Our Staff

Kathy Kyffin Schleifer, MHS, OTR/L-

Kathy Kyffin Schleifer

Kathy received her Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 1975 and her Master’s 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. 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 garden.

Juaquina (Keena) Broughton, MS, OTR/L-

Juaquina (Keena) Broughton

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 Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University in 2011. Before receiving her Master’s degree, she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Special Education at New Mexico Highlands University in 2009. She is certified in Handwriting Without Tears and certified 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.

Ruth Brandt, COTA/L-

Ruth Brandt, COTA/L-

Ruth has been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at PPTC since August 2009, specializing in pediatrics after a short period working in an adult rehab clinic. Prior to going back to school, she ran a licensed childcare home for 25 years and just loves working with children. Ruth has 3 grown daughters who are all married and has 5 grandchildren. Her loving husband supported her going back to school at Pueblo Community College later in life. She was named “Student of the Year” by the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Pueblo Community College in 2009. Ruth is certified in Handwriting Without Tears and certified as a Fieldwork Educator. She enjoys traveling, dancing, watching movies, and loves all the nature that Colorado has to offer.

Kathy Seley, COTA/L-

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 teenagers for approximately 20 years providing treatment either individually or in small groups, both in clinic and/or home settings. Her philosophy during treatment sessions is to encourage, support, challenge, provide resources, and most importantly to make it fun for both the child and their caretakers. She continues to learn from each child, caretakers, and co-workers. Kathy has been happily married for almost 24 years and is a proud mom of two teenage daughters. Her hobbies and interest include spending time in the mountains with family and friends, photography, crafts, antiquing, and traveling.

Arissa Maldonado, COTA/L-

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.

Becky Hankla, COTA/L-

Becky Hankla, COTA/L-

Becky is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and received her Associates degree 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 and is certified in Handwriting Without Tears. Becky is a native of Pueblo and enjoys photography, hiking, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kirstin Nelson, CCA, Billing Specialist-

Becky Hankla, COTA/L-

Kirstin, a Chicago native, brings over 25 years of office administration experience to Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center. Kirstin graduated from Pueblo Community College in 2015. She received her Associates degree in Applied Science, and her Medical Coding Certificate. Her warm and enthusiastic personality, along with her attention to detail, has helped contribute to her success and client satisfaction. Kirstin was hired at PPTC in July of 2015 after her internship here was completed. She has two children, and 3 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, camping, reading, baking and jewelry making.

Laurie Daugherty, Scheduler/Administrative Assistant-

Laurie Daugherty, Office Assistant-

Laurie received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Cottey College and attended 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 Administrative Assistant. Laurie is responsible for all of the therapist and client schedules. 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 2 grandchildren. Laurie is a genealogist, and enjoys fishing and camping with her family.

Sidney Seley, Clinic Maintenance-

Sidney Seley, Clinic Maintenance

Sidney was born and raised in Pueblo, CO. She will be a senior in high school. She has been in 4-H for seven years and has participated in the photography project, vet science project, and dog project. She is currently in the archery project. She has been a junior leader, competed in consumer choices at the state level and national level. After high school she wants to go to college in the healthcare field, and is considering becoming a surgical technician.

Daniele Sowles, Clinic Maintenance-

Daniele Sowles, Clinic Maintenance

Danielle has been working at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center for little over a year. She recently just graduated from high school and will be going to college in the fall. Her dream is to become a mortician.