Physical & Occupational Therapists: 

              Empowering Children & Families to Succeed

Theraplay Learning Center  (TLC) offers a functional approach to treatment that focuses on the development of each individual child.  We provide occupational, physical,  and developmental services. We would love to get to know you and your child and discuss how we can best meet your needs. 
                        Norton  Occupational Therapists  
Renee Miller OT
  • Occupational Therapy degree from Kansas University Medical School

  • 16+ years experience in pediatrics/adolescents

  • National Board of Occupational Therapy certified

  • Experience in a variety of settings – public schools, private schools, daycares, homes, and out-patient clinics.

  • Special areas of interest and training include treating autism, sensory processing disorders, and reflex integration, feeding difficulties.

  • Designer of special needs church program to help children with varying needs benefit from children’s church programming.

  • Graduated from Norton & lives here with her husband, Tim, & 2 children, Avery & Eli.

  • Passionate about meeting children at their level and working with the families to get the best outcome possible.

  • In her spare time, Renee likes to garden and bake.

Sue Rossi OT
  • Received degree from Colorado State University.

  • Worked as an Occupational Therapist for 28 years at North Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative serving children with varying abilities from age 3 to 21 years.

  • Have provided OT services through NKESC and KidLink to serve children aged 0 to 21 with special needs

  • Nationally Board Certified since February 23, 1989 with pediatrics as a primary practice area.

  • Special training and instruction in the following areas:

             Traumatic brain injuries

             Autism spectrum disorder

             Sensory processing differences

             Handwriting without Tears 

             First Strokes handwriting 

             Visual and Fine Motor Deficits

             Sensory Based Feeding                                  difficulties/picky eaters  

  • Member of Autism Team and Traumatic Brain Injury Team

  • Mother of 3 and grandmother to 2 grandsons, Knox & Jude.        

  • Enjoys golfing, biking, skiing, hiking and playing with her grandchild

Margi Nielsen OT

  • OT degree from College of St Mary,     Omaha NE

  • National Board of Occupational Therapy;  Certified

  • Completed Fieldwork rotation @ Texas  Outpatient Clinic

  • Enjoys working with Pediatrics

  • Lymphedema Certified Therapist

  • Graduated from Southern Valley High  School,  NE

  • Lives in Norton with Spouse & Daughter

Norton & Hays Sites: 
Physical Therapists
Randa Vollertsen PT

  Becky Pokorny PT

Rachel Atkinson DPT
  • Physical Therapy degree from KU

  • 35 years employed by NKESC as a pediatric PT working with infant through age 21 including providing PT services to infant-toddlers in their homes & school age children in 19 different school districts.

  • 2001 Kansas Special Education Professional of Year

  • 1999 Kansas Special Educator of Year

  • 5 Years Kansas Field Based Consultant for KS Dept of Education

  • 5 Years instructor online Assistive Technology Courses for University of New Mexico

  • 11 years instructor for CCC nursing program: Anatomy & Physiology

  • Degree and certification in PT from KU & KUMC

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education/Assistive Technology UNM

  • Specialized training & instruction

    • Traumatic Brain Injuries

    • Orthotics casting & fitting

    • Therapeutic Aquatics,

    • Infant-Toddler Early Intervention, Infant Torticollis

    • Physical disabilities & genetic disorders

  • Mother of 3 & grandmother of 8

  • Author children's book: "Mimi's Mulberry Tree"

Hays Occupational Therapists

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Wichita State University in May 2009.

  • Currently working on Masters of Business Administration degree from Fort Hays State University. 

  •  8 week internship with Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma working with children birth to 18 in outpatient, home setting & Oklahoma School for the Blind.

  •  8 years of experience with pediatric patients &  experience in Outpatient Orthopedics, home health, 

  • Originally from Dodge City, but moved to I Hays in 2017 where I currently live with my husband and 4 daughters.

  •  Director of Outpatient Therapy at Northeastern Health System in Tahlequah, OK 

  • Passionate about children deserving to have the highest quality of life they can which can be achieved by early PT interventions.  I want to see all children with a need have access to PT.

Carolyn Young OT

Hannah Heston OT

Crista Porter OT

   ♥ TLC for Children with Varying Abilities ...

  • Occupational Therapy Degree from KU

  • Has spent 35 years as school based Occupational Therapist:                   25 years at USD 489-Hays with children 3-21 with various abilities

  • National Board Certified since 1982 with pediatric specialty

  • Special training in Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sensory processing differences, Fine and Visual Motor Deficits,  genetic and physical disabilities.

  • Supervised OT and OTA students from KU, CU, Kansas Newman and BCCC forpediatric field work portion of their degree.

  • Married and mother of 4 children with 1 granddaughter

  • Enjoys reading, sewing and taking trips on their Harley.

  • Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from The University of Kansas

  •  National Board of Occupational Therapy certified

  • 4 years total pediatric experience with 3 of 4 years working with Birth-3 early intervention population 

  • Worked in variety of settings; homes, childcares, preschools, elementary/ middle/ high schools, post- secondary school 

  •  Certification in The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding (Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders curriculum) 

  •  Advanced certification in The S.O.S. Approach to Feeding; Feeding the Child on the Autism Spectrum 

  • Developed handwriting progression curriculum for school district

  • Special interests in infant development, feeding difficulties, handwriting, sensory processing, and self-care skills 

  •  Originally from Topeka, and has lived in Hays since July 2017

  • Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Kansas

  • National Board of Occupational Therapy  certified

  • 2.5 years pediatric experience, 4.5 years total of  working as an OT with adults/pediatrics 

  • Certification in the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding (Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders curriculum) 

  • Special interests include: self-care    skills/development, sensory processing, and  feeding difficulties

  • -Married and mother of 1 daughter. Enjoys spending time with family and playing and watching sports.