Catherine Batt – Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Catherine is a Colorado native born and raised in Colorado Springs. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies. While at CSU she played division 1 soccer. She then pursued her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy through Creighton University’s hybrid program here in Denver at Regis University. She has completed fieldworks in pediatric outpatient, adult rehab, and pediatric home health settings before coming to RISE. Catherine is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. She is passionate about working with children and families. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, camping, playing soccer, and hiking 14ers.
Collette Chinyerere – Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Collette was born and raised in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa – The Garden Route. She immigrated to America in her early 20’s. She is the proud adoptive Mom of two energetic children, and enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and biking with her wonderful husband and little family.
She has been an Occupational Therapist for 20 years, specializing mostly in pediatrics/children. She has been privileged to work in Level 1 Trauma and Burns units, the Children’s Hospital of Indiana, residential treatment facilities, pediatric outpatient practices, home health settings, and in schools. She loves thinking outside of the box, planning new ideas, finding additional resources and helping to support the families that she works with.
Collette loves her work as and OT and passionate about what she does! She has purposefully sought out Rise Pediatric Therapy to work with, as it has become increasingly important to her to work with ethical, local companies who serve our communities by putting their patients and families first!
Karyn Alison Dyckova – Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Karyn is originally from Long Island, NY and has enjoyed traveling the country to find the perfect home. She has lived in the beautiful state of Colorado for almost 20 years. Karyn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology from Salisbury University in Maryland. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Karyn has worked in pediatrics for over 12 years and greatly enjoys working with children and families in their home environment. Karyn has specialized training in pediatric feeding disorders, visual delays, and nutrition/health. Karyn resides in Roxborough with her husband and two boys. She loves the outdoors, including snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking.
Stephanie Facompre- Masters of Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Stephanie was born and raised in Florida, attending University of Florida for undergraduate and graduate school (Go Gators!). She made her way to Texas and eventually Colorado, working exclusively with children in hospital and home based settings. Through her work in the hospital, she gained specialty experience and a passion for working with children who have complex medical needs, and children with feeding difficulties. She specializes in a medical-behavior-based feeding approach, with training in the CAN-EAT method. In her personal time, Stephanie loves taking advantage of everything Colorado has to offer. She enjoys camping, hiking, and snowshoeing with her fiancé and bulldog, Gibson, while attempting to keep a vegetable garden in this climate!
Connie Lane – Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Connie believes in collaboration with families and works to facilitate independent function for children in all areas of their lives. She has advanced training in assistive technology and is NDT (Neuro Developmental Treatment) certified, SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certified, and has particular expertise working with children with cerebral palsy and/or developmental delays. She has worked in the US and New Zealand in both home care and school settings as an Occupational Therapist. Recently retired from Cherry Creek School District, Connie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University, and her Master of Arts degree in Child Development from University of Colorado/Denver. Connie lives in Centennial with her husband and enjoys hiking, biking, running, gardening, snow shoeing, reading and tinkering!
Caroline Rose- Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Caroline is originally from Texas, and moved to Colorado in her early adult years because the mountains were calling (and to continue her education)! She received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from CSU, and a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience and Dance from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Caroline‘s background includes experience in neuroscience research, dance/movement therapies, mental health, and caregiving for people with disabilities. As an occupational therapist, she is able to bring her experiences and expertise together to help children and families find solutions to their everyday struggles. Caroline particularly enjoys working with children and families on emotion regulation, sensory coping strategies, functional play skills, and independence in activities of daily living. She believes that all children are capable of achieving their goals. Sometimes they just need a little help from an occupational therapist to adapt the environment or the task to better support their unique needs.
Nikki Zader – Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Nikki has been working in pediatric occupational therapy for 10+ years. The majority of her experience is in pediatric home care and outpatient clinic work, serving children of ages ranging from birth to 18 years. Nikki’s specialties are in feeding, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, and emotion regulation. Her certifications include Sequential-Oral-Sensory feeding therapy; Developmental, Individual Difference Floortime, a relationship based model for autism; Handwriting Without Tears; and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Additional training experiences include Kristi Beckett’s CAN-Eat feeding program, the Zones of Regulation program, as well as other sensory integration and regulation training. With her personal time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, eating good food, and spending time with her family.
Kristen Rongaus – Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, OTR/L
Kristen is originally from Michigan and has enjoyed living in Colorado since 2004. She received her Bachelors of Science in Physiology from Michigan State University and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. Her therapy career began in 1999 and since that time Kristen has dedicated her practice to working in pediatrics both in schools and homecare. Kristen has extensive experience with ADHD, Autism, Executive Dysfunction, and Sensory Processing Disorders. She strongly believes in collaborating with families to find daily living strategies that promote the unique gifts of every child. Kristen provides therapy services to the Northwest Denver area including Arvada, Westminster, and Broomfield. She lives with her husband and three children and enjoys gardening, hiking, and watching her kids play hockey and lacrosse.
Ava Solman- Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, OTR/L, CTP, EAGALA
Ava is an Occupational Therapist who specializes in trauma, recognizing its effects on development and functioning in daily occupations. She is a Certified Trauma Professional and also EAGALA-certified, utilizing EAGALA as a powerful adjunct client-centered treatment model. She takes a neurodevelopmentally-informed approach and strongly believes in treating the whole person. She enjoys learning from and collaborating with other professionals and values the interdisciplinary model.
Ava earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2005. Her previous experience includes: in-patient mental health worker for adolescents, TA in a school for children with special needs and host-home placement coordinator for adults with special needs. She earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2011.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
Kendra K Fleck – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Kendra is a Colorado native. She enjoys spending time at her family’s cabin cherishing each moment with her two daughters and their chocolate lab Guinness. Kendra received her degree from Arapahoe Community College in May of 2000. Offering 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked in hospitals, private clinics, public schools and home health. Kendra’s passion has always been with pediatrics. Her focus includes sensory processing disorders, visually impaired (CVI), nonverbal children and medically fragile individuals. Kendra is willing to take on any challenge. She is comfortable with tracheotomy’s, G-tubes, wheelchairs and all that applies to the medically fragile population. Kendra joined RISE in 2018.
Jake Major – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jake is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and has enjoyed his time in the beautiful state of Colorado. He has officially lived in Colorado for almost a year. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He graduated from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences’ Occupational Therapy Assistant program in 2019. Jake has worked extensively with children ages 6 to 16 through his five years as summer staff at Victory Junction Camp (a sister camp of Roundup River Ranch). He completed OT internships in the Acute Level 1 Trauma Hospital and Pediatric Outpatient settings. Jake now resides in the Denver area. He loves enjoying the outdoors including hiking, snowshoeing and camping with his dog Boone and girlfriend.