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Elizabeth Urso | PT, DPT, PCS

Elizabeth has been a practicing pediatric physical therapist for 18 years in the Chicago region after graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Elizabeth has worked in both hospital-based and outpatient environments, including The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Pathways Center for Children. She has focused on pediatric care in the Illinois Early Intervention Program since forming her own practice in 2003. As her practice grew, she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Elizabeth completed her board certification as a pediatric clinical specialist in 2007, is a credentialed Illinois Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator. Elizabeth's dedication to her patients is the driving force behind her success. As a mother of a young family, her passion for children and their development makes even the youngest patient feel comfortable.

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Claudette Sanchez | MA, CCC-SLP

Claudette graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Claudette has specialized in pediatrics for the past 18 years with clinical experiences in school-based settings and private practice. She began her own practice in 2001 specializing in Early Intervention speech-language services. In 2009, Claudette partnered with Elizabeth to offer multidisciplinary clinic and home-based therapy services. Claudette is a mother of two young children who has transformed her love of children and interest in research into creative, successful treatment interventions for children with speech and language disorders. Claudette is a certified member of ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association). She is also a credentialed Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator through the Illinois Early Intervention Program.

Our Therapists

Physical Therapists

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Christine Giffhorn | PT, DPT

Christine graduated from Saint Louis University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has experience in pediatric physical therapy working with children in the Illinois Early Intervention Program as well as in the area of youth athletic performance. Christine has worked with children who have developmental delays, Down Syndrome, seizure disorders, Angelman Syndrome, visual and hearing impairments, and various other diagnoses. She is a credentialed Illinois Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator, and has taken continuing education courses on Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), brachial plexus injuries, pediatric therapeutic taping for improved alignment and function, and the Perception-Action Approach.

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Lianna Fumo | PT, DPT

Lianna earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa in 2011. She has worked with children in clinic and school-based settings, and is a Credentialed Early Intervention Provider though the Illinois Early Intervention Program. She has also worked one-on-one as a caregiver to children with special needs, and has served as an aqua therapy instructor. Lianna prides herself on developing fun and creative therapy programs, in order to make therapy something that the children in her care look forward to each session. 

Occupational Therapist

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Courtney Smith | MS, OTR/L

Courtney earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. Her passion for helping children reach their full potential began as a young adult. During her graduate studies, she was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy for her shared graduate research in neurological markers for sensory processing disorder (SPD). She is a provider of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding for children with mild to severe feeding difficulties. She has extensive training in sensory processing and is a provider of the Therapeutic Listening Program, as well as the Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT). Courtney has experience working with children with SPD, Down syndrome, Autism, feeding difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, and various neurological disorders. She provides therapy both in the home, clinic, and in daycare settings and feels incredibly blessed to be a part of each child and family’s journey. She is a credentialed Illinois Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator.

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Grace Deardurff | MS, OTR/L

Grace earned her Master's in Occupational Therapy from University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor's at the University of Notre Dame. She has experience working therapeutically with children from infancy through young adulthood. Her experience includes working with children on the autism spectrum, with fine motor difficulties, sensory processing disorder, social and emotional difficulties, and learning challenges. She has been trained in principles of applied behavioral analysis, and builds her occupational therapy practice from both the sensory and behavioral perspectives. Grace provides home-based and clinic-based therapy in addition therapy in the school and daycare settings. Grace is committed to partnering with parents to build holistic occupational therapy interventions to best meet their child's individual needs. She enjoys being a part of the family's lives and stories, and takes great joy in being a part of successes both large and small. Grace is a credentialed Early Intervention Provider through the Early Intervention Program

Speech-Language Pathologists

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Lauren Ward | SLP

Lauren earned her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from St. Xavier University in 2013. While attending graduate school, Lauren gained experience working with children in both clinical and educational settings. Early Intervention has allowed Lauren to pursue her passion for supporting speech and language development in young children and collaborating with families and other professionals. Lauren has experience working with children with various disorders including Autism, Childhood Apraxia of speech, sensory processing disorder, speech sound disorders, stuttering, and various neurological disorders. Lauren is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a credentialed Early Intervention Provider through the Illinois Early Intervention Program.

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Renee Moore | MS, CCC-SLP

Renee graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Illinois State University. She has worked within both school setting and clinical settings. She has been trained and is experienced in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Floortime Model. Renee’s clinical interests include phonological processes, pragmatics, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Renee is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and is a credentialed Early Intervention provider.

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Rebekah Herrmann | MS, CCC-SLP

Rebekah graduated from Illinois State University in 2014 with her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Rebekah has worked in the public schools, Early Intervention, and geriatrics. Rebekah's personal family experience with hearing loss has given her a passion for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. She also loves integrating Sign Language into therapy to augment communication for kids of all ages and needs. Over the past two years she has specialized in working with kids with Specific Language Impairment and Learning Disabilities. Rebekah is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a credentialed Early Intervention Provider.

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Megan Drueck | MA, CCC-SLP

Megan graduated from Marquette University with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Megan has experience working with infants and children with speech, language, and feeding disorders in school, home, and clinic settings. She has special interest in working with children with sensory processing needs and evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. Megan has received training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to feeding, the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, and the Floortime model of therapy. Megan is a certified member of ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) and is a credentialed Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator through the Illinois Early Intervention Program.

Our Office Staff

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Sibil Garcia | Receptionist/Medical Billing Specialist

Sibil has worked in the medical field for over 10 years. Her first experience at a dental office sparked her love for medicine. Through her past experiences, she has gained knowledge and expertise in medical billing/coding and collections. Sibil has successfully handled work challenges that have contributed to both personal and professional growth. Sibil’s specialization in medical billing and coding has lead her to Kids on the Grow. Sibil is also a busy of mother of three children.