Milestones Staff

 

Meet Our Lead Management Team

 

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, 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 discuss Milestones – For Kids’ Success and how our holistic therapy center can serve your family. She is always available to speak with parents and other family members and is devoted to helping all Milestones’ families and children attain their fullest potential.

Gretchen Manske

Gretchen Manske is Milestones – For Kids’ Success 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’ services and advise accordingly.

Gretchen relishes her responsibility of ensuring that families utilize Milestones’ 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’ 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 sons 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 insurance or related 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’ Success. She holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University Medical School and attended undergraduate school at Wesleyan University.

She has worked at Milestones for two years and has been practicing occupational therapy for the last six years. In her career, Ashley has worked primarily with children in 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 in helping children reach new goals.

In her spare time, Ashley is busy renovating a house with her fiancée and is also planning her wedding! Contact Ashley to discuss occupational therapy approaches for your child.

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Jessica Vickery is Lead Therapist, Occupational Therapist at Milestones – For Kids’ Success. A graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and Rush University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Jessica has been in the occupational therapy field for more than five years and joined the practice two 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. Contact Jessica to discuss occupational therapy needs of your child at any time.

 Rebecca Doyle

Rebecca Doyle has joined the Milestones’ team as our Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s of science degree in human development and family studies, and the University of Chicago (A.M., Social Work), Rebecca has been working with children and families for more than 14 years.

Rebecca has previously 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 will be using her skills at our pediatric therapy center to provide Milestones’ families with support, resources and new ideas to ensure families 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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