*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
Megan Peck, MEd, MSW, LCSW
Owner, Lead Mental Health Therapist
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 spent a decade providing therapeutic and educational support in the community.
When I became pregnant with my first son, 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 with my co-founder Kristin Kouka, MA, CCC-SLP, we 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.
*Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology
Ball State University '01
*Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science
Ohio State University '03
Kristin Kouka, MA, CCC-SLP
Owner, Lead Speech Language Therapist
Being a Speech Language Pathologist is more than just a career. I am truly passionate about helping children learn to communicate. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing a child say a sound, word or their very first sentence.
I have been a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for more than 15 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Ball State University and my master’s in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State. While college courses provided me with the knowledge for this profession, my real education has come from working with children and their families. I have worked in outpatient clinics, elementary schools, preschools, and First Steps. I joined Megan Peck as co-owner of Mini Minds in October 2017. Our dream was to provide a place for families to learn, grow and thrive with the help of leading therapists and brain experts.
My areas of expertise include apraxia, autism, expressive language delay, articulation and motor speech disorders, word-finding disorders, auditory processing disorders, stuttering, and oral-motor disorders. I believe in interventions that are multi-sensory and engaging to children. I strive to incorporate yoga and Bal-A- Vis-X to support sensory processing and executive functioning. I am trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. I am also well versed in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques, from working side by side with behavior therapists and through continuing education.
I believe in including the whole family and all caregivers to ensure the family’s needs are met, as well as generalization of skills. We teach children how to appropriately and effectively express their thoughts and feelings, while empowering peers and parents to better understand what children are saying and doing.
The whole approach of Mini Minds – empowering the whole child, family, and
brain – is what sets us apart and why the families that come here are able to lead happier, healthier, more confident lives. I could not ask for a better environment or group of experts for my clients. As a wife and mother to three children, Mini Minds is an extension of my own family!
*Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
University of Indianapolis '08
*Master of Occupational Therapy
University of Indianapolis '10
Jennifer Cloud, MOT, OTR
Clinical Director, Lead Occupational Therapist
I have been an occupational therapist for over 7 years. My older sister was studying to become an occupational therapist, while I was still in high school, and I was enthralled with what she and her friends were learning about when they would get together for study sessions at our house. When I was in college and in graduate school, I worked for a company that provided in-home and community habilitation to individuals with special needs. I loved that job and it was clear to me that I was destined to follow in my big sister’s footsteps. I found that occupational therapy was the perfect combination of left-brain facts with right-brain creativity.
I began my career working in outpatient pediatrics. Early in my career, I completed two clinical mentorships at the Sensory Therapy and Research (STAR) Center in Colorado with Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR/L focusing on assessment of and intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Upon my return, I co-led a group to educate pediatric OTs on SPD.
My passion for working with children led me to work as an occupational therapist in the school systems. I worked with students from kindergarten to beyond 12th grade in various environments, including general education, life skills, functional academics, resource classrooms, and a student-resource classroom for emotional difficulties. I also led a social skills/self-regulation group with a speech-language pathologist to help students learn how to interact appropriately with peers and stay regulated in the classroom. Through continuing education courses, I have received additional training in the treatment of infants with neurodevelopmental delays, individuals with ADHD, and children with executive functioning deficits.
I love that occupational therapy is so client-centered, in that the things we work on are important to the individuals, as well as their families, and lead to meaningful occupations. I find joy in helping kids and families bridge the gap between potential and skill acquisition. I could not think of anything more beautiful than that to do with my professional life.
When I’m not working, I enjoy reading and spending time outdoors. A major sports nut, I like to watch basketball and football (especially the Pacers and the Colts!), as well as participate in a softball league and a weekly dance fitness class. I love reality television and going to concerts. I am a greeter at my church and spend most of my free time having fun with my husband and our beautiful son.
*Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences
Butler University '15
*Master of Science in Communicative Disorders
University of Alabama '18
Meghan Crouse, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language and Feeding Therapist
After extensive experience working with children and young adults through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Treatment & Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) Program, I completed my clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology under the supervision of Kristin Kouka, MA, CCC-SLP.
I love that, here at Mini Minds, we are able to discuss and collaborate with other brain and therapy experts, in various specialties, to provide comprehensive solutions and growth to treat the whole child, while providing families with the latest brain research and knowledge.
I am proficient in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties. This approach integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. Many families struggle with children who are anxious during mealtime or who simply have a limited food repertoire. I believe in making mealtime a positive, enjoyable experience for the entire family, while helping children get the nutrition they need to grow and perform at their best.
I enjoy working with a variety of pediatric populations, including: feeding and swallowing, language disorders, articulation, literacy, and with children on the autism spectrum.
When I am not working as an SLP, my new husband, Eric, and I love to be outdoors and spend time with family, friends and our new chocolate lab puppy, Dixie. Go Dawgs and Roll Tide!
*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
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.
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.
*Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology
Ball State University '15
*Master of Arts-Speech Language Pathology
Ball State University '17
Sara Reddington MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Therapist
From a young age I knew I wanted to help people and work with young kids for my career. During high school, I volunteered with a nonprofit hippotherapy organization and took my first anatomy class where I feel in love with speech language pathology and the brain. After attending Ball State University for 6 years, I received my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. Upon graduation, I moved from Evansville, IN (where I was born and raised) to downtown Indianapolis where I completed my Clinical Fellowship year in a school setting working with 5th and 6th grade students along with 9th through 12th grade students. Since then, I have worked in the school setting, First Steps, and Rehab Hospital settings. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, helping them to develop effective communication and life skills that will carry over into their day-to-day lives. I strive to provide effective and meaningful therapy to ensure my clients and their families meet their full potential. I am an advocate for team
collaboration to help provide the best treatment for my clients; treatment is a team effort that involves providers and families.
I have experience working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mild/Moderate Cognitive Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairment, Orthopedic Impairment, Specific Learning Disability and Speech and Language Impairment. I utilize mindfulness techniques and social thinking during therapy to allow my treatment to be more effective and for my clients to understand themselves more.
I personally practice mindfulness every day for my own growth. I am passionate about using food and fitness to fuel and heal the body. I have practiced yoga on and off for 8 years and work to take methods and lessons learned on the mat to my professional and personal life. I plan to become a certified yoga teacher within the next year. In my free time I love to get outdoors as much as possible, get cozy with a good book and my cat, see what downtown Indy has to offer, and travel.
*Bachelor of Science in Exercise
Indiana University '13
*Master of Occupational Therapy
University of Indianapolis '16
Abigail Schumann, MOT, OTR
Since well before my start as an occupational therapist, I have known that I had a special interest in the world of pediatrics. I was born 2 months prematurely and had my own familiarity with the medical world by an early age. Being in this environment has always felt natural and I find such fulfillment in the ability to help families with their own challenges in daily life. I was finally able to gain some real life experience in the summers of 2011 and 2012 at The Center for Courageous Kids, a children's medical camp in Kentucky. Here I learned how to not only work with the child, but how the family unit intertwines and to treat the family as a whole. I served as a Den Counselor and later as the Arts and Crafts counselor the following summer. It was here my love for program development and activity modification to serve variety of diagnoses began to grow.
Shortly after my first summer, I quickly established my goal to become an occupational therapist and gained a variety of experience along the way. I worked for 2 and a half years in an ABA center as a behavioral therapist, completed clinicals in outpatient and inpatient pediatric settings, including NICU and early development screenings, and I have worked in a one on one in-home program for the past 4 and a half years.
Over the past two years I have worked in the adult acute setting, again maintaining the patient and family first care at the center of my focus. I enjoy working towards goals of independence in daily living and sensory integration techniques to make individuals successful in self regulation. I love exercise and wellness and incorporating these interests in to my own practice. I also enjoy spending my free time with my husband and our spunky dog Tarzan- whether it's traveling to see friends and family or a weekend bike ride!
*Bachelor of Social Work
St Mary's College '17
*Master of Social Work
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis '19
Kate Vasile, MSW, LSW
Mental Health Therapist
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.
*Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Communicative Sciences
Michigan State University '13
*Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
Andrews University '16
Erin Bailey, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language and Feeding Therapist
I can say I’ve officially come full circle in my career. In elementary school, I was the one receiving speech-language therapy (those pesky /l/’s and /r/’s!). Fast-forward to now, I am on the other side of that table and administering therapy. From firsthand experience, I know how much it matters to make therapy not just effective, but engaging and creative as well.
I was born and raised in the Chicago area until I went to college – where I did both of my undergraduate and graduate in Michigan. My time at Michigan State University helped me jump-start my passion not just for speech pathology, but working specifically in the field of pediatrics. I volunteered at non-profit clinics that worked with children in groups that used Augmentative & Alternative Communication. My favorite part about the whole experience was having the children meet others who use a Speech Generating Device as well and be able to converse with them. This experience helped me to pursue my post-graduate training in LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), which is a proven therapeutic method that uses consistent motor plans for accessing vocabulary on a Speech Generating Device.
Between my undergraduate and graduate year, I took a year off to gain more experience working a new population of children. I became a high school teacher assistant for a life skills classroom. I loved being able to go on different community trips with the students and help them implement their skills in math (counting money for lunch), language (independently ordering at a restaurant), executive functioning (making a list of groceries to buy for a dish), and social skills (interacting with other peers and others in the community). In graduate school, I was trained on use of the The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) Program, which is a learning approach that can help children who often struggle with reading and literacy concepts. I am also trained in Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, which is a treatment approach for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), other speech sound disorders, and expressive language difficulties.
I completed my Clinical Fellowship Year and two years beyond at Easterseals Crossroads in Indianapolis. I worked with children from 3-18 years of age in a clinic and school setting. I was able to grow and gain more expertise working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mild/Moderate Cognitive Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairment, Orthopedic Impairment, Specific Learning Disability and Speech and Language Impairment.
When I am not at Mini Minds, you can most likely find me at any local park, farmers market, or coffee shop. I like being able to spend my free time with my husband and friends going kayaking, hiking, and biking. My favorite pastime though, is hanging out with my dog (a golden retriever named Brody) and volunteering my time with local rescues such as Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) and Golden Retriever Rescue and Community Education (GRRACE).
*Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness & Health Purdue University ‘11
Anna Busenburg, RD, CSP, CD
My love for pediatric nutrition started with my first job out of college. I started working at a hospital and covered the pediatric/NICU inpatient units and outpatient pediatric clinics. I really loved the nutrition care that I provided to those pediatric patients and the relationships that I built with their families. The amazing thing about working with pediatric patients is being able to see changes quickly. I really enjoy being able to see how many nutrition changes can have big impacts on children’s health, well-being and behavior. I have my Certified Specialist in Pediatrics credential through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I also completed a Pediatric Weight Management course through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. I have specialized in pediatric/neonatal nutrition for the last 7 years and I really love working with children and their families.
I am a strong believer in real food nutrition and encourage my patients to learn about new foods and how to incorporate more fresh foods into their diets. Being healthy is a lifestyle and not just a diet. I enjoy working with families to empower them to create healthy meals together in their home and also learn how to navigate the confusing nutrition recommendations that bombard us through the media.
When I am not working and talking about nutrition, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband, who is my best friend and biggest supporter. I have one son and he is a goofy, fun-loving one year old. We also have an adorable seven pound chihuahua, named Einstein.
Bachelor of Kinesiology
Miami University '14
Master of Occupational Therapy
Shawnee State University '16
Jennifer Werring, MOT, OTR
I have been an occupational therapist for 3 years. I spent 6 months at the beginning of my career at Cincinnati Children's outpatient pediatric clinic focusing on providing children client-centered treatment to increase their independence with play and activities of daily living. I was fortunate enough to facilitate a social skills group weekly for children with sensory processing disorders in order to learn appropriate interactions with peers. I enjoy providing children and families with skills to become more successful at home and at school while increasing a child's confidence and joy with learning new tasks.
I have always enjoyed working with children so it's no surprise I would eventually end up working in a pediatric setting. During college I spent my free time teaching swim lessons to children with disabilities. Fast forward, I ended my graduate program completing my thesis focusing on developmental grasp patterns among children from 3-6 month old. Since then I have continued my education through various continuing education courses focusing on sensory processing disorders, executive functioning, fine motor development, and feeding/social skills.
Most recently I have spent the past 2 years working in a acute care hospital providing client-centered therapy focusing on patient and family goals to assist the patient in regaining independence in their daily lives and work occupations. My favorite part of being an occupational therapist is how each person's treatment looks completely different. It is nearly impossible to provide the same treatment from one person to another. I look forward to providing this level of care to your child while providing a safe and fun environment where he/she can be successful.
As a recent Indiana resident I enjoy spending my time outdoors exploring the Indianapolis area, trying new fitness classes, reading a good book, and saying hello to every dog I walk by until I end up with my own!
*Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education
Butler University ‘07
*Candidate for the Applied Educational Neuroscience Certification
Butler University '20
Julie Jensen, BA
Teaching children has always been my passion. I graduated from Butler University in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Special Education and went on to teach in Carmel Clay Schools for 10 years. After having three kids of my own and struggling to find a balance between teaching full-time and navigating the many roles of motherhood, I decided to take a break from full-time teaching to stay home with my children. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I not only missed teaching, but I also missed collaborating and exploring adolescent development with my peers. I got involved with an organization called YoungLives that mentors teenage mothers and their children, and I also started teaching at my younger children's’ preschool part-time. Both positions reinforced my passion for walking alongside youth as they learn to navigate and thrive in our complex world.
When I started hearing more about Mini Minds, I realized how much I believed in its mission to educate and empower children. I have always been fascinated by how the human mind grows and develops, and how each child learns and processes information in different ways. I am also a firm believer in teaching and developing the whole child, and that education is not simply “reading, writing, ‘rithmetic.” Children need to understand how to express and empower themselves, how to build healthy relationships, how to understand and regulate feelings and emotions, and how to have a growth mindset and not fear failure and taking risks. I believe in teaching through exploration and inquiry, movement and song, and most importantly, by making learning fun, relevant and relational.
Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my husband and three children, all of whom amaze me and humble me every single day. I love playing and watching sports and have enjoyed coaching my children's’ sports teams and being a board member for Noblesville Youth Baseball. I am also eager to head back to Butler University this summer to participate in their new Educational Neuroscience Certification program, where I will continue to learn more about how life experiences and trauma play a role in behavior and development.
*Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Science
Indiana University '02
*Master of Science in Media Arts and Science
Indiana University '04
*Certificate of Applied Computer Science
Purdue University '02
*Certificate of Social Media
Drury University '10
Crystal Gold, MS
As a new mom, I wanted what every mom wants for their child; happiness, acceptance, health, and love. I had approached the preparation for parenting much like I had preparations for college or jobs. Yet, as our son grew up, instead of feeling prepared, I sometimes felt a little lost. I learned that I had to be proactive for him and advocate for his needs and that is when we began our journey with Early Interventions and Speech Therapy.
Little did we know that that was just a snippet of what it would mean to advocate. A complicated second pregnancy after several months of infertility issues began an entirely new journey. Our second son was born at 32 weeks and required a 70% blood transfusion at birth. We found ourselves having to advocate for his best care, ensuring that he was being treated as our child, not a number. As he grew, he was very healthy and thriving for a baby born so early, but it became evident that there were some gross motor delays. We, again, started on the path of Early Interventions; this time with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and a nutritionist. At age 4, we were referred to a Neurologist who confirmed a diagnosis that had quietly been spoken off the record. Cerebral Palsy. We were thrust into a new world of specialists and tests. We also found out that he had a spinal anomaly that could potentially require brain surgery. The last several years have been full of tests, therapy schedules, insurance battles, paperwork, tears, growth, laughter, and celebration.
I have taken this experience and put it to use processing all billing aspects of Mini Minds. I understand the added role parents must play as health care advocates; a role that doesn't come naturally for everyone. I understand how frustrating and overwhelming insurance and therapy costs can be and I understand how much those financial frustrations can exacerbate an already difficult journey. That is why I strive to provide seamless service to all our clients.
Kathleen Yohe, BS
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 Elementary Education
Marian University '07