CRCC’s therapy program is built on a foundation of caring, compassion and skill.
Within both the day and outpatient programs, CRCC’s team of physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapists work together to provide the highest-quality treatment and deliver a brighter future to kids and families.
Take a minute and get to know CRCC’s experienced and dynamic therapy team.
Doreen James, MA, CCC-SLP
Doreen is the lead speech and language pathologist and Director of Rehabilitation Services, as well as in-house feeding and swallowing specialist. She joined the CRCC team in 2009 and this year added the responsibilities of Director of Rehabilitation Therapy. 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 and 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 three 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. CJ is one of the lead SLPs in running CRCC’s Core Words in the Classroom program that promotes language development for all children in the classroom 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 an SLP aide while she completed her master’s degree. Laura is interested in both language and feeding/swallowing areas as an SLP. She is one of the lead SLPs in running CRCC’s Core Words in the Classroom program that promotes language development for all children in the classroom 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. I love seeing the kids reach a goal no matter how small and make progress over time.” Ben also enjoys educating and empowering parents and helping them learn what to do to enhance their child’s 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 CRCC team in 2017. She has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages. She spent six years working at Boys Town High School to support student language development and conduct implementation of social skills training to address behavioral disorders. Most recently she dedicated 14 years to working in Ambassador Omaha’s Pediatric Specialty Care 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 and swallowing.
Amy Lanik, PTA
Amy is CRCC’s full-time physical therapy assistant. She is a valued support member of the team and relates well to children of all ages. Amy is responsible for implementing client treatment plans, assists with projects in the department and is the clinical instructor for PTA students. She 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 use her experience as a pediatric PTA to teach second-year PTA students about pediatric neurodevelopment.
Lauren Kitchens, PTA
Lauren is a part-time physical therapy assistant who joined the CRCC team shortly after completing her last clinical rotation with the 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 doctor of physical therapy who joined the team in 2013. In addition to her clinical work at CRCC, she provides clinical instruction in the Creighton University physical therapy department. Stacy has the ability to connect with her clients and help motivate them to meet their goals.
Rachael Becker, OTD, OTR/L
Rachael is CRCC’s full-time lead occupational therapist. She has a passion for working with children who have sensory motor deficits and excels in assisting clients with behavioral challenges. Rachael specializes in addressing the sensory needs of children of all ages. She has trained in Handwriting Without Tears and 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 energy to her work and loves working with all children but especially enjoys neurologic diagnosis, sensory processing and emotional regulation. Aubrey’s 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, although her true passion is working with the pediatric population, because she gets joy from each accomplishment a child makes. While Kim has a wide range of experiences, her area of interest is working with children with sensory-related challenges. She has certification in Interactive Metronome, as well as training in sensory integration and therapeutic listening. Kim enjoys learning new things and reading books, and her favorite vacation destination is Disney World.