Staff Bios

ABBY BERG, OT/HB Supervisor

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am the home-based program supervisor and coordinator. I also treat infants and children in their homes or daycare settings.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I chose to become an occupational therapist after volunteering in a Special Education classroom during my senior year in high school. I was drawn to the profession because it seemed like a wonderful mix of art, psychology, and medicine. I have always worked in pediatrics and find it very rewarding.

Schooling and background information:

I have a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of MN and am a continuing ed. junkie!

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I love doing home visiting and strongly believe that it is the best setting to provide treatment for children who have complex medical needs. I started working at Capernaum in 2009 after the home-based program I headed-up was discontinued at Courage Center. Capernaum is one of the few agencies in the Twin Cities that provide therapy services in the home.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

After working for 25+ years in the community, I have often been recognized by previous clients and their families. Just recently, a mom was videotaping while I was working with her child (only my hands were showing), and she put it up on a social media site. A minute later, another mom of a child I has worked with years ago saw the video, recognized my voice, and posted that she missed me and thought I was a great therapist…how cool is that!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

Spending time with my family and our goofball dog. It doesn't really matter what we are doing as long as were together. That's the best!

ALI BICEK, OT/VP Development 

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am an occupational therapist at two of our community sites: Academy of Whole Learning and Spectrum High School, and I provide home-based services. I also coordinate Capernaum's community sites and have other administrative duties!

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

The OT field kept presenting itself to me in different ways, and each time I was more and more interested. My mother-in-law is a pediatric OT, and she really encouraged me to go for it. She made it look so fun!

Share a favorite story about working with Capernaum.

On my 40th birthday, Capernaum coordinated a flash mob for me! They included my husband, parents, and 92-year-old grandmother! It was AWESOME!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

In the summer, I want to be on our boat with my family, exploring, and fishing. In the winter, I want to be in the ice arena watching my boys play hockey!

SIMONE BROVEGE, OT

What is your role at Capernaum?

Home-based occupational therapist in the NW and beyond suburbs.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

Forever, I can only recall wanting to help people as a career.

Schooling and background information.

University of MN–Twin Cities, BS Child Psychology / St. Catherine's–Minneapolis Campus, AA – Occupational Therapy Assistant / St. Catherine's-St. Paul Campus, Occupational Therapy 

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I had heard some excellent things about the company and their service delivery.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

I think working with kids is the BEST! They keep it fresh and exciting; the session is never the same twice. I also love sharing these hilarious, sensitive, and decidedly honest short people with their parents. We are on a journey together for a common cause.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I like to wander around places: odd stores, museums, outdoors on my own, or with my own people.

ROBIN CAMPBELL, OT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am an occupational therapist and provide infant home visits.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I have a brother with Down syndrome, and I'm sure that is a part of my story for becoming a therapist! I love using my skills to help infants and children with motor, sensory, regulatory, and feeding challenges, and I love sharing my knowledge and working closely with families in a natural environment.

Schooling and background information.

I received my OT training at the University of Minnesota. I have worked in 0-3 early intervention, outpatient clinics, hospital-, school-, and community-based sites. I have extensive training and experience in sensory processing, motor-based, regulatory, and feeding disorders.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I want to use my clinical skills to help infants and families in a home-based setting, and Capernaum has a wonderful, supportive team.

Share something you look forward to working at Capernaum.

I look forward to making a difference with more infants and families through my work at Capernaum.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I enjoy hiking in nature and taking photographs.

KRISTI DELARWELLE, PT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I teach the adapted dance classes through Capernaum

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I received physical therapy in elementary school after hurting my ankle, and it sparked my interest in the field. I began volunteering at a therapy clinic in a hospital and through adapted sports. When I started PT school, I thought I was going to work in sports medicine, but I really like pediatrics. Working with children is always exciting. We work with such a diverse group of kids, and we're always problem-solving to help the child and family. There is nothing more rewarding then seeing the joy on the child's face and in the family when a child can do something new.

Schooling and background information.

Undergrad at UW-La Crosse in Biology with a minor in Spanish / Master's at UW-La Crosse in Physical Therapy  

Currently working on my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at St. Scholastica

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I was working at a school district in Wisconsin, and my mom saw an ad for a job at Capernaum. I was considering moving back to the Twin Cities so I applied. After my interview, I thought it just seemed right. Capernaum cares about their staff and the families they serve.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

We had our first dance recital at the old Edina clinic. We started with only three kids so we set out a couple rows of chairs. We had such an amazing turn-out that we had many people standing. I did not realize how many lives those kids touched and how many people would come support them.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

Free afternoon? What is that? With going to school and having a kid in sports, those are few and far between. I guess I enjoy running or hanging out with my daughter.

SYDNEY DUNITZ, PT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am a physical therapist, and I have worked at Capernaum for almost 20 years. I have worked in home-based settings, clinics, schools, and aquatics. I love birth to three and preschool, but really I love working with children. I also enjoy helping new families adjust to life in America.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

Initially, I was a biologist, but I wanted to work with people, so I went to school for physical therapy. I had worked as a lifeguard/swim instructor for years throughout college and loved working one-to-one with people. Physical therapy was a wonderful program for me.

Schooling and background information.

I grew up in a suburb of NYC. I graduated from Boston College in biology and SUNY at Stony Brook for physical therapy. My husband and I moved to the Twins Cities in 1988. We live in Minnetonka with a sweet black lab rescue dog. Our adult children have left the nest and live on opposite coasts. We enjoy traveling to visit them.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I love the flexibility that Capernaum offers families and staff. I support the idea of treating children with respect and treating their needs in their setting. I believe in treating the whole child and working with the family to continue the successful treatments.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

My favorite story has occurred several times, and I love it! I will be out in the community meeting someone new, and when I say I work for Capernaum, they say, "Oh, I love Capernaum! My child/friend/patient had the best experience there."

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I like to spend time with my friends, family, and my dog at the lake and dog park.

BONNIE ELMQUIST, SLP

What is your role at Capernaum?
I am a school-based speech-language pathologist.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?
I went to an informational meeting at the U of M when I was in high school and knew when I left that this was my path. I love seeing my students each day and celebrating their progress.

Schooling and background:
I have my bachelor's and master's degrees in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. I also have certificates in Instructional Technology through St. Cloud State University and Assistive Technology through the State of Minnesota Department of Education. I worked for over 20 years as a speech-language pathologist and AAC (Augmentativeand Alternative Communication) consultant at Eden Prairie Schools. I am happyto be joining the Capernaum team!

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?
I was already familiar with Capernaum's excellent reputation and was thrilled that there was an opening with a flexible part-time schedule.

Share you look forward to working at Capernaum.
I started working with Capernaum in August, and I'm very excited to meet my new students and the school staff!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?
I enjoy spending time with my two daughters and their families, working in my garden, and going for walks with my Yorkie mix, Jack.  

JENNY GALES, Operations Manager

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am the Operations Manager and part of the Leadership Team! Some of my duties include running our corporate office, handling the billing and accounts receivable, bookkeeping, HR, and other miscellaneous items.

How did you discover Capernaum?

Upon graduating from college in 2010, I moved up to the Twin Cities and was looking for a part-time job before starting graduate school. While browsing the Star Tribune, I came across a 16-hour-per-week Administrative Assistant position with Capernaum. After being offered the job, my role and responsibilities quickly changed to full-time status. I deferred my graduate school start date for a variety of reasons, and the rest is history! My role and responsibilities with Capernaum have continued to evolve since 2010.

Schooling and background information.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with minors in Spanish and Not-for-Profit Management.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

Initially, it was my desire to help people and utilize my administrative skills. That quickly developed into having a passion for these incredible kiddos and families we serve, and the fact that I could still make a huge impact in their lives, even from behind the scenes!

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

My favorite story about working for Capernaum is actually getting to hear all of the stories from our therapists! My heart overflows with joy when a therapist says to me, "You'll never guess what so-and-so did today!" We celebrate everything – there is nothing too small to be thankful for!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

In the summers, it's being outside with my husband, Chris – either at the cabin, walking/hiking in the area, or playing disc golf! When the weather gets cold (and anything under 65 degrees is cold to me), it's either cooking or baking, yoga and exercise, playing the clarinet and/or piano, or watching a TV show with Chris and our cat, Augustus.

EMILY GORACKE, PT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am a school and home-based physical therapist.  

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I chose to become a physical therapist knowing I wanted to work with children after observing it inaction. I love how it is a medical based profession that empowers the patient. I love to work with children and their families to meet their goals in order to be the happiest and healthiest they can be! Nothing beats seeing the look on a parent and child’s face when they achieve something new.  

Schooling and background.

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergraduate degree where I studied kinesiology. I then moved back to my home state of Minnesota for grad school, where I attended St. Catherine University. I began my career working in pediatric inpatient rehabilitation and am now focused on treating in the home and school-based settings. 

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I believe in the importance of working with children in their natural settings of home, daycare, and schools. Capernaum has a great reputation for being family focused for their clients and employees. I also respect how faith and community based their mission is.  

Share something you look forward to working at Capernaum.  

I look forward to collaborating with my amazing team of co-workers, as well as getting to know each child and family I have the opportunity to work with!   

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

My favorite ways to spend an afternoon are playing with my son, chasing around my two dogs, cooking with my husband, or getting out on the lake with my whole family. 

MEGHAN GRATHEN, PT

What is your role at Capernaum?

Home-based physical therapist.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

My love for math/science and my desire to work with others, specifically children and their families, to improve their quality of life, lead me to become a physical therapist.

Schooling and background information.

University of St. Thomas – BS / St. Catherine University - DPT

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I had a wonderful clinical experience at Capernaum in PT school!

Share something you look forward to working at Capernaum.

I look forward to serving pediatric patients and their families in their home environment. 

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

Trying a new cooking or baking recipe from Pinterest!

LISA HEILLE, OT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am an occupational therapist providing home-based services.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

My mother is a retired pediatric nurse practitioner. I was destined to work in a helping profession and to work with children. I chose occupational therapy because I love the hands-on approach and the problem solving with adaptive equipment.

Schooling and background information.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 1980. I still get together with some of my classmates from the U! I also have a Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University. I spent most of my career working for school districts in the Twin Cities with the last 26 years providing home-based services to children ages 0-3. I retired from full-time work in June of 2016.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I wanted to continue working part time in a home-based setting.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

I have been working with a child who was being cared for by a grandmother, who came temporarily from another country to help the family. She doesn't speak any English, but the child's father was able to use an app on his phone to translate for us. Before she left to go back to her home, the grandmother made a special sandwich for me from her native country. Delicious!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I love to spend time with my family, especially my four grandchildren. I am blessed to have them all living in the Twin Cities. I also love to be outside. Hiking and cross-country skiing are some of my favorite activities. Let it snow!

JANET HILLMER, OT

What is your role at Capernaum?

Home-based occupational therapist. 

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I come from a family of medical professionals. OT has been a good fit for me for 35 years.

Schooling and background information.

U of M - BS Occupational Therapy / St. Mary University - MA / NDT Certification, NDT Baby Certification

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

Capernaum offers me the opportunity to work with families in their home environment to promote the development of their child.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

Capernaum offers its staff a great variety of continuing education opportunities, and the administration supports all therapists in keeping up to date in areas of interest.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

Anything outside: sailing, biking, walking the dog, gardening. During cold weather, reading and quilting.

JENNIFER HODOWANIC, OT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am an occupational therapist working with kids, aged preschool to high school, in their charter school and daycare settings.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I was originally working as a paralegal but found out that profession was not warm and fuzzy enough for me! I saw the movie "Regarding Henry" and was inspired by the characters who played his rehab therapists. I loved the idea of helping improve an individual's quality of life and, in the process, making good personal connections with them. I especially love the aspect of working on a person's sensory system.

Schooling and background information.

My first degree was from St. Thomas in Legal Studies. My second degree is in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine's. I have worked as an OT for 20 years. I worked for Children's Hospitals and Clinics for 13 years in a preschool setting as well as the rehab clinics. I recently worked at St. David's Center for 7 years in their Autism Day Treatment Program as well as in the rehab clinic.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I was inspired to work for Capernaum because I liked their mission and the care that they give to their employees as well.

Share something you look forward to working at Capernaum.

I hope to develop enduring and quality relationships with the employees as well as my clients. I look forward to being an experienced school-based OT!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

My favorite way to spend my time is getting outside and going for a hike! I also love spending time with my two boys, away from the distractions of their electronics and friends!

LISA LINDQUIST, Corporate Office Assistant

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am the Corporate Operations Assistant/Social Media Coordinator. I produce the staff and parent newsletters, policy manuals, and forms. I also coordinate Capernaum's social media outlets including our Facebook and blog pages. Be sure to visit sometime!

How did you discover Capernaum?

I was between jobs at the time, and Bonna asked me if I would fill in for someone on maternity leave at Capernaum. I agreed, and when that person returned, we split the position; she took the financial portion, and I took over the administrative duties. That was 25 ago!

Schooling and background information.

I have a BA in Theater Arts (technical emphasis) and a minor in European History from the University of MN. I worked in the technical and administrative theater settings for a number of years before joining Capernaum.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

When our kids came along, it was my desire to be home with them. Capernaum allowed me the flexibility to work from home, which was the perfect solution to our family's situation. Capernaum's emphasis on family was a big draw, not to mention the great people who work here!

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

My husband and I enjoyed the Christmas parties and talking with others late into the evening!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

Spending time with my family driving to a local town, poking around antique stores, and having a late lunch! I also enjoy gardening, home projects, reading, and watching movies.

BETH MARPE, SLP

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am a home-based SLP.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I took a job interest survey in my sophomore year of college, because I had to declare a major but had NO idea what I wanted to do. Speech therapy came up as being highly compatible with my responses, though I knew nothing about it! I switched schools and declared it my major--that was in 1991. I have come to really enjoy what I didn't know existed!

Tell a favorite story about working with Capernaum.

My most touching story comes from my initial employment with Capernaum in 2010. I was seeing a 4-year-old for articulation at the former Monticello clinic. We were playing a game and working on our sounds. He stopped the game, looked at me, and said, "You know Jesus, don't you?" That is my heart's desire—for Jesus to be living and seen in me. 

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I enjoy cooking and hanging out with my dear husband, Tim.

MORGAN MARTIN, Patient Services Coordinator 

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am Capernaum's Patient Services Coordinator.

How did you discover Capernaum?

I moved to the Edina area after growing up in Elk River, MN. I knew that I wanted some sort of career helping people, especially kids. I have had a couple of jobs working in child care and social services, and then I found my way to Capernaum.

Schooling and background information.

I attended college at North Dakota State in Fargo, ND. I studied Human Development and Education, with a focus on Child Development and a minor in Psychology.

What do you look forward to working at Capernaum?

I have always been interested in the healthcare field, and like I mentioned before, I love kiddos! This job is a mixture of all of both, combined with my interest in working in administration and patient intake.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

In my free time, I like spending time with my parents, Mary and Paul, my brother Joe, and our two dogs, Nina and Skyy. We like to go to the cabin, fish, golf, and downhill ski. I also enjoy cross country skiing, rollerblading, and spending time with friends.

LYNNE OGG, OT 

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am a home-based and school-based occupational therapist.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

When I started to think about a career, I looked at interior design and therapy. I ultimately decided upon occupational therapy because I liked the creativity we could use, and I realized I wanted to help people and make a difference in people's lives.

Schooling and background information.

I graduated with a BA from the College of St. Catherine's. I'm married with two amazing boys, and I have been working on/off (between breaks to be a stay-at-home mom when my kids were little) for almost 20 years.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I was looking for a summer on-call job (YEARS AGO!) and was hired by Capernaum. When I quit my full-time job to become a mom 15 years ago, I remained on call at Capernaum for a while, took some time off, and then slowly began to move to part time as my kiddos grew. I have always loved and appreciated how family-oriented and supportive Capernaum has been!

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

I never made it to the office too often, but when I did, I always received a warm welcome and a hug from Bonna and Marcia (previous co-owner). They always make me feel special and welcome in our "family" at Capernaum.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

That's a hard one! I'd have to pick between painting (or some type of art project), baking, or hanging out outside with my family!

BONNA OLSON, PT/Administrator/Owner 

What is your role at Capernaum?

It is hard to describe my role at Capernaum. I am a physical therapist and treat a little. As far as administration goes, I wear many hats, and any hat that is without a person, I will try to wear that one, too! Hopefully, my role is an encourager, a wise decision maker, a leader, and living out Capernaum's philosophy, mission, and motto in my work/interactions.

What made you choose to become a therapist?

I chose to become a physical therapist because it was a medical field with one-on-one interactions where I could encourage, educate, and assist someone in their own physical improvement/recovery. I love how personal it is.

Schooling and background information. 

I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a BA in Physical Therapy.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

Marcia Mattson and I began working together in 1981. I had just graduated from PT school, and she had already been a therapist for several years. We began working in a group home. I was employed by the group home, and she came in to provide direct services. The Lord kept expanding our opportunities to provide therapy at different sites. In 1988, we both wanted more time for our families and more flexibility, so we incorporated and became Capernaum Pediatric Physical Therapy, Inc. and solely worked on growing Capernaum. It wasn't long and we were also providing occupational and speech therapy services, so we changed our name to Capernaum Pediatric Therapy, Inc. in the early 1990s. We continued to grow as the Lord opened doors. It has been an amazing adventure. Marcia is now retired, and we sold our clinics, but God still has plans for Capernaum. Our homebased, school, and community site services continue to grow! 

Share a favorite story about working with Capernaum.

Since I have been in this field so long, I have a lot of favorite stories. Most recently, two different moms found me (one in a store and one at church) and told me how well their children were doing, and that it was because of Capernaum's services. One even quoted words I had spoken to her long ago! That was powerful and reminded me of the influence we have to encourage and lift others up. Another favorite story is when one of my little ones received her very own walker. She was outside walking and her words were, "This is amazing! I am amazing!" Nothing better than that!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

If I could do anything, I would gather my adult children and their spouses or significant others, go on a hike or bike ride somewhere by water, eat at an outdoor restaurant for dinner, and just sit and laugh and chat about crazy things!

PAULA RABAEY, OT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am a home-based occupational therapist.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I have been an occupational therapist for the past 25 years working with children and families. I absolutely love the connection I have with children and their families. I love to see children grow and increase their participation in life!

Schooling and background information.

I have a PhD in Occupational Therapy from NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I received my initial degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University. I currently am an assistant professor in the MAOT department at St. Kate's.

My clinical background includes 25 years of experience working with children with special needs and their families in early intervention and school settings. I am passionate about issues of occupational justice, infant mental health, and working with at-risk children in the US and abroad. I have specialized in feeding and eating difficulties in children with a variety of diagnoses and worked with families and institutions to create a positive mealtime environment in the US and abroad.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I love Capernaum's mission of bringing joy to the journey for children and families. I have always loved home-based care and the connection with families and their children.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

I worked with a little girl and her family to help her eat and transition off her G-tube. I really like that it was a partnership between myself and the family, and we had many successes in my year and a half with her, including being able to transition fully off of the G-tube. Even though the family has moved out of state, I still maintain a connection with them today!

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

If I have a free afternoon, I love to be out riding on my horse, Sunny. It's very therapeutic, relaxing, and rejuvenating.

KERRY SCHMIDT, SLP

What is your role at Capernaum? 

I am a speech language pathologist servicing clients at a variety of sites including Academy of Whole Learning, Agamim Academy, home visits, and NCDC.  
 
Why did you choose to become a therapist? 

After switching my major a handful of times in college, I stumbled upon the field of speech language pathology by accident, registering for Communication Disorders 101 rather than Communication 101. I kept taking classes and was hooked!  
 
Schooling and background information.

BA/Speech and Hearing Science / University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
MS/Communication Disorders (Speech Language Pathology) / Minnesota State University
 
What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member? 

I was looking for a private practice that was supportive, putting patients’ needs above all else. After meeting the owner and administrators, I knew it was a perfect fit for me. I loved that the company was owned and run by practicing therapists.
 
What is something you look forward to working at Capernaum?

I look forward to being part of the team, working with talented and fun therapists! I am also excited to help develop and grow the clinic’s speech therapy department!
 
What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I love spending time with my family…laughing, going on field trips, playing outside, going to parks, dancing in the kitchen, having bonfires, making messes, and doing arts and crafts.

AMY STROHM, PT 

Amy is a home-based physical therapist and has been with Capernaum for many years!


SUE THAYER, PT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am a PT at Capernaum helping out in the St. Francis school district as well as making home-based visits.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

My dad was an active Shriner in the Chicago area when I was growing up. In high school, I would help my dad out at the Shrine Circus as busloads of kids with disabilities arrived to see the show. That activity influenced me quite a bit to want to help children and others that are in need.

How did you discover Capernaum?

I heard about Capernaum from living in the Twin Cities area, and knew I would like to explore possible job opportunities once I saw the website.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I like that Capernaum is faith-based with a focus on serving everyone in the surrounding communities.

Share something you look forward to working at Capernaum.

I have really enjoyed the warm welcome and truly supportive culture at Capernaum. I am looking forward to getting to know more team members as time goes on and learning more ways to help children and families in need.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I like to walk or ride a bike outside and enjoy our beautiful MN lakes and trails--perhaps ending the activity with an ice cream or iced coffee.

LORRE THOMPSON, PT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am a physical therapist for home-based and community sites (Academy of Whole Learning, Northside Child Development Center, and The Family Partnership)

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I was a nursing assistant in high school on an orthopedic floor and loved to help the patients to walk and get out of bed.

Schooling and background information.

I majored in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Minnesota. I did my physical therapy work at the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in Rochester.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

Capernaum has a great reputation for caring and for the work that they do with their patients and families.

Share something you look forward to working at Capernaum.

I look forward to making therapy fun for the kids while they advance in their motor skills.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I like to swim and do yoga.

JONI VANSELOW, PT

What is your role at Capernaum?

I am a home-based physical therapist.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

When I was in high school, I shadowed a number of health professionals and loved being with the physical therapist. From then on that was my goal.

Schooling and background information. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS in Physical Therapy. I have been specializing in pediatrics for 33 years and have been doing home care for that entire time.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I truly believe children need to be seen in their own environment, and Capernaum allows me to do that. By seeing children in their homes, I am able to involve the family and other caregivers in the therapy.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

Because I have been working for Capernaum for a number of years, I have children that I saw when they were young now graduating from high school. I have been invited to a number of graduations, and I love seeing how these kids have grown up and how well they have done. I feel that I was a part of giving them a foundation of movement to build upon.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

Playing with my grandson, being outside walking in a local park, or just reading a book.

KRISTA WILLIAMSON, PT

Krista is a physical therapist who works in the school setting.

KAILI ZEIHER, OT

What is your role at Capernaum? 

I am a home-based occupational therapist.

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

I wanted to help people achieve their goals and independence in whatever capacity that meant for them.

Schooling and background information.

I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies at St. Catherine University. During my time there, I was able to travel to China and Ecuador for community outreach and to help further their therapy programs. I have experience working with the pediatric population in the school setting, home care, NICU, and outpatient.

What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?

I love the unique service they provide to families as well as the faith-based background they aren't afraid to make known.

Share a favorite story about working at Capernaum.

It's not one specific memory, but I love to be the steady presence for families as they are going through all of the challenges they face on a daily basis and help them to pause and highlight the amazing progress their little one has made. Not everyone, or even their doctors, recognize or know how hard something was to overcome or how much work they have put into developing a specific skill. I want them to revel in it and be proud of how far they have come versus how far they have left to go.

What's your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?

I love to spend any free time I have with family enjoying the outdoors or adventuring to a new place or activity we haven't done before.