Our Lansing Staff

Every member of our staff – from the person who answers the phones to the owner – puts your child’s health and well-being first. There’s nothing we do that doesn’t take into consideration what is best for the families that trust us with their children.

Administrative Staff

Our Administrative Team is the gear system of our Corner. This marvelous team works hard to help families navigate through insurance and payment issues, aid children in transitioning smoothly, and provide a stabilizing force for our therapists, so that they may do what they do best: Keep your child moving forward.

  • Janet Ringle-Bartels, CCC-SLP – Owner/Executive Director
  • Matthew Bartels, CCC-SLP – Director
  • Debra Miller – Operations, HR Director
  • Juanita Patrick – Office Manager
  • Sandra Barthel – Administration/Scheduling
  • Erin Vroman – Intake Coordinator
  • Annie Wright, OTRL – Clinical Coordinator

Client Accounting and Insurance

For billing and insurance information, our Accounting Department can be reached at 989-835-3235.

  • Lauren Schoenmeyer
  • Dawn Scarmeas
  • Shelly Aultman
  • Kelly Inman
  • Lori Covaleski

Occupational Therapists

The Occupational Therapist (OT), working cooperatively with other members of the health team, uses purposeful activity in a variety of settings to reduce physical and psychosocial disability. The occupational therapist is a trained health care professional who can make a complete evaluation of the impact of disabilities on the activities of the child at home, school and in community settings. Some Occupational Therapists specialize in a specific area, such as pediatrics. The Occupational Therapist who provides the treatment is a graduate of a college program accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). OTs who pass a certification test qualify to use the initials OTR after their name. State registration is required by the state of Michigan to maintain the quality of care given by Occupational Therapists in the state.

In planning a child’s program, the Occupational Therapist evaluates the child’s needs, abilities and interests using interviews, assessments and medical records. The OT draws on his or her knowledge of purposeful activities to select and apply those most likely to meet goals. Treatment may cover one or more areas, ranging from muscle strengthening and self-care to social-emotional adjustment, fabrication and use of adaptive equipment and splints. Therapy goals change as treatment progresses and programs are re-evaluated. The Occupational Therapist works very closely with the child’s physician, other health care practitioners, the child and the child’s family in setting treatment objectives that are realistic and consistent with the child’s needs.

  • Annie Wright, OTRL
  • Anne Disney, OTRL
  • Kelsi Herrington, OTRL
  • Jessica Reslock, OTRL
  • Jessica Schmidlin, OTRL

Music Therapists

A professional Music Therapist holds a bachelor’s degree or higher in Music Therapy from an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved college and university programs.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified Music Therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music Therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in Music Therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.

  • Denise Travis, MM, MT-BC

Speech-Language Pathologists

A Speech & Language Pathologist (SLP) is a professional educated in the study of human communication, its development and its disorders. By evaluating the speech and language skills of children and adults, the SLP determines if communication problems exist and decides the best way to treat these problems. A Speech & Language Pathologist has a master’s or doctoral degree and must hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and/or license from the state. For more information, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  • Matthew Bartels, CCC-SLP
  • Samantha J. Gray, CCC-SLP
  • Danielle Spannagel, CCC-SLP
  • Jenna Marr, CCC-SLP
  • Elissa Besson, CF-SLP
  • Jordyn Burgess, CF-SLP

Physical Therapists

Pediatric Physical Therapists are trained and licensed health care professionals who evaluate and treat children with physical impairments, disabilities and functional limitations resulting from injury or disease. They address the needs of children by helping them restore, maintain and attain optimal physical function. They also help to prevent injury and loss of movement in children. A Pediatric Physical Therapist (PT) works with a child’s family, in order to empower the family with the ability to maximize the child’s function at home, at school and in the community.

  • Tracy Shilling, PT, DPT

P.L.A.Y. Project Consultant

Certified PLAY Project consultants hold Master’s degrees in child development fields and are experts in PLAY Project autism intervention. To obtain certification professionals must complete a rigorous training and supervision program and demonstrate mastery in this evidenced-based autism therapy for toddler and preschool-age children

  • Denise Travis, MM, MT-BC, PLAY Project Consultant

BCBA Therapist

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy is highly individualized. It is the best research-supported treatment available for children with autism. Families engaged in ABA Therapy at Children’s Therapy Corner can expect a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Therapist to use a systematic method for assessing why a child engages in maladaptive behaviors. The BCBA Therapist, and possibly a Behavior Technician, will develop the strategies to both alleviate those behaviors and teach new skills. Families will regularly meet with program staff to plan, review progress and make adjustments. Families and caregivers also receive training in how to support a child in learning and skill practice throughout the day.

BCBA Therapists must have a Master’s Degree in a human service field, including specific graduate level coursework in Behavior Analysis. They must have supervised experience in ABA. Finally, they must take and pass a standardized exam. That means parents can feel assured the therapist has both academic and applied skills.

  • Shilpa Shah, BCBA
  • Nicole Bell, MA, BCBA

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Children’s Therapy Corner provides therapeutic intervention for children. CTC was founded on the belief that there should be a place where families can come and learn about their child’s needs, in a supportive team atmosphere. We will work with you to provide direction and support for your family and your child. The goal is for your child to live their life to its fullest capacity.