Our Mission is to…
Enrich the life of a child by promoting self worth, increasing independence, and overcoming a disability allowing the child to achieve their fullest potential.
Through Summit Pediatric Therapy, LLC we as a team strive to demonstrate exceptional skills in assessments and clinical reasoning, planning and implementing treatment plans in both areas: outpatient or the school based settting.
Our therapists are exemplary in outpatient and school based therapy by demonstrating their ability to be a self-starter, to accept responsibilities, to develop strong collaboration with other disciplines as well as with individuals and family members.
Here at Summit Pediatric Therapy, LLC our therapists have engaged in their own professional growth and developments by actively pursuing continuing education courses and specialties.
We at SPT, LLC will work towards establishing treatment plans that are geared towards each child in meeting their goals to build the confidence and self worth that they need to reach a level of independence allowing them to function to the best of their ability.
Melisa Hendren, Owner, COTA/L
Melisa Hendren, COTA/L received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Penn Valley Community College in 1991. She is an avid believer in education and personal growth. She is an alumna of Graceland University, Lamoni, IA and is currently studying Theology from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. She holds a degree in Respiratory Therapy, certifications in lymphedema, Interactive Metronome, Handwriting Without Tears, and Social Thinking Curriculum.
Melisa has been the owner of Mid-Missouri Rehab Services since 2005, providing school-based therapy for local school districts. She moved to Lee’s Summit in 2012 with her husband Dr. Hendren. In 2016 she expanded her practice and opened Summit Pediatric Therapy Corp., an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic in Lee’s Summit. The vision of this clinic is to offer child focused occupational, physical, speech and dyslexia services close to home. She feels completely blessed to have worked with occupational therapists and physical therapists who have guided her to where she is today. She is also thanks God daily for her current outstanding team of therapists. Her vision is to bring quality therapy close to home.
During her free time she enjoys gardening and seeing what wild plants will come up each year. She and Dr. Hendren have a grown daughter who is a graduate of University of Arkansas and lives in Kansas City. Melisa travels to Honduras yearly to visit her grandmother. She also holds workshops with the Honduran teachers who travel to the United States with Friends United Organization. Melisa is a graduate of Lee’s Summit Leadership, a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber and partners with many local community organizations in Lee’s Summit.
Jessica Brown, PT, DPT
Jessica has an extensive history working in pediatric physical therapy, providing therapy in natural environments, schools and in clinical settings to promote functional gains and motor skill development for children. She holds a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota. She realized early on that her passion was working with children and has dedicated her career to the area of pediatric physical therapy while following her husband through his US Army travels until returning with him back to Lee’s Summit. Jessica works closely with children, their families and caregivers, along with other therapy team members in sharing knowledge, resources and tools to ensure each child’s success.
Jessica has continued her training in pediatrics in the specific areas torticollis and plagiocephaly, functional play, orthotic bracing, wheelchair seating and mobility evaluation, therapeutic taping, typical and atypical infant development, and idiopathic toe walking.
Bev was a public school district teacher for 22 years and “retired” in 2013. She taught second grade for eleven years, gifted education for eight years, and remedial reading for three years. She began working for Mid Missouri Rehab Services in the speech department. She quickly discovered, as a retiree, that she missed the sound of children laughing and playing. She began tutoring a dyslexic child two years ago and now substitutes in the public school and enjoys tutoring dyslexic children for Summit Pediatric Therapy.
She returned to finish her college degrees when all three of her children began school. She also has granddaughters who have learning difficulties so has become a serious advocate for learning disabled children.
Dyslexia became an area of interest for her over 30 years ago when her dyslexic, ADHD, and CAPD son entered second grade. He was labeled as lazy, unmotivated, and at-risk by the school. He was put in speech and became a candidate for special education with a 145 intelligence quotient! Later, as a teacher, she saw other smart children be “dumbed down” and fall through the cracks because they couldn’t learn. She wanted to make a difference and see fewer children suffer from handicaps.
In her spare time she likes to work in her flower gardens, a vegetable garden, landscape her yard, enjoy nature, count her blessings, and read.
Kaitlin Terrel, MS, CYI-SLP
I received my Bachelor’s from the University of Kansas and my Master’s in Communication Disorders from Truman State University. I have provided services to children with a wide range of speech and language disorders and have a strong interest in the clinical setting. In my free time I enjoy crafting, being outside and playing with my dog.
Sarah Vignery, M.S., CCC-SLP
Sarah Vignery is a Kansas City native and is excited to be working with SPT. It has been Sarah’s desire to work in the field of Speech-Language Pathology since she was young. Having a kind and compassionate attitude for children, Sarah has worked in Childcare for the past 15 years. Since then Sarah married her husband John in 2011, who works as a Network Systems Engineer in the Kansas City Metro area. Together they have two adorable miniature dachshunds Pepper, and Max that serve both as children and grand-dogs in their present family.
Sarah received her bachelor’s and master’s degree’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Missouri. However unregretfully informs us that she is a Kansas Jawhawks fan during the basketball season. In graduate school her focus was on language, literacy development, and nutrition. In her free time she enjoys being outside and working in her herb garden, crocheting and
crafting, attending Refit, and most importantly spending quality time with her family. During her professional career, Sarah has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. Her experience includes several years in public schools as a speech-language pathologist working with special needs children. Her focus has been working with Early Childhood Education and has gained a great deal of knowledge and experience in early intervention. Sarah is licensed by the board of Healing Arts, Elementary and Secondary Education, and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Sarah’s passion is to help all children find their voice in their homes, families, and communities. She is looking forward to working with your child and family to provide a family-centered and comprehensive therapy experience!
Kinsey Maddox, MOT, OTR/L
I graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Sport Science, followed by a Masters of Occupational Therapy Degree from The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. My husband KC and I have fun raising our 4 awesome children that keep us busy with their school and sports activities. If we’re not cleaning up after our little ones or our family dog, Charlie, you can find us renovating houses together in what spare time we do have. I also enjoy running, cooking, baking and reading.
Monica F, MOT, OTR/L
Elisa P., CMBP, Billing Specialist
Bob H, COTA/L
Allison Lehnoff, COTA/L