|Julie A. Peterson, PT, DPT|
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|
Lisamarie has worked in the healthcare profession for 19 years and was recruited in January 2012 to help open Creighton Pediatric Therapy. 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.
In addition to a variety of administrative and caretaker roles in healthcare, Lisamarie has been a certified medical billing and healthcare collection specialist, patient accounts director and is actively pursuing a degree in health administration and policy from Creighton University. 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 parents.
|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 16 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.
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.
Kayce Marsh, PT, DPT
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.
|Kathleen “Kate” Schutzenhofer, PT, DPT|
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 camp in college.
She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities in schools and in the outpatient setting. Kate also has a special interest in working with children in the aquatic setting and has completed training with the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute. She is looking forward to working together with families in order to improve their children's quality of life and achieve their goals!
|Jessica Diermann, PT, DPT|
Pediatric Physical Therapy Resident
Jessica earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri in May of 2018. While earning her bachelor and doctoral degrees, Jessica became interested in working with children through a variety of volunteer activities. She took on leadership roles in programs for children with disabilities as a director of the Adapted Gymnastics program through the University of Missouri, co-founder of the CoMo Adapted Triathlon, and a leader of the GoBabyGo! chapter at the University of Missouri. She also volunteered with other programs, such as teaching swimming lessons for children with disabilities through the Disabled Athlete Sports Association.
Jessica completed clinical rotations involving pediatrics during her physical therapy doctoral education, including outpatient pediatrics, schools, and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation. She is passionate about helping children of all ages to improve their functional mobility through improving their gross motor skills.
Lisa Jordan, OTR/L
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
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.
|Jennifer Cordes, OTR/L|
PRN Occupational Therapist
Jen Cordes is an Occupational Therapist who grew up in Omaha. She graduated from Creighton University and has over 20 years experience. Pediatrics has always been a special interest for Jen and over the years she has enjoyed working with children of all ages and abilities.
She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings to include: clinics, schools, and home based programs. Jen is looking forward to getting to know your child and family and working together to maximize learning, development, independence, and health.
|Rachael Mirich, OTD, OTR/L |
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.
|Kristin Hasenauer, OTD, OTR/L |
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellow
Kristin earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in May of 2018. Since a young age, she has had a heart for working with children, taking on many roles that allowed her to interact and teach kids including: volunteering at The Hope Center for Kids, volunteering for the children’s program at her church, coordinating a children’s soccer camp, coaching a U14 girls soccer team, acting as the varsity girls’ assistant soccer coach, volunteering for the Special Olympics Nebraska, nannying, and taking on the role as vacation bible school teacher and coordinator.
During Kristin’s graduate career, she continued to pursue her interest of pediatrics, completing clinical hours at Courage League- adaptive sports facility, Creighton Pediatric Therapy- outpatient pediatric clinic, and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital on the inpatient pediatric unit. Kristin desires to encourage, empower, and provide for children in such a way that builds a brighter future for the children, their families, and the community. It is her desire to see the children she interacts with thrive at life and achieve their goals! She is eager for her opportunity to broaden her knowledge of pediatrics as a practicing occupational therapist at Creighton Pediatric Therapy.
Marisa Welch, OTD, OTR/L
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, MS, OTR/L, CKTPOccupational 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
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.
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.
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
Student Clinic Technician
Cassie graduated from Colorado Christian University with a degree in health sciences and is currently in pursuit of further medical education, personal growth, and finding community in Omaha. When she is not at work, she enjoys time with family and friends and is always interested in a good funny YouTube video recommendation featuring kids and/or pets. During her time in Omaha, Cassie hopes to find and compete on a casual volleyball team, adopt a dog, and find Omaha's best place for coffee and donuts.
Student Clinic Technician
Larissa graduated from Creighton University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and is currently a student in Creighton University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She has come to claim Nebraska as her home away from home. In her free time, Larissa enjoys spending time outdoors and in the water with family and friends. After graduation, Larissa would like to purse a future in outpatient pediatrics or other pediatric-related settings.
Student Clinic Technician
Kelsey graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in psychology and is currently a student in Creighton’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. After graduation, she hopes to work in inpatient rehab at a pediatric hospital.
When she is not in school or studying, Kelsey loves to play and sing music, spend time with friends and family, and spend time on or by the water.
Student Clinic Technician
Megan Moran is a student in the physical therapy program at Creighton University. She was raised in Aurora, Illinois, but completed her undergraduate degree at Creighton, so she has grown to love everything about Nebraska!
She was raised in a big family and has spent a lot of time around children. Megan reports she gets so much joy out of working with children and is grateful to be part of the team at Creighton Pediatric Therapy!