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 (OTR/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
Occupational Therapist, Clinical Lead
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.
Megan Shounia, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Bio Coming Soon!
Lori Roelofs, PT, 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, multifunctional movement, IASTM, dynamic bracing and orthotics, infant & torticollis treatment, and NDT handling. Lori earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning. She completed her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology and her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences with an emphasis in pediatrics. 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 and believes in evidence-based practice.
She enjoys mentoring the clinicians at aMAYZing Kids, business development, and spending time with her family.
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.
Elizabeth Wade, PT, MPT, C/NDT
Pediatric Physical Therapist, Mentor
Beth earned her MPT Degree in Physical Therapy at CSULB, in June of 2000 and has over 21 years of experience providing physical therapy in pediatrics. She has experience in treating early childhood development, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, rare genetic disorders, and assessing and providing equipment needs. Beth studied advanced coursework in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and received her C/NDT credentials in 2012. She has a passion for teaching PT students, parents, colleagues, and fosters a total-body approach to physical therapy. In addition to evaluation and treatment, she also enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor at Chapman University, overseeing student research for “Balanced Families” to study effects of dance class on children with neurologic disorders.
Beth enjoys spending time at the beach, camping in the Sierras with her husband, their two college aged children, and two dogs. As an energetic, adventurous and an empathetic individual, she brings a realistic, down to earth approach to therapy by incorporating objective research-based techniques with fun play techniques.
Beth loves treating at Amayzing Kids because the therapists are very close to each other, work well as a team and share an undeniable passion for helping children.
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!
Bonnie is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist and holds a Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Loma Linda University. She is an experienced SLP who has worked for over 30 years in the public schools serving children with diverse communication needs including articulation, apraxia, fluency, receptive-expressive language, pragmatics, and autism. Throughout her career Bonnie has served as a mentor in the school district and provided supervision and clinical education for incoming Speech-Language Pathologists and graduate students from a variety of universities.
Bonnie has been married for 35 years and has one adult son. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, going to the beach, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Bonnie is thrilled to be a member of the collaborative AK staff where she can work with the team to provide comprehensive and compassionate services to children and their families.
Monica Martinez, SLPA
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, Lead of Assistants
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.
Jenna Araujo, SLPA
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
In her spare time, Jenna loves to camp and hike with her husband and dog. She also enjoys cooking and baking vegan recipes at home.
Jenna began her journey at Amayzing Kids in January, 2022 and is enjoying every second of it. She loves working in a multi-disciplinary clinic where speech therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists work together and learn from one another. She has also loved getting to know her supportive co-workers and feels so lucky to be a part of an aMAYZing team!
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.
Medical Scheduler & Receptionist
Bio Coming Soon!!
Bio Coming Soon!