Meet The Team

Team

Occupational Therapists

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Michelle LaMotte

OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Michelle LaMotte

Michelle LaMotte OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist and is co-owner of Stepping Stones. She has practiced 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

OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Samantha Birrell

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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.

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Brandon Roberson

OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Brandon Roberson

Brandon R.

Brandon is a military kid who lived all over the world before settling in the PNW. He received his undergraduate degree at EWU and his Masters at Touro University Nevada. In his free time Brandon enjoys attending sporting events, snowboarding and hiking with his two German Shepherds Arya and Zola. He is uncharacteristically terrified of octopus - seriously.

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Natasha Volkmann

OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Natasha Volkmann

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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.

Ashley Agen

Ashley Agen

OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Ashley Agen

Ashley A.

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.

Brett Hoblin

Brett Hoblin

OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Brett Hoblin

Brett Hoblin

Brett grew up in Cheney, WA and received both his undergraduate and Masters in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Washington University. He works closely with Spokane ParaSport to adapt toy cars for early childhood mobility and environmental exploration. In his spare time he enjoys building furniture and house projects. For recreation he loves snowmobiling, snowshoeing/hiking, fishing, and boating with his wife and goldendoodle/lab/springer spaniel mix named Thor.

Ben Miller

Ben Miller

COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapist

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Ben Miller

Ben Miller

After exploring multiple career fields Ben discovered Occupational Therapy and found it fit wonderfully with his passion and life experiences. Graduating from Spokane Falls Community College in 2019 he is excited that he has the opportunity to work cooperatively with children and their families. Finding creative ways to utilize therapeutic play to improve how each child participates in their world has been of the most satisfying aspects of his job. 

When not working Ben enjoys spending time with his wife Tami and their dog Samson. Some of his hobbies include tennis, swimming, and reading great books.

Nick Strawn

Nick Strawn

OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Nick Strawn

Nick Strawn

Nick Strawn, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist who was born and raised in the town of Cheney Washington. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Children Studies at Eastern Washington University and proceeded to complete his Master of Occupational Therapy. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, volunteering, playing board games with family/ friends, or looking for his next PR in the gym.

Laci Rennaker

OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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Laci Rennaker

Laci Rennaker

Laci was born and raised in Spokane, and received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Eastern Washington University. Laci completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She moved back to the Northwest from the desert to begin her career as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, being outside, CrossFit, and cooking.

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Nicolee Curtis

OTR/L, PTA

Occupational Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant

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Nicolee Curtis

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.

Emmy Elsom

COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Emmy Elsom

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.

Anthony Acuña

COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Anthony Acuña

Anthony Acuna

Anthony received his Certified Occupational Therapy degree from a private college in Tucson Arizona. Anthony has nearly 5 years of experience in the field of pediatrics and has practiced in multiple pediatric settings. Anthony also has a digital badge of emphasis for pediatrics through NBCOT. Anthony moved from southern Arizona to the northwest to enjoy the outdoors. When not at
work, Anthony enjoys outdoor sports, spending time with his two sons and hanging out with close friends.

Stephanie Rose

COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Stephanie Rose

Stephanie R. 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.

Kate Allen

COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Kate Allen

Kate Allen Originally from the Wenatchee valley, Kate moved to Spokane to attend Eastern Washington University for her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science followed by Spokane Falls Community College for her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. Kate is passionate about working with children of all ages. She believes children learn and grow best when they are having fun and actively exploring their environment. When she is not working, Kate enjoys spending time with family, painting, and going on outdoor adventures with her dog Ernie.
Katie Kelley

Katie Kelley

COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Katie Kelley

Katie Kelly Katie is an Army wife and mom of two boys, originally from Port Angeles, WA. Katie graduated in 2019 from Spokane Falls Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Katie enjoys working with kids from all ages and collaborating with caregivers and parents to best treat each child and create a strong home program. When she is not working, she loves being outdoors with her husband and kids.

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