's TherAplay.


Our horse handlers

(Want to be part of this amazing team? We're hiring.)

null  Kim  Kathleen

    Jane     Stevie    Taylor    Susie    null    Glenn  Sarah   Sierra

Brittany Branstetter, MOT, OTR/L

nullOccupational Therapist
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Brittany graduated with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014, and later received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University-Downers Grove in 2017. 

Brittany loves working at TherAplay because of the amount of joy she witnesses every day from the people she works with to the patients and their families. She says there is always someone smiling, always someone choosing joy, and having the best time. 

In her free time, Brittany enjoys drinking good coffee, working out, traveling and exploring new places and spending time with family. 

 

Stephanie Hoyer, MS, OTRStephanie

Occupational Therapist
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Stephanie is a Michigan native who has been with Children’s TherAplay since August 2017.  She comes with more than four years of pediatric therapy experience as school-based occupational therapist in Avon, in Indy southside school townships, and First Steps.   

 

After graduating from the University of Michigan with her bachelor of science degree, she spent a few years an avid outdoors woman within the Colorado hiking community, summiting over 25 fourteen thousand foot peaks. She worked in various professional capacities in sales, as a home health aid, and babysitter before attaining her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at Governor's State University in Illinois in 2009. Stephanie completed a field work rotation in Chicago Public Schools and continued as a volunteer in the CPS after-school programs and a domestic violence shelter in their children's programs.

A career opportunity brought her husband and her to Indiana in 2012. Since then she has found Indiana as her home and is proud to call herself a Hoosier. Since arriving in Indiana, Stephanie continues to volunteer in modest capacities for few organizations in and around Indianapolis: Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Gleaners. She holds AHA level 1 accreditation.

Alex Kessens, OTD, OTR alex

Occupational Therapist
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Alex graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2016 with a degree in psychology, then later graduated with her doctorate of occupational therapy degree froom UIndy in 2018. She has experience working in school systems and outpatient pediatrics, as well as program development and animal assisted therapy. 

Alex first heard about Children's TherAplay when she did a project on hippotherapy in graduate school. One of her favorite qualities about TherAplay is the mission and values. She loves how kind, friendly, helpful and passionate the team is, and how hard TherAplay works to provide the best quality of service to our kiddos, making it a very client-centered model. 

In her free time, Alex enjoys spending time with her cat, Tilly, and her fiance, Travis. She likes to read, watch Travis race go karts, volunteer at her church, try new restaurants, and be outdoors. 


Neva Luttrell, OTR Neva

Occupational Therapist
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Neva graduated with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from University of Indianapolis in May 2018. She was drawn to TherAplay because she could incorporate her love of animals into her therapy sessions. She says it's amazing to see the bond that children have with the horses and how it can have such a therapeutic benefit. 

In her free time, Neva likes to take her dogs on long walks and watch them play with other puppy friends at the dog park. Fun fact: Neva grew up on a pig farm, so she's been around a variety of animals throughout her entire life! 


Jaime Owings, OTR

nullOccupational Therapist
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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 outpatient 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 Children's TherAplay. We were delighted to have Jaime return to Children's TherAplay as a PRN (as needed) contractor in 2011.

Jamie has completed American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level I Equine Skills and Treatment Principles.

 

nullSarah Raybourn, MS, OTR

Occupational Therapist
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Leah Van Antwerp, OTD, MS, OTR

nullOccupational Therapist
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Dr. Leah Van Antwerp joined the Children’s TherAplay Team as an occupational therapist in August, 2016. Leah’s passion for the Children’s TherAplay Foundation began in the waiting room while she watched her sibling’s therapy sessions. It continued during her graduate education when she completed a clinical fieldwork rotation here in the summer of 2015. In addition to treating the kiddos, Leah serves as the clinical education coordinator for occupational therapy students.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Purdue University-Indianapolis and a master of science degree in occupational therapy and her doctorate in occupational therapy from Indiana University. Leah completed a Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship at the Riley Child Development Center. Leah guest lectures at the Indiana University Occupational Therapy Department.

Leah has completed both the American Hippotherapy Association Level I and II courses, as well as several other courses offered by the American Hippotherapy Association.  In addition, she has taken courses in kinesiotaping, reflex integration, vestibular dysfunction, and child development. She has more than six years of experience in working in pediatric adaptive aquatics and fitness and also practices aquatic occupational therapy.

 


Arin Wade, MS OTR

nullOccupational Therapist
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Miss Arin joined the Children’s TherAplay team in September of 2016. She’s been an occupational therapist for seven years with experience in adult neuro rehab and early intervention. And she’s a cheesehead! At least she was for two years. Arin received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse. She has since been to Nicaragua twice on mission trips focused on serving those with special needs. 

Arin has completed American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level I and 2 Equine Skills and Treatment Principles classes.

Fun fact: Arin grew up in the upper Midwest and has the accent to prove it. Just ask about her home state of Minnesooooota or a "hot dish."

 

nullTeresa Keathley, PT

Clinic Lead, Physical Therapist 
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Teresa graduated from The Ohio State University in 1990 with a BS in Allied Health in Physical Therapy. She has specialized in pediatrics since the start of her career, working in both hospital and clinic based outpatient rehabilitation. She has been integrating hippotherapy into her treatments for 10 years.

Teresa’s specialty training includes Neuro Developmental Treatment Certification; the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level II Course; as well as advanced training in kinesiotaping, gait training, sensory integration, and dynamic bracing for pediatrics.

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AJ

Facility Service Dog

In addition to her experience and enthusiasm, Teresa brings AJ, a facility service dog through Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).  AJ is a three-year-old Lab/Golden cross who graduated CCI in 2016 and has been trained to successfully perform over 50 different commands to assist individuals with physical needs.

AJ works alongside our therapists to help children enjoy their treatment even more. 


Jessica Boram, PT, DPT

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Jessica graduated with her doctorate of physical therapy from Azusa Pacific University and her bachelor degree in exercise science from Ball State University. She has clinical experience in pediatrics, orthopedics, and spinal cord injury.

 

Her interest in the treatment strategy of hippotherapy began when she was a child attending her younger brother’s hippotherapy sessions. After receiving training in women’s health post graduation, she pursued her passion for hippotherapy at Children's TherAplay.


 

nullJackie Flohr, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
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Jackie graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Indiana University and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with an emphasis on genetics at Purdue (Go Boilermakers!). 

Jackie has completed the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level 1 course and looks forward to completing Level 2 in the next year. Jackie has always had a passion for pediatric therapy, completing her final clinical rotation with First Steps. 

She absolutely loves working with the kiddos, their families and the horses here at Children’s Theraplay. 

 

 

nullSue Tribolet, PT

Physical Therapist
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Miss Sue has been a therapist for 30 years and treating kiddos for the last 17. Her work has taken her all the way from Indiana to the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and Romania to work with children who have special needs.

Fun fact: Miss Sue loves to run in the woods with her two dogs, Remi and Ella.

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  • Administrative

    Kathy PelletierKathy

    Executive Director
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    Kathy has over ten years of non-profit experience, most recently serving as a campaign director at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and prior to that at St.Vincent Hospital Foundation where she worked in Community Affairs. Kathy’s experience helping organizations revitalize their fundraising campaigns and develop stronger community relationships make her a perfect fit for this role.

    Kathy is married to Ron and has three children: Jesse, Bailie, and Joseph, as well as a new son-in-law, Ryan.

     


    Makaela CotmanMakaela cropped  

    Front Office Coordinator
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    (317) 872-4166 x3800

    Makaela serves as our Front Office Coordinator, and usually is the first face our kiddos and parents see when they arrive at TherAplay! Makaela is currently working toward obtaining her degree in Health Sciences with a certificate in Rehab and Disability Studies at IUPUI, with plans to graduate in December 2019. 

    Makaela loves TherAplay because she likes watching the kids have fun and achieve their goals when they arrive each week. She also enjoys working at a job which has allowed her to learn so much. 

    In her free time, Makaela enjoys doing DIY projects around the house, going for walks with her dog, and spending time with family and friends. 


    SierraSierra Jones

    Grants Coordinator
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    (317) 872-4166 x8800

    Sierra first came to Children’s TherAplay as a volunteer and began handling horses while finishing her degree. Although she started as a Drawing and Illustration major in the Herron School of Art and Design, she branched out and eventually changed career paths.

    Sierra joined the team full-time after graduating in 2018 with a BS from the Kelley School of Business. She is excited by the challenge of growing revenue at Children’s TherAplay and hopes to learn as much as possible from her teammates along the way. In her spare time, she enjoys riding, playing with her dog, and making art. 

     


    Breinne LasleyBreinne

    Events Manager
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    Upon graduating from Ball State University in 2000, Breinne travelled around the United States for a few years before finally settling in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was there that she began her career in the non-profit world at the Loveland Boys and Girls Club as a Program Coordinator. When she wasn't working or playing in the mountains, she volunteered at a horse ranch, hoping to gain enough knowledge and experience to someday join the equine world. As fate would have it, soon after moving back to Indiana, she was introduced to and fell in love with Children’s TherAplay. 

    In January of 2005, Breinne proudly joined the Children’s TherAplay team as the Office Manager. She has since become our Events Manager.


    Emily McDermott  emily

    Annual Giving & Communications Manager
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    Emily joined the Children's TherAplay team in March 2019 as the Annual Giving & Communications Manager. Prior to joining TherAplay, Emily spent four years in non-profit fundraising as a Campaign Manager at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with a degree in Communications. Go Bills! 

    Emily loves Children's TherAplay because she gets to see the mission at work every single day by watching the many milestones kiddos are able to achieve. Everyone is passionate about what they do, which in turn helps all the kids have a wonderful experience. 

    In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, having a good cup of coffee, and checking out new restaurants and events around town.

     

    DianeDiane McOmber

    Billing Manager
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    Diane joined the Children’s TherAplay team in April 2010.

    She graduated from Indiana University with a BS degree in Elementary Education and pursued her MS degree at Butler University.  She is a former teacher in the Indianapolis Public School System and the owner/director of a dance school in Carmel, IN.  She was also the artistic director of the Community Dance Foundation, Inc., a not for profit children’s dance company.  Both the school and the dance company allowed her the opportunity to teach, mentor and interact with children of all ages.

    Diane serves as the Children’s TherAplay liaison between the clinic families and commercial insurance carriers, Indiana Medicaid and Children’s Special Health Care Services.

    She is a member of the Indiana Chapter of AAPC and has completed an intensive billing course toward her CPB certification.

     

    Toni Nelson

    Operations Manager
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    Toni is our resident global traveler. Prior to joining Children’s TherAplay in 2011, Toni spent a number of years in the travel and hospitality industry. Her career experiences took her, among other places, to Moscow and Singapore. In both these locations, Toni established and managed offices for RCI, the world’s largest timeshare exchange company. Until she learned conversational Russian, grocery store shopping trips typically resulted in “pot luck” dinners. Toni still loves surprises.

    Following her tenure with RCI, Toni joined Christel House International, an international children’s charity and in doing so, was introduced to the not-for-profit world. While at Christel House, in addition to operations, Toni helped launch and manage fundraising, marketing, and public relations efforts.

    Toni and her husband Bill built IRUS Stables in Lebanon, Indiana and operated it for 14 years. Toni’s respect for and knowledge of horses along with her passion for helping children and her professional experience help make her a great asset to the Children’s TherAplay team.

     

    Judy QuackenbushJudy

    Operations Coordinator
    (317) 872-4166 x3100
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    Judy began working at Children’s TherAplay as a horse handler in 2014. She is often heard saying, “I came because of my love for the horses, I stayed because of my love for the kids.” Judy joined the administrative team in December 2016.

    In her spare time you will often find her at one sporting event or another cheering on one of her 12 grandchildren.


    Katie StratmanDSC_8358

    Development Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator 
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    Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Promotions from Purdue University.

    Upon completion of her degree, Katie moved back home to the Chicago suburbs and dove head first into the nonprofit world. There, she spent two years helping provide food for kids in need through the Northern Illinois Food Bank child nutrition programs.

    After relocating to Indianapolis for her husband’s work, Katie soon came to love her adopted hometown. An avid volunteer herself, she jumped at the chance to join the Children’s TherAplay team. 

    Katie believes in early childhood health promotion, giving back, and finding happiness through helping others. In her spare time, Katie enjoys gardening/floral design and DIY projects, spending time with family and her dog, as well as lending a volunteer hand in her community.

  • Barn

    Lauren CopenhaverLauren and therapy horse Hank share a hug

    Equine Program Manager
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    (317) 872-4166 x5500

    Lauren joined Children’s TherAplay as a part-time horse handler in March of 2014 and was promoted to her current role in January 2018.

    Lauren began riding horses at the age of 8 and competed in the Indiana Hunter/Jumper circuit into young adulthood. Spending years showing, training, and even being a groom at two Indiana racetracks, her love of working with horses never wavered. Although she still rides today, her focus is less on competition and more on keeping the equine team at TherAplay happy and healthy. Her own horse, Monster Mash, joined the Children's TherAplay team in February 2018.

    Graduating from IUPUI in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Business, Lauren dabbled with the idea of pursuing a master’s degree in social work. However, as attached as she was to her work with the horses and kiddos at Children's TherAplay, she chose to dedicate herself to the organization and stay on full-time. Lauren now leads the talented team of horse handlers, participates in outreach events, and thrives on the joyful challenge of caring the exceptional herd of horses at Children's TherAplay.


    Our horse handlers

    (Want to be part of this amazing team? We're hiring.)

    null  Kim  Kathleen

        Jane     Stevie    Taylor    Susie    null    Glenn  Sarah   Sierra

  • Occupational Therapy

    Brittany Branstetter, MOT, OTR/L

    nullOccupational Therapist
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    Brittany graduated with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014, and later received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University-Downers Grove in 2017. 

    Brittany loves working at TherAplay because of the amount of joy she witnesses every day from the people she works with to the patients and their families. She says there is always someone smiling, always someone choosing joy, and having the best time. 

    In her free time, Brittany enjoys drinking good coffee, working out, traveling and exploring new places and spending time with family. 

     

    Stephanie Hoyer, MS, OTRStephanie

    Occupational Therapist
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    (317) 872-4166

    Stephanie is a Michigan native who has been with Children’s TherAplay since August 2017.  She comes with more than four years of pediatric therapy experience as school-based occupational therapist in Avon, in Indy southside school townships, and First Steps.   

     

    After graduating from the University of Michigan with her bachelor of science degree, she spent a few years an avid outdoors woman within the Colorado hiking community, summiting over 25 fourteen thousand foot peaks. She worked in various professional capacities in sales, as a home health aid, and babysitter before attaining her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at Governor's State University in Illinois in 2009. Stephanie completed a field work rotation in Chicago Public Schools and continued as a volunteer in the CPS after-school programs and a domestic violence shelter in their children's programs.

    A career opportunity brought her husband and her to Indiana in 2012. Since then she has found Indiana as her home and is proud to call herself a Hoosier. Since arriving in Indiana, Stephanie continues to volunteer in modest capacities for few organizations in and around Indianapolis: Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Gleaners. She holds AHA level 1 accreditation.

    Alex Kessens, OTD, OTR alex

    Occupational Therapist
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    Alex graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2016 with a degree in psychology, then later graduated with her doctorate of occupational therapy degree froom UIndy in 2018. She has experience working in school systems and outpatient pediatrics, as well as program development and animal assisted therapy. 

    Alex first heard about Children's TherAplay when she did a project on hippotherapy in graduate school. One of her favorite qualities about TherAplay is the mission and values. She loves how kind, friendly, helpful and passionate the team is, and how hard TherAplay works to provide the best quality of service to our kiddos, making it a very client-centered model. 

    In her free time, Alex enjoys spending time with her cat, Tilly, and her fiance, Travis. She likes to read, watch Travis race go karts, volunteer at her church, try new restaurants, and be outdoors. 


    Neva Luttrell, OTR Neva

    Occupational Therapist
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    (317) 872-4166

    Neva graduated with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from University of Indianapolis in May 2018. She was drawn to TherAplay because she could incorporate her love of animals into her therapy sessions. She says it's amazing to see the bond that children have with the horses and how it can have such a therapeutic benefit. 

    In her free time, Neva likes to take her dogs on long walks and watch them play with other puppy friends at the dog park. Fun fact: Neva grew up on a pig farm, so she's been around a variety of animals throughout her entire life! 


    Jaime Owings, OTR

    nullOccupational Therapist
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    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 outpatient 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 Children's TherAplay. We were delighted to have Jaime return to Children's TherAplay as a PRN (as needed) contractor in 2011.

    Jamie has completed American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level I Equine Skills and Treatment Principles.

     

    nullSarah Raybourn, MS, OTR

    Occupational Therapist
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    Leah Van Antwerp, OTD, MS, OTR

    nullOccupational Therapist
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    Dr. Leah Van Antwerp joined the Children’s TherAplay Team as an occupational therapist in August, 2016. Leah’s passion for the Children’s TherAplay Foundation began in the waiting room while she watched her sibling’s therapy sessions. It continued during her graduate education when she completed a clinical fieldwork rotation here in the summer of 2015. In addition to treating the kiddos, Leah serves as the clinical education coordinator for occupational therapy students.

    She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Purdue University-Indianapolis and a master of science degree in occupational therapy and her doctorate in occupational therapy from Indiana University. Leah completed a Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship at the Riley Child Development Center. Leah guest lectures at the Indiana University Occupational Therapy Department.

    Leah has completed both the American Hippotherapy Association Level I and II courses, as well as several other courses offered by the American Hippotherapy Association.  In addition, she has taken courses in kinesiotaping, reflex integration, vestibular dysfunction, and child development. She has more than six years of experience in working in pediatric adaptive aquatics and fitness and also practices aquatic occupational therapy.

     


    Arin Wade, MS OTR

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    Miss Arin joined the Children’s TherAplay team in September of 2016. She’s been an occupational therapist for seven years with experience in adult neuro rehab and early intervention. And she’s a cheesehead! At least she was for two years. Arin received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse. She has since been to Nicaragua twice on mission trips focused on serving those with special needs. 

    Arin has completed American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level I and 2 Equine Skills and Treatment Principles classes.

    Fun fact: Arin grew up in the upper Midwest and has the accent to prove it. Just ask about her home state of Minnesooooota or a "hot dish."

     

  • Physical Therapy

    nullTeresa Keathley, PT

    Clinic Lead, Physical Therapist 
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    Teresa graduated from The Ohio State University in 1990 with a BS in Allied Health in Physical Therapy. She has specialized in pediatrics since the start of her career, working in both hospital and clinic based outpatient rehabilitation. She has been integrating hippotherapy into her treatments for 10 years.

    Teresa’s specialty training includes Neuro Developmental Treatment Certification; the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level II Course; as well as advanced training in kinesiotaping, gait training, sensory integration, and dynamic bracing for pediatrics.

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    AJ

    Facility Service Dog

    In addition to her experience and enthusiasm, Teresa brings AJ, a facility service dog through Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).  AJ is a three-year-old Lab/Golden cross who graduated CCI in 2016 and has been trained to successfully perform over 50 different commands to assist individuals with physical needs.

    AJ works alongside our therapists to help children enjoy their treatment even more. 


    Jessica Boram, PT, DPT

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    Jessica graduated with her doctorate of physical therapy from Azusa Pacific University and her bachelor degree in exercise science from Ball State University. She has clinical experience in pediatrics, orthopedics, and spinal cord injury.

     

    Her interest in the treatment strategy of hippotherapy began when she was a child attending her younger brother’s hippotherapy sessions. After receiving training in women’s health post graduation, she pursued her passion for hippotherapy at Children's TherAplay.


     

    nullJackie Flohr, PT, DPT

    Physical Therapist
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    Jackie graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Indiana University and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with an emphasis on genetics at Purdue (Go Boilermakers!). 

    Jackie has completed the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level 1 course and looks forward to completing Level 2 in the next year. Jackie has always had a passion for pediatric therapy, completing her final clinical rotation with First Steps. 

    She absolutely loves working with the kiddos, their families and the horses here at Children’s Theraplay. 

     

     

    nullSue Tribolet, PT

    Physical Therapist
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    Miss Sue has been a therapist for 30 years and treating kiddos for the last 17. Her work has taken her all the way from Indiana to the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and Romania to work with children who have special needs.

    Fun fact: Miss Sue loves to run in the woods with her two dogs, Remi and Ella.

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