Occupational Therapy

Lisa Cooseman, OTR/L, MS

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Lisa is an occupational therapist and co-owner of Leaps and Bounds. Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. She serves as adjunct faculty for Maryville University’s occupational therapy program. Some of the coursework Lisa has previously taught includes pediatric neuro-rehabilitation, sensory processing, handwriting, and child development.

Lisa has extensive training in handwriting, as well as, CranioSacral Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, oral motor treatment, visual processing concerns, and sensory processing.

Carrie Salyer, MS, OTR/L

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Carrie Salyer is an occupational therapist and co-owner of Leaps and Bounds. Carrie received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout her career, Carrie has had the opportunity to provide services to children ranging in ages from 0-18. She provided therapy services in the school, home and community settings for 8 years before opening Leaps and Bounds in 2005. Carrie has presented on multiple topics at the collegiate level to both undergraduate and graduate students in occupational therapy. Carrie also enjoys providing seminars to parents, teachers, and therapists of all disciplines. She lectures nationally to provide continuing education for therapists.

Carrie has extensive training in treating children with sensory processing disorder. She has had the fortune of completing advanced training with world-renowned therapists at both Camp Avanti in Wisconsin and the STAR center in Colorado. Additionally, Carrie has advanced training in handwriting, visual-vestibular treatment, and oral motor skill development. She is also trained to provide craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program, and Interactive Metronome.

Matt Cooseman, OTR/L

matt-c-22 Matt earned his degree in Occupational Therapy from Maryville University. While he is a co-owner, Matt also has experience working in school and private practice. He was in an early childhood setting for 12 years but has always enjoyed working with children of all ages. He received training in a variety of areas including oral motor/ feeding, visual processing, handwriting, Autism and sensory processing.

Matt studied healthcare in Beijing, China. He was able to train and observe in the local hospital in Beijing. Matt also served as a supervisor to interns completing their fieldwork opportunities.

Erin Wilhite, MOT, OTR/L

erin-w-cropped-2 Erin received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Maryville University. Erin has worked with in variety of settings: home, outpatient, school, and rehabilitation. She loves working with children one on one, and has developed exceptional skills in leading groups, as well. Erin currently coordinates all of the social skills groups for Leaps and Bounds. Erin also serves as a supervisor to occupational therapy interns completing their fieldwork at Leaps and Bounds. She has received continuing education training in the areas of sensory processing, handwriting, oral motor/feeding techniques, and Brain Gym.

Julie Spychala, MOT, OTR/L

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Julie received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Saint Louis University. She was first introduced to pediatric occupational therapy while working with her younger cousins who are on the autism spectrum. Julie has received continuing education in the areas of sensory processing, oral motor with the Talk Tools® program, reading difficulties and literacy. She enjoys working with children of all ages and all abilities! Julie leads social skills groups in addition to providing individual therapy at Leaps and Bounds. She also serves as a supervisor to occupational therapy interns completing their final fieldwork rotations at Leaps and Bounds. Julie’s favorite piece of equipment to use with her clients is the suspended Lycra swing, which we call the “spider web”.

Katelyn Kiermaier, MOT, OTR/L

Katelyn Katelyn earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she completed research regarding caregivers of people with stroke. She has clinical experience in outpatient neurological rehabilitation and in acute inpatient psychiatric settings. She has also worked as a personal care attendant for a young man with muscular dystrophy. She has received advanced training in handwriting, and is a Handwriting Without Tears® Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist. Katelyn received occupational and speech therapy as a child, and believes her OT played an integral part in helping Katelyn become the happy and functional adult she is today. Katelyn’s own understanding of sensory processing difficulties from a personal standpoint has fed her passion for working with children and helping them feel confident and successful. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English, and enjoys creative writing, reading, running, and visiting family in New England.

Jessica Lange, MOT, OTR/L

jessicaJessica earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Maryville University of Saint Louis. She has experience working in acute, outpatient and community settings. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including: developmental delay, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy and feeding difficulties.

Kim Lorenz, MS, OTR/L

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Kim earned her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University. She has provided therapy for the entire lifespan, from four months to 104 years. Her work has taken her into a variety of settings, including the home, school, skilled nursing facility, hospital, and community. Kim has received training through a variety of conferences on topics including nutrition, interventions for children with autism, oral motor/feeding techniques, and a variety of sensory integration therapy interventions. She has also gained invaluable training through working with the Disabled Athlete Sports Association, which provides sports opportunities to children with physical disabilities and visual impairments.

Laurie Stabile, OTR/L, MS

Laurie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rockhurst University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. Laurie has provided therapy to children with a variety of diagnoses from ages 5 -21 years of age. Her experience has led her to work in public and state school settings, private settings, and residential facilities. She has received additional training from continuing education courses including: handwriting, sensory processing, Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Fragile X Syndrome. She is also trained to provide Therapeutic Listening Therapy.

Speech & Language Therapy

Kelli Nielsen, MS, CCC-SLP

kelli-croppedKelli received her Masters of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Tennessee State University. She has provided therapy in various settings including: home-based, school-based, private setting, outpatient and skilled nursing facilities. Kelli has experience working with children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses including: articulation and phonological disorders, language impairment and delay, cerebral palsy, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, fluency disorders and Down Syndrome.

Physical Therapy

Kelly Behlmann, PT

kelly-b-croppedKelly graduated from Maryville College with a BS in Physical Therapy 1988. Her experience includes 11 years in the school setting, with significant training in seating and positioning and kinesiotaping. Kelly provides both traditional therapy and aqua therapy. She is the founder and executive director of Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA).


Rob Salyer, Director

Rob Salyer is a 1995 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. As a co-owner he brings a wealth of business and practical experience to the practice. He has continued his education and training, focusing on sensory integration, positive behavior management, billing, coding and HIPAA regulations, as well as business leadership, and multiple computer applications.

Lori Cannon, Office Administrator

lori-cannon-croppedA graduate of William Woods University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Lori offers Leaps and Bounds a vast range of experience in the area of Administration. She has worked for a tax service for the last six years as well as a retail establishment, working with vendors, ordering supplies, marketing and customer service.

She owns her own business as an Independent Beauty Consultant with MaryKay Cosmetics and understands and appreciates the opportunities and challenges in running a small business. Having children of her own, one with a learning disability, has given her a compassion to help families with children that have special needs.

Janice Hainsworth, Billing Specialist

janice-updated Janice graduated from Evangel University with a degree in Psychology. She has been working in office administration for 12 years, focusing on finance and billing for the last 7. She enjoys being a part of the Leaps and Bounds family and looks forward to doing her part to expand the business. Janice and her husband Mark enjoy being involved with several area nonprofit organizations.

Emily Galvan

Emily’s Biography will be posted soon!

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