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The Caring Group is a private practice specializing in a variety of therapy services for infants, toddlers, children, pre-teens, and young teenagers. We have 20 years of experience for all stages of a child’s development.  No matter your child’s diagnosis or reason for referral they will receive our individualized care and compassion as we work with them to meet their goals .

Take a look! Here is a typical day in The Caring Group!

Beth A. Mueller, MS, CCC-SLP
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

For over 20 years, Beth has been practicing speech language and her speciality lies in the birth to teen population. Her smile, upbeat personality, and caring nature make her a favorite of all of her patients.

Emma Krueger
Emma Krueger, Billing

Emma comes to us after 3 years as a paraprofessional in the special education department with a focus on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). With degrees in both medical billing and coding and business administration, her focus is on easing the mind's of our patients' parents and guardians while also making interactions fun with the patients.

Kim Wallace MS, CCC-SLP


Kim offers over 20 years of proven experience working with children from birth to early teen in in-home and center-based environments. Her positive attitude, awesome t-shirts, and fun energy make her an asset to families and their children.

Caitlin Churchill, MS, OTR/L
Trained SOS Therapist

Caitlin was a teacher for 5 years before becoming an occupational therapist. She has experience in schools, home health, and the hospital setting as an occupational therapist. Caitlin's special interests include: sensory processing, fine motor, visual motor, activities of daily living, and emotional regulation.

Jodi Sienkiewicz, Office Manager

Jodi has worked in pediatric therapy for over seven years. She loves connecting with the children and enjoys getting to know their families. Jodi can easily relate to the parents and help guide them in the right direction, as one of her own children has received therapy for six and a half years. Jodi is inspired by all of the kids that come to the clinic and is proud to see what they accomplish!

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Karly Phipps, COTA/L

Karly Phipps has been a licensed COTA since 2018 after several years of working in the school systems. She has previous COTA experience in a variety of settings: home-health, outpatient, EI and schools. She has special interest in sensory processing and regulation, and fine motor development.  

Meaghan Moriarty, MS, OTR/L
Trained SOS Therapist

Meaghan has previous experience in outpatient pediatric therapy and outpatient neurological rehabilitation. In the pediatric setting, she has worked with a large population of children from 10 months to age 21. She has special interests in fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and motor planning. 

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Korinne Christner, COTA/L

Korinne has been a COTA since 2018, after working for 3 years in schools with children who have special needs. Her interests include working with children who have difficulty with emotional regulation, fine motor skills, and sensory processing.

Jerica Patek, MS CCC-SLP

Jerica has been a speech therapist since 2016. She has special interests in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), literacy, early and school age language, and social language. She has a genuine sweet and silly personality that her patients are able to connect with. 

Alyssa Tarquinio
Alyssa Tarquinio, MS, CCC-SLP

Alyssa has previous experience in the outpatient setting with a large population of children from 1-21 years of age. She has special interests in early and school-age language, phonological and articulation disorders, and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). She is a lover of all things sports, having fun, and giving her all, making her patients excited to come to therapy. 

Alex Klein, MS, CCC-SLP

Alex has been a speech therapist since 2017.  Her experience working as a school SLP with preschool-5th grade students sparked her interest in foundational reading skills, ADHD accommodations, and literacy based speech and language therapy.

Annie Lietz, M.S., CCC-SLP

Annie has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 2021. She has previous experience working with pediatrics in the school system and outpatient clinic/hospital settings. She has special interests in childhood apraxia of speech, articulation/phonological disorders, and early language development.

Lauren Tighe
Lauren Tighe, DPT, ATC

Lauren Tighe is a pediatric and sports orthopedic physical therapist with seven years of pediatric experience. Lauren brings a variety of pediatric and orthopedic expertise to the Caring Group as a board-certified Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer. She specializes in sports-related injury rehabilitation and pediatric gross motor development in patients from birth to 21 years of age. Lauren is also an Assistant Professor in the athletic training program at Lindenwood University. 

Daniele Hader
Daniele Hader, PTA

Daniele has been a therapist since 2006. She has experience of treating children aged 0-21 in outpatient, inpatient, and aquatic therapy settings. She enjoys being able to work with a wide variety of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism, spina bifida, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, genetic disorders, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, as well as a variety of medical complexities. She strives to meet every child and family's personal interests and goals in hoping to have the best functional outcomes and independence every child needs. 

Victoria Welch
Victoria Welch, COTA/L

Victoria Welch has been a licensed COTA since 2020 after years of working in school systems, home health care, and inpatient rehabilitation with some non-traditional settings including We Rock the Spectrum. She has special interest in sensory processing, fine motor and visual motor development.

Kaylie Riley
Kaylie Riley, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kaylie has been a speech therapist since 2018.  She has experience working with autistic students K-12 requiring a variety of support.   Her  special interests include  augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), functional communication, emotional language/regulation and advocating for self skills.  She uses a neurodiversity affirming approach to therapy and believes that all brains learn and work differently. She enjoys collaborating with coworkers and parents to provide the best support to her students!

Emily Kempter
Emily Kempter, COTA/L

Emily is a licensed COTA. She has experience in early childhood education, as well as providing therapy for a local retirement home. She has special interests in feeding, reflex integration, and sensory processing. Her son, James, is her inspiration behind becoming a pediatric COTA. He allows her to connect with the children and families on a caring and personal level.

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