Meet Our Clinical Staff at Naperville

Greg Sauder  MOT, OTR/L
 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 Clinic Director, Greg engages in the day to day management of our clinic, coordinates student programs, oversees policy changes along with having a full client caseload. When not working, Greg enjoys running, traveling with his wife and spending time with his 2 daughters.

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.”

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.

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!