Meet The Team
Maria M. Dobbertien Owner, Occupational Therapist, Massage Therapist
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.
Gail Conlan PT
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Gail joined the Functional Kids team in 2018. She has spent her career focused on helping kids within the outpatient and school setting. She has a number of certifications including Pediatric NDT and Infant NDT. Additionally, she is certified in MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration by Svetlana Masgutova. In her free time she enjoys traveling and doing many outdoor activities.
Clinical Director/ 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.
Licensed Occupational Therapist
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.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Emily joined Functional Kids in 2019. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Northern Kentucky and a Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Kent State. Emily has worked in a variety of fields with various aged children including high school athletics, performing arts, and coached gymnastics.Emily enjoys spending time with her family when not at work.
Office Coordinator and
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.
Education Support Specialist
Sarah joined Functional Kids in 2020. Sarah has a Bachelor’s in Social Science from Aquinas College and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. Sarah brings an array of experience in the fields of elementary education, human services, educational advocacy, and behavior intervention to our Functional Kids team. Sarah served as an elementary educator in our community for more than 15 years. Her role at Functional Kids will allow her to continue supporting families by providing reading interventions based on Evidence Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI). Outside of work Sarah enjoys traveling and camping with her husband and 2 sons. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Milo.
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.
Billing Specialist and
Rhonda has been working with Functional Kids since 2017. She has spent more than 20 years working on medical billing within a variety of settings. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book or spending time with her grandchildren.
Deb joined the Functional Kids team in 2020. Deborah has over 10 years of experience in management of outpatient physical therapy practices and 15 years in billing experience. Deb has her Associate of Applied in Health Information Technology. She also has certifications in insurance billing and coding. Deb Deborah has over 10 years of experience in management of Outpatient Physical Therapy practices and 14 years in billing all therapy services. Deborah has her Associate of Applied Sciences in Health Information Technology. She also has certifications in insurance billing and coding. Deb enjoys spending time with her sons, dogs, listening to music, and rock hunting.
Haleigh began with Functional Kids in 2021. She previously worked in an optometry clinic as a certified ophthalmic scribe. She enjoys teaching and selling L’Bri. In her free time Haleigh likes to spend time with her husband and daughter, relaxing at the beach, and reading.
Emily joined our Caledonia team in 2021. She graduated from St. Louis University and received her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2016. She has worked within the pediatric outpatient, pediatric residential, adult inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, and schools. She has experience working with children who have experienced trauma, are medically complex, and of all ages. In her free time Emily enjoys hiking and swing dancing with her husband.
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.
Katia joined the Functional Kids team in 2020 at our Caledonia location. She graduated from GVSU in 2019 with her masters in Speech Language Pathology. Prior to becoming a speech therapist Katia was a Listening and Spoken Language therapist and a teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Grand Rapids Oral Deaf. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, golfing, and home design.
Speech Language Pathologist
Sheryl joined our Functional Kids team in 2021. She graduated from Michigan State University with her Masters in 2020. Prior to joining Functional Kids Sheryl worked as a SLP in the schools and is a Registered Behavior Technician. She is certified in DTTC for Apraxia and enjoys working with a large variety of clients. Outside of work Sheryl enjoys gardening, playing the oboe, kayaking, 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.
Speech Language Pathologist
Emme joined our team in Caledonia in 2021. She graduated with her masters in Speech Language Pathology from Central Michigan University in 2016. She has previous experience working within the pediatric outpatient setting, early intervention, and Autism center. Completed a fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND). Completed training in LAMP Words for Life, Picture Exchange Communication (PECS), and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). In her free time Emme enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, and indoor climbing.
Vicki joined our Schoolcraft office in 2021. Vicki graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from Drexel University (Hahnemann) in 1986. She retired after 30 years of service at Van Buren ISD working in their Early On, Early Intervention, preschool, local schools, and center-based programs. She has been a physical therapist at WMed’s CMDS pediatric clinics for the last 28 years. She has years of continuing education in everything “kids”. In her free time Vicki enjoys volunteering at the local food pantry and following Michigan State football and basketball.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Ross started working at Functional Kids in 2022. Prior to joining the healthcare industry, Ross served as a military police officer in the Air Force for 6 years in Colorado. Ross first gained interest in Occupational Therapy (OT) when he got injured while on active duty in 2016, and required OT treatment for his recovery. Still with a desire to help others, Ross moved back to Michigan in 2017 after his enlistment ended, to pursue a career as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), which he achieved at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Ross loves the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his wife, son, and dogs.