A native of Jonesboro, Tara graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor’s in Health Science in 2011 and Master’s Degree in Health Science with an emphasis in occupational therapy in 2013. Tara has worked with children from birth to 18 years of age and likes working with a variety of disorders and learning new methods of treatment. Tara enjoys working with other professionals as a team to help reach children’s goals and learn life-long skills. In her free time, Tara loves running, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Tara may be contacted at email@example.com.
Andrea received both her Bachelor’s of Science Degree (2005) and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy Degree (2007) from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She is married with two precious daughters and a baby boy. Andrea has a love and expertise in Sensory Integration Therapy and is one of very few certified therapists in the state. She loves working with children who have sensory processing disorders and autism. She also loves working with fieldwork students and has recently become an assistant professor in the occupational therapy department of Arkansas State University. She loves being a part of the MKSA team that makes a difference in the lives of children and their families. She loves watching the little steps of progress turn into leaps and bounds. Andrea said, “This work truly has an impact for the rest of the child’s life and I’m honored to get to be a part of that change.” In Andrea’s free time, she is passionate about her family and the relationships that are closest to her. She enjoys being a wife and mother and being a part of her church family. She currently serves on the board of the Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas. She enjoys working alongside parents who are in the trenches with their own children, yet spend a lot of time and energy advocating for others.
Andrea received her certification in sensory integration in 2010. This certification allows her to administer the sensory integration and praxis test as well as provides her with specialized training in the area of
sensory processing evaluation and intervention techniques. She has received training in the SCERTS model, a comprehensive team-based model for enhancing abilities in Social Communication and Emotional
Regulation and implementing Transnational Supports for children with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities. And, she is trained in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT). HWT teaches handwriting skills using developmentally appropriate practice across several disciplines. Instruction is focused on crayon and pencil grip, posture, proper positioning and physical approach. It also strengthens the hands while learning letter skills.
Andrea may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brittany is married with two dogs, Copper and Hank. She graduated from Arkansas State University in May, 2014, with a Bachelor’s of Science in interdisciplinary studies and she graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in August, 2016, with a Master’s in occupational therapy. Brittany worked at Miracle Kids Success Academy while attending ASU but had to leave us to pursue her degree in occupational therapy at UCA. She said she couldn’t wait to come back to MKSA to continue her career as an OT. And we couldn’t wait to have her! Brittany absolutely LOVES working with children and getting to make such a positive impact on their lives. She says every day is new and interesting when working with kids. When asked what super-human power she would possess, if possible, she said it would be the ability to read everyone’s mind.
Brittany may be contacted at email@example.com.
Lesley Bauders earned her Master of Science in Community Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas and a Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee. She has four years of pediatric OT experience and experience with inpatient rehab. When she is not working, Lesley enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. If she could possess one super-human power, it would be the ability to fly so that she could travel wherever she wants. Lesley is trained in vision therapy and Handwriting Without Tears. She is excited to be a part of the multidisciplinary team at Miracle Kids Success Academy.
Lesley may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Haynes earned her Bachelors of Science at Arkansas State University in and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2014. Jessica began her time at Miracle Kids during a clinical rotation and loved the atmosphere and facility – it was then that she knew that she wanted to be a part of the team. Jessica enjoys working with neorological impairments and creating personalized treatment ideas that not only improve the child’s function, but that they enjoy. In her free time, Jessica loves spending time with her family, traveling, and anything to do with the Arkansas Razorbacks!
Jessica may be contacted at email@example.com.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Kassie is married with two dogs, Gus and Moose. She began her college career at Arkansas State University but transferred to Concord Career College to pursue occupational therapy. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree. She enjoys traveling and going to concerts with her husband, Rocky. If she could possess one super-human power, it would be to teleport whereever she wanted to go. Kassie has been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, which teaches handwriting skills using developmentally appropriate practice across several disciplines.
Kassie may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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