Mainely Kidz PT was founded in 2004 by Jen Corbeil. Shortly after starting Mainely Kidz, Jen quickly realized the need for clinics where children could receive all their therapeutic services in one location easing the burden on the parents along with reducing the stress of the children. With this concept in mind she has grown Mainely Kidz PT from a one room physical therapy clinic to a therapeutic center offering physical, occupational and speech therapy. Over the years Jen has resisted the temptation to add adult therapy to the clinic and has remained committed to providing quality therapeutic services for infants and children of all ages. Here at Mainely Kidz the focus is on helping children reach their full potential while striving to provide families the support and attention they deserve.
Jen Corbeil (Founder, Physical Therapist) graduated from Northeastern University in 1995 with her degree in Physical Therapy. While working in a variety of settings including acute rehab, long term care, sports medicine and homecare Jen pursued her Masters in Health Administration at the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 2000. In 2002 while providing home care for adults and children Jen took a part time physical therapy position at a local school and quickly realized working with children was her calling. Jen has attended numerous specialty trainings including neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT), neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), sensory integration, autism, torticollis, adaptive equipment and wheelchair seating and positioning, and positive behavioral support systems. She is also trained as a trainer (travelling to other facilities to teach the staff in proper use of the litegait system) for Mobility Research in partial weight bearing gait training and uses the Litegait at Mainely Kidz PT to promote proper gait patterns, early walking and balance reactions. Jen is an active member of the Maine chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association and was instrumental in bringing Funfitness to the Maine Special Olympics Summer games as the Funfitness Clinical Director for the State. She enjoys guest lecturing at some of the local colleges and welcomes students and volunteers anytime at Mainely Kidz for training and exposure in pediatrics. Jen completed training with Izabela Koscielny in September 2009 in Michigan and is excited to be offering both suit therapy and intensive therapy programs at Mainely Kidz PT. Jen completed her doctorate degree in the Fall of 2013. You can reach Jen at email@example.com
Susan Gagner (Physical Therapist Assistant) graduated with high honors from Newbury College in Boston in 1992 with an Associates in Physical Therapy. She began her career in Pediatrics when she moved to Maine in 1998 and provided physical therapy services at Waban preschool and also worked in a public school setting. Prior to that, Sue was senior staff at John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. There she worked with clients with cerebral vascular accidents, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injury and also worked on the pediatric floor. Sue is married and has 2 sons that keep her very busy with soccer and wrestling. Sue usually works two days in the clinic setting and three days at the school setting and enjoys the diversity between the two settings. She works with infants through teenagers and enjoys teaching families on how to best promote proper gross motor development in order for the clients to achieve their goals. Sue has attended courses on wheelchair seating and positioning, autism and yoga for the special needs child and the Radiant Child Yoga through Childlight. Sue also was trained in the TAAP and is the MKPTs TAAP Guru. Sue incorporates yoga into her treatment sessions, has also assisted local elementary schools with integrating yoga into the classroom and runs the yoga classes at the clinic. She looks forward to increasing her education with integrating Yoga and PT. You can reach Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
Casie Levesque (Physical Therapist) Casie graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She completed clinic rotations in various physical therapy settings to include acute care, outpatient orthopedics and Neuro Rehabilitation. She discovered her passion for pediatric physical therapy during her last clinical rotation with North River Collaborative, where she provided school based physical therapy services to school aged children for various towns in Massachusetts. After completion of this clinical rotation, Casie decided to focus her practice to outpatient orthopedics and sports rehab at Energy Workshop in Portland Maine. She spent 5 years at Energy Workshop with focused practice of manual therapies, exercise prescription, aquatic therapy and post op rehabilitation for patients of all ages. During this time she coached Girls High School Varsity Basketball at Old Orchard Beach and still continues to coach preschool to 2nd grade basketball on the weekend. Casie has been a member of the MKPT team since December of 2011. Casie works in the school setting and the clinic and brings a strong background in orthopedics to Mainely Kidz and has attended pediatric courses on adaptive equipment, wheelchair seating and positioning, autism and Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Casie has a strong interest in concussion rehab and has been attending courses and leading the concussion program at Mainely Kidz. You can reach Casie at email@example.com
Aimee LaPlant (Physical Therapist Assistant) Aimee graduated from Keene State College in 2006 with a Bachelors in Health and Fitness promotion. During her time at Keene State, she was a trainer for both faculty and students as well as a strength and agility trainer for Keene States sports teams. While in college, Aimee worked as a paraprofessional providing ABA intervention at a preschool and elementary school and this is where she found her passion working in the pediatric field. After that, Aimee decided to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and graduated with her Associates in Physical Therapy in 2013. Aimee has training in the Graston soft tissue massage technique and is certified and trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Aimee has also spent time volunteering in the adaptive skiing program at Gunstock Mountain and as a volunteer for the Special Olympics. When Aimee is not working with clients, you will see her helping out at the front desk. Aimee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Cyr (Physical Therapist) Elizabeth "Betsy" graduated from Boston Universitys Sargeant College with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2006. Betsys first job was at Boston Childrens Hospital for 2 and half years and completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals. Betsy and her husband moved to Oregon in 2008 where she worked in both an outpatient setting and in early intervention. In 2013, Betsy and her husband moved to Maine to be closer to their roots. Betsy works part time for Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice as a pediatric visitor and joined Mainely Kidz part time in February 2013. Betsy has an extensive background in pediatric physical therapy and has attended courses in wheelchair seating and positioning, muscle tone management, pediatric manual therapy, scoliosis bracing, and torticollis management. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, playing field hockey, long distance running and cooking. Betsy can be reached at email@example.com
Justine Renadette (Occupational Therapist) Justine graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. She has completed a variety of clinical rotations including school systems and acute care hospitals. Justine discovered at a young age that she had a passion for working with the pediatric population and worked as a paraprofessional during high school and college. She has additional training in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. This is a program that she began during her last year at UNH and completed the year after. The LEND program is selective with their applicants and Justine was chosen to participate in this beneficial program which develops leadership skills related to interdisciplinary and family-centered systems when working with children of varying abilities. During her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, running and watching Boston sports. You can reach Justine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Neuts (Occupational Therapist) Rebecca graduated with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in 2013. During her time there she was a member of Pi Theta Epsilon, the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society. As a member of this society, Rebecca participated in a number of service programs, as this society recognizes superior scholarship and service in the field of occupational therapy. She has completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including an outpatient pediatric clinic at All Kids in Action, hippotherapy and adaptive horseback riding at Carlisle Academy, acute inpatient rehabilitation at New England Rehabilitation Hospital, inpatient psychiatric unit at Maine Medical Center, and an Alzheimers and dementia homestead community at Sedgewood Commons. It was at All Kids in Action and Carlisle Academy that she found her passion for working with children. During her graduate course work, she pioneered an independent directed study focused on incorporating animal assisted therapy, specifically therapy dogs, into occupational therapy interventions. She volunteered with her certified pet therapy dog at a skilled nursing facility throughout her undergraduate and graduate coursework. In her spare time she enjoys spending time at her family camp on Moosehead Lake, many outdoor activities including boating and walking along Maines ocean and lakes, hiking and exploring new places. You can reach Rebecca at email@example.com
Beth Lazzarra (Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant) Beth graduated with her Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Colby Sawyer College in 2005. She went on and received her Physical and Occupational Therapy Assistant degrees from River Valley Community College in 2007. Beth completed clinical rotations in skilled nursing, acute care and completed pediatric rotations with the Keene, NH school district and at Crotched Mountain School in Greenfield, NH. Beth is a full time COTA with the Rochester school district primarly working with children 3 to 12 years old. Beth has experience working with children with down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, sensory integration disorders and fine motor delays. She also has experience working with children in middle school and high school. She works part time during the evenings and during staff vacations at MKPT. Beth has training in Handwriting without Tears, Bal A Vis X, and teaches Yoga, Brain Gym and Drive Thru Menus for attention, strengthening and relaxation in the classroom. She also has a strong interest in therapeutic exercise and prescription. You can reach Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech Language Pathology
Ashlee Lucas (Speech Language Pathologist) Ashlee graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has a strong academic background in early language development, literacy, articulation, fluency and swallowing. During her graduate work, she completed clinical practicums in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, schools and neonatal intensive care units. She has worked with clients from ages birth to geriatric and with many different diagnosis, but has particular interest in the areas of literacy development, medical speech pathology, and special populations. She encourages family participation in her therapeutic practice, which incorporates both play-based and behavioral therapy approaches. She also works closely with the other team members at Mainely Kidz to facilitate the most holistic and effective intervention possible. In her spare time she can be found doing yoga, cooking, gardening, biking and embarking on adventures of all kinds. Ashlee can be reached at email@example.com
Kathy Strohm (Office Manager) Kathy graduated in May 2009 with a degree in Allied Health. Before transitioning to Mainely Kidz PT in October of 2009, Kathy served as a Medical Assistant at a physician’s office which specializes in pediatrics. In addition to her clinical and medical office experience, she also has an extensive business background. Kathy was employed by Unum for 13 years and held many roles supporting broker relationships and marketing. In addition to her career she is a mother of 2; she and her husband enjoy supporting local athletics and both volunteer as baseball and basketball coaches in their community. Kathy focuses on many of the administrative areas at MKPT including insurance billing and reconciliation, scheduling, insurance verification and compliance. Kathy serves as a patient advocate in assisting families in navigating insurances in order to obtain appropriate therapy services. You can reach Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jocelyn Nicoll (Administrative Assistant) Jocelyn is originally from the state of Vermont. She graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY in May 2011 with a double major in studio art and art history. Jocelyn relocated to Maine in July of 2011 and worked as the volunteer coordinator for physicians, nurses and receptionists at the Portland Community Free clinic. This facility provides free primary care to adults in Cumberland County. Jocelyn is a newlywed and got married in June of 2013. Jocelyn enoys working in her garden, cooking and trying new recipes. She continues to practice in the arts and is a painter, creator of homemade paper and a sculptor. Jocelyn also likes spending time with her rescue dog, Marli, who is a retired sheep herder. At Mainely Kidz, Jocelyn is responsible for scheduling and all aspects of the front desk position. She will be your first point of contact when calling Mainely Kidz. You can reach Jocelyn at email@example.com
Therapists in the Schools
Stephanie Lewinski (Occupational Therapist) Stephanie graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Chatham College in 2001. Prior to that she graduated from Ithaca College in 1997 with a BS in Exercise science and nutrition. After working as a personal trainer for 2 years, she then decided to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy. Stephanie has worked in a variety of settings providing OT services to children in Maine. In 2001, she began her career at Sandcastle preschool in Lewiston and from there worked as an OT at Child Development Services in Androscoggin county eventually transferring to York County. Stephanie has training in hand writing without tears, oral motor feeding difficulties, sensory integration, neuro-developmental therapy techniques, vision therapy and the Astronaut Training Program. Outside of work, she enjoys coaching soccer, basketball and baseball. She enjoys watching her boys participate in a variety sports, camping with her family, spending time with her two dogs and spending time at the beach. Stephanie currently works as an OT in the Kittery school system. You can reach Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dani Nicoletti (Occupational Therapist) Dani graduated from the University of New England in 2005 with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Since then, Dani has worked exclusively with the pediatric population. She began her career at Pediatric Development Center where she treated children using a sensory integrative focus. From there, she worked at Child Development Services where she provided early intervention services specializing in developmental delay and sensory integration. Dani enjoys treating children of all ages and has extensive experience working with children with autism, sensory integration dysfunction, and fine motor delays. Dani has attended training on RTI (Response to Intervention in the schools) and has been implementing programs in the Acton school assisting children with attention focus and sensory regulation. When Dani is not playing at work, she is playing at home with her two young children. She also enjoys yoga, photography, and downhill skiing. Dani provides OT services in the Acton school district. You can reach Dani at email@example.com.
Students, interns, students, interns, students, interns. During you time with Mainely Kidz you will meet many students as part of our mission is to provide a rich learning environment and introduce future therapists to the wonderful world of pediatric therapy!
Lily You may see Lily visiting the clinic during the week. Lily is a yellow labrador retriever that lives with Miss Kathy. Lily enjoys dog treats, taking walks and napping.
Duke Duke is our newest addition at Mainely Kidz and is our therapy dog in training. He is a yellow labrador retriever and lives with Miss Jen. Duke likes eating snacks, playing outside, walking on the East Coast Greenway and visiting with all the Mainely Kidz friends. Duke is currently in training to become a certified therapy dog.