We have some of the best of the best therapists and staff and we would like to introduce to each one of them. Each member of the staff is unique with all the specific training and knowledge they possess however, we all share one common bond and that is making sure that each child succeeds in their treatment, making sure that each family is treated with the utmost respect and courtesy. We believe in all our kids and give our full undivided attention to them during therapy.
Christa Brophy, Co-owner and Operator, Occupational Therapist
Christa has been working at Kidswork since 2005 and in 2007 she bought the business. Before that, Christa began her career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 1993. She then received her Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from Penn State University in 2003. Christa has experience in geriatrics, rehab and pediatric therapy. Most of her experience is in school based and clinic based pediatric therapy. Christa is Reiki 1 certified, a certified Handwriting Without Tears instructor, and SIPT (Sensory Integration Praxis Test) certified. Christa has extensive knowledge and continuing education in the area of torticollis.
Christa manages the clinic based side of the business, as well as the Evangelical Community Hospital contract and supervises the clinic based employees. Christa enjoys spending time with her family and being active in her church.
Janine McWilliams, MS, OTR/L Co-owner and Operator, Occupational Therapist
Janine graduated from College Misericordia in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Janine has worked in pediatrics since graduation in both school based and clinic based settings. Janine began her career at Kidswork in 2008 as a per diem therapist and was hired in 2010 as staff therapist working both in the schools and in the clinic. Janine bought into the business in 2011 and has enjoyed watching Kidswork grow and develop over the past several years. Janine has experience and continuing education in the areas of Handwriting Without Tears, the Alert Program, Autism, School based therapy practices, supervision and Neurodevelopment. Janine is a Certified Drums Alive instructor and provides classes at Kidswork at least 3 times per year for children of all abilities. Janine teaches courses on Child Development, Intervention and previously courses on Neurodevelopment as an adjunct faculty member at Misericordia University.
Janine manages the school based contracts and supervises the school based therapists. Janine enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 year old son, vacationing, spending time with friends and remaining active in her church.
Staff Occupational Therapists:
Bethanie Allen, MS, OTR/L
Bethanie joined our Kidswork team in January 2014. She works in both the clinic and school settings. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007 and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2008. Her current experience includes work in pediatric therapy from ages birth to 21 including: early intervention, aquatic therapy, school based, and outpatient therapy including a variety of diagnosis. She also has management experience, and geriatric experience in both skilled nursing and assisted living care along with a master clinician certification in dementia. Her interests include autism and sensory processing as well as mental health and activity analysis. She has developed a social story for shoe tying independence which she continues to work on developing into a functional book. Bethanie loves spending time with her husband Josh and son Braxton, and her two crazy cats Bourbon & Barley. She loves laughing, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, attending local festivals, gardening, cooking, DIY projects, and doing yoga.
Kim Heffner, MS, OTR/L
Kim has been with Kidswork since 2010 when she was employed as a COTA. She recently received her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University (August 2014). She remained with us on staff and is providing OT services within the clinic setting and assisting in the school setting when needed. Kim’s interests includes: sensory integration, nutrition and alternative therapies, Reiki, and aromatherapy. Kim holds a certification as a Drums Alive instructor and assists with this program here at Kidswork. Her favorite way to spend time is being with family and friends and her 2 Norwegian Elkhounds. She loves reading, fitness and nutrition, and studying and using aromatherapy, making oil blends for family and friends. She likes the personal connections she makes with her clients and gets immense pleasure from seeing positive results in her clients.
Melissa Engle, COTA/L
Melissa has been with Kidswork since 2003. She started her career with us as a clinic therapist and now is a full time school based therapist working within the Shikellamy Area School District. Melissa graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology with an associates degree in applied science. Melissa has experience and continuing education in the areas of Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, and Interactive Metronome. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and crafts.
Krista Daldo, COTA/L
Krista has been with Kidswork since 2004. She works within the clinic setting at our private practice facility. She has in the past worked within the school setting as well. Krista graduated from P.A. College of Technology in 1996 with an Associate of Applied Science degree. Krista holds certifications for level 1 Reiki and level 1 Cranio-sacral therapy. She also has knowledge and a special interest in the area of torticollis and works with infants and their families. She enjoys working with kids of all ages. Krista enjoys spending time with her family which includes her spouse and two boys and attending their sporting events. She also enjoys reading, gardening and spending time outdoors.
Diann (DeeDee) Mossel, COTA/L
DeeDee has been with Kidswork since 2011. She works as a full time school based therapist within the Lewisburg Area School District, as well as, the Midd West Area School District. DeeDee graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2007 with an Associates in Applied Heath Science degree. DeeDee is very interested in different therapy treatments and programs in the community for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). She lives in Lewisburg with her husband and two high school age children. She attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church and loves to keep busy supporting her son and daughter’s many activities. DeeDee is a ballet dancer “wanna be” and has participated in the Williamsport Ballet Company’s Nutcracker for the last two years, with both of her children.
Patricia Connelly, COTA/L
Patti started her career with Kidswork as a level II fieldwork student in 2012. She was hired upon graduation in 2012. Patti works full time as a school based therapist within the Shikellamy Area School District.
Staff Speech Therapists:
Lindsay Turnage, CCC-SLP
Lindsay has been with Kidswork since August 2011. She has been working as a Speech Therapist within the Shamokin Area School District since her hire. Lindsay has provided supervision to various student clinicians.
Laureen Purdy, CCC-SLP
Laureen has been with Kidswork since 2011. She has experience in both school based and clinic based therapy. She currently works part time in our clinic setting. Laureen has provided supervision to other Speech Therapists and graduate students.
Heather Booth, CCC-SLP
Heather has been with Kidswork since September 2013. She has experience in geriatric therapy, as well as, pediatric therapy. She works part time at our clinic.
Deborah Platt, CCC-SLP
Deborah started at Kidswork in 2011 as a per diem Speech Therapist and joined our team as a part time employee in August 2013. She has experience in both school based and clinic based therapy. Currently she is working within the clinic setting.
Staff Physical Therapists:
Sarah Patte, PT, DPT
Sarah has been with Kidswork since 2010 when she worked as a per diem therapist to assist in the clinic. She became a part time employee in 2013 and provided PT services within the clinic, as well as, the school setting. As of August 2014 she is solely working as a school based therapist within multiple school districts.
Danielle Grozier, PT, DPT
Dani recently joined the Kidswork team in May 2014. Dani works part time for us providing PT services within the clinic setting. Besides working for Kidswork, she also works part time providing Early Intervention services through the county. She received a BA in Spanish from Bucknell University in 2008 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2011. Dani has worked specifically with pediatrics to include clinical rotations within the NICU at University of Colorado Hospital and the Anchor Center for Blind Children. Since her graduation she has worked in Early Intervention, serving children 0-3 years of age with a variety of diagnosis including congenital heart defects, CP, genetic disorders, Down’s Syndrome, TBI’s, and general developmental delays. She is interested in developmentally appropriate care for infants and children, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and visual impairment as it relates to gross motor development. She is passionate about incorporating play into all therapies, and adapting routines to promote independence and success. Dani enjoys spending time with her two young boys and husband playing outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, swimming and going to the park.
Per Diem Therapist
Kidswork currently employees a number of per diem OT’s and SLP’s to assist with the clinic caseload, specifically our evening caseload.