Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team.

Leadership

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.

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 22 years. Kelly is a credentialed clinical instructor and residency mentor 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, the only certificate program for physical therapists who practice in aquatics. Kelly has also held a wound management specialty certification since 2014. She is interested in wound management for children who have sustained traumatic, surgical, and infectious wounds. She teaches coursework in the entry level PT program at Creighton on integumentary physical therapy content. Kelly also serves as the Lead Physical Therapists for Creighton Pediatric Therapy.

 

Kelly’s background includes competition and instruction in gymnastics and diving. She also helped with on-field injury prevention and management for her daughter’s club softball team over nine years and supports her son in his ongoing competitive tennis endeavors.


Kayce Marsh, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist; Mentor, Pediatric PT Residency Program

 

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. Kayce is a level 2 Credentialed Clinical Instructor and she enjoys helping students and residents develop their understanding and improve their clinical skills. She is also able to work with students while serving as a lab assistant in the pediatric portion of the graduate Physical Therapy program. 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!


Annie Dao, PT, DPT
Physical Therapy Resident

 

Annie received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2017 and attended University of Southern California where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020. Annie has clinical pediatric experience in outpatient hospital and aquatic settings with children of various ages and diagnoses. She has research experience at the Infant Neuromotor Control Lab at USC and will be serving as a clinical lab educator for the Integrated Lab curriculum at Creighton University.

 

In addition, Annie has a passion for service and advocating for children of all ages and backgrounds. She has participated in service trips to Brazil and Mexico, where she worked at a homeless shelter for children with developmental disabilities. She has also volunteered at the Special Olympics and Red Star Riders, a program that assists families in purchasing adaptation tricycles for children with physical disabilities.

Occupational Therapists

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.


McKenzie Bruening, OTDMcKenzie Bruening, OTD
PRN Occupational Therapist

 

McKenzie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018 and graduated with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2021. McKenzie’s desire to work in pediatrics began early, with her interest in feeding, eating, and swallowing developing throughout her clinical experience.

 

McKenzie has completed research on the benefits of canine-assisted therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder and on medically complex infant feeding and growth and support for their caregivers. She has experience with a variety of pediatric diagnoses and enjoys working with both infants and young children as well as adolescents. McKenzie is also certified in the Beckman Oral Motor program and has a passion for holistic feeding, eating and swallowing treatment.


Marisa Welch, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Occupational Therapist; Coordinator of Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship; Clinical Mentor in Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellowship; Assistant Professor

 

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 co-instructor for the pediatric courses in Creighton’s entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.

 

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. 


Amanda Fuxa​, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

 

Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in 2014, and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2018. While she has experience with clients of all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she is most passionate about working with children in the birth to three population and assisting those clients in meeting their developmental milestones.

 

Amanda has completed additional certifications in the Beckman Oral Motor program, as well as with therapeutic and adaptive yoga. She also has extensive experience collaborating with behavioral health services for her clients, pediatric seating and positioning, sensory integration, and oral motor intervention. Additionally, Amanda enjoys educating others about occupational therapy, and is always willing to take on occupational therapy students during their clinical rotations.


Brianne “Bri” Bulleigh, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Fellow

 

Bri received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2016 and attended Creighton University where she earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2020. Bri has experience in outpatient and school settings with children of various ages. She has teaching experience including serving as a lab instructor for the pediatric courses, neuro-rehabilitation course, and ethics course at Creighton University. Bri is currently working as a research assistant providing occupation-based coaching for caregivers of children with type 1 diabetes.

 

In addition, Bri has a passion for advocating for children of all abilities and collaborated with the Omaha Children’s Museum to assist in developing physical and pragmatic adaptations for the museum.

Speech Language Pathologists

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.


Taylor Kraft, SLP
PRN Speech Pathologist

 

Taylor is a PRN Speech Language Pathologist that received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 2011 and completed her Masters of Speech Language Pathology at UNL in 2013.

 

Taylor comes to Creighton with extensive experience working with children with visual impairment including blindness, low vision, cortical vision impairment, and deaf-blindness. She also has strong clinical skills in the areas of expressive/receptive language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, feeding and swallowing disorders, and behavior disorders. While she has experience with clients of all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she is the most passionate about working with children with a spectrum of communication needs.

Staff

Catherine Hughes-Rose
Clinic Manager

 

Catherine has over 12 years of office experience in the medical field. Previously, she has worked in Graduate Medical Education in both Internal Medicine-Pediatrics for 2 years and Internal Medicine Subspecialties for almost 7 years. She has enjoyed working in a variety of healthcare settings learning different aspects within the healthcare systems and from trainees’ perspectives.

 

She is committed to providing a caring interaction for our patients and their families. She is dedicated in providing helpful-positive and informative customer service.


Erin Rhodes
Clinical 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.