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|Jessica (Andrae) Walsh, MS OTR
Jessica is an occupational therapist who graduated with a Master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has experience working with children in a variety of settings including in homes, community and camp settings. She has had the opportunity to participate in autism research at the UW-Madison. Jessica is gifted in working with young adults who are just learning about their sensory systems for the first time. She enjoys a variety of sports and will often integrate these skills into her treatment sessions. She has a unique ability to meet children where they are at and we are excited to have her join as part of our team!
|Gretchen Crabb, OTR
Gretchen Becker Crabb graduated from the University of Wisconsin -Madison in 1999 with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been practicing in pediatrics for 11 + years, working in birth to three, private sensory integration clinics, Head Start programs, and in home intensive autism programs. In 2001 she completed her SIPT certification. Gretchen’s specialty areas include sensory integration therapy and feeding therapy. In the past year she completed her certification as a lactation counselor. Her goal as an occupational therapist is to provide parents with the tools and the know how to help their children reach their fullest potential within context of a family.
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| Andrea Hermanson, M.S CCC-SLP
Andrea attended UW-Eau Claire for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. After Andrea graduated in 2004, she moved back home to Madison and received a position as a speech-language pathologist in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Over her 12 years as an SLP in Madison schools, she has worked with children at all ages and has vast experience working with children who have delays in receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonological processes, fluency and social language. In 2014, Andrea broadened her knowledge of special education and accepted a position as a program support teacher for special education. Her primary role was to evaluate children for all disabilities, however she missed working with children on a regular basis which led her to Children’s Therapy Network. Andrea has a passion for children who are diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech as well as children who require AAC to communicate. In addition, Andrea views the collaboration between the SLP and families as vital to move the student forward in reaching their goals. Andrea is beyond excited to join the CTN team!
|Danna Hamlett, LMFT
Danna has experience working with children & families who have experienced trauma, abuse, and attachment disruptions. She has also spent time providing in-home family
therapy for children with significant behavioral and/or mental health
challenges. Prior to becoming a mental health clinician, Danna worked with
children on the Autism spectrum in preschool, respite, and in-home settings.
Danna is available for consultation, comprehensive assessment, and ongoing
treatment of children and parents. She can’t wait to meet you!
|Laura Hewitt, MS, OTR
Laura is an occupational therapist who graduated with a Master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While at the UW she participated in research on supporting the well-being of caregivers of children with autism. Laura has taken continuing education coursework in Therapeutic Listening®, Therapressure protocol for sensory defensiveness, and the Greenspan Floortime™ approach. When she is not working she enjoys volunteering for therapeutic horseback riding and spending time with her family. Laura’s passion is making connections with children and their families and collaborating to find ways to improve their quality of life.
|Lindsay Kaufman, M.S. CCC-SLP
Lindsay received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders/Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, Lindsay gained experience with children aged 2 through 15 years of age in a variety of settings including school based, private practice and the Madison- area Birth to Three program. Lindsay has worked with children with a variety of delays and disorders including, but not limited to, PDD/Autism Spectrum Disorder, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language delays, cleft palate & lip, cognitive disabilities, articulation and phonological delays, fluency disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. She has had the pleasure of developing and working with a variety of group treatments including social language skills, phonology classroom, and fine motor/speech. Specific areas that are of particular interest to Lindsay are AAC, auditory processing, feeding issues, and cochlear implants. Lindsay is passionate about working with children and their families to provide efficient and effective treatment that works within each unique family dynamic. She believes strongly in the power of collaboration between caregivers and therapists.
|Theresa Murray, DPT
Theresa graduated in 2015 from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. When she isn’t at Children’s Therapy Network, Theresa spends her days as a staff physical therapist at the Central Wisconsin Center, working with teens and adults with profound developmental disabilities. During her years in Chicago, Theresa gained pediatric experience through a clinical rotation at Easter Seals Joliet Region, volunteering in the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s outpatient pediatric department, and through a weekly Yoga for the Special Child class. Additionally, Theresa’s graduate school research focused on the movement patterns of children with brain injuries acquired in early childhood. Theresa is passionate about finding creative ways to combine research evidence, her own clinical experience, and the child’s preferences and interests to create a dynamic therapy experience that is unique to each child. Theresa looks forward to continuing to grow and explore her pediatric practice at Children’s Therapy Center. In her free time, Theresa loves cooking and baking for her friends, Irish folk dancing, and reading novels.
|Sarah Peters, MS, OTR; Clinic Manager
Sarah Peters graduated from the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota in 2004 with a Master’s degree in occupational therapy. Sarah started her professional career in Colorado working in both a school setting and early intervention. While in Colorado, Sarah had the opportunity to take extensive continuing education coursework with the SPD foundation, who are the leaders in Sensory Processing Disorder Research and Intervention. Sarah also has taken continuing education coursework in Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting without Tears and diagnostic observations and programming for children with autism. Sarah is gifted in her ability to join children on their terms. She also shows an incredible amount of compassion toward both the children and families that she works with. She does this work because she loves seeing a smile on a child’s face the first time they succeed at a task.
|Kathy Pielage, OTR
Kathy began her career as a pediatric occupational therapist in 1984. She has practiced in Denver, Colorado; Parkridge, Illinois; Arlington Heights, Illinois and Madison, WI. She has returned to the field of occupational therapy after spending the past 8 years home with her three daughters. During a brief hiatus from the field to raise her daughters, Kathy became certified to teach Musikgarten preschool music classes, which she has introduced to our clinic through the music and movement group. Kathy has had extensive practice and training in sensory processing disorders, Advanced Therapeutic Listening and supporting children with autism. One of Kathy’s strengths in her treatment is her ability to develop strong working relationships with families.
|Melissa Wegner, M.S, CCC-SLP
Melissa received her B.S. and M.S degrees in Communication Disorders/Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, Melissa began her career in Madison’s Birth to Three Program. From there she moved on to the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, and was at the high school for 6 years. Melissa has worked with children and adults with a variety of disorders including (but not limited to), PDD/Autism spectrum disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities, Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities, Craniofacial/Cleft Palate, Pediatric and Adult Voice, Mild to Severe Cognitive Disabilities, Social Skills, Stuttering, OHI (other health impairments), Cerebral Palsy, and Fragile X. Melisa is passionate about working with families to learn how to best meet the needs of their child. In her free time, Melissa loves to hang out with her two young sons and her husband, spend as much time outside as possible, read a good book on parenting, and watch the Packers and Badgers play. Melissa is very excited to be a member of the CTN team!!
|Cassie Wilcox, MS OTR
Cassie is an occupational therapist who received her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cassie’s passion and training in sensory integration began early in her education through a variety of avenues including the classroom, a private sensory integration clinic working as an aide, and through her adult research with Dr. Julia Wilbarger. Cassie has had the pleasure to work and learn from some of the field’s leaders, including Sheila Frick and Mary Kawar, both in clinical and professional educational settings. Cassie’s hands-on and teaching experiences have driven her to provide the highest quality services for every client and family she meets. Cassie’s special interests include the use of sound-based interventions within sensory integrative treatment, the biomechanical and musculoskeletal contributions to sensory processing and function, and the education and empowerment of families through home programming for sensory processing disorders. Cassie is trained in the use of Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome. She is thrilled to be a CTN team member!
|Amber Tierman, Billing Specialist
Amber has over nine years of diversified medical office experience and was a graphic designer prior to transitioning into the medical field. Amber joined the group in September 2014 as the billing manager and she is excited to be working with children and their families. Please contact Amber with any billing or insurance questions that you may have!e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Emily Consigny, Business Manager
Emily graduated from Edgewood College in 2012 with a B.S. degree in Art Therapy. Emily has worked with children of all ages from diverse backgrounds in various art therapy settings. Most recently, Emily facilitated art therapy sessions with young women at The Elizabeth House in Madison, WI. Emily has experience in office work within a therapeutic setting, recently joining our staff after spending a year at a large mental health center in Madison, WI. She loves keeping the office organized while simultaneously building relationships with the children and families by creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere. In the near future, Emily’s hope is to create opportunities for children and families to participate in art making at Children’s Therapy Network. Emily’s desire with art therapy is to provide a non-verbal form of communication for children– to allow children to express their thoughts and feelings creatively, and in ways that they may not be able to verbally.
|Jennifer Bluske Krull, OTR, Director
Jen has been working in the Madison, WI community for the past 14 years within a variety of community pediatric settings. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy. She is passionate about supporting all children within the areas of sensory processing and regulation. Through her work and her personal experience of parenting two adopted children, Jen has a great interest in attachment disorders and how this interfaces with sensory processing and regulation. Jen is SIPT certified in the testing and treatment of sensory processing disorders. She has also had extensive training and experience working with children with autism, learning disabilities, developmental delays, feeding and eating disorders, social interaction difficulties and behavioral concerns. Jen’s goal in opening Children’s Therapy Network is to provide a place for families and the community to come to where they will consistently receive a high level of expertise within the area of sensory processing and how to support children in the home and community environment.