Pediatric Therapy - Bettendorf

Welcome to the Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center. Our therapists take pride in offering the very best care. We specialize in offering programs that meet the needs of children requiring physical, occupational, and speech therapies here in the Quad Cities.


Genesis Pediatric Therapy

2535 Maplecrest Road
Bettendorf, Iowa
Phone 563-421-3497
Fax 563-421-3699

  • The team at the Genesis Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center visit with Ronald McDonald.
  • Speech Pathologist MaryBeth Myers works with her patient, Gavin Staab.
  • The team at the Genesis Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center pose with their new pony donated by Wells Fargo
  • The team at the Genesis Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center in Bettendorf!
  • Outpatient Pediatric Speech Therapists:  Kristi, Katie, Deb and Melissa
  • Outpatient Pediatric Occupational Therapists:  Kristen, Ashley, Ashley, Erica, Megan and Lindsay
  • Outpatient Pediatric Physical Therapists:  Nancy, Katie and Kim
  • Ashley Larson, OTR/L working in the Outpatient Pedatric Therapy Center
  • Genesis Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Center invited a certified therapy dog to join in therapy. With the help of occupational therapists Kristen Mandle and Ashley Larson, children worked to gain better fine motor coordination and movement in their hands.
  • Getting reading for the Special Needs Bix!
  • Melissa Baker, Speech Pathologist, runs a social skills group, addressing skills necessary for successful peer interactions.
  • Madi is working on strengthening her legs while kicking against the resistive water in the pool with Katie Snyder, DPT.
  • Katie Snyder, DPT, is working in the pool with Madi to address core stability and protective reactions.
  • Deb Crooks, pediatric speech therapist, works with a client during an individual speech session.
  • The “Chance to Dance” special needs dance program performed to “High School Musical” while improving their strength, balance and coordination. (foreground) Katie Snyder works with Amara Schroeder, 3, while Madison Ramirez, 4, receives dance instruction from Tara DeWolfe. Pediatric physical therapists Snyder and DeWolfe danced on a team together in college.
  • In the photo,“Firefighter Fred,” played by Genesis occupational therapist Lindsay Schlicksup, high fives “Bob the Baseball Player,” played by Tyler Smith as “Dan the Doctor” David Whitmore looks on.
  • Deb Crooks, pediatric speech therapist, congratulates Alex Locey on a job well done!

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Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday with additional hours arranged as needed


The multi-disciplinary team is specially trained in pediatrics and offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language services. The child and family-focused center has been designed specifically with pediatric treatment in mind, boasting multiple treatment rooms designed for children of different ages, numerous speech therapy rooms, a therapeutic dining area, parent viewing rooms, and a large gym. Numerous swings, a track, treadmill, warm water pool, and a rock climbing wall are just some of the amenities available to therapists for use in creative and fun treatments.

Our occupational therapists have the capability to offer individualized treatment programs in:

  • Sensory integration
  • Fine motor
  • Visual motor training
  • Therapeutic Listening Program
  • Early intervention.

Physical therapy services offered include:

  • Early intervention
  • Gross motor
  • Neuromuscular
  • Orthopedic treatment
  • Serial casting
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction

Speech and language therapists evaluate and treat children a variety of diagnoses including:

  • Communication impairment
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Feeding difficulties

Group therapy services are also provided. Prescription Fitness provides therapist-supervised strength and endurance training that incorporates children and their parents. Our occupational and speech therapists also offer Sequential Oral Sensory feeding group activities. The Center also has access to the heated therapeutic pool for specialized aquatic therapy at this location.

The following specialized equipment is also used to enhance therapy:


Lori Devore Dryg, MA, CCC-SLPLori Devore Dryg, MA, CCC-SLP

Title: Supervisor

School and Year of Graduation: Augustana 1984; Western Michigan, 1985, MA

Specialization/Certification: Lori is a certified Brain Injury Specialist. She is an active member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Quad Cities Speech and Hearing Association.

Community/Recreational Activities: Lori is on the advisory Board for St. Ambrose Master's Program in SLP. She is also currently taking classes for her Master's of Organizational Leadership.

Katie Powers, PT, DPT, PCS

Katie Snyder, PT, DPTTitle: Physical Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: St. Ambrose University, 2008, DPT

Specialization/Certification: Katie is an ABPTS Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist, and is an Illinois Early Intervention credentialed therapist.  She has specialized experience with infants, provides physical therapy services for the NICU follow-up clinic and obstetric brachial plexus injuries. She also enjoys working with all pediatric patients with neurologic and orthopedic impairments.

Community/Recreational Activities: Katie is an adjunct professor in the St. Ambrose University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, a dance instructor, and a volunteer with the Miss America Organization.

Rebecca Amundson, PT, PCS, MS

Rebecca Amundson, PT, PCS, MSTitle: Physical Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: Augustana College, 2000, B.A.; University of Iowa, 2002, MPT; University of Oklahoma, MS in Pediatric Rehabilitation

Specialization/Certification: Rebecca is an ABPTS Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. She recently earned her Masters of Science in Pediatric Rehabilitation, where she completed her thesis study examining the concurrent validity of a pediatric outcomes measure under development by program faculty (submitted for publication) Rebecca has advance training in pediatric assessment, gait analysis, adaptive equipment prescription, aquatic therapy, and serial casting for correction of foot and ankle misalignment. She typically worked with Children who have cerebral palsy, developmental disorders and/or multiple disabilities, and their families, to meet their movement and mobility goals.

Erica Jansen, OT 

Erica Jansen, OTTitle: Occupational Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: St. Ambrose University, 2004, OT

Specialization/Certification: Erica has six years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy. She is Certified in Sensory Integration including administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. She has specialized knowledge in therapeutic listening, interactive metronome, sequential oral sensory approach to feeding, and handwriting without tears.

Community/Recreational Activates: Erica is also involved in Special Needs Bix and a Member of the Iowa OT Association.

Kristen Mandle, OT

Kristen Mandle, OTTitle: Occupational Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: St. Ambrose University, 2008, OT

Specialization/Certification: Kristen is certified as a Therapeutic Listening Program and a Illinois Early Intervention Provider

Community/Recreational Activities: Outside of work Kristen is active in the Davenport Jaycees and various active with Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island.

Deborah Crooks, MA, CCC-SLP 

Deborah Crooks, MA, CCC-SLPTitle: Speech and Language Pathologist

School and Year of Graduation: Augustana College, BA; Western Michigan University, Speech Pathology MA

Specialization/Certification: Deborah received her Certificate of Clinical Competence in 1987. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist at Genesis for over 20 years. Currently, Deborah provides speech therapy services for children at the Genesis Outpatient Pediatric Clinic. She has been certified by the American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists since 2006. She treats a wide variety of pediatric speech language disorders including apraxia, hearing impairment, speech delay, and stuttering. She also specializes in evaluation and treatment of children with feeding difficulties.

Lindsay Schlicksup, MOT

Lindsay Schlicksup, MOTTitle: Occupational Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: University of Iowa, 1999, BA; Rockhurst University, 2002, MA in OT

Specialization/Certification: Lindsay has over nine years of experience working in pediatrics. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). She specializes in feeding with training in the sequential oral sensory (SOS) and food chaining approaches. In addition, Lindsay has training in brachial plexus injury, therapeutic listening, and handwriting without tears.

Community/Recreational Activities: Lindsay is a current member of AOTA. She enjoys participating in local road races benefiting various charities and assisting with Genesis Speedsters Jr. Bix training program.

Kristi Shanks, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kristi Shanks, M.S., CCC-SLP Title: Speech and Language Pathologist

School and Year of Graduation: The University of Tulsa, 1996, BS; The University of Tulsa, 1998, MS

Specialization/Certification: Kristi received her Certificate of Clinical Competence in 1999. Kristi has worked primarily with a pediatric population in the public school, home health, and private clinic settings. She specializes in early intervention and hearing impairment but also treats a variety of speech and languages disorders including: apraxia, articulation, autism, fluency, language delay, and social/pragmatic language.

Kimberly Nielsen, PT, DPT

Kimberly Nielson, DPTTitle: Physical Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: University of Northern Iowa, 2007, Biology; St. Ambrose University, 2009, DPT

Specialization/Certification: Kimberly is an ABPTS Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. She has specialized experience with infants with Torticollis. She treats a wide variety of pediatric disorders including Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, toe-walking, neuromuscular and orthopaedic impairments. She has also completed advanced training in the Universal Exercise Unit to help promote strengthening, balance, and independence to meet patient and family goals.

Community/Recreational Activities: Kimberly's recreational hobbies include dancing and playing in the outdoors.

Ashley Devaney, MOTR/LAshley Devaney, MOTR/L

Title: Occupational Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: University of Northern Iowa, 2007, BA in Therapeutic Recreation; St. Ambrose University, 2010, MOT

Specialization/Certification: Ashley received her bachelor of arts degree in Therapeutic  Recreation from the University of Northern Iowa in 2007 and her Masters in Occupational Therapy at St. Ambrose in 2010. She has training in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, and Astronaut Training.

Community/Recreational Activities: Ashley is involved in leading a social skills group both in early elementary and late elementary ages. 

Megan Long, OTR/LMegan Long, OTR/L

Title: Occupational Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: St Ambrose University, 1999, BS in Occupational Therapy

Specialization/Certification: Megan has been practicing in the field of pediatrics for eleven years and is certified in infant massage therapy. Megan has had multiple continuing education classes in sensory integration, is trained in Therapeutic Listening (both modulated and fine tuning), SOS approach (sequential oral sensory approach to feeding), and Food Chaining approach. Along with this, she has had continuing education courses in visual/vestibular deficits, various approaches to children diagnosed with autism, and has worked in Early Intervention programs for which she has been an evaluator and provider for eight years. Megan has also been on the board of the Autism Society in Moline, IL.

Kathryn Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLPKathryn Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP

Title: Speech and Language Pathologist

School and Year of Graduation: University of Arizona, 2011, MS

Specialization/Certification: Katie has experience working with both pediatric and adult populations. Katie currently treats a variety of pediatric patients, including patients with speech and language delay, apraxia, articulation disorder, autism, and other syndromes.

Rusty Plunkett, PT, DPT

Rusty Plunkett, PT, DPTTitle: Physical Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: St. Ambrose University, 2008, Psychology; University of Iowa, 2010, DPT

Specialization/Certification: Rusty enjoys treating children and adults of all ages. He has a special interest in orthopedic injuries. He is currently helping to instruct the Prescription Fitness Program for teenagers as well as the ESPN group in the Summer.

Community/Recreational Activities: In his free time, Rusty is a volunteer youth baseball coach. In addition, he enjoys spending his free time playing sports and attending concerts.

Jennifer Berger, MS, CCC-SLP

Jennifer Berger, MS, CCC-SLPTitle: Speech Language Pathologist

School and Year of Graduation: University of Illinois, 2005, B.S; Eastern Illinois University, 2007, MS

Specialization/Certification: Jen received her certificate of clinical competency in 2008. She served the adult population as a Director of Therapy and SLP for three years, but has been working primarily with children since 2010. She has experience treating a variety of communication disorders, including speech and language delay, apraxia, articulation disorder, and pragmatic/social language disorders. She has an interest in literacy development and has taken continuing education courses focused on phonological awareness skills and reading disorders such as dyslexia.

Community/Recreational Activities: Jen is a current member of ASHA. She enjoys renovating historic homes and has been working on her own home since 2011. She is involved at CrossPoint Church and loves spending time with her son.

Jennifer Petersen, MS, OTR/L

Jennifer Petersen, MS, OTR/LTitle: Occupational Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: St. Ambrose University, MA in Occupational Therapy

Specialization/Certification: Jennifer began her pediatric occupational experience in Dundalk, Ireland, at an outpatient pediatric clinic, specializing in sensory processing disorders. Since her experience in Ireland, Jennifer has furthered her skills by completing a 3 month advanced sensory integration administration and treatment certification through the University of Southern California.  She has also completed multiple specialized courses in Astronaut Training, Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Integration with children with autism, Interactive Metronome, Developmental Individualized Relationship (DIR) Green Span floor-time model, and Integrated Listening Systems. Along with Jennifer's specialized sensory courses she has also completed specialized feeding courses which includes the Sequential Oral Sensory(SOS) approach to feeding and the Beckman Oral Motor approach to feeding.  Jennifer has also completed a breathing technique course which has been utilized for children with physical disabilities and sensory processing disorders.  She has been nationally recognized as an Emerging Leader within her profession and is working with nationally known occupational therapists in this program. She is also an active member in her national organization, American Occupational Therapy Association.  Jennifer provides outpatient treatment for children of all ages in various occupational therapy techniques. 

Allyson Wennlund, PT, DPT Allyson Wennlund

Title: Physical Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: St. Ambrose University, 2012, BS in Exercise Science; St. Ambrose University, 2013, DPT

Specialization/Certification: Allyson enjoys treating patients of all ages, but she has a special interest in orthopedics and pediatrics. Allyson is currently helping run the Prescription Fitness Program for pediatrics.

Community/Recreational Activities: Allyson enjoys running and cycling in her free time, along with other outdoor activities. She also spends time volunteering and coordinating volunteers at Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport.

Nancy GreenwoodNancy Greenwood, PTA

Title: Physical Therapist Assistant

School and Year of Graduation: Black Hawk College 1994, PTA

Began at Genesis: 1994

Specialization/Certification: Nancy began at Genesis in 1994. She specializes in multidisciplinary geriatric conditions. In addition, Nancy specializes in aquatic therapy.

Nakia Tuttle, MOTR/LNakia Tuttle Photo

Title: Occupational Therapist

School and Year of Graduation: St. Ambrose University, 2011, BS in Psychology; St. Ambrose University, 2013, MOT

Specialization/Certification: Nakia is in her first year of working in a pediatric setting. Previously, she was working with the adult population in an acute setting. Nakia is certified in the Therapeutic Listening Program and Interactive Metronome. She also has training in “Handwriting Without Tears” program and The Alert Program for Self Regulation.

Community/Recreational Activities: In Nakia’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities, working per diem in the hospital, and volunteering for New Kingdom Trailriders. 

Patient Stories

Patient Stories

I trust Genesis Physical Therapy to meet the therapy needs of my patients, and my own family, because their people serve with professionalism and heart
-Dr Joseph Books, DO, MHA

Occupational therapist, Erica Jansen, works well with my two year old son on a weekly basis. She is always very energetic and makes OT very fun for him. Erica is a great resource for us and I would recommend her to anyone needing OT services. It is very apparent that Erica wants to help kids and that she enjoys her job!

Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center didn't just provide Mila with a PT, OT and Speech Therapist, but, each of her team members had also helped us learn more about our daughter's condition. They provided us with tools, resources and ideas for our daughter to grow, thrive and be successful. At Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center, we have great therapists, but at the same time have made wonderful friends.

I just wanted to give a shout out about what a great job Erica, OT, and Katie, PT, do! My son Gavin works with both of them every week and they are so energetic, always have new ideas and Gavin loves working with both of them. They are both very easy to work with and have such great people skills!

My son, Gavin, is 3 1/2 years old and has Angelman Syndrome. He works with Erica for OT every week and Katie Powers for PT every week (we rotate land and water). I can't say enough positive things about these ladies! They continue to work hard with Gavin to ensure that he continues to make progress. They educate my husband and me every time we work with them. We come away with new knowledge on something to work with Gavin on or about development. Gavin can't talk, but I know he truly loves these ladies even though they make him work hard and he isn't always the easiest to work with. It is truly apparent that they love their jobs and have it in their hearts to help Gavin and us in every way they know how.

We were referred to Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center in Bettendorf to get our daughter, Mila, born with the gift of Down's Syndrome, the extra help she needed.

We worked with Erica Jansen, OT, Katie Powers, PT, and Katie Kennedy, Speech. All the therapists gently welcomed Mila to the center and got started right away with an assessment and game plan. Watching them work with my daughter warmed by heart to see they were so gentle and caring with her as we are

With their help, she has gained many new skills, milestones and independence.  She continues to grow in every way.


Initial Paperwork

To better understand your current condition, Genesis Physical Rehabilitation will request the completion of our history and intake form at your initial visit. For your convenience, please feel free to print and complete this document prior to your appointment. If you choose to complete the paperwork in advance, please be sure to bring the completed history and intake form to your initial evaluation.