Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team.

Leadership

Julie A. Peterson, PT, DPT
Clinic Director

 

Julie A. Peterson, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD is a 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 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.

Physical Therapists

Kelly Nelson, PT, DPT, PCS, CWS
Lead Physical Therapist and 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
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.


Landon Pillsbury, PT, DPT

Pediatric Physical Therapy Resident

 

Landon received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in May of 2017. His initial interest in the medical field and pediatric physical therapy stemmed from volunteering at Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Summer Camp. After three consecutive years working with children to help them enjoy the summer camp void of barriers, he realized his calling to continue similar work with his career.

 

During his graduate education, he continued his dedication to service for the pediatric population assisting with adaptive sports programs, and completed two clinical internships in both inpatient and outpatient pediatrics. His wide variety of pediatric experiences has only strengthened his passion for empowering children of all ages in achieving their goals and maximizing their functional abilities. He is looking forward to this opportunity as a pediatric resident to expand his knowledge and expertise in his practice as a pediatric physical therapist.


Stacy Wong, PT, DPT, PCS
Physical Therapist, Coordinator of the Aquatics Program, Mentor, Pediatric PT Residency Program, and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education

 

Stacy is a 2010 graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Creighton University, and she earned her pediatric specialty board certification in 2014. Stacy has been working in the outpatient pediatric setting for the past 5 years, and has experience working with individuals of all ages ranging from premature infants to adults with developmental disabilities.  In addition to pediatrics, Stacy has experience and training in aquatic therapy techniques to facilitate desired functional outcomes.

 

Besides her passion for working with children, Stacy also has a passion for student and resident education.  Stacy is a certified clinical instructor and mentor in Creighton University’s Pediatric Residency Program, and enjoys being able to share her knowledge and learn from the collaborative nature of student/resident education.


Kathleen “Kate” Schutzenhofer, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

 

Kate graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Creighton University in May of 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. During her physical therapy schooling, Kate had clinical experiences in pediatric settings in both Kearney and Omaha, Nebraska.

 

She is a full-time pediatric physical therapist at a clinic in Omaha and will be working as needed at Creighton Pediatric Therapy. She is looking forward to getting to know all of the children and their families and working together to achieve their goals!

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.


Gale 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.


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.


Janel Meis, OTD, OTR/L​
Occupational Therapist

 

Janel received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2011. She has worked in a variety of settings across the lifespan but outpatient pediatrics, with some sprinkled  in aquatic therapy sessions, is her passion. She specializes in working with children who have sensory processing disorder, and also holds her physical agent modalities certification and is certified in interactive metronome.

 

Janel currently serves as a teaching  assistant for three different OTD courses at Creighton University, and has also traveled internationally with medical teams as an occupational therapist. 


Rachael Mirich, OTD, OTR/L 
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Fellow

 

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 nanny, a missionary to an orphanage for children with disabilities  in Jamaica, a hospital volunteer, and therapy camp volunteer. Through volunteering many years at Adam’s Camp, an intensive therapy camp for children with disabilities, Rachael’s understanding and passion for occupational therapy in pediatrics flourished.

 

Throughout  occupational therapy school, her passion and love for promoting development, access, success, and independence in children continued. Rachael looks forward to this opportunity as a pediatric fellow to advance her knowledge and skills related to pediatric occupational  therapy practice.


Marisa Sevick, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

 

Marisa graduated from Washington University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in December of 2013. Marisa has always enjoyed working with children of all ages. Shadowing at a pediatric therapy clinic and volunteering at weekend respites for children with disabilities, in college, ignited her passion for wanting to be a pediatric occupational therapist!

 

Marisa is looking forward to spending her time during this residency advancing her clinical practice skills with the pediatric population in many specialty areas.


Julia Ye-Jin Shin, MS, OTR/L, CKTP

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. 


Kristina (“Tina”) Peterkin, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

 

Kristina has over 18 years of experience in pediatric speech language therapy. She had her Certificate of Clinical Competence conferred by The American Speech Language Hearing Association in 1996.  Kristina has worked in a variety of settings including private clinics, schools, and early childhood programs. She has worked professionally with children with Developmental Delays, Autism, Articulation/ Phonology Disorders, and Fluency Disorders.

 

Kristina has presented in Nebraska and Iowa regarding the use of sign language to enhance language development. Kristina is dedicated to providing speech language therapy that fits each child and their family’s specific needs.


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.

Support

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

Kelsey KossKelsey Koss
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.


Erika Sailer
Student Clinic Technician

 

Erika Sailer is a junior at Creighton University, studying Exercise Science on the Pre-Physical Therapy track.

 

She plans to attend Physical Therapy school after graduation. When she has free time, Erika enjoys attending sporting events and spending time with family and friends.


Ann Messerschmidt
Student Clinic Technician

 

Ann graduated from South Dakota State University in 2016 with a degree in Athletic Training and minor in Biology and is currently a student in Creighton University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

 

In her free time, Ann likes to spend time outdoors and with her family. After graduation, Ann would like to pursue a future in pediatric sports physical therapy in order to combine her loves of pediatrics and athletics.