Occupational Therapists

Kelly Peters, MA OTR/L

Kelly Peters

Kelly's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist by the State of Minnesota
  • Member of American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid

Education:

  • Undergraduate: University of South Dakota BS psychology
  • Graduate: St. Catherine University MA Occupational Therapy

Training:

  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Sensory Integration
  • Masgutova Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration (MNRI)
  • Handwriting Programs

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love being able to help children increase their independence and interact in a meaningful way with their environment, family and friends.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending time with my husband and four little girls. My hobbies include cooking/collecting recipes, gardening, shopping for children's clothing, playing basketball and most sports, boating and vacationing.

Katie Sundberg, COTA/L

Katie Sundberg

Katie's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist Assistant by the State of Minnesota
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid
  • Certified in Therapeutic Listening

Education:

  • Massage Therapy Degree: Sister Rosalind School of Professional Massage Therapy
  • Associates Degree: Anoka Technical College Occupational Therapy Assistance

Training:

  • Sensory Integration
  • Certified in Therapeutic Listening
  • Completed Masgutova Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration (MNRI) courses:
    • * Dynamic and Postural Reflex Patterns
    • * Lifelong Reflexes
    • * Visual and Auditory Reflex Integration
  • First Strokes Multi-Sensory Handwriting program and Sensorimotor Early Childhood

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • The most rewarding part of my day is when the child is laughing, having fun and accomplishing or discovering something they have never done before. SunnyDays is a friendly, family-oriented, and caring atmosphere and I can't imagine myself working anywhere else.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy being outside, playing with my dogs, camping, gardening, watching movies, decorating, going to Mexico and spending time with my family and friends.

Andrea Schlosser, MA OTR/L

Andrea Schlosser

Andrea’s Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist by the State of Minnesota
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid

Education:

  • Undergraduate: University of North Dakota
  • Graduate: University of North Dakota, Masters of Occupational Therapy

Training:

  • Certification in Therapeutic Listening
  • Cranio-sacral Therapy
  • Integrating Tai-Chi
  • Yoga and Pilates into Practice
  • Sensory Integration
  • DIR/Floortime model approach

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I enjoy the ability to be creative and working as a team to meet each child where they are at.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, almost any outdoor activity, traveling, and photography.

Krista Mahowald, MA OTR/L

Krista Mahowald

Krista’s Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist by the State of Minnesota
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid
  • Member of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member of World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Education:

  • Undergraduate: St. Catherine University, BA Occupational Science
  • Graduate: St. Catherine University, MA Occupational Therapy

Training:

  • S.O.S. Approach to Feeding
  • ABA/VB therapy
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Sensory Integration
  • Masgutova Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration (MNRI)
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Self-Regulation in Children
  • Professional Crisis Management (PCM)

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I feel very fortunate to work alongside great therapists as we collaborate on the best treatment approaches for the unique and special children we work with. The greatest reward of all is seeing the gains each child makes as they continue to develop and grow.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring new restaurants and trying new foods, going downhill skiing in the winter and to the beach in the summer, traveling around the world and being a catechism teacher to 1st graders.

Stephanie Peterson, MS OTR/L

Stephanie Peterson

Steph’s Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist by the State of Minnesota
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid
  • Member of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association

Education:

  • Undergraduate: Gustavus Adolphus College, BA Psychology
  • Graduate: University of South Dakota, MS Occupational Therapy

Training:

  • Food Chaining course for children with special needs
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Astronaut Training
  • Sensory Integration
  • S.O.S. Approach to Feeding
  • Therapeutic Listening

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • It is very rewarding to collaborate with other team members and families to help each child gain independence and self-confidence. I love when kiddos are able to do something by themselves for the first time, and seeing how excited and proud they are!

Hobbies:

  • I am an avid traveler who loves to go on adventures and explore the world. I enjoy spending time out on the lake, reading, baking, and scuba diving. Most of all, I love spending quality time with my family and friends.

Kayla Gervais, COTA/L

Kayla Summerland

Kayla’s Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist Assistant by the State of Minnesota

Education:

  • Graduated from Herzing University, AAS Occupational Therapy Assistant

Training:

  • Certified in Sensory Integration Intensive
  • Astronaut Training
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Feeding programs
  • Rhythmic Movement Training
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Burpee Brushing Protocol

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love being able to feed off a child’s energy and creativity to make working towards specific skills not only functional but motivating for the child. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child having fun, making great progress, and receiving positive feedback from their families.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and playing with my dog. In my free time, I love to do anything outdoors, read a good book, and travel.

Caitlin Spates, COTA/L

Caitlin Spates

Caitlin’s Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist Assistant by the State of Minnesota
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid

Education:

  • Associates of Applied Science Degree: St. Catherine University, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Training:

  • Caitlin has worked in two sensory based clinics prior to starting at SunnyDays Therapy
  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • Handwriting without Tears
  • Rhythmic Movement Training
  • Multiple Sensory Integrative Intensive courses
  • Therapeutic Listening Program
  • Astronaut Training Program
  • Interactive Metronome
  • Wilbarger Brushing Protocol

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love engaging side by side with children, helping them explore their world in a functional and fun manner. It is very motivating to work closely with other disciplines, as well as the child’s family to help build a strong foundation for their growth. I love to see the spark in a child’s eye when they begin to understand how to play, build their independence, and reach new goals!

Hobbies:

  • In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, and playing the ukulele and piano (a task that continues to teach me patience!) I am frequently planning new trips to travel and explore the world. In the warmer months, I enjoy camping, hiking, and swimming. Overall, I love spending quality time with my family and friends.

Brooke Anderson, COTA/L

Brooke Anderson

Brooke’s Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist Assistant by the State of Minnesota
  • American Heart Association CPR and AED for the Healthcare Provider
  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association

Education:

  • Graduated from Ridgewater College with an AAS degree as an Educational Assistant
  • Graduated from Anoka Technical College with an AAS degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Training:

  • Rhythmic Movement Training
  • Observational training in MNRI
  • Observational training in Astronaut Training
  • Observational training in Sensory Integration

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love seeing the kids every day excited to be here. They motivate me to get up each day and have the best day possible! Every day they come in ready to learn and play, looking for excitement and a challenge. I also have a great team of therapists behind me. We are able to collaborate and provide the best therapy ever for our families.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending time with my family and my 12 younger siblings. As a family we enjoy sitting around bonfires in the summer and building snow forts in the winter. I like hanging out with my friends; going to amusement parks, bowling, playing board games, or just sitting around and visiting.

Jill Rolf, MS OTR/L

Jill Werner

Jill's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist by the State of Minnesota
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid

Education:

  • Undergraduate: St. Cloud State University BA in Psychology
  • Graduate: University of Minnesota MS in Occupational Therapy

Training:

  • Sensory Integration and Self-Regulation
  • Core Development
  • How Does Your Engine Run?®
  • The Alert Program® for Self-Regulation

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love being part of a team with such unique talents and strong passion for pediatric therapy. I look forward to seeing the progress children throughout the clinic make each day!

Hobbies:

  • My favorite hobbies involve being outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening, going to garage sales, and doing photography!

Mary Williams, COTA/L

Mary Williams

Mary's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist Assistant by the State of Minnesota
  • Certified by the American Red Cross in Infant/Child/ Adult CPR, First Aid and AED

Education:

  • Graduated from St. Catherine University, AAS Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Association Montessori Internationale, Children's House Assistants Course

Training:

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Handwriting without Tears
  • Sensory Integration
  • Visual Processing Therapy
  • Executive Dysfunction and Emotional Dysfunction

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love being an Occupational Therapist and I consider myself very fortunate being involved with so many kiddos and their families. I love watching each kiddo discover and grow at their own pace and do what I can to support them and their families. The staff and team members at SunnyDays are very supportive towards all the Kiddo's needs and their families. I greatly appreciate becoming a member of this fabulous team.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy being outdoors, running, cycling, watching baseball, gardening, theater and performing arts, music, traveling, playing with my dogs and other family pets, volunteering for various organizations. I love spending time with my wonderful family and friends.

Richele Ehardt, MS OTR/L

Richele Ehardt

Richele's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist by the State of Minnesota
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid

Education:

  • Undergraduate: Hope College, BA Exercise Science
  • Graduate: Grand Valley State University, MS Occupational Therapy

Training:

  • The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration - MNRI® Method: Dynamic & Postural Reflex Pattern Integration
  • Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT): Levels 1 & 2
  • Handwriting Without Tears: Pre-K Readiness and Writing; K-5 Handwriting
  • Vision Processing & Therapy
  • Sensory Integration
  • Observational training: S.O.S. Approach to Feeding, Therapeutic Listening & Astronaut Training

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I have the pleasure of working with amazing therapists who are genuine, innovative, and passionate about providing the best treatment possible. I love collaborating with families to ensure that each child feels successful and independent not only at SunnyDays but also at school, at home, and in the community.

Hobbies:

  • As a former dance and swim instructor, I enjoy exercising as well as waterskiing, snowboarding, cooking, and crafting. I am also a Michigander at heart - I love visiting my family and the beautiful Great Lakes.

Jami Eilers, COTA/L

Jami Eilers

Jami's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant by the State of Minnesota
  • Member of American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
  • Certified by the American Heart Association in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid

Education:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree: Anoka Technical College
  • Elementary Education Degree: St. Cloud State University

Training:

  • Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT)
  • Astronaut Training Protocol
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Infinity Walk
  • Observational training in Wilbarger Brushing Protocol

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I enjoy working with children to help them achieve their fullest potentials and become as independent as they can. I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of the children I work with and get joy in helping them reach their goals.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies include baking, crocheting, knitting, and scrapbooking.

Mary Kruger, MA OTR/L

Mary Kruger

Mary's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • Member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
  • National Board Certified Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist by the State of Minnesota

Education:

  • Undergraduate: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, BA Psychology
  • Graduate: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, MA Occupational Therapy

Training:

  • S.O.S. Approach to Feeding
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Zones of Regulation

  • What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

    • I enjoy working as part of a collaborative team to help facilitate a child’s growth and development. It is exciting to observe a child’s blossoming confidence and success with functional activities at home, school, and in the community.

    Hobbies:

    • • I enjoy spending time with family and friends, downhill skiing, hiking, baking, reading, attending concerts and traveling.
Speech Therapists

Miranda Benevides

Miranda Benevides

Miranda's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • Nationally Certified Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Member of American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist by the State of Minnesota

Education:

  • Undergraduate: B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and History from Syracuse University, NY
  • Graduate: M.S in Speech and Language Pathology from Syracuse University, NY

Training:

  • Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC):
    • Experience working with speech generating devices and applications provided by Dynavox, NovaChat and Proloquo2go
    • Experience working with low tech communication devices such as boards and picture exchange systems
  • Direct and Indirect Stuttering Therapy for school-aged children School-based Intervention strategies for Language Disorders in accordance with MN State Standards
  • Say It RightTM (“The Entire World of R”)—phonemic approach for articulation disorders
  • Total Communication—a “best fit” approach for integrating any means and every means to communicate and/or receive a messages

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love the collaboration between OTs, SLPs, parents, caregivers and other service providers. All with our own expertise, all working together to better meet our kids’ needs.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending my time with family and friends and love meeting new people. Cooking and laughing are two of my favorite things. As a New York native, exploring Minnesota has brought so many wonderful experiences.

Pam Eatock

Pam Eatock

Pam’s Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • Nationally Certified Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Member of American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist by the Minnesota Department of Health

Education:

  • Undergraduate: B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington, WA
  • Graduate: M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Syracuse University, NY

Training:

  • Social thinking conference- providing practical concepts and strategies to encourage all students to continue to develop improved social skills.
  • Direct and Indirect Stuttering Therapy for school-aged children
  • Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Seminar
  • Informal training in LSVT, Beckman oral motor program, and Nurtured Heart Approach to managing challenging behaviors.

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I enjoy collaborating with families and other therapy professionals to provide the best services to kids. SunnyDays is such a warm and welcoming environment for children, families and for the therapist who work here.

Hobbies:

  • My hobbies include cooking, health and fitness, and reading. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Amanda Myers

Amanda Myers

Amanda's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Speech-Language Pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist though the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Education:

  • Undergraduate: B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
  • Graduate: M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Training:

  • Pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, video fluoroscopy studies, newborn and premature infant assessments.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of medically complex pediatric populations birth -3 years of age.
  • Certified oral/motor and dysphagia specialist through the American Speech and Hearing AssociationCertified oral/motor and dysphagia specialist through the American Speech and Hearing Association
  • Rehabilitation/Habilitation of pediatric populations with Traumatic Brain Injuries(TBI)

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love working closely with my co-workers to help each of our clients and families succeed.

Hobbies:

  • My hobbies include traveling, volunteering for local charities, baking, Gopher sports and spending time at the cabin with my family.

Katrina Miller

Amanda Myers

Katrina's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Speech-Language Pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist though the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Education:

  • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin River Falls, BS, Communicative Disorders
  • Graduate: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, MA, Speech Language Hearing Sciences

Training:

  • Hanen More Than Words Program
  • Vitalstim Dysphagia Therapy Certified
  • Experience with Augmentative and Alternative Communication including: PECS, Novachat, Dynavox, and Proloquo2go

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love working with families and other therapy professionals to help children communicate in their environment. SunnyDays is so warm and inviting, and it’s wonderful to work alongside others to be part of a child’s growth.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy spending time with friends and family, biking the Minnesota trails, kayaking, and going up north to my cabin.

Caroline Hardyman

Caroline Hardyman

Caroline's Special Credentials/Accomplishments:

  • National Board Certified Speech-Language Pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist though the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Education:

  • Undergraduate: B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; Eau Claire, WI
  • Graduate: M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; Eau Claire, WI

Training:

  • AAC: experience with ProLoQuo2Go, Tobii Dynovox, and Picture Exchange Communication Systems
  • Social Thinking Conference
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech Seminar
  • Training in voice therapy techniques including circum-laryngeal massage and relaxation therapy
  • SKILL Program In-service - Supporting Knowledge in Language and Literacy

What I like Most About Working at SunnyDays Therapy:

  • I love being surrounded by therapists who are passionate and knowledgeable in their field. These characteristics make a strong team that is supportive of each other and more importantly of the children and families we serve.

Hobbies:

  • I enjoy reading and also listening to audiobooks, especially when I have to drive around the cities. I also love to play video games and board games from Apples to Apples to Dungeons and Dragons.