Kathy PelletierKathy Pelletier

Executive Director
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Brenda Adamson25D_14B_2676095_802526907_4

Medical Billing Coordinator
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Delsie CavanaughB4_10A_2676095_2296047578_4

Director of Finance
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Breinne LasleyBreinne

Events Manager
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Kassie O'MalleyKassie O'Malley

Director of Development
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Katie StratmanDSC_8358

Development Manager
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Amelia BrewersAmelia Brewers

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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Ivy Polley 202_37_2676095_494713313_5

Front Office Coordinator
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Ellie PruittEllia Aguayo

Volunteer Coordinator 
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Kirby Henry1FB_1FD_2676095_1809301745_2

Director of Equine Programs
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Sophie SchaferA3_227_2676095_801913043_4 (1)

Lead Horse Handler
 

 

    

 

 

 


Andrea Wimsatt2E9_365_2676095_881750670_4 (1)

Horse Handler
 

 

 

 


Halie Smith67_4B_2676095_755031051_5

Horse Handler

 

 

 

 


Janessa SnethenJanessa

Horse Handler

 

 


Caroline AndersonCaroline Anderson

Horse Handler


Abby Drake 244_19D_2676095_41512704_5

Horse Handler 


 

Kaci Rose 277_3D6_2676095_124363787_5

Horse Handler and Exercise Specialist


2024 Horse Handlers (not pictured):

Anica Isch
Erin Sheets
Glenn Livers
Sarah Blair
Christy Knowlin
Emma Freed 
Sarah Vlink
Madelyn Henley
Jessica Kensinger
Claire Williams
Will Jacob
Boyd Jackson

Learn more about becoming a Horse Handler
 

Joanna Campbell, MSOT, OTR  111_217_2676095_850881238_4

Occupational Therapist, Clinic Communication Coordinator
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Joanna graduated in 2015 from University of Southern Indiana with her MS in Occupational Therapy. While in graduate school, Joanna completed two fieldwork rotations in pediatrics and was especially interested in working with individuals with developmental disabilities. After graduation, she worked in a skilled nursing facility for a year prior to taking an OT position in an ABA center, primarily working with children on the autism spectrum as well as children with other behavioral and emotional regulation challenges until she joined the TherAplay team in August 2021.

Joanna is passionate about the ability of the horses to bring out the pure joy in the kiddos, as well as help them to open up in ways that she's never experienced before in other clinical settings. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys playing with her dog Jack, watching movies, baking, and spending time with her nephew.


Alex Helmick, OTR2E5_2D4_2676095_128681553_5

Occupational Therapist
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Alex graduated in 2015 from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Health and received her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy at Indiana State University in 2017. She has worked in pediatrics for about four years and spent years years in a skilled nursing facility. Alex's focus in pediatrics is connecting with the kiddos and their families to make "work" look like play. She has received additional training in SOS Feeding as well as Pediatric Massage. 

Alex is originally from Illinois and grew up in a big University of Illinois family since her dad, brother, and herself all went to school there. During grad school, she adopted her first pet, a Pittie named Sloan. And after graduating, she rewarded herself with another rescue, a Dachshund named Winston. When she is not working, you can find Alex relaxing with her pups, working out, or traveling with friends and family. 
 
Alex loves that, at TherAplay, her love for animals and pediatrics combine. A fun fact about Alex is that she has a goal of running 10 half marathons and is half-way there! 

Emily Magee, OTD226_DD_2676095_232869372_5

Occupational Therapist 
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Emily graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2021 with a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. She spent her residency semester in Puerto Rico working at a pediatric outpatient clinic and in foster homes. Since grad school, she has worked in a pediatric clinic and in First Steps. She has a passion for working with undeserved populations and meeting families and children right where they're at. She loves to collaborate with and learn from all members of the therapy team to determine the best possible plans and outcomes. Seeing children work hard while having fun is the best reward. Emily had an interest in working at TherAplay because of its unique environment and she believes that the use of horses and animals provides so many amazing therapeutic benefits. 

When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, going to church, going for walks, and playing with her daughter. 

Jaime Owings, OTR   1A4_2D9_2676095_508292881_5

Occupational 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 Principle

Teresa Keathley, PTDSC_5440

Physical Therapist
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(317) 872-4166 x7400

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 Developmentl 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.

 

AJ1F9_361_2676095_438346288_5

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 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. 


Sam Laslie, PT, DPT233_1BC_2676095_362500124_4

Physical Therapist
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(317) 872-4166

 


Nicole McPherren, PT, DPT, CBIS233_23E_2676095_480337983_5

Physical Therapist
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(317) 872-4166 

Nikee graduated from Indiana University with her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology in 2016, and went on to get her doctorate in physical therapy from Univeristy of Indianapolis in 2019. 

Nikee is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), and is also certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment BIG (LSVT-BIG) which has helped her in her work with adults. Nikee has clinical experience in outpatient rehabilitation including pediatrics, orthopedics, and neurologic. She completed her doctoral dissertation on the benefits of animal-assisted intervention, so she is very passionate about hippotherapy!

In her free time, Nikee likes to kayak, line dance, and work out. 


Jessica Henning, PTJessica Henning

Physical Therapist
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(317) 872-4166 

Jessica graduated with her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2010 and went on to get her doctorate in physical therapy from Indiana University in 2013.

Jessica became a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist in 2017 and has completed the AHA Level 1 course. She has had experience in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient orthopedics, and pediatrics. She loves being a part of each kid's journey as they progress in their skills and working alongside a collaborative team that is so dedicated to providing the best care for each of our kids. 

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, running, reading, and cooking/baking! 

Carah Sullenbarger, SLPD, CCC-SLP  180_175_2676095_823077788_4

Director of Therapy Services
Speech Language Pathologist

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Carah graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Services with minors in Psychology and Spanish. She then recieved a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University and a Doctorate Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University. 

Carah has worked extensively in outpatient pediatric clinics with children from birth through 21 years old. She has gained additional experience working in private pediatric clinics, early intervention home health, school setting, and private home health. Carah also has extensive experience serving the adult population in the outpatient, inpatient, and skilled nursing setting. Carah recently attended Northwestern University and completed her degree as a Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology in 2020 to continue to improve the lives of the people she serves with higher education in business, process improvement, research, policy, supervision, education, and organizational behavior. 

Carah thoroughly enjoys watching kids thrive and reach their goals in a fun, loving, caring environment while utilizing horses as a modality of treatment. She loves that TherAplay is continuously striving for improved patient care and outcomes through ongoing education and continuous improvement projects. Carah believes TherAplay truly cares about their community and the patients they serve. 

Outside of TherAplay, Carah loves being with her family, traveling the world, reading, knitting, working out, and mentoring teens. Fun Fact, Carah has a Cavalier King Charles who loves to cuddle, take walks, and travel the Midwest with her. 


Karina Carter, MS, CCC-SLP 36C_19B_2676095_361990010_4

Speech Language Pathologist
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Karina graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Karina then received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. 

Before coming to Children's TherAplay, Karina worked at Riverview Health within the outpatient and inpatient settings. Prior to that, she was working at the Center for Speech, Language, Occupational, and Behavior Therapy in California as a Lead Clinician. She has also worked in an elementary school in Michigan for two years and has experience working with children ranging from 18 months to 18 years including, but not limited to, the areas of speech and language, alternative and augmentative communication, feeding and swallowing, executive function, fluency, literacy, as well as social pragmatics. 

Karina loves that the Children's TherAplay environment provides the opportunity to explore, have fun, and be creative within therapy. 

Outside of TherAplay, Karina enjoys Functional fitness, anything outdoors (hiking/paddle boarding), and making kombucha. Fun fact, she has the sweetest dog named Addy May who also loves to go hiking and paddleboarding 


Ericka Diestler 

Speech Language Pathologist
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Ericka graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed her clinical fellowship year at a pediatric multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic where she worked with kids from birth to 18 years old with a variety of diagnoses and ability levels. Ericka is passionate about helping children find their "voice" with a variety of modalities (AAC, gestures, speech) and helping foster safe, efficient, and positive mealtime experiences. 

Ericka got married in September and recently moved to Indianapolis from Milwaukee WI. She loves that Children's TherAplay creates a language-enriched environment for children to grow in communication and functionally communicate with other peers and staff members throughout their sessions. She also loves that TherAplay fosters an evidence-based, creative, and fun experience for the children. 

Outside of TherAplay, Ericka loves to do anything active! She enjoys running, hiking, boxing, and hot yoga. A fun fact about Ericka is that she has a big family! She is one of 7: 4 sisters and 2 brothers 


Beau
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Beau is generously funded by Indiana Thermal Solutions
Beau's stall is generously funded by Kathleen Reynold

17-year-old large pony

Joined Children's TherAplay: Novemeber 2022

Beau is social, sweet, and cuddly. He has an athletic build that is the perfect size for kiddos ready to move up from our smallest ponies and transition to using the mounting block for a more independent mount. 


BootzBootz 1

Bootz and his stall are both generously funded by The Phil and Sharen Meyes Living Trust in Honor of Ally, Livy, Luke, and Kenzy

18-year-old Paint Horse
Joined Children's TherAplay: July 2023

Bootz was an eventer before joining Children's TherAplay. During his time as a show horse, he never knocked down a single rail! His favorite food is pears and he loves to come visit our barn staff in the office. He is a high back with high consistent movement that is great for larger kiddos who need more input or need a challenge. He is extremely versatile and can lenghten or shorten his walk depending on what the kiddo needs!


Ella TheraplayPonyPortraits_Nov2022_Print-09

Ella and her stall are both generously funded by Leslie Ackerman.

15-year-old Welsh Pony 
Joined Children's TherAplay: March 2022

Ella used to be a lesson horse at Lucky Farms next door, so she gets to live by many of her old friends!

 

 


Giuseppe Giuseppe- pic

Giuseppe is generously funded by The Round Room Family in memory of Amy Smith.
Giuseppe's stall is generously funded by The Layton Children

21-year-old Paint Horse, Thoroughbred, and Mustang Horse 

Joined Children's TherAplay: August 2021

Giuseppe is a former eventer and hunter/jumper. He is an absolute sweetheart and loves working with our kiddos! He is a great horse for our bigger kids who need higher movement within their sessions. He is a gentle giran and has an extremely easygoing temperment. 


 

HankHank

Hank and his stall are both generously funded by The Phil and Sharen Meyers Living Trust in honor of Ally, Livy, Luke, and Kenzy

24-year-old Quarter Horse

Joined Children's TherAplay: August 2017

Hank came to TherAplay with experience in 4H, English shows, and trail riding. Hank has a special low movement, which is perfect for our kiddos who need a more calm, even ride. 


Kipper Kipper

Kipper is generously funded by Mike and Lindsay Martin, in honor of Larry, Marsha, Kathy Martin and Robert Simcoe. 
Kipper's stall is generously funded by Betsy & Jeffrey Garfield

19-year-old Welsh Pony 

Joined Children's TherAplay: December 2019

Kipper was well-loved by his owner and her grandchildren before becoming a part of the TherAplay family. He is appreciated for his forward, high moving gait. He is perfect for kiddos who need a small pony with lots of input. 

 


Luna TheraplayPonyPortraits_Nov2022_Print-22

Luna is generously funded by Copper Creek Canyon. 
Luna's stall is generously funded through Mudsock Fest.

26-year-old Percheron 

Joined Children's TherAplay: April 2022

Luna was rescued by one of our own handlers! She is a great horse for our kiddos who need a medium to high movement within theri sessions. She is a very steady horse to get our kiddos used to this type of movement, and she is always very attentive to what our handlers ask of her. 


Moe Moe head

Moe and his stall are both generously funded by Hank and Jayma Meyers

28-year-old Halfinger

Joined Children's TherAplay: July 2011 

Moe is curious about everything and loves to play in the pasture. He is a great next-level horse for our kiddos who are ready to add a bit more challenge to their treatment. 

 

 

 


Nemo TheraplayPonyPortraits_Nov2022_Print-16

Nemo and his stall are both generously funded by Theresa Catterson Kraft.

28-year-old Halflinger 

Joined Children's TherAplay: June 2022 

Nemo absolutely loves attention and is always one to say hello to every person that walks by! Nemo is great for our kiddos who need a nice, easy pase during their sessions. His calm demeanour allows him to be around anyone with no problems. 


 

Pony Boy Pony Boy 2

Pony Boy and his stall are generously funded by The Myers Family and Patty and Lawrence Baker.

11-year-old Grade Pony

Joined Children's TherAplay: January 2023 

Pony Boy is our youngest pony. Before he came to TherAplay, he was a solid steed for a couple of little kids and before that, he was at a camp in Montana. He is appreciated for being our smallest horse but still offering high movement! His wide back makes it easy for kiddos to do all sorts of positions while riding; sitting backwards, on their hands and knees, and event standing up! 


Peanut & BananaPeanut and Banana 4 

Peanut & Banana and their stall are gereously funded by Courtney, Harlan, and Tinley Rahal.

Peanut is a 21-year-old Miniature Horse and Banana is a 18-year-old Minature Horse
Joined Children's TherAplay: March 2023

Peanut and Banana are a bonded pair! They have been together their entire lives and have been therapy ponies for a long time. These horses are not for riding, instead they are used for our Theraputic Animal Assisted Groundwork (TAAG) sessions. Kiddos utilize Peanut and Banana to practice grooming, feeding, leading, and other groundwork activities. 


RedRed head

Red and his stall are both generously funded by Leslie Ackerman. 

22-year-old Grade Pony 

Joined Children's TherAplay: February 2014

Red is nothing short of adorable! He loves children and enjoyed giving rides to his family's grandchildren in his past life. Our horse handlers call him their "little Red sports car" becuase of the east with which he moves. Red provides a lot of stimulating movement for our littlest clients. 


Spot Spot 1

Spot is generously funded by Jana and Tim Wiley, Kathy Wiley Smith, Dillon Wiley, & the Richardson Family. 
Spot's stall is generously funded by NextGear Capital

13-year-old Pony of the Americas 
Joined Children's TherAplay: May 2023

Spot have a very curious personality and loves scratches from the kiddos. Before Children's TherAplay, he was used as a mount for Pony Club and his show name is "The Spotted Wizard"! While he is on the shorter side, he is very broad and muscular which makes it possible for him to carry our larger riders. 


Tash Oct2020PonyPortraits©EllenJackson-01.jpg-sharpen

Tash and her stall are both generously funded by Hank and Jayma Meyers in honor of Rylee and Coen Bauer.

27-year-old Paint Horse
 
Joined Children's TherAplay: May 2020 

Tash is our only mare in the barn who has been a mama! The therapists' favorite thing about Tash are her cuddly personality and 'boat-like" movement she offers during sessions. 


WillowWillow 1

Willow and his stall are both generously funded by Mary, Kevin, Bridget & Ray Kennedy. Tom & Debbie Shine. Kevin & Michelle Hipskind. Mark & Jan Nelson. Steve & Heather Douglas.

14-year-old Welsh Pony
Joined Children's TherAplay: November 2023 

  • Administrative Team

    Kathy PelletierKathy Pelletier

    Executive Director
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    Brenda Adamson25D_14B_2676095_802526907_4

    Medical Billing Coordinator
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    Delsie CavanaughB4_10A_2676095_2296047578_4

    Director of Finance
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    Breinne LasleyBreinne

    Events Manager
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    Kassie O'MalleyKassie O'Malley

    Director of Development
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    Katie StratmanDSC_8358

    Development Manager
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    Amelia BrewersAmelia Brewers

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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    Ivy Polley 202_37_2676095_494713313_5

    Front Office Coordinator
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    Ellie PruittEllia Aguayo

    Volunteer Coordinator 
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  • Barn Team

    Kirby Henry1FB_1FD_2676095_1809301745_2

    Director of Equine Programs
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    Sophie SchaferA3_227_2676095_801913043_4 (1)

    Lead Horse Handler
     

     

        

     

     

     


    Andrea Wimsatt2E9_365_2676095_881750670_4 (1)

    Horse Handler
     

     

     

     


    Halie Smith67_4B_2676095_755031051_5

    Horse Handler

     

     

     

     


    Janessa SnethenJanessa

    Horse Handler

     

     


    Caroline AndersonCaroline Anderson

    Horse Handler


    Abby Drake 244_19D_2676095_41512704_5

    Horse Handler 


     

    Kaci Rose 277_3D6_2676095_124363787_5

    Horse Handler and Exercise Specialist


    2024 Horse Handlers (not pictured):

    Anica Isch
    Erin Sheets
    Glenn Livers
    Sarah Blair
    Christy Knowlin
    Emma Freed 
    Sarah Vlink
    Madelyn Henley
    Jessica Kensinger
    Claire Williams
    Will Jacob
    Boyd Jackson

    Learn more about becoming a Horse Handler
     

  • Occupational Therapy Team

    Joanna Campbell, MSOT, OTR  111_217_2676095_850881238_4

    Occupational Therapist, Clinic Communication Coordinator
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    Joanna graduated in 2015 from University of Southern Indiana with her MS in Occupational Therapy. While in graduate school, Joanna completed two fieldwork rotations in pediatrics and was especially interested in working with individuals with developmental disabilities. After graduation, she worked in a skilled nursing facility for a year prior to taking an OT position in an ABA center, primarily working with children on the autism spectrum as well as children with other behavioral and emotional regulation challenges until she joined the TherAplay team in August 2021.

    Joanna is passionate about the ability of the horses to bring out the pure joy in the kiddos, as well as help them to open up in ways that she's never experienced before in other clinical settings. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys playing with her dog Jack, watching movies, baking, and spending time with her nephew.


    Alex Helmick, OTR2E5_2D4_2676095_128681553_5

    Occupational Therapist
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    Alex graduated in 2015 from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Health and received her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy at Indiana State University in 2017. She has worked in pediatrics for about four years and spent years years in a skilled nursing facility. Alex's focus in pediatrics is connecting with the kiddos and their families to make "work" look like play. She has received additional training in SOS Feeding as well as Pediatric Massage. 

    Alex is originally from Illinois and grew up in a big University of Illinois family since her dad, brother, and herself all went to school there. During grad school, she adopted her first pet, a Pittie named Sloan. And after graduating, she rewarded herself with another rescue, a Dachshund named Winston. When she is not working, you can find Alex relaxing with her pups, working out, or traveling with friends and family. 
     
    Alex loves that, at TherAplay, her love for animals and pediatrics combine. A fun fact about Alex is that she has a goal of running 10 half marathons and is half-way there! 

    Emily Magee, OTD226_DD_2676095_232869372_5

    Occupational Therapist 
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    Emily graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2021 with a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. She spent her residency semester in Puerto Rico working at a pediatric outpatient clinic and in foster homes. Since grad school, she has worked in a pediatric clinic and in First Steps. She has a passion for working with undeserved populations and meeting families and children right where they're at. She loves to collaborate with and learn from all members of the therapy team to determine the best possible plans and outcomes. Seeing children work hard while having fun is the best reward. Emily had an interest in working at TherAplay because of its unique environment and she believes that the use of horses and animals provides so many amazing therapeutic benefits. 

    When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, going to church, going for walks, and playing with her daughter. 

    Jaime Owings, OTR   1A4_2D9_2676095_508292881_5

    Occupational 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 Principle

  • Physical Therapy Team

    Teresa Keathley, PTDSC_5440

    Physical Therapist
    Email Teresa 
    (317) 872-4166 x7400

    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 Developmentl 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.

     

    AJ1F9_361_2676095_438346288_5

    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 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. 


    Sam Laslie, PT, DPT233_1BC_2676095_362500124_4

    Physical Therapist
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    (317) 872-4166

     


    Nicole McPherren, PT, DPT, CBIS233_23E_2676095_480337983_5

    Physical Therapist
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    (317) 872-4166 

    Nikee graduated from Indiana University with her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology in 2016, and went on to get her doctorate in physical therapy from Univeristy of Indianapolis in 2019. 

    Nikee is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), and is also certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment BIG (LSVT-BIG) which has helped her in her work with adults. Nikee has clinical experience in outpatient rehabilitation including pediatrics, orthopedics, and neurologic. She completed her doctoral dissertation on the benefits of animal-assisted intervention, so she is very passionate about hippotherapy!

    In her free time, Nikee likes to kayak, line dance, and work out. 


    Jessica Henning, PTJessica Henning

    Physical Therapist
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    (317) 872-4166 

    Jessica graduated with her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2010 and went on to get her doctorate in physical therapy from Indiana University in 2013.

    Jessica became a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist in 2017 and has completed the AHA Level 1 course. She has had experience in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient orthopedics, and pediatrics. She loves being a part of each kid's journey as they progress in their skills and working alongside a collaborative team that is so dedicated to providing the best care for each of our kids. 

    Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, running, reading, and cooking/baking! 

  • Speech Therapy Team

    Carah Sullenbarger, SLPD, CCC-SLP  180_175_2676095_823077788_4

    Director of Therapy Services
    Speech Language Pathologist

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    Carah graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Services with minors in Psychology and Spanish. She then recieved a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University and a Doctorate Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University. 

    Carah has worked extensively in outpatient pediatric clinics with children from birth through 21 years old. She has gained additional experience working in private pediatric clinics, early intervention home health, school setting, and private home health. Carah also has extensive experience serving the adult population in the outpatient, inpatient, and skilled nursing setting. Carah recently attended Northwestern University and completed her degree as a Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology in 2020 to continue to improve the lives of the people she serves with higher education in business, process improvement, research, policy, supervision, education, and organizational behavior. 

    Carah thoroughly enjoys watching kids thrive and reach their goals in a fun, loving, caring environment while utilizing horses as a modality of treatment. She loves that TherAplay is continuously striving for improved patient care and outcomes through ongoing education and continuous improvement projects. Carah believes TherAplay truly cares about their community and the patients they serve. 

    Outside of TherAplay, Carah loves being with her family, traveling the world, reading, knitting, working out, and mentoring teens. Fun Fact, Carah has a Cavalier King Charles who loves to cuddle, take walks, and travel the Midwest with her. 


    Karina Carter, MS, CCC-SLP 36C_19B_2676095_361990010_4

    Speech Language Pathologist
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    Karina graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Karina then received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. 

    Before coming to Children's TherAplay, Karina worked at Riverview Health within the outpatient and inpatient settings. Prior to that, she was working at the Center for Speech, Language, Occupational, and Behavior Therapy in California as a Lead Clinician. She has also worked in an elementary school in Michigan for two years and has experience working with children ranging from 18 months to 18 years including, but not limited to, the areas of speech and language, alternative and augmentative communication, feeding and swallowing, executive function, fluency, literacy, as well as social pragmatics. 

    Karina loves that the Children's TherAplay environment provides the opportunity to explore, have fun, and be creative within therapy. 

    Outside of TherAplay, Karina enjoys Functional fitness, anything outdoors (hiking/paddle boarding), and making kombucha. Fun fact, she has the sweetest dog named Addy May who also loves to go hiking and paddleboarding 


    Ericka Diestler 

    Speech Language Pathologist
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    Ericka graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed her clinical fellowship year at a pediatric multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic where she worked with kids from birth to 18 years old with a variety of diagnoses and ability levels. Ericka is passionate about helping children find their "voice" with a variety of modalities (AAC, gestures, speech) and helping foster safe, efficient, and positive mealtime experiences. 

    Ericka got married in September and recently moved to Indianapolis from Milwaukee WI. She loves that Children's TherAplay creates a language-enriched environment for children to grow in communication and functionally communicate with other peers and staff members throughout their sessions. She also loves that TherAplay fosters an evidence-based, creative, and fun experience for the children. 

    Outside of TherAplay, Ericka loves to do anything active! She enjoys running, hiking, boxing, and hot yoga. A fun fact about Ericka is that she has a big family! She is one of 7: 4 sisters and 2 brothers 


  • Horse Team

    Beau
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    Beau is generously funded by Indiana Thermal Solutions
    Beau's stall is generously funded by Kathleen Reynold

    17-year-old large pony

    Joined Children's TherAplay: Novemeber 2022

    Beau is social, sweet, and cuddly. He has an athletic build that is the perfect size for kiddos ready to move up from our smallest ponies and transition to using the mounting block for a more independent mount. 


    BootzBootz 1

    Bootz and his stall are both generously funded by The Phil and Sharen Meyes Living Trust in Honor of Ally, Livy, Luke, and Kenzy

    18-year-old Paint Horse
    Joined Children's TherAplay: July 2023

    Bootz was an eventer before joining Children's TherAplay. During his time as a show horse, he never knocked down a single rail! His favorite food is pears and he loves to come visit our barn staff in the office. He is a high back with high consistent movement that is great for larger kiddos who need more input or need a challenge. He is extremely versatile and can lenghten or shorten his walk depending on what the kiddo needs!


    Ella TheraplayPonyPortraits_Nov2022_Print-09

    Ella and her stall are both generously funded by Leslie Ackerman.

    15-year-old Welsh Pony 
    Joined Children's TherAplay: March 2022

    Ella used to be a lesson horse at Lucky Farms next door, so she gets to live by many of her old friends!

     

     


    Giuseppe Giuseppe- pic

    Giuseppe is generously funded by The Round Room Family in memory of Amy Smith.
    Giuseppe's stall is generously funded by The Layton Children

    21-year-old Paint Horse, Thoroughbred, and Mustang Horse 

    Joined Children's TherAplay: August 2021

    Giuseppe is a former eventer and hunter/jumper. He is an absolute sweetheart and loves working with our kiddos! He is a great horse for our bigger kids who need higher movement within their sessions. He is a gentle giran and has an extremely easygoing temperment. 


     

    HankHank

    Hank and his stall are both generously funded by The Phil and Sharen Meyers Living Trust in honor of Ally, Livy, Luke, and Kenzy

    24-year-old Quarter Horse

    Joined Children's TherAplay: August 2017

    Hank came to TherAplay with experience in 4H, English shows, and trail riding. Hank has a special low movement, which is perfect for our kiddos who need a more calm, even ride. 


    Kipper Kipper

    Kipper is generously funded by Mike and Lindsay Martin, in honor of Larry, Marsha, Kathy Martin and Robert Simcoe. 
    Kipper's stall is generously funded by Betsy & Jeffrey Garfield

    19-year-old Welsh Pony 

    Joined Children's TherAplay: December 2019

    Kipper was well-loved by his owner and her grandchildren before becoming a part of the TherAplay family. He is appreciated for his forward, high moving gait. He is perfect for kiddos who need a small pony with lots of input. 

     


    Luna TheraplayPonyPortraits_Nov2022_Print-22

    Luna is generously funded by Copper Creek Canyon. 
    Luna's stall is generously funded through Mudsock Fest.

    26-year-old Percheron 

    Joined Children's TherAplay: April 2022

    Luna was rescued by one of our own handlers! She is a great horse for our kiddos who need a medium to high movement within theri sessions. She is a very steady horse to get our kiddos used to this type of movement, and she is always very attentive to what our handlers ask of her. 


    Moe Moe head

    Moe and his stall are both generously funded by Hank and Jayma Meyers

    28-year-old Halfinger

    Joined Children's TherAplay: July 2011 

    Moe is curious about everything and loves to play in the pasture. He is a great next-level horse for our kiddos who are ready to add a bit more challenge to their treatment. 

     

     

     


    Nemo TheraplayPonyPortraits_Nov2022_Print-16

    Nemo and his stall are both generously funded by Theresa Catterson Kraft.

    28-year-old Halflinger 

    Joined Children's TherAplay: June 2022 

    Nemo absolutely loves attention and is always one to say hello to every person that walks by! Nemo is great for our kiddos who need a nice, easy pase during their sessions. His calm demeanour allows him to be around anyone with no problems. 


     

    Pony Boy Pony Boy 2

    Pony Boy and his stall are generously funded by The Myers Family and Patty and Lawrence Baker.

    11-year-old Grade Pony

    Joined Children's TherAplay: January 2023 

    Pony Boy is our youngest pony. Before he came to TherAplay, he was a solid steed for a couple of little kids and before that, he was at a camp in Montana. He is appreciated for being our smallest horse but still offering high movement! His wide back makes it easy for kiddos to do all sorts of positions while riding; sitting backwards, on their hands and knees, and event standing up! 


    Peanut & BananaPeanut and Banana 4 

    Peanut & Banana and their stall are gereously funded by Courtney, Harlan, and Tinley Rahal.

    Peanut is a 21-year-old Miniature Horse and Banana is a 18-year-old Minature Horse
    Joined Children's TherAplay: March 2023

    Peanut and Banana are a bonded pair! They have been together their entire lives and have been therapy ponies for a long time. These horses are not for riding, instead they are used for our Theraputic Animal Assisted Groundwork (TAAG) sessions. Kiddos utilize Peanut and Banana to practice grooming, feeding, leading, and other groundwork activities. 


    RedRed head

    Red and his stall are both generously funded by Leslie Ackerman. 

    22-year-old Grade Pony 

    Joined Children's TherAplay: February 2014

    Red is nothing short of adorable! He loves children and enjoyed giving rides to his family's grandchildren in his past life. Our horse handlers call him their "little Red sports car" becuase of the east with which he moves. Red provides a lot of stimulating movement for our littlest clients. 


    Spot Spot 1

    Spot is generously funded by Jana and Tim Wiley, Kathy Wiley Smith, Dillon Wiley, & the Richardson Family. 
    Spot's stall is generously funded by NextGear Capital

    13-year-old Pony of the Americas 
    Joined Children's TherAplay: May 2023

    Spot have a very curious personality and loves scratches from the kiddos. Before Children's TherAplay, he was used as a mount for Pony Club and his show name is "The Spotted Wizard"! While he is on the shorter side, he is very broad and muscular which makes it possible for him to carry our larger riders. 


    Tash Oct2020PonyPortraits©EllenJackson-01.jpg-sharpen

    Tash and her stall are both generously funded by Hank and Jayma Meyers in honor of Rylee and Coen Bauer.

    27-year-old Paint Horse
     
    Joined Children's TherAplay: May 2020 

    Tash is our only mare in the barn who has been a mama! The therapists' favorite thing about Tash are her cuddly personality and 'boat-like" movement she offers during sessions. 


    WillowWillow 1

    Willow and his stall are both generously funded by Mary, Kevin, Bridget & Ray Kennedy. Tom & Debbie Shine. Kevin & Michelle Hipskind. Mark & Jan Nelson. Steve & Heather Douglas.

    14-year-old Welsh Pony
    Joined Children's TherAplay: November 2023 

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