Staff



We’re Hiring!

Occupational Therapists, Speech / Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists

Full-time, Part-time, and after school hours available, we’re seeking therapists with a passion for pediatrics! We are a therapist-owned, private facility with a strong interdisciplinary team approach and a specialty in working with children with Sensory Processing Disorders.

Grow professionally while making a difference in a family’s life!
• State of the Art Facility
• High Performing Team of Professionals
• Competitive Rate

What’s Unique About Us:
• Specialized in working with children with Sensory Processing Disorder
• Relationship based approach
• Parent collaboration and in-session participation
• Professional Development opportunities

Eligible candidates must have:
• Illinois professional license
• Passion for working with children
• Willingness to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
• Desire to continue to grow as a professional

Please contact Janet at (630) 792-1800 or jpuderbaugh@milestones4kids.com
Fax resume to (630) 792-1801

Staff Bios

Janet Puderbaugh

Janet Puderbaugh, MS, OTR/L, is the Owner and Clinical Director of Milestones for Kids’ Success. She has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for over 30 years and her broad professional experience includes direct care, management, program development and teaching experience across multiple practice settings. Working with children who have sensory processing disorders and sensory-based feeding disorders are two key areas of her expertise.

Janet has always held a strong desire to work with children and particularly enjoys helping families discover their child’s unique gifts. It is extremely rewarding to her when she and her team members help a child achieve a breakthrough that positively impacts a family’s dynamics.

A graduate of both the University of Kansas and University of Illinois at Chicago, Janet has owned, operated and expanded Milestones for Kids extensively since its inception in 2002. She places creativity and continuing education as high priorities for herself and staff.

In her role as Clinical Director of Milestones for Kids, Janet serves as an accessible resource for parents and families to ensure that they achieve their therapy goals. As Owner, she enjoys having the opportunity to meet and get to know each family served, truly understand their goals and to make certain that the environment of quality care she has developed continues to thrive.

In her free time, Janet makes time with her family a priority and is committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys exercise, travel, theater and just having “down” time.

Contact Janet to learn more about Milestones for Kids’ therapy and holistic care services. She is always available to speak with parents and other family members and is devoted to helping all Milestones for Kids’ patients attain their fullest potential possible.

Gretchen Manske

Gretchen Manske is Milestones for Kids’ Administrative Director. A graduate of Concordia University Chicago, she has been with the practice since 2004 and manages all insurance-related business, in particular, submitting and tracking claims. Gretchen takes pride in her strong understanding of how the insurance industry works and can, with a fair amount of accuracy, know how individual families’ insurance benefits will work with Milestones for Kids’ services and advise accordingly.

Gretchen relishes her responsibility of ensuring that families utilize Milestones for Kids’ services to the maximum their benefits will allow. She advocates strongly on patients’ behalf to make sure insurance companies are paying when and what they should to minimize the financial burden of therapy services. Gretchen strongly believes that Milestones for Kids’ families should be able to focus on caring for their children in every way possible without having to stress about the financial cost.

With three young boys of her own, Gretchen relates to the joys and challenges of raising children while doing everything possible to meet their needs and provide them with great experiences and memories.

Contact Gretchen to discuss any insurance related questions or issues. You can do this at the start of your child’s services, during treatment or if your family’s insurance changes. She will work with you to help resolve any insurance challenges that arise.

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Ashley Valosek is Lead Therapist, Occupational Therapist at Milestones For Kids. She holds a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Washington University Medical School and attended Undergraduate school at Wesleyan University.

She has worked at Milestones for 2 years, and has been practicing Occupational Therapy for the last 6 years. For her entire career, Ashley has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses;primarily different areas of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). She has completed the Intensive Mentorship program at the STAR Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado where she learned advanced strategies in the diagnosis and treatment of SPD and she has been trained in picky eating through Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS) and Food Chaining courses. Ashley is also certified in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening® and iLS listening programs.

Ashley was inspired to go into a pediatric therapy career when she observed the positive impact that Occupational Therapy had on her nephew and his entire family. She is very proud of Milestones’ emphasis on helping the whole family and having families play a very important part to help children reach new goals.

In her spare time, Ashley is busy renovating a house with her fiancée and is also planning her wedding! You can contact Ashley to discuss potential Occupational Therapy approaches for your child.

 

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Jessica Vickery is Lead Therapist, Occupational Therapist at Milestones For Kids. A graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI and Rush University, she holds a B.A. in Biology and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Jessica has been in the Occupational Therapy field for more than 5 years and joined the practice 2 years ago.

Jessica has training and knowledge in several specialized areas of intervention including Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS), Therapeutic Listening®, Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®) model, strategies for working with challenging and resistant children and reflex integration techniques. In addition, she has completed an Intensive Mentorship at the world renowned STAR Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado where she learned advanced strategies in the diagnosis and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). 

During her studies and training, Jessica developed a strong passion for helping those affected by SPD and can identify with them on a personal level.  She greatly enjoys working with children and likes to play almost as much as they do!

Jessica enjoys her free time with her husband and taking long walks with her dog Cali. She is an avid traveler, who loves visiting family and friends all throughout the country. To discuss Occupational Therapy needs for your child, contact Jessica at any time.

 

 Rebecca Doyle

We are very excited to announce that Rebecca Doyle has joined the Milestones team as our Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. Human Development & Family Studies) and the University of Chicago (A.M., Social Work), Rebecca has been working with children and families for more than fourteen years.

“I am extremely pleased to join the Milestones team at this pivotal time for the practice,” says Rebecca. “One of my goals is to provide our clients and their family members with strong support as family participation becomes a completely integrated part of our treatment methodology.”

Recently, Rebecca has provided counseling and social work services as an independent consultant and as a Case Manager at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center. While at Marianjoy, she provided care and counseling to inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients and their families including adjustment counseling, school conferencing, resource linkage, and DCFS coordination. She has also worked as a social worker at both Edward Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Rebecca is looking forward to transitioning to the pediatric therapy practice setting, and will be using her skills and experience to provide Milestones families with support, resources and new ideas to ensure our clients’ receive truly holistic therapeutic care.

A mother and dog owner, Rebecca loves spending time with friends and exploring the great outdoors. She is an avid hiker, reader and writer who is always striving to learn more about the world around her.

If you’d like to plan a time to meet with Rebecca, contact us and we would be happy to arrange this.

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