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Meet Our Team

Billie Jean Otter

Billie Jean Otter

BS, MOT, OTR/L

As a mother of a child with special needs, Billie understands the importance of identifying and building on a child’s strengths to help deal with daily challenges. She strives to help families create an atmosphere that allows them to celebrate their child, and enjoy spending time together. Billie has worked for Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy since receiving her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Washington in 2013.  In 2017, she became co-owner of MVPT and has worked hard to grow the clinic into a multi-disciplinary practice.  She has enjoyed working with graduate students from the University of Washington Occupational Therapy program and South Sound Swim and Safety to create an aquatic therapy program for children with special needs and initiated the very popular Game Night social group for clients of MVPT.  Billie works with local colleges, schools, and community programs, often mentoring students and advocating for the importance of early intervention and occupational therapy services in the community.  Billie has also spent time as an adjunct professor at Green River College Occupational Therapy Assistant program and enjoys giving presentations in the community on a wide range of topics.

Billie is passionate about helping children with a variety of unique needs, including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ODD, anxiety, physical disabilities, sensory processing differences, self-regulation challenges and more.  She has continuing education in sensory processing disorder, emotional regulation strategies, dealing with anxiety, ADHD strategies, feeding challenges, hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, social thinking, and transition services for young adults.
billieo@mvpedtherapy.com

Christie Armitage

Christie Armitage

OTR/L

Christie graduated from the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Puget Sound in 1999.  Her experience working with children includes both school and clinical settings.  She has extensive experience working with families and children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, visual motor delays, fine motor coordination, developmental delays, dysgraphia, and learning disabilities. Christie has continuing education in sensory processing and regulation, visual perception, executive functioning, Handwriting Without Tears, and the ALERT Program. She is passionate about helping children and assisting them in achieving their maximum potential.

In 2017, she became co-owner of MVPT and has worked hard to grow the clinic into a multi-disciplinary practice.  

Christie lives in the Maple Valley area with her husband and two sons.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Christie and her family were featured in Maple Valley Neighbors magazine in February, 2021.  It was a great opportunity to showcase what they love about Maple Valley.  Click here to read the article!

christiea@mvpedtherapy.com

Angela Stewart

Angela Stewart

OTR/L

Angela graduated from the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Puget Sound in 1999.   She spent the first decade of her career specializing in neurological rehabilitation.  She took a 7 year break from direct clinical care to raise her young children.  In 2019, Angela found her work home at Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy.  Working at Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy has combined Angela’s love of the OT profession as well her passion to serve her surrounding community.   Angela’s caseload ranges in all diagnosis with children as young as 3 years old, to young adults in their early 20’s.  She sees every person as a  unique individual with unique strengths and areas of difficulties and shapes her evaluations and interventions to maximize each persons functional performance.

In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and nearby extended family.  She loves running, hiking, and skiing as well as volunteering within the community.

angelas@mvpedtherapy.com

 

Kimberly Ridenour

Kimberly Ridenour

MS, CCC-SLP/L

Kimberly Ridenour is a graduate of the University of Washington.  She earned her BS in Speech & Hearing Sciences and a BA in Psychology.  She went on to complete her MS in Speech & Language from Nova Southeastern University.

Kimberly and her husband spend their time raising their two sons and cheering on the Seahawks.

kimberlyr@mvpedtherapy.com

Josie Hunt

Josie Hunt

MS, CCC-SLP/L

Josie graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018. She then received her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from University of Oregon in 2020. 

She has provided clinical services in schools and in private practice. She has experience working with a wide variety of ages and diagnoses and has provided services across a wide variety of environments: in home services, in clinic services, and via telehealth. She has continuing education training in feeding therapy, multicultural service provision, and more! She has a passion for meeting kids where they are at developmentally and working to find functional strategies that can help to create meaningful progress.
In her free time, Josie enjoys spending time with her family, running, and traveling.

josieh@mvpedtherapy.com

Carly Peters

Carly Peters

OTR/L

Carly graduated from the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Puget Sound in 2020. While finishing up school, she completed internships in inpatient rehab and outpatient pediatric settings. She has experience working in an outpatient pediatric setting since March of 2021 where her caseload included a range of ages and diagnoses including ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, anxiety, ODD, and emotional regulation difficulties. She is passionate about receiving continuing education in sensory processing, trauma informed care and treatment for physical disabilities in the future.
Carly lives in Puyallup with her fiancé and their Australian Shepard, Yeti. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, watching live music, skiing, fishing, and spending quality time with family and friends. She is passionate about helping kids and families engage in their daily occupations to the fullest potential through individualized and collaborative treatment approaches. Carly is very excited to be a member of the team at MVPT!

carlyp@mvpedtherapy.com

Jamie Shimabuku

Jamie Shimabuku

MA, CCC-SLP/L

Jamie graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  She then received her Masters degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University in 2008.

She has been working as an SLP in the Kent School District since 2008.  She provides services at MVPT during the coveted after shool and weekend hours, allowing us to provide busy families with outstanding services.

Jamie enjoys rooting for the local sports teams and traveling back to Hawaii to visit family.

jamies@mvpedtherapy.com

Jackie Hattori

Jackie Hattori

COTA/L

Jackie earned an Associate’s Degree from Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington as an occupational therapy assistant in 2011. She spent her final internship at Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy and was hired soon after to continue working with children and their families.

As the mother of a child with special needs, she brings life experience including years of volunteering in special education classrooms of local preschool and elementary schools. Jackie is passionate about developing strategies to meet the needs of not only the children she treats, but the family as well.

jackieh@mvpedtherapy.com

Jessica Loepp

Jessica Loepp

COTA/L

Jessica earned an Associate’s Degree from Green River Community College in Auburn, WA, as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2021. She spent one of her internships at Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy and was hired soon after to continue working with children and their families.

As the mother of a child with special needs, she brings life experience to her therapy. Jessica is passionate about developing strategies to meet the needs of not only the children she treats, but the family as well.

jessical@mvpedtherapy.com

Carolyn Needham

Carolyn Needham

COTA/L

Carolyn is a nationally certified occupational therapy assistant. She comes to Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy with experience in outpatient pediatric and preschool settings. She went into the field of OT to help children through play-based creative problem-solving. Carolyn strives to make sessions fun by combining a patient’s strengths and motivation to work toward therapy goals. She is a member of AOTA, WOTA, and a certified autism-informed professional.

Carolyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University, an Associate of Applied Science from Bates Technical College, and a three-year vocational certificate from the New York Fashion Academy. Her prior professional background is in fashion design and product development.

Carolyn is a Washington native and enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends traveling, gardening, practicing yoga, and kayaking.

carolynn@mvpedtherapy.com

Heide Pritchard

Heide Pritchard

COTA/L

Heide grew up in Kent/Auburn area and graduated from Green River (Community) College with an Associate in Applied Science for Occupational Therapy-Assistant. While going through school she raised her oldest son, Connor, whom was diagnosed with Autism.
She married her husband, Kelly, in 2000 and soon after that had a daughter, Madison, and added to our bunch, with Colin.
Heide decided to stay home for the next 17 years until she was given the opportunity to work at MVPT!
She enjoys the fresh air, mountains, outdoor activities, time with my family, and flying by the seat of my pants to deal with whatever life brings my way.

She looks forward to meeting you and your family.

heidep@mvpedtherapy.com

Kayla Foster

Kayla Foster

MS, CF-SLP

Kayla is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her MS in Medical Speech Language Pathology.  Prior to grad school she worked as a lab manager, conducting research in swallowing and voice disorders.  Her clinical interests include speech sound disorders, motor speech disorders, and AAC.  She is passionate about providing services that enable her clients to more fully participate in meaningful activities in their lives.  She is excited to be a part of the team at Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy!

In her spare time, Kayla enjoys reading, traveling, baking, knitting, and spending time with friends and family.

kaylaf@mvpedtherapy.com

Catherine Angehrn

Catherine Angehrn

Patient Coordinator

Cathie grew up in Salt Lake City, UT, where she became Nationally Certified as a Medical Assistant.

She spent several years working for an OB/GYN and took a long break to be a stay at home mom.

As a parent of two adult children she missed working with patients and went back to school to become a medical coder. Cathie has been working at MVPT since 2015 and loves working with the families to create a positive experience and hopes to make a difference for each of them.

In her free time, Cathie loves spending time with family, the outdoors, and traveling.

cathiea@mvpedtherapy.com

Todd Storch

Todd Storch

Office Manager

Todd received a BS from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He has been an office manager for 10+ years and prides himself in ensuring that families receive the best support and care possible.

In his spare time he enjoys playing disc golf and spending time with his wife, Amy, and son, Cohen.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your experience at MVPT, Todd will go above and beyond to help you!

todds@mvpedtherapy.com