Our Traverse City 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.
Our Administrative team is here to support families throughout their journey with us. They also provide a stabilizing force for our therapists, so that they may do what they do best: Keep the child moving forward.
- Janet Ringle-Bartels – Executive Director
- Matthew Bartels – Director
- Debra Miller – Director of Finance
- Stephanie Lowe – Director Administration Services
- Jenna Marr -Director of Education and Community Engagement
- Annie Wright – Director of Clinical Services
- Joe Brooks – Director of Human Resources
- Ashlee Chesny – Human Resources
- Deb Witt – Accounts specialist
- Rachel Chisholm – IT Liaison
- Sam Brackett – Office Manager
- Mary Loomis – Clinical Coordinator
- Gabrielle Smeenge – Intake Coordinator, Master Scheduler
Client Accounting and Insurance
This team works hard to help families navigate through insurance and payment issues. For billing and insurance information, our Accounting Department can be reached at 989-835-3235.
- Shelly Gross – Client Accounting Manager
- Lori Covaleski
- Penny Davis
- Mary LaLone
- Stacy Vermeesch
- Barb Vanhorn
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy is an individualized and research-supported treatment for children with autism. ABA is a data driven methodology that improves lives by focusing on socially significant behaviors. By manipulating the environment, ABA increases functional skills while decreasing interfering behaviors. Families will regularly meet with the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to review progress and make adjustments. Families and caregivers also receive training in how to support a child in learning and practicing skills throughout the day.
BCBAs are certified individuals who are trained in the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis. BCBAs must have a Master’s Degree in a human services field, including specific graduate level coursework in Behavior Analysis. They must have supervised experience in ABA. Finally, they must pass a standardized exam. That means parents can feel assured that the therapist has both academic and applied skills.
- Sydney Esch – BCBA
- Thomas Watson (QBHP)
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists serve children from birth through school age. Each of our Speech-Language Pathologists holds a Master’s Degree and a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). They are also licensed in the State of Michigan. All therapists at Children’s Therapy Corner participate in ongoing continuing education opportunities to develop and maintain pediatric specific skills.
- Julie Windham
Pediatric Occupational Therapists serve children ranging from birth through school age. Each of our Occupational Therapists is a graduate of a University program accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and holds a Master’s Degree. Our therapists are also registered by the National Board of Occupational Therapists and licensed in the State of Michigan. All therapists at Children’s Therapy Corner participate in ongoing continuing education opportunities to develop and maintain pediatric specific skills.
- Stephanie Armstrong
- Lauren Koch
- Laine Herman
Pediatric Physical Therapists work with children birth through school age. Each of our Physical Therapists is a graduate of an accredited University program and hold a Doctoral Degree. Our therapists are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and are licensed in the State of Michigan. All therapists at Children’s Therapy Corner participate in ongoing continuing education opportunities to develop and maintain pediatric specific skills.
- Mary Loomis
- Stephanie Lamphere
PLAY 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.
- Julie Windham – PLAY Project Coordinator
- Sydney Esch – PLAY Project Consultant
Join Our Team
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.