KidVentures Therapy Services

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KidVentures
Therapy Services

5524 Bee Caves Road
Building L
Austin, Texas 78746
tel 512.327.4499
fax 512.327.4495

Our Staff

Angela R. Balmer OTR

Angie is the co-owner of KidVentures Therapy Services. She has over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist in diverse therapeutic environments. She graduated from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania with her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Angie has worked in the following settings: an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital, a state-funded school for children with social and emotional difficulties, and several private pediatric clinics. Angie has completed the Level 1 Intensive Mentorship through the SPD Foundation, taught by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), Advanced Therapeutic Listening, and The Print Tool by Handwriting Without Tears. Recently, Angie became certified in the S.O.S Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding taught by Dr. Kay Toomey and Dr. Erin Ross. She and 2 of her colleagues at KidVentures have launched a Feeding Program and are providing both individual and group therapy work to children and their families. Angie’s approach to therapy is a product of her wide range of experience with children and families in both individual and group atmospheres. Her areas of expertise and special interest include helping children with sensory processing disorders, helping children with feeding disorders, improving functional skills/independence for children living with autism and working collaboratively with the various needs of children and families. Angie was one of the founders of the TOPSoccer program for children with special needs in Austin and is a former board member at the Capitol School of Austin.

Jennifer Thomas MS, OTR

Jen is the co-owner of KidVentures Therapy Services. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jen has provided pediatric occupational therapy services for 9 years and has extensive knowledge in occupational therapy theory and intervention. Jen has completed the Level 1 Intensive Mentorship through the SPD Foundation, taught by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and in Therapeutic Listening. Her working environments include pediatric clinic-based and school-based environments. Jen specializes in providing intervention to children with sensory processing disorder, motor coordination difficulties, and functional skills difficulties such as handwriting and bike riding. Jen also enjoys presenting on various topics within the realm of occupational therapy in order to educate parent and teacher groups in the community. Jen is co-founder of the TOPSoccer program for children with special needs.

Jennifer Ezell MOT, OTR

Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Early Intervention from the University of Tulsa and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Tennessee State University. While in school, she worked as a reading tutor for children with autism and Down syndrome, designing lessons for each child’s unique learning style and needs. In Nashville, she spent a year at Baptist Hospital working with patients recovering from neurological disorders, such as spinal cord injury and stroke, in the inpatient rehab setting. While she has worked with both adults and children, her first love has always been working with children. Her experience in pediatrics includes working in the preschool setting, providing Early Intervention to a variety of children, including those with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and sensory processing disorder. She enjoys working with children in groups and one-on-one to improve fine and gross motor coordination, self-care skills, and sensory processing. Recently, Jennifer became certified in the S.O.S Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding taught by Dr. Kay Toomey and Dr. Erin Ross. She and 2 of her colleagues at KidVentures have launched a Feeding Program and are providing both individual and group therapy work to children and their families. She is very excited to be living in Austin and working at KidVentures!

Brandi Gitcho MA, OTR

Brandi received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. After her undergraduate work, she volunteered for AmeriCorps for one year. She received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. Brandi worked in Dallas in a private practice sensory integration clinic as well as a private practice handwriting clinic. From Dallas, Brandi moved to Boston, where she worked as an occupational therapist at a school for children with behavior difficulties. Then she moved to New York, where she worked for a school for children with Autism. Brandi has over seven years experience working with pediatric patients in diverse populations across the country. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).

Deepika Sethi MOT, OTR

Deepika received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University. During graduate school she had the opportunity to work closely with kids with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism, as well as assist with research on new treatments for both the pediatric population and the older adult population. She completed her clinical internships in an oncology unit of a hospital and at a pediatric clinic specializing in sensory integration. After graduating, Deepika moved to Austin and has been working in pediatrics ever since. Recently, Deepika became certified in the S.O.S Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding taught by Dr. Kay Toomey and Dr. Erin Ross. She and 2 of her colleagues at KidVentures have launched a Feeding Program and are providing both individual and group therapy work to children and their families.

Cezanne McLoughlin MA, CCC-SLP

Cezanne earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and her Master’s in speech-language pathology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Upon completing her master’s degree she provided group and individual therapy at a school for children with diagnosed speech and language learning differences. Cezanne has experience treating children with a variety of diagnoses affecting speech and language skills and use including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, childhood apraxia of speech, articulation and phonological delay and disorder, expressive and receptive delay and disorder, sensory processing disorder, developmental delays, and genetic disorders. She has received training in social cognitive therapy and recently completed training in the S.O.S approach to feeding. She works with families, teachers, therapy providers, pediatricians, and dietitians to improve outcomes and carryover of communication and feeding skills to all of her clients’ functional environments.

Hannah Riemenschneider MS, CCC-SLP / Integrative Yoga Teacher

Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has experience in a variety of different child-based settings including a private non-profit school for children with speech-language and learning disabilities, public school therapy, home health services, and private practice. Hannah has worked with a variety of severities and disorders including speech-language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, genetic disorders, and traumatic brain injury. She also is certified as a yoga teacher with a focus on integrative therapeutic yoga and incorporates calming, mindful techniques into her therapy sessions and yoga classes/camps offered at KidVentures.

Erika Tatum MS, CCC-SLP

Erika received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Florida, Gainesville and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Erika has several years of extensive professional experience in different settings including a school for children with speech-language and learning disabilities, clinical pediatric outpatient services, adult rehab, and private practice. She has worked with both adults and children, but the bulk of her experience and clinical expertise is with children with a variety of disorders including speech-language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, cleft lip and palate, developmental delays and genetic disorders. She is PROMPT trained in a motor based technique used for children with moderate to severe speech disorders, such as childhood apraxia of speech.

Sara Barrett Office Manager

Sara has been involved with KidVentures on and off since 2004. She has been a volunteer, a therapy technician, and since April 2013 the office manager. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She has worked in multiple medical settings and has extensive experience with children through various volunteer opportunities and babysitting. Sara enjoys cooking, traveling, and taking full advantage of all the wonderful places and events that Austin, TX has to offer.

Ashley Streif Therapy Technician