Meet Jill Cox-Woodall – Occupational Therapist, Owner
Jill received her bachelors degree in psychology and English from Bellarmine University in 2007 before moving on to obtain her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Jill worked with children and young adults at Our Lady of Peace, Maryhurst, Realizations, and Seven Counties. During these seven years her various roles allowed her the opportunity to provide therapeutic services including daily living and emotion management skills acquisition, customized employment facilitation, and supportive community integration.While in OT school, Jill completed pediatric fieldwork opportunities at Cardinal Hill Easter Seals and The Academy at St. Andrews. She also completed an extensive research project on the effective use of sensory integration with school-aged children and the benefits of therapeutic gardening for school-aged children with sensory integration difficulties. After graduating she went on to work in outpatient pediatric setting and in the Henry County school system. She has experience working with diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, brain injury, fetal alcohol syndrome, down syndrome, developmental delay, coordination disorders, sensory processing disorder, learning disorders, and attention deficit disorders.
Jill is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, World Federation of Occupational Therapy, and Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association. She has completed additional training in sensory processing disorder and visual processing therapy. Jill is a certified provider of Interactive Metronome (IM), with an additional, specialized certification in Interactive Metronome Pediatric Best Practices. Jill is also a certified IM Home provider. She is also certified in the provision of deep physical agent modalities (DPAMs). Jill has also completed individualized training in Cognitive Development Curriculum under Carol Brown, founder of the Academic Success Center of Kentucky. She is CPR and First Aid certified for adults and children. Jill is also a handwriting specialist with a Level One Certification from Handwriting Without Tears.
Jill lives Southern Indiana where she lives on a small farm with her husband and their children: Australian shepherds, cats, goats, donkeys, and chickens. In her free time, Jill enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, doing crafts, reading, and planning what animal to add to the family next.
Meet Alicia – Occupational Therapist Department Head
Alicia attended the University of Louisville for two years before transferring to Spalding University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science as well as her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. Alicia has had a passion for working with kids in various ways since the age of 13, and has taught ballet and tap to children ages 3-18 for the past 7 years.
While in OT school, Alicia completed a pediatric fieldwork rotation at Greenhill Therapy where she combined traditional treatment with Hippotherapy in order to utilize various unique therapeutic factors that horses can provide. While working on her Master's degree, Alicia completed an extensive research project on the effectiveness of aquatic therapy used with children with disabilities. She is very excited to now be able use her research to serve her clients at TheraPLACE with aquatic therapy intervention one day a week. She also provides services to children in the dance studio to increase motor function, daily living skills and play skills in a meaningful way. She has experience working with children with many diagnoses including cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, sensory processing disorder, coordination disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, hydrocephalus, angelman syndrome, and rett syndrome. In addition, she has completed intensive training for working with children with feeding issues and believes that using an integrated approach is the key to success.
In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband, travelling around the country as a magician’s assistant, playing the violin, piano, dancing, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Alicia is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, as well as the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association. She is a certified Interactive Metronome (IM) provider and completed additional training on IM Pediatric Best Practices. Alicia is CPR and First Aid certified for adults and children.
Meet Brittany J – Occupational Therapist
Brittany Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science from the University of Kentucky. She is a licensed occupational therapist receiving her master’s degree from Spalding University. While at Spalding she participated in the Kosair Integrated Technology Experience (K.I.T.E) where she had the pleasure of working with children ages 4-13. She also participated in the Dream’s with Wings program working with youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She completed her pediatric fieldwork with Jefferson County Public Schools where she worked with students with many different diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury. She is a certified Interactive Metronome (IM) provider and completed additional training on Oppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Children and Adolescents. Brittany is CPR and First Aid certified for adults and children. Brittany loves dancing, teaching kids dance, and always knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children.
Meet Katie – Occupational Therapist
Katie, occupational therapist, graduated from Xavier University in 2005 with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Since then she has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist both in the outpatient clinic setting and through Kentucky's First Steps program. Katie also has 7 years experience providing hippotherapy to children and has completed Level 1 Training in Equine Skills and Hippotherapy Treatment Principles through the American Hippotherapy Association.
Meet Kayla – Occupational Therapist
Kayla is an occupational therapist who graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and a minor in studio art. She continued at her alma mater and received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2015.She is a licensed occupational therapist in both Kentucky and Indiana. Kayla has loved working with children in some capacity over the last 15 years whether it was babysitting, being a camp counselor, or leading a Sunday school lesson at church.
During graduate school she completed a clinical rotation in an outpatient pediatrics clinic called On the Move Pediatrics in Lexington, Kentucky. Here Kayla served and gained experience with many different diagnoses including: sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, attention deficit disorders, and septo-optic dysplasia. She loves creating intrinsically motivating interventions for her clients and supporting caregivers with education.She is a certified provider of Interactive Metronome (IM).
In her free time Kayla enjoys running, hiking, traveling, crafting, painting, watching movies, swing dancing with her husband, Bible study, playing board games/card games, and spending time with friends & family.She is thrilled to be on the wonderful team of pediatric therapists at TheraPLACE Learning Center and is excited to use her skills to help kiddos live, play, and communicate more effectively!
Meet Brittany R – Occupational Therapist
Brittany Roberts is an Occupational Therapist who was born and raised in the Louisville area. She attended Bellarmine University,where she earned her Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and minor in Psychology in 2011. Brittany was a member of the first graduating class of the Exercise Science program, and spent several years as a personal trainer at the Louisville Athletic Club. She then went on to expand her education and received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Spalding University in 2015.
While completing her Master’s degree at Spalding, Brittany gained clinical experience working with both the pediatric and adult populations in a variety of different settings. She completed her first Level II Fieldwork at Green Hill Therapy, a pediatric outpatient clinic located in Louisville, KY. At Green Hill, Brittany was able to gain an immense amount of knowledge working with the pediatric population. She provided skilled OT services not only through the clinic setting, but also through Aquatic Therapy and Hippotherapy, which are both therapeutic tools used to treat a variety of conditions. Through her involvement with Green Hill, Brittany has experience in working with the following diagnoses: autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, brain injury, fetal alcohol syndrome, Down syndrome, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, attention deficit disorder, hydrocephalus, Angelman syndrome, and Rett syndrome.
Brittany completed her second Level II Fieldwork at the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Center, an outpatient adult neuro clinic at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. One of Brittany’s proud accomplishments during her graduate school career is her research on effective interventions targeting depression following a stroke. She completed one year of research on the topic, which was then presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association national conference.
Brittany has a strong passion for working with children and their families to help them to live life to the fullest. She is dedicated to the occupational therapy profession and is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), as well as the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA). Brittany is CPR and First Aid certified for adults and children.
Some of Brittany’s hobbies and interests include: traveling, photography, baking, hiking, running marathons, exercising, volunteer work for the Christian Appalachian Project and Habitat for Humanity, and spending time with family and friends.
Meet Akim – Occupational Therapist
Akim is an occupational therapist who graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2013 with a bachelor’s in Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics. Recently, Akim received his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy.
While at Spalding, Akim successfully completed fieldwork in pediatrics at Hopebridge Pediatric Specialist in Kokomo, IN working with underserved children aged 3 – 18 years old with a wide range of conditions. His second field work was in hand therapy at Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT) in Louisville where he primarily worked with adults with orthopedic conditions. At Spalding, Akim also presented research that identified early intervention strategies occupational therapists could use to promote positive parent-child relationships in children birth to five with or at risk for developmental delay or disabilities.
Akim’s passion for pediatric occupational therapy stems from his own difficulties with ADHD and dyslexia and understanding the impact of early intervention in providing children with the strategies to succeed for the rest of their lives.
In his spare time, Akim enjoys spending time with family and getting outside where he enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and rock-climbing to name a few.
Whether you hear funny voices, off key singing with incorrect lyrics, or see crazy dance moves; Akim’s simplest and first goal is to make each child he works with smile and feel comfortable.
Meet Dustin – Occupational Therapy Assistant
Dustin is a certified occupational therapy assistant that has worked with children in clinic, home and community settings. He completed his associate’s degree at Brown Mackie College. He has worked with ages as young as 5 years and up to 60 years, with varying diagnosis including but not limited to traumatic brain injuries, autism, and Down syndrome. He is a certified Interactive Metronome provider, and is CPR and First aid certified for children and adults.
In his spare time, Dustin enjoys outdoor sports, fishing, and going to the lake. He is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team of therapists at TheraPLACE Learning Center and is excited to serve the kids of our community.
Meet Kellie – Physical Therapist Department Head
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 Shannon – Physical Therapist
Shannon Stenger is a physical therapist who graduated from Bellarmine University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science in May 2015. Shannon then went on to graduate from Bellarmine University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in May 2017. During graduate school, Shannon completed one of her four clinical rotations at TheraPLACE Learning Center and fell in love with the TheraPLACE team, as well as the families they serve. Shannon was also given the opportunity to gain experience within the school system during another clinical rotation through CHC Medical Center of Bowling Green.
While in Physical Therapy School, Shannon completed a research project that gave her the opportunity to work with children with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in the pool. Her research focused around improving respiratory muscle function and quality of life in children with DMD through the use of aquatic physical therapy. Throughout her schooling and clinical rotations, 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, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, and toe walking.
In her spare time, Shannon enjoys playing with her dog, Pius, playing/watching sports,(especially soccer), reading, watching movies, outside activities, and spending time with her friends and family. Shannon has always known she wanted to work with the pediatric population and is excited to serve families in the Louisville community by being a part of the TheraPLACE Learning Center team.
Meet Sarah – 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 Rachel – Physical Therapy Assistant
Rachel is a Physical Therapist Assistant who graduated from Jefferson Community & Technical College in 2011. Prior to attending the PTA program, she attended Bellarmine University where she earn her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
As a PTA, Rachel has worked with many different patient populations, from pediatrics to inpatient rehab to outpatient orthopedics. Through all her experience gained, her heart has remained in pediatrics. Rachel has gained pediatric experience through observation, clinicals, and previous employment in the First Steps program.
In her spare time, Rachel works and teaches at a dance studio. She enjoys sharing her passion and experience with her students. Tap is her favorite form of dance!
Rachel has missed working with the pediatric population and is looking forward to joining the TheraPLACE team and making a difference in the life of the families!
Meet Ashley – Speech Language Pathologist Department Head
Ashley, speech-language pathologist, graduated from Centre College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology. Ashley received her master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Louisville in 2006.
For the past 10 years Ashley has worked in a variety of settings with both children and adults, including public schools, Kentucky First Steps, hospitals, and private practice. During her career Ashley has gained experience with many diagnoses including, but not limited to language, fluency and articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, and neurological disorders.
Ashley is an active member of ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) and KSHA (KY Speech-Language Hearing Association).She continuously seeks to expand her knowledge of best practices and new therapy techniques by attending continuing education courses; in 2014 she received an Award for Continuing Education from ASHA.
Ashley lives in Louisville with her husband and 2 sons.
Meet Lauren G – Speech Language Pathologist
Lauren Gray is a speech language pathologist who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 2012 and a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 2014. During graduate school, Lauren completed fieldwork at Kosair Children’s Hospital, Norton Suburban Hospital and Frazier Rehab in Shelbyville. Since graduating, Lauren has worked with both pediatric and adult populations, treating speech and language disorders, cognitive deficits, swallowing and feeding difficulties and social/pragmatic skills. Through these experiences, Lauren has gained experience in working with clients with many diagnoses including, but not limited to autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, and developmental delays.
Lauren is a member of both Kentucky Speech and Hearing Association and the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Lauren volunteers for the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky. She is CPR certified for both children and adults. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Meet Lauren S – 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 Emily – Speech Language Pathologist
Emily received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders in 2008 from WKU. She received her Master's degree in Communication Disorders from SIUC in 2011. From 2011 to 2017, Emily worked at Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital working with children and adults in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She had spent 1 year as a speech therapy assistant in Henderson County Schools serving children from preschool to middle school. Emily's passion is pediatrics and has had experience working with children in the areas of: AAC, swallowing/feeding, apraxia, TBI, neurological deficits, non-verbal, developmental delays, autism, ADHD, FAS, and articulation covering an array of diagnoses.
Meet Trisha – Behavioral Supports
Trisha attended the University of Louisville to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then moved on to receive her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She has certificate of specialization in Autism. Trisha has been interested in working with children and adults since the age of 14, when she began volunteering for Special Olympics.
Upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, she began working for Our Lady of Peace gaining experience working with a children autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy, bi-polar disorder, down syndrome, and developmental delay from ages 10-18. At Our Lady of Peace, Applied Behavior Analysis was introduced, and that is when Trisha decided to get her Master’s degree in this field. While obtaining her Master’s, Trisha began working 1:1 with children ages 3-15 under supervision. This allowed her to gain experience working with families, in-homes, school and the community, to run programs, take data, understand functions of behavior and implement behavior support plans so skills of the children are increased and negative behaviors are decreased. After obtaining her degree, she moved to California where she provided services as a behavior consultant and supervised behavior staff on implementing plans and taking data, provided parent trainings for caregivers, and developed functional behavior assessments, behavior support plans, programs, and analyzed data to provide the best recommendations for the children to be successful. Upon the realizing that Kentucky was her forever home, she moved back to Kentucky and began working as Behavior Specialist in this area providing services to children in-home, community, other therapist offices, and at schools.
Trisha is CPR and First Aid Certified for Adults and Children and is a member of Kentucky Association of Behavior Analysis.
In her spare time, Trisha enjoys travelling to various destinations, gardening, hiking, camping, swimming, biking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Meet Jessica – Behavioral Supports
Jessica attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Biology. She worked in environmental education in Eleuthera, Bahamas, and in Key Largo, FL. She taught special education in Eleuthera, Bahamas before moving to Kailua, HI, where she provided 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services in schools & in the community to clients with autism.
Jessica then returned to Louisville, where she earned a Masters of Education in Learning & Behavior Disorders from the University of Louisville. She taught special education at Shawnee High School, working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. She then returned to graduate school, this time for a Masters of Arts in ABA at Spalding University.
Jessica is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). She is a licensed behavior analyst in Kentucky & in Hawai'i, where she provides telehealth ABA services. She is certified in CPR & Basic Life Support. She is a member of the Kentucky Association of Behavior Analysis, having attended its first meeting in 2010, in a hotel room in San Antonio at the Association for Behavior Analysis International conference. She is also a SCUBA diver. When she can't be in the ocean, she swims laps, does yoga, and spoils her dogs.