About Us

Occupational Therapists specialize in helping children succeed in activities of daily living in the home, school and community.  They are uniquely trained to help children detect, interpret, and regulate sensory information which, in turn, allows for appropriate motor and behavioral responses.

Lisa Berry graduated from Rockhurst University with a B.A. in psychology in 1995 and in 1997 with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. During her first two years of practice Lisa spent time in both Arizona and Pennsylvania as a traveling therapist working in a variety of facilities ranging from geriatrics to pediatrics. After returning to Kansas City in 1999, Lisa gained employment with the Gardner School district where she remained a staff pediatric therapist for 5 years. Simultaneously, Lisa worked for Infant-Toddler Services of Johnson County, serving children 0-3 and their families. Lisa has been employed with Blue Valley School District for over 12 years and is currently practicing as an early childhood occupational therapist.

Lisa is highly interested in reflex integration and has 64 hours of continuing education in the Masgutova (MNRI) technique.  Incorporating reflex integration into her practice has made Lisa a more effective therapist for her clients.   

Lisa has had two articles published in OT Practice Magazine: Promoting Occupational Therapy in the School System (January 22, 2001) and Worlds Apart: Fine Motor Skills in Children in the U.S. and in a Developing Country (March 20, 2006).  

Lisa is a co-author of Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats: A sensory-based approach to communication and assistive technology for individuals with significant sensory-motor differences, developmental differences and Autism (2007).

Lisa is also a yoga instructor and distributor of Young Living Essential Oils.  Lisa incorporates the yoga philosophy of the mind, body and breath connection in her occupational therapy practice. 

Lisa is married to Chris, and they celebrated their 15th anniversary last September.  They have one son, Tate who is 9 years old.  Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, practicing yoga, and gardening.  

Ms. Deana
Deana Lesher is the founder and owner of Pediatric Connections.  She is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Deana has extensive experience in pediatric settings including 10 years in the public school system.​

 

Occupational Therapists specialize in helping children succeed in activities of daily living in the home, school and community.  They are uniquely trained to help children detect, interpret, and regulate sensory information which, in turn, allows for appropriate motor and behavioral responses.

 

Deana has been studying reflex integration and has over 300 hours in continuing education.  This is often called "the missing link" in therapy and is the main focus of her intervention protocol.  She is also level 1 certified in Handwriting Without Tears and successfully implemented that curriculum in three different school districts.

 

New seasons of life bring new adventures!  Deana is married to Mike, a retired Commander in the US Navy.  They have two sons in college and a daughter in high school.  

Favorite scripture:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Matthew 5:14-16

 

Favorite Quote: 

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Goal:

To help every client let their light shine!

Ms. Lisa

Lisa is the creator of Cut, Draw, Create; a series of multisensory cutting, drawing and pasting activity packets that follow a developmental progression using brightly colored raised boundary lines to promote fun while learning and practicing fine motor skills.

Ms. Cathy

In her free time, Cathy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves animals, the Kansas City Royals, KU and looks forward to spending time on the beach!  

Cathy graduated as an occupational therapist from the University of Kansas/University of Kansas Medical Center in 1991. She started her career at Mid-America Rehab Hospital working on the pediatric and cerebral vascular/neurological teams.  During this time she studied and practiced the neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) technique and became certified.  Cathy then gained employment at various long-term care and retirement communities. She worked in numerous positions including as a senior occupational therapist, rehab director, senior rehab manager, and regional manager.  Cathy is currently working as an elementary level occupational therapist in the Blue Valley School District and is thrilled to join the team at Pediatric Connections!

Cathy feels working with children and their families, as an occupational therapist, is extremely rewarding.  She enjoys helping children regulate sensory information and integrate reflexes. By addressing these areas, a child is better able to have more normal sensory-motor output, improved sensory behaviors and improved fine and gross motor skills. Cathy focuses on the whole person including sensory-motor, development and reflexes, social and functional ADL’s. 

Cathy’s interest and use of NDT in her practice as an occupational therapist has been extremely rewarding.  NDT is a holistic approach focusing on quality of movement patterns. The goal of NDT is to promote normal movement patterns to help a person function at their greatest possible level of independence. 

Cathy is also extremely interested in reflex integration and is pursuing further professional development in the Masgutova Method of Neuro-Sensory-Motor Reflex Integration(MNRI) technique.  She recently attended a course that was presented by Dr. Svetlana Masgutova and Pamela Curlee, the co-founders of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute.  Dr. Masgutova is the creator, developer and researcher for the Masgutova Method based on Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration, director of the International Dr. Svetlana Masgutova Institute for Movement Development and Reflex Integration, and is also the Director of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute for Neuro-Sensory-Motor and Reflex Integration, LLC.  Pamela Curlee has been an MNRI Core Instructor since 2005 and has taught class to over 2800 students around the world including USA, Canada, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Croatia, Singapore, France and Holland. It was amazing to learn techniques from the co-founders of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute!     

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