Pediatric Therapy South Region


*The Shining Star Team provides pediatric therapy services. The South region team covers Grundy, Will, Kankakee Counties, near Chicago, Illinois. If you don’t see your county listed, but live in a nearby county, please call us to see if we can make accommodations to work with you and your child.

Pediatric Therapy South Region Team

Angela M., M.A. LCPC, DT

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor &  Developmental Therapist
South Region Team Lead

Angela is a Certified Early Intervention Specialist who has been a DT for over 10 years and an LCPC since 2009. Angela also holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University, with a focus on behavioral and emotional issues. As a clinician, she has worked with children who have dealt with; behavior problems, anxiety and mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders, depression and suicidal ideation. She also helps families work through parent-child conflicts and issues related to foster parenting and blended families.

Angela’s philosophy centers on supporting individual needs and empowering the families she serves. This means implementing tailored behavioral management programs and providing tools for coping with the stressors that are common in families of special needs children. She works with and trains each member of a child’s support system to maximize the results of her positive reinforcement programs and empower an entire network of individuals to help the child.


Amanda L., M.S. OTR/L

Occupational Therapist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist

Amanda is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Early Intervention Specialist who has worked with a variety of populations, from early intervention to long-term care. She graduated with a BS in Rehabilitation Sciences and a Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Concordia University of Wisconsin. Throughout her education, she cemented her love for and understanding of children by taking additional coursework in pediatrics. Her therapeutic philosophy is centered on supporting the child in his/her natural environment, where s/he will feel comfortable and have the highest likelihood of excelling.


Danielle H., M.A. CCC-SLP/L

Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist

Danielle is a Speech-Language Pathologist whose goal is to provide speech, language, and cognitive rehabilitation services to children in a way that vastly enhances their quality of life. She received her Bachelor in Health Sciences with a Master Degree in Communication Disorders from Governor’s State University, and went on to receive three licenses/certifications in specialized speech therapy fields. She has worked with young children all the way up to geriatric populations, and is especially familiar with cognitive linguistic deficits, communication disorders, and Individual Education Plans (IEPs).


Jinky L., B.S. PT

Physical Therapist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist

A native of the Philippines, Jinky earned her B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1996 and has worked in the field for 18 years. She moved to the United States in 2004. Since 2006 she’s been licensed and working in Illinois. Her experience in the field as a physical therapist includes working in rehab settings, nursing facilities and home health settings. She dedicated much of her career to delivering home-based health care — she enjoys the one-on-one environment for treating patients. Jinky is excited to now specialize in Early Intervention. She learned first-hand of the benefits and value of EI when it was determined that her son needed developmental therapeutic services.


Karen D., M.A. CCC_SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator

Karen received her Early Intervention credentials in Speech Language Pathology in 2006, shortly after earning her Master’s Degree. Initially she worked in skilled nursing facilities, then moved on to provide services in the classroom to children. Since 2009 she’s specialized in EI. Karen is also an EI Evaluator, trained to determine initial eligibility and assess children’s developmental, occupational, physical and speech therapy needs. As a Speech Language pathologist, Karen has treated children with autism, sensory deficits, apraxia, articulation/phonological disorders, and dysphagia. In addition, she’s provided supervision, guidance and mentorships to speech therapist assistants, clinical fellows, graduate students and volunteers. She has also worked with 3-5 year olds and provided home health geriatric services.

EI Evaluator
Specialty areas: Apraxia, Motor planning Karen has completed the following courses:
– The PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)


Kellie O., M.S. SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist

Although Kellie joined Shining Star as a recent graduate, she arrived with an impressive array of clinical experiences in clinics, schools and rehab settings. Through her work with children with exceptional needs such as apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and executive functioning difficulty, Kellie developed an understanding of the impact communication disorders can have on children and their families. Kellie took advantage of multiple opportunities for independent research and attended numerous conferences and workshops to further her education. She’s especially proud of a grant she was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to work with students who use cochlear implants and augmentative and alternative communication in inclusive settings.


Kelsey W., M.A. SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist

Kelsey’s first service positions were in her native Chicago — as a Teacher Assistant working for Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Awareness Center, and as a Speech-Language Pathology Volunteer at Pathways Organization, a Pediatric Therapy Clinic. While in graduate school her clinical included stints at speech and hearing clinics, a hospital and an elementary school. Along with treating patients her experience includes conducting diagnostic evaluations; communicating with care and rehabilitation teams on behalf of patients; and educating family members. Kelsey is excited to now specialize in Early Intervention, and having a long-term impact on the lives of children.


Suzanne H., M.A. SLP/L

Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator

Suzanne brings more than 12 years of speech language pathology experience in schools, clinics and early intervention settings to the Shining Star team. As an Early Intervention Evaluator, she has completed more than 750 hours of direct treatment, in addition to meeting standards for the State of Illinois to achieve this credential. As a therapist, Suzanne has worked with both school-aged and pre-school children, administering screenings, assessments, formal and informal documentation of patients. She has co-treated patients with developmental therapists in a group setting. In addition, Suzanne has served as a supervisor to a staff of speech language assistants and graduate students.


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