Wheels on the Bus Pediatric Therapy, Inc
Occupational Therapy - West Valley
Sarah N., OTR and Feeding
I’m originally from a small town in Wisconsin and moved to Arizona in 2012 for my graduate degree. I have worked with kids throughout my education and couldn’t imagine doing anything else; I have the best job in the world! I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and from Midwestern University in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. I have been working with Wheels on the Bus Pediatric Therapy since January 2015 and couldn’t be happier. I love getting the opportunity to treat children in their homes and collaborate with their families in order to best meet their goals.
Hilary C., OTR
I am an Arizona native and couldn't imagine living anywhere else! I received my Bachelor’s at ASU in General Education and Special Education. As I went through my education as a teacher, I realized I wanted to help my students become more independent in their daily lives. I taught 4th grade Special Education for one year before pursuing a Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Midwestern University. I also have experience as a Habilitation/Respite provider for children with Autism. Throughout my career, I have had a passion for working with children. I have been working with Wheels on The Bus since January 2016 and love working with kids and their families in the home environment!
Lori C., OTR
My name is Lori and I grew up in California, although I’ve been in Arizona since 1974. I have been working with special needs children since I was in high school, first in a sheltered workshop, than as a Special Olympics volunteer, an aide in the public schools and as an occupational therapist both in the school system and in the home health setting. I love what I do and can’t imagine ever doing anything else. I’m married, have three children and seven grandchildren and two dogs.
Jennifer C., OTR
Jennifer has worked with children and adults in community based healthcare since 2010. Beginning her career in psychiatric rehabilitation, with a dual BS in psychology and psychiatric rehabilitation from Kean University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Jennifer found a passion for occupational therapy through a mentor and decided to pursue this field to continue to help others. Jennifer received her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy degree in 2015 from Misericordia University where she developed a passion for working with children. Jennifer now works in a school district and for Wheels on the Bus. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys pursuing research in the field, hiking, camping, biking, and all things outdoors.
Kendra M., OTR
Hello! I am a native of beautiful Arizona and love the desert and sunshine! Since graduating with my Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from A.T. Still University, I have enjoyed working with pediatric clients, primarily in the school setting. I also enjoy supervising Occupational Therapy Assistant's. Post graduate areas of study have included Rhythmic Movement Training™, Bal-A-Vis-X, Brain Gym®, Sensory Processing, and Assistive Technology. In my free-time, I enjoy spending this with family, the outdoors, traveling, reading, and practicing yoga.
Heather U., OTR
Hi, I’m Heather! I graduated from Midwestern University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2014. Since then, I have made pediatric OT my focus, working in various settings including school-based, clinic, and early intervention throughout Southern California and Phoenix Arizona where I currently live with my husband and our 4 young children!
Sandy C., OTR
I have worked in the Occupational Therapy field for more than five years, starting as a Certified Occupational Therapy assistant. I graduated in 2016 with my Masters in Occupational Therapy and earned my license to practice as an Occupational Therapist in April 2017. I have experience working with the pediatric population in school and in the clinic setting. I have also been working in the home health area with geriatrics over five years. In my free time, I enjoy family and crafting time.
Machelle G., OTR
I am originally from Michigan but have lived in Arizona for most of my life. I graduated from Midwestern University in 2001 and have spent the majority of my career in pediatrics as a Occupational Therapist. In addition to pediatrics, I have also worked with the geriatric, adult and adolescent populations. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, snorkeling, paddle boarding or anything that keeps me active.
Michelle L., OTR
I have been married to my husband, Michael, for 27 years and have 4 incredible children (well… adults now). I moved to Arizona in 2013 as part of a missions team from North Carolina and have loved the sunshine so much we are staying permanently. I have been an Occupational Therapy provider for 12 years and have experience with ages 3 all the way up to geriatrics. I have worked in several settings including skilled nursing, outpatient, and home health and work with a variety of diseases and disabilities. I enjoy all of my clients, getting to know their families, and helping them achieve their goals to live the best life possible!
Megan G., OTR
My name is Meghan Gonzalez and I have been an Occupational Therapist for over 8 years. Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I am lucky to have worked in a variety of settings supporting children and families. I have worked in outpatient and inpatient pediatrics and currently I am working in the school setting and home health setting. I am an Arizona native and enjoy spending time with my husband and children.
Ronda H, OTR
I am an Arizona native and grew up spending my spare time helping my mother manage an in-home day care, babysitting and reveling in the wonder of babies. I received my Bachelor’s at NAU in Psychology with special emphasis on Child and Family Development. I knew I wanted to be involved in working with children so after researching career possibilities, I headed to Texas Women’s University to obtain a Master’s of Occupational Therapy. I worked for a local school district for a year before moving to Flagstaff, Arizona and raising my family. I began a private practice before taking a position with Northern Arizona University as Administrator of AzEIP FIRST! Through the teamwork of these two facilities, I was blessed to meet some of the most amazing therapists, children and families across the northern half of Arizona while introducing families to early intervention services. With the changes in funding brought about by AzEIP, many things changed for my family and we returned to the Phoenix area. I have returned to working with local school districts as well as Wheels on the Bus. I continue to feel very passionate about working with children and their families to help them provide the best opportunities for their children. I enjoy spending time with family and friends or heading to the nearest beaches.
Sara C., COTA
Hi there! My name is Sara Callagy and I am thrilled to be a part of Wheels staff! Pediatrics is my love, but I have a background of working with individuals of all ages and abilities! I moved to Washington State and attended Eastern Washington University and received my Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation. I eventually landed back in Arizona where I completed an internship and learned of my love for adaptive sports while there. Some years later I decided I wanted to go back to school, and became an Occupational Therapy Assistant. I feel so blessed to be in this field and help children reach their full potential every day! In my free time, my fiancé and I love to travel as much as we can, spend time gardening, & play fetch with our dog, Zoey!
Crystal G., COTA
I received my associate's degree in applied science of occupational therapy assisting through Brown Mackie College in 2015. Before starting on my path in occupational therapy, I worked as a certified nursing assistant and as a respite and habilitation provider. I have a passion for helping all people reach their fullest potential. I truly believe in the power of providing in-home therapy because of how much functionality comes from working in the client's natural environment. I'm excited to be a part of what Wheels on the Bus provides-- an amazing opportunity for therapists and families to make a difference in all client's lives!
Amanda K., COTA
I am a born and raised Arizona native. I received my degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in Feburary 2014. I am also currently finishing my bachelors degree in psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent studies. During my time as a COTA, I have worked in several settings including the school system, pediatric outpatient clinic, skilled nursing facility and home health setting. Working with kids has always been my heart, soul and passion. There is nothing better than being able to help my kiddos gain independence, skills and be able to play and smile and be able to be a part of their joy.
Eddie K., COTA
I grew up in a large military family and my oldest niece has Autism. I also served in the military and served in Operation Desert Fox. In my spare time, I like to spend time with friends, travel, and play sports. I received an Associates in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Durham Technical Community College in 2004 and a BS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2010. I have worked with children and young adults my entire career. These years of experience have allowed me to treat people with a wide array of diagnosis. I also have training in Handwriting training through the Handwriting Without Tears program, and prevention and support training.
Linda A., COTA
Hi! My name is Linda and I have lived all over the United States. I moved to Phoenix in 2008 and graduated from Brown Mackie College in 2011. I’ve worked in pediatrics since graduating. I work in home health, clinical settings and schools. I have one child, two dogs and a bird. We love being together; watching football or being outside at the lake or river.
Ami P, COTA
I originally hail from the Jersey Shore and bring the beach inside me wherever I go. I have a BA in Sociology/ Anthropology from Stockton Univ in NJ and earned my Occupational Therapy credentials here at Brown Mackie College in 2013. I have a husband who is a professor of art and we have a son with high-functioning autism. I hope to bring my skills and experience to kids and families to foster improvements in everyday life and instill joy doing it.
Jodi H., COTA
Jodi Hageman graduated from Brown Mackie College in 2016 with her Associates Degree for Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is dedicated in her work and strives to assure each child succeeds towards reaching their highest potential. She uses a fun and interactive, client centered approach for each individual’s needs and shows compassion and understanding of each individual family. Her passion, playfulness, and love for children began at a young age and she’s carried this with her to help connect with each child. Jodi continues her education with staying up to date with the most recent scientific research by attending seminars, reading and videos.
Diane S., COTA
I moved to Arizona from North East Florida in 2015. I was inspired to become a COTA after watching my oldest child receive OT in preschool. Prior to this, I held careers as a Licensed Massage Therapist and a social worker in a variety of settings including supported employment for young adults with disabilities. I also teach and love yoga and I like to find ways to incorporate it into my treatments. I truly enjoy working with children and seeing all the progress they can make. I am married with two children (girls) and we have a small rescue dog named “Louie”.
My name is Kimberly! I was born in San Jose California and moved to Arizona when I was 2. I have two wonderful girls, ages 9 and 1 years old. I have been a certified occupational therapy assistant for 3 years working in both geriatrics and pediatric settings. I love to spend my free time with my family and working out with my gym family.