Occupational, Speech, Physical Therapists
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 include 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 continuing 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 Leah – Physical Therapist
Leah Fischer is a physical therapist who earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University in May 2016.
During her time at SLU, one of Leah’s clinical rotations was at the Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she was able to work closely with children with various diagnoses including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, and arthrogryposis. Leah also completed research on behalf of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Camp Independence, which is an adaptive sports camp serving children with cerebral palsy. Leah later returned to Camp Independence as a physical therapist. In addition, Leah researched patellofemoral pain and had the opportunity to present at the Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis in 2015.
Leah began her career working near Dayton, OH at a private practice treating children who have autism, down syndrome, CP, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, brachial plexus injuries, toe walking, William’s syndrome, chromosomal abnormalities, and more. She also helped develop an adaptive sports program with a community recreation center giving those with additional needs more opportunities to participate in adapted sports.
Leah is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association Pediatric Section. She is also CPR and First Aid certified for children and adults.
During her free time, Leah enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, going to the lake, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers, as she is originally from Wisconsin. Leah is excited to be part of the TheraPLACE team and happy to be living in Louisville.
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 diagnoses 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 Sarah N. - Speech-Language Pathologist
Sarah Niemann is a speech-language pathologist from Louisville who graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009. Sarah went on to graduate summa cum laude with her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Kentucky in May 2011. During graduate school, Sarah completed her fieldwork at the University of Kentucky Hospital, University of Kentucky pediatric outpatient clinic, and at an elementary and middle school in Scott County. Her fieldwork allowed Sarah to gain experience working with children of different ages with a variety of diagnoses including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Down’s Syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, language delays and psychiatric disorders.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, friends, boyfriend and 3 cats. She also likes traveling, hot yoga and cooking. She is excited to be a part 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 Sarah C. – Occupational Therapist
Sarah is an occupational therapist who graduated from Spalding University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science in June 2016. She went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at Spalding University in August 2017. As a student, Sarah completed her three-month fieldwork experiences at HCR ManorCare in Denver, CO, and Kids Center Pediatric Therapies in Louisville, KY. Following a year of research after completing her fieldwork experiences, Sarah presented her master thesis titled, “Caring for the Pediatric Caregiver”, which presented evidence-based studies that discussed interventions for parents of a child with special needs. Through her pediatric fieldwork and role as a community living support, Sarah has direct, hands-on experience working with children of a variety of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, CHARGE syndrome, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay. Sarah is CPR certified for adults and children.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, running with her dog Bailey, traveling, hanging out with her niece and nephew, and trying new restaurants. Sarah is excited to be a part of the team at TheraPLACE Learning Center!
Meet Heather H. – Occupational Therapist
Heather Hart is an occupational therapist who graduated with a master's degree from New York University. Her training includes early intervention, NICU, hands, burns, neurology, and orthopedics. She also works as an OT in the Jefferson Co. Public Schools. Having practiced for nearly 20 years, Heather's focus has largely been in pediatrics, with a strong emphasis on autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing dysfunction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and cerebral palsy.
Heather is CPR and First Aid certified for children and adults.
Heather practices yoga and is often riding a horse. She also enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and fishing.
Meet Heather D. – Occupational Therapist
Heather is an occupational therapist who graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Education in May of 2015. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Spalding University in August of 2018. As a student, Heather completed her 3-month fieldwork rotations at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, KY and at the Hardin County Public School System in Hardin County, Kentucky. Throughout her tenure as an occupational therapy student, Heather was a member of the Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy Honor Society and received the Kosair Charities Pediatric Fieldwork Cooperative Education Program Grant. Heather also completed a year of research towards her master’s thesis project, entitled: “Teacher and OT Collaboration: Maximizing Self-Regulation Skills in the Classroom”. The research focused on the importance of teacher and occupational therapist collaboration in implementing self-regulation interventions to improve overall participation in school occupations. Through her pediatric fieldwork and role as a gymnastics coach, Heather has gained valuable experience working with children of all ages, specifically those with: autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing disorder, down syndrome, developmental delays, and other neurological conditions.
Heather is CPR certified for adults and children.
During her free time, Heather enjoys watching University of Kentucky sports, spending time with friends and family, coaching gymnastics, shopping, traveling, playing with her dogs, and napping. Heather is excited to be a part of the TheraPLACE Learning Center team and serve families in the Louisville area!
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 the 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.
Meet Sherri – Office Manager
Sherri joined the TheraPLACE team in June 2018. Sherri graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. She has worked in the healthcare industry in for over 15 years. Sherri is passionate about impacting people’s lives through healthcare and has a strong desire to help others. She is very excited to have this opportunity to work in an office that gives her the chance to incorporate both things she has a passion for. Sherri was born and raised in Glasgow, KY and could not be more excited to be a new resident of Louisville. In her free time, she loves spending time with her 4 sons, playing tennis, swimming, riding horses and cheering on the Hilltoppers!
Meet Bonnie – Scheduler
Bonnie started working for TheraPLACE in July 2018. Prior to coming on board as part of the administrative team, she worked at Kleinert & Kutz, Norton Hospital, and Louisville Orthopedic. Bonnie brings more than 6 years of medical scheduling experience to her role and is passionate about serving the families she interacts with each day at TheraPLACE.Originally from Florence, Alabama, Bonnie has lived in Kentucky for over 15 years. Bonnie graduated from Elizabeth Community College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her 2 miniature dachshunds, family, and friends. Bonnie is always doing something outdoors and is a huge Alabama fan. Roll Tide!
Meet Melissa – Administrative Professional
Melissa joined TheraPLACE in June 2018. Melissa brings more than 20 years of medical industry experience, including customer service, patient care, and medical administrative support. Melissa loves interacting with others and takes pride in getting to know our clients and serving their families.In her spare time, Melissa enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family. Sunday is Melissa’s favorite day of the week because she holds a weekly family dinner at her home where she gets to spend time with her children and granddaughter.