UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

Meet Our Team

Manager of Witwer Children's Therapy

Julie, MA/CCC/SLP-BRFS

Julie is the Manager of Witwer Children's Therapy.  Julie completed her Bachelors and Master's Degrees in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Iowa, (1982, 1984). She practiced at St. Luke's Hospital from 1984-2004, and returned to St. Luke's in 2013. She is a board recognized fluency specialist. Julie enjoys working with all ages of children in the areas of articulation, language and fluency.

Occupational Therapy

Cassandra OTR/L

Cassandra holds a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University. She has been practicing in pediatric occupational therapy since 2012. Cassandra is certified as an Aquaticist and has worked with many diagnoses in the pool setting to improve overall function. She is also certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening System. She has specialized training in Sound Activated Vestibular Processing, PNF techniques, integrated cardiopulmonary and postural control strategies, yoga/mindfulness, Toomey's SOS Approach to Feeding, and Masgutova's Neurological Reflex (MNRI). She has a dance minor which carries over into her treatments to improve coordination, rhythm, and balance for her patients. She participated in organizing/running Animal Assisted Therapy with physical therapy and speech therapy. She also organized and runs Social Skills Group year round in collaboration with speech therapists and summer Handwriting Camps.

Emily, MSOT, OTR/L

Emily received a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Emily is a senior therapist who has been practicing in Pediatric Occupational Therapy since 2006; she is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. She has received specialized training in Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, the Wilbarger Protocol, the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment, the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, PNF, MNRI and Handwriting Without Tears. Emily is also a Level I American Hippotherapy Association therapist and is trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI). 

Jodie, OTR/L

Jodie attended Creighton University's program in Occupational Therapy in Omaha, NE. She has worked as a pediatric Occupational Therapist at St. Luke's Hospital since 1993. She is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. Jodie holds specialized instruction in Astronaut Training, the Wilbarger protocol, the Toomey Approach to Feeding, and advanced specialized training in Therapeutic Listening. She also received specialized training in feeding difficulties, infant development and NDT. Jodie is trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI). 

Kendra, OTD, OTR/L

Kendra received a Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Kendra is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. She is also trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI).

Kris, OTR/L

Kris received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and psychology from St. Ambrose University. Kris is a senior therapist. She is a registered therapist in hippotherapy with the American Hippotherapy Association (Level 1) and PATH. She has received specialized training in Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems, NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation), Kinesio Taping, sensory integration, feeding difficulties, infant development, NDT (neurodevelopmental therapy), handwriting and coordination dysfunction. Kris is also certified in Interactive Metronome.

Kristie, MS, OTR/L, BCP

Kristie received a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a senior therapist and has been practicing at Witwer since 1995. Kristie received her Board Certification in Pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 2007. She also serves on the review board for the AOTA Board and Specialty Certification. This board reviews the applications of Occupational Therapists seeking specialty certification in Pediatrics. Kristie holds certifications in NOMAS (Neonatal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale), Sensory Integration including the administration and interpretation of the SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test), Level 1 Competency Credentials in Sensory Processing Disorder, Integrated Listening Systems, VitalStim Therapy and Interactive Metronome. She has completed specialized training in Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, Wilbarger protocol, Toomey Approach to Feeding, administration and interpretation of videopharyngograms and dysphagia and Early Feeding Skills Assessment. Kristie is trained in the NIDCAP Care Team (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program), and works at St. Luke's NICU as part of the Developmental Care Team.  Kristie is a member of the Multidisciplinary Feeding Team at Witwer and trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI). 

Lisa, MS, OTR/L

Lisa received a Master's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. A senior therapist who has worked at Children's Therapy Center since 1998, Lisa is certified in Interactive Metronome, VitalStim therapy, and Integrated Listening Systems. Lisa has received specialized training in Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, the Wilbarger protocol, the Toomey SOS Approach to Feeding, Early Feeding Skills Assessment, and administration and interpretation of videopharyngograms. She has extensive experience working with infants, children and adults with complex feeding, swallowing, and respiratory issues. Lisa is NIDCAP (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program) certified, and works at St. Luke's NICU as part of the Developmental Care Team. She is a member of the Multidiscipline Feeding Team at Witwer and trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI). 

Mackinzie, MS, OTR/L

Received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from St. Ambrose University in OT from the University of New England n Portland, ME in 2016. Mackinzie is excited to begin her career here at Witwer Children's Therapy.

Michelle, MSOT, OTR/L

Michelle received a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary in North Dakota. She has received training in Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems, Astronaut Training, and the SOS Approach to Feeding. Michelle is trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI). She currently offers Aquatic Occupational Therapy in addition to clinic based therapy and is working towards becoming a credentialed Pediatric Aquaticist (PAq) through Aquatic Therapy University.

Nancy, OTR/L

Nancy received her degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She joined Witwer in 2014. Prior to that she spent over 20 years working with children within the school setting, and has also worked in hospitals and nursing homes. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program, Interactive Metronome, Astronaut Training, and Integrated Listening Systems. She has also had specialized training in Eyesight to Insight, the Willbarger Protocol, the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, Handwriting Without Tears, and Yolates, as well  as numerous other courses. Nancy is trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI). 

Tiffany, MOT, OTR/L

Tiffany holds a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Ambrose University. She has been practicing in pediatric Occupational Therapy since 2007. Tiffany is certified in Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems and Sensory Integration including the administration and interpretation of the SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test). Tiffany has also completed specialized training in Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, the Wilbarger Protocol, the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and is trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI). 

Sean, MOTR/L

Sean received his Master's from St. Ambrose University. Sean's professional interest include Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems and NDT.

Physical Therapy

Keri, PT, DPT, PCS

Keri holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Clarke University. She has been practicing at Witwer Children's Therapy since 2007. She has specialized training in serial casting, and has been practicing in pediatrics since 2004. Keri is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. She is a Level I American Hippotherapy Association therapist. Keri coordinates Strength Group and Animal Assisted Therapy Group at Witwer and  is trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI).   

Megan, PT, DPT

Megan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy both from the University of Iowa. She has been a Witwer staff member since February of 2013 and is a Level I American Hippotherapy Association therapist. She has training and certification in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems, and has received specialized training in serial casting. Megan is also trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI).  Megan enjoys being a pediatric physical therapist and is committed to providing superior quality of care for each child she serves.

Natalia, PT, DPT

Natalia received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa double majoring in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. She then obtained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa.  She has been practicing at Witwer Children's Therapy since 2016.  Natalia has training and certification in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems.  She is also certified in lymphedema treatment and management.

Rosie, PT, MPT

Rosie holds a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. She has been practicing pediatric physical therapy since 1996 at Witwer Children's Therapy Center. Rosie is a registered therapist in hippotherapy with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Level1) and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International). She is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. Rosie has received specialized training in serial casting, working with children with Cortical Visual Impairments and is trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI). 

Sarah, PT, DPT

Sarah received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2007. She has previous experience in acute hospital and inpatient rehabilitation care and began practicing pediatric physical therapy in 2009. Sarah has specialized training in treatment of infant torticollis and plagiocephaly, evaluation and treatment of pediatric gait disturbances, use of NDT based early intervention techniques, wheelchair seating and positioning, orthotic intervention, and PNF techniques to improve core strength and limb functioning. She is a certified provider of Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems, and has received training in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI).   Sarah currently offers Aquatic Physical Therapy in addition to clinic based therapy and is a credentialed Pediatric Aquaticist (PAq) through Aquatic Therapy University.


Speech Therapy

Hanna, MA, CCC-SLP

Hanna received her Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. She joined the Witwer team during the summer of 2016. Hanna's professional interests include articulation/phonological impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, social language impairments, and aural rehabilitation.

Jalynn, MA, CCC-SLP-L

Jalynn received her Masters from the University of Northern Iowa. Jalynn's professional interests include traumatic brain injury, feeding and swallowing therapies, early childhood intervention, augmentative and alternative communication, Integrated Listening Systems, Interactive Metronome and Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Interventions. 

Janis, MA, CCC-SLP

Janis received her Masters from the University of Northern Iowa. Janis' professional interests include Articulation and language impairments, traumatic brain injury, early childhood intervention, Beckman Oral Motor, Apraxia of Speech and aquatic therapy. 

Josslyn, MA, CCC-SLP-L

Josslyn received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Iowa and her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, with a specialty in pediatrics, from University of Northern Iowa. Josslyn has been practicing at Witwer since 2007. Josslyn holds certifications in Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems and Beckman Oral Motor. Josslyn's interests include early childhood intervention and apraxia.

Katie, MA, CCC-SLP

Katie received a Bachelor's Degree in Communicative Disorders and Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. She joined Witwer in July of 2016. Her interests include language and articulation/phonological impairments, apraxia, and early childhood intervention. 

Lindsey, MA, CCC-SLP

Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. Lindsey joined Witwer Children's Therapy in June 2013. Her professional interests in early childhood intervention include augmentative and alternative communication, articulation/phonological impairments, and social/pragmatic language impairments. Lindsey is certified in the It Takes Two to Talk® Program (for children with receptive-expressive language impairments) and the More Than Words® Program (focused on early language intervention for child with social-pragmatic needs and autism) through The Hanen Centre®.  Lindsey holds additional certifications in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. 

Lyndi, MA, CCC-SLP

Lyndi received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Iowa, and her Master's degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Iowa. Lyndi's professional interests include articulation/phonological impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, and early childhood intervention.

McKenzie, MA, CCC-SLP

McKenzie received a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. She joined the Witwer team in January 2017 after completing her graduate internship at Witwer. McKenzie enjoys working with children of all ages. Her professional interests include early language intervention, articulation/phonological impairments, stuttering, and childhood apraxia of speech.  

Nicole, MA, CCC-SLP

Nicole received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. Nicole joined the Witwer Team in May of 2013. She enjoys working with children of all ages and skill levels, particularly preschoolers, school-aged children, and teens with language impairments, social communication impairments and articulation/phonological impairments.

Sue, MA, CCC-SLP-L

Sue completed her Master's Degree at the University of Iowa in Speech Pathology, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mankato State University in Communication Disorders. Sue continued post graduate studies at the University of Minnesota in the area of teaching hard of hearing children. Further she pursued additional doctoral studies and research at the University of Iowa in the area of child language development and disorders. Sue joined the St. Luke's staff in 1988 after working as an itinerant speech therapist in the Minnesota Public school system for several years. As a Senior Speech Pathologist at Witwer Children's Therapy, she is passionate about meeting the communication needs of all children, especially those with hearing impairments, language delays, child hood apraxia, fluency and voice issues. Sue is a certified SKI*HI parent trainer for hearing impaired infants and toddlers  and  a Level I American Hippotherapy Association therapist. She  has additional certificates in Integrated Listening Systems, Interactive Metronome as well as  Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Interventions. Sue also holds Hanen certification for both 'More than Words' and 'It Take Two to Talk' programs.  


Dietitian

Jen

Case Manager

Lisa, RN

Lisa is the Case Manager at Witwer Children's Therapy. She has diverse clinical and insurance industry experience. She brings an enthusiasm for advocating and supporting the Witwer Children Therapy families in navigating the health care system, while assisting them in awareness and access of resources.

Business Supervisor

Jessica, BA

Jessica joined the Witwer team in 2009 and received her Bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa.