Meet The Team
Maria M. Dobbertien
Owner & Occupational Therapist
MS, OTR/L, BCP, LMT
Maria is the proud owner and operator of Functional Kids Therapy Center LLC. She started the business in 2014. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, pediatric intensive care and adult rehabilitation. She graduated from Western Michigan University with her Master’s degree in science with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy. She is one of the only certified Irlen Screeners and Diagnosticians in the state of Michigan. Maria is certified in Interactive Metronome, IM Home, Advanced Therapeutic Listening programs, Handwriting Without Tears Level 1, Rhythmic Movement Training (levels 1, 2 & 3), and Brain Gym. Maria is trained in John Barnes Myofascial Release techniques (including MFR healing, MFR I, Cervical Thoracic, MFR Rebounding, MFT Unwinding, and Pediatric MFR). She is also a certified Massage Therapist. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, being outdoors, and making delicious food.
Jen started with Functional Kids in 2017 Jen graduated with a BS in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 1995. She started her career working in geriatrics, but after having her own children re-focused her career path towards pediatrics. Prior to starting at Functional Kids Jen worked within the school system. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, visual processing and academics, Brain and Sensory Foundations and Rhythmic Movement. She also uses Brain Gym and SOS approach to feeding programming and John Barnes MFR. She is certified in Interactive Metronome and Therapeutic Listening. Jen has 2 children, enjoys traveling, and reading in her free time.
Speech Language Pathologist
Greta started working with Functional Kids 2017. Greta works at our Battle Creek and Schoolcraft location. Greta graduated with her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from Wayne State University in 2012. Prior to becoming a speech therapist she was a 7th grade Language Arts/ Reading teacher. Greta is trained in Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing, the Kaufman approach to speech praxis, DIR Floor time, Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, PECS and the LAMP approach to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She is also certified to provide the “It Takes Two to Talk” Hanen group program for parents. Greta enjoys hiking, taking care of her rabbits and chickens, watching her children at their sports games, and teaching Sunday school.
Kelly joined Functional Kids Therapy in 2021. Kelly graduated from Western Michigan University with her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services with a double minor in Holistic Health and Wellness and Speech and Hearing Processes in 2016. Kelly then continued on to receive her Master’s degree in
Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 2018. Kelly has experience with a variety of pediatric conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and
feeding difficulties. Kelly has worked with SOS Approach to Feeding, Handwriting Without Tears, Zones of Regulation, and Interactive Metronome. Kelly wants to continue her education in all areas, however has a passion for feeding in all pediatric ages. In her free time, Kelly enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, baking, traveling, and going on new adventures.
& Occupational Therapist
Clinical Director/ Occupational Therapist Cortney has been with Functional Kids since the Caledonia location opened in 2018. She graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN with her undergraduate degree in 2012 and her masters in 2014. She has spent the majority of her career working with the pediatric population in the outpatient setting. She is certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, RMTI level 1, and Astronaut Training. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, being on the lake, and traveling.
Danielle began working with Functional Kids in 2019 at our Caledonia location. Danielle received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 2017. Danielle is certified in Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome. She has additional experience working with a variety of neuromuscular conditions and feeding challenges. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog (Gigi), cooking, and traveling.
Lori began working with Functional Kids in 2019 at our Battle Creek location. Lori has her master’s degree from Western Michigan University and has over 20 years of pediatric experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including rehabilitation, Early Childhood intervention, educational and community environments. She has also been instrumental in instruction at Western Michigan University as a professor for Neurokinesiology and helped design research in the field of occupational therapy. In her free time she enjoys finding great vegetarian meals and traveling.
Speech Language Pathologist
Sophie graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Sophie has a passion for working with children of all ages and taking a comprehensive, family-based approach to meet their communication goals. Sophie has experience working with pediatrics in both outpatient and public-school settings. In her free time, Sophie enjoys running with her dog, baking, cross country skiing and spending time with family and friends.
Office Coordinator &
Tammy joined Functional Kids in 2019. Tammy has worked extensively within the medical field with a background in insurance authorizations, billing, and office management. She is a creative problem solver that is up for any challenge. She has enjoyed volunteering for the Jaycees for many years. In her free time she likes to enjoy the lake and spending time with her family.
Speech Language Pathologist
Ms. Lauren received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology at Grand Valley State University in 2014 and received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Grand Valley State University in 2018. Lauren’s clinical experience includes school and private practices/outpatient clinics. She has experience working with a variety of pediatric clients, including those with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. She also has experience working with clients who use AAC devices. Lauren has studied Social Thinking, DIR Floortime, PROMPT, and LAMP for assistive technology/AAC. Lauren has a passion for early intervention and plans to continue her education in AAC, childhood apraxia of speech, and autism spectrum disorder. In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling, reading, playing with her adorable cat, Milo, and spending time with friends and family.
Ellen began working with Caledonia Functional Kids in 2018 and joined us with over 40 years of occupational therapy experience. Ellen has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient pediatrics, inpatient, and home health. Ellen has a very vast amount of knowledge and has specialized in Musgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), manual therapy, infant feeding and swallowing, vision, and limb differences. Outside of work Ellen enjoys spending time outdoors and working on home projects at the lake cottage.
Alysa received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. Alyssa has experience with a range of pediatric conditions and has worked with Zones of Regulation, Therapeutic LIstening, and Handwriting Without Tears. Alyssa enjoys spending time working out, watching new movies, and playing with her dogs.
Billing and Authorization Specialist
Alexis began with Functional Kids in 2018. She graduated from GVSU with a bachelors in Elementary Education and English. Alexis has a passion for connecting families with the support they need. She specializes in insurance authorizations and billing. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling, spending time outdoors, and reading.
Jewel joined Functional Kids in 2022. She is certified in billing and coding. She has over 6 years of experience with DME and professional billing. Jewel is also a certified massage therapist and has been working in the Health Services field for over 12 years. In her free time, Jewel enjoys cooking and listening to music.
Stana Kier is a licensed professional mental health counselor in the state of Michigan. Stana received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University, MI. Stana has over 8 years of clinical experience providing cognitive-behavioral counseling, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused interventions, and grief and trauma interventions to individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings. Stana is trained in Brief Strategic Family Therapy approach and has experience in providing brief solution focused counseling, crisis response, coaching, and education. Stana uses a variety treatment approaches that are tailored to the unique needs of each individual. Stana works with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem/self-empowerment, grief and loss, and relationship/family concerns. Stana is known for her rapport building skills and her warmth and caring nature with clients. Stana’s goal is to empower her clients in personal and emotional growth, creating meaning and a more fulfilled life.
Anna "Jo" Leibovich
Jo joined Functional Kids in 2021. She has her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma. As a physical therapist she has worked within the pediatric and home health setting. Prior to becoming a physical therapist she was a paraprofessional and literacy coach within the school system. In her free time she enjoys running with her dogs, re-reading her favorite Stephen King novels, and listening to music.
Speech Language Pathologist
Sheryl received her Master’s degree from Michigan State University. Her internships included: Outpatient Pediatrics, Public Schools, and Adult Neurorehabilitation. Before joining the team at Functional Kids Therapy, Sheryl worked as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist. She is trained in DTTC for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Natural Language Acquisition (Gestalt Language Processing), and has experience with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). In school, she studied fluency disorders under world-renowned authority Dr. J. Scott Yaruss. Other coursework included Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Trauma informed care, and Sign Language. Special interests include ADHD and Apraxia. Sheryl supports play-based therapy and parent-coaching. She strives to create individualized and functionally relevant therapy plans for each client. Outside of work Sheryl also enjoys kayaking, gardening, playing the oboe, and spending time with family.
Emma began working at Functional Kids in 2020. Emma is pursuing a masters degree in Social Work from Saginaw State University. Emma is originally from Battle Creek. Emma worked for a foster care agency in Saginaw for 5 years prior to joining us. In her free time Emma enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors with her animals.