Specializing in Speech, Occupational, & Physical Therapies

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About Thera-Play Pediatrics

At Thera-Play Pediatrics, our mission is to provide children and families with quality and consistent pediatric therapy services that maximize a child’s functional independence and quality of life. Our centers in Springdale, Fort Smith, and Harrison, AR, are strategically designed to mirror the experiences that developing children encounter within their communities.

We address your child’s global therapy needs while they enjoy what they do best: playing. For the child, his or her therapy sessions are fun, not a series of rote activities. Our goal is to maximize each child’s motivation to play throughout the therapeutic process.

Pediatric Therapy Services in Fort Smith & Harrison, AR
Pediatric Services in Fort Smith & Harrison, AR

Key Tenets of Our Approach

Mirroring Natural Environments

Learning is optimized when practice occurs under varying and random conditions, as that is how children learn about themselves and the world around them. Our main gym areas are equipped with state-of-the-art sensory-motor equipment and designed to create variable conditions that will maximize results for your child’s growth and development.

Parental Involvement

Parental involvement is a core component in all of our therapy sessions. By participating in these sessions, parents learn first-hand how to incorporate the therapeutic techniques we use on a day-to-day basis while bonding with their children in a positive, enriching environment.

Support for Families

Thera-Play introduces a whole new world of interaction, stimulation, and excitement for children with special needs. Equally important, our unique program gives parents and family members of children with special needs the opportunity to meet other parents who are dealing with similar issues, allowing them the opportunity to build support groups and create lasting friendships.

Meet the Team

Speech-Language Pathologists

Joe Agan | PhD. CCC-SLP

Joe Agan | PhD. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Bilingual English and Spanish
Springdale / Fort Smith Clinics

 

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I completed my Master’s in Communication Disorders (1999) from the University of Houston and my PhD in Rehabilitation (2009) from the University of Arkansas. My experience includes working with children and adults in a diverse array of medical and outpatient settings. In 2015 I had the opportunity to rejoin Thera-play. Prior to returning to Thera-play, I was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for six years.I have a passion for understanding the relationships between social, cognitive, emotional and language development in children.

I approach therapy through engaging, joint cooperative activities (e.g., play, new learning and work) that promote the development of social interaction, attention, memory and self-regulation. This cognitive focus facilitates speech, language and social skills that can be easily transferred to settings outside of the clinic. I am passionate about exploring and developing hands-on activity-based approaches to addressing speech, language, and literacy-related issues with clients in a manner that fosters independence, self-efficacy, and healthy self-identity.

An activity consists in producing some tangible outcome following an apprenticeship model of learning. For example, building a wooden model (e.g., catapult); a rubber-band airplane; bookmaking, programming a computer game or computer art (via Scratch, Android App Inventor 2 and Processing programming language). Such activity-based approaches can provide a rich and motivating context for addressing a multitude of speech therapy objectives.

The purpose of specific therapy objectives become more readily apparent to clients in activities with tangible, understandable real-world goals. Clients acquire new knowledge, vocabulary, language structures and discourse practices. Literacy skills can be incorporated in ways that highlight their usefulness within a motivating activity. As a clinician and clinical educator, I have been working on distilling these ideas, developing materials (i.e., literacy related materials) and exploring means of sharing this approach via alternative platforms with a broader audience.

In my spare time I spend as much time as possible with my son, Zach and daughter Rye. I also enjoy martial arts, computer programming, bike riding, reading, and exercising.

Brittanie Miller | M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC

Brittanie Miller | M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC

Speech Language Pathologist

Harrison Clinic

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My name is Brittanie and I am a speech-language pathologist with a passion for pediatrics. I am married to a wonderful man my grandfather set me up with. We have a baby boy and a very energetic French bulldog. When I’m not at the clinic, I enjoy spending time with family, crafting gifts for loved ones, and watching reality TV.

I love coming to work every day and helping clients and their families reach new milestones. I see clients both at our outpatient clinic in Harrison, Arkansas and at a local school district. I have a passion for pediatric feeding disorders and have received training in Beckman Oral Motor along with certification as a Lactation Consultant. I have a desire to learn and research new treatment techniques to best serve each client’s individual needs. Children learn best through play, and I am incredibly thankful to have a career that combines laughter with learning.

Marisa Spagnolo | M.S., CCC-SLP

Marisa Spagnolo | M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I have worked for Thera-Play Pediatrics since October 2020. I live in Fayetteville, AR with my fiance and our dog Blaze. I have worked with the pediatric population since my first job working at a daycare in 2012 and since fell in love with working with children and their families. I enjoy working with those diagnosed with ASD and feeding/swallowing therapy.
Makenna Sisson | M.C.D. SLP

Makenna Sisson | M.C.D. SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Springdale Clinic

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My name is Makenna Sisson. I am from Hot Springs, Arkansas. I completed my undergraduate degree in communication disorders in 2020 and my master’s degree in speech-language pathology in 2021 at Arkansas State University. I am passionate about working with children and watching as they grow as communicators. Some of my areas of interest are child language development and autism spectrum disorder.

Alexis Allen

Alexis Allen

Speech Therapist Clinical Fellow

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I am married and have a precious fur baby named Polo. Growing up in Arkansas, I have always enjoyed the outdoors and spending time on the water. During the winter months, I love spending my days curled up in a blanket, watching movies with friends and family. As a new speech therapist, I have found that structure and play are required to allow my clients to thrive in an uplifting and fun environment. I thoroughly enjoy the outpatient setting because we get to connect with our client’s families in a way that is not always obtainable in other settings. Being able to discuss newly implemented strategies for generalization of skills, allows for a more well-rounded clinical approach. The connections I have made with my clients over my short months as a speech therapist are unmatched, and I have grown to care for these children in ways that I never imagined. I look forward to growing my relationships and my skills as I become a more seasoned therapist.

Occupational Therapists

Emily Roberts | OTR/L

Emily Roberts | OTR/L

Owner / Occupational Therapy Director

Occupational Therapist

Gillian Milton | COTA

Gillian Milton | COTA

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Springdale Clinic

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I was born in Virginia and raised near New Orleans for most of my life but am very happy to call Northwest Arkansas home. I have been happily married since 2017 and have 2 wonderful children, I went to college in New Orleans and that is where I found my passion to work with children. I thoroughly enjoy learning about reflex integration and sensory processing interventions that would assist me in creating a better learning environment for my kiddos. I joined the Thera-Play team in 2019 and I have enjoyed every minute of this team becoming like family.
Heather Petty | COTA

Heather Petty | COTA

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Harrison Clinic

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I have been married to my husband, Zach since 2011. I have two rescue dogs. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family. I chose to work with children because I believe early intervention is the top reason why children strive later in life. My interests are behavior and sensory integration. I enjoy seeing my patient’s improvement no matter how big or small!

Kayla Donald | COTA

Kayla Donald | COTA

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Fort Smith Clinic

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I’ve been working with kiddos in the pediatric setting since 2017! Fun fact about me, I won “Class Clown” as a senior superlative in high school. I love joking around and just having a good time, so I fit right in with my patients. I don’t have any little ones of my own just yet, but I hold my patients dear to heart like I would my own. I am passionate about Sensory Strategies and behavioral therapy. I like to think of the sensory system as a cup. Every kid has a different cup and different needs. Some kids have full cups, so they are sensitive and avoid sensory input because it can cause an “overflow” or cause them to be unregulated, while others have an empty cup and seek sensory input to “fill it up”. My mission is to make sure every kid’s cup is just right so they can function at their highest level. There’s always so much to learn about Sensory Processing and strategies and I’m always eager to learn more! I think the most rewarding part about working in Peds is seeing the small victories and the impact you have on each child’s life.

Lauren Rose | COTA

Lauren Rose | COTA

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Springdale Clinic

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I was born and raised in Arkansas and am happy to call this beautiful state home. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my two dogs, Oscar and Lily. When I’m not at Thera-play with my second family, you can find me curled up reading a good book, watching a movie or traveling the world. I joined the Thera-play team in September 2019. My areas of interest include school based occupational therapy, autism and sensory integration. I enjoy building lasting relationships with my patients and their families and love watching my patients learn and grow each day.
Amanda Miller | COTA/L

Amanda Miller | COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Spingdale Clinic

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Thera-Play Pediatrics in Springdale, AR. My husband and I met in high school and have been married since 2005. While not native to Arkansas, we’re so happy we moved to such a beautiful and welcoming place. Having dedicated 10 years working in the public school system I knew I wanted to continue working with children.

Once observing an Occupational Therapist I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I received my degree in December of 2014 and began practicing as a licensed OTA in February of 2015. I really enjoy providing OT services as it involves teaching and beyond. Offering my patients additional support while attending school, daycare, online classes, etc. is an important part. I also recognize my patients play more roles than just students. These may include son, daughter, brother, sister, grandchild, or possibly even helping a caregiver at times, etc. Every occupation or task needed for each role can vary.

My passion is getting to know my patients and their families while taking these roles into account. This helps me to provide the best support possible based on that patient’s individual needs.

Brooke Miller | COTA

Brooke Miller | COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we live with our 2 dogs, an Australian shepherd-Harley, and a Boxer-Stella. I have always known that I wanted to work with others and help them, but for a while I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do that. In 2010 my grandma had a stroke and was fortunate enough to attend a rehab where she received Occupational Therapy.

I remember going with her and seeing the positive impact that Occupational Therapy had on her life and from that moment on I knew Occupational Therapy was what I wanted to do. Each child is unique, and I love having the freedom to specialize each treatment session to fit their needs and goals. The most fulfilling part of my job is watching my patients grow and seeing their faces when they meet a goal that they have been working on for weeks.

The adversity our kids endure can’t always be changed, but we can equip them with the tools they need to go into the world and embrace their differences with confidence to have a meaningful life. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -unknown.

Randy Scott

Randy Scott

OTR/L

Fort Smith Clinic
Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

OTR/L

Harrison Clinic

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Sarah Davis OTR, Harrison Clinic I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelors in psychology and a minor in Spanish in 2014. I completed my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2017. My husband, Ben, and I have a two year-old son, Beau. We enjoy fishing, camping, and cooking together as a family. My favorite thing about working for Thera-play is getting to play a part in helping children and their families achieve their goals and watching children grow leaps and bounds.

Mackenzie Meyers

Mackenzie Meyers

OTR/L

Harrison Clinic
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I am Mackenzie Meyers, OTR/L. I graduated with my Masters of Occupational Therapy from Missouri State University in 2021. Before my Masters, I attended Missouri State University for a Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with minors in Psychology and Biochemistry. I began working for Thera-Play in early 2022 at the Harrison clinic. I have always wanted to work with children and help them gain the skills they need to be confident in everyday activities. I am thankful to be able to have this opportunity to help children and also learn from them at Thera-play.
Ben Duncan

Ben Duncan

OTR/L

Springdale Clinic

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I am originally from the Kansas City Missouri area which is also where I met and married my beautiful wife in 2018. A year later, in 2019, I finished my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After working for 3 years in Kansas, my family and I visited Arkansas. We fell in love with the beautiful nature and decided to make NWA our home. We have one little boy and are excited to welcome a little girl into our home in June 2022. We look forward to staying in the area for many years as we raise and grow our family.

Physical Therapists

Luke Brettin | PTA, CKTP

Luke Brettin | PTA, CKTP

Executive Clinic Director | Physical Therapist Assistant

Springdale Clinic

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I’ve been married to my wife since 2008 and have a mix of biological and adopted children 3 boys and 3 girls. I enjoy supporting foster care families and helping find resources to better serve children in NWA. I love the outdoors (fishing especially) and the ways it teaches us about life. Some days the outdoors is picturesque and beautiful, and sometimes it is rough and treacherous. In each scenario, I try to see it as a new opportunity for different experiences to be had. I try to learn/teach from both the beautiful and the treacherous situations in life. I love the connections I get to build with our patients and families when treating our patients. It has been a wonderful experience.

The fruits of consistent developmental care and attention improves it lends to our patients’ lives. I strive to build rapport with each patient and contour treatments to be not only effective but also enjoyable for the patient. Providing consistent structure and expectations in my treatments helps children know what is expected of them and how they can be successful. I am also certified as a Kinesio-taping Practitioner and enjoy helping patients through various taping methods.

Jeremy Helms | PTA

Jeremy Helms | PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant | Certified Kinesio-taping Practitioner

Fort Smith Clinic

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I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) since 2008 and have been involved in therapeutic rehabilitation since 2000. I am happily married to my lovely wife since 2007 and we have 2 wonderful children, a boy (2014) and a girl (2015). When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family. My wife and I use to travel a lot before we started to have kids, and now that they have grown some, we look forward to new adventure with them. I love drawing, listening to movie soundtracks, being outside if possible, watching movies, occasionally playing video games (if my kids let me), and reading books (though it does take me several months to finish a book).

I was inspired to pursue a career in physical therapy when I was 12 years old after having to have hip surgery. I had to learn how to walk all over again, and I had a physical therapist that specialized in pediatrics to help me recover. Since becoming a PTA, I have enjoyed getting to help children meet and exceed their developmental milestones/goals to better their quality of life, and in doing so, have helped the parents too.

Jennifer Mason | PTA

Jennifer Mason | PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Springdale Clinic

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I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2010, I started working at Thera-Play Pediatrics in 2011. I have extensive experience working with children of all ages in school, home, and clinic settings. I enjoy helping patients’ families develop solutions to help their child overcome any challenges they may be experiencing. I strive to collaborate with our patients’ speech and occupational therapists to ensure that patients reach their full potential and are successful in all aspects of their lives. When I’m not working at the clinic, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters, playing soccer, and rooting for the Razorbacks.
Jessica Cotten | PTA

Jessica Cotten | PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Fort Smith Clinic

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Out of high school, I worked in various positions for therapy clinics and rehabilitation hospitals across various states. I decided to pursue a career in physical therapy and graduated from Carl Albert State College in 2017 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science- Physical Therapist Assistant, finding employment with Thera-Play Pediatrics soon after.

I love working in the pediatric setting and helping children achieve functional life skills through gross motor development, mobility, and play, while partnering with their parents to help provide the best quality of life and care for their child. Being bilingual in English and Spanish has been an asset in communicating with children and their families in the Fort Smith community. It has been one of my greatest joys in life to see so many children achieve their goals and skills through physical therapy! I feel so blessed to be a part of their journey!

My husband, Brandon, and I pastor a church in Fort Smith and enjoy serving in the church and community. We have two beautiful children, Fox & Eiley and a sweet goldendoodle named Callie. I take great pleasure spending time with family and friends. My favorite pastimes are family nights, hosting get togethers, shopping and traveling, especially road tripping across the U.S.

Taylor Elmore | PT/DPT

Taylor Elmore | PT/DPT

Physical Therapist

Springdale Clinic

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I moved from my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri with my husband, Jacob, to Springdale, Arkansas in September 2021. I enjoy spending time with my husband, reading, and partaking in any hobby that gives me a creative outlet. I am also excited to explore all of the amazing trails and parks scattered around Arkansas. From high school until I began physical therapy school, I worked as a Montessori teacher and have always loved working with kids and watching them grow and explore the environment around them. As a pediatric therapist, I strive to promote patient’s independence with safe exploration of their environment, as well as implementing effective treatment so that they will be successful in life.

Dalton Smith

Dalton Smith

Physical Therapist

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Since I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I started my journey in athletic training where I worked with high school athletes returning to their favorite sports after injury. I found that I didn’t want to only serve high school athletes and began to pursue physical therapy in order to broaden my practice and develop my skills. While in Arkansas States DPT program I learned about helping adults and kids of all ages return to their favorite activities and improving their functional capabilities.

My wife (who is also a PT) and I moved to Harrison, and it was here I was able to fully see how much good physical therapy can bring to children in the community while observing at Thera-Play. I accepted a position at Thera-Play in 2021 and have since enjoyed getting to know and work with these amazing kids. They constantly teach me as much as I teach them, and the skills I’ve developed here will help me in both life and my physical therapy practice.

Haley Cornwall | PTA

Haley Cornwall | PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

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I am from Mountain Home, AR and currently live in Branson, MO with my Spouse and our dog, Sadie. I enjoy getting outdoors and love to visit the lakes we have here in the Ozarks. I have known from an early age that I was passionate about Pediatrics. It has been such a rewarding experience to see the difference we make in each patient and their loved ones’ lives. My goal for treatment is to build an atmosphere and experience that is effective but fun for myself and my patients as we target goals and exercise. I analyze each session and build a routine as I see fit for each child and their needs, I truly enjoy every minute of this career and enjoy building connections with each child and their families.
Abby Anderson

Abby Anderson

Music Therapist

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My husband and I have been married since 2017 and we were blessed with our baby boy in 2020. Shortly after, we relocated to NWA for my husband to complete a residency at UAMS and have since fallen in love with the area. The three of us enjoy what NWA has to offer, especially the numerous hiking opportunities, outdoor activities, many live music events, and so much more. Music has always been a major part of my life beginning with voice lessons at the age of 6. I continued to follow my passion and pursued a degree in music therapy at Drury University.

I completed a 6-month internship in Columbia, MO and found my love for in some way, we are all connected to music as we are very rhythmic beings; our heartbeats, circadian rhythms, breathing rhythm, etc. Through music, I am able to build rapport quickly and address goals in a unique and creative way. It has been extremely rewarding to see the outcomes of using music to help kids improve their daily lives.

Office Staff

Emily Roberts | OTR/L

Emily Roberts | OTR/L

Owner / Occupational Therapist

Stephanie Franklin

Stephanie Franklin

Regional Office Manager

Fort Smith Clinic

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Me and my husband moved to Arkansas in March 2010 from our native state of Texas. I am a mother of 2 sons, 1 daughter and 3 dachshunds. I am also a grandmother. I completed my undergraduate coursework at the University of North Texas. Majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a concentration in Forensics. I have a true passion for US History and love collecting antique glass. I enjoy antiquing, visiting history museums or places of history and spending time with my family.
Kerra Thompson

Kerra Thompson

Prescription & Prior Authorization Specialist

Fort Smith Clinic

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My name is Kerra Thompson and I am from Van Buren, Arkansas where I graduated in 2002. I attended the U of A @ Fort Smith and Ultimate Medical Academy with a Certification in Medical Administration. I am happily married to my husband Clint. We have 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy and 2 dogs. My family and I enjoy kayaking, camping, fishing, and many other outdoor activities.

Hollie Roberts

Hollie Roberts

Administrative Assistant

Harrison Clinic

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I have been the administrative assistant for the Harrison clinic since June of 2020. I have been married since 2002 and have 3 children of my own. I enjoy spending time with my family and helping my husband with the youth ministry at our church. I have a background in early childhood education that makes me very passionate about our mission here at Thera-play. I handle scheduling and all other office
responsibilities for the Harrison clinic. I love to build relationships with the parents that come in the clinic and strive to provide a positive experience for all of our patients.

Priscilla Diaz

Priscilla Diaz

Receptionist

Fort Smith Clinic

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Receptionist
My name is Priscilla Diaz, and I am a UAFS Alumni, Class of 2020. I was born in California but raised in Van Buren, AR. I love spending time with my family and friends, and I am passionate about helping others. I am a dog mom to a spoiled 9 y/o male Westie, named Hachi. Outside of work, I enjoy going to the gym, traveling, and sleeping.
Kiaira West

Kiaira West

Administrative Assistant

Springdale Clinic

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Administrative Assistant
My name is Kiaira West. I am the Administrative Assistant for Thera-Play Pediatrics Springdale clinic. I am from Central Arkansas area, and moved to the Fayetteville area in 2018. I am going to school for my Medical Certification and Associate of Science degree from University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas Community College. I am set to graduate in December of 2022. My passions are helping others, working out, cooking, binging comedy/marvel films, and spending time with my boyfriend and family.

For trusted pediatric therapy services, contact us today!

Phone: 479-856-6400
Fax: 479-856-6623

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Phone: 479-434-2371
Fax: 479-434-2009
Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Phone: 870-204-5330
Fax: 870-280-5630
Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed