Meet the Team
I was born and raised here in Colorado. I graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1999 with my master's in Physical Therapy. I have always loved kids and through my clinical experiences at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Carbondale, CO and at Fletcher Miller School for special needs kids in Lakewood, CO, I found my passion in pediatric physical therapy.
After graduating, I worked for Jefferson County Schools at Molholm Preschool and at Fletcher Miller School for 2 years. I worked with children ages 3 to 21. I learned it was important to have excellent communication with the child's whole team of medical providers in order to help families be advocates for their child. I also gained a lot of experience with medically fragile kids and adaptive equipment. In 2002, I began working for various pediatric home healthcare agencies where I gained experience with children birth to 21 years old with many different diagnoses. In 2003, I formed my own business, Milestone Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc., and joined a transdisciplinary Early Intervention team at Developmental Pathways where I am still an active member.
Since 2003, I have maintained contracts with three Community Centered Boards (RMHS, DP, & DDRC) which allows me to provide services to kids in much of Denver and the surrounding area. I absolutely love the kids and families I work with. I have experience working with kids with Down Syndrome, CP, Intrauterine Stroke, torticollis, plagiocephaly, SMA, prematurity, Cohen Syndrome, medically fragile children, Noonan Syndrome, hypotonia, dwarfism, less common chromosomal deletions, Juvenile RA, orthopedic conditions after injuries (leg fractures and surgeries), hip dysplasia, fibular hemimelia (prosthetic leg), general gross motor delays, Spina Bifida, and multiples. I have enjoyed expanding my business over the years. I currently employ Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists who provide services for kids throughout Denver and the surrounding areas in Early Intervention and also at our pediatric therapy clinic located in Centennial. I enjoy being a mentor to my team members and the PT students I take from the CU Denver PT program and Regis PT program. I began having my own children in 2001. In my free time, I enjoy being a mom to my four kids, running, hiking, and skiing.
Nicolette (Nickie) Meyer, MS, OTR is a licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary in 2013. She also graduated with a minor in Psychology. During her graduate year within the Occupational Therapy program she traveled with a group of OT students to complete medical based missions within Guatemala. Nickie’s pediatric experience includes a variety of settings such as private outpatient clinic, preschool- middle school, home-based Early Intervention, and aquatic therapy.
Nickie has always had a passion for working with children which started with a job completing family support and respite care for children from ages 3 to 18 years old within the home. She enjoys working with children of all ages and ability levels and has experience treating many diagnoses including, but not limited to, developmental delays, prematurity, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Inrauterine Stroke, a variety of genetic disorders, torticollis, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, and Autism.
Her professional interests currently include early intervention, neuro-developmental treatment (NDT), feeding, aquatic therapy and sensory integration therapy. Post-graduate education has included sensory integration in aquatic therapy and baby treatment based on NDT principles.
Raised in Mandan, ND but currently lives with her husband in Denver, CO. Her interests include spending time with family and friends, snowboarding, enjoying the outdoors and traveling.
Amy was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs but moved down to Orlando, Florida where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2012 at the University of Central Florida.
She began her interest in working with children long before her physical therapy schooling but it was her clinical rotation working with children and adults with special needs in a variety of settings that confirmed that passion.
After graduation, Amy began her career working at Florida Hospital in Celebration, FL in an outpatient clinic working with adults and teenagers with neurological conditions and in pediatrics treating a large array of diagnoses. She then continued her career at a pediatric based outpatient clinic with Florida Hospital in Orlando, where she was able to better refine her skills towards the pediatric population.
Amy has had several years of experience in these settings helping direct families towards appropriate orthotics, adaptive and durable medical equipment including wheelchair, stander, gait trainer, bathchair, and walker fittings. In 2017, Amy was able to complete her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and grow in her treatment abilities for children with neurological impairments. Amy has experience treating a variety of diagnoses including: Cerebral Palsy, intrauterine stroke, Down Syndrome, rare and common genetic conditions, medically fragile and complex infants, premature infants, orthopedic impairments, torticollis, developmental delays, coordination disorders and many more.
In 2018, Amy and her husband moved out to the Denver area and are excited to continue their careers in this beautiful state. In their free time, Amy and her husband enjoy hiking, running, camping, and traveling as much as they can.
Colleen Imerman was awarded her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University and her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Central Michigan University. Colleen has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, and a license to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Colorado.
While earning her Master’s Degree, Colleen was given a unique experience to participate in Central Michigan University’s intensive Summer Speech-Language Pathology Specialty Clinics. This five week, residential therapy program allowed her to challenge her clients and other campers to use their new communication skills both in and outside the clinic. During this program, she developed a passion to help children with communication disorders.
Colleen’s professional experience has focused on the pediatric population, ranging from preschool to high school ages. As a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist, she has been part of a Special Education Team diagnosing and providing services for school-aged children requiring speech/language support services, including articulation, phonology, receptive/expressive language, social skills, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), voice, and fluency. Colleen currently specializes in articulation/phonological disorders serving children through her private practice. Additionally, she is a member of an Early Childhood Screening Team providing speech, language, hearing, and developmental screenings for preschool-aged children. Colleen has not only worked with children, but has worked with the adult neurogenic population in medical settings, including the University of Florida Shands Acute Care and Rehabilitation Hospitals. In 2004, she started a family with her husband and they now have three school-aged children. In her free time she likes to ski, mountain bike, hike, travel, visit family, and sail on Michigan’s Great Lakes.
Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Washington University and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is passionate about collaborating with families and other professionals to support children’s communication skills. Melissa has most recently worked in a public elementary school setting. She has experience treating children with a variety of needs including speech articulation disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Cleft Lip/Palate, language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and cognitive delays. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, hiking and exploring beautiful Colorado.
Meaghan received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Growing up with a best friend with down syndrome, Meaghan developed her dream to dedicate her life to working with people with special needs. Her passion for Speech-Language Pathology developed even more over the past 4 years while working at a school in Connecticut for children with autism.
Meaghan has evaluated and treated children of all ages with a wide range of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Her special interests include AAC, feeding and swallowing therapy, working with individuals with autism as well as working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Meaghan was given the unique opportunity to travel to Guatemala for two clinical rotations to provide speech, language, and swallowing intervention in rural villages. She also has extensive experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in speech language pathology in order to provide the autism community with more resources and support. Meaghan is devoted to ensuring the most holistic approach to therapy for each child while advocating for individuals with special needs and their families.
In her free time Meaghan loves to run, ski, golf, and go to the beach.
Brynne is an Occupational Therapist from Austin, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with her master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2015 and received her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. Brynne has worked with children in a variety of therapeutic settings including private practice clinics, early intervention, and within the preschool environment. Over the past few years, she has gained valuable experience working with children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Dysgraphia and other handwriting challenges, learning disorders, various genetic abnormalities, and general developmental delay. She has also worked with children and other therapists in a group setting focusing on areas such as social skills, handwriting, and sensory aspects of eating. Brynne recently completed all of the Handwriting Without Tears courses, and is in the process of gaining her Level 1 certificate as a Handwriting Specialist. In her free time, Brynne enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and spending time with her husband and 2 pups.
Katherine was born and raised in Kosciusko, MS. Katherine received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Exercise Physiology from Mississippi University for Women. Katherine completed her clinical at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS in Cardiac Rehab and Pulmonary Care and Practicum/Internship in child growth and development including developmental disabilities. Katherine is also a veteran of U.S Air Force.
Katherine has always been passionate about seniors and pediatrics. Katherine became more passionate about pediatrics while completing her practicum in developmental disabilities. Katherine has management experience from pediatric home care agencies, as well as managing assisted living facilities and senior home care agencies.
Katherine enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, cooking, traveling and reading.
Christine earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Business from the State University of New York at Albany in 1988. After working in a residential facility for children with developmental disabilities as a Behavioral Specialist and Assistant Treatment Director for 5 years, Christine returned to school to earn her Masters of Physical Therapy at Boston University.
Christine began her career as a PT in NY at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, working with adults with Neurological, Orthopedic, and Cardiovascular diagnoses. She then returned to Boston where she worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Outpatient Dept. Here, she worked with a multidisciplinary team of professionals to care for children from the United States and all over the world. Christine also did contract work for a home for children and young adults with traumatic brain injuries and various other neurological disorders. While at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Christine also evaluated and treated adults with neurological, orthopedic, and sports medicine diagnoses.
She later worked in Boston for HealthSouth Corp in an outpatient facility where she treated adults with orthopedic/sports medicine diagnoses, as well as caring for children with a diversity of diagnoses in HealthSouth Outpatient facilities on part time basis. Christine moved to Hawaii in 2001 where she worked at an elementary school on a military base to provide augmented physical therapy services for a special project through the Department of Defense. She later worked for a physician owned clinic in Honolulu treating adults with orthopedic/sports medicine and chronic pain diagnoses.
Christine, her husband, and her daughter moved to Colorado in 2010. She enjoys doing activities with her young daughter, yoga & exercise.
Kristin received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2015 and is passionate about pediatric physical therapy. Kristin has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, NICU, outpatient, and sports physical therapy. During her time at Regis University Kristin traveled to Peru for a global health immersion where she gained invaluable experience working with children with disabilities in their homes. This experience helped Kristin realize her passion for global health as well as gain an appreciation for the outcomes that can be achieved with physical therapy and other medical interventions for kids with disabilities. Kristin coaches gymnastics at Colorado Gymnastics Institute where she works with girls ages 10-18. In her free time, Kristin enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Emma Flanagan, OTR was born and raised in Western NY. She received her Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Health from Slippery Rock University in PA, where she also played lacrosse all 4 years and was voted Co-team Captain her junior and senior year. Emma went on to earn her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, graduating in December 2015. She completed her fieldwork in an outpatient pediatric facility in Florida and at a skilled nursing facility in Aurora. Emma enjoys working in a variety of settings and is currently working in Early Intervention, at a school with grades K-5 and PRN at a skilled nursing facility. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and playing/watching any sports.
In 1998, I received my undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. I continued my education at Northern Arizona University where I received my doctorate of physical therapy in 2001. Over the next several years, I explored the field of physical therapy in a variety of settings before I discovered my passion in pediatrics, specifically in early intervention.
After graduating from physical therapy school, I settled in Phoenix, AZ with my husband and began working in three different pediatric settings: clinic, schools and homes. Through this experience, I learned the value of treating the entire child, which includes not only every aspect of the child as a whole, but the importance of the child’s care givers and environment. My passion quickly grew for home based pediatric therapy and specifically early intervention.
I have worked with children ages birth to 18 over the past 17 years with a wide range of diagnoses, to include: Down Syndrome, CP, DiGeorge Syndrome, EDS, Intrauterine Stroke, torticollis, plagiocephaly, SMA, Rett Syndrome, muscular dystrophy, prematurity, Cohen Syndrome, medically fragile children, Noonan Syndrome, hypotonia, epilepsy, TBI, dwarfism, less common chromosomal deletions, club foot, Juvenile RA, orthopedic conditions after injuries (leg fractures and surgeries), hip dysplasia, general gross motor delays, Spina Bifida, and multiples.
Five years ago, my husband and I moved with our three children to Denver, CO where I continue to enjoy working with children in their natural environments. When I am not working as a physical therapist, I find myself being the taxi driver for my three children, cheering them on in their sporting endeavors, hiking with my dogs and finding new ways to decorate our home
Allison grew up in Indiana but moved to sunny Colorado in 2007. She always had a passion for working with kids, but an internship in college with a pediatric PT and working at a camp for kids with disabilities inspired her to become a physical therapist. Allison graduated from the University of Colorado with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011 and has been working in pediatrics since then.
She has had experience is various settings, including early intervention, home therapy with older kids/young adults, outpatient clinics, and schools. She has had the opportunity to work with children with a wide variety of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delay, coordination disorders, torticollis, genetic disorders, prematurity, and many more. Allison loves meeting new families and helping children and families achieve their goals.
When not working, Allison loves spending time outdoors--walking, hiking, running, playing at the park, camping, or pretty much anything else. She also enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and son.
Leslie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 with her doctorate in physical therapy. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. During physical therapy school, Leslie completed one of her clinical experiences at St. Jude Children’s Hospital which ultimately motivated her to pursue pediatrics in her physical therapy career.
Since graduation, Leslie has worked with a variety of children including those with Down’s syndrome, Autism, general developmental delays, and rare genetic disorders. She has experience working in an adult outpatient orthopedic clinic, early intervention, therapeutic camp, and an inclusive preschool. Leslie loves working with children and families to enhance children’s functional abilities, independence, and quality of life.
Leslie moved to Denver with her husband in 2014, and after growing up in the Midwest, she loves being close to the mountains. On the weekends, Leslie enjoys hiking, camping, running, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her husband, dog, and cat.
Kari was born in Minnesota and will always be a Minnesotan at heart. She graduated from Marquette University in 2010 with a doctorate of physical therapy. She has always had a passion for working with children. Through physical therapy internships and volunteer work with children, she decided she wanted to continue to work with children for her career. She came to Colorado after graduation, and never looked back because of the mild winters and the many outdoor activities available here.
Kari has experience in a pediatric outpatient clinic and home health setting working with children ages 0-18 years old. She loves getting to know each child and their family and helping them achieve their goals and improve function. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, torticollis, plagiocephaly, prematurity, hypotonia, orthopedic conditions, Spina Bifida, genetic disorders, coordination disorders and more.
In addition, Kari has a passion for adaptive physical activities. She currently teaches kids yoga classes to kids of all abilities. She also started a climbing group for kids of all abilities in Colorado Springs. In her free time, she loves to do anything outdoors with her husband and son, including camping, mountain and road biking, hiking, and rock climbing.
Kendra Vander Wal
Front Desk Coordinator
Gaylene was born and raised in Colorado. She has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population. Gaylene is a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) and has extensive knowledge in social skills development and behavioral management in relation to Bipolar Disorder and Autism. In her free time she enjoys cooking, fishing, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.
My name is Kristen Brainard. I have been an OT since 2000. I started in a small private school setting called G.E.M.S. where I was the OT in the preschool and kindergarten rooms. It was a great first experience because I had 2 more seasoned OT’s who mentored me and answered my million questions everyday. In the summer of 2002, I decided to try something new and began to work in EI as an in-home therapist. That is where I have stayed ever since. I feel like I have found my home with this population. I love being so involved with the families and I think early intervention is just so important to setting a strong foundation for our kiddos. I have seen a wide variety of diagnosis in my almost 17 years in EI but have a definite extra soft spot in my heart for kids with Down Syndrome. I would say a few traits of my therapy style is to see the whole kiddo, not just my discipline, and to think outside of the box! What works for one kiddo might not work for another one. And have fun-we get to play with kids for a living and we know they learn best when they are having fun! Personally, I have been married 20 years to my husband Mike. We have a 16 year old son named Jack and a 13 year old daughter named Sydney. We also have 2 dogs, Maci and Lola
Hannah graduated from Northwestern University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She received her bachelor's degree from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Hannah became interested in pursuing physical therapy after studying abroad in Norway at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, where she was immersed in a culture that emphasized a healthy, active lifestyle and preventative care. She has always loved spending time with children, but she confirmed her passion for pediatric physical therapy during a clinical rotation at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Hannah has experience working in a variety of pediatric settings, including early intervention, outpatient, spina bifida clinic, sports physical therapy, acute care, NICU, and high-risk infant clinic.
Hannah and her husband recently moved from Chicago and are excited to have the opportunity to explore the beautiful state of Colorado. Having grown up in the mountains in Montana, Hannah has always loved being in the outdoors skiing, camping, hiking, and boating on Flathead Lake. In her free time Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring outside and traveling.
MA, CCC-SLP, RYT
Caroline L Mancuso, MA, CCC-SLP, RYT has been practicing Speech-Language Pathology with an emphasis in Early Childhood in the south Denver area since 2004. Her areas of expertise include Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental motor planning speech disorders, play-based speech-language intervention, functional language development, and parent training. Her spirited, humorous approach to intervention is balanced with continuing study of neuroscience and related behavioral applications. She is honored to have the opportunity to guide young children and their families on the path to the joys of communication. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family
"Chelle" has 22 years of experience and has recently relocated from California to Colorado. She has worked both in the clinic setting and in the early intervention setting. Chelle has experience with fine motor, sensory, feeding, visual impairments, infant massage and aquatic therapy. She has taken the Baby NDT course and a NICU Baby Feeding course. In her free time, Chelle enjoys kickboxing and spending time with her two dogs.