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Our Team

Occupational Therapy

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Debbie is an Occupational Therapist and co-owner of KidzSPOT. She received a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University and a M.A. degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She has over 40 years of experience in pediatrics. Debbie is certified in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment approach for Pediatrics and is a certified provider for Kinesiotaping, The Listening Program, Therapeutic Listening and the Interactive Metronome. She is also a certified infant massage instructor. In addition to clinical work, Debbie is adjunct faculty for the Occupational Therapy program at Northern Arizona University. She has held numerous volunteer positions for the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association and is currently the Speaker of the Representative Assembly and member of the Board of Directors for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Debbie enjoys gardening, jewelry making and traveling with her husband.

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Kimberly is an Occupational Therapist who received her A.A. and A.S from Cottey College, a B.S. in Psychology from Culver-Stockton College and her Master’s in OT at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She has worked in a pediatric setting for the past 20 years, including home health, school and private practice settings. She is a certified NDT practitioner as well as a certified provider in Kinesiotaping, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, Samonas, InTime and The Listening Program. She has extensive training in CranioSacral and Biodynamic work, acupressure, and specialty training in Torticollis and sensory-feeding. Kim is an Arizona native and enjoys traveling and reading. She is married and a mom to 4 children

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Kim is an Occupational Therapist with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in the Behavioral Sciences. Since becoming licensed, she has pursued continuing education in Visual Processing, Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Executive Functioning, and Sensory Integration. A native of Chicago, Kim has always had a love for the performing arts. She studied dance and joined a touring swing-choir while in high school. After moving to Arizona, she took up ballroom dance, both as a teacher and a professional competitor. In addition to dance and the arts, Kim enjoys film, literature, yoga, hiking, and spending time with family, friends, and her animals.

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Melissa is an Occupational Therapist with specialty training in sensory processing disorders, feeding, and the DIR Floortime approach.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from ASU and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Arizona School of Health Sciences at AT Still. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking, traveling, swimming, and cheering for the Diamondbacks.

Jamie

Jamie is an Occupational Therapist who received her BS in psychology from John Carroll University and her Masters’ in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings over the last nine years, including schools, outpatient clinic, and home health. She has taken continuing education classes in sensory processing, toe walking, visual processing, topics related to Autism, and more. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, and especially rooting on Pittsburgh sports teams!

Marinela

Marinela received her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences Pre-Professional from Arizona State University in 2017, followed by her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in 2020. She has worked in outpatient pediatric settings since graduating. She is committed to providing and implementing a client-centered and occupation-based approach to assess and treat her clients. She has experience working with a multitude of diagnoses related to motor and neurodevelopmental dysfunction such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing, Autism, ADHD and many more. Outside of work Marinela enjoys traveling the world, working out, and soaking up as much time as she can with her family.

Physical Therapy

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Karen is a Physical Therapist with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from ASU, and a degree in Physical Therapy from NAU. She has always been passionate about helping children and has worked for more than 30 years within the pediatric setting. She has experience within the hospital, school, home, and clinical settings. She is certified in Pediatric Neurodevelopment Treatment (NDT), Interactive Metronome, and Therapeutic Listening. In addition, she has attended numerous courses in Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy, Torticollis, and Kinesiotaping. Over the years, she has been involved in various charities for children and has assisted with the development of sibling support groups. She participates in pediatric research projects in conjunction with NAU. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling with her family.

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Christina is a Physical Therapist who received both her B.S. in Athletic Training and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. Christina has a passion for children, and development, and was drawn to work in pediatrics the moment she discovered it. She has experience working with infants, all the way up to collegiate athletes. Christina takes a significant interest in posture and alignment, and how the foot form impacts its function. She has completed continuing education in Torticollis, infant handling through Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) techniques, and toe walking. She looks to further her education and experience in a variety of treatment techniques and handling styles as her career continues to progress. Christina is a Phoenix native, although she loves the cooler weather from her time in Flagstaff. Family is at the center of her life and she is happily married with three kids of her own. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, sewing, knitting, reading and spending time with friends and family playing games or just talking! Christina enjoys being active and uses her movement foundation in yoga with many of the children that she works with.

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Heidi is a Physical Therapist who received a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Movement Science from Arizona State University as well as an honors diploma from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. Heidi originally began pursuing her career in Physical Therapy to specialize in Pediatrics and loves working at KidzSPOT! She has taken numerous continuing education courses focusing on treatment of pediatric conditions such as Torticollis and techniques for treating children through the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach (NDT). Both she and her husband are Arizona natives and grew up in Glendale. They enjoy traveling, camping, and playing outside with their two children. Heidi and her husband also enjoy attending ASU football games and have been season ticket holders since 2004. Go Devils!

Rochelle

Rochelle is a Physical Therapist who received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University – Phoenix Biomedical Campus and previously received her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Colorado Mesa University. Rochelle is an Arizona native being born and raised in Tucson. Her strong relationship with her nieces and nephews growing up developed Rochelle’s natural ability of connecting with children. While receiving her DPT, she discovered this ability could be transferred to helping children accentuate their strengths through Physical Therapy. Rochelle works with compassion and truly enjoys aiding each child’s progress through development of their motor skills.  She continues to pursue further education and specialty courses that will benefit the treatment of all her patients. When she is not in the clinic, Rochelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports and Disney+, working out, cooking and traveling.

Suzanne

Suzanne is a Board Certified Pediatric Specialist practicing in Scottsdale Arizona. She earned her bachelor degree in Physical Therapy in 1990 from Russell Sage College and her Doctorate degree in 2015 from the College of St. Scholastica. Her doctoral work was in Congenital Muscular Torticollis and Plagiocephaly focusing on the educational components of diagnosis and treatment aimed at pediatricians and parents. In addition to her clinical practice, she is an adjunct professor in the DPT programs at Northern Arizona University, Midwestern University, and Franklin Pierce University specializing in pediatric rehabilitation and motor control. She has been a guest speaker at a variety of professional community groups in the valley including the Arizona Physical Therapy Association fall and spring conferences on Congenital Muscular Torticollis and Plagiocephaly.  Her practice focuses on the education and training of parents/caregivers on therapeutic handling and positioning for infants with CMT, plagiocephaly and other developmental and neuromuscular disorders. She is trained in a variety of manual therapy techniques including Myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, neural manipulation, and visceral manipulation which allow her to identify and treat normal and abnormal movement patterns incorporating NDT facilitation techniques. Her treatment approach focuses on the complex sensory-motor relationship of movement to address inefficient patterns of mobility. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter-in-law. 

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Kris is a physical therapist who received her B.A. in Biology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls S.D. and her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. Internship was completed through the USC Research and Training Center in Los Angeles, CA. She has worked in various pediatric settings for over 30 years, including hospitals, public schools, Foundation for Blind Children Co-operative Preschool and Infant Intervention and home based CMDP Foster Care for medically fragile children. She has certification in Sensory Integration (Ayres Battery) and the Neurodevelopmental Treatment-8-week course. Continuing education has included NDT baby treatment, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage and Visceral Manipulation. She is the mother of 3 grown children and grandmother of 5. She and her husband enjoy hiking, birdwatching, fly-fishing and gardening.

Speech Therapy

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Kelly is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a Masters’ in Speech Pathology from the University of Arizona. Kelly has worked for over 40 years in the pediatric setting. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approach (NDT) for pediatrics as well as being registered in Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy. She has trained in Therapeutic Listening, and The Listening Program. In addition, she has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to feeding, Lymphatic Drainage, and Visceral Manipulation. Her focus is on feeding difficulties in infants and toddlers, including tongue-tie with breast feeding issues. She is the mother of three college graduates. She enjoys traveling, and sailing with her husband, as well as gardening and cooking with friends.

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Stacee is a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 18 years of experience within the pediatric population. Originally from Flagstaff, she received a Masters’ degree in Clinical Speech Pathology from Northern Arizona University. She has taken numerous courses in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Articulation and Phonological Disorders, and Autism. She has had the opportunity to be both a clinical supervisor for graduate students from Arizona State University, as well as a CF supervisor. Stacee enjoys spending time with her husband, and two children, as well as reading and decorating her home. She truly enjoys being part of the KidzSPOT team!

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Genna has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 10-years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Speech Sciences and Technology and a Master of Science in Clinical Speech Pathology at Northern Arizona University. She has had experiences in a variety of settings including public schools, home health, hospital, and outpatient clinic. Genna has taken numerous continuing education course in a variety of areas such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech, early language development, therapeutic listening, Craniosacral/Biodynamic CranioSacral, and pediatric feeding/swallowing. She has had the opportunity to supervise several graduate students from Arizona State University pursuing degrees in Speech Pathology. In her spare time Genna enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, cooking, watching hockey, and spending time with her family and friends.

Front Office Staff

Amber

Amber is our front office manager and has worked here at KidzSPOT for more than 4 years. She has lived in Arizona since 2011 and has two beautiful children. Amber enjoys doing anything and everything with her family. She enjoys going camping, going to the movies, listening to music, and cleaning.

Maryanna

Maryanna is one of our office assistants and has worked here at KidzSPOT for the last 2 years. She has previously worked in customer service, and really enjoys working here at KidzSPOT, stating that she feels her co-workers are amazing at what they do! In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy traveling, and experiencing new places!

Kandi

Kandi is one of our office assistants and has worked here at KidzSPOT for the last 2 years. She has 7 years of experience previously working in medical offices, and in her spare time, and for the past 15 years, she is on the board, and coaches and all girls fast-pitch softball team/league with her husband and 5 daughters. Kandi has 7 grandchildren, which keep her busy, and she loves working here with her KidzSPOT family!