Meet Our Team

 

Occupational Therapists

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Emily Worth, OTD, OTR/L
Company Owner and Occupational Therapist

Emily is a graduate of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program of Creighton University. She completed her beginning years of practice in Boston, Massachusetts, with focus on pediatrics and sensory integrative therapy. She has received certification in advanced treatment tools in the areas of Therapeutic Listening, Craniosacral Therapy, and Interactive Metronome.  This additional education has increased the quality and efficiency of her deliverance of pediatric therapy.  In 2007, she founded a private practice Stones Worth Stepping, P.C. so that she can share her knowledge and experience with families of special needs children. Her passion for pediatrics and the sensory integration treatment approach is focused toward the progress and development of patients and their goals to achieve the maximum potential for quality of life.

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Emily Smith, MOT, OTR/L
Executive Director and Occupational Therapist

Emily is a graduate of the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program from Rockhurst University.  She enjoys working with children in a variety of skill areas including fine motor, gross motor, sensory, and motor planning.  She is certified in multiple areas including Astronaut Training, Advanced Therapeutic Listening, and Myofascial Release Training.  Her love of sports and game activities assist her creative methods to combine therapeutic techniques into fun motivating activities for the kids. Emily has experience working with children with a variety of developmental disabilities and diagnoses such as Autism, ADHD, ADD, Cerebral Palsy, and Down syndrome. She is able to collaborate with peers, parents and teachers in the home and school settings to best carry over therapeutic strategies and goals.  Emily’s goal is for therapy to be like play and challenge kids to achieve their highest potential and level of independence.

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Erika Blankenau, MOT, OTR/L
Lead Occupational Therapist and OT Director of Student Mentorship

Erika graduated from Rockhurst University, in Kansas City, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology before graduating with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Erika has experience working with adults with neurological trauma, heart conditions, orthopedic injuries and cognitive impairments. Additionally, Erika advocates for the importance of trauma-informed care and has experience working with young children suffering from neglect, abuse and trauma. Erika enjoys working with children and emerging adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, sensory processing disorders, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD and developmental delays. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome. She is also a Handwriting Without Tears Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist. Her greatest joy is helping children find their strengths to enhance their performance and confidence in everyday activities.

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Kristen Pearson, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kristen is a graduate of the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Loma Linda University. During graduate school, Kristen completed rotations with various populations including inpatient acute care, mental health rehabilitation, and outpatient pediatrics. She has worked in a private outpatient setting in southern California, and now resides in Omaha. She has experience with children of many diagnoses, including Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, sensory processing, and Cerebral Palsy. Additionally, Kristen has experience in the area of feeding, including the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to feeding. She loves working with children and enjoys watching them grow to their highest potential and quality of life.

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Jordan Flemmington, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Jordan received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Nebraska Wesleyan University and then continued on to graduate with a Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Nebraska Methodist College. During graduate school, Jordan gained experience in outpatient pediatrics and within the skilled nursing setting. Jordan specializes in working with children that have sensory processing challenges and other diagnoses. He loves working with children, providing them with client-centered interventions to help them grow and achieve the best quality of life. Jordan is excited to continue to grow as an occupational therapist and help children be successful within all environments. Jordan is originally from Grand Junction CO, however has lived in Omaha, NE for the last 15 years. Time outside of the clinic typically includes traveling, working out, and fishing.

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Katie Rau, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist 

Katie graduated from Creighton University with her doctorate of Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Katie has a special interest in sensory-based interventions. She enjoys helping children reach all of their goals through play. 

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Madisen Ramaekers, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist 

 Madisen received her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Doane University. She is a graduate of the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program from Nebraska Methodist college. During graduate school, Madisen gained experience in both acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient pediatrics. Madisen has experience working with children who have a variety of diagnoses such as Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD and along with children who have sensory processing disorders and behaviors. She is currently pursuing her Level I Certification for Handwriting Without Tears. Madisen enjoys developing client-specific treatment plans to help children reach their full potential.

Faith Johnson, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Faith received her bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Studies and her master's degree in Occupational Therapy at the College of Saint Mary. Faith has always been passionate about pediatric services throughout her college career; she worked as a special education para for Millard Public Schools for four years before graduating. Faith is devoted to establishing trauma-informed care for children and families who she comes in contact with throughout her occupation as she desires to promote health and wellbeing emotionally, physically, and mentally. She is excited to help clients and their families reach their goals alongside compassionate care and is so happy to be a part of the Stones Worth Stepping team!

Megan Nguyen OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

 

Megan received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in Psychology and graduated from the College of Saint Mary with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. She has had experience working in a rural setting where she was able to work with outpatient pediatrics/orthopedics and inpatient orthopedic patients. She also gained experience working in acute care at Nebraska Medicine where she worked with a variety of patients. Megan is passionate about working with children and dedicated to building a positive therapy environment for them to meet their goals.  Megan is excited to watch the children grow and reach their highest potential.

Abbie Krajewski MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Abbie received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln followed by her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha. During graduate school, Abbie gained experience in many settings, including home health, outpatient pediatrics and school-based therapy. She has worked with children her entire life, and is passionate about helping children of all abilities gain independence and confidence in their skills to be successful within their daily life.

Erin Circo, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Erin received her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University prior to graduating from Nebraska Methodist College with her Masters in Occupational Therapy. In her graduate program, Erin gained pediatric experience within the school and outpatient settings. She additionally had the opportunity to work with infants in the NICU during her acute care rotation. Erin has always had a passion for working with children. She strives to incorporate individualized and strengths-based approaches to provide children with the confidence and skills to reach their goals.

 

Physical Therapists

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Jenny Lewis, PT, DPT

Millard Clinical Director and Physical Therapist

Jenny graduated Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology before receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. She has experience in both acute care and pediatrics. Jenny has a variety of experiences in the pediatric setting including but not limited to developmental delay, autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, torticollis, and toe walking.  Jenny loves making a difference in the lives of children and is dedicated to doing the most she can to help her patients and their families meet their goals.

 

Speech-Language Pathologists

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Cassie Rose, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Cassie is a graduate from the University of NE-Lincoln with her Bachelor's Degree and received her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of NE-Kearney.  Cassie's clinical experiences range from working with individuals of any age in a variety of settings including home-based, LTC, schools, outpatient clinics, acute rehab, and post-acute rehab.  Her experiences include working with a variety of developmental disabilities, autism, apraxia, stroke, TBI, dementia, dysphagia, articulation, language disorders, and many more.  Cassie focuses on individual needs and strived to provide positive and fun environment during sessions.  Her goals include providing individuals wit the tools necessary to effectively communicate in all environments and to meet hydration and nutritional needs to be successful individuals with the greatest amount of independence.

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Amy Bowman, MS, CCC-SLP

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist

Amy graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with her Bachelor’s degree in Child Professional Services and received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her clinical experiences include outpatient pediatrics and adults, school-based pediatrics, and pediatric home health. She has enjoyed gaining experience working with a wide variety of speech and language impairments leading to work targeting articulation, phonology, expressive and receptive language, pragmatic language, augmentative and alternative communication, and complex communication needs. Amy strives to create treatment goals and activities that allow individuals to better participate in their everyday environments by obtaining the ability to effectively interact with those around them. She loves working with children, their families, and other professionals to pursue the ideal course of therapy for each child in order to give them the best opportunity to thrive. 

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Leah Arney, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist and SLP Director of Student Mentorship

Leah received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Yeshiva University.  Leah has a wide range of outpatient clinical experience where she gained a thorough knowledge of and exposure to working with those diagnosed with developmental delay, Down syndrome, fluency disorders, autism, articulation/phonological disorders, language disorders, cognitive-linguistic disorders, and more.  She has a particular interest in working with children aged birth to three who have expressive and receptive language disorders.  Leah has a passion for collaborating with patients, families, and other professionals to create individualized therapy programs for each child’s unique needs. 

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Kate Mohr, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Kate received her bachelors and masters degrees in speech language pathology from the university of Nebraska at Kearney. She has experience working with children in the clinical and school settings and has treated children with a variety of different speech and language disorders.  Her passion is working with kids on reading, articulation, and language skills and strives to make therapy fun and functional. 

The best part of her job is working with children and their families and watching them succeed with their goals.  

Lesley Larive, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Lesley has over 20 years of experience working with all ages in a variety of settings. After graduating at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her B. A. in Psychology, she received her Masters in Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her current interests are in the areas of orofacial myology, speech and feeding/swallowing. She also enjoys helping patients in areas receptive and expressive language difficulties. She believes in a wholistic approach and finding the root causes.

Brennan Walker Green, BA, SLPA

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Brennan graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University. Brennan has experience in school and outpatient settings servicing children from birth to young adults. She has worked with children of all abilities and diagnoses. Brennan loves collaborating with children and their caregivers to create a fun and efficient approach to therapy. 

 

Administrative Team

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Becky Aden, MS, BA, Ed.

Receptionist-Millard Clinic

Becky graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Rockhurst University and a Masters of Science in Curriculum Development and Instruction from Peru State College. She is a “retired” teacher who spent twenty years in the classroom teaching fourth graders. Becky is always ready to take your phone calls, answer your questions, and get you checked in for your appointments. She will do all she can to make you feel comfortable and welcome in our office! She truly enjoys greeting the patients each day!

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Kayla Harris, BA

Receptionist-Dodge Clinic

Kayla received her Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her experience comes from working with children and adults at Munroe-Meyer Institute and teaching abroad. She strives to create a positive environment and welcoming atmosphere. Kayla enjoys greeting the patients to therapy each day. 

Maggie Tirado

Receptionist-Dodge Clinic

 

Maggie has over 3 years experience working in child care and pediatric clinics. Her skill set is communicating in both English and Spanish. She enjoys talking to patients and helping get their schedules sorted for future therapies

Michelle Manion

HR/Benefits Coordinator

 

Michelle has worn many hats throughout her career.  She has 16+ years in customer service, office administration, and medical staff support.  She has most recently helped her husband launch his own small business while being a stay-at-home mom for 6 years.  Michelle is so excited to be back in the work force and to provide the staff and families at SWS the support needed to make everyday a fun and positive experience.

 

Therapy Technicians 

Stones Worth Stepping is fortunate to have multiple therapy technicians!  They are here to help aid our clinics, therapists, and patients.  They assist in creating the best setting possible for our patients to receive top notch therapy by maintaining a clean and supportive work environment.