Jennifer Kelly Reeves, Founder and Co-Owner, Building Futures

Jennifer completed her education in occupational pediatric therapy in 1998 and went on to work in outpatient and school settings in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Illinois and finally in Louisiana.

She founded Building Futures Pediatric Therapy in 2005 so she could offer a holistic approach to pediatric therapy in an environment that is as personal and home-like as possible. For more than 15 years, she has been working on building a staff that interacts not only with the children but also with families. Her intention is to connect the parents with their children’s therapists so they can get help and advice when they need it.

Her primary focus is, of course, on helping children develop to their full potential. Together with Wendy Petrus, Jennifer has created two facilities with a gym and an array of toys, games and equipment that make therapy fun. She has also assembled an impressive staff that can offer a wide array of therapies to the children of Monroe, Ruston and the surrounding area.

Jennifer continued her studies to add the following skills to her repertoire:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Craniosacral Techniques
  • Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment
  • Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI)
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques (NDT)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Techniques (ABA)
  • Certification in Infant Massage
  • Sensory Integration Treatments

She has also taken courses from John Barnes, Temple Grandin, Carol Cranowitz and Dr. Rahul Nath.

Wendy Petrus, Co-owner, Building Futures

Wendy Petrus graduated with her Master’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and began practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Mandeville La in 2007. She moved back home in 2008 where she joined the Building Futures team and became a partner in 2010.

Wendy 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 also 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 and areas including:

  • Dysphagia
  • Lively Letters and Phonology
  • Reading With TLC Program
  • Apraxia Certifications Including Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol
  • Fluency
  • Early Language Development
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Food Chaining
  • MNRI
She has a love for sharing her knowledge with new therapists and helping them grow to be amazing as well!

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