Meet Our Team
I graduated with a BS in Occupational therapy from Western Michigan University in 1995. I started my career working in geriatrics, but after having my own children re-focused my career path to working in pediatrics. I have done additional training in Handwriting Without Tears, Visual Processing and academics, Brain and Sensory Foundations and Rhythmic movement. I have certification in Interactive Metronome and Therapeutic Listening. I worked in public schools for 10 years supporting students with a variety of needs from fine motor and visual motor skills to sensory processing. I am thrilled to be working at Functional Kids Therapy Center!
GRETA SHIRES, M.A. CCC-SLP
Greta is a speech-language pathologist who joined the FUNctional Kids team in May 2017. She has been a practicing speech pathologist for five years. Greta graduated with a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Wayne State University in 2012, following which she worked in the school and pediatric outpatient settings. Before her Masters’ degree, Greta taught 7th grade Language Arts/Reading in a public school for five years. Greta in trained in Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing, the Kaufman approach to speech praxis, DIR Floortime, PECS and the LAMP approach to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She is also certified to provide the “It Takes Two to Talk” Hanen group program for parents
Samantha Crimmins MA-SLP, CCC
Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
Samantha is a speech-language pathologist who is excited to start on the FUNctionalKids Team at the Caledonia clinic April 2018. She has been practicing speech-language pathology for 10 years. She is registered with the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association and licensed by the States of Michigan and Colorado. She graduated with a Bachelors in Speech-Language Pathology and French in 2003. Preceding her Master’s degree she volunteered for Americorps as a literacy tutor in Colorado. She then completed her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Northern Colorado in 2006. After graduating she worked in the schools and with adults in an inpatient and outpatient setting focusing on augmentative alternative communication (AAC). In 2008, she changed her career focus to working with infants and children in the NICU, home(Early Intervention), and OutpatientPediatric Clinic settings. She has studied or been trained in Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding approach, Fragile Infant Feeding Institute (FIFI), Catherine Shaker and Melanie Potock’s Feeding courses, NOMAS International Feeding Symposium, Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing, PECS, LAMP and TobiiDynavox Core approaches to (AAC). She is passionate about making progress using a positive developmental play basedapproach with infants and children who have feeding and communication challenges.
Gail Conlan PT
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Gail has been a pediatric focused Physical Therapist for over 25 years with expertise in the outpatient and school settings. She has completed certification in the NDT Pediatric 8 week course and Certified in the NDT 3 week baby/infant course
She is certified additionally in MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration by Svetlana Masgutova
Trained in Functional Strengthening and Fitness Interventions for Children with Developmental Disabilities
Completion of coursework for “ If you can’t breathe you can’t function”, and “Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation” with Gaye Cronin.
Cortney Carlisle MSOTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Hi my name is Cortney! I’ve been an occupational therapist for 4 years with a focus in pediatrics. I have been certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding and Astronaut Training. I have additional experience in sensory processing/sensory integration, visual motor integration, feeding, oral motor development. I also utilize Therapeutic Listening and various fine motor development strategies including Handwriting Without Tears. Aquatic therapy has been another area of experience in my clinical experience and I love working with kids of all ages. I am a positive and energetic therapist who loves to help kids and their families!
Cortney is joining the Functional Kids Family in Caledonia, MI
Physical Therapist Assistant
Jessie is a recent graduate from Kellogg Community College’s PTA program. She has gained much experience from her full-time intern rotations at different clinics with a whole spectrum of ages. At the Woods Edge Learning Center in Portage, she spent time working primarily with students who have cerebral palsy and other developmental delays with severe cognitive involvement. Jessie also completed a clinical rotation at the Doris Klaussen Developmental Center in Battle Creek. Kids have always been Jessie’s passion and a large part of her life ever since she started working with little ones as a dance teacher 5 years ago and then fell in love with doing physical therapy with the pediatric population. She is very excited to join this growing business and to bring fresh new ideas from her experiences.