Basic info: Graduated from AZ School of Health Sciences and has been practicing as a pediatric therapist for 15 years.
Interests and hobbies outside of work: Spending time with family, traveling, and scrap-booking.
Favorite quote: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Favorite place to travel: The mountains.
What you love about working with children: Working with children is very rewarding. I love that I am helping them build a foundation by learning valuable life skills so that they can be as independent as possible. I learn from children as well because they are always thinking outside of the box and are so creative with materials presented to them.
Mike – Occupational Therapist
Basic Info: I have spent 2011-2016 living in Honolulu, Hawaii enjoying all the beauty that the Hawaiian Islands has to offer. Prior to that I was living and going to school in Pennsylvania, where I graduated with my Masters in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College.
Interests and hobbies outside of work: Outside of work I love to make music and listen to live music. I really enjoying being outside and recently got into Partner Yoga, which I really enjoy.
Favorite quote: “Everyday we Celebrate.”
Favorite place to travel: Italy
Favorite Movie: The Endless Summer
What you love about working with children: I love working with children and helping them see their full potential and encouraging them to follow their dreams and to stay curious.
Brent – Occupational Therapist
Basic Info: I grew up in Idaho, but moved to Arizona with my family to attend the A.T. Still University OT program. We decided that the summers in Arizona were not as bad the winters of Idaho. My wife an I have 2 children who keep us on our toes.
Interests and hobbies outside of work:I love reading, mountain biking, watching movies, seeing new place, and learning new things.
Favorite quote: “It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.
Favorite place to travel: Since we are still pretty new to the area and state we have been enjoying getting out and seeing all the things that Arizona has to offer. My son is obsessed with cactus and is learning the names of all the different kinds as we explore.
What you love about working with children: I love the excitement, challenge, and diversity of working with kids, There is rarely a dull moment and it is one of the most rewarding things I have been able to do.
Melissa – Occupational Therapy Assistant
Basic info: I was born and raised in Southern California and am number two of four girls. I grew up taking care of my sisters and helping out with the children in my mother’s home day care. I developed a passion for working with children at a very young age and have been working with children ever since. I married the man of my dreams 19 years ago and am the mother of two wonderful boys that keep me very busy.
Interests and hobbies outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family backpacking and camping, family story time with my boys, painting, and “girl time” with my sisters.
Favorite quote: “Start your day with love and encouragement and end the day the same way” – Zig Ziglar
Favorite place to travel: The ocean and the forest fill me with peace and joy. I grew up in the waves of Southern California and experienced the most amazing backpacking trip in the Hoh River Rain Forest in the state of Washington.
Favorite Movie: Breakfast Club and Goonies
What you love about working with children: Everyday is an adventure filled with joy, discovery, and opportunity. There is nothing more gratifying than working with children. Each child is a unique individual with special strengths and needs. I love incorporating the child’s strengths and interests into activities to make the learning experience fun, meaningful and encouraging. I am so lucky to have a career that allows me to help amazing children develop skills and self esteem.
Jennifer – Speech Language Pathologist/Feeding Therapist
Basic info: Mother of three.
Interests and hobbies outside of work: Cooking and running.
Favorite quote: “Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say.” – Rosemary Crossley
Favorite place to travel: The beaches or the mountains.
Favorite Movie: What Dreams May Come
What you love about working with children: I love working with children because their smiles and laughter are the best reward.
I chose to become a Speech Pathologist because I enjoy talking and working with children. This job is the perfect combination of the things I enjoy, and is so rewarding on a daily basis.
Katie R. – Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Basic info: I completed my undergraduate degree at ASU and my SLPA certification at NAU. I have lived in Arizona most of my life and I love the heat. I am married to a great guy and we have 3 active boys!
Interests and hobbies outside of work: I love spending time with my family, running, watching football and almost anything active!
Favorite quote: “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
Favorite place to travel: I love going to the beach even though I am terrified of the ocean!
What do you love about working with children: I love how genuine kids are. It is so rewarding to see them having fun and learning at the same time.
Why did you become a therapist: As a parent of a child with a speech delay, I was so grateful for the therapists that “unlocked” my son and helped him speak. I knew that this was my calling to do the same for other children. I am honored to be in a profession that can make a meaningful impact in the lives of children.
Basic Info: I have lived in Arizona most of my life. My dad was in the Air Force so we had the chance to live in Virginia, Hawaii, and Michigan before finally moving to Arizona. I received my Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Arizona State University in 2011. After working in a skilled nursing facility, I decided to continue my education and I received my Master of Science in Clinical Speech Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University in 2015.
Interests and hobbies outside of work: I love spending time with my family, taking my dog on walks, and trying out new restaurants!
Favorite quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney
Favorite place to travel: I love traveling to anywhere with an ocean, especially to Hawaii!
What you love about working with children: I love how excited they are about learning and seeing how much joy they get when they master a new skill!
Michelle – Speech Language Pathologist / Feeding Therapist
Interests and Hobbies: I enjoy spending time watching movies and bike riding with my family.
Favorite place to Travel: My favorite places to travel are Colorado or Disneyland with my family. However, I really enjoy traveling and am happy to travel anywhere and everywhere!!!
Favorite Quote: “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus
What you love about working with children: I love working with children because of their positive energy, fantastic imaginations and genuine motivation to learn new skills. It is truly a rewarding experience working with children and their families!
Karen Soltow – Speech Language Pathologist
Basic Info: I received my Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington, and graduated from the University of the Pacific with my Masters in 2015. I grew up in Southern Ca, but have enjoyed lving in Northern CA, Oregon, Washington, and now Arizona!
Interest and Hobbies: I love the outdoors and all of the activities and adventures that come with it. I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, reading, and playing music.
Favorite Quote: “Happiness is anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you.” – Charlie Brown
Favorite Place to Travel: Any national park! My goal is to visit them all!
What do you like most about working with children: My favorite part about working with children is the pure joy they have in discovery. It is truly amazing to watch them learn and grow as we play and work together.
Megan Macllroy – Speech Language Pathologist
Basic Info: I am originally from Charlotte, North Carolina but I have lived in Glendale, Arizona most of my life. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at ASU in 2013. I completed my Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorder at NAU in 2016. More than just speech therapy, I have also provided feeding therapy to pediatrics from 6 months old and older, in individual and group settings. The majority of my training was received at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, however I am constantly learning and researching new therapy methods. I enjoy helping families and children with feeding difficulties because of the large impact it makes in their life. I am now completing my clinical fellowship year as a new speech language pathologist and am very excited to be working with your children on both their speech and feeding therapy needs!
Interests/hobbies outside of work: I have two Labradoodles that I like to spend time with and take to the dog park. I hope to train them to be therapy dogs one day. I also enjoy snowboarding and riding horses.
Favorite quote: Only through communication can human life hold meaning.
Favorite place to travel: I enjoy traveling to the snow to snowboard with my husband. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places with my family.
What do you like most about working with children: I love working with children because of their imagination and uniquely positive and tender personalities. I enjoy knowing that I can help create a great foundation for the rest of their lives.
Amanda – Physical Therapist
Interests and Hobbies outside of work: Love traveling, spending time with my family and watching my son learn new things every day.
Favorite Quote: “God’s delay is not God’s denial.”
Favorite Place to Travel: Anywhere with a beach. Sarasota Florida and Disney World are 2 of my favorite places!
What you love about working with children: Being a pediatric therapist is a very rewarding job. I get to play a key role in helping children with special needs learn, grow and develop! The relationships created are memories that last forever. What more could I ask for?
I became a physical therapist after watching my little sister go through PT as a child. I thought “these people get paid to play with kids all day”. From then on I knew this is what I wanted to be when I grew up. There’s a little more that goes into PT than just playing with kids but every second of it is as fun and enjoyable as it appears.
Josh – Physical Therapist Assistant
Basic Info: I graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2014 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Before going back to school, I was in the Marine Corps for 13 years.
Interests and hobbies outside of work: I love doing activities outside like hiking, camping, sports…you name it!
Favorite Quote: “What is done in love, is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Favorite Place to Travel: I love to travel so it’s hard to just pick one place. One place that is special to me and my wife is Paris.
What you love about working with children: I love how children see the world around them. Working with children is never dull and no two sessions are ever the same. The idea that we can effect positive change early on in their life is exciting and worth the hard work.
Helen – Physical Therapist Assistant
Basic Info: I recently moved to AZ from Austin, Texas September of 2015. I love it here. I graduated from Austin Community College as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2011 and have been working with kids since then.
Interests and hobbies outside of work: I love to travel, walk along the beach or lake. I am a foodie. I love to eat desserts and try new foods in the area.
Favorite Quote: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino
Favorite Place to Travel: I love to travel…. There are so many places in the world that I have yet to see, so it is so difficult to pick a favorite place. However, I do miss the sights of Niagara Falls and Florida;).
What you love about working with children: I think it is wonderful to work with kids. Kids are the least judgmental group of people around and have some of the biggest hearts. They love to have fun and appreciate when you spend time with them.
Paul – Clinic Director
Basic Info: I grew up in Michigan and have lived in Surprise for the last 14 years. I have three beautiful daughters who keep me very busy.
Interest and hobbies outside of work: I love to golf and travel.
Favorite Quote: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Phl 4:13)
Favorite place to travel: I love traveling to the rainy northwest
What do you love about working with children: I have worked with children with developmental disabilities for many years now. I also serve as the special needs coordinator at Christ’s Church of the Valley’s Surprise campus. Being able to be a part of their lives and seeing the impact of what we do is a true blessing.
Shasta – Receptionist
Basic info: I’ve lived in Arizona most of my life, come from a very large family and adore animals. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science degree from Western International University. I am an avid volunteer, working with non-profit organizations that support children and families living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Volunteering is how my amazing husband and I met; we are the proud parents of our adorable son Jaxon, he is our world!
Interests and Hobbies outside of work: I cherish family time and giving back to the community! I also enjoy outdoor activities, traveling, dancing and reading.
Favorite Place to Travel: Although I’ve been to quite a few places, I don’t technically have a “favorite” place yet…I love the journey and experiencing something new. My bucket list still includes: Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and a few others in between. Bring on the travel!
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – A.A. Milne
What do you love about working with children: It is my personal and professional goal to make a difference in the lives of others. Working with families and children is by far the most rewarding opportunity; it is pure, genuine and just when the kiddos think you have done so much for them, its amazing how much you realize they have done far more for you.
Kayla – Therapist Assistant
Basic Info: I was born in Nashville, T.N but have spent most of my life in Phoenix, which is where I met my wonderful husband. I am currently working on my Undergrad degree, with hopes of continuing on to become an Occupational Therapist.
Interest and Hobbies: I love being outdoors. Hiking, swimming, and fishing are my favorite things to do outside of work!
Favorite Quote: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Favorite place to travel: My favorite place to travel is to anywhere that has a beach! Huntington Beach, and Panama City Beach are on the top of my list. I also love going to Disneyland!
Why do you love working with kids: Working with children is so rewarding! Kids are so full of happiness and have the biggest hearts, and there is definitely never a dull moment with them!
Natalie – Patient Care Coordinator
Basic Info: Born in Washington State, but spent my childhood growing up near the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After a couple of moves and impulsive house shopping, somehow we ended up here. I moved to LA right after high school to further my education and came back home engaged to my better half (yes, I did graduate as well). We just recently got married and are still playing rock paper scissors for who needs to turn off the lights at night. We’re very blessed
Interest/Hobbies outside of work: My life outside of work revolves around my family. Whether it’s playing some volleyball in the evenings, finding new cliff jumping places with my hubby, or organizing our next trip, they tend to be who I spend most of my time with. On the other hand I am very involved with the Assemblies of God District for which I am part of the youth department staff team. Therefore, when I’m not with my family I’m planning some event for the district.
Favorite Quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” –Erma Bombeck
Favorite place to travel: The Riviera Maya is hands down my favorite place to travel to. Yet again, I’ll sit here and daydream about white sand and turquoise waters just about anywhere.
What do you like most about working with children: I have two nieces who -ALWAYS, ALL DAY LONG- have questions about anything and everything. It’s extraordinary, but children never get tired of asking “why?” I love it. They keep me on my toes and remind me of how much there is still to learn.