Ashley graduated from the OTA program from SFCC in 2017. Before graduating, Ashley worked with children in different settings including a preschool and as a nanny. In her spare time she likes to sew and enjoys camping and outdoor activities with her husband and 3 children.
Stephanie Barrong Bio
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Science from Whitworth University in 2015 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2018. Her clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics as well as inpatient and outpatient pediatrics. Stephanie has always enjoyed working with children, and this love grew after coaching youth track and field teams overseas. Born and raised in Spokane, Stephanie enjoys painting, archery, and hiking the beautiful Northwest with family and friends in her spare time.
Ky Breazale Bio
Ky works as a Family Resource Coordinator and an Office Administrator in the Mental Health Offices. Ky loves accessing resources for parents and caregivers to meet the needs of their children and family. She has a passion for supporting people of all ages with the their mental health, and loves connecting our counselors with those requiring services. She also has a passion for dogs, and will stop to boop their noses if allowed. When she's not in the office or with dogs, she's working for a local church.
Jessica Talley Bio
Jessica earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Studies from Boston University in 1995, and graduated from Boston University with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1997. She grew up in New York, and following a clinical internship in Spokane, returned after graduation to start her career and make the Inland Northwest her home. She has been working in a variety of settings since graduation, including inpatient rehabilitation, acute pediatric and adult hospital-based care, and home-health care and now returning to pediatrics with the Stepping Stones team. With over 20 years of experience with a wide variety of diagnoses and ages, from newborns through centenarians, she loves working with kids of all ages, as well as their families, to make the most of every day. The rest of the time, Jessica is busy with family, doing home and yard projects, learning new sports, traveling, and cooking as little as possible.
Ashley Agen Bio
Ashley was born and raised in Spokane, receiving her Bachelors in Psychology from Gonzaga University and Masters in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Washington University. Ashley began her career working at Sacred Heart Medical Center with adults and adolescents with various neurological and physical dysfunctions. When not at work, Ashley enjoys traveling, hiking and camping with her husband and yellow lab Gus.
Nicolee Curtis Bio
Nicolee completed her Physical Therapist Assistant degree at SFCC in 2004 and started working at an inpatient rehabilitation facility working with adults and children who have experienced a traumatic head injury, stroke, spinal cord injury or orthopedic injuries. She later went back to school and received a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2014. In her free time, Nicolee enjoys spending time at the lake, watching movies, hiking or traveling with her husband and two children.
Brandon Roberson Bio
Brandon received his Master's degree from Touro University Nevada. While there he completed one fieldwork at A Clubhouse for Kids (outpatient pediatric clinic) and one at HealthSouth Desert Canyon Rehabilitation Hospital (inpatient acute rehabilitation hospital). Before settling back down in Spokane, Brandon lived in the Philippines, California, Germany, and Washington D.C. as his parents served in the United States Air Force. In his free time, Brandon enjoys attending sporting events, playing with his German Shepard named Arya, snowboarding, and watching movies.
Michelle LaMotte Bio
Michelle LaMotte OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist and is co-owner of Stepping Stones. She has practiced in primarily in pediatrics since graduating from the University of Toronto in 1997. She specializes in the treatment of medically fragile infants and children, feeding and swallowing disorders, sensory integration difficulties and neurological impairments. Michelle has advanced certifications in Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing (SIPT Certified), Neurodevelopmental Therapy, Kinesiotaping, Vital Stim, dysphagia management and restrictive feeding. In her down time, Michelle is a soccer mom to three wild girls, loves cross-fit, cooking and skiing.
Samantha Birrell Bio
Samantha is a Pacific Northwest native, born and raised in Bremerton, WA. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, she moved to Spokane to enter Eastern Washington University's Master of Occupational Therapy program. When she is not working, Sam can be found chasing the sun, exploring the great outdoors, hiking, climbing, and backpacking with her dog, Dahlia.
Natasha Volkmann Bio
Natasha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Eastern Washington University in 1999 and graduated from Boston University with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2003. She is licensed in the State of Washington in Occupational Therapy and Registered with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. She is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has received training in feeding and swallowing; sensory processing; neurodevelopmental handling; and kinesiotaping. Prior to starting at Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy, Natasha was the primary occupational therapist in the PICU, General Pediatric and Oncology units at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and remains on call today. She has guest lectured at Eastern Washington University and taught the Pediatric Course for the Spokane Falls Community College COTA program. Natasha currently services infants, toddlers and young children in their homes addressing difficulties related to feeding, swallowing, developmental delay, sensory processing dysfunction, self-care, vision and acquired injuries.
Joe Geren Bio
Joe was raised in Wenatchee, Wa where he grew to love the outdoors including golf, backpacking and cycling. He earned his Masters in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Washington University. Joe also has a background in design and marketing. He and his wife, Belinda, have 5 boys. Joe enjoys working with families to find solutions to improving their child's development.
Christina Hedges Bio
Christina is a physical therapist and co-owner of Stepping Stones. She graduated from Eastern Washington University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2007 with an emphasis in pediatrics and neuro. Before discovering her love of home health pediatrics, she worked in a variety of settings including: orthopedic, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke units, adult and pediatric aquatics, geriatric long term care, and inpatient and outpatient pediatrics. A child at heart, Christina spends her free time camping, hiking, snowshoeing, biking, and kayaking with her husband and kiddos.
Ilene Morphis Bio
Ilene graduated from Loma Linda University in California with her Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2001. Her work has been primarily in the field of home health early intervention, along with clinic based pediatrics, and a preschool setting. She is fluent in Spanish, and especially loves working with young babies, helping them develop as they go through the stages of gross motor development. Since moving to Post Falls, ID in 2009, she has been working with Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy and loves living in the beautiful Northwest. When she is not working, she enjoys sitting in her hammock reading a book, sitting by a fire, camping, hiking, and traveling the world with her husband.
Chris Beadle Bio
Chris received an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation and a doctorate in Physical Therapy both from Eastern Washington University. He has experience working as a physical therapist in hospital, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings with clients of all ages. Specialty training areas include: vestibular and movement dysfunction, and congenital muscular torticollis. He and his wife have four daughters and they enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities from bike riding the Hiawatha Trail to rock climbing and kayaking.
Erika Ellis Bio
Erika got her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Whitworth University in 2008 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2016. Before returning to physical therapy school, Erika taught elementary education and worked with various nonprofits. Erika comes to Stepping Stones with prior clinical rotation experience at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, where she remains on-call today. When she's not working with kids, Erika enjoys traveling to different countries, running with her dog, and fixing up old houses with her husband.
Stacey Wong Bio
Stacey received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science from Azusa Pacific University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. Prior to beginning physical therapy school, Stacey worked with children in the field of sports and recreation, specializing in aquatics where she taught learn to swim classes and coached at the age group and Master's levels. Stacey comes to Stepping Stones with clinical experience in outpatient pediatrics, skilled nursing, and acute care with an emphasis on oncological management. Stacey has also spent time working internationally and as a coach for Special Olympics. A California native, Stacey spends most of her free time pondering how she will survive snowy winters, but she also enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dog Riley.
Jayme Gilmore Bio
Jayme was born and raised in Yakima, WA prior to moving to Seattle to attend Seattle Pacific University where she majored in Biology. Jayme received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. She began her career at Sacred Heart Medical Center where she treated adults and pediatrics with a variety of orthopedic, neurological, general surgical, and cardiac conditions. When not at work, Jayme spends most of her time leading Young Life at Ferris High School, playing sports, being with friends and family, reading, or traveling.
Michelle Hagan Bio
Michelle Hagan is a registered dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy for Stepping Stones at our Moses Lake Feeding Clinic. She has many years of experience with medical complicated infants, problem feeders and tube feeding clients.
Sandy Bassett Bio
Sandy's primary areas of Interest are infant and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, maxillofacial disorders including cleft lip and palate and children with hearing loss/deafness that are acquiring language using listening and spoken language techniques. Previous employment includes Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Pediatric Feeding and Growth Clinic and serving on the Spokane County Maxillofacial Review Board. Prior to joining Stepping Stones, Sandy was a clinical faculty member with WSU, teaching courses in areas related to clinical practice including a seminar which was an introduction to pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Sandy also supervised graduate students placed in HOPE School, a preschool for children that are deaf and or hard of hearing.
Holly Kranches Bio
Holly received her Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Eastern Washington University in 2010 and her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University in 2014. She is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her clinical experience in hospital, skilled nursing, and outpatient clinic settings includes working with children and adults with aphasia, expressive and receptive language impairments, dysphagia, apraxia, autism spectrum disorder, and articulation/phonological disorders. In her free time, Holly enjoys the outdoors, traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband, son, and giant Alaskan Malamute, Bear.
Eden White Bio
Eden earned her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University in 2014. Her professional interests include infant and toddler communication and language, feeding, childhood apraxia of speech, and cleft lip and palate. As a member of the Inland Empire Maxillofacial Review Board, Eden assesses children born with craniofacial differences from around the region. She has attended continuing education in PROMPT training and the American Cleft Palate Association Research Symposium. In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family including her two children.
Caitlin McCaslin Bio
Caitlin received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Washington State University. She is a licensed speech language pathologist and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Caitlin has gained experience treating children 0-18 years with a wide variety of speech, language, feeding, and social communication disorders. She has a passion for working with the pediatric population and is excited to be a part of the Stepping Stones team. A native of Spokane, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her husband, son, friends and family, playing with her dog, cooking, golfing, and cheering on the Seattle Sounders.
Amanda Budsberg Bio
Amanda completed her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Washington University in 2007 and 2010. Amanda is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also a member of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA). Amanda has gained experience treating children aged 0-18 years with a wide variety of speech, language, feeding, and social communication disorders. She is passionate about working collaboratively with families to individualize treatment and help each child meet their full potential. In her free time, Amanda enjoys cooking, eating, playing music, being active, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two children.
Branden J. Mount Bio
Branden received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Communication Disorders from Eastern Washington University. He moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Spokane, Washington in July 2016. His areas of interest include late-talking toddlers, augmentative and alternative communication devices, articulation and phonological disorders, and feeding disorders. He continues to increase his education in these areas to gain the knowledge to best serve his clients. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing volleyball, and snowboarding during the winter.
Cassie David Bio
Cassie completed her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Speech Language Pathology at Washington State University in 2014 and 2016. She is a licensed speech language pathologist and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Cassie has gained experience treating children aged 0-21 years with a wide variety of speech, language, feeding, social communication disorders and with alternative and augmentative communication. Outside of work, Cassie loves reading mystery novels, cooking and baking, and playing with her pup, Ruby.
Michelle Taylor Bio
Teaching is Michelle’s passion and she truly enjoys the energy and enthusiasm of young children! Michelle has taught at Discovery School, Head Start, South Spokane Coop, and Stepping Stones. Michelle has a BA in Elementary Ed and ECE. She is originally from Spokane, but grew up all over the United States. Michelle feels the most important things in life all begin with the letter F: Family, friends, fun and Faith. Michelle’s current favorite activity is zip lining, but she also enjoys hiking, skiing and traveling. In her professional life, there is no job she would rather have than being an early childhood teacher!
Krista Branson Bio
Krista earned her Bachelors degree (1997) and Masters in Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Special Education (1998) from the University of Oregon. She worked for eight years in the Portland area with children from birth to five years of age in a variety of educational settings. She was the lead EI teacher in a county wide Autism program, where she worked directly with children, and provided training to teachers from districts state wide in the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis teaching strategies. Krista loves working with children and their families, and is excited to now be a part of the amazing team at Stepping Stones. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband, three kids, and two dogs.
Anthony Acuña Bio
Anthony was born and raised in Southern Arizona and relocated to the Spokane area in the fall of 2015. Prior to working at Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy he worked at Deer Park School District and worked home health pediatrics in Arizona. Before becoming apart of the occupational therapy world, he coached and played soccer. Since moving, Anthony has been enjoying new hobbies- four wheeling, kayaking and exploring Washington. When he is not working he is following Oregon Duck sports and spending time outdoors with his wife and two sons.
Emmy Elsom Bio
Emmy is a Certified Occupational Therapist (COTA) having graduated from the SFCC OTA Program in 2014. Since graduation, Emmy has worked primarily in acute care specializing with neurological and medically fragile patients and diagnoses as well as spending a year doing home health OT. Emmy also completed one of her long-term fieldwork rotations when in school, working with the mental health population using sensory integration strategies. She also stays closely connected with the SFCC OTA program assisting with classes and as a member of the Advisory Board/Admissions Committee. When not working she enjoys spending her time with her husband, toddler daughter, dogs, friends, and garden.
Stephanie Rose Bio
Stephanie has been a pediatric COTA since 2014. She was inspired to join the practice of OT after observing the impact occupational therapy had on a close family member. She is driven to deliver interventions working in close collaboration with each individual child’s support system. Her treatment approach combines Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship model/ Floortime, sensory integration strategies, and reflex integration. She believes in play based interventions and establishing a strong home program for her clients. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as tending to their farm.
Samantha Renner Bio
Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science from Eastern Washington University in 2011 and 2014. Samantha is a licensed mental health counselor and a Nationally certified counselor. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association and served on the board of directors for the Washington Counseling Association. She works with clients to address both mood and behavioral concerns from a patient centered perspective. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, crafting, and reading.
Tim Ledbetter Bio
Tim received his Masters Degree in counseling from Gonzaga in 2010. Tim is a licensed mental health counselor and a Nationally certified counselor. He belongs to the Washington Counseling Association and is a retired teacher. His experience has been working with children, families, and marriage and depression counseling. He had been married for 36 years and has two daughters.
Melinda Sauder Bio
Melinda is one of our Family Resource Coordinators here at Stepping Stones. She helps coordinate services for families through the Infant Toddler Network. She previously worked as the Lead FRC in Bellingham, WA, but she and her family (husband, Steve and 3 boys) missed the sunshine, so they moved back to Spokane:) Melinda's degree is actually in Music Therapy (Florida State University '95) and she likes to keep her creativity alive by teaching parent/child Music Together classes.
Krystal Foree Bio
Krystal is a Family Resource Coordinator here at Stepping Stones. She helps coordinate services for family's with children ages birth to 3. She has a passion for working with family's who are struggling with resources. She has a lot of compassion for life experiences as her mom was paralyzed due to polio. She has a background in childcare. She enjoys playing softball and spending her free time with her husband and three kids.
Kristi O'Bleness Bio
Family Resources Coordinator from the Infant Toddler Network, Bachelor's degree from EWU in Social Work. I have been working as a FRC for the last 7 years. I work with families coordinating their services and helping them find resources.
Sarah Herrera Bio
Sarah began working for Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy in 2010 and enjoys all aspects of managing the office, especially the interaction with the therapists and the families they treat. Prior to SSPT, she spent sixteen years as a stay at home mom, and for seven of those years home-schooled her three children. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Human Development from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, and taught at a Montessori school for 5 years after graduation.