Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team.


Julie A. Peterson, PT, DPT
Clinic Director


Julie A. Peterson, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD is full-time faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Creighton University. Her primary responsibility is the clinic director of Creighton Therapy and Wellness: Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy and Creighton Pediatric Therapy. She serves as the Director of Physical Therapy Residencies of which there are five programs, including orthopedics, neurologic, women’s health, geriatrics, and pediatrics. She teaches Practice Management and women’s and men’s health curricular content in the entry-level DPT program.


She serves as a clinical mentor in the women’s health physical therapy residency. Dr. Peterson received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University in 2001. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and Board-Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunctions through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Dr. Peterson is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.

Lisamarie Hugo, CPPM
Clinic Manager


Lisamarie has a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Policy from Creighton University. She has worked in healthcare for over 20 years and has been with Creighton University since 2012. As clinic manager, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the clinic. With her professional strengths in medical billing, collections and healthcare management coupled with her dedication to providing excellent customer service, she is part of a healthcare team that prides itself on providing quality care and improving the lives of patients and their families.


 Lisamarie is actively pursuing board certification through the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Lisamarie is delighted to be part of an organization that prides itself on strong values, education, community support and being an expert resource for patients and their families.

Physical Therapists

Kelly Nelson, PT, DPT, PCS, CWS

Physical Therapist; Mentor, Pediatric PT Residency Program


Kelly has been a board-certified specialist in pediatric physical therapy since 2002. Her patients have ranged in age from premature infants to young adults in schools, hospitals, and outpatient clinics over the last 21 years. Kelly is a credentialed clinical instructor whose passion is to encourage student and resident development and by doing so, foster optimum care for children and their families.


Kelly earned her APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate in 2020. This is the only certificate program for physical therapists who practice in aquatics. Kelly likes to utilize the water for the sensory input and challenge it provides.

Another area of interest for Kelly is wound management for children who have sustained traumatic, surgical, and infectious wounds; she obtained her wound management specialty certification in 2014. She teaches coursework in the entry level PT program at Creighton within the pediatric curricular thread and in integumentary content.


Kelly’s background includes competition and instruction in gymnastics and diving. She frequently helps with on-field injury prevention and management for her daughter’s club softball team and supports both her children in their competitive tennis endeavors.

Kayce Marsh, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist


Kayce received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University. Since receiving her DPT degree in 2010, she has gained pediatric experience in outpatient, home and school settings in Omaha and surrounding areas. She has worked with patients of all ages, but holds a strong interest in therapeutic intervention for infants and toddlers.


Kayce is dedicated to helping children improve their functional abilities and overall quality of life through achievement of gross motor skills, with a focus on walking and early developmental tasks. She has completed additional training on infant handling, torticollis treatment, the application of Neuro-Developmental Treatment strategies, and the use of play in pediatric therapy. She has also completed the APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate in 2020. This is the only certificate program for physical therapists who practice in aquatics. Kayce enjoys providing therapy in the aquatic environment to utilize the buoyancy to allow children to participate in activities that are too challenging for them to complete on land. She has an extensive background in dance and cheerleading, and is able to help children return to these activities or others through rehab for pain or sport-related injuries.

Kathleen “Kate” Heinrich, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist


Kate graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Creighton University in 2017. She initially became interested in working with children during her volunteer experiences with Special Olympics, at summer camps for children with autism, and at the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. Her experiences with patients have ranged from infants to young adults in both the home and outpatient settings. Kate is also a credentialed clinical instructor and enjoys helping physical therapy students develop their clinical skills.


Kate has a special interest in working with children in the aquatic setting and has completed training with the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute. She has also completed the APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate in 2020. This is the only certificate program for physical therapists who practice in aquatics. Kate likes to utilize the buoyancy of the water to help support children; as well as use the progressive resistance options in a lower-impact environment for children with musculoskeletal conditions, such as sports injuries. Kate has an extensive background in dance and swimming and can help children return to these activities or others through rehab for pain or sport-related injuries.


She is looking forward to working together with families in order to improve their children’s quality of life and achieve their goals!

Paige Torbet, PT, DPT
Pediatric Physical Therapy Resident


Paige earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University in May of 2019. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, Paige pursued her passion for pediatric rehabilitation completing clinical experiences across the state of Ohio including time at Nationwide Children’s, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals. She continued to broaden her clinical skills in the spring of 2020 to earn the APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate. This is the only certificate program for physical therapists who practice in aquatics. As a former swimmer and collegiate water polo player, Paige enjoys working with children of all abilities, including athletes, to utilize the progressive resistance and low-impact environment of the pool to progress gross motor skills. 


Paige plans to extend her reach into the Omaha and surrounding communities to aid families in promoting equal access, community participation, and the developmental growth of patients across the lifespan. Her clinical role will include time conducting land and aquatic therapy sessions at Creighton Pediatric Therapy and she cannot wait to see all of the milestones reached throughout her residency. She believes there is no greater joy than a child’s smile, especially when they are achieving their goals in therapy! 

Occupational Therapists

Katie Carlson, MOTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellow


Katie received her bachelors in physiology and Spanish from the University of Wyoming in 2012 and her Master of Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2015. Katie has had a passion for working with children since a young age. She has worked and volunteered for various organizations, working with children in the U.S. as well as clinics and schools in Mexico and Guatemala.


Katie previously worked in an outpatient pediatric clinic in Utah. She has extensive training in DIR Floortime, clinical feeding therapy, ASD, sensory processing, regulation and kids yoga. Katie is passionate about working with children and their families to support participation in daily occupations. Katie is excited to continue serving children and their families and expanding her passion for pediatrics working at Creighton Pediatric Therapy and completing an AOTA OT Fellowship in Pediatrics with Creighton University.

Lisa Jordan, OTR/L
Lead Occupational Therapist, Coordinator of the Feeding and Swallowing Program and Mentor, Pediatric OT Residency Program


Lisa is an occupational therapist with 19 years of experience specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing diagnostics and intervention. She has worked in pediatric inpatient units treating medically fragile infants; in outpatient programs; and with multidisciplinary physicians to treat the child effectively.


She has advanced clinical training and extensive experience with instrumental evaluations including videofluroscopic swallow studies and flexible endoscopic evaluations.  She is also certified in pediatric VitalStim Therapy.

Gayle Butterfield, OTR/L
PRN Occupational Therapist


Gayle is an occupational therapist with over 25 years experience serving children in in the public schools. She has experience with children in the early intervention programs through age 21 transition programs.


Gayle has training in feeding difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, seating and positioning for function and is level 1 certified in the Handwriting Without Tears assessment and intervention.  She has a passion to help all children thrive and feel success.

Rachael Mirich, OTD, OTR/L 
Occupational Therapist


Rachael received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in May of 2017. She has always enjoyed working with children in various capacities as a missionary to an orphanage for children with disabilities in Jamaica, a hospital volunteer, a nanny, and therapy camp volunteer.


Throughout occupational therapy school, Rachael’s passion and love for promoting development, access, success, and independence in children continued. Rachael is certified in interactive metronome, physical agent modalities, has completed research on interventions used to address pediatric feeding and swallowing dysfunction, and is currently investigating the effects of virtual reality rehabilitation on a child with cerebral palsy through research. Rachael completed a post graduate pediatric occupational therapy fellowship and now provides both general pediatric and feeding, eating, and swallowing services. Rachael is passionate about working with children and families to optimize development and learning related to participation their most valued occupations and activities.


Marisa Welch, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist; Mentor for Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship; Clinical Instructor


Marisa graduated from Washington University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in December of 2013 and then completed a post-graduate residency program in Pediatric Occupational Therapy through Creighton University in 2015. She has research interest in modified ride-on car use for children with medical complexities, thus far completing a case study and a case-series on feasibility of use with a PT colleague. Her teaching activities include serving as a lab instructor for the entry-level OTD program as well as instructor of record in the Master’s of Rehabilitation Science Program at Creighton University.


Marisa’s clinical expertise is diverse and includes sensory processing, developmental milestones, and handwriting. However, her passion lies in feeding, eating, and swallowing as well as the management of children with complex conditions. Besides her outpatient clinical practice, research, teaching, and mentorship, she is an inpatient provider for the Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Julia Ye-Jin Shin, EdD, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist


Julia Ye-Jin Shin completed her graduate training in Occupational Therapy at Boston University in January of 2013 and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education at the University of St. Augustine. Before relocating to Omaha, Julia practiced occupational therapy with children in school, community, and hospital settings in California. Julia has advanced training and experience in sensory integration, neuro-developmental treatment, kinesiotaping, and feeding.


In addition to working for Creighton Pediatric Therapy, she also serves as an academic clinical education coordinator for Creighton University. She enjoys helping children and students reach their fullest potential and thrive!

Speech Language Pathologists

Amanda Aksamit, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist


Amanda graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Amanda has worked extensively with children with autism, expressive/receptive language impairments, and articulation/phonology disorders. Amanda’s passion is to help children communicate with peers and adults. 


Her areas of interest include social language, augmentative  and alternative communication, assistive technology, and language-based literacy deficits. Amanda finds family collaboration instrumental when helping children work toward their communication goals. 

Elizabeth Camp, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist


Elizabeth graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 2008. Since that time, she has worked with children of all ages and abilities. Elizabeth has worked with children in outpatient  clinics, schools, and hospitals. She has a passion for working with children and their families to help children become functional communicators.


She has experience working with children with receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, dysphagia, autism, developmental delays, and fluency disorders. 

Lori Davis Russell, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist


Lori Davis Russell has been a speech/language pathologist for over 23 years in the public schools.  Twelve of those years have been primarily working with children in her favorite age group:  those who are not yet of school age.  She has also worked in rehabilitation settings and preschools secondary to her primary school-based positions thereby giving her a wide range of experiences. 


Lori is strongly interested in aiding children to achieve competency as communicators, which can only happen when she partners with their caretakers.

Doreen James, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist


Doreen James is a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist who joined the Creighton Pediatric Therapy team in September 2018. She comes with over 20 years of medical-based experience working with children of all ages. She has extensive experience with feeding and swallowing disorders as well as with expressive/receptive language disorders, augmentative alternative communication, voice, verbal apraxia and articulation.


Doreen has worked in a variety of clinical settings including both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and has been a part of several multidisciplinary teams. Most recently, Doreen dedicated 9 years to working at Children’s Respite Care Center where she treated medically fragile children and was the Clinical Team Lead and subsequent Director of Rehabilitation.


Erin Rhodes
Clinic Support Specialist


Erin is the newest member of our team in the role as Clinic Support Specialist. Erin has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health. She has worked  in pediatrics for 15 years and healthcare for 10 years. 


Erin is excited to join the Creighton community and to work with the pediatric population.

Becky Smith
Clinic Support Specialist


Becky has an associates of applied science degree in business administration and has worked in the healthcare profession for 7 years.  Becky is dedicated to providing excellent customer service for patients and their families, and her passion comes from wanting to make a positive impact on their lives.  Becky’s favorite part of working for Creighton Pediatric Therapy is watching the children thrive. 


Becky is very happy to be working for Creighton University,  an organization with the values, education, and commitment to the community that are so important to her.

Student Clinic Technicians

Kailey Beckwith
Student Clinic Technician


Kailey is attending Creighton University to study exercise science on the Pre-Occupational Therapy track. She is originally from Longview, Washington but has fallen in love with the Midwest and Omaha.


In her free time, she enjoys working out, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends. She is so excited to be a part of the Creighton Pediatric Therapy Team.

Ricky Figueroa
Student Clinic Technician


Ricky is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Creighton University. He grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA but acclimated to the Midwest lifestyle while receiving his BA in Biology from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.


Ricky’s passion for the pediatric population comes after spending two summers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula working at a residential therapy camp. After graduation, Ricky would like to pursue a physical therapy career in a pediatric-related setting. When he’s not studying, Ricky is watching sports and cheering on his LA-based teams.

Jaclyn Taylor
Student Clinic Technician


Jaclyn is a studying biomechanics with a minor in psychology at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she is also a member of the volleyball team. In the future she plans to attend physical therapy school. Jaclyn grew up in St. Charles, IL, but feels right at home in Omaha.


She is so excited to make relationships with the patients and therapists and help in any way she can!

Emily Wright
Student Clinic Technician


Emily is from the Kansas City, Missouri area and graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She is currently a student in Creighton University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.


After graduation, Emily hopes to complete a pediatric residency and then work in a pediatric hospital. Emily loves spending time with the kids at the clinic and enjoys spending time outdoors and with friends in her free time!