OUR MISSION

At Growing UP Therapy we, your occupational and physical therapists, believe in partnership. Together we collaborate with you and your child to achieve developmental goals through playful interventions, sharing of knowledge and a nurturing environment.

SARAH CONKLIN

While attending the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota, I earned a Bachelors of Arts in 2010 and then my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011. First I explored being a travel occupational therapist, before finding my true calling in pediatrics. Over the past several years, I have been able to hone and develop my clinical skills. I have advanced training in the areas of Sensory Integration, visual-motor, ocular motor and visual perceptual development. I am also a certified SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) feeding therapist as well as a DIRFloortime practitioner. 

LISA HELENIUS

I have been an Occupational Therapist since 1996 and have specialized in Pediatrics for 23 of those years.  Stateside I have worked in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Mexico in early intervention, school therapy and at the Center for Development and Disability at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  Most recently, I have spent the past 10 years working here in Germany for the EDIS program through the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in early intervention and in multiple schools:  Ramstein Elementary, Vogelweh Elementary and Sembach Elementary and Middle Schools as well as several schools in the Stuttgart area.  I earned my Master of Occupational Therapy degree at Texas Woman’s University and have extensive continuing education in the areas of sensory integration and praxis, autism, ADHD, developmental and motor coordination disorders, various manual therapies and orthotics.  My philosophy as a therapist is to build off a child’s strengths and to help him/her feel safe and comfortable when facing challenges.  Finding a “just right” challenge is key, so that the therapeutic process is fun while attaining one’s goals.  

KASANDRA VANEGAS

I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia in 2011. I then went on to earn my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mercer University in 2017. I knew before graduating physical therapy school that I wanted to work in pediatrics and have been working with children ever since. I worked at the Autism and Developmental Center in Macon, GA before relocating to Germany. I have continued my passion for learning with classes in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), along with functional electrical stimulation (ESTIM), orthotics, and cerebral palsy monitoring systems. I have also volunteered with GoBabyGo to make modified toy vehicles for children with special needs, Buddy walks for children with Down Syndrome, Central Georgia Autism, and the Red Cross. I love to work with children and families to challenge them at the right amount to be able to learn and succeed, one step at a time!

OUR STORY

Sarah and Lisa knew of one another through the school channels in the KMC area, sharing students in common. Sarah’s business was growing and Lisa was looking to shift gears. Their dear mutual friend, Julie, recognized a great opportunity. Knowing Sarah and Lisa shared a common work ethic and therapeutic styles, she made introductions and the rest is history!

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