Kelly Reardon, MOTR/L
Owner, Pediatric and adolescent Occupational Therapist

Kelly holds a Master's degree from the University of Missouri's Occupational Therapy Program in Columbia, Missouri. She is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in both Kansas and Missouri specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with various needs. Her areas of expertise include neurological rehabilitation and neurodevelopmental disabilities.


Kelly has completed advanced training in specialty areas including sensory processing disorder (SPD),
constraint-induced movement therapy, splinting, Interactive Metronome, DIR/floortime (play-based therapy), Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT), vision rehabilitation, and feeding difficulties. Kelly has advanced certification in evaluating and treating children with Sensory Processing Disorders. She participated in SPD mentorship training level 1 (August 2014) and level 2 (December 2015) at the STAR center in Denver, Colorado under Dr. Lucy Jane Miller (author of Sensational Kids) and Dr. Sarah Schoen. 

Kelly's work experiences have been across hospitals, schools, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and most recently private practice. She is the founder and owner of playABILITIES for sensational kids, a private pediatric therapy practice serving children and families in the home, school and clinic environments. Her passion is to provide comprehensive, individualized, and compassionate therapy services, education, and support to the families and children that she serves.  




Jessica Pangborn, SLP-CCC
Pediatric and adolescent Speech Language Pathologist

Jessica received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  Following that, she took a year off to gain pediatric therapy experience and served as a para-educator for a year as well as gained experience with formulating and carrying out plans to help adolescent children with ASD gain social skills in various community environments.  Jessica then moved to Kansas City to obtain her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Rockhurst University. Jessica's work experiences have expanded across multiple therapeutic environments including working with school-aged children, preschoolers, and adolescents.  She loves working with kids and continuing to learn new things every day at Playabilities. 

Jess is a mother of three children, Mason, Brody, and Adelyn. She enjoys spending time at baseball games, football games, basketball games, swimming lessons, and gymnastics/dance events.  She spends most spring and summer weekends at baseball tournaments as her husband is coaching her oldest son's baseball team along with two sports at Blue Valley Southwest high school. 



Kaitlin Holt, SLP-CCC

Pediatric and Adolescent Speech Language Pathologist


Kaitlin is a Kansas, Missouri and American Speech-Language and Hearing Association licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Speech and Hearing Science. She then received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences Disorders from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Kaitlin has experience working in elementary schools where she treated children ages 3-12 with various speech and language disorders. In addition, she has had experience in preschools, hospitals, behavioral schools, home therapy and private practice. She specializes in articulation, receptive and expressive language delays, social communication delays, early literacy skills, English Language Learners and Autism Spectrum Disorders.




Luke Giefer, DPT

Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist ​


Luke earned his doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include pediatric rehabilitation including NDT facilitation, manual therapy techniques, vestibular and balance rehabilitation, and young athlete rehabilitation. Luke also works with Wyandotte Count Infant-Toddler Services, specializing in infants to 3-year olds. ​




Allie Bakke, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Allie earned her Master's of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Missouri and has specialized in pediatrics from the start of her career. Allie works as an occupational therapist in the Shawnee Mission School district and works with children and adolescents in the outpatient clinic at playABILITIES as well. Allie's areas of expertise include developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, visual and fine motor delays, and handwriting.   




Shalinn Silkwood, SLP-CCC
Speech Language Pathologist


Shalinn discovered Speech-Language Pathology as a undergraduate student at Kansas State University and pursued it after realizing that it combined her love of English and science. Upon finishing her graduate work, she focused her continuing education on assessment and intervention for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has worked with kids aged 2 through adults in schools in both Kansas and Missouri, overseas, in homes, and in private clinics.  She's received additional specialized training in Applied Behavior Analysis/Verbal Behavior, received certification for implementing the Sequential Oral Sensory feeding therapy approach in April, 2017, and has evaluated and secured funding for Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices.  She frequently works with those with Autism, Down Syndrome, articulation and language delays, apraxia of speech, and fluency disorders.  Shalinn loves for her clients to meet their goals, and become independent, socially successful communicators.


Shalinn enjoys playing piano, singing, and writing music in her spare time. She teaches beginning piano students when she can, and volunteers with her local church congregation. She’s a devoted St. Louis Cardinals and K-State Wildcat fan and enjoys hanging out with her husband and friends.



Carrie (Martin) Dusenberry, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Carrie earned her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University. Since the start of her career, Carrie has specialized in working with pediatrics. Her experience has been across outpatient rehabilitation factilities, schools, and most recently private practice. Carrie has advanced training in visual disorders, handwriting, and sensory processing disorders. She enjoys doing horseback riding and Hippotherapy with children with special needs in her free time.




Natalie Webb, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Natalie graduated from the University of Kansas with her highest degree being a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.  During her clinical rotations she had the opportunity to learn in a pre-school for children with autism in the land down under. Her time in Australia was just the beginning of her passion for working with kids. Natalie has worked as a school-based occupational therapist in the Kansas City area for nine years. Her favorite areas of focus include motor planning, visual perception, leisure skills and functional independence. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, cooking, cheering on the Jayhawks and spending time with her family and friends.




Lauren (Vincent) Atkins, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Lauren graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City with at Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Her experiences working as an OT have spread across schools, outpatient sensory clinics, and outpatient neurological rehabilitation clinics. Lauren is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the children and families that she works with.




Amy Stoyanov, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Amy earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University.  She has specialized in pediatrics from the start of her career, with experience across acute and rehabilitative inpatient settings, outpatient rehabilitation, and now private practice.  Amy has advanced training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, constraint induced movement therapy, and NDT.  She enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities, and is passionate about helping her clients and families achieve their goals.




Emily Kerr, SLP-CCC
Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist

Emily is a Kansas state and American Speech-Language and Hearing Association licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas. Her graduate degree in Communication Disorders was received from the University of Texas at Dallas. Emily has spent six years working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public school system; she worked two years in Plano, TX and four years in Olathe, KS. She has experience working with children ages 3-12 with a variety of needs: articulation, expressive and receptive language, social communication, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.




Tara Moon, MSPT
Pediatric Physical Therapist

Tara earned her Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center and began her career by specializing in pediatrics right from the start.  After spending nearly six years in the natural environment, developmental preschool and school district settings, she dedicated the next 8 years to being a full-time mom.  She now joins our private practice and brings with her a wide-range of experience with a variety of diagnoses.  Tara has specialized training in sequential development in kids ranging from birth to 21 years of age, but her primary focus is early childhood.  She is passionate about children and helping them realize their fullest potential, dedicated to building strong rapport with families, and feels blessed to work with such gifted individuals.  When Tara is not working, she can be found playing with her girls, volunteering (at church and her girls’ school), antique shopping, decorating, or spending time with the love of her life, Chad.




Taylor Hornbaker, SLP-CCC
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech Language Pathologist


Taylor graduated from Kansas State University with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Throughout her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Taylor has gained experience working with a wide range of clients, ranging in age 2 to 30+. While completing her Master’s degree, Taylor completed a school externship where she worked with students ranging from Early Childhood to the Adult Program. She also completed a medical externship at Mid America Rehabilitative Hospital.

Once completing her degree, Taylor worked at an Early Childhood education program for 3 years, while also providing private speech and language services to families. Taylor has experience diagnosing and treating speech and language disorders for typically developing children, as well as children of special populations secondary to Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, neurogenic disorders (i.e., Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Dysarthria), and genetic disorders. She has experience with interventions targeting receptive and expressive language skills, articulation and phonological delays, early literacy skills, fluency, social-emotional skills, Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices, and feeding therapy. Working with children in the early childhood setting as well as her previous experiences in various settings, has taught her a lot about how successful therapy can be when a strong team is in place for the child. She greatly believes in importance of early intervention, creating a strong functional communication system, family involvement, and the power of play.

Taylor has advanced certification in treating children with a variety of feeding challenges and received certification for implementing the Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding in August, 2016.


 

Joelle Pierson, SLP-CCC
Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

Joelle completed her undergraduate degree in speech language disorders and sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She then went on to complete her Graduate degree at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.  She has been a practicing licensed Speech Language Pathologist for the past 15 years. 

Joelle has experience working with children ages 1-12 across settings: homes, daycares, inpatient/outpatient hospitals, clinics, schools and private practice.  She has developed knowledge and therapy skills within a variety of areas including articulation, expressive and receptive language, social communication, auditory processing, and apraxia of speech.  Joelle has worked with children with typical delays and children with variety of medical diagnosis.  She has worked within an Autism communications classroom for the past 3 years serving children with a diagnosis of Autism.

Over the years, Joelle’s goal has been to help facilitate functional communication and bridge the gap between home and school based therapies.  She successfully collaborates with both families and therapists to provide the most beneficial team approach.  




Amber Englehart, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Amber has earned an Elementary Education degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University.  She has been employed as a school-based Occupational Therapist, in the Metropolitan area for 13 years where she has worked with students of a variety of disabilities from Early Childhood -High School.  However, the majority of her experience has been with elementary aged students.  She has specific training in Autism and Reflex Integration and extensive experience with children with Sensory and behavioral deficits as well as fine motor and visual perception delays.

Amber, her husband and two sons have always lived in the KC area.  When she is not working, she enjoys watching her son’s play sports and spending time with her family.  




Andrea Lewis, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist 

Andrea grew up in Clarkston, Michigan and earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University.   She has experience working in school districts, hospital and short term care rehabilitative settings, outpatient pediatric rehabilitative settings, and now private practice.  In addition, she has experience working in an infant to three program where she was given the opportunity to work with children and families in their natural, home environment.  Andrea has completed training in the specialty areas including early social interaction with infants and toddlers with autism spectrum disorder, DIR/floortime (play-based therapy), sensory processing disorder (SPD), Interactive Metronome, and feeding difficulties. Andrea is passionate about making therapy FUN!




Kara Duffy, SLP
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech Therapist

​Kara grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and attended to University of Kansas for her undergraduate degree. She then received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences Disorders from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. During her graduate degree course work, Kara has had experience in many settings, including: preschools, elementary schools, hospitals, and pediatric outpatient rehabilitation facilities. She has worked with children with a variety of deficits such as, articulation, receptive and expressive language delays, social communication delays, early literacy skills, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, other neurogenic disorders (e.g., Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Dysarthria), and genetic disorders. She also has experience in swallowing and feeding therapy. Kara’s loves to spend time with her family and friends and her dog Gus. She is excited to work at playABILITIES because she loves working with other therapists and watching the benefits that therapy provides for clients and their families. 




Kelci Dampf, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Kelci earned her Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri. From the start of her education, she has always been passionate about pediatric therapy. While at Mizzou, Kelci completed a year long graduate assistantship at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders where she gained valuable experience in pediatrics. Kelci completed her final clinical rotation at playABILITIES and is beyond excited to return to serve children and families in such a nurturing environment.





Taffeta Jordan, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Taffeta grew up in the Springfield, MO area and moved to Kansas City to continue her education at the University of Kansas Medical Center, earning her Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Taffeta has pursued pediatric care from the start of her education and tailored her experiences at KUMed to fit these passions. She has had several clinical experiences with children throughout her education, including clinical rotations with infant and toddler programs, leading dance classes for children with special needs, and teaching swim lessons to children with autism spectrum disorders through Sensory Supported Swimming at KU. Taffeta is passionate about working with children and families and strives to make an impact on the lives of those she works with.




​Jennifer Minnis, MOTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist

Jennifer earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. She has experience working in the school setting with a wide range of students from 5-21+ years old and varying diagnoses, including developmental delay, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome. Jennifer has an enthusiasm for helping children develop the skills they need to become more independent in their daily occupations, including play, self-care, and education. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running, DIY projects, and spending time with family and her energetic goldendoodle, Koufa.




Jennafer (Young) Ort, MOTR/L

Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist


Jennafer graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She immediately began working in outpatient pediatric practice in Minnesota, where she gained significant experience in the areas of sensory processing, fine motor & gross motor development, social-emotional skills, and feeding therapy. In addition to outpatient therapy, Jennafer has worked as an elementary school and high school occupational therapist. For Jennafer, the essence of pediatric occupational therapy is “playing with a purpose.” She is passionate about helping children and their families find joy in every success – big or small – on their journey, and she loves helping kids play their way to those successes. Jennafer’s favorite therapy moments include making race tracks out of the letter “S” during a handwriting intervention, designing silly faces with apple slices during a feeding therapy session, and creating homemade slime while working on the skills of planning, organizing, and sequencing.

Jennafer now lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband. In her free time, she can usually be found outside – biking, hiking, or simply blowing bubbles. 




Jenny Chrisco, DPT
Pediatric and Adolescent Physical Therapist

Jenny earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.  After she received her degree, she moved to St. Louis, where she worked as a pediatric physical therapist in early intervention and in a pediatric outpatient clinic.  Jenny and her husband moved to Kansas City in April 2017.  She continues to work in early intervention in the home setting through Missouri First Steps and now joins our team.  Jenny has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses and age levels.  She enjoys working with children and helping them feel more strong and confident in their bodies as they make progress with their gross motor skills.  She believes that therapy continues beyond the clinic and works hard to involve the whole family, making it as functional and achievable as possible.




Bethany Hiskey, MOTR/L

Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist 


Bethany earned her Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center. During her clinical rotations, she gained experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and birth-preschool aged children with visual impairments. While at KUMed, she also completed the LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities), which provides interdisciplinary leadership training in areas such as clinical practice, research, and community outreach. These experiences have increased her passion for working with children and families, and she is excited for the opportunity to work at playABILITIES. Bethany is a Kansas City native and an avid Jayhawk fan. In her spare time she enjoys playing piano, hiking and camping, and spending time with her family and friends. 




Mary Nestor, OTD, OTR/L
Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist
 
Mary grew up in the Kansas City area but moved to Nashville, TN to earn her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Belmont University. Throughout her education, Mary gained experience in multiple pediatric settings including outpatient clinics, schools, infant toddler early intervention programs, and equine assisted occupational therapy. She is passionate about helping kids be kids and reach their full potential through play. She returns to Kansas City excited to join the team at playABILITIES.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, watching sports, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets. 




Jeannie Liberatore
Office Manager

Jeannie has been in the medical field since graduating from The University of Kansas with her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2012. Jeannie brings with her several years of experience as a Billing and Insurance Coordinator. With a passion for seeing kids thrive the transition to pediatrics was a welcome change. Jeannie grew up in Northern California and has a love of the ocean, every trip home you can expect to find her at the beach for the majority of her visit. In her free-time Jeannie enjoys traveling with her husband, interior decorating, reading just about anything she can get her hands on, and watching all of the Golden State Warriors and Jayhawks basketball games she can.



Meet our team:

​​Julie Morrow, MOTR/L

Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist, Lead Therapist 


​​Julie Morrow earned her Bachelors of General Studies degree in Human Biology with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2005 and then went on to earn her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Rockhurst University in 2008. She is currently going on her 8th year of practicing as a licensed occupational therapist. She has worked for local school districts at the pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school levels, with a caseload consisting of students in general education, special education, and gifted education. Although her primary area of focus is in pediatrics, she also has experience doing contract work at area hospitals and long-term care facilities. Julie is passionate about helping kids meet their fullest potential through engagement in meaningful activities!



Megan Hoffman, MOTR/L

Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist


Megan Hoffman graduated with her Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree in Occupational Studies, or Pre-Occupational Therapy, from the University of Kansas in 2011. She continued her education as a Jayhawk at the University of Kansas Medical Center, earning her Master in Occupational Therapy in 2013. Megan is currently in her 3rd year of practice as a licensed occupational therapist. She has spent the last 3 years working for a local school district at the elementary level with a case load consisting of students in the general education setting and in center-based programs with a focus in Developmental Delay, Autism, and Sensory Processing. Although Megan’s primary background is in pediatrics, she also enjoys working with adults and has experience working with a local hospital in acute care, inpatient rehab, and orthopedics. While in occupational therapy school, Megan co-presented a poster presentation at the AOTA national conference titled “Preparing for Practice in the Ever-Changing Health Care Environment through Service Learning Innovations” in 2012 and served as the School of Health Professions Student President in 2012.



Danielle Cupryk-Novascone, SLP-CCC
Pediatric and Adolescent Speech and Language Pathologist

Danielle attended Kansas State University where she graduated with honors with her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. She then earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas. Danielle has spent the last ten years working for a local school district where she provided speech-language services to children ranging in age from pre-K through 12th grade. In 2011, she was awarded “Master Teacher of the year” from her school building for her work in special education. Danielle is a licensed speech-language pathologist with experience providing therapy to children with speech-language delays, learning disabilities, Autism, social skills deficits, cognitive impairments, developmental delays and ADHD.


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