About Us

Family Tree Therapies is a private clinic that specializes in occupational and speech therapy. We began out of a need for more specialized developmental and educational therapies. Our unique approach combines the best of all current research-based therapy techniques and individualize a program for your child.

We work together as a team to figure out your child's body, speech and language and nutritional needs to truly understand what is missing and help solve the issues at hand. We are fully committed to the overall health, happiness, and success of your child as we address their challenges.

Our Therapists

Each of our therapists brings fresh ideas and a unique understanding of your child and that collaboration provides a strong foundation for their success. We work as a team with every client, every time.

Stacy

Stacy is a Speech Language Pathologist and co-owner of Family Tree Therapies. Stacy completed her Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Bowling Green State University. She has over 17 years of experience working with children and adults in the hospital, school and the private practice setting. She is trained in the Floortime/DIR approach, muscle based feeding and speech approaches including the PROMPT tactile cueing system and Talk Tools, Hanen-certified, and a Positive Discipline parent and classroom teacher educator.  She has been trained to use Lindamood Bell and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration programming for educational challenges of reading comprehension, spelling and oral language expression.  Stacy is a Buteyko Associate trained in the Buteyko breathing method for people suffering from chronic hyperventilation, allergies/asthma, anxiety, sleep problems, paradoxical vocal fold motion & voice disorders.  Stacy is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Michigan.

Terri

Terri Cooper is an Occupational Therapist and co-owner of Family Tree Therapies. Terri received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Health Science from Alma College and immediately went on to complete her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, from Washington University. She is also a certified Natural Health Educator and continues to take continuing education courses in the field of naturopathy. She has over 14 years of experience working with families. She specializes and has been trained in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening, Samonas Listening programs, The PLAY Project, Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding programs, Beckman Oral Motor Programs, and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration. She also incorporates Stanley Greenspan's Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR) and Floortime models. Terri has lectured on various topics of sensory processing and the influence of movement on learning, overall development, and the importance of tummy time.  Terri is licensed by the State of Michigan.

Ashley

Ashley Wybenga is a Speech Language Pathologist at Family Tree Therapies. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from University of Washington and her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College. Ashley has worked with toddlers, children, and teens in medical and school settings. Her primary experience includes language delay, autism spectrum disorder, cleft lip/palate, articulation delay, and a variety of syndromes. She is trained in Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk early intervention language program, Lindamood Bell programs for oral and written language expression, Positive Discipline, and Picture Exchange Communication System. Ashley values collaborating with caregivers and believes that empowering the whole family results in better outcomes for the child. She is licensed by the state of Michigan.  /  email:  ashley@familytreetherapies.com

Carolyn

Carolyn Eckertova is a Speech Language Pathologist with over 15 years of experience working with children and adults in the hospital, school, and the private practice settings. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with her Bachelors degree in Speech and Language Sciences, a minor in French Language, and her Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Carolyn has experience with muscle based speech approaches including certification in the PROMPT tactile cueing system, Talk Tools, and the Kaufman Speech Praxis protocols. She is Hanen certified and is trained in Dr. Greenspan's DIR/Floortime Method for relationship based play. Carolyn is a certified graduate of the Children’s Dyslexia Center’s IMSLEC-accredited training program, which is recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). She has experience using multiple Orton-Gillingham based tools, which systematically structure reading, spelling and writing intervention with a multisensory approach, using auditory, visual, and tactile measures. Carolyn is also a Scientific Learning product provider; she has experience with the Fast ForWord family of products which were founded by university-based neuroscience research to develop the cognitive skills essential for learning and reading success through an online platform. Carolyn has implemented these programs in both the schools and private practice. She additionally completed Literacy Coach training through the Kent ISD and has provided consultation to parents and teachers for struggling readers. Carolyn has developed expertise working with language and auditory processing challenges, and she uses Mind Mapping as a way to improve comprehension and is trained in using Lindamood-Bell programs. She is continuing her studies in Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI). Carolyn is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Michigan. Carolyn is married and has three school aged children. She loves to research new clinical practices, and in her spare time she likes to hike, cook for her family, and be creative. She especially loves to bring the experience of art and creativity into her therapy sessions.  /  email:  carolyn@familytreetherapies.com

Danielle

Danielle Van Dyke is an Occupational Therapist Assistant who received her Associates of Applied Science from Baker College of Muskegon. Danielle has extensive training in acute care, pediatric outpatient, and school settings. She is furthering her studies in Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Method for relationship based play and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration. Danielle is registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the State of Michigan.  /  email:  danielle@familytreetherapies.com

Gail

Gail O'Rourke is a Speech and Language Pathologist at Family Tree Therapies. Gail received a Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University and went on to complete her Masters of Art in Speech and Language Pathology from Western Michigan University. Gail is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Michigan. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in the private practice setting. Gail is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, the Lindamood Bell programming for challenges in reading comprehension, spelling and oral language expression and LINKS to Language. In addition, she incorporates Stanley Greenspan's Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR) and Floortime models as well as Michelle Garcia Winners' Social Thinking Programs. She is specialty trained in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration program.  /  email:  gail@familytreetherapies.com

Gary

Gary Cooper is an Occupational Therapist who received his Bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Helena, Montana and Master’s degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Gary has training in outpatient, inpatient and home care settings working with both the adult and pediatric populations. He most recently worked at a pediatric outpatient clinic in Bozeman, Montana before moving to Michigan. He is continuing his studies of Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Method for relationship based play and Positive Discipline. He is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Gary is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the State of Michigan.  /  email:  gary@familytreetherapies.com

Janae

Janae Sniecinski received both her Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Central Michigan University. She has experience working with both adult and pediatric populations, in clinical and educational settings. She has been specialty trained in Dr. Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Method for relationship-based play.  She continues her studies of Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration, PROMPT tactile cueing system and Lindamood Bell programs for educational challenges of reading comprehension, spelling and oral language expression. Janae is licensed by the State of Michigan and certified by the American Speech and Language Association.  /  email:  janae@familytreetherapies.com

Jessica E.

Jessica Evans received her Bachelors of Arts in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University.  She completed her Masters from Ohio State University and worked over 10 years with Miami Florida's diverse pediatric population.  Jessica is trained in the Stanely Greenspan's DIR/Floortime model for relationship based play, Lindamood Bell Programs for building expressive/receptive language and reading, and is PROMPT certified.  She is also specifically trained in oral motor and feeding therapy in infants and children using the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach, Beckman Oral Motor Techniques, as well as Talk Tools.  Jessica is trained in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Program.  She is licensed by the State of Michigan and is certified by the American Speech and Language Association.  /  email:  jessica@familytreetherapies.com

Jessica R.

Jessica Roost is an Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Jessica specializes in pediatric therapy and has worked in the school setting, outpatient settings, and residential settings. She has completed training in a wide variety of areas, including Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Method for relationship based play, animal assisted therapy, horticulture therapy, sensory integration, and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI). She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Jessica is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the State of Michigan.  /  email:  jessicar@familytreetherapies.com

Jim

Jim Vugteveen is an Occupational Therapist who received his Bachelor's degree from Calvin College and Master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He has over 15 years of experience working with a diverse population of both adults and pediatrics in both the hospital and clinic settings. He has specialized in manual therapy techniques which include myofascial release, craniosacral, acupressure, light therapy, and kinesiotaping. He has extensive training in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) techniques and continues his study of reflexes utilizing the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabalization (DNS) method. He incorporates Greenspan's DIR/Floortime Method for relationship-based play as well as Positive Discipline techniques with clients.  Jim is licensed by the State of Michigan.  /  email:  jim@familytreetherapies.com

Jodi

Jodi Douse is an Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in 2000. After working in a corporate setting for five years and becoming a parent to a child with special needs, she began studying the human body in 2006. She went on to obtain a Master's of Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University. She has experience in Neonatal Intensive Care, Early Intervention, School, and Residential Care settings. Furthermore, she has training in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration, is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, and continues her studies in feeding therapy.  She is licensed by the state of Michigan and registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.  /  email:  jodi@familytreetherapies.com

Justine

Justine Gonzalez Bratt is an Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Science from Grand Valley State University. Justine worked in a medical office setting for two years before completing her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University. She has experience working with adults and pediatrics in medical and educational settings. Furthermore, she is continuing her studies of Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Method for relationship based play and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration. Justine is registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is licensed by the state of Michigan. / email: justine@familytreetherapies.com

Katie

Katie Ellsworth is a Speech Language Pathologist at Family Tree Therapies. Katie received both her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from Western Michigan University. For more than 13 years, she has specialized in treating children with communication challenges in early childhood and private practice settings. Katie incorporates the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR)/Floortime Model into her therapy, and continues her studies in this framework. She is also trained in the Hanen, PLAY Project, PROMPT, and SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Supports) approaches. She highly values collaborating with a child's family as well as with professionals of other disciplines, strongly believing that the more we understand a child’s entire developmental profile, the better we can treat the concerns. Katie is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the State of Michigan.  /  email:  katie@familytreetherapies.com

Katlyn

Katlyn Beckett is a speech language pathologist. She completed her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees at Grand Valley State University. She has experience in medical and educational settings, focusing primarily on the pediatric population. Katlyn is trained in PROMPT therapy and incorporates Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime model for relationship based play in therapy sessions. She is also specialty trained in the Play Project approach, Positive Discipline, and Talk Tools. She is continuing her studies in the Buteyko Breathing method, the Lindamood Bell Programs for building expressive/receptive language and reading, and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI). Katlyn is licensed by the State of Michigan.  /  email:  katlyn@familytreetherapies.com

Kristen B.

Kristen Breimayer is an Occupational Therapist at Family Tree Therapies. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from GVSU and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University. She has over 10 years of experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities in outpatient therapy, hospital, and long term care settings. Her training includes orthopedics, sensory integration, pediatrics, lymphedema, posture and body mechanics, workplace ergonomics and she is a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator. Kristen is continuing to expand her training in Musgatova Neurosensorimotor Reflex (MNRI), Greenspan's DIR/Floor Time Method, and Positive Discipline. She is licensed by the State of Michigan and registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.  /  email:  kristenb@familytreetherapies.com

Nicole

Nicole Smith-Loftis is a Speech Language Pathologist. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from Central Michigan University and her Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Nicole has experience working with adults and pediatrics in the school and medical settings. Nicole is educated on Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Curriculum, and is furthering her studies in the PROMPT tactile and cueing system. Nicole is also educated on the Language Acquisition for Motor Programming (LAMP) therapeutic approach for assistive technology use. Nicole is continuing her studies in the Lindamood Bell programs for educational challenges of reading comprehension, spelling and oral language expression, as well as Dr. Greenspan's DIR/Floortime Method for relationship-based play, and Musgatova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration. Nicole is licensed by the state of Michigan and is Certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association.  /  email:  nicole@familytreetherapies.com

Stephanie

Stephanie Ballard is an Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Aquinas College. Stephanie worked in a corporate financial setting for three years before completing her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University. She has international experience providing treatment in Guatemala and has extensive training in school, pediatric outpatient, and residential care settings. Furthermore, she is continuing her studies of Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Method for relationship based play and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration. Stephanie is registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  /  email:  stephanie@familytreetherapies.com

Wendi

Wendi Cuson is an Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1992. She then went on to obtain a Master of Science in occupational therapy from Grand Valley State University. Wendi has over 23 years of experience working with children and adolescents and over 13 years of experience as an occupational therapist in outpatient settings, schools and home care. Her training includes sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening, The PLAY project, and Beckman Oral Motor Programs. She is continuing her studies of Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration. She also incorporates Stanley Greenspan's DIR/Floortime models. Wendi is licensed by the State of Michigan and registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.  /  email:  wendi@familytreetherapies.com