Hailey Mayz Foundation Medical Advisory Board Member
Hailey Mayz Foundation Medical Advisory Board Member
Hailey Mayz Foundation Medical Advisory Board Member
aMAYZing Kids Co-Founder
President and CEO of Hailey Mayz Foundation
Kathy is a friend of the Hailey Mayz Foundation. She was an integral part of setting up important office policy and procedures and is a member of the board. Over the years, she has volunteered at various aMAYZing Kids events and has spent countless hours working at the clinic. Kathy has recently relocated back to California and is enjoying retirement with her husband.
Occupational Therapist (OT/L)
Leilanie earned her MS Degree in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. She has over 15 years of experience working in the pediatric field, specializing in early childhood development, sensory integration and feeding/swallowing. Leilanie has achieved advanced practice in feeding and swallowing (SWC) and is certified practitioner for the application of physical agent modalities (PAM), vital stimulation (LNMES) and Sensory integration and praxis test (SIPT). Leilanie brings with her strong leadership skills with her experience as a lead therapist at a nationally recognized top children’s hospital. She has served as a vital member of interdisciplinary teams i.e. CHOC Children’s Inpatient Feeding Program and the Early Developmental Assessment Clinic.
Leilanie is a loving mother of 3 young boys, who certainly keep her on her toes! She is creative, energetic, and adventurous individual who brings her positivity and expertise to aMAYZing Kids.
Leilanie loves aMAYZing Kids because it allows her a more work-life balance. She also loves how genuinely invested the directors are in every one’s well-being and how they value each person’s contribution to the clinic.
Morgan Kollenda, MS, OTR/L
Morgan earned her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Applied Psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara. While there, she gained experience in working with children with Autism, both in individual and group settings, as well as a research assistant for the Koegel Autism Center. Morgan then obtained her MS in Occupational Therapy at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has a global perspective in OT, completing fieldworks in both Mexico and Bulgaria, and is also a club member of Integrating Culture through Occupational Therapy. Morgan has a diverse set of skills in sensory integration, feeding, fine motor and global development. She has always been passionate about working with children, especially children with special needs. Morgan believes a family centered approach and working as a team is of great importance when working to achieve a child’s goals.
In her free time, Morgan enjoys hiking or walking at the beach with her friends, family, and dogs. Morgan loves cooking and exploring new foods and restaurants.
Morgan loves aMAYZing Kids because of its collaborative and multi-disciplinary team approach. She is grateful for all the amazing kids and families she interacts with daily.
Bess Sorensen, MOT, OTR/L
Bess earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, then earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She has over 6 years of experience working in the pediatric OT field, specializing in early childhood development, sensory integration and oral motor skills/self-feeding, and problem/picky eaters. Bess always looks to engage, not only the child, but parents, teachers, and other team members to create the most positive environment possible for every client. Her family-centered approach to therapy stems from seeing her brother in OT, ST, and feeding therapy throughout his childhood and seeing the effect it had on her family growing up. Her approach encourages parents to be an integral part of the therapeutic process and engage with their child and their therapist to create a strong bond and a trusting therapeutic relationship.
Bess is a loving wife and mother of a little boy, who has more personality than she knows what to do with! She loves doing puzzles, country music concerts, and anything Harry Potter.
Bess loves the collaborative environment that aMAYZing Kids provides to all clients, their families, and its employees.
Lori Roelofs, PT, MPT, DPT
Lori is an experienced pediatric specialist with a passion for physical therapy. She is trained in teaching yoga to children, sensory integration therapy, SCERTS model for spectrum disorders, dynamic bracing and orthotics, torticollis treatment, and NDT (neurodevelopmental treatment). Lori earned her B.S. in kinesiology from Cal State University Fullerton, and her master’s degree in physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona and completed her Doctorate at the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning. Lori has evaluated and treated children of all ages in a variety of settings for over 20 years, including inpatient therapy, schools, infant/early intervention, and medical-based outpatient therapy.
She enjoys mentoring the clinicians at aMAYZing Kids, business development, spending time with her family, and being outdoors.
Jessica earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chapman University. Prior to receiving her Doctorate, she studied Kinesiology and Child Development at Texas Christian University. Jessica found her passion for pediatric physical therapy in her younger years when she volunteered assisting a special needs soccer team. Since then, she has participated in special needs baseball, Special Olympics, respite nights, and volunteered at a special needs school. Jessica has participated in a Toe Walking research study with CHOC and has received certifications in the treatment of Torticollis and Pediatric Kinesiology Taping. She is bubbly and full of energy but don’t let that fool you, she makes her patients work when in therapy and believes therapy is purposeful play. She has always loved working with children because it keeps her on her toes and constantly having to think outside the box.
Jessica loves to stay active by hiking, playing volleyball and football, and chasing her nieces and nephews.
Jessica loves working at aMAYZing Kids because it gives her the opportunity to work with children of all ages and treat a variety of conditions. The best part of her day is celebrating in her patient’s successes.
Laura got her doctorate in physical therapy in 2005 from Washington University in Saint Louis. It was there she was drawn towards outpatient orthopedics and focusing on helping patients treat the problem instead of the symptoms. Her experience included working with pediatrics, athletes and geriatric patients. In 2006 Laura started her career as a physiotherapist in Sydney, Australia and enhanced her toolbox by learning new manual techniques, advanced taping types and focusing on women’s health. In 2011 she moved back to the US and worked in outpatient clinic using Redcord, ASTYM, vertigo therapy and concussion diagnosis & treatments. Laura is passionate and dedicated to helping each patient reach their healthy living goals.
In her free time Laura enjoys playing with her son and taking him to the beach club. She also loves playing tennis, photography and traveling.
What Laura loves about working at aMAYZing Kids is using her creativity with exercises and allowing kids to have fun but at the same time work towards meeting their functional goals.
Infant Stim Therapy
Michelle Dilts, MS
Michelle is an experienced infant teacher with background of 15 years working as an elementary school teacher. She is passionate about her role in promoting the overall development of the child from ages 0-36 months through play development and social interaction. She is instrumental in preparing children with severe cognitive and language delays for transition to direct speech therapy. Michelle knows how important it is to collaborate regularly with parents and provide them with repeated modeling and a strong home program. Her background includes a MS in teaching and early childhood development.
Michelle has been married 25 years and has 2 wonderful daughters. She loves to play with her animals, exercise, and travel anywhere tropical. She is a big fan of Harry Potter and Taylor Swift.
Michelle loves being a part of both the business and therapy side of aMAYZing Kids. She is able to collaborate with therapy staff, treat children, listen to staff needs and learn more about the business world.
Jennifer Starkey is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Her Bachelor of Science Degree was earned in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Later she earned her Master of Science Degree from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Jennifer has both experience in the school district as well as clinic settings. Her background includes working primarily with children with expressive and receptive language delays as well as articulation disorder. She also holds a Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential.
In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes with her husband and four children.
Jennifer is thankful to be a part of aMAYZing Kids where she gets to work with incredible children and their supportive families every week!
Monica Martinez, SLPA
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Monica earned her AA degree in a Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program(SLPA) from Santa Ana College. She also received her AA degree in Child Development from Irvine College. Monica has more than ten years’ experience in working with children and adults with special needs. She has over 13 years’ experience in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis.) She has experience working with a variety of disorders including; autism, down syndrome, and emotionally disturbed. She has been able to utilize this experience as a licensed SLPA. Monica speaks Spanish and knows American Sign Language.
In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her family and her husband. She recently bought a home in Ranch Santa Margarita and is enjoying getting to know the area. Monica also loves to paint and watch sports.
What Monica loves about aMAYZing Kids is that her co-workers are so welcoming and they are also a tremendous resource.
Chelsea Hanifin, SLPA
Chelsea has a BA in Liberal Arts & International Studies. After being diagnosed with a voice disorder after college, she became interested in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She then completed the Communication Sciences & Disorders program at Chapman University and became certified as a SLPA. She completed her SLPA internship at an interdisciplinary clinic that specializes in helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chelsea also has 7 years of experience of teaching children, teenagers, and adults of all ages and abilities at a karate studio.
In her free time, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her family. She loves to read, travel, and go hiking.
She loves the AK team because everyone is warm, welcoming, and happy to collaborate so that every child receives the best care possible.
Patient Care Coordinator
Jennifer has over 25 years’ experience in insurance verification, insurance billing and collections. She is most passionate about working for a non-profit and enjoys supporting families with all their insurance questions and needs.
In her free time, Jennifer loves spending time with her family and visiting her son. She enjoys the outdoors and traveling to blue water destinations.
What Jennifer loves most about working at aMAYZing Kids is how passionate everyone is about their job. She sees firsthand how the staff truly cares about the AK children and their families.
Front Desk Office Manager
Kim joined the aMAYZing Kids family in July of 2020. She received her B.A. in Communication with a minor in Applied Psychology from the University of California- Santa Barbara and has a well-rounded background in customer service, marketing and event coordination.
In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to podcasts and finding new shows to binge watch on Netflix.
Kim enjoys being a part of a talented multi-disciplinary team and witnessing patients grow and develop new skills.