Kathy Kyffin Schleifer, MHS, OTR/L –
Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 1975 and her Master of Health Science in Pediatric Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in 1980. She has worked specifically with children since 1977 and children with autism since 1978. She has gathered experience through her work in hospitals, schools, early intervention programs, homecare, and her own private practice. After living away from Pueblo for 29 years Kathy returned in 2000 and continued to practice privately. Kathy established Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center in 2009 when she realized the needs of the children and families in the Pueblo area could not be met through her small private practice. Kathy is a member of the diagnostic Pueblo Autism Evaluation Clinic. She is certified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests as well as in Therapeutic Listening, Pediatric Myofascial Release (Level 1), and Greenspan’s DIR Floor Time (Level 1) intervention techniques. Kathy has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education in sensory integration/sensory processing disorders, neurodevelopmental treatment, autism, learning disorders, neurology, feeding, and other topics to help ensure your child will receive the most up-to-date treatment. In 2009 Kathy was awarded the Small Business Development Association’s Leading Edge Graduate of the Year, and she was recognized as one of three finalists for the Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of Colorado in 2011. Kathy is married and has two adult children and one granddaughter. Her family has always supported her with her occupational therapy endeavors. All members of her family love to travel around the country and world. In her spare time Kathy loves to read and spend time with her 2 grandkids.
Juaquina (Keena) Broughton, MS, OTR/L –
Keena is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center. She started working at PPTC in 2011 after graduating and completing her fieldwork at this clinic. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University in 2011. Before receiving her Masters degree, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education at New Mexico Highlands University in 2009. She is certified in; Handwriting Without Tears, SOS Feeding Approach, and as a Fieldwork Educator. Keena has enjoyed living in Colorado during the past few years and enjoys traveling, reading books, and photography. Her engaging personality makes her a favorite of clients and parents alike.
Allison (Allie) Day, MOT, OTR/L –
Allie is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center. She started working at PPTC in 2017, after graduating and completing her fieldwork at this clinic. She received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Tennessee State University in 2016. Before receiving her Masters degree, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Services. She holds a Minor in American Ethnic Studies from Kansas State University in 2013. Allie chose to become an occupational therapist because of the impact OT had on her family as a child and her passion for children. Allie and her husband are new to the Pueblo area, but have enjoyed Colorado for years as they grew up visiting family across the front range. In her downtime, Allie enjoys spending time with her husband, hosting friends and family, going to concerts, and being outdoors.
Kathy Seley, COTA/L –
Kathy Seley graduated from the Pueblo community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in 1989. Her experience as a COTA/L includes working in adult rehab, skilled nursing, cardiac rehab, orthopedics, and pediatrics. Kathy has worked with children from birth to 18 years for over 25 years providing treatments either individually or in small groups, both in the clinic and/or home settings. Kathy is our HEP (Home Exercise Program) Specialist at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center for parents/caretakers that are CNA’s for their children. She has developed a themed home exercise program that incorporates specific activities centered around themes that work on various areas of development. Kathy’s philosophy during her treatment sessions is to encourage, support, challenge, provide resources, & most importantly to make therapy FUN for both the child & their caretakers. She continues to learn from each child, caretakers, & co-workers. Kathy is certified in Handwriting without Tears & SOS Feeding Approach. Kathy has been happily married for almost 29 years. After being sick with a rare genetic liver disease for over 20 years, Kathy had a liver transplant in 2017. Her husband, Jeff was a living donor match & he was able to give 60% of his liver on September 12, 2017. Kathy & her husband are proud parents of two grown daughters & are so-to-be grandparents. Kathy’s hobbies and interest include spending time in the mountains with family, photography, crafts, antiquing, and traveling.
Becky Hankla, COTA/L – On Maternity Leave
Becky is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and received her Associate Degree of Applied Science from Pueblo Community College in 2015. Prior to receiving her degree, she volunteered at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center from 2010-2013, this is when she discovered her love of working with children. She began working as a COTA/L in the summer of 2015. She is certified in; Handwriting Without Tears and SOS Feeding Approach. Becky is a native of Pueblo and enjoys photography, hiking, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.
Arissa Maldonado, COTA/L –
Arissa moved to Colorado from a small town in New Mexico after graduating high school to continue her education. She completed her level 1 fieldwork at this clinic in October 2014. She received her Associates Degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant from Pueblo Community College in 2015. She is certified in Handwriting Without Tears. Arissa loves working with children and is currently working towards completing her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She enjoys hiking, camping, mud bogging, playing with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
Kelsey Caligaris, COTA/L –
Kelsey is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and received her Associate Degree of Applied Science at Pueblo Community College in 2017. She completed her fieldwork at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center and was hired upon receiving her certification. She is a native of Pueblo, and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her beloved dog, Kiddy. She also loves to travel and read.
Lynn Mondragon, COTA/L –
Lynn is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) and received her Associate Degree in Applied Science from National American University in 2017. Prior to becoming a COTA/L, she completed her fieldwork at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center, and fell in love with working with children of all ages. Lynn received a degree in General Studies, from Pueblo Community College in 2015. Lynn’s has past experience as Certified Nursing Assistant, Activities Assistant, and Social Service Assistant at a local nursing home in Pueblo. Lynn enjoys spending time with her 3 young children, Mya 11, Madison 9, and Makison 7, who keep her very busy with multiple activities.
Laurie Daugherty, Office Manager –
Laurie received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Cottey College and pursued her bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Kansas. Laurie worked in retail and restaurant management and is currently the worship pastor and administrator of her church. She has been with PPTC since 2013 and is the clinic’s Office Manager. Laurie is responsible for all of the therapist and client schedules as well as very knowledgeable working with a variety of Insurance companies. Her strong interpersonal and leadership skills have greatly contributed to the efficiency and great client rapport enjoyed by our office. She is married with 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Laurie is a genealogist and enjoys fishing and camping with her family.
Sidney Seley, Office Assistant/ Social Media Management –
Sidney was born and raised in Pueblo, CO. She’s been working at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center for 4 years now. She started working here as a custodian when she was 16 years old. Sidney currently helps with various office job tasks and manages our social media. She recently graduated from Parkview’s School of Phlebotomy and works at Parkview as a Laboratory Assistant. During her downtime she enjoys spending time in the mountains with friends and family, traveling, and yoga.
Beth Williamns, COTA/L – On Maternity Leave
Beth is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and received her Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Pueblo Community College in 2013. She completed her fieldwork on-site at PPTC and has worked with children in both the home and inpatient environments. Beth has training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) positioning and handling for babies, which is her career interest. Beth also received a Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a certification in Gerontology Interdisciplinary studies from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Beth has experience working in a residential treatment facility with high-risk adolescents, mental health disorders, behavioral issues, and developmental delays. Beth is a Certified Fieldwork Educator from Colorado State University and is certified in the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. Beth was recently married in July and lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Joe. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring the outdoors. Beth has an energetic and fun personality that creates a trusting relationship with her clients.
Hillary Phelps COTA/L
Hillary started her career in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1989 at Albuquerque Therapy Services in pediatrics. In Albuquerque she specialized in therapy with children with various diagnosis and needs. In Albuquerque she learned and experienced treatment techniques to facilitate best outcomes. She moved back to Pueblo in 1997 and worked with teenagers, adults and geriatrics at CMHIP until 2016. She has worked part and full time at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center since 2009. In 2016 She was a school-based clinician for South Central Boces working with school-based children in rural schools. She is now thrilled to be back to PPTC full time working with the amazing staff and clients to provide quality services to the children in southern Colorado.
Sylvia Stallings, Office Assistant –
Sylvia was born and raised in Pueblo, Co. She recently retired from Pueblo School District 60, where she was an Administrative Assistant in the Child Find Office from 2000-2019. She has previously worked at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center from 2008-2009, and returned as an Office Assistant, helping out with various jobs. In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry, scrapbooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Tiffany Salerno, COTA/L –
Tiffaney is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) and received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Pueblo Community College in 2019. Prior to becoming a COTA/l, she completed her fieldwork at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center, and fell in love with the fast-passed atmosphere and working with children of all ages. Tiffaney is a Pueblo native that enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, Luke, Jennifer, and Taylor who keep her on the go. She loves to travel, spend time
outdoors, and read.