Meet our Staff

Carmen Rathert, M.S. CCC-SLP, COM®

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Carmen Rathert is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and orofacial myologist with 14 years of experience.  She is the owner of Chatterbox Speech Therapy, is level 1 PROMPT trained, and received her certification in orofacial myology in March of 2019.

Jessi Frencken, MPT

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Jessi Frencken, MPT is a licensed physical therapist and owner of Child’s Play Therapy, LLC.  Jessi has owned her business for over 10 years now and Child’s Play Therapy currently offers early intervention services in 10 counties, school based therapy in 10 districts and outpatient services based out of Clinton, MO. 

Jeanni Kanzler, OTR/L

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Jeanni Kanzler is a licensed occupational therapist with over 20 years experience. She is has worked in a variety of settings developing fine motor, visual motor/perceptual motor, reflex integration, and sensory processing skills in all populations. 

Emily Stocking, Eds/LPC/NCC

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Emily Stocking is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is specializing in Play Therapy. She has 11 years experience working in community mental health and held several positions and worked with numerous populations during that time. 

LeeAnne Gooding, Billing Administrator

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LeeAnne is the biling administrator for both Chatterbox And Child's Play therapies.  LeeAnne has over 20 years experience working with insurance companies and patient accounts covering a variety of areas of medical practice.

Amanda Littrell, M.S. CCC-SLP

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Amanda Littrell is a licensed, certified speech/language pathologist, on track for certification in orofacial myology, and a pediatric outpatient therapist.

Jami Voelmeck, M.S. CCC-SLP

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Jami Voelmeck is a licensed, certified speech/language pathologist, specializing in the adolescent population.  She is trained in the Orton Gillingham dyslexia treatment program.

Hannah Witt, M.S. CCC-SLP

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Hannah Witt is a licensed, certified speech/language pathologist, passionate about serving children in the school setting.

Kim Shields, M.S. CCC-SLP

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Kim Shields is a licensed, certified speech/language pathologist, passionate about serving children in the school setting.

Megan Hilsabeck, M.S. CCC-SLP

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Megan Hilsabeck is a licensed, certified speech/language pathologist, PROMPT Level 1 trained, trained in Orton Gillingham dyslexia treatment program, and outpatient pediatric therapist.  

Lauren O'Hare, M.S. SLP-CF

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Lauren O'Hare is a licensed, speech-language pathologist completing her clinical fellowship year.  She currently serves children in the school setting.  Lauren is trained in the Orton Gillingham dyslexia treatment program and orofacial myology.

Katelee Miller, M.S. SLP-CF

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Katelee Miller is a licensed, speech-language pathologist from the University of Central Missouri. She has a passion for working with children with an array of communication and speech difficulties.

Amy Tracy, PTA

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Amy Tracy is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She has worked in almost all areas of physical therapy, but in the last 12 years she has primarily focused on pediatrics working in first steps and school settings.

Dana Vanmeter-Patton, M.S. CCC-SLP

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Please welcome Dana to our Chatterbox team!  Dana is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist.  She has 21 years experience working with children and adults.  She is currently serving children in the school setting.

Kim Moore, PTA

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Kim Moore is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with 30 years of experience. She has worked in many settings with adult and pediatric populations. Kim finds pediatric therapy to be challenging and rewarding and enjoys serving children and their families. 

Skyler Borman, M.S. CCC-SLP

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Skyler Borman is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist.  She has a passion for serving our pediatric population and specializes in working with children on the spectrum and AAC.

Paige Foster, DPT

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 Paige Foster is a licensed physical therapist. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rockhurst University. Paige has experience in many settings serving both adults and children but personally finds working with children and their families to be the most rewarding. Her pediatric experience includes school-based, early intervention and outpatient therapy services.  

Courtney Van Alstine, OTR/L

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 Courtney Van Alstine is a licensed and registered occupational therapist with a passion for pediatric therapy. She received her Masters in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed a graduate assistantship at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  

Jessica Diermann, DPT

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 Jessica Diermann is a licensed physical therapist with a passion for working with children and their families. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Missouri. She completed a pediatric physical therapy residency at Creighton University, where she gained experience working with pediatric patients in a variety of settings, including outpatient, school-based, aquatics, and the NICU. Jessica is dedicated to helping families to improve their children’s quality of life through gross motor skills and functional mobility. 

Lauren Helmig, COTA

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Lauren Helmig is a licensed and certified occupational therapy assistant with experience in a variety of settings. Previously Lauren was serving the geriatric population when she got the opportunity to provide services to the pediatric population through Child’s Play Therapy. She couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with the pediatric population as her younger brother with physical and mental disabilities is the driving force behind her career choice and initial interest in the pediatric population. 

Anna Rosales, Office Assistant

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Anna Rosales is in her fourth year of undergraduate at the University of Central Missouri. Next year, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in physical therapy. At the Pediatric Place, her roles consist of patient intake, scheduling, organizing, and helping meeting the needs of our clients and their caregivers.  You can find Anna's smiling face behind the front desk or running our kid activities.

Sterling

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  Sterling is an 18 month old silver lab who has just started his obedience training.  This is just the first step for Sterling in his journey to become Child's Play Therapy's next therapy dog. 

Remington

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 Remington is a certified therapy dog and probably the most popular therapist we have on staff!  He is a very sweet chocolate lab that works in our outpatient and school based settings. 

Danielle Brooks, Office Assistant

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   Danielle Brooks is a fourth year communication disorder student at UCM.  She plays a big role at the Pediatric Place by assisting in patient intake, scheduling, organizing, and helping meeting the needs of our clients and their caregivers.  You will often see Danielle's smiling face behind the front desk or running our kid activities.