CRCC’s therapy program emphasizes a caring, compassionate and client-centered approach. Both within our day and outpatient programs, our team of pediatric Physical, Occupational, Speech & Feeding Therapists are committed to high quality, individualized treatment.
Take a minute and get to know the experienced and dynamic team of therapists at CRCC.
Doreen James, MA, CCC-SLP
Doreen is the Lead Speech and Language Pathologists and clinical team leader, as well as our in-house Feeding & Swallowing specialist. She joined our team in 2009, and this year added the responsibilities of clinical team leader. Doreen has over 15 years of medical based experience in feeding and swallowing diagnostics and intervention. She uses multiple treatment approaches specific to each child’s needs. She is certified in the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and the SOS approach to feeding.
Catherine Harding, MS, CCC-SLP
CJ is a full time Speech and Language pathologist. Before joining CRCC she spent 3 years working with children on a range of speech and language skills in a school based setting. She loves the problem solving component of Speech therapy that enables her to help a child succeed in their development while providing therapy in a fun, interactive manner. She is one of the lead SLPs in running our Core Words in the Classroom program that promotes language development for all children in the classroom through using core words and utilizing Augmentative and Alternative communication devices. She also has experience in the areas of Feeding/Swallowing and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. CJ is a mom, has a Corgi dog named Louie, and loves to read!
Laura Marmie – SLP-CFY
Laura is a Clinical Fellow Speech Therapist. Before joining the CRCC team in 2016 she worked as a SLP Aide while she completed her Masters degree. Laura is interested in both language and feeding/swallowing areas as an SLP. She is one of the lead SLPs in running our Core Words in the Classroom program that promotes language development for all children in the classroom through using core words and utilizing Augmentative and Alternative communication devices.
Benjamin Harder, CCC-SLP
Ben is a part time speech therapist who joined the CRCC team in 2016. He also works with children of all ages in a school based setting. He loves being a pediatric SLP, because “I'm always learning. Also, I love seeing the kids reach a goal no matter how small and make progress over time.” He also enjoys educating and empowering parents when they realize what to do to help their child make more progress. In his free time he likes to travel, exercise, and spend time with family and friends.
Meredith Kalina, SLP-CCC
Meredith is a part-time Speech and Language Pathologist who joined the team in 2017. She has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages. She spent 6 years working within Boystown High school to support student's language development and conduct implementation of social skills training to address behavioral disorders. Most recently she dedicated 14 years to working in Ambassador Omaha Pediatric unit providing services related to Trach/vent, Dysphagia, Speech Language-Cognitive Linguistic development, rehabilitation from traumatic event and parent education. She enjoys working with children and their families to fully develop the child's potential despite disability. She is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and specializes in Feeding & Swallowing.
Amy Lanik, PTA
Amy is our full time PTA. She is a valued support member of the team who relates well to children of all ages. She is responsible for implementing the children’s treatment plans, assists with projects in the department and is the clinical instructor for PTA students. She really enjoys the rewards of mobility training and functional movement with the younger pediatric population. Recently Amy has accepted a position as an adjunct instructor for Iowa Western Community College’s PTA program. She will using her experience as a pediatric PTA to teach second year PTA students about pediatric neuro development.
Lauren Kitchens, PTA
Lauren is a part-time PTA who joined the team shortly after completing her last clinical rotation with our therapy department. She is passionate about working with children and loves the challenge of finding new ways to make therapy feel more like play than work.
Stacy Wong, DPT
Stacy is a Physical Therapist who joined the team in 2013. In addition to her clinical work at CRCC she provides clinical instruction at the Creighton Physical Therapy department. She has the ability to connect with her clients which helps motivate them to meet there goals.
Rachael Becker, OTD, OTR/L
Rachael is a full-time and Lead Occupational Therapist. She has a passion for working children who have sensory motor deficits and excels in working with children with behavioral challenges. She specializes in addressing the sensory needs of children of all ages. She has trained in Handwriting without Tears, is certified in the Beckman Oral Motor intervention and the Alert program.
Aubrey Brown, MS, OTR/L
Aubrey is a full-time Occupational Therapist who has focused her skills in pediatric and neurodevelopment treatment settings. She brings lots of energy to her work and loves working with all children, but especially enjoys working with neurologic diagnosis, sensory processing and emotional regulation. Her favorite thing about being a pediatric OT is being able to play all day, while helping children meet milestones and learn to do daily things that positively impact their lives and interdependence.
Kristen Klapatch, MS, OTR/L
Kristen is a part-time Occupational Therapist. She has spent her career working with children in schools, early intervention and outpatient therapy. She completed the SOS approach to feeding course, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment, Therapeutic Listening and holds a USC/WPS Certification in Sensory Integration. Kristen has also provided volunteer therapy services to children in Central America. She excels in the area of sensory integration.
Kim Brown, OTR/L
Kim is a part-time Occupational Therapist with over 15 years experience. Throughout her career she has gained experience with children and adults in a variety of settings. However, her true passion is working with the pediatric population because she gets joy from each accomplishment every child makes. While she has a wide range of experiences, her area of interest is working with children with sensory related challenges. She has certification Interactive Metronome, as well as training in sensory integration and Therapeutic Listening. Kim enjoys learning new things and reading books and her favorite vacation place is Disney World.