Compassionate Occupational Therapists

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Here at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center in Pueblo, CO, we make it our mission to help your child grow and develop. We utilize various therapeutic methods, including, developmental, sensory integration, motor, activities of daily living, self-care, socialization, and much more.

As children’s therapists, we recognize the nurturing and sensitivity a child needs when learning to develop and form new skills. Therefore, we work with children of all ages and their families to ensure that children are successful in all settings, not just at the clinic.

Meet Our Team

Kathy Kyffin Schleifer, MHS, OTR/L

Staff - Kathy SchleiferKathy has been an occupational therapist since 1976, specializing in pediatrics since 1977. A Pueblo native, Kathy attended Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1975. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy with a pediatric specialty. Kathy was very fortunate to have mentorship and training with several leading pediatric occupational therapists early in her career, which helped develop her love for pediatric therapy. She feels lucky to have been in such an incredible, fun career.

Kathy has been involved in the treatment of Autism since 1978, when she was part of a team of 3 that created the first Autism Program separate from a segregated school for children with disabilities in Mesa, Arizona. She is a former director of the Occupational Therapy Department at National Jewish Hospital in Denver. She spent many years working in public schools, Early Intervention, pediatric home care, and private practice in Denver and Pueblo before opening the Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center. Kathy, a former member of the Autism Society of Colorado Board of Directors and the Pueblo Autism Evaluation Team (17 years), has presented workshops on Sensory Integration, Feeding, and Autism in Arizona, Colorado, and Canada. She has provided on-site consulting with families in Qatar, and was a 2011 finalist for the Autism Society of Colorado Professional of the Year. Kathy was awarded the 2010 Leading Edge Small Business Graduate of the Year; was a Finalist for YWCA Of Pueblo Tribute to Women Community Service Award; and recipient of Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado Volunteer of the Year.

Kathy, who is married, has two adult children and two grandchildren; she enjoys local, national, and international travel, spending time at her cabin, gardening, walking, and cooking.

Allison Day, MOT, OTR/L

Staff - Allison DayAllie 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. Allie received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Tennessee State University in 2016. Before earning her Master’s degree, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Services, and holds a Minor in American Ethnic Studies from Kansas State University in 2013. Allie chose to become an occupational therapist because of her passion for children and the positive impact an OT had on her family. Allie is certified in Comprehensive Behavior Intervention for Tics (CBIT) and is a certified Fieldwork Educator. When she’s not working with kids, Allie enjoys spending time outside with her husband and dog, cooking, hosting friends and family, going to concerts, and being out in the beautiful Colorado mountains.

Arissa Begano, MOT, OTR/L

Staff - Arissa MaldonadoArissa is a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR/L). She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University in February of 2021. Before becoming an OTR/L, Arissa received her Associate’s Degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant from Pueblo Community College and worked at this clinic as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for five years. Arissa is certified in Handwriting Without Tears and has attended continuing education to treat infants with torticollis, which is a particular interest of hers. She loves working with children and their families. Arissa enjoys hiking, traveling, paddle boarding, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her family and friends.

Hillary Phelps, COTA/L

Staff - Hillary PhelpsHillary started her career in 1989 at the Albuquerque Therapy Services, specializing in therapy with children with various diagnoses and needs. She moved back to Pueblo in 1997 and worked with teenagers, adults, and geriatric clients at CMHIP until 2016. In 2016, she was a school-based clinician working with children at South Central BOCES. Hillary specializes and is certified in brain synchronization therapy, handwriting, and sensory processing/integration therapy. Hillary loves spending time with her husband, two children, dogs, and numerous friends.

Lynn Mondragon, COTA/L

Staff - Lynn MondragonLynn is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) who received her Associate Degree in Applied Science from National American University in 2017. Before 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 has experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Activities Assistant, and Social Service Assistant at a local nursing home in Pueblo. Lynn is certified in Handwriting Without Tears and is also a certified fieldwork educator. She recently participated in certification training on treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Lynn enjoys spending time with her three children, who keep her very busy with multiple activities.

Ryan Sumsion, COTA/L

Staff - Ryan SumsionRyan is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) who received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University and associate  degree in Occupational Therapy from Pueblo Community College. Before becoming a COTA/L, he completed his fieldwork at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center. His past experiences include working as an Assistant Activities Director, therapy technician, and working in Accounts Payable. Outside of the clinic, Ryan enjoys spending time hiking, running, and spending time with his wife and two sons, James and Sammy.

Becky Armijo, COTA/L

Staff - Becky ArmijoBecky is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who received her Associate Degree of Applied Science from Pueblo Community College in 2015. Before receiving her degree, she volunteered at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center from 2010-2013 and 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, where she lives with her husband, son, and dog. She currently works part-time while raising her family. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and hiking.

Gwendolyn (Gwen) Allred, COTA/L (telehealth)

Staff - Gwen AllredGwendolyn is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with ten years of pediatric experience. She started her pediatric journey at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center in 2011 after graduating from Pueblo Community College and has since worked in various settings, including outpatient clinics, school settings, and early intervention home health. Each location has provided incredible adventures, friends, and families to work with along the way. Gwen’s passion is to partner alongside the families she works with to provide the best possible therapeutic intervention possible. Gwen has completed training in AEIOU feeding, NDT positioning and handling, and Handwriting Without Tears. Gwen currently lives in Fort Worth, TX, with her husband and maintains licensure in Texas and Colorado, allowing her to do telehealth in both states. She enjoys hiking, antique shopping, and finding fun new restaurants to try out in her free time.

Laurie Daughtery, Office Manager

Staff - Laurie DaughertyLaurie received her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Cottey College, Nevada, MO, and pursued her bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Kansas. Laurie has over 30 years of experience in managerial and leadership occupations. She has been with PPTC since 2013 and is the clinic’s Office Manager. Laurie is responsible for all the therapist and client schedules and is very knowledgeable in working with various insurance companies. Her strong interpersonal and leadership skills have contributed significantly to our office’s efficiency and excellent client rapport. She is married with five children and three grandchildren. Laurie is a genealogist and enjoys fishing and camping with her family.

Jill Manlove, Office Assistant

Staff - Jill ManloveJill received her Associate of Arts degree from Cottey College and her Bachelor’s in Human Services from Colorado State University-Global. She began working for Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center 11 years ago as a part of the Custodial staff and has been working as Office staff since 2020. Jill has two amazing children and a beloved Poodle. She enjoys music, camping, hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Susan Hankla, Occupational Therapy Aide

Staff - Susan Hankla

Susan was born and raised in Ohio. At age 20, she joined the US Army and was trained as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She retired in 2019 after working for 43 years as an LPN. Her biggest accomplishment and love of her life are her seven children and eight grandchildren. Susan is responsible for keeping the clinic organized and leading the COVID-19 cleaning crew. In addition, Susan enjoys working with the excellent staff, families, and children at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center.

Sylvia Stallings, Occupational Therapy Aide

Staff - Sylvia StallingsSylvia was born and raised in Pueblo, Co. She recently retired from Pueblo School District 60 where she worked from 2000-2019 as an Administrative Assistant in the Child Find Office. Sylvia previously worked at Pueblo Pediatric Therapy Center from 2008 to 2009 to help set up the office and returned as an Office and clinic aide after her retirement to help with various jobs. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. Sylvia enjoys making jewelry, scrapbooking, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.

Emma Hildreth, Occupational Therapy Aide

Staff - Emma HildrethEmma graduated high school in May 2021 and will graduate from Pueblo Community College with an Associate of Applied Sciences in Occupational Therapy in May of 2022. Emma is working at PPTC as an OT aide. She assists with clinic maintenance and cleaning, filing and other miscellaneous office tasks. Emma loves seeing the therapists at work and also loves interacting with the kids. In addition to school and work, she is very involved in volunteer work with her church and loves teaching. Born and raised in Colorado, she loves doing anything outdoors, especially with friends and family.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with one of our occupational therapists, please contact us at 719-253-7727 today!