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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Impactful Pediatric Occupational Therapy,
Tailored to Your Child's Unique Needs.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Near Denver, CO

 

At NAPA Center, we take an individualized approach to therapy because we understand that each child is unique with very specific needs. We embrace differences with an understanding that individualized programs work better. For this reason, no two therapeutic programs are alike. If your child needs our services, we will work closely with you to select the best therapies for them, creating a customized program specific to your child’s needs and your family’s goals.

An Extraordinary Experience

 

At NAPA Center, we offer individualized pediatric therapy programs with unique combinations of our wide range of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, and more. We strive to provide children and families with hope by offering services in a playful environment that helps children maximize their full potential. In addition to our traditional weekly occupational therapy sessions, we also specialize in intensive pediatric therapy.

We proudly offer Denver occupational therapy for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages. To discover how NAPA can help your child, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening or a tour of our Denver, Colorado pediatric therapy clinic. The NAPA Denver clinic is located at 11211 East Arapahoe Road, Unit 118, Centennial, CO 80112.

 

 

 

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Meet Your NAPA Denver Team

Kari Apple

General Manager, NAPA Denver

Kari is a board-certified behavior analyst with a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. Oh yeah, and did we mention she is also a NAPA mom!? Working with children who have developmental disabilities since 2006, Kari is a mother of three (Madison, Wilson, and Miles) who has firsthand experience traveling for intensive therapy. On top of managing her trio, this powerhouse started an ABA company in Tennessee, making her a perfect fit for NAPA.

Kari Apple

Kari Apple
Lisa Murphy
Dana Thomsen

Global Director: Rehab Services
and Occupational Therapist

OTD, OTR/L, SWC

Lisa is a Doctor of Occupational Therapy and the Director of Rehabilitation at the NAPA Center. She received her Occupational Therapy Doctorate and Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy degrees from the University of Southern California in 2007 and 2008 and has been practicing in pediatrics in a variety of settings since then.

Lisa's dedicated work in occupational therapy has enabled her to travel worldwide from Ghana to Singapore to Australia aiding children with disabilities. Lisa has a strong passion for working with children and enjoys the help and support the NAPA Center Kids Foundation offers.

Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy
Elizabeth "Liz" Farsi
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physiotherapy, Idaho State University

Liz relocated to Los Angeles from Idaho specifically to work at NAPA Center. Liz has always loved being around children, especially when she began coaching youth football as a teenager. Liz was introduced to physical therapy when she was injured playing football in her senior year of high school. Soon after learning more about the profession, she shadowed a pediatric physical therapist, and knew immediately that she wanted to pursue it as a career.

Liz is a member of the Pediatric section of the American Physical Therapy Association, has completed her CME Level 2 training, has attended numerous continuing education conferences and courses, and has had formal training with children's orthotics. One of Liz's ambitions is to organize and run a football camp for children with special needs. Liz has spent the last 5 years working in NAPA Sydney and has recently started with us at NAPA Denver.

Elizabeth "Liz" Farsi

Elizabeth "Liz" Farsi
Karleigh Page
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Karleigh graduated with a doctorate of physical therapy from Georgia State University. During her time in grad school, she developed her passion for neurologic and pediatric physical therapy. She enjoys play based pediatric therapy as it gives her the opportunity to be creative with her treatment techniques and create a positive, exciting experience for the children that she works with. Karleigh loves helping individuals recreate alongside their peers and has enjoyed volunteering for adaptive golf, swimming, and wheelchair/bike racing programs. In her time outside of the clinic, Karleigh can be found hiking, biking, running or exploring national parks (as she hopes to one day visit all 62)!

Karleigh Page

Karleigh Page
Georgia Berbert
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Georgia received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She, like most other pediatric therapists, has had a lifelong desire to work with children which began in first grade and continues to this day! Prior to NAPA, Georgia worked in early intervention, inpatient, and outpatient settings. She loves nothing more than helping a kiddo achieve something awesome. Hiking, climbing, skiing, boardgames, consuming large amounts of coffee, what doesn't Georgia do? Spot her easily in her bright colors!

Georgia Berbert

Georgia Berbert
Sammi Folk
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist

Sammi received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Sammi knew she wanted to be a speech pathologist since her freshman year of high school— stemming from her love of children and her deep desire to help others live their lives to the fullest potential. Prior to joining the NAPA team, Sammi found her passion working with Alternative and Augmentative Communication, feeding disorders, and complex communication needs while working in a private practice in Atlanta, GA. She is excited to support the families and children at NAPA Center by providing engaging, client-centered, and research-based therapy. When she isn’t working, Sammi enjoys being out in the sun, hot yoga, exploring new restaurants, and playing with her furry feline, Millie.

Sammi Folk

Sammi Folk
Holly Knapp
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Holly has always had a passion for pediatrics and working with children of all abilities. During her time in physical therapy school, Holly directed her passion towards founding a wheelchair seating and mobility clinic in Masindi, Uganda and participating in pediatric research through the South Carolina LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program. These experiences allowed Holly to continue growing her passion for collaborating with patients, families, and peers in order to best support the individuals she serves. When Holly is not in the clinic, she can be found indulging in good Mexican food or exploring all that the outdoors have to offer. As a native to Carolina coast, her favorite past time involves hunting for shark teeth. However, she is excited for the opportunity to head west and see what Denver has to offer.

Holly Knapp

Holly Knapp
Stephanie Leaf
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist

Stephanie became interested in becoming a speech therapist following her experience as a parent of a child with delayed speech. She earned her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University and has since worked with children with varying levels of abilities in early intervention, home health, and pediatric outpatient clinics. Stephanie is excited to be a part of the intensive model at NAPA. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, skiing, and hiking with her family and their two Goldendoodles Luke and Leia.

Stephanie Leaf

Stephanie Leaf
Kristen Ballhorn
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Kristen graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a double Bachelor’s in Spanish and Health Science followed by a Master’s in Occupational Therapy where her desire for helping others continued to flourish. Following graduation with fieldwork placements at the University of Michigan pediatric facility and a brain injury rehabilitation clinic, she continued her passion for providing learning and movement opportunities for children with neurological conditions and developmental delays at a pediatric clinic within the Las Vegas area. Kristen takes pride in promoting positive and fun therapeutic environments for patients and their families so each child can achieve their highest potential across a variety of environments. While Kristen is ecstatic to be a part of the NAPA team, she looks forward to seeing each child become stronger, empowered, and confident through play based activities inside and outside of the clinic. When Kristen is not occupied at the NAPA center, she enjoys learning new hobbies, such as surfing and snowboarding, traveling, spending time with her dog Diego, and meeting new people!

Kristen Ballhorn

Kristen Ballhorn
Jeff White
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1991, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver in 1995, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado Denver in 2012. He owned and managed an outpatient rehabilitation facility from 1998 until 2007, giving up the practice in 2007 to commit to his passion of providing full time pediatric home care. It was during a visit to the NAPA Center in LA to observe a patient of his during an intensive program when his eyes were opened to this truly amazing place. Jeff strives to be a catalyst for change when working with children and their families, assisting them in reaching their full potential. On a personal note, Jeff is a Colorado native and has been married to his wife Renee since 1991 and they have a son, daughter-in-law, and daughter. Jeff’s other areas of interest include spending time with their dog Roxy, church activities/mission trips, woodworking/construction projects, backpacking/hiking, biking, taking family vacations, and hanging out with family and friends.

Jeff White

Jeff White
Paige Tracy
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Paige completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO and her masters degree in occupational therapy at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. Since leaving Colorado, she has been eager to return, making her decision to join the Denver team an easy one! After completing her clinical rotation as a student at NAPA Center LA, we were certain as well that we had to have her on the NAPA Team. Paige brings the sunshine wherever she goes (even in a Denver snow storm.)

Paige Tracy

Paige Tracy
Jason Nadeau
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado
Jason was inspired to become a Physical Therapist after being a camp counselor and volunteer for children with physical and intellectual disabilities over 10 years. Jason enjoyed promoting inclusion through creative camp activities, watching campers grow physically and socially, and collaborating with parents to understand their child’s unique needs, equipment, and interests. Jason is excited to join the NAPA Center team to continue supporting the growth and potential of children of all abilities. Outside of work, Jason advocates for people with disabilities through local and national leadership roles, and he has presented on topics such as 24-hour postural care, assistive technologies, and adult transition. Jason’s hobbies include running, cooking, eating, and traveling with his wife. Growing up his favorite TV show was Sesame Street, and today he loves anything to do with Pete the Cat.

Jason Nadeau

Jason Nadeau
Kayla Epstein

Patient Coordinator

Kayla has enjoyed being around children most of her life. She grew up attending her mom’s speech therapy sessions and babysat some of those patients, which led to her discovering her love for helping children. She thrives in an environment where she is able to interact with children and their families, and loves working behind the scenes ensuring everyone’s needs are met. When Kayla is not at her desk, you can usually find her hanging out with her cat, playing a board game, or listening to a new true crime podcast.

Kayla Epstein

Kayla Epstein
Liz Bulliner
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Liz is a Physical Therapist at NAPA Denver! She is originally from Michigan and received her bachelors in Health Science from Oakland University. After that, she headed down to North Carolina to attend Duke University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She continued her journey south to Florida to complete a pediatric physical therapy residency with Brooks Rehabilitation before finally finding her home at NAPA. Growing up she attended hundreds of her sisters therapy sessions where the therapists saw her sister as a person and not as her disability. Her goal is to see kids as kids while helping them maximize their physical potential and meet their goals! When she is not in clinic you can find her checking out the newest local coffee shop, hitting up the gym, or enjoying the great outdoors.

Liz Bulliner

Liz Bulliner
Tara Poole
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Tara developed a passion in physical therapy specializing in pediatrics volunteering at a local hippotherapy therapeutic riding organization in high school. Since she has achieved this goal as a physical therapist and continues this passion treating children of all ages and needs. Tara strongly believes bonding with families and collaborating with other disciplines is an integral part in the entire treatment process and strives for this in her daily practice. Tara enjoys making therapy a fun place with silly faces and showing off everyone’s best dance moves!

Outside of Napa, Tara can be found hanging out with her dog and friends, binge watching reality T.V. or alternating between a puzzle and a good book. She loves traveling by car, plane or boat and would love any recommendations near or afar!

Tara Poole

Tara Poole
Audrey Dwinnell
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Audrey received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University (TCU) and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Creighton University. She is a Denver native and has been anxious to get back to the Colorado sunshine! Audrey knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the medical field, specifically with kids with developmental disabilities. While at TCU, she spent a lot of her free time volunteering at the on-campus preschool for children with Down syndrome called Kinderfrogs. It was at Kinderfrogs that Audrey was introduced to occupational therapy, and she instantly fell in love! She also has experience in early intervention and adult neuro. Audrey is passionate about empowering kiddos to reach their fullest potential! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family/friends, traveling, attending football games, trying new restaurants or coffee shops, and walking her pup, Ellis!

Audrey Dwinnell

Audrey Dwinnell
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Denver occupational therapy services provided by NAPA offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • » Improving sensory management (sensory integration, processing, and modulation)
  • » Engaging in play activities
  • » Learning to navigate environment
  • » Removing barriers to learning to help child become more focused
  • » Practice appropriate social interactions and communication
  • » Establishing autonomy and accomplishment in daily routine, such as brushing hair or teeth
  • » Improving physical ability (fine motor skills and gross motor skills), handwriting skills, visual motor skills, and self-help skills.

 

For additional resources, visit the NAPA Occupational Therapy Blog!

Therapies Offered

Weekly Occupational Therapy

Our Denver pediatric occupational therapists are trained to work with a variety of diagnoses including traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, stroke, cerebral palsy, injuries, orthopedic impairments, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays and more!

Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory integration therapy can benefit children who are overly sensitive to sensory input, under-responsive to sensory input, are constantly seeking sensory input (touching people or objects), or crashing into people or objects.

Intensive Occupational Therapy

NAPA Center also specializes in intensive pediatric therapy programs which attract families from around the world. We use the Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) when treating children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. Children often advance to the next developmental skill or higher during the three-week program.

Not sure what therapies are best suited for your child?

Schedule a free 30-minute screening with one of our therapists today!

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