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Occupational Therapists

Kris Worrell

Kris Worrell

BS, OTR/L

Kris has been an occupational therapist for 25 years and can't remember a time when she didn't see the world through the filter of empowering, informing, and guiding others to be independent in their lives. She graduated from the university of MN with her degree and started working with developmentally delayed adults for 2 years. This group of people is near her heart because she has a brother and an aunt who are developmentally delayed. Kris then shifted to a school job for 5 years where she saw the challenges kids faced fitting in the the large group model. Then she worked for a pediatric clinic for 9 years before starting her own 10 years ago. Kris loves the opportunity to dig beneath the surface of difficulties to try and find the core issues. To that end, she began to study RDI about 4 years ago. This has enabled her to break down the steps to flexible thinking and development of empathy-- very good things!

Krista Phelps

Krista Phelps

MS, OTR/L

Krista received her bachelor's degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and received her master's degree in occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota.  She is in her 10th year of working in pediatrics, with a specialization in sensory integration.  Krista has been part of the Functional Kids Clinic team since she graduated from graduate school and has enjoyed watching the clinic and team grow.

Jan Herold-Maho

Jan Herold-Maho

BS, OTR/L

Jan Herold-Maho graduated from the University of Minnesota in December of 1992 from the School of Occupational Therapy (and previously from the U of M College of Education). She has worked as a pediatric OT for 18 years, 10 years at Fraser Child and Family Center and 8 years at Functional Kids. Her special interests and training include Cranio-Sacral Therapy, sound therapies including AIT (Auditory Integration Training) and Therapeutic Listening, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) feeding program, and Sensory Integration therapy including Wilbarger's protocol Sensory Diets, and Kawar vestibular protocol. She has worked extensively with children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder), but has also worked with children with ADHD and general developmental delays.

Kara Schultz

Kara Schultz

MA, OTR/L

Kara graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN with a Master’s of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy. She began her career with a focus in traumatic brain injury, stroke and physical disabilities rehabilitation in both adults and pediatrics. Kara has been employed at Functional Kids Clinic since 2005. Her post education and certification courses support a sensory processing focus with a special interest in sound therapies (including Advance Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Listening Systems, Berard Auditory Integration Training). In her free time, Kara enjoys spending time in the outdoors, participating in triathlons, visiting with friends and family and embracing her time with her newborn son.  Kara loves engaging and learning from the children here at FKC and is devoted to promoting the highest level of neurological development, and improving their daily lives! 

Jan Stine

Jan Stine

BS, OTR/L

Jan received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University and has worked in the field for 34 years.  She started her career in an acute medical setting (rehab, occupational medicine, hand therapy)  but have been working with children the past twenty years in both school and medical settings.  Areas of interest in working in pediatric include sensory-motor integration, gaining independence/competence in functional skills, and the development of appropriate social skills. Off duty she enjoys family, entertaining, and water sports.

Kelly Deasy

Kelly Deasy

COTA/L

Kelly graduated from Anoka Technical College in May of 2010 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  (COTA)  As a student, two of her field work opportunities were with the Bloomington and Hastings school districts.  She has been a martial arts instructor for over 15 years and has worked with toddlers in a child care setting for over 5 years.  In her off time Kelly enjoys being outdoors- camping, hiking and playing softball.

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson

MS, OTR/L

Laura graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.   Laura began working at Functional Kids Clinic in 2013 after completing a fieldwork rotation here.  She enjoys empowering adults and children to be independent in their daily lives.  In her free time, Laura enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.

Carole Caputa

Carole Caputa

COTA/L

Carole received her Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine’s University in Minneapolis, MN.  She has worked with a diverse population of pediatric clients for over 33 years prior to joining the Functional Kids Clinic team.  Carole has a special interest in pediatric yoga with an emphasis on postural control, strength, and self-regulation.  She enjoys working with children and strives to help them reach their full potential in life.  In her free time, Carole enjoys swimming and cycling.

Mardie Blessing

Mardie Blessing

OTR/L

Mardie graduated from Midwestern University in Phoenix, AZ with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Mardie began working at Functional Kids after completing a fieldwork rotation here, and has also had experience with orthopedics. She has endless creative energy to apply to treatment sessions, and has a passion to build upon the unique strengths of each child. In her free time, Mardie enjoys cooking, playing music with her siblings, and exploring northern Minnesota.

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

MS, EdS, OTR/L

Karen received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University.  She received her Master’s and Educational Specialist degrees in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Karen is a licensed Occupational Therapist and School Psychologist and has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including Peace Corps-Brazil, children’s mental health and the public schools.  She enjoys working with parents and children together and has special interest is working with children with self-regulation and mental health issues including ADHD, Autism Spectrum and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.

Post-graduate training areas include: Autism (including A-DOS and DIR), Sensory Integration, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, and Cranial Sacral Therapy.

Karen’s is grateful for her family and friends, traveling with her husband and watching her garden grow. She enjoys pretending she is retired.

Kandy Moen

Kandy Moen

OTR/L

Kandy graduated from the University of Minnesota Program in Occupational Therapy in December of 1981. She has been practicing Occupational Therapy ever since. She has a special passion for children of all ages, and enjoys every opportunity to help clients reach their individual goals and maximum potential. 

Otherwise, she loves to laugh, enjoys improvising, loves animals, makes efforts at cooking, skiing, bicycling, sailing, and other small adventures.

Charisse Courteau

Charisse Courteau

MAEd, OTR/L, BA, BS

Charisse graduated from The University of Minnesota with a B.A. in child psychology and from St. Catherine University with a B.S. in occupational therapy.  In addition, she received a Master’s in Education (Instructional Leadership) from Argosy University.  She began her career working with adults in a rehabilitation hospital. In this hospital setting, she worked with people recovering from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, physical rehabilitation, memory care, and people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  She worked 16 years as a school occupational therapist. Now she loves being a FKC team member working with families.  In her off time, Charisse enjoys being with her family and friends, watching her daughter perform on the stage, and running with her dog.