Meet Kellie – Physical Therapist, Clinical Director
Kellie Robinson is a physical therapist who graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. Kellie went on to graduate from Bellarmine University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program in December 2012.
Kellie has gained direct pediatric experience through observations, internships, clinicals, and employment opportunities that allowed her to treat a variety of diagnoses in both clinic settings as well as in homes and child care facilities through both Kentucky and Indiana First Steps Programs. These settings included Adaptive Physical Education, The Rehab Institute of Chicago, a local outpatient pediatric facility, and most recently a pediatric clinic in Madison, Indiana. The diagnoses and symptoms she has treated includes but is not limited to hypotonia, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, neurological disorders, and toe walking.
Kellie has spent several hours on continued education courses including one certifying her in the AEPS evaluation tool. Kellie is married to her husband, Jonathon. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Kellie loves to play with her golden-doodle Izzy, and enjoys lots of outdoor activities like biking and wakeboarding!
She has always known she wanted to be a pediatric physical therapist and enjoys working with the team of therapists at TheraPLACE Learning Center.
Meet Sarah H – Physical Therapist
Sarah Hutton is a physical therapist who received her bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Bellarmine University in May 2015. She then went on to
complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Bellarmine University in May 2017.
During her time at Bellarmine University, Sarah completed a 3-month internship at TheraPLACE Learning Center. She was thrilled to later accept an invitation to return as a full time therapist! At Bellarmine, Sarah also participated in several pediatric aquatic therapy research studies including a case report and case study on the use of aquatic therapy to improve lung function and quality of life in children with Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy. Sarah and the rest of her research team were proud to represent Bellarmine University in presenting this research at the Combined Section Meeting 2017 in San Antonio, Texas as an aquatic therapy platform presentation. They were later asked to submit their research for publication in the National Aquatic Therapy Journal.
Sarah has two younger brothers who helped foster her love of pediatric therapy as they have an Autism and Down syndrome diagnosis. Her love for pediatric therapy continued to grow after she received physical therapy before and after having her own spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis in 2007.
In her free time, Sarah loves spending time with her miniature goldendoodle (Nala), working out, running, boxing, reading, playing video games, and spending time with her friends & family. Sarah is also extremely passionate about traveling the world. So far her travels have taken her all around the United States, Bahamas, Austria, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, and Japan. She hopes to continue her adventures and learn more about other places and their cultures.
Meet Lauren – Speech Language Pathologist
Lauren Simmons is a speech-language pathologist who graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in December 2014. Lauren went on to graduate with her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Ball State University in December 2016. During graduate school, Lauren completed her fieldwork at Meridian Pediatric Rehabilitation, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Signature Healthcare, and within the Anderson Community School system. Her fieldwork experience provided Lauren with the opportunity to work with children with many different diagnosis including, but not limited to autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, feeding difficulties, and fetal alcohol syndrome.
Lauren is CPR and First Aid certified for children and adults.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, doing crafts, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Lauren is excited to be a part of the TheraPLACE Learning Center team and to serve families in the Louisville community.
Meet Mary Gwen – Speech Language Pathologist
Mary Gwen Walker is a speech-language pathologist who graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015. Mary Gwen went on to graduate with her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Kentucky in May of 2017. During graduate school, Mary Gwen completed her fieldwork at The Chatter Box, Frazier NeuroRehab Institute, and Feltz Therapy Services in Nashville, TN. Her fieldwork experience provided Mary Gwen with the opportunity to work in various settings with children with many different diagnosis including, but not limited to autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and feeding difficulties.
Mary Gwen is CPR and First Aid certified for children and adults.
In her free time, Mary Gwen enjoys running and spending time with her husband and family. Mary Gwen is a Louisville native and is excited to be back in her hometown, serving families in the Louisville community as a member of the TheraPLACE team.
Meet Emily – Occupational Therapy
Emily received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky before moving on to her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Kean University in New Jersey. She completed fieldwork placements at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, focusing on adults with neurological impairments, and at The Newgrange School, for children with learning disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has experience working as an OT in several pediatric settings, including outpatient clinics and First Steps, Kentucky’s early intervention program for children birth to 3. Emily also has experience utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy, and has completed the American Hippotherapy Association’s Level I certification course.
Emily has completed continuing education in sensory processing, visual disorders and deficits, the Zones of Regulation program, feeding disorders, neurodevelopmental treatment strategies, and is a certified Integrated Listening Systems practitioner. She has experience working with children with a wide variety of diagnoses, including Autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, down syndrome, learning disorders, chromosomal and genetic disorders, and attention deficit disorders. She utilizes a strengths based approach and treats each child as an individual, not a diagnosis. Emily is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and American Hippotherapy Association. She is CPR certified for children and adults.
In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, hiking, rock climbing, traveling, riding horses, practicing yoga, and watching basketball. Emily has always been passionate about working with children and their families, and she is excited to be back in her hometown of Louisville and part of the TheraPLACE team!
Meet Yoshi – Occupational Therapy Assistant
Yoshimi is a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, and graduated from Jefferson Technical and Community College in 2010. She also attended The University of Southern Mississippi to learn English as a Second Language. Yoshi has 5 years of experience working with children with special needs at Kid SpOt Center in Elizabethtown, KY. During that experience, Yoshi worked with children diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorder, Mitochondrial Disease, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Phenylketonuria(PKU), and others. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Kinesiotaping(course 1-3), Sequenced Oral Sensory Approach for feeding/eating, Interactive Metronome, and Sensory Integration approach in the classroom and home settings. Yoshi is passionate about making a positive impact on children’s lives, and believes strongly that every child is talented in various ways.
In the past, Yoshi worked for a long term care facility for adults with mental disabilities, and understands the importance of early intervention to aid individuals in overcoming various obstacles. She has also taught elementary English to non-English speaking children from ages 4-12 in Japan.
She is an active member of American Occupational Therapy Association(AOTA) and Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association(KOTA).
In her free time, Yoshi enjoys spending time with her husband Tim, 2-year-old son Kaeshi, and 3-month-old daughter Kaylee. She also loves cooking ethnic Japanese food since she is a native of Japan.