Our woodsy & family-friendly waiting room!

Renee joined us in May 2016. She has joyfully earned her other title of Director of First Impressions! Prior to joining our team, she was a Special Ed. para and job coach and worked in both elementary and high schools. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and traveling. When not at TheraPlay Spot, you will likely find her spending time with her 8 grandchildren, family, or her dog and cats!

Andrea Veenis, PT

Esther Wold

Amber joined our team in September of 2017.  She graduated from K-State with her bachelors and went on to WSU to get her doctorate.  Amber has been a PT for the past 7 years and went into this field to give children the tools to become as independent as possible which allows them to be active participants during functional motor and play skills.  Some of her hobbies include volunteering and fostering dogs for Beauties and Beasts, spending time with her husband and fur-kids.

Front Office Assistant

& Intake Specialist

Melissa Thomas

Lead Therapist

Our mission is to help children & their families succeed where they would otherwise struggle.

TheraPlay Spot, 560 N Exposition St, Wichita, KS 67203  Phone: 316-618-1252   Fax: 316-869-2277   itsfun@theraplayspot.com 

Our Office Staff

Brandee Young, OTR/L

TheraPlay Spot Family

Meet Our

Natalie joined us in 2019 and was an instant fit as a TheraPlayer. She was hired as "part time" and was asked to become full-time on her second day at work! She has willingly taken on extra roles such as Shadowing & Volunteer Coordinator, Screenings Coordinator, and when your child gets their birthday card, you can thank Natalie for making sure that it was addressed correctly and mailed on time! Always quick to smile and engage the children, we couldn't be happier to have her on the team.

Therapy Doggy in (Perpetual) Training

Michele Janssens, SLP

Renee Blaes

Director of First Impressions

​& Front Office Manager

​​Amber became a TheraPlayer in February 2016.  She has been in this field for 14 years and received her COTA degree from Barton County Community College.  She helped care for her grandmother after a stroke and was able to witness first hand the difference an OT can make.  Her hobbies include attending her 4 daughters sporting/theatre/musical events and photography.  

Hannah  joined us in October 2017.  You will see her in the front office making sure that you are taken care of.  She says she is so excited to be working for a place that is making such a huge difference in the lives of children and their families! She believes that one of the greatest feelings is to know you are a part of something that is helping others.  Her favorite past times are watching movies, gardening and crafting.

Our Physical Therapists

Billing/Credentialing Specialist

& Social Media Expert

Hannah Wold

Property Engineer 

& Interim Office Manager

Katie joined the TheraPlayers in January 2015.  She has been a PT for over 40 years.  She went into this field to help assist people with handicaps, disabilities or injuries become as successful as possible in life and develop their physical capabilities to the utmost.  Her hobbies include gardening, yoga, scrapbooking, and mentoring single women with children in Project Fresh Hope.

Andrea has been a pediatric PT since 1987, when she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She joined TheraPlay Spot in 2015 and has extensive pediatric experience working in acute care, NICU, schools, home visits, and outpatient. When not at work, she enjoys time with her husband, family, and dogs. She also enjoys running, yoga, reading, or volunteering with Family Promise.

Heidi is a mini Australian shepherd and joined the TheraPlayer team when she was a wee pup in April 2016. She enjoys greeting the children, chasing balls and lasers, following people around when they have food, jumping head first into the ball pit, and (the most favoritest doggy joy of all) getting in the trash. You may have heard her full name: Heidi Get-Out-of-the-Trash. 

Natalie Lade

Stephanie joined us in November 2019 when Michele's caseload filled up! She graduated in 2017 and has nearly all of her clinical experience in pediatrics. She is excited to continue growing her skills in the areas of feeding and swallowing. 

Originally from Wichita, Kris got her bachelors from KU & her masters in OT from Western Michigan University in 1993. After many years of being away from Kansas, she returned to Wichita in 2010 and opened TheraPlay Spot in June 2012. When she started TheraPlay Spot with just herself and 10 children in a little house, she could have never imagined that TheraPlay Spot would help over 1300 children in just a little over 7 years! Most of her time is spent on providing free therapy screenings in the community, giving in-services to other pediatric professionals, getting leadership training, and developing incredible business relationships in the Wichita community. She still enjoys treating and occasionally gets to cover for other therapists. She is humbled by the responsibility of her evolving leadership role and is proud of the TheraPlayers--both past and present--who each have had a critical part in the dynamic growth of the company. 

Speech Language Pathology

Katie became a TheraPlayer in June 2019.  

Stephanie Bowman, SLP

Amber Schwind, COTA

Owner, Clinical Director

Amber Teal, PT

Katherine Stump, OTR/L

Lizzy Clink, OTR/L

Melissa--the longest-serving TheraPlayer other than the owner--joined TheraPlay Spot in April 2013 as an Office Assistant, was promoted to Office Manager, and has worked her way up to being an effective Billing Manager. She has been handling all of the financials, including insurance billing and patient invoicing since October of 2014.  If there is a money or insurance issue of any kind she is our go-to person. She has spent most of her life working as a CNA & CMA, but found her strength to be in medical billing and patient accounts. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three boys. 

Office Assistant & Intake Specialist

& Shadower-Volunteer Coordinator

Katelyn Peacock, COTA

Katie Leigh Wieser, COTA

Lizzie came to TheraPlay in January 2019 from Texas.  She is gaining expertise and training in oral-motor and feeding skills, which is a wonderful addition to the services TheraPlay Spot offers. She received her degree from Abilene Christian University, and became an OT after witnessing first hand how much OT's helped her parents regain their independence and get back to enjoying life again.  Lizzie and her husband moved to Wichita and she found us!!  She enjoys spending time with her dog, Millie, and cat, Vera, along with watching movies and baking.  We are excited to have her on our Team!

Since we moved into the large clinic in November 2015, David used to spend most days around the clinic in his overalls while making dramatic changes and improvements to the building. Currently, he has stepped up to the role of Office Manager, and brings with him years of expertise from being both a small business owner and an efficiency expert. He also is our maintenance guy, computer repairman, IT dude, construction worker, electrician, carpenter, painter, plumber, carpet cleaner, dog walker, equipment purchaser, landlord to the Office Spots tenants, and confidant (and loving husband) to the owner. 

Katie Noller, PT

Our Occupational Therapists

Michele became our first speech-language pathologist in August 2019 when TheraPlay Spot added speech therapy services! Michele went to Kansas State University and Arizona State University and has been in this field for 23 yrs.  She wanted to become an SLP after her grandfather had a stroke when she was 12 yrs old.  Michele enjoys acting with local theaters and spending time with her two children and 10 pet children and grand pets.

Paige joined the TheraPlayer Team in June 2018.  She loves kids and being able to see them learn, grow and overcome obstacles!  She went to Newman University where she graduated.  She has been in the field for 7 years.  When she isn't here with us, she enjoys gardening, traveling, playing sports and spending time with her son.  She is a wonderful addition to our team!

Paige Jordan, COTA

Katherine joined the TheraPlayers in July 2019 because she loves helping kids improve the little skills that make a BIG difference in their lives! WE are excited that she joined our family and is able to follow her dreams.  Katherine graduated from Missouri State University after attending Wichita State.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on walks and shopping!

Brittany Becker, OTR/L

Brandee joined us in April 2016 and has been an OTR since graduating from Newman 1997. She has been the Lead Therapist since July 2018. She has extensive training in reflex integration, including both the MNRI and RMT programs. One of the reasons why she went into this field is to help people in all stages and aspects of life."I enjoy working at TheraPlay Spot because it allows me to fill-in-the-gap for children who do not qualify for school therapy, or need additional support. I am able to be in better touch with the parents, be a link in the chain of hope and progress."  She likes spending time with family and being involved as a parent in her children's activities.

Kris Dickinson, M.S., OTR/L

David Dickinson

Brittany joined the TheraPlayers in September 2018. She is an expert in reflex integration using the MNRI program. She also is trained in the SOS sensory-based feeding program. She loves helping others an going the extra mile for her OT colleagues and to improve quality of life and promoting independence in children.  And, she enjoys working with feeding clients to increase their tolerance to food and decrease sensitivity/aversion. She graduated the University of Missouri and has been an OTR for 8 yrs.  Brittany specializes in feeding therapy as well as reflex integration and has been a wonderful addition to our work family.  When she isn't with us, she enjoys spending time with her "other" family, including her new baby.  She also enjoys reading, cooking and going for walks.

Katelyn joined the team in September 2017. She has taken advanced training in reflex integration using the RMT program. She is very passionate about occupational therapy and says the reason she went into this field is because of all the positive impacts you can make in peoples lives to improve their quality of life.  She enjoys the creativity that goes into working with children while helping them achieve their goals.  She loves to spend time with her son and enjoying the outdoors.

Billing & Accounts Manager

Heidi

Esther became a TheraPlayer in September of 2018.  She loves working with children of mixed abilities and has been fortunate enough to do so in various situations for over 5 years. She enjoys the challenge of working at TheraPlay Spot and the opportunity to encourage and uplift those around her. Her favorite things to do are spending time with family, painting, listening to music, eating and having a good cup of coffee.