Helping children in the Chicagoland area since 2005.
Welcome to Kids in Sync Pediatric Occupational Therapy.
Our mission is to provide child and family centered therapy. We take a bottom up approach to the therapeutic process which allows us to create a treatment plan that best supports each child and their family. At Kids in Sync Pediatric Occupational Therapy, we specialize in the treatment of children with sensory integration disorders, and disorders in relating and communicating, including regulatory disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders.
Megan Carrick, MOTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Clinical Director
Megan received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University. She is very passionate about her work with children and their families. She loves finding unique ways and changing settings to support progress in all areas of life. Megan also enjoys engaging in speaking events with teachers, parents and other members of the community to share her knowledge, connect others with her favorite resources and support the development of a more compassionate society. When Megan is not at Kids In Sync she is likely watching a cubs game, hanging out with her family or enjoying her time with the adorable clinic dog, Ernie.
Mary Nissen, MOTR/L
Mary received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois . She is dedicated to working in pediatrics and specializes in child and family centered intervention. Mary especially enjoys working with parents and siblings to encourage improved family dynamics and support parent understanding of the intervention process. She also enjoys running peer groups to support improved social emotional development and interactions.
Olivia Bayer, MOTR/L
Olivia received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University and has been a part of the Kids In Sync team since 2012. She is dedicated to her work in pediatrics and is passionate about working with families affected by sensory processing challenges, communication disorders, and motor-based dysfunction.
Kim Brahm, OTR/L
Kim received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. She is a senior clinician with advanced training in many areas of pediatrics, including Yoga for the Special Child, DIR/Floortime, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, and Sensory Integration (WPS-SIPT certified). Kim is very passionate about supporting children and their families through a dynamic therapeutic approach. She also has extensive experience providing educational in-service programs to school staff and parent populations.
Lindsay Adams, MOTR/L
Lindsay received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the Texas Women's University. She has been passionate about working with children and families from a very young age. Her desire to help has taken her around the world into orphanages, schools and communities in need. Lindsay is committed to working with parents and children in dynamic ways to best support the goals of each individual child and the family as a unit.
Ryann Loudon-Brown, MOTR/L
Ryann joined the Kids In Sync team in April of 2012. She is a passionate and dedicated clinician working closely with children and families in our Northfield office Monday through Thursday and providing support for families in our Chicago office on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
Jennifer Manabat, MOTR/L
Jen received her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University Medical Center. Working with children has always been a passion of hers, and she enjoys partnering with families to help children achieve their highest potential, both in the clinic as well as at home and school. She enjoys learning about the new research on the developing brain and sensory integration, and using that information to help parents better understand their child's physical as well as social and emotional development. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Jacqueline Jensen Apostal, OTR/L
Jacqueline received her bachelors of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She believes in using a kid friendly, playful and family centered approach combined with evidenced based treatment to help children and their families move toward achieving their goals in therapy. Jacqueline is knowledgeable in the assessment and treatment of children with both motor and sensory-based differences. She holds certifications in Sensory Integration (WPS- SIPT certified), Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and is experienced in modified constraint induced movement therapy (m/CIMT), Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, yoga for the special child, Kinesiotaping, upper extremity casting and NMES devices.
Gina LaRuffa, MOTR/L
Gina La Ruffa received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Rush University. She has experience working in pediatrics at Rush University in both inpatient and outpatient therapy. Gina is passionate about collaborating with families to adapt and improve the quality life of the family unit. She is invested in parent education and collaboration with schools in order to support children across environments. When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys traveling playing soccer. Gina is fluent in Spanish and works at both the Northfield and Chicago KIS locations.
Samantha (Sam) Preuss, OTR/L
Sam received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. She is passionate about working with children of all ages and collaborating with their families to reach the goals they set out to achieve. Outside of being an occupational therapist, Sam enjoys traveling to new places and walking her dog.
Morgan Carpenter, MOTR/L
Morgan received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University. She is passionate about working with children and collaborating with families to see children reach their highest potential. When Morgan is not at Kids In Sync she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.
Teacher, Summer Camp Director
Dani is a certified elementary school teacher (K-8) working with Kids in Sync to expand the services of the practice and better support children and families. She provides one on one tutoring and homework support, assists in a variety of therapeutic groups and leads the 8-week KIS summer camp. Dani loves working with children and comes to work every day with a true sense of eagerness and excitement.
Administration and Operations Director
Vanessa received her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Illinois in Psychology with a concentration in child development. She joined the team in May 2019 for administration and operations and is also one of our summer camp counselors. Vanessa loves to work with children and is hoping to pursue her Master’s in Occupational Therapy.
The Kids In Sync Dogs
Ernie is a French Bulldog, born February 13, 2017. He lives with Megan and her family, but spends most of his days at Kids In Sync. Ernie loves to play with his best friend Ryder and can often work himself into exhaustion chasing him and wrestling. Ernie is sweet with the kids and families of Kids In Sync and most children feel very safe and comfortable with him.
Chancellor (Chance), aptly named after Chance the Rapper, lives with Lindsay, but can be found at one of our offices most days of the week. He was welcomed into the Kids In Sync family in Late May of 2017. He brings a smile to the faces of the kids, their families and of course his best buddy Ernie. Chance is a high energy bundle of cuteness and hard to resist.
Ryder is the newest edition to our Kids in Sync family as of February 2018. He is a Blue Healer/Swiss Mountain dog mix. His favorite activities include going on long walks with his mom, Dani, playing with Chance and Ernie, and eating lots of treats! He is always ready to play, give you kisses, and receive a belly rub!