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!

Erin Fisher MOT, OTR

Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University, and Master of Occupational Therapy degree from LSU Health Sciences Center- Shreveport. She completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings across the lifespan, including the PICU/NICU, Traumatic Brain Injury day-program, Inpatient Rehabilitation on the Spinal Cord Injury team, and three months working with children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder here at KidVentures! Erin is excited to bring her knowledge of the most recent evidence-based techniques and her passion for the field of Occupational Therapy to KidVentures. Erin feels the privilege of working with children is an honor and strives to increase their independence and improve their quality of life.

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).

Allison Martin MS, OTR

Allison joined the staff at KidVentures in August 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Technical Photography from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University. Before joining this practice, Allison worked in several private practice settings, providing occupational therapy services to children in the clinic and in their school setting. She also has experience working in the public schools and in early intervention for ages 0-3. Allison is a board certified occupational therapist in the states of Maryland, Texas and the District of Columbia, as well as a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has over 14 years of experience working in various therapeutic and education roles with children with a variety of physical, developmental and learning abilities. Allison has taken additional continuing education courses in sensory integration, fine motor skills, Handwriting with out Tears, visual processing and ocular motor skills, social thinking, pediatric yoga, integrating NDT, SI and motor learning, oral placement therapy, and a variety of learning disorders. She is also certified in the Musgutova Method of Neuro-Sensory-Motor Reflex (MNRI). Additionally, she has provided instructional in-services to agencies and schools on fine motor, visual motor and sensory techniques. She has been involved in the development of therapeutic group programming that serves as an alternative to traditional weekly individual services such as social emotional regulation groups and month long intensive fine/sensory motor camps held during the summer. Allison is passionate about working with children of all ages and helping them achieve their goals. Allison is originally from Louisville, Ky. She has recently moved from Washington, DC to Austin, Texas with her son, daughter and husband!

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.

Erin Silvert-Noftle MA, CF-SLP

Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on child development from Ohio State University. Before pursuing a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, Erin taught elementary school for four years beginning as a member of Teach for America. She has experience providing intervention for children with delays and disorders in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, and voice in public school, outpatient hospital, and clinic-based settings. She has worked on transition planning for students aging out of public school services, parent training to promote social communication in children with autism, group therapy for children who stutter, literacy- and play-based language interventions, and social pragmatic group therapy. Erin recognizes the power of communication to impact quality of life. She is passionate about supporting clients and their families.

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 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. 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