Meet Our Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roberta graduated from the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Puget Sound. She began her work in early intervention with infants and children, birth to 3 years of age before pursuing a master’s degree in early education. She spent time teaching children in the classroom then returned to her therapeutic work with children in home-based, private, nonprofit, and school settings.
Roberta has extensive training and experience working with children who have neurodevelopmental disorders, sensory processing challenges, autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia, attention disorders, anxiety, executive function disorders, developmental and learning disabilities. She has presented at the International Dyslexia Conference, Multisensory Structured Language Conference, GRC Diversity Conference, a variety of other workshops and continues to teach future therapists and early childhood educators at the college level.
Roberta loves being back at Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy and is passionate about her work with children, families, and teams where collaborative and responsive relationships and efforts result not only in positive gains but meaningful experiences!
Roberta enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children when she is not with children at the clinic or teaching!
Jenny began her occupational therapy career as an occupational therapy assistant working in both school and clinical settings where she worked with children ages 3-18 with various challenges and diagnoses for over a decade. She realized that she wanted to pursue further education in the field to strengthen her skills and deepen her understanding of the challenges that the children she worked with had and earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Concordia University Wisconsin. She completed her Doctoral Capstone Project with an emphasis on program development and created a curriculum to support self-regulation and social emotional development with a trauma informed approach to be used at a local non-profit organization.
Jenny has deep roots in the Maple Valley area and enjoys spending time with her husband and grown kids, going hiking with their goldendoodle, and working on projects around their home.
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!
Frances received her Bachelors of Arts in Communicative Disorder from California State University, Northridge and received her Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.
She has been in the field of speech-language pathology for almost 10 years. She was born and raised in California, but moved to Washington with her husband and step-daughter; and her twin toddlers arrived shortly after. She started out as a speech-language pathologist assistant (SLPA), where she developed her therapeutic and interpersonal skills, and then got her license to become a speech-language pathologist (SLP). When she became an SLP, she had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and different diagnoses; but her passion is to work with children with special needs and their families. She chose to work with the pediatric population for multiple reasons; one of the reasons being to improve current communication habits and shape new ones, that enables functional and purposeful language. Giving the child and their parents the tools and strategies that minimizes communication breakdowns and maximizes effective speech. Hearing and seeing parents being able to converse with their child without getting frustrated is such a rewarding feeling and knowing she was one of the reasons a child is better able to communicate, gives her so much joy.
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.
Jana received her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Brigham Young University.
Previously she worked in the school setting before taking time off to raise her family. She is passionate about helping all children and families communicate and establishing positive interactions. She enjoys being a part of her community.
Jana enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons hiking, exploring, and cheering on the Sounders.
Amy graduated from Washington State University for both her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Amy has worked in the field of speech-pathology for almost twenty years and has experience in both the school setting and private practice. She loves being a speech-language pathologist because she feels there is no better job than to give children their own voice. Building relationships with her patients and their families is a priority to Amy to ensure therapy is functional and can carry over to other environments.
She has been working as an SLP in the Kent School District since 2008 and provides services at MVPT during the coveted after school 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.
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.
Darla is a Washington native and loves to spend time outside gardening, hiking and camping with her family and two dogs. She is very excited to be a member of the team at MVPT!
Allie is a Washington State licensed and certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is also a member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She graduated from Green River in 2020 and represented her program’s cohort as Vice President. She has clinical fieldwork experience in both pediatrics and adult rehabilitation.
Allie began her OT career in pediatric outpatient and started at Maple Valley in August of 2022. She continues to enjoy working with clients diagnosed with ADHD and sensory processing difficulties and enjoys addressing emotional regulation challenges. She is expanding her experience in handwriting, sensory integration and feeding therapy.
Allie lives in Sumner and sees clients at Maple Valley Pediatrics as well as our partner clinic, Daffodil Valley Children’s Therapy, in Puyallup. She is passionate about photography, piano and dancing. She enjoys applying her creativity to make every therapy session enjoyable and unique to each child.
Currently in Covington, WA, Cristy enjoys surfing, SUPing, biking, hiking, skiing, skating, dancing, and art.
Katlyn is a Washington State licensed and certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She earned an Associate’s Degree from Green River College in Auburn, WA, in 2022. She has clinical fieldwork experience in both pediatrics and adult rehabilitation. Katlyn finished her fieldwork at Maple Valley Pediatric Therapy before graduating and was hired after completion of the program! She is passionate about helping the community and enjoys assisting kids and families to live their life with the fullest potential when engaging in their daily occupations.
Katlyn moved to Maple Valley, WA in 2021 and enjoys the scenery and all the hiking trails. In her free time she enjoys playing with her two dogs, creating art, listening to music, cooking, hiking, gardening, and exploring.
Tricia completed her Bachelor of Arts with a psychology minor and Master’s degree in music performance at Portland State University with the intention of continuing on to study music therapy. After much thought, occupational therapy called to her instead and she moved from Portland to study at Pima Medical Institute in Renton where she graduated in 2022. She brings experience in pediatrics through the school system and is excited to shift to a different setting here at MVPT. In her spare time you can find her reading every genre, drinking boba, and practicing viola.
Amaya graduated in 2022 from Pima Medical Institute. She has experience with pediatric and adult rehabilitation. She spent her pediatric fieldwork rotation with a nature based clinic and fell in love with nature based play activities targeting regulation and sensory processing. Amaya strives to make connections with clients and their families to support the development of those she works with.
Amaya is a Washington native, who currently resides in the Covington area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, volunteering with local animal rescues, hiking, and baking.
Michelle is a speech-language pathologist who has a BS in communication disorders from the University of Washington and a MS in communication sciences and disorders from Baylor University. Her experience includes working with toddlers, school-age children, and adults on articulation, receptive/expressive language, fluency, feeding, AAC, and cognition.
Outside of work, you can catch Michelle spending time with her family, binge watching TV shows, reading, or attempting to hike.
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.
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 family.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your experience at MVPT, Todd will go above and beyond to help you!