Megan Peck

*Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

University of Massachusetts '03

*Master of Early Childhood Special and General Education

Bank Street College '08

*Master of Clinical Social Work with Children, Youth & Families

Columbia University '08

*Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow

Indiana University '16

*Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Class of '20

Megan Peck, MEd, MSW, LCSW

Owner, Mental Health Therapist       

megan@miniminds.org

I went to school to learn how to be the “perfect” parent. I double-mastered in early childhood education and family psychotherapy. I spent 8 years studying and working in the most diverse and varied socio-economic part of the country. I worked in classrooms and became a licensed therapist. I dedicated the first decade of my career providing therapeutic and educational support in the community.
 

Then I became pregnant with my first son, and felt confident I was beyond prepared. The plan was to name him Nolan, after the great baseball player Nolan Ryan. But our Nolan had a curveball for us. He entered this world with 47 chromosomes and 6 holes in his heart. He spent most of his first five months of life at Riley Children’s Hospital, before undergoing open-heart surgery. Assuming that I was prepared for parenthood before actually meeting Nolan was absurd. Never before had I talked with doctors about tests and diagnoses for my own child, advocated for services in the schools with teachers and administrators, or carried the weight of the resulting stress on my own family and relationships. Now I’m able look at each child, parent and family through a lens of mutual understanding , as the mother of a child who doesn’t follow any sort of playbook and as an experienced professional helping families harness developmental, emotional and behavioral approaches to feel more in control and connected to one another. 


During Nolan’s time at Riley, I delved back in to my education with new perspective. I
completed my fellowship at Indiana University in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND). I became the Founding President of the Indianapolis location of GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, where I assembled and led a team of 15 people from idea to inception to grand opening. 

 

When I created Mini Minds, I wanted ALL families to have a place to engage in a transformative relationship to discover deep insights about their child’s brain, what it needs to be successful, and how best to foster development to reach full potential, with the help of leading brain experts and therapists. I believe in empowering parents, as our voices become our children’s inner talk-tapes. I am a big proponent of skill building and providing a foundation for basic social, emotional and executive functioning skills – what EVERY child needs and will use from now, through adulthood. At Mini Minds, we emphasize a growth mindset and work on critical thinking and problem solving. We utilize yoga and other kinesthetic learning to provide more feedback to the brain and create more neuropathways for better retention. We teach emotional and behavioral regulation so that our families can live happier, healthier lives.

 
Raising a child, or “mini mind,” to be responsible, respectful and resilient is hard work. The kind of love and support that nourishes your child is different from any other parents’ set of tools, strategies or practices for their children. 
I now have three children, each of whom is a mysterious miracle. For my own children, and every child I meet, my hope is that they will continually grow and learn in all aspects of their being, and always, always live mindful and meaningful lives.

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*Bachelor of Social Work

St Mary's College '17

 

*Master of Social Work

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis '19

Kate Norman, MSW, LSW

Clinic Director, Mental Health Therapist
kate@miniminds.org

Growing up, I was always pegged as the “mom” of the group. So, it was no surprise that I chose an occupation that would allow me to work with children and families. Through my vast experience in ABA Therapy and medical social work at Riley Hospital for Children and Memorial Hospital South Bend, I have found that there is nothing more important,
impressionable, or resilient than a child’s brain.

 

When parenting, it is easy to get caught up in the way he or she “should” act or the way he or she “should” think but, for many kids, thinking outside the box is the only way to go. So, why not let them? Children are incredibly receptive and it is important to raise them in an environment where they feel they can thrive and feel confident. This, in turn, allows children to flourish and grow all areas of their lives, taking on challenges with assurance, from childhood through adulthood.


As a Mental Health Therapist, I provide your child with a toolbox full of different skills necessary to successfully work through life experiences, overcome obstacles and
create lasting, positive relationships. My goal is to ensure your child feels comfortable, capable, and ready to conquer the everyday world that sometimes tries to get the best of us. By using cognitive behavioral methods, empowerment, mindfulness, critical thinking and social learning, I will help your child reach their fullest potential and feel confident to take on new challenges.
 
What I enjoy most about social work practice and mental health therapy is the focus on the
individual. I can create and nurture an important relationship with a child and their family that is truly special and unique. No two children are the same. I am grateful for the opportunity to educate and empower children of all abilities and their families with the information and tools necessary to grow each day.
 
When I’m not helping other families, I enjoy the outdoors and physical fitness. I love trying new, healthy recipes (even when they don’t turn out as expected!), and spending quality time with family and friends. An avid sports fan, you can catch me cheering on some of my favorite teams, like the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, Notre Dame, the Cubs, and the Blackhawks.

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*Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
DePauw University ‘92
 
*Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis ‘97 
 
*Master of Social Work
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis ‘19

Polly Larson, MSW, LSW

Mental Health Therapist

polly@miniminds.org

After graduating from DePauw University with an undergraduate degree in psychology and later obtaining my nursing degree at Indiana University, I worked in psychiatric research and as a pediatric psychiatric nurse for about eight years until I began raising my own children, now in high school and college. As our children grew, my husband and I improved at helping them deal with the ups and downs of life. Those real-life lessons in parenting impelled me to return to graduate school with a passion to provide the type of counseling, education, and supportive services all children and families deserve.

 

I went back to school because I empathize with the needs and challenges faced by many families, and I wanted to know more about how they could be helped to navigate those sometimes-troubled waters. While obtaining my Master of Social Work degree at the Indiana University School of Social Work, I gained valuable experience leading adolescent and multi-family groups in the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs at the St. Vincent Stress Center. I was also fortunate to work with bereaved children and teens at Brooke’s Place for Grieving Children. 


This background has provided me with a broad understanding of the physiological and psychosocial aspects of health. I have also learned effective cognitive behavioral therapies and other useful strategies for teaching children and teens to recognize their strengths, challenge their thoughts, identify and regulate their emotions, and effectively manage their behaviors.

 

As a Mental Health Therapist at Mini Minds, I look forward to working closely with the multidisciplinary team to help families thrive and lead their best lives! When I am not working, I love spending time with my own family and friends. I also enjoy trying out new recipes, reading, exploring the city, and going on walks with my dog, Taffy.

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*Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Indiana University ‘13
 

*Master of Social Work

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis '17

*Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow

Indiana University '17

Briana Rowe, MSW, LCSW

Mental Health Therapist
briana@miniminds.org

I’m an Indiana native, who graduated from Lawrence North High School and Indiana University Bloomington (go Hoosiers!). After graduating from IU with a degree in Psychology, I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work. While obtaining this degree, I also had the opportunity of completing my fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities [LEND] at the Riley Child Development Center at Riley Hospital for Children; an experience that allowed my passion for working with children [and their families] and individuals with complex medical needs to flourish.


I enjoy partnering with my clients and their families in a holistic approach, working to empower the learning and application of tips and tricks that can be added to anyone’s “mental health toolkit”. I believe that one’s mental health is just as important as one’s physical health and am grateful for the opportunity to help others on their journeys of life.


I have over 4 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in Medical Social Work at Riley Hospital for Children; and utilize skills and techniques from several therapy approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, social learning, motivational interviewing, strengths-based, trauma-informed therapy, client and family-centered, empowerment, and mindfulness. I enjoy working with people of all ages and all walks of life in a supportive environment, and am looking forward to collaborating with you, your family, and the rest of Mini Minds team!


When I’m not working, I love spending time with friends, family [including my fiancé…2022 here we come!], my pup [who is not actually a puppy], trying new foods, and binge-watching a good show here and there!

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*Bachelor of  Social Work

Indiana Wesleyan University '15

*Master of Social Work

Indiana University '19

Allison Musselman, MSW, LSW

Mental Health Therapist
allison@miniminds.org

For as long as I can remember, I have been a quiet spirit who approaches relationships gently. Like most typical high schoolers, I had no idea what I wanted to study in college, but I did know that I loved children and helping others. I bounced from elementary education to special education to psychology to speech pathology and finally, my sophomore year, took a class called Social Problems that introduced me to the world of social work. I quickly changed my major and never turned back—every lesson, concept, and value resonated deeply with me.

 

After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University with my Bachelor in Social Work, I took a break and spent time as a nanny for a family expecting twin boys via surrogate and their little sister (surprise!). I grew up babysitting, and I even nannied throughout my undergraduate degree in the summer months, but this family holds a special place in my heart forever. Helping parents raise their babies is such an intimate responsibility—whether you’re a babysitter, nanny, or professional provider of sorts. The kids eventually grew into preschool age, and I had a masters degree to pursue. We remain very close, but we all had educational pursuits to chase at the time!

 

Nannying gave me all of the assurance in my parenting abilities. When I met my fiancé and he said he had a two year old daughter, I felt as prepared as I could be to step into their family system. I’m sure you can guess how this story goes—I had quite the awakening to what parenthood entails. There sure is power and rejuvenation in being able to go home each night as a nanny! My step daughter, along with the children I nannied for, have transformed the way that I listen and love. I truly believe that children are our biggest teachers and some of life’s most precious gifts. With any child, I believe in the power of giving them my undivided attention and allowing them to teach me. The amount of life lessons I’ve learned from humans under 5 years old is astonishing.  

 

After my full time nannying career ended, I attended IUPUI and earned my masters degree in social work. Upon graduation, I spent two and a half years in the realm of private adoption. Among my many responsibilities at the agency, I provided grief counseling to women who had previously placed their children for adoption. This felt like the best fit for me. My nonjudgmental approach and attention to detail seemed to resonate with the birth moms I worked with, and I felt that my purpose had never been more clear. No career sounds more fulfilling than one where I can combine my experience with therapy and my passion for children and families. The therapeutic approaches that feel most aligned with me include child and family centered, strengths-based, and motivational interviewing. I have special spots in my heart for general adjustment, grief and loss, and adoption, but I believe I can learn from and connect with anybody to create positive, lasting change.   

 

When I’m not working, I enjoy making crafts and playing pretend with my step daughter, visiting my “nanny babes,” baking, running, and spending time with my partner. 

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*Bachelor of  Science in Psychology

Purdue University '14

*Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Indiana University '16

*Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Indiana University '17

*Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow

Indiana University '17

Leah Van Antwerp, OTD, MS, OTR

Occupational Therapist
leah@miniminds.org

Having a sibling with a disability, I grew up in the waiting room of therapy offices, listening and learning strategies and games used in therapy. When I saw the benefits after copying these same techniques at home, my passion and belief in utilizing therapy to help families thrive was born. Witnessing therapy from a family perspective inspired me to become an occupational therapist.


A Hoosier native, I completed my masters and doctoral degrees in occupational therapy from Indiana University and a fellowship in neurodevelopmental disabilities at Riley Children’s Hospital. I have become especially interested in sensory processing challenges and have extensive experience assessing and addressing sensory processing needs. I enjoy incorporating yoga into my therapy, to teach children about the brain and to help them access and retain information. I am passionate about providing education, not only to the families I serve, but also to future therapy providers, as an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis’ School of Occupational Therapy.
 
I provide therapy in a client-driven, family-centered way that provides tools and takeaways for parents and children to use at home, where true change and learning takes place.
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I have completed continuing education courses in reflex integration, child development,
vestibular processing, advanced courses through the American Hippotherapy Association, and am a certified kids’ yoga instructor. I practice clinic-based, equine-assisted, and aquatic pediatric occupational therapy at several locations and serve as a guest lecturer in the Indiana University Occupational Therapy Department. I have more than six years of experience in working with children and their families through adaptive sports and occupational therapy, and have extensive experience providing sensory-based treatment. 

 

When I am not helping families lead more peaceful, positive lives, I enjoy practicing yoga, cooking, hiking and supporting our local businesses and farms.

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*Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Purdue University '10

*Master of Science in Occupational Therapy 

Indiana University '14

Leah Jones, MS, OTR

Occupational Therapist
leahjones@miniminds.org

I began working as an Occupational Therapist in 2014 after receiving my Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University. I have worked with children in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, early intervention, and school systems. I have a passion for working not only with special needs children, but with their entire family units. I have had so many amazing experiences over the last 7 years working in pediatrics, but I found myself growing tired of the ever increasing push to ‘do more with less’ in the medical world. I want the quality of my therapy to be valued over the quantity of units I bill, which is an amazing benefit of joining a private practice.

At home, I’m blessed with a beautiful family. My husband and I have four amazing children who keep us very busy. I homeschool my oldest two children and run after my little ones most days. In the past, I have been a foster parent and am an adoptive parent, and I remain active in the foster care community. 

Being a foster parent taught me so much about dealing with challenging behaviors and the importance of seeing the true child struggling to do well behind those behaviors. I believe children do well when they can, and this theory along with my trauma informed care approach guide me in my OT practice. Additionally, I have a child in multiple therapies. Having been on the parent side of things has greatly impacted my approach in working with families. I have a play-based, child led approach during therapy sessions. I love having parents/caregivers and even siblings involved in therapy, as I believe that is a vital key to children making progress toward their goals. You are the expert on your child, and I believe we have to work as a team to maximize your child’s potential.

I have completed continuing education courses in trauma informed care, Sensory Integration, Beckman Oral Motor, picky eating, reflex integration, and Therapeutic Listening, among others. I enjoy staying up to date on current treatment methods, and I’m always learning from my patients and families as well!

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*Bachelor of  Science in Health & Human Sciences

Purdue University '18

*Master of of Arts in Speech & Hearing Sciences

Indiana University '20

Taylor Ellison

Speech Language Therapist
taylor@miniminds.org

As my junior year of high school began, I was stressed about college applications and wondering what career path I should choose. I had always enjoyed working with children, having spent summers babysitting and working as a camp counselor, but I wasn’t sure how to incorporate those into a career.

 

At the start of that school year, I enrolled in an American Sign Language class. It was there that my passion for language and communication began. My teacher, who was Deaf, expressed so much passion for the language and Deaf culture that I couldn’t help but want to become fully immersed and learn all that I could. Being a speech-language pathologist allows me to incorporate my passion for working with children with my love for communication and fostering meaningful connections. 

I completed my Bachelors degree at Purdue University and my Masters at Indiana University. For years I was a speech therapist in elementary schools. Working with so many kids has shown me that all children have something meaningful to communicate and that communication looks different for every child.

 

Incorporating a child’s strengths into therapy and watching them grow in their confidence, communication, and connection with others is my favorite part of being a speech therapist. I believe that speech, language, and communication is best fostered through natural interactions and connections. Incorporating families and individual interests into therapy is a key part in the growth and development of a child’s speech and language. 

Outside of work, I enjoy running, yoga, baking, reading, and spending time with my boyfriend and our two cats! 

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Kimbre McWhorter

Speech Language Therapist
kimbre@miniminds.org

What does it mean to you to understand and to be understood? Positive experiences and relationships are built on our ability to effectively express ourselves, understand the expressions of others, and connect in meaningful ways with life and those we share it with.

 

For as long as I can remember, one of the greatest loves of my life has been expression. Be it talking, singing, dancing, laughing, creating art, acting out stories, learning languages, competing in sports, showing love, or any other way I could express the thoughts, feelings, and desires of my heart. Expression seems always to be the means by which I feel closest to others and most like myself. Specializing in communication, and working with others to grow and improve upon their communication skills to better access the world around them, feels like something I was born to do.

 

Growing up in beachy California and sunny Arizona, I moved to Utah for college where I was awed by the reality of four seasons! So much to love! During my undergraduate education, I learned American Sign Language and have since used ASL in a variety of personal and professional endeavors. After completing my bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University, I had the privilege of moving from sea to shining sea, attending an incredible graduate program in Speech-
Language Pathology at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. It was there that I gained both education and experience in articulation, language, fluency, voice and resonance, swallowing, hearing, cognitive aspects of communication, social communication, and communication modalities.

 

Since then, I’ve worked with children and adults as an SLP in a variety of settings, including private practice, early intervention, skilled nursing facilities, preschool, and public elementary schools. In all settings and with each and every patient, student, and client, I have gained greater awareness of individuality and deeper understanding of the importance of approaching our work together from evaluation to treatment with individual identities, values, beliefs, abilities, desires, and goals in mind.

 

I love what I do. I look forward to supporting you and your loved ones in gaining greater access to the connection and communication you personally desire.

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TJ Hartman

Occupational Therapist
tj@miniminds.org

Coming soon!

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Grace Lucchese, MSW candidate

Mental Health Graduate Intern
grace@miniminds.org

I like to think of myself as a professional helper! For as long as I can remember I have always been the kind of person who others come to for help, advice, or just for a listening ear. It’s not a surprise to me that I ended up in this profession as social workers essentially are professional helpers. 

 

I strongly believe that behavior is a reaction to the environment you’re in. Kids have lots of behaviors and lots of reactions as they learn how to adapt to a new and ever-changing world. I mean, I’m still learning and adapting! But I think it’s truly a beautiful thing to be able to help others adapt and process in their environment in a healthy and effective way.

 

Encompassing the whole brain technique and teaching kids about how they can use their brain to get out those big emotions is something that I have seen first hand work successfully.  Along with evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I would be so excited to help your little learn the skills to process those big emotions.

 

Together we will find tips and tricks that work best for the little because as we know, not one kid is the same. We all have different lived experiences and even in a shorter lifetime, it’s important that we individualize and cater to each kiddos needs! As Bob the Builder would say, “YES WE CAN!” 

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*Bachelor of Social Work 

Ball State University '20

 

*Master of Social Work Candidate

Ball State University, Summer '22

Katerina Herodotou, MSW candidate

Mental Health Graduate Intern
katerina@miniminds.org

I fell in love with the social work field my senior year of High School after watching a TED Talk called “Social Workers as Heroes”. I believe that everyone deserves to live a happy and healthy life, and that everyone is capable of achieving their goals when given the necessary tools. I am passionate about working with children and families and I am committed to helping them reach their fullest potential.


I strongly believe that each child possesses their own unique strengths that can be utilized when working towards their goals. I have experience with working with children and teenagers who deal with a variety of difficulties. I have worked with kiddos on building coping skills, anger management, emotional regulation, social skills and self-esteem. I truly enjoy taking the time to learn about the unique needs of each kiddo and creating goals based on those unique needs. I love using my imagination and creativity while working with children to build engagement and a relationship of trust. As a clinical intern at Mini Minds, I look forward to working with kiddos
and their families and empowering them to reach their therapeutic goals.

 

In my free time I enjoy reading books, watching superhero movies, and spending time with family and friends. I also love spending quality time with my dog Muggs!

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*Bachelor of Social Work 

Ball State University '20

 

*Master of Social Work Candidate

Ball State University, Summer '22

Kaitlin Stephens, MSW candidate

Mental Health Graduate Intern
kaitlin@miniminds.org

Ever since I was a kid, I knew that I had a passion for helping others. I grew up with five
brothers, and being a good helper with my younger siblings was something I took great pride in! I was taught from an early age that each child is unique, which means each child requires unique attention. When I was first introduced to social work and mental health therapy, I knew it was my calling. Being able to help children gain skills to address their big feelings and seeing their growth inspires me every day. I have experience working in a community mental health center with kids from several different backgrounds. I have worked with children and teens to gain various skills, such as anger management, emotion regulation, self-esteem, social skills, independent living skills, and so much more! I enjoy tailoring care to each child based on their unique needs.

With my internship at Mini Minds, I hope to use my passion for mental health and social work to help children and their families feel empowered and supported as they reach their goals. I am excited to work with other disciplines to help meet the various needs of all the children and families I work with. I look forward to learning and growing as an individual as I spend my time here!

In my free time I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles (the more pieces, the better!), watching movies, having game nights with friends, and spending time with my family. I also have a cat named Goose that I love hanging out and playing with!

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Christina Huffines

Office Manager
mighty@miniminds.org

I began my career as a Medical Assistant, but the longer I spent in the field the more I developed a passion for working with medical billing! For 15 years, I have worked in a few different medical offices ranging from family chiropractors to geriatric specialists. I am very excited to now find myself at Mini Minds... where insurance policy numbers and diagnosis codes are matched with tiny smiles and huge hearts! Whenever I need a break from the computer, I relax on a couch in our gym area watching everyone play and learn together. I have raised three children of my own and I am now blessed with three grandchildren, so I am no stranger to the ruckus and romping around we see here! Next to my children and grandchildren, my greatest accomplishment is founding a non-profit called Dotted Line Divas. We are a personal care/ hygiene pantry that uses extreme couponing to purchase items for our families!

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Kathleen Yohe

Administrative Assistant

info@miniminds.org

I taught 5th grade at St Joan of Arc for four years and then as a 3rd grade teacher and elementary Math specialist for five years at The Orchard School. Upon the birth of our middle of three children, Paige, I was thrust into a new world of medical needs, therapies, advocating, and a desire to learn more about health and wellness. Paige was born with Down syndrome. I believe in her wholeheartedly, just as I did my students when I was teaching. With the right supports in place, any child, any person can be successful. I am happy to be a part of Mini Minds working to serve families in finding supports to aid in their growth. 

*Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders

Brigham Young University ‘10

 

*Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

George Washington University ‘15