Meet Our Clinical Staff at Naperville

Debra (Debbie) J. Denniger OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT-P
Director of Pediatric Therapy and Clinic Director/Naperville

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Debbie has over 25 years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist, consultant, and clinic director. In addition she is credentialed in Neurodevelopmental Treatment: Pediatrics, Administration and Interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, State of Illinois Early Intervention Occupational Evaluator and Therapy Provider, Therapeutic Listening Provider, Integrated Listening Provider and has a certificate in Business Administration. Debbie enjoys teaching and mentoring therapists and has authored on-line courses for therapists and teaches on the topic of Sensory Processing Disorders. It is Debbie’s personal mission to empower therapists and provide parents and children with the tools needed to promote and achieve maximum function and physical well-being. It is also Debbie’s desire to utilize the experience gained within the past 25 plus years to benefit pediatric therapy practices where the delicate balance of providing the highest quality therapy, while being fiscally responsible, remains a primary goal. When not working, Debbie enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time outdoors.

Greg Sauder  MOT, OTR/L
Assistant Clinic Director

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Greg received his undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and minored in Psychology at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He graduated from Midwestern University in 2011 earning his Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Greg completed his Level II clinical internship at Sovereign Pediatric Therapy in 2011 and was immediately hired upon graduation due to his fun loving spirit and his amazing ability to make therapy fun and effective for the young patients he serves. As Assistant Clinic Director, Greg assists in the day to day management of the clinic and coordinates our student programs. When not working, Greg enjoys running, traveling with his wife and spending time with his daughter Willow.

Margaret (Margie) Donofrio  MS, CCC-SLP

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Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist

Margie graduated from the University of Wisconsin. She is a credentialed speech/language provider for the State of Illinois Early Intervention Program and is bilingual in English and Polish. Margie’s interests include facilitating social development with children with ASD, picky eating and the effects of delayed speech on auditory processing and reading development. She choose to work at Sovereign Pediatric Therapy because she believes in the value of treating the whole child and finds value in working alongside, and teaming with, other professionals in order to facilitate family and child centered goals. Margie’s interests outside of work include spending time with her husband and three children. They especially enjoy hiking, biking, road trips and lazy days playing games and reading together.

Michelle Versten  MS, OTR/L

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Michelle graduated from Touro University, Nevada in July 2016 and completed her final Level II clinical experience here at Sovereign Pediatric Therapy. She displays passion, enthusiasm, and is driven to find techniques that are effective in helping the most severely involved child. Michelle’s areas of interest include early childhood development, sensory processing disorders, and mental health. Michelle chose employment at Sovereign Pediatric Therapy as it provides her with the opportunity to positively impact the lives children and families through participation in goal-directed activities that are fun and effective in improving self-confidence and function.

Mary Lhotak  PT

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Pediatric Physical Therapist

Mary has over 25 years of experience as a pediatric physical therapist in a variety of settings including school, home health, and pediatric clinics. She has experience and specialized training in the areas of cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, balance, coordination disorders, progressive neuromuscular disorders, developmental coordination disorders, hypertonia and torticollis. Mary enjoys working with a variety of age levels and she chooses to work at Sovereign so that she could continue to pursue her passion of empowering children and families to achieve function. Mary enjoys biking, hiking and traveling. She has traveled to Honduras on multiple occasions to assist children with special needs in an orphanage named “House of Hope.”

Kelsey Georgopoulos  MOT, OTR/L

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Kelsey received her Masters degree from Midwestern University, is certified in Therapeutic Listening and is trained in the Handwriting without Tears Program. In addition to her full time employment in the schools, Kelsey works part-time with Sovereign Pediatric Therapy serving our school aged children, as she enjoys the long-term relationships she has developed with the families and staff of Sovereign. The greatest perk, however, is seeing her young clients in the clinic have fun while at the same time achieve valuable skills and abilities they did not know were possible. Kelsey enjoys traveling, boating, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Janet Alonso  OTR/L

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Janet has over 20 years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests and is a certified Therapeutic Listening provider. Janet has a special interest in assisting children and families challenged by Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders. Janet enjoys working closely with both families and children to improve not only the quality of life for the child, but for the entire family. When not working, Janet enjoys running, gardening and refinishing furniture.

Katie Moloney  M.S., CCC-SLP

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Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist

Katie received her degree from Illinois State University. She has experience in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations including autism, apraxia, phonological disorders, language disorders, Down Syndrome and aphasia. Katie has conducted graduate level research regarding best-practice treatment of autism spectrum disorders and how to incorporate these programs in the educational setting.  Currently Katie works full time for Chicago Pubic Schools while providing services to our clients needing Saturday hours. When not working, Katie enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Nicole Wheeler  M.S., CCC-SLP

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Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist

Nicole received her degree from Saint Xavier University in 2015. She is most interested in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, and fluency disorders. It is her goal to become a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and to treat those with severe communication disorders involving dysfluency. Nicole loves being a speech/language pathologist! She enjoys running and has participated in several CrossFit competitions. She also loves to travel and has spent time in Germany and Croatia.

Melissa Honiotes  M.S. CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist

Melissa received her M.S. degree from Marquette University in 2003. After 12 years of working in the school setting, Melissa wanted to further expand her experience as a Speech/Language Pathologist. The advantage of getting to work with children with a wide range in age and diagnoses, along with the opportunity to work closely with parents and families are the reasons she chose Sovereign Pediatric Therapy as her place of employment on Saturday mornings. Melissa is the President of the Will/Grundy Speech Language Hearing Association. When not working, Melissa loves to cook, read and spend time with her family.

Kate Symrock MS. CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist

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Kate Graduated from Midwestern University in in May 2016 and brings enthusiasm and excitement to our speech therapy team. “I love every aspect of speech language pathology, but I am most interested in helping young children express themselves and with providing parents with strategies to use at home to support their child’s language growth.”   In addition, Kate has a passion for developing appropriate pragmatic language skills in her young patients and finds Michelle Garcia’s “Social Thinking” curriculum to be highly effective. Kate enjoys both the public school and clinic settings; however she especially enjoys the close relationships that are able to be established with families within the clinic setting. In her free time, Kate enjoys traveling, DIY projects, baking, and planning for her wedding in September, 2017!

Amy Labrador OTR/L

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Amy Labrador is a licensed occupational therapist with over 21 years of experience. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and has experience in various clinical settings. She has previously worked in various rotations at Loyola University Medical Center, followed by many years as a school therapist in the Naperville area and in a pediatric outpatient clinic. She specializes in pediatric occupational therapy and has extensive experience working with children with various needs, including visual processing, sensory processing, fine motor skill development, and handwriting development, which can contribute to learning, attention, coordination and behavioral problems. Amy utilizes a collaborative approach to working with families to develop a treatment plan designed to address the individual needs of each child. Her clients include families with whom she has developed relationships while helping their children achieve long-term goals.