Our Team

Our Team


  • Jaime Passaglia, PT, DPT – Pediatric Physical Therapist
    Jaime-Passaglia

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Physical Therapist
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University
    • Bachelors of Science, University of Illinois, Kinesiology
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Sarah Kelly, PT, DPT Pediatric Physical Therapist
    Sarah_Kennedy

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Physical Therapist
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University
    • Bachelors of Science, Indiana University, Kinesiology
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Julie Hesch PT, DPT Pediatric Physical Therapist, Crown Point Clinic Director
    Julie Hesch

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Physical Therapist
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University
    • Bachelors of Science, Indiana University, Exercise Science
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Jaime Neidenbach, PT, DPT Pediatric Physical Therapist, Director of Recreational Activities and K9 services
    Jaime_Neidenbach

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Physical Therapist
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Carroll University
    • Bachelors of Science, Carroll University, Exercise Science
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Lauren Silverman PT, DPT Pediatric Physical Therapist
    Lauren Silverman

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified Licensed Physical Therapist
    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University
    • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Katherine Knaapen, PT, DPT Pediatric Physical TherapistKatherine Knaapen

    Certification and Training:

    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Loyola University Chicago
    • CPR and First Aid Certified
    • APTA and IPTA member (pediatric section)

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  • Rebekah Lavin, PT, DPT Pediatric Physical TherapistRebekah Lavin

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of science in biology with double minor in psychology and dance from Ohio Northern University
    • Doctorate of physical therapy from Northwestern University
    • Certified Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Alex Manning, PT, DPT Pediatric Physical TherapistAlex Manning

    Certification and Training:

    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University
    • Bachelors of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spanish
    • Early Intervention Specialist
    • CPR certified

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  • Sarah Kappers, PT, DPT Pediatric Physical TherapistSarah Kappers

    Certification and Training:

    • Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University
    • Bachelors of Science, University of Notre Dame
    • Early Intervention Specialist
    • CPR certified

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  • Crystal Gomez, Pediatric Physical TherapistCrystal Gomez
    Crystal graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. She then went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University.

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  • Hannah Hayden, MS, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Director of Occupational Therapy services
    Hannah Hayden

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Masters of Science from Rush University, Occupational Therapy
    • Bachelors of Science, Washington University
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Corrie Lukkes, OTD, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist
    Corrie_Lukkes

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University
    • Bachelors of Science, Creighton University, Health Sciences
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Heather Milligan, MS, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Co-Director of “FUN”
    Heather_Milligan

    Certification and Training:

    • Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy
    • Early Intervention Specialist
    • American Occupational Therapy Association Member

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  • Marisol Pineda MS, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist
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    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Masters of Science from Chicago State University
    • Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
    • Certified Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Melissa Duncan, MS, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist
    Melissa Duncan

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelor of Science in Health Science, University of South Florida
    • Masters of Occupational Therapy, Saint Louis University
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Hannah, MS, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist
    Hannah

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelor of Art in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound
    • Masters of Occupational Therapy from Rush University

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  • Erin Frazier, MS, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational TherapistErin Frazier

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Western Michigan
    • Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy Western Michigan
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Devin Mahoney, MS, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational TherapistDevin Mahoney

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelor of Art in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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  • Maddie Schultz, MS OTR/L, Pediatric Occupational TherapistMaddie Schultz

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Sciences Saint Louis University
    • Master of Occupational Therapy Saint Louis University
    • Early Intervention Specialist
    • CPR Certified

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  • Kimberly George, MS OTR/L, Pediatric Occupational TherapistKimberly George

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services, Pennsylvania State University
    • Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago

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  • Erin Schwenke, MS OTR/L, Pediatric Occupational TherapistErin Schwenke

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified & Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology, Ohio University
    • Master of Occupational Therapy, The University of New England

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  • Melisa Valle, Pediatric Occupational TherapistMelisa Valle

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Pre-Occupational Therapy, Walsh University
    • Masters of Occupational Therapy, Walsh University

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  • Monica Parilac, MS, OTR/L, Pediatric Occupational TherapistMonica Parilac

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
    • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science, Saint Louis University
    • Master of Occupational Therapy, Saint Louis University

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  • Siobhan Donohoe, Pediatric Occupational TherapistSiobhan Donohoe

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science Saint Louis University
    • Master of Occupational Therapy Saint Louis University
    • CPR Certified
    • Early Intervention Specialist (in process)

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  • Erica Vitaliano, M.S. CCC-SLP Pediatric Speech Therapist, Director of Speech Therapy services, Director of Early Intervention services
    Erica Vitaliano

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and licensed speech-language pathologist
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
    • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Marquette University
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Christine Mendoza MHS, CCC-SLP Pediatric Speech Therapist
    Christine-Mendoza

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Bachelor of the Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, Elmhurst College
    • Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders, Governors State University

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  • Katherine Lofing, MS, CCC-SLP Pediatric Speech Therapist
    Katherine_Lofing

    Certification and Training:

    • Certified and Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
    • Bachelors of Arts in Communicative Disorders from University of Kansas
    • Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from University of Kansas Medical Center

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  • Suzanna Ramirez, CCC, SLP Pediatric Speech Therapist
    Suzanna Ramirez

    Certification and Training:

    • Masters in the Science of Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University
    • Early Intervention Specialist
    • CPR certified in pediatrics and adults
    • Fluent in Spanish

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  • Lauren Siragusa, CCC-SLP Pediatric Speech Therapist
    Lauren Siragusa

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • Early Intervention Specialist
    • CPR Certified

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  • Sarah Vogt, MS, CF-SLP Pediatric Speech TherapistSarah Vogt

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • Master of Science in Speech, Language and Learning, Northwestern University
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Emilie Predl, MS, CCC-SLP Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist
    Emilie Predl

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University
    • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Illinois State University
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Chelsey Peterson, MS, CCC-SLP Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist
    Chelsey Peterson

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Augustana College
    • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
    • Early Intervention Specialist

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  • Kaylie Reinglass, Pediatric Speech Therapist
    Kaylie Reinglass

    Kaylie graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences and received her Masters of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University.

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  • Emily Hunt, Pediatric Speech Therapist
    Emily Hunt

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Hearing Sciences
    • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology

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  • Kelsi Rarick, MS, CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech Therapist
    Kelsi Rarick

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics & Psychology, University of Chicago
    • Master of Science in Speech, Language, & Learning, Northwestern University
    • Certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Society (ASHA)

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  • Andrea Brandess, Pediatric Developmental Therapist, Reading SpecialistAndrea Brandess

    Certification and Training:

    • Credentialed Developmental Therapist
    • Certified Elementary Education Teacher
    • Certified Reading Specialist
    • CPR Certified (soon)

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  • Chanece Richard, DT, M.Ed., Pediatric Developmental TherapyChanece Richard

    Certification and Training:

    • Credentialed Developmental Therapist
    • Early Intervention Specialist
    • Infant massage

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  • Vanesa Corado Lead Teacher & Spanish Interpreter/Translator, Director of Academic Activities
    Vanesa_corado

    Certification and Training:

    • Bachelors of Arts, Northeastern Illinois University, Bilingual/ Multicultural Education
    • State Translator and Interpreter
    • CPR certified in pediatrics and adults
    • Illinois Association of Multilingual Multicultural Education member

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  • Kaley Rosinski, Operations Manager, Director of Operations and External services
    Kaley Rosinski

    Certification and Training:

    • A.A. Early Childhood Education, Oakton Community College
    • Licensed EMT (State of Illinois)
    • USA Swimming Certified Coach

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  • Lurdes Lozano Office Manager/Administration
    Lourdes_Lozano

    Lulu is an amazing bi-Lingual office manager who has worked in the therapy industry for many years. She previously worked as a regional manager for one of Chicago area’s prominent physical therapy companies. She is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to Little Steps and work with children and their families to assist in their overall care.

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  • Jessica Mazella Office Administration
    Jessica Mazella

    Jessica previously worked as an administrative assistant for a local school before leaving to take care of her two children. Jessica understands the value of pediatric therapy as her son began receiving services at a young age. Jessica is excited to be a part of the Little Steps team and provide support for families and the therapists.

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  • Chanel Hamer Office Administration
    Chanel Hamer

    Chanel received her degree in Accounting from Sangamon University. She obtained a wealth of experience working for one of the Northwest suburbs most prominent hospital networks, and has with many years of billing experience in the healthcare field. She is excited to be a part of Little Steps to assist the families and therapists.

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