Lisa Cooseman, OTR/L, MS
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
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 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.
Andrea Hamlin, MS, OTR/L
Andrea earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis with a Concentration in Pediatrics. Andrea has experience working with people of all ages from the NICU to adulthood. She has worked in a variety of settings including: school, home, inpatient, rehabilitation, and outpatient.
She has also traveled to Lesotho, Africa with the International Healthcare Development Program where she worked in the physiotherapy department of the local hospital as well Lesotho Save the Children. Andrea serves as a fieldwork educator, supervising interns during their clinical experiences at Leaps and Bounds. She also assists with various Master’s courses at Washington University in St. Louis.
Andrea has received advanced training in sensory processing, positive behavior management, brain gym, oral motor/feeding including the Talk Tools program, and Handwriting Without Tears. Andrea enjoys working with children and families to enable each child to reach his/her fullest potential.
Andrea and her family will be in Norway for the next 2 years. While we will miss her, we wish her nothing but the best. We look forward to her return.
Erin Wilhite, MOT, OTR/L
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 leads 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.
Jessica Lange, MOT, OTR/L
Jessica 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.
Kate Cramer, MOT, OTR/L
Kate earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Maryville University. She has experience working with clients of all ages. She has provided therapy in a variety of settings, including school-based therapy, pediatric center-based therapy, and out-patient rehabilitation. Kate has received training focusing on sensory integration and processing, handwriting, and behavior management. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including; sensory processing concerns, ADHD, seizure disorders, brain injury, and learning disabilities. Kate has also had the opportunity to do hand therapy in Guatemala as part of a program called Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation. She participated in providing therapy to children in hospitals and orphanages through this organization.
Katie Miller, MOT, OTR/L
Katie received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Maryville University. Katie has worked with children in a variety of settings including: home, inpatient, outpatient and clinic settings. She has experience working with pediatrics ages birth through 18 years and has received continuing education training in the areas of sensory processing, postural development, Brain Gym, Handwriting Without Tears, behavioral interventions and oral motor/feeding techniques including Talk Tools. Katie also provides supervision for interns during their fieldwork experiences.
Kim Dickinson, MS, OTR/L
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.
Matt Breig, MOT, OTR/L
Matt’s Biography will be posted soon!
Trina Blackwood, MOT, OTR/L
Trina earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Saint Louis University. She has provided therapy services for clients of all ages in a variety of settings including in-patient rehabilitation, school-based therapy and pediatric-center based therapy. She has received additional training focusing on sensory processing and integration along with Handwriting Without Tears.
Kelli Nielsen, MS, CCC-SLP
Kelli 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.
Melanie Yates, MS, CCC-SLP
Melanie received her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has provided therapy in a variety of settings, including schools, home, and community. Her experiences include working with children who have articulation and phonological processing difficulties, receptive & expressive language delays, oral motor concerns, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and Down Syndrome. Melanie has a special interest in treating children with childhood apraxia of speech.
Ashley Cavender, PT
Ashley earned her Master of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2005. She divides her time between Leaps and Bounds and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Ashley has worked as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in the Cerebral Palsy Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since January 2007. In August 2009, she became a member of another multi-disciplinary team, Neurology NICU Follow-Up Clinic, and continues as an active member of this team. Ashley has extensive training and experience in electrical stimulation and taping and compression orthotics. She is a strong advocate for children with special needs. She will go the extra mile to help families obtain essential services and equipment.
Kelly Behlmann, PT
Kelly 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
A 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 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.
Liz Koss, Office Staff
Liz is from the south suburbs of Chicago but is currently a student at Lindenwood University. She is getting her degree in Psychology and Health and Wellness and plans on attending graduate school for Occupational Therapy. She has worked with many children with special needs and loves working with children in general. Liz works for the Student Health Center at Lindenwood as well as with a babysitting company.
Eva Sieb, Office Staff
Eva is originally from the Chicago area but has lived in the St. Peters Community for 28 years. She is the mother of 3 and at one time enjoyed being a stay home mom. Now that her children are grown and her nest is empty, she has re-joined the working world. Eva is also employed by the Francis Howell School District currently working as a secretary in the Administration building. She is glad to be at Leaps and Bounds and happy to be working with such great families.