Sarah Banker, OTR/L Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas. She joined the staff at Children's Therapy Group in 1989, then under the direction of Sue Young, OTD, OTR/L FAOTA with whom Sarah has enjoyed a career-long mentoring relationship. In 1991, she and six other women became the Board of Directors for the not-for-profit clinic specializing in Sensory Integration therapy. Sarah led the clinic up until its collaboration with PossAbilities in April, 2018. She is now the Program Director at PossAbilities Children's Therapy Group. Sarah is passionate about working with families, helping children grow and change, and promoting knowledge about Sensory Processing Disorder. She is certified in both Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) and Therapeutic Listening®. She is also certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). With over 28 years in the clinic setting, she has extensive experience and training specializing in sensory integrative therapy. She has treated a wide range of children with diagnoses including Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, motor coordination delays, various syndromes, and developmental disabilities. She also has advanced training in Handwriting Without Tears. Sarah frequently provides consultation and training to area preschools and schools and also lectures about sensory processing to a variety of organizations and groups. At home, Sarah enjoys reading, learning, music, gardening, playing board games, and spending time with her family which includes two teenage boys and a wonderful partner of over 30 years, Jerry.
Jean Wetherilt, OTR/L founded PossAbilities Pediatric Therapy in 2004. In 2013 the practice expanded to a building that houses a full service pediatric clinic and includes an outdoor therapy area.
Jean's educational background includes specialized training and certifications in Neuro-Developmental Training (8-week NDT course) Level 1 one-week mentorship and Community of Learning Program (conducted by the Star Center and SPD Foundation), S.O.S. (Sensory Oral Sequential) Feeding Approach Integrated Listening Systems, Rhythmic Movement Training, Interactive Metronome and Zones of Regulation.
Additionally Jean has advanced training in Handwriting Without Tears, sensory processing, reflex integration, postural core development, fine motor development therapy, therapeutic intervention for children with visual impairment and treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder. Her work experiences have been across private and public schools, home-based therapy and outpatient clinics.
Jean is passionate about the role of parents in the therapy and education of their children and has helped countless families navigate the raising and teaching of children with learning challenges. She has had opportunities to speak and write on numerous therapy topics, including an article for HSLDA's quarterly publication Court Report, a book - Walks on the Wildside: A Guide to Creatively Promoting Motor Skills in Children and was a contributing author for the book Christian Homes and Special Kids.
Jean lives in Prairie Village with her husband of 35 years and has 2 adult children and two grandchildren. Jean is currently the special needs coordinator for Midwest Parent Educators and is on the board of directors for Kansas City Pediatric Alliance, Sensational Hope and Guatemala Occupational Therapy Ministries (GOT).
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Pati Fraker, COTA earned her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Metropolitan Community College in 2016. She has provided occupational therapy services to pediatric clients in school-based, home and outpatient clinic settings.
Pati has experience with children of all ages with varying needs including Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Skills, Learning Disabilities, Angelman Syndrome and Prader-Willi Syndrome.
She has received specialized training in Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She recently participated in the Constraint Induced Hand Therapy Camp at PossAbilities and spent a week in Colorado working at a camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Pati enjoys working with children of all ages to foster independence, social skills and fine motor coordination. In her free time, Pati enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with her three grown children.
Meggin is a wife to her husband Erich of 16 years and is the proud mom of two teenage sons. Meggin discovered PossAbilities through her journey with her youngest son who has SPD. She fell in love with the clinic and hasn't left since!
Inspired by her son, she created a non-profit, Sensational Hope, to help support SPD families in the Kansas City area. She also shares from her wealth of knowledge and experience for the STAR Institute. Meggin homeschools her two children while juggling a part-time position as a prenatal instructor.
Dawn Miller, OTR/L specializes in working with children having cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, Down's Syndrome, developmental delays, spinal muscular atrophy, spina-bifida, upper extremity injuries and anomalies, sensory processing disorder and visual-motor integration dysfunction.
Before coming to Kansas City, she held several positions in the Tulsa, Oklahoma metro area including as Therapeutic Equipment Clinical Coordinator at Progressive Therapeutic Technology, staff therapist for the Early Intervention Program, Sooner Start as well as various public and private school systems.
She is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (8-week certification course) and Rock Tape Kinesiology Taping. Her advanced training is in wheel chair customization and modifications, oral motor treatment, hand splinting for functional performance, electrical stimulation treatment following muscular Botox (TENS unit), myofacial release and scar tissue release, joint mobilization, cranial-sacral therapy, sensory integration treatment and constraint-induced hand therapy.
Dawn brought her expertise to PossAbilities in 2014. In addition to her experience in direct therapy, Dawn has also taught a Pediatric course at Tulsa Junior College and high school Biology and Anatomy classes over the past eight years and continues to teach on a part-time basis. She is married and has 4 adult sons, whom she homeschooled. Dawn's experiences and training are well-suited to PossAbilities' vision and commitment to helping parents with the training and tools they need to assist their own children in the home.
Erin Lowry MA, SLP, CCC received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Since obtaining her degree, she has provided therapy to pediatric clients in both school-based and outpatient clinic settings.
Erin has experience assessing and treating children of all ages with avariety of needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, expressive and receptive language, articulation, social skills, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She has received specialized training in Social Thinking from Michelle Garcia Winner, Project Read Written Expression Curriculum, and Story Grammar Marker by MindWing Concepts.
Erin is passionate about working with children and their families to strengthen communication skills and increase independence across educational, social, and community environments. She is also a service provider for the Missouri First Steps where she delivers home-based services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays.
Erin is mother to two young children and enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, taking in sporting events, and experiencing all that the Kansas City area
has to offer!
Karen Bartelli, OT/L earned her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Kansas in 1995. For the first nine years of her career, she worked for Shawnee Mission Medical Center in both in-patient rehabilitation and pediatrics therapy. In 2006, when her fourth child was born, she changed gears and became a full-time mom.
In 2007, Karen was personally introduced to the world of Autism Spectrum disorder. This marked the start of a challenging but memorable journey that has been packed full of learning experiences!
In 2013, Karen started working with children of all ages specializing in: high functioning autism spectrum disorder, social skills, executive functioning, and sensory integration. Karen has pursued advanced education in different therapeutic approaches, including: DIR/Floortime: Greenspan, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI): Gutstein, Social Thinking: Michelle Garcia Winner, Bal-A-Vis-X: and MNRI reflex
Jenny Thomas, MA OTR/L graduated from California with a master in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Her undergraduate degrees are from K-State in Biology and Anthropology.
After graduating from K-State with undergraduate degrees in Biology and Anthropology Jenny moved to Boulder, Colorado to work in the city’s Natural Resources Program. While she loved the great outdoors, kayaking, hiking, skiing and rock climbing, the allied health field always appealed to her. She moved to California where she attended graduate school at Samuel Merrit College in Oakland and received her masters degree in 2000. After graduate school, Jenny continued to work in both public and private school settings in the city. She also worked in a private pediatric clinic where she was able worked alongside some of the world’s best therapists such as Sheila Frick and Svetlana Musgutova. Jenny has advanced training and certifications in reflex integration, Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening and Integrative Listening System, Interactive Metronome, Perceptual Enrichment Program, Sensory Integration and pediatric yoga instruction. After 15 years in San Francisco, Jenny returned to Kansas with her kids and husband. She searched for a clinic similar to the one in San Franciso and came across PossAbilities. With her husband and two teenage children, she continues to enjoy the great outdoors by biking, yoga, camping, music and sailing the great lakes of Kansas.
Susie Dyer, OTR/L earned her Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas in 1984. As an occupational therapist, she has worked in a private clinic, public schools, area preschools, charter schools, and home-based early intervention. Susie is certified in Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). She has over 33 years of experience and advanced training specializing in sensory integrative therapy, handwriting, feeding, and Early Start Denver Model. Susie enjoys working with children of all ages and diagnoses to help them reach their potential. In her spare time, Susie enjoys spending time with her family, including her granddaughters!
Anita Martin, MA, SLP, CCC is a speech-language pathologist who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree from Central Missouri State University in speech pathology after getting married and moving to Kansas City. She worked in the North Kansas City School District for 28 ½ years, serving children from preschool through high school age. The final 12 years of that tenure were with the early childhood special education program. Throughout her time in the schools she provided speech-language evaluations and therapy for children with communication disorders, including the areas of articulation/sound systems, language and auditory processing, and stuttering. She served children with a variety of abilities and needs which included children with autism, Down Syndrome, and apraxia among others.
Alex Hammer, OTD, OTR/L received her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She is originally from Overland Park, KS and returned to the Kansas City area after graduation in order to be close to family. Alex began her career in a local school district and then transitioned to outpatient clinic settings.
Alex and her husband live in Olathe with their baby girl, Claire. In her free time, Alex enjoys walking, cooking, baking, gardening, and spending time with family/friends.
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