Wendy Antley
COTA, team lead

Wendy has an extraordinarily strong love for pediatrics! She enjoys seeing the kids she treats reach their highest potential. She also enjoys building relationships with parents and families in order to really understand their concerns and learn more about the kids she works with. Wendy has been with Building Futures since 2016.

Jonann Arrant

Jonann is excited to have been in the very first certification class in the US for the Evaluation of Ayres Sensory Integration! She loves being able to talk with families about their goals they want to accomplish for their child and establishing a plan of care that is not only functional but also important to the family!

Lauren Burkett

Lauren earned her master’s degree in 2020 from LSUHSC and started her career with Building Futures. She is passionate about working with kids and their families in order to reach their highest potential.

Macie Branch

Macie earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from LSU Health Shreveport in 2020 and recently joined the Building Futures team. She loves getting to work with children and coming up with creative and fun ways to help each child reach their goals.

Kelly Cain
COTA, Team Lead

Kelly became an OTA in 2001 and has 20 years of experience. She has been with the Building Futures family since 2007!  She is a certified autism specialist and her passion is working with these children and families, so that they can meet their goals to the fullest potential! She loves being able to make a difference in each child’s everyday life! Kelly is a lead at our Monroe location and helps mentor, lead and train other staff members at this location. She believes in passing down her knowledge to others is at best benefit to the entire community!

Melanie Christian
COTA, Clinical Director, Team Lead

Melanie is our Clinical Director and has over 20 years of pediatric experience. She has been with Building Futures since its opening in 2005. Melanie leads by example and enjoys mentoring new graduates and new OT’s in our profession. She strongly believes in seeing things from the eyes of the child and meeting the needs of each child individually in order for them to participate in their daily lives.

Camille Cirilo

Camille thrives in helping kids of all ages and meeting/ helping their families wherever they are no matter the circumstances as well as trying to be the best advocate she can for her kids to reach their highest potential. She will be certified with treating complex feeding and swallowing issues this year and will graduate with her bachelor’s degree from ULM in May in order to pursue her Master’s in Occupational Therapy.

Ashleigh Colvin

Ashleigh has worked as an occupational therapy practitioner since 2016 and continued her education by completing her master’s degree through ULM in 2020. She is passionate about using creative play that incorporates a child’s interest during sessions to promote the skills needed for everyday life. 

Anna Dearman

Anna became an OT in 2012 and is in her 10th year of practice. She recently earned her certification as a Certified Lactation Consultant and has extensive knowledge and experience in splinting and pediatric orthopedic conditions, including prosthetics. She enjoys working with all diagnoses and their families to help advocate for their needs and problem solve to achieve their goals. She has a special interest in infants and feeding and is also working on gaining her certification as a breastfeeding consultant.

Baylen Harris

Baylen is able to meet any child at their level and loves the challenge and fun of helping them do hard work while they are having so much fun! He also has training in complex feeding and swallowing issues.

Jessica Huff
COTA, Hippotherapy Program Lead

Jessica has a passion for both children and animals. Recently, she has been able to combine her two loves with Hippotherapy by getting her certification in this specialized area. She enjoys being able to witness and experience the emotion, sensory input and problem solving of a child when working with the horses on the ranch!

Brittany Keen
LOTR, Team Lead

Brittany is earning a certification in Floortime DIR and will be one of only 12 practitioners in Louisiana. She also has personal experience with her own daughter being in the NICU and sweet little Alaina has actually already graduated from therapy!

Wess Magee

Wess is proud of his ability to formulate behavioral modification programs for parents to implement at home that benefits their child’s overall successes! He is also in the master’s program at ULM to become an OTR and will graduate in December 2022!

Jessica Gajeski May

Jessica is creative and likes thinking outside of the box and uses holistic and science driven strategies to facilitate participation in life matters that are important to the child and family. She has been with Building Futures for 10 years now!

Chase Owens

Chase is from El Dorado, AR. He graduated from SACC’s OTA program in 2021 and joined our team at Building Futures in May, 2022.  Chase has a true passion for working with children and genuinely takes his kiddos’ success with Occupational Therapy to the next level. Not only does Chase work at our Ruston and Monroe clinic locations, but he also works with our great team members at our Hippotherapy program at the Owl Center. Chase enjoys working with the other team members at Building Futures and learning from the best! 

Therese Pirkey

Therese has a passion for advocacy! She loves problem solving and working with team members and caregivers to help children be successful in their occupations! Therese joined our family in January 2021 and is such a joy to have on our team!

Jennifer Reeves
LOTR, CEO, Owner

Jennifer is one of our owners and has been practicing OT for more than 20 years. She has a highly creative mind and enjoys making both clinics fun and functional for our children. She is immensely proud of the growth of our company and is thrilled to have such an amazing team!

Hadley Swartz

Hadley graduated from ULM’s OTA program in 2018, but she has loved this profession since she was a child. She has seen firsthand the benefits occupational therapy can bring to a child and their family. She strives to help her kids reach their highest potential imaginable through fun and exciting ways.

Katie Whitaker

Katie loved seeing firsthand how functional play and home exercises changed her daughter’s outcomes of being born with arthrogryposis and her son being a NICU baby! This is what helped her decide to be a COTA. She joined our team in August of 2020 and has been a wonderful addition with her positive and upbeat attitude!

Kristin Wyble

Kristin has a passion for kiddos with sensory processing disorders and she is finishing up her certification in Yoga Calm. She has been with Building Futures since 2016.

Stephanie Boughner

Stephanie has four years of pediatric experience. She joined the Building Futures family in June of 2020. Her pediatric training includes a Residency in Pediatric Physical Therapy and training in the NICU setting and wound care.

Brianna Castaldi

My name is Brianna Castaldi! I graduated from ULM with a bachelors in Kinesiology, and followed it up at Louisiana College with a PTA degree. Since the start of me entering the therapy field, my passion has been to work in pediatrics, so Building Futures is naturally home for me!

My favorite thing about my job is watching kids succeed and reach the goals they have been working so hard towards. I love that I play a small role in their achievements!

Courtney Dye

Courtney Dye graduated from University of Central Arkansas in 2021. She has always had a heart for kids and, after having different opportunities to work with this population, that interest has only grown. She loves getting to be a part of an amazing team that helps children reach goals that allow them to play and interact with their peers and to live their lives to the fullest.

Katelynn Giddens

Katelynn graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology & attended Bossier Parish Community College where she attained her PTA degree. Katelynn has always had a big place in her heart for pediatrics & enjoys getting to work with our kiddos every day! She has experience in pediatric aquatic therapy and is looking to expand her knowledge so that she can continue to serve our Building Futures children. 

Morgan Hartline

Morgan has four years of pediatric experience. She joined the Building Futures family in January of 2017. Her pediatric training includes NDT-Pediatric Intensive Handling Techniques, MNRI, APTA Certified Clinical Instructor.

Kelsey Idom

Kelsey is a new graduate who is from the West Monroe/Calhoun area. She received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from ULM and went on to LSU Health in Shreveport to complete her doctorate degree in physical therapy. Kelsey completed a clinical site rotation with Building Futures last year, and was excited to be able to come back and work with this amazing team and their awesome pediatric population! She is thankful for the staff’s encouragement and blessed to be able to help children meet their full potential.

Renee Pilgreen
PTA, Team Lead, Department Manager

Renee joined the Building Futures team in 2014. She is certified in aquatics and has several pediatric training courses. She loves her job and looks forward to going to work everyday! She is very passionate about making a difference in each child’s life. She is blessed to have the job in helping children meet their gross motor skills. Renee and her husband Clay have raised two children from NICU to teenagers. She understands the pain and trauma that parents face when they have babies in NICU. The best thing about her job is celebrating those milestones with the children and their parents!

Kylie Reid

Kylie joined our team in 2018 after graduating from BPCC and greatly enjoys working with all of her kiddos. She has experience working with several different gait impairments, balance disorders, autism, and has even begun offering equine therapy sessions. Seeing her kids reach their goals and the joy it brings them is the highlight of her day!

Amanda Ables

Amanda graduated in 2021 with a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Before becoming a speech therapist, she taught Montessori preschool and middle school. She is passionate about pediatrics and loves helping children reach their full potential!

Erica Andrews
SLP, Team Lead

Erica has been treating clients for nine years and working for Building Futures for three years. What makes her stand out as an SLP is that she loves to collaborate with her fellow OTs and PTs. She feels that meeting the client’s sensory and physical needs allows for a more successful speech treatment session. You can treat the “whole client,” making therapy much more beneficial.

Hannah Altick

My name is Hannah Altick, and I graduated from Louisiana Tech university in May 2021. I began practicing as a Speech Language Pathologist and started working at Building Futures in 2021. I am LSVT certified! I love working at Building Futures and collaborating with the other professionals to help the sweet kiddos achieve their goals! I chose working with children because I love seeing them progress and work towards their goals and improve in life skills!

Tiffany Bowman

Tiffany is currently working on her eighth year as an SLP. She has been working for BF for a little over two months now since moving back to Ruston, but she also worked for BF from 2014-2017, which is almost four years in total! Tiffany says, “I love working with individuals with early language deficits, especially kiddos with ASD. Growing up with an autistic twin brother has given me insight to not only know how to treat a child from a professional point of view but understand the challenges families face daily. I’ve had the opportunities to practice, supervise and teach pediatric language skills in the clinical and academic setting in my short time as a therapist and continue to learn and grow with each year.”

Anna Ginn

Anna Ginn has a passion for working with the pediatric population. She loves working with families/ caregivers and each therapeutic discipline to ensure the best outcome for each of her clients. She earned her master’s degree in 2021 from the University of Louisiana Monroe and began working as a Speech Language Pathologist here at Building Futures. She sees communication as one of the most important aspects of daily life and strives to ensure her clients find that perfect way to communicate. 

Linda Claire Horne

Linda Claire graduated in May of 2019 with her Masters’s in Speech-Language Pathology. She has served the pediatric population for the past three years in the school system and now at Building Futures!

She has a deep love for the kiddos she serves and thinks children have so much to teach us. The first words spoken, sweet smiles, and speech and language milestones reached are what motivate Linda Claire to be a better therapist every day.

Karleigh Jones

Karleigh is a new hire here at Building Futures. She began her career in the school system and joined our team in March 2021. One thing that makes her stand out as an SLP is that she is super resourceful. She can use many different things that make learning fun in the therapy room!

Tonya Lenard

Tonya Lenard has been practicing for 29 years! She has worked with children and their families in various settings. She says, “For the last four years, I have had the privilege of working with an amazing group of therapists at Building Futures Pediatric Therapy. Helping children find their voice is my passion in life and Building Futures has allowed me to fulfill my hopes and dreams. Providing speech therapy is not just a career for me, it is my calling in life.”

Madison Morris

Maddie just earned her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Louisiana Tech University. She says, “I have found a love for pediatrics. I love to help and watch them reach their goals. I’m so excited for my journey at Building Futures!”

Amanda McDaniel
SLP, Team Lead, Clinic Manager

Amanda has been with our team for 12 years! She has a passion for helping children meet their goals by developing relationships and mutual respect. She believes using that foundation to understand their individual needs is key in empowering them to express themselves.

Elizabeth Neilson

Elizabeth has worked with our team for the past four years and had this to say, “As a therapist and a foster parent, I hope to always stand out by working as hard for each of my kiddos as I would want someone to work for my own child… and by being compassionate.”

Wendy Petrus
SLP, Admin Director, Owner

Wendy Petrus is one of our owners. She graduated with her Master’s degree and began practicing as a Speech Language Pathologist in 2007. She joined the team in 2008 and became a partner in 2010. She has always had a passion for helping children and knew very early on that she wanted to work with the pediatric population. She has a strong intention to work with not only the child but the entire family and instills these ideals and virtues in her team members. Over the years, she has gained extensive training and certification in pediatric specific techniques. She has a love for sharing her knowledge with new therapists and helping them grow to be amazing as well!

Sara Kate Putnam

Sara Kate has always had a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember! She has been practicing as a speech-language pathologist for over 8 years. She loves seeing the progress of the children on her caseload over the years and building relationships with the special families she serves. She has had special training in therapy programs such as the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, SATPAC Speech, Lively Letters by TLC, and Vital-Stim Therapy.

Abigail Benefield
Intake Coordinator, Monroe

Hello! My name is Abigail Benefield. I am 23 years old, and a graduate from Louisiana Delta Community College with an associate degree in business technology. I am the youngest of three, a twin sister and an older brother. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, listening to music, painting and hanging out with my family. I have been with Building Futures for about a month now, and I am loving every second of it. The atmosphere and people are so fun and outgoing. I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing team.

Allyson Gilbert
Intake Coordinator, ruston

My name is Allyson Gilbert, and I am the Intake Coordinator here at Building Futures. It is such an honor to see our therapist making the biggest difference in these kiddos lives. And seeing the children’s exciting faces when they arrive and smiles when they leave is such a wonderful experience. While at home, I enjoy spending time with my fiance and family, going to the park and walking trails. When not doing that I enjoy reading and watching Netflix with my cat, Clairice.

Amy Riley
Collections Specialist Ruston

My name is Amy. I joined the Building Futures family in June as a Collection Specialist. I have worked with insurance for over 15 years. It is a joy to collaborate with people who are enthusiastic about helping children. Seeing the smiles and joy on the faces of the kids that come to therapy is extremely rewarding. When not at work, I love spending time with my husband, family, and my very spoiled dog named Blu.

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