Owner + Physical Therapist
Joanna has been a pediatric physical therapist for 12 years and has been the owner at Beelieve Pediatric Therapy for the last 6 years. She had a vision for a clinic in DFW that not only helps kids with special needs, but one that recognizes and celebrates all kids’ accomplishments and milestones! She has experience and extensive training in: neurodevelopmental treatments, autism, aquatic therapy, CP management, Down syndrome, pediatric equipment, partial weight bearing with gait training, assessment of the high-risk infant, torticollis, functional electrical stimulation, spasticity management, spina bifida and working with children with severe impairments. Joanna is trained and certified in TheraSuit Therapy and is competent in using the Universal Exercise Unit to help children of all ages with neurological impairments. Joanna is passionate about intensive therapy and has found this to be a very effective treatment approach in meeting functional goals in a short period of time.
Joanna and her husband, Rudy, opened Beelieve in January of 2015 and have been enjoying this new adventure helping kids and their families by providing the best all-around care to help each one of them meet their highest potential and bee the best that they can bee. When not at work, Joanna enjoys spending time with Rudy and their two active children, Baylee and Liam. She loves watching the Arkansas Razorbacks, watching Baylee and Liam play sports and act, doing anything outside, traveling and going out to eat.
Lead Physical Therapist
Allison is a Physical Therapist and the Lead Therapist for the PT team at Beelieve
Pediatric Therapy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Exercise
Science from the University of Texas at Arlington. She continued her academic journey at UT Southwestern Medical Center where she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has always loved working with children. She knew she wanted to be a pediatric physical therapist at the young age of 14 when, as a volunteer at Cook Children’s Hospital, she watched the physical therapists teach her friend who had been in a severe car accident how to walk again. She has experience and training working with children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, torticollis, muscular dystrophy, developmental delays, toe walking, and orthopedic conditions as well as many other neurodevelopmental diagnoses and genetic conditions. Allison also has training in Total Motion Release (TMR tots and teens) and the Universal Exercise Unit. Allison has a passion for working with children of all ages to help them overcome their unique challenges, gain mobility, and become the best that they can “bee”. When not at work, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and two dogs, Moose and Pippa. Allison also enjoys being involved at church, staying active, and exploring Fort Worth.
Physical Therapist + Intensive Therapist
Ellen graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University (Ay Whoop!). She continued her academic journey to Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, TX where she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Her passion for helping others started at a young age and developed into her career as a Pediatric Physical Therapist. Ellen was at Beelieve Pediatric Therapy in the summer of 2019 as a clinical student, and she couldn't get enough of us! She soon became a member of the Pediatric PT Team (WHOOP WHOOP)! She has clinical experience working with children with various neurological, developmental, genetic, and musculoskeletal conditions. She is driven to help children of all ages meet their goals and to "bee" the best version of themselves! Ellen enjoys hanging out with her husband, Kyle, family and friends, and her doodle, Brady. She loves being active in the great outdoors, traveling, watching and playing sports, eating lots of Whataburger and pizza, and watching Star Wars!
Rianna graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University. She was born in Illinois, but spent most of her life in Arizona until relocating to Texas in 2019. She has always known that she loved being around children from helping out in her mom's 1st grade classroom, babysitting, volunteering at children's hospitals, and providing respite care. Rianna has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including: developmental delay, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Angelman syndrome, autism, toe-walking, muscular dystrophy, achondroplasia, and torticollis. She also has training in Total Motion Release (TMR Tots & Teens). She loves the never-ending challenges and joys that come with working in pediatrics and is passionate about helping children live up to their fullest potential. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, working out, volunteering, trying out new restaurants, and hanging with her cat, Sabrina (even though she is a dog person).
Kaitlyn graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from San Angelo State University. She attended Texas A&M University (WHHOP!) during undergrad, majoring in Applied Exercise Physiology and minoring in Psychology. Prior to becoming a Physical Therapist, She has a background working with children including teaching dance, working as a summer camp counselor, and nannying. Kaitlyn has worked in both the home health and outpatient pediatric settings and loves getting to connect with families and support them in working towards their child’s gross motor goals. She has experience treating patients with a variety of diagnoses including developmental delay, torticollis, genetic disorders, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, toe walking, Developmental coordination Disorder, and other generalized delays. Kaitlyn enjoys the challenge of making motor milestone acquisition fun for her patients! Kaitlyn loves reading, paddle boarding, cheering on the Aggies and Dallas Mavericks, and travelling. When not at work, Kaitlyn can be found at the lake with family, friends, her husband, Ryan, and their dog, Dirk!
Lauryn graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University and continued her education at Texas Woman's University in Dallas graduating with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Originally born in North Carolina, she grew up mostly in Louisiana, but she recently comes to us from Oregon. Lauryn always wanted to work with kids and fell in love with physical therapy as a career after a high school shadowing experience. She saw how much the kids loved the therapist she shadowed and how much impact the PT had in these kids' lives, and she knew that this is what she needed to do! Lauryn has experience working with children with developmental delay, toe-walking, torticollis, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and multiple other orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. She is excited about the prospect of always learning and is ready to make an impact by helping kids reach their highest potential! Outside of work, Lauryn enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan, family and friends, and her dog, Boo. She loves hiking anywhere there's a trail, baking, crafting with her mom, doing yoga, watching LSU football and baseball, and traveling
Brianna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology. She continued on to graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Brianna knew she wanted to be a PT in 9th grade and throughout college, experienced the joy of working with kids in respite and daycare. She worked as a pediatric home health physical therapist in Houston before coming back to DFW and joining Beelieve. Brianna has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, torticollis, developmental delays, and orthopedic conditions. She loves helping kids meet their goals and getting them excited to move. When she's not working, Brianna and her husband Cody enjoy hanging out with their friends and family. She also enjoys watching movies and traveling in her spare time.
Therapy Director + Lead Occupational Therapist
Marilu is an Occupational Therapist and the Therapy Director at Beelieve. Marilu graduated with her Masters in OT from UT Pan American in Edinburg, TX in 2014. Since then she resides in the Fort Worth area with her husband, Jaime. Since becoming the Therapy Director, Marilu has been able to fulfill her passion for assisting families and therapists as we collaborate to help kiddos reach their greatest potential. She loves assisting in all aspects of the kiddos care both behind the scenes and directly with the therapists. Her and her husband are blessed with 3 toddler boys and have coined the phrase "Joyful Chaos" as a motto for their lives. She loves to watch Disney+, wrestle with her boys, and drink coffee... lots of Coffee!! She is so excited to see what God has planned next at Beelieve and she can’t wait for you to be part of it with us!!
Occupational & Feeding Therapist
From a very young age, Sarah knew that she wanted to work within the pediatric population and it was not until high school when she observed an occupational therapist in the school system that she knew this was the career for her. Sarah graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor's of Science in Middle Level Education. During her time at UCA, she found her passion for working with children who have difficulties in the areas of feeding and behavior. Sarah completed her Doctoral Capstone in Advanced Clinical Practice and Consultation Services in the area of Feeding. She received further education from the SOS Approach to Feeding in order to provide children with a holistic approach to feeding. Sarah also has experience in working on a mental health inpatient unit where she felt a calling to help those who are struggling with mental illnesses by trying to be a bright light in their world and provide them with tools and resources that will help them be successful. Sarah recently moved to Fort Worth, TX to serve the children and families at Beelieve and is excited to start her journey here. When she is not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets as well as enjoying the outdoors and working out!
Occupational + Intensive Therapist
Audrey grew up in Colorado but completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University (TCU), go frogs! She then completed her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree at Creighton University. Audrey did her doctoral capstone project in Denver focusing on neurodevelopmental disabilities with JFK Partners/Developmental Pediatrics at Colorado Children's Hospital as well as The Rise School of Denver. Additionally, she worked on an interprofessional team at Colorado Children's where she evaluated children for Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses. Audrey has extensive experience in pediatrics and is one of our intensive therapists here at Beelieve. She has experience with diagnoses including: Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, genetic/chromosomal abnormalities, HIE, Autism, spina bifida, developmental delays, and many others! She also recently obtained her certification in Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI). You may recognize Audrey as she worked at our front desk in 2017, and was a student here in summer 2020. Audrey moved back to Fort Worth to join the Beelieve team and is so happy to be a part of the hive again! In her free time, Audrey enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
Kayla graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas in 2018 and then went on to earn her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University. Growing up, Kayla always knew she wanted to work with the pediatric population and her passion continued to grow as she spent time working with children in hippotherapy, summer programs, and learning achievement centers. During her time in graduate school, Kayla continued to develop her skills and actually completed one of her clinical placements in an outpatient pediatric setting where she got to treat a variety of disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, dyspraxia, intellectual disabilities, and sensory processing disorder to name a few. Kayla's goal is to develop strong relationships with the families at Beelieve and work together to help the children be successful and engage in the activities that are most meaningful to them. In her free time, Kayla enjoys playing pickleball with friends, spending time with her goldendoodle Cali, reading, and going to the gym!
Claire found her passion for occupational therapy and special needs children during high school where she spent most of her time connecting with special education students and collaborating alongside special education teachers to provide opportunities for these students to interact with others in the community. Claire went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Psychology. She remained in Lubbock, Texas while attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she graduated with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2021. During her time at TTUHSC, Claire continued to expand her skills as she worked with teen moms to provide education over development while aiding in the process of helping their children achieve milestones. She even completed a pediatric clinical rotation at a children’s hospital where she treated acute conditions disrupting engagement and independence in occupations such as cancer, traumatic brain injuries, congenital heart anomalies and other diagnoses including developmental delays and autism. In her free time, Claire enjoys baking, being crafty, playing with her dog (Jade) and spending time with family and friends!
Lead Speech Therapist
Caitlin completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in 2013. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is currently serving as the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association State Advocate for Reimbursement. Caitlin has experience in a variety of settings including private clinics, public schools, home health, and rehabilitation centers. She specialized in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Apraxia, hearing impairment, language disorders, articulation/phonological processing disorders, fluency disorders, feeding disorders, Rett syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Williams syndrome, Prader-Willie syndrome, Traumatic brain injury and more. She also established and implemented a variety of Augmentative and Alternative communication systems for nonverbal children. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys traveling with her husband, Charlie, and playing with her two dogs, Sophie and Zoey.
Speech + Myofunctional + Feeding Therapist
Krista has always been passionate about children with special needs. While working towards her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Abilene Christian University, she worked with people with disabilities assisting them in everyday activities and helping them to reach their potential. She also spent her summer breaks as a camp counselor for children of all ages and stages. She then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Tech University in 2013. Since graduating, Krista has had experience in home health, the clinical setting, and in the educational setting. Krista also has experience and training with a variety of disabilities and disorders including articulation and expressive/receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, feeding disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, and many other syndromes and rare disorders. Her special interests and training include feeding/swallowing and oral motor difficulties. In her free time, Krista enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and three children!
Sam graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin. She always knew she wanted to work with kids, but it wasn't until working at a pediatric therapy clinic as an undergrad that she realized she wanted to be a speech language pathologist. At UT, she participated in 2 research projects involving speech/language development in bi-lingual children and speech/language development in college aged individuals with special needs. She then went on to receive her Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Sam is now in her 6th year as a certified speech language pathologist and has had experience in the educational, outpatient and clinical settings. She has experience with a variety of disabilities and disorders including articulation and receptive/expressive language disorders, fluency, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, cochlear implants and more. Sam loves her job and loves being able to help children communicate their wants and needs! In her free time, Sam enjoys playing music, being outside, and spending time with her husband, Michael, puppy, Ollie, and daughter, Piper!
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Michelle always knew she wanted to help make a difference in children's lives but she did not know how exactly. When she discovered speech there, in college, she realized it was her calling. She received her bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Stephen F. Austin State University in East Texas. Michelle is now a certified Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with 11 years of experience in pediatric therapy; working with children with Articulation, Language, Fluency, and Phonology Disorders, children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Selective Mutism, Cleft Lip and Palate, Dawn Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children with special needs have a special place in her heart and it shows in her work daily. She is very passionate about speech therapy and enjoys growing in her field through continuing education seminars and research. Michelle enjoys practicing yoga, drinking coffee, watching Gilmore Girls, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Myofunctional Therapy Consultant + PRN
Haley has known she wanted to be a pediatric speech language pathologist from a very young age. She has always been passionate about helping others! Haley completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Abilene Christian University in 2015 and her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from University of Texas at Dallas in 2017. Haley has experience in a variety of settings including public school, skilled nursing facility, and pediatric home health. She has also volunteered her time with an equine rehabilitation program for children with special needs. Working in these settings has allowed her to gain knowledge and experience with a variety of disabilities and disorders including fluency disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, autism, traumatic brain injury, dysphagia and many others. Haley has most recently completed a pediatric feeding therapy course and training in orofacial myofunctional therapy. Haley has become very passionate about treating orofacial myofunctional disorders and loves seeing the drastic improvement this type of therapy can make in children's lives! In her free time, she enjoys yoga, gardening, riding horses, and going on nature walks with her husband, children, and dogs.
Growing up in Ada, Michigan, Madeline attended a Spanish immersion school which piqued her interest in learning a language at an early age. Additionally, she grew up helping her cousin Estelle, who has down syndrome work on her speech and language. Drawing from those experiences, Madeline knew she wanted to work with the pediatric population and find a way to utilize her Spanish skills. She attended the University of Mississippi for her bachelor of science in Communication Sciences & Disorders and bachelor of arts in Spanish. Madeline went on to obtain a Masters of Arts in speech-language pathology at Michigan State University. Her clinical experience has been centered around treating the pediatric population in a school based setting, outpatient clinic, inpatient hospital, an autism clinic, and home health. Her education fostered her love for language and culture. Through her love for language, Madeline was introduced to speech-language pathology, where she realized that her desire in life is to help others. She is our first bi-lingual speech therapist!
Audrey has known for a long time that she wanted to work with kids, and now she’s excited to be doing exactly that. Audrey graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Harding University in Arkansas. While there, her love for supporting children’s development flourished as she spent time with kids in schools, equine therapy, tutoring programs, and childcare. Over the summers, she worked in children’s and youth ministry programs. As she earned her Master’s degree at the University of North Texas, she continued to expand her skills in speech-language pathology in public school, teletherapy, and clinics. One of her clinical placements included Beelieve, and she’s back because she loved it! Audrey has experience with a variety of disabilities and disorders including: articulation, expressive/receptive language, fluency disorder, autism spectrum disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, intellectual disability, hearing impairment, and use of augmentative and alternative communication devices. Audrey believes one of her purposes is to guide and support others as they transform into the next stage of themselves. When not at work, Audrey enjoys nature, creating things, volleyball, reading, and spending time with friends and family!
Originally from New Mexico, Leticia made Fort Worth her home 2 years ago. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. Upon graduation, Leticia worked as an SLP assistant while attending Graduate School at Eastern New Mexico where she earned a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Leticia has experience working in the school and clinic settings. She's so thrilled to be a part of the Beelieve team.
Katie has always loved working with kids! Katie graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. Katie worked as a Behavior Specialist working with kids with Autism while attending Graduate School at CSU Sacramento where she earned a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Her clinical experience included working with children in a school setting and adults in the inpatient hospital setting. Katie has experience working in the school setting with preschoolers and loves helping children of all ages and backgrounds empower themselves and reach their highest potential.
Olivia graduated from Texas A&M University (whoop!) with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Throughout her time working in schools, she felt most fulfilled supporting children with special needs. This motivated her to complete a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. While there, she sharpened her skills in speech-language pathology through home health, a school-based setting, a pre-verbal clinic, and teletherapy. Her final clinical placement was with us, at Beelieve! Through her experiences in pediatric therapy, she has gained knowledge of a variety of disabilities and disorders including: articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, expressive/receptive disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and more! Olivia is passionate about the field of speech-language pathology and is excited to help children become all they are meant to BEE! When she is not at the hive, Olivia enjoys painting and spending time with her husband, Colten, and their dog, Blue.
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