Meet Our Team

Occupational Therapists

 

Emily Worth, OTD, OTR/L

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.

Company Owner and Occupational Therapist

Emily Smith, MOT, OTR/L

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.

Erika Blankenau, MOT, OTR/L

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.

Occupational Therapist

Carrie Griffin, OTR/L, MBA

Carrie graduated from Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, but decided to continue her education. She then attended College of Saint Mary where she received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.  She began her career in Liberal, Kansas where she was introduced to all areas of Occupational Therapy but knew her heart was to work with children.  This led her to South Texas where she was able to develop her skills specific to pediatrics.  In 2008, she returned to the Midwest where she has been working with a mixture of both adults and children in the home and in the clinic.  Carrie has specialized in vision skills and enjoys educating others about vision and how it affects our ability to learn.  She is also certified in Handwriting Without Tears®, has experience with Interactive Metronome®, sensory integration therapy and reflex integration.  Carrie’s goal is to facilitate growth and development of all children because she believes every child has potential if we give them the tools to grow. 

Lead Occupational Therapist

Corina Debates, MOT, OTR/L

Corina began her journey as a Political Science major at Benedictine College, but decided to change her life track from becoming a lawyer to becoming an Occupational Therapist. She then attended College of Saint Mary where she received her Bachelor of Rehabilitative Studies before graduating with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Corina has experience working with a mixture of both adults and children across multiple practice settings, however her love of children comes from having a large family which gave her additional practice with pediatrics from a young age. Corina hopes to continue to learn and collaborate with families to ensure that all of her clients have the skills necessary to become successful, confident, and independent individuals throughout the lifespan and across all environments.

Occupational Therapist

Kristen Pearson, MOT, OTR/L

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.

Occupational Therapist

Shannon Trippier, MOT, OTR/L

Shannon graduated with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary in Bismarck ND. Shannon has been practicing occupational therapy for 14 years with a primary focus in pediatrics. She began her career as a traveling therapist allowing her to experience a variety of settings and parts of the country such as CA, OH, and IL. Shannon resided in Texas for 5 years before moving to Nebraska. She has experience working with children of all ages in a home and outpatient setting. Shannon is certified in Therapeutic Listening and Handwriting Without Tears and has extensive experience working with children with sensory processing challenges. She continues to be open to learning new strategies that may help her clients achieve their goals. Shannon feels that a child can be successful in all environments if given the right support and enjoys helping children and families achieve this success

Occupational Therapist

Laura Haley, MOT, OTR/L

Laura is a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology before continuing on to graduate with a Master's of Occupational Therapy from Nebraska Methodist College. During graduate school, Laura gained experience in school-based pediatrics and hospital-based adult care. Laura has always been passionate about working with children, gaining experience starting in high school as a ballet teacher. Laura is excited to continue to learn and grow as a therapist while helping children do the same in a safe and fun environment.

Occupational Therapist

Jaiden Wentz, MOT, OTR/L

Jaiden is a graduate of the Masters of Occupational Therapy program and Bachelors of Psychology at The College of St. Scholastica, located in Duluth, Minnesota. Jaiden lived in Duluth Minnesota for the first 22 years of her life. In the past, she has worked with pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients. She has taken continuing education courses in Therapeutic Listening and Myofascial Release. She enjoys creative arts and crafts activities, the outdoors, and being active. She has a passion for working with children and helping them grow utilizing their strengths and interests to achieve their full potential and engage in daily meaningful activities. Jaiden likes to use a client/family-centered and holistic approach when working with her clients while exploring how to achieve goals that are meaningful to the child and caregivers to increase comfort and independence across various environments.

Occupational Therapist

Stacy Brewer, MOT, OTR/L

Stacy graduated from St. Ambrose University with a Master's in Occupational Therapy. Stacy has experience working with both adults and children, however her passion is working in pediatrics.  Stacy enjoys working with children with all diagnoses including Autism, Down Syndrome, sensory processing disorders, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD and developmental delays. Her certifications include therapeutic listening and interactive metronome. Not only does Stacy put the fun in function but she loves to help children realize their greatness and strengths and help them achieve their goals in becoming more independent and confident in themselves. 

Occuptional Therapist

Physical Therapists

 

Sarah Hotovy, PT, DPT

Sarah received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha before graduating with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has prior experience in both pediatrics and outpatient orthopedics. She has always had a passion for working with children, working part time as a dance teacher for children ages 3-18 for 8 years and volunteering for a program that teaches dance to children with special needs. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and motor incoordination. She believes in tailoring each therapy session to each child’s unique interests and needs and enjoys seeing them progress as they learn new skills.

Physical Therapist

Steven Campbell, PTA

Steven Campbell, PTA. Steve attended college here in Omaha, NE at Clarkson College and graduated in 2016. He has been practicing Pediatric Physical Therapy since early 2016. Before beginning his career in Pediatrics, he experienced working with people of all ages in a wide variety of settings. Steve has known that he wanted to work with kids since he was a teenager while working at a day-care facility after school. He loves Pediatric PT because it is challenging, rewarding, and he has a lot of fun with his patients in the process. Steve has experience with a wide range of neurological and orthopedic conditions including, but not limited to: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Developmental Delay, Hemiplegia, Quadriplegia, Torticollis, Autism, Downs Syndrome and other Chromosomal Abnormalities, Trisomy, Sport's-Injuries, and many more. Throughout his career he has worked very closely with Pediatric therapy specialists and has picked up various skills and techniques along the way to help his patients. Steve treats each of his patients with love and compassion while pushing them to become the best that they can be. 

Physical Therapist Assistant

Jenny Lewis, PT, DPT

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.

Physical Therapist; Clinical Director- Millard Clinic

Speech-Language Pathologists

 

Cassie Rose, MS, CCC-SLP

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.

Clinic Director Dodge Clinic and Speech Language Pathologist

Tabitha Reuter, MS, CCC-SLP

Tabitha graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  She has pediatric experience in both clinical and educational settings.  Within the educational setting, Tabitha worked predominately in early childhood programs, elementary schools, and birth to 3 home intervention, but she has also worked with middle and high school students.  Tabitha treated pediatrics in clinics and hospitals (as outpatients).  She enjoyed collaborating with other healthcare professionals including, but not limited to: OTs, PTs, physicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers, case managers, and counselors.  Tabitha’s special interests are in the areas of: early childhood speech and language development, Autism, and swallowing disorders.  Tabitha completed training in The SOS Approach to Feeding, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, and DIR®/Floortime.  She has completed continuing education courses in Diagnosis and Treatment of Severe Speech Sound Disorders Including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism, swallowing, and more. Tabitha loves working with children to help them reach their highest potential. 

Speech-Language Pathologist

Julia Smith, CCC-SLP

Julia graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her Bachelor of Science in Education & Human Sciences, minoring in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Following her undergraduate degree, Julia received her Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Throughout her academics, Julia was a member of The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the Nebraska Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSLHA). Prior research experience includes working at both Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Link N Literacy Lab, in which she was a research assistant. Specialty areas of interest include: dysphagia, cognition, augmentative and alternative forms of communication, speech sound production, and aphasia. Julia's passion has always been to work with the pediatric population , however she also works full time as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Julia strives to provide her patients the best plan of care possible to support each individuals needs and ability to communicate with others. Other interests include: traveling, animals, staying active, as well as being surrounded by family and friends.

Speech Pathologist

Amy Bowman, MS, CCC-SLP

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. 

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cassidy Huff, CCC-SLP

Cassidy earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her clinical experiences include: outpatient pediatric and adult services, acute rehabilitation, and schools. Cassidy’s passion has always been working with children of all ages. She has experience working with a variety of populations including, but not limited to: Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, expressive/receptive language disorders, fluency, articulation/phonological disorders, and dysphagia. She has a particular interest in the evaluation and treatment for augmentative and alternative communication. Her goal is to assist children in expressing their wants, needs, and ideas to their communication partners across environments! 

Speech Pathologist

Leah Arney, CCC-SLP

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. 

Speech Pathologist

Kate Mohr, MS, CCC-SLP

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.  

Speech Language Pathologist

Administrative Team

Andrea Mach, BA

Andrea graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bellevue University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She has also completed post-graduate work in Special Education at The College of St. Mary.  Andrea has worked with a variety of age groups in school-based, hospital and clinical settings.  Andrea has experience working with children with various diagnoses, including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Down syndrome.  She has received specialized training in many sensory techniques, SRA Corrective Reading series and Handwriting Without Tears.  Andrea strives to make a positive difference in the life of each child and family she works with.

Office Manager

LaRene Walker, RN-BSN, Paramedic

LaRene is a Registered Nurse who graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from College of St. Mary.  She worked previously as an Emergency and Pre Auth Nurse.  She has been a CPR instructor for over 30 years.  She is a volunteer firefighter and paramedic with Gretna Fire and Rescue.  She is married and has 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  She is proud to be a part of her new family at Stones Worth Stepping, processing pre-authorizations for the patient’s insurance and checking on the patient’s benefits.

Benefits Coordinator

Jodi Swirczek

Jodi has extensive experience in administrative healthcare and she has found Stones Worth Stepping to be an excellent fit. She enjoys her role as Communications Coordinator and finds the ever changing dynamics of the clinic a welcome challenge. In her spare time, she loves to cook, travel and spend time with family and friends.

Communications Coordinator

Becky Aden, MS, BA, Ed.

     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!

Receptionist-Millard Clinic

Techs

Monica Barajas, B.S. Ed

I am a senior at UNO majoring in Exercise Science, with a minor in psychology and nonprofit management. I conduct research at UNO with the Biomechanics Department as an undergraduate research assistant, my team focuses on the gait effects on total knee replacement in older adults and I am currently leading a study on how people adjust their walking pattern when using a single point cane in relationship to post-stroke rehabilitation. My career goal is to become a pediatric physical therapist. I previously worked in a daycare setting for three years and I had the opportunity work with children from varying ages. I have also taught swimming and biking lessons to children with disabilities as a volunteer of different community programs. I am bilingual in Spanish, and on my free time I practice martial arts and enjoy going out for walks. 

Rehab Tech

Anna Stuchlik

I am a recent graduate of Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO where I majored in psychology and biology. I am applying to graduate school for Physician Assistant studies. I have previously worked and am certified as a nursing assistant/patient care technician. 

Rehab Tech

Jenae Murry

Jenae graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at Methodist College. Jenae has experience

working with a variety of ages and has enjoyed volunteering with different programs throughout Omaha and her home town of Iowa City. Through these experiences she has grown a passion for working with the pediatric population and enjoys getting a chance to work with kids while pursuing her degree.

Rehab Tech

Emily Schmit

Emily is a senior at Creighton University. She is double majoring in English and Psychology. She plans to begin an Occupational Therapy Doctorate program in Fall 2021. Emily is no stranger to working with children; she the oldest child with four younger siblings, has worked at Creighton’s pediatric developmental center (the James R. Russell Child Development Center), has volunteered both as a summer camp counselor and at the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club, and has previously assisted at another Pediatric Occupational Therapy center as a rehabilitation assistant. Emily is grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing people at Stones Worth Stepping and she is excited to meet and assist each child and family member who walks though the Stones Worth Stepping door!

Rehab Tech

Payton Trebilcock

Payton graduated from College of Saint Mary with her Bachelors in Rehabilitative Science in May of 2020 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Occupational Therapy there. Payton has experience with children in a variety of settings including daycares, respite centers, and  elementary schools. Payton is looking forward to gaining experience while working with the therapists and children at Stones Worth Stepping!

Rehab Tech

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