Occupational Therapists

Barbara Blain

I have a passion for play based therapy with children and collaborating with families to insert skill building activities into daily routines.I believe we all learn best when fully engaged and challenged but not stressed, and supported in our efforts. I particularly enjoy feeding obstacles. I have advanced training in g-tube to oral feeding, sensory based feeding aversions, oral motor dysfunction, Sensory Integration, assistive technology, positioning and behavioral and infant mental health issues. I have experience with CP, autism spectrum disorders, PDD, Down Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Apert Syndrome, PVL, Erb’s Palsy, developmental delays, blindness, visual impairment, hearing impairment, cochlear implant, Prematurity and other mildly delayed to highly fragile infants and children. I am comfortable with g-tubes, NG tubes, trachs and various health required equipment and monitors. I am available for consultations.

Tara Mirchandani

Skills: Extensive sensory integration experience; Feeding difficulties/oral motor;Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs; Completed Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy. Training: S.I.; Craniosacral Therapy; Feeding/oral motor.Comfortable: Autism, C.P., Oral motor, S.I. Dysfunction, Apraxia, Syndromes, Developmental Delay,Hyperactivity, Fine motor, Visual motor. Openings in Franklin and Whiteland please Thanks Tara. I also see children over the age of 3yrs old at my clinic in Franklin Agency info Pediplay

Judy Hancock

I believe all children are special and have contributions to make to the family and community. My role is to maximize the child's potential and provide support and education for the family to help realize their special contributions. I enjoy working in a very family oriented, team approach with communication to all members. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with all the children and families I come in contact. I have experience and am comfortable working with many different diagnoses and challenges. It is important to me that I keep current with trainings in challenges such as prematurity, tone, feeding, sensory integration, behavior, orthopedic, positioning, and developmental play skills. This includes being a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and offering Therapeutic Listening. Please phone if questions.

Martha Herrin

I provide occupational therapy services to babies and toddlers who have developmental delay, issues due to prematurity, cleft lip/palate,feeding concerns, delayed hand use, Down Syndrome, CP, and orthopedic issues among many other diagnoses and concerns. Experience: I graduated from OT school in 1995 at IUPUI and have been working with kids through First Steps for the past 3 years. I stay current with continuing education and am taking a course on childhood feeding issues. Personal: I have 4 young children of my own, which has helped me to become a better pediatric therapist. Siblings can help motivate kids to work on skills that they need and should help participate in therapy sessions. Availability: I have two openings in 46176 on Thursdays, and three openings on Tuesdays in 46259/46143. Thank you!

Melody Schoemann

I've worked exclusively in pediatrics for the past 20 years in a therapy clinic, public schools and as an independent provider. I like to work with families and teams to help build upon each child's strengths. I believe that what a family can do with their child for a few minutes each day has a great impact on progress so I enjoy working with families to develop activities that can be realistically worked into their busy weeks. Some of the diagnoses I've had experience with include autism, Beckwith-Weideman, Brachial Plexus, Charge Syndrome, chromosomal disorders, cleft lip/palate, CMV, CP, Cri Du Chat, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, feeding disorders, myelomeningocele, PDD, prematurity, TBI, and various neurologic disorders. I've had training in feeding/oral motor issues, sensory integration, NDT and fine motor control. I attend courses to gain new information and ideas. I am available to talk or meet with you while you are choosing providers to work with your child.

Lori Gavorski

As a mom of four I love children and see each child as a unique miracle, full of potential. I have been a pediatric therapist for 13 yrs. My experience is with numerous diagnosis including: Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down's Syn, CP, TBI, MS, MD, hyper/hypotonia, William's Syn, CHARGE Syn, Shaken Baby Syn, & the challenges faced by children adopted internationally. I am comfortable with medically fragile children. SKILLS: I have additional training in the areas of oral-motor/feeding, sensory processing disorders, sensory diets, Wilbarger brushing protocol, and fine-motor development. My approach to therapy is one that focuses on all areas of OT (fine-motor, oral-motor, dressing, sensory, play, and cognitive skills)to treat the whole child so they have fun while feeling successful. I commit to individualize treatment to focus on the skills that are important for you & your family. No smoking during therapy sessions please.

Jennifer Kremer

I have all my work experience in Pediatrics. Graduated OT school May 1997. I have extensive training in feeding/oral motor disorders & sensory. I have attended several conferences on autism, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, feeding/oral motor for birth-3yrs, & sensory. I have experience with the following diagnoses: brain bleeds/strokes, brain tumors, cancer, celiac, CF, cerebral palsy, chromosomal disorders, developmental delays, down syndrome, heart, hydrocephalus, low or high muscle tone, MS, prematurity, PVL, spina bifida, sensory processing, radial clubbed hand, torticollis, & vision delays. I'm comfortable providing treatment to medically fragile children with feeding tubes, trachs, & oxygen. I'm experienced working with premature infants & multiple births. I'm married & have a 5 & 7 year old. My son has reflux. I can relate to families b/c my daughter was in First Steps. I live in Greenwood and I work M-Thursday 8:45-3.

Shannon West

I am a mother of two small children and have had personal experience as a parent with a child in First Steps. I have a better understanding and sensitivity of what is required from both sides of the program (as a therapist and as a mother), and am a strong believer in early intervention. I have 15 years experience working with young children, and especially enjoy educating and helping families. Some of the areas I am very comfortable working with include Sensory Processing Disorders(SPD), Autism/PDD, Down Syndrome, prematurity, hypotonia/low tone, Cerebral Palsy and other neurological impairments, visual-motor and visual-perceptual delays and developmental delays. I'm very flexible and comfortable with all settings. I'm certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, and Advanced Therapeutic Listening. I also have extensive training and experience with Autism/PDD and Sensory Processing Disorders.

Terri Arnold

Mother of three with many years of experience working with infants, children and families in all aspects of pediatric O.T. Believe therapy should be fun and goal-oriented! Credentials/Experience:Staff therapist/Clinical Educator of OT students at hospitals in Bloomington, Indianapolis(St. Vincent's)and New Hampshire(Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center). Therapist at children's hospitals/clinics/schools in Tacoma, Wa., San Antonio,Texas, and in Germany. OT on evaluation team for Dept. of Defense's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)at Ft. Knox and Ft. Lewis. Knowledgableand experienced with CP, Down Syndrome, Sensory Integration delay, developmental delay, prematurity, omphaloceles,genetic abnormalities, cancer,neuromuscular disorders, burns, stroke, feeding delay,orthopedic,hand and head injury,Autism, PDD,visual-motor,perceptual difficulties and others.Especially enjoy treating infants and working with family/therapy team!

Kelley Robinson

I have been a school based occupational therapy assistant since October of 1999. I have worked with the 0-3 age group in a long term care setting for 2 consecutive summers and as PRN. I have experience with in home services as I have treated homebound students. I have worked with children who face challenges that include: CP, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD, Down Syndrome, develomental delays, visual impairment and sensory intergration disorder. I am comfortable with g-tubes, trachs and other medical equipment. As a school based therapist I have increased availability during the summer.

Mary Jane "MJ" Williams

Hi! My name is Mary Jane Williams. I love working with kids. I have had experience working with kids dealing with CP, Autism, developmental delays, ADHD, ODD, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. I am always willing to listen and prefer to work with parents on the treatment plan. I try to be creative and work on your child's goals while making therapy fun and meaningful for them.

Stephanie Martin

I have been a registered and licensed Occupational Therapy working exclusively in pediatrics for the past 25 years. I have worked exclusively with the First Steps Early Intervention Program for the past 13 years. I enjoy the experience of working with infants and toddlers and their caregivers to improve motor, cognitive, social, adaptive, and sensory processing skills. I see each family unit and their special needs child as a unique opportunity to positively impact the child’s development and increase the parent’s ability to meet their child’s needs. I have experience working with children who have a variety of medical, sensory, motor, speech, cognitive, and behavioral concerns. These include but are not limited to cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, Downs Syndrome, stroke, traumatic brain injury, prematurity, vision and hearing related developmental challenges, oral motor/feeding delays, and autism. I have completed extensive training in feeding and sensory processing disorders. I am comfortable working with tracheostomies, g-tubes, and other medical equipment. I would be delighted to be a part of you and your child’s therapy team. Please feel free to contact me for my availability and to further discuss your child’s needs.

Ronna Taylor-Dye

I have been an Occupational Therapist for 13 years. I have experience with children ranging in age from birth to 18, with diagnoses including: Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism, PDD, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Neuromuscular,  Disease, Genetic Disorders, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Visual Impairments, Spinal Cord Injury, and Spina Bifida. My experience has been in a variety of settings including homes, hospitals,  schools and outpatient clinics. I continue to expand my knowledge base by attending continuing education inservices on sensory motor approach, NDT, Hippotherapy (Therapy using horseback riding), visual impairment, and fine motor skills including handwriting and development. I feel that it is very important to involve family and caregivers in the treatment of their child and I value team approach

Connie Weber

My goal as a therapist is to provide quality Occupational Therapy services intended to improve and enhance your child’s ability to participate in activities of daily life and to maximize independence within your family and their community. I have been an OT for over 20 years, with 14 years of experience providing occupational therapy services to children within the school environment. I have experience treating children with a variety of developmental delays including those with gross and fine motor delay, sensory processing difficulties, oral motor and feeding issues, social and communication struggles, and behavioral concerns. I believe in an integrative approach which introduces strategies and adaptations that can be implemented by family, caregivers, and teachers to provide each child with the personalized intervention and support necessary for developmental growth. I like to make therapy as fun and educational as possible with the belief that we can play our way to progress!

Maggie McClure

As an occupational therapist, I find it important to discover ways for children of all abilities to be able to participate in desired activities at home and in the community. I love working with children and getting to know each one’s unique personality. I always strive to plan treatments that are creative, motivating, and effective for kids. My experience with children has occurred in a variety of settings (i.e. school-based, outpatient, coaching regular & adaptive athletics). Some of the diagnoses include, but are not limited to: Autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, fine motor delay, sensory processing disorders, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. I am an ambitious therapist who loves to learn and grow along with the individuals I work with. I graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE with my clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy. I am looking forward to furthering my education with personal experiences as well as continuing education courses. I am devoted to lending my positive attitude, knowledge and creativity in order to contribute to your child’s successes. I am eager to work with families to identify ways we can work together to provide the best opportunities for your children to grow and develop to their full potential.

 Shane Stienebach

My name is Shane Steinebach and I have always had a passion for working with kids. I graduated with my Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in the Summer of 2017. I have experience working with kids diagnosed with CP, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, learning disabilities, ADHD, ODD, Spina Bifida, and other chromosomal or genetic abnormalities. I like to make therapy as fun and rewarding as possible while helping children reach their goals. I look forward to having the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives and grow as a therapist at PediPlay. 

Bri Radici

Hi there! My name is Bri and I am so blessed and excited to be a part of the PediPlay family! I have always had a passion for working with children and have enjoyed seeing the kids I work with achieve their goals! I have worked with children with diagnoses including (but not limited to): autism, cerebral palsy, sensory processing delays, down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, ADHD, spina bifida, fine motor delays, various behavioral disorders, miscellaneous genetic disorders, visual impairments, feeding delays, and other developmental delays. It is my goal to make each session with your child meaningful, creative, and fun in order to assist them in continuing to grow and learn. I love working with children and their parents in order to prioritize goals and think of creative ways to integrate therapy strategies/ideas into daily activities for success in multiple environments. I look forward to working with families as we journey together to help children learn ways to let their lights shine and share their amazing gifts, talents, and personalities with the world!

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