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Meet Our Team

Manager of Witwer Children's Therapy


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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

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Brittany, MOT, OTR/L

Brittany received a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Ambrose University in Davenport. She practiced in outpatient orthopedics and geriatrics prior starting at Witwer Children's Therapy. Brittany is certified in Integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome.

 
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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.

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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). 
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Haley, OTR/L

Haley received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2017 from Allen College in Waterloo. She practiced in pediatrics and geriatrics in Waverly for one year after graduation and then joined the UnityPoint Health team in December, 2018. Haley is certified in Integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome. She is also trained in Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI). 


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Kassi, OTR/L

Kassi received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from St. Ambrose University in 2014 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy Degree in 2015. Before starting at Witwer Children's Therapy, Kassi worked at UIHC's Center for Disabilities and Development. She is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening System. She has specialized training in Sound Activated Vestibular Processing, Toomey's SOS Approach to Feeding, Masgutova's Neurological Reflex (MNRI) and has completed further training and specialization for infants with feeding difficulties including the Early Feeding Skills Assessment. Kassi is a senior therapist and also completes many of the splinting needs at the southwest clinic. She also participated in organizing Animal Assisted Therapy with physical therapy and speech therapy. She also organizes and runs Social Skills Group year-round in collaboration with speech therapists and summer Handwriting Camps. 

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Kelly, MS, OTR/L

Kelly received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis and a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University. She is certified in Integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome. She is also trained in Musgutova's Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI).

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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).

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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.

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Krista, OTD, OTR/L

Krista received her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Iowa State University in 2016 and received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from St. Ambrose University in 2019. Krista practiced in a pediatric setting in Waterloo, Iowa, then joined the UnityPoint Health team in April 2020. Krista is certified in Integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome.

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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). 

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Mackinzie, MS, OTR/L

Mackinzie received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in 2016. She has certifications in Interactive Metronome and Integrated listening. She also holds specialized training in Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex integration. Her passions include assistive technology and feeding and swallowing difficulties in children.

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Mattison, MSOT, OTR/L

Mattie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Family Services from UNI and a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa. She is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems and has completed training in the SOS Approach to Feeding.

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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.

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Rachel, MOT, OTR/L

Rachel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She has practiced OT previously in the geriatric home health and skilled nursing settings. She is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems.

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Regan, OTD, OTR/L

Regan received a Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has practiced OT previously in schools, outpatient pediatrics, outpatient orthopedics and inpatient acute settings. Regan is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. 


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Taylor, OTD, OTR/L

Taylor received a Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Ambrose University. Taylor is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems. She is also trained in Masgutova's Neurological Reflex Integration (MNRI).

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Terra

Terra received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. She has received specialized training in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT), infant development, feeding difficulties, Wilbarger Protocol, Astronaut Training, and sensory integration. Terra is certified in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems.


Physical Therapy

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Alecia, PT, DPT

Alecia received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grand View University with a major in Biology. She then attended Des Moines University for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has been practicing at Witwer Children's Therapy since 2019. She has previous physical therapy experience in the acute hospital and outpatient orthopedics setting. She is working toward her certification in Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems, and pediatric pelvic floor rehabilitation.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Sara, PT, DPT

Sara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University and her Master of Public Health and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. She joined Witwer Children's Therapy in 2021. Sara has training and certification in Interactive Metronome and Integrated Listening Systems.

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Sarah, PT, DPT
Supervisor

Sarah received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2007. She worked for St. Luke's Hospital in the inpatient hospital from 2008-2009 and joined the Witwer Children's Therapy Center team in 2009. She has been Supervisor of Pediatric Therapy Services since 2019. Sarah has specialized training in treatment of children with bowel and bladder dysfunctions, pediatric pelvic floor dysfunctions, 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 


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Brittney, MA, CCC-SLP

Brittney earned her Bachelors and Master's in Speech Language Therapy Education Bachelor's at University of Northern Iowa. Her professional interests include working with Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Auditory Learning, American Sign Language, Social Communication Impairments, Stuttering, Early Childhood Intervention, and Articulation and Phonological Impairments.

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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.

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Helena, MA, CCC-SLP

Helena earned her Bachelor's and Master's in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Northern Iowa. Her professional interests include working with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, receptive and expressive language disorders, social communication impairments, early childhood intervention and articulation and phonological impairments.

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Jennifer, MA, CCC-SLP

Jennifer received a Bachelor's Degree in Communicative Disorders and Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. She is trained in the use of Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Her professional interests include language and articulation/phonological impairments, apraxia, and pediatric feeding and swallowing impairments.  

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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. 

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Katie, MS, CCC-SLP

Katie received her Master's degree from St. Ambrose University. Her professional interests include early childhood intervention, articulation/phonological impairments, augmentative and alternative communication and feeding/swallowing disorders. Katie has been trained in the use of See the Sound-Visual Phonics®, Integrated Listening Systems, It Takes Two to Talk® Program and Toomey's SOS Approach to Feeding.

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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 and is a senior therapist. 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. 

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Lydia, MA, CF-SLP

Lydia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. She joined the Witwer Children's Therapy team in February 2021. Lydia enjoys working with children of all ages. Her professional interests include early childhood intervention, articulation impairments, language impairments, and augmentative and alternative communication. 

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McKenzie, MA, CCC-SLP

McKenzie received a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. McKenzie is a senior speech therapist who joined the Witwer team in January 2017. She enjoys working with children of all ages, and her professional interests include early language intervention, articulation/phonological impairments, expressive/receptive language disorders and childhood apraxia of speech. McKenzie has additional training in Integrative Listening System and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).

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Megan, MA, CCC-SLP

Megan earned her Bachelors and Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. Her professional interests include articulation/phonological impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, and early childhood intervention. Megan has been trained in the use of Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy (for children with articulation/phonology impairments and/or apraxia).

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Megan, MA, CCC-SLP

Megan received a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Calvin College and Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. She is trained in the use of Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to feeding. Professional interests include early childhood intervention, articulation/phonological impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, and pediatric feeding and swallowing impairments.

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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.

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Sarah, MA, CC-SLP, CLC

Sarah received her Master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2017. She joined the Witwer team in February of 2019. She is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, the SOFFI Method (Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants), and is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Sarah's professional interests include early childhood intervention, articulation/phonological impairments, augmentative and alternative communication, childhood apraxia of speech, neonatal therapy, and pediatric feeding and swallowing impairments. She also works in the St. Luke's NICU as part of the Developmental Care Team.

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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. 

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Tasia, MA, CF-SLP

Tasia received her Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. Her interests include receptive and expressive language disorder and articulation impairment.

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Taylor, MA, CCC-SLP

Taylor earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. She joined Witwer Children's Therapy in June 2020. Taylor has been trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)®. Her professional interests include early language intervention, articulation/phonological impairments and pediatric feeding/swallowing impairments.

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Zoe, MS, CCC-SLP

Zoe earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Augustana College and Master's degree in Speech Pathology from Eastern Illinois University. She joined the Witwer team in June 2020. Her professional interests include Early Childhood Intervention, articulation impairments and phonological impairments. Zoe is trained in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT). 


Dietitian

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Jen earned her Bachelor's in Dietetics Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her professional interests include integrative and functional nutrition, food allergies, picky eating and wellness.

Business Operations Manager, PMR

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Jessica, BA

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