Introducing the newest addition to CI Pediatric Therapies: East Middleton clinic! Since opening a second clinic in the Middleton area, we have been able to better support the children and families who receive CI services on the west side of Madison with more space, toys, and fun. Our new clinic, found at 6602 University Avenue, has an ideal location as it is near several city parks (check out the splash pad and playground at Lakeview Park!), coffee shops (you’re bound to find something delicious at Grace Coffee Co. or Scooter’s), and easy access to nearby schools, neighborhoods, and shops.
The East Middleton clinic is determined to meet individual family needs by offering a range of services, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and feeding therapy. As throughout all CI locations, we base our services around each individual client and their most important occupation – PLAY! Check out the bios of the East Middleton staff below to learn about specialty skills, favorite games, and who the faces are within our newest CI location.
Meet the Staff
Michelle is a graduate of Madison College, where she earned an associate’s degree as an occupational therapy assistant. Michelle has experience working with children of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses, including autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, cerebral palsy, anxiety disorder, reactive attachment disorder, Down syndrome, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Michelle is certified in Interactive Metronome, Astronaut Training, and Therapeutic Listening. Her third child was born with a disability, which motivated her to begin learning about occupational therapy. She is passionate about helping not only her child but all children grow and become independent adults. Areas of specific interest include activities of daily living, the gut-brain connection, and sensory processing. Through her journey with her son, she has become motivated to be a source of knowledge and support for families regarding community resources and therapeutic techniques. In her free time she enjoys woodworking and refinishing old furniture, hanging out with her family, and going to yoga.
Christy began working with CI in 2020 as a parent advocate volunteer and officially joined the East Middleton staff this fall as a Clinic Assistant. Christy’s love of CI began more than 15 years ago when she began bringing her young son to CI for speech therapy. As a veteran family of CI, Christy is passionate about the CI mission, process and culture and loves sharing her family’s CI success story. Outside of work, Christy enjoys family game nights, big Sunday dinners and daily walks with their newest family addition, Rocco, a mini Australian Shepherd who’s energy and enthusiasm keeps the whole family on their toes!
Anna has been a speech-language pathologist at CI for 2 years, and has been at our East Middleton clinic since its opening in July. She loves all things speech and language, but is specifically interested in speech-sound disorders, and is trained in PROMPT therapy, which is a tactile-kinesthetic approach used to facilitate accurate production of speech sounds. She also is a feeding therapist and loves literacy and early language development. Her favorite toy for early language development is a Critter Clinic! It is a great way to get repetitive practice in using core language.
Lindsey is a Speech Language Pathologist here at CI East Middleton! She joined the CI team in July of 2021. She enjoys working with young kiddos (ages 2-9) the most at CI – early childhood language and speech sound therapy are her favorite areas to work on with kids! She also loves how language and reading/literacy go together. Her favorite materials to use in therapy are children’s books and adapting them to provide rich language experiences for her clients. Seeing children grow and develop is the most rewarding part of her job.
Taylor has been with CI since 2020 after graduating with her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. She is passionate about using research and evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and focusing on kiddos’ individual strengths to guide their occupational therapy sessions. Taylor’s favorite activities to use in her sessions are online coding programs such as Scratch or Flowlab to keep her clients engaged and motivated while working on those tricky higher level thinking skills. Not to mention, she gets to learn a little about coding herself. Outside of work, Taylor can be found hiking with her dogs, riding her bike, or venturing to Colorado to visit friends.
Amanda is East Middleton’s newest occupational therapist, having started at CI in November 2021. She values making connections with families in order to help her kiddos be as successful as possible both in therapy and in the community! Mental health is a strong area of interest for her. She thinks sessions are the most fun when her friends’ interests, favorite games, or most loved toys are included. Amanda enjoys using all kinds of board and card games in her sessions, creatively using them to target each kid’s goal areas. When she isn’t at work, she is typically painting, reading, or snuggling her cat.
We look forward to meeting your family and your children! Together, our team has a variety of skills and areas of expertise, ensuring your child’s care will be well rounded. We value learning about what is important to your family, addressing each specific concern, and helping your children to be as independent as possible. We have a great sensory gym and many games to choose from during each therapy session. We hope you’re excited to join us and we can’t wait to see you at East Middleton!