OUR TEAM- SHEBOYGAN
Nichole Elmendorf, OTR
I love helping others learn and grow. As a result of my efforts, I have been able to help many individuals turn the stumbling blocks of their lives into stepping stones. I started Progressive Beginnings in 1999 with my husband John. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, shopping, yoga, and watching my 3 children participate in their various sporting events.
Jessica Oakland, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist/Operational Partner
I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2010 and then my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2014 both from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. I started with Progressive Beginnings in June 2014 and became an Operational Partner in November 2014. I have a passion to work with pediatric patients and a large interest in the neuroscience of pain to educate and engage my patients. I create our newsletters, social media posts, and community outreach as the Director of Marketing. My husband and I live in Manitowoc with our daughter, son, and dog. We love to travel, hike, camp, and spend time with our family and friends.
Jenny Scieszka, PT, DPT
Hi, I’m Jenny! I graduated from Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in both Allied Health Sciences and Psychology. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in August of 2021. Throughout my education, I enjoyed working with children and adults and Progressive Beginnings gives me the perfect opportunity to work with people in all stages of life. Being a physical therapist allows me to engage with my patients and find fun ways to help people become more active in their daily lives. When I’m not working, I enjoy being outside with my dog, traveling, trying new recipes, and paddle boarding.
Katie Cicchese, PT, DPT
Ever since my first anatomy course in high school I have had a desire to work in healthcare and after job shadowing I knew becoming a physical therapist was the right career path for me. I graduated from Viterbo University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science of Biology and a minor in Psychology, and I also played on the women’s soccer team. I further pursued my education at Concordia University where I graduated in May of 2020 with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I initially started my career working in a hospital as an inpatient acute physical therapist, but I am excited to be making the transition to the outpatient setting. I love getting to work with patients of all ages and really enjoy the opportunity to work alongside them as they strive to reach their goals. In my free time I love spending time with family, playing sports, reading and working out.
Aaron Cicchese, MS, OTR/L
I attended Viterbo University where I played on the men’s soccer team and graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Sports Science and Leadership. I continued my education at Carroll University and earned my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2020. As a new graduate, I began my career working as an inpatient acute occupational therapist. I now enjoy having the opportunity to work with patients of all ages and help them progress towards their goals here at Progressive Beginnings! In my spare time I enjoy playing/watching sports, spending time with my family and friends, and working out.
Mazal Karan, MS, SLP-CF
Speech Language Pathologist
As a former early childhood educator, the pediatric population and child development are passions of mine, with a particular interest in assisting those in need of additional support and guidance. As I noticed more and more of my students exhibiting difficulty with their communication, I decided to go back to school and learn more about speech and language development and disorders. I completed my post-baccalaureate in 2019 and my master’s degree in 2021, both from UW-Milwaukee in Communication Sciences & Disorders. Through my clinical experiences, I have seen the great value in working in a collaborative environment alongside OTs and PTs. I’m looking forward to joining the Progressive Beginnings team, serving the community, and working together to achieve client success. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing board games, and watching reruns of The Office.
Allyson Reeves, MS, OTR/L
I am so excited to have started my career
serving a community that I love, doing what I love. The catalyst to my occupational
therapy journey was a good friend, who also practiced pediatric OT, who told me OT would be the perfect career for me. After shadowing her, I fell in love with the field and never looked back! My time as a Special Olympics coach and as an adaptive program volunteer at the YMCA also helped to solidify my love for the diverse-ability community. I received my bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) and my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University. My fiancé and I love to camp, watch Wisconsin sports with friends and family, and hang with our adorable rescue puppy. Thank you for inviting me into your Progressive Beginnings Family!
John Elmendorf, OTR
We started Progressive Beginnings in 1999 to provide a choice of providers in pediatric care and an opportunity for local residents to receive warm water aquatic therapy. I have spent my career as an Occupational Therapist working to understand reimbursement, legislative guidelines, and helping others grow their new careers in healthcare. I continue to grow and expand Progressive Beginnings in the areas of management services for long term care, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation services. Our newest undertaking has been growing outpatient clinics within Assisted Living Facility communities
Sara Ploeger, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/ Rehab Manager
Hello! I'm Sara, a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and Rehab Manager at Progressive Beginnings. I completed my bachelor's degree in psychology, graduated as a COTA in May 2017, and started with ProgressiveBeginnings in November 2017. I became Rehab Manager in 2020 and love the opportunity to provide additional support to our staff and management team. I have always worked with people and truly enjoy being able to help them be able to do the things they love. I thoroughly enjoy helping people and seeing their face light up when they achieve a goal makes me smile! During my free time, I enjoy traveling, camping, and learning about new cultures.
Mikelyn Schneiss MS, OTR/L
I attended UW-Milwaukee for my undergraduate degree where I played on the women’s volleyball team and graduated in May of 2018 with a bachelors degree in Occupational Studies and a minor in Psychology. I continued with further education at UW-Milwaukee and graduated with my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in December of 2020. I love being able to support and encourage others, which is a huge reason why I love Occupational Therapy. It is so enjoyable for me to be a part of someone’s journey, to work alongside them while they work towards accomplishing their goals, and to watch them be able to participate in the things they love to do! In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, crafting, fishing, hiking with my husband, and being outside enjoying God’s creation.
Maria McQuillan MS, OTR/L
I graduated from UW-Stevens Point in May 2017 with a BS in Health Science. I worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist for a year, which solidified my desire to help people reach their highest potential. I decided to further my education at Allen College UnityPoint Health and graduated with my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in December 2020. I look forward to being a part of my patients journey to help work towards accomplishing their goals to reach their highest level of independence. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, boating, running, hiking, and working out.
Jenna Mclean, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
I graduated as a COTA in December of 2016 from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wi. I started out my career in the skilled nursing facility setting with high hopes I’d always be able to get back to working with my passion, kids. Progressive Beginnings has given me that opportunity as well as being able to continue to work with adults, and I’m so happy and excited to be a part of such an amazing team. One of my favorite things about being in the occupational therapy field is being able to see each of my patient’s grow to their fullest potential and complete the things they love doing on a daily basis. It is such a rewarding career and I look forward to helping someone reach their goals every single day. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, dog, and friends as much as possible. I love a good game night or enjoy time outside playing yard games or relaxing by a lake or pool.
Hannah Delaney, MA, SLP-CF
Speech Language Pathologist
Hello, I'm Hannah! I graduated from Marquette University in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I continued my education at Marquette and graduated in 2021 with a masters in Speech-Language Pathology. From there I completed my Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) at a school district in Wisconsin evaluating and treating students from ages 2-18. I found a love in evaluating/treating pediatric clients with a variety of communication and feeding/swallowing needs. I am looking forward to joining the Progressive Beginnings team and collaborating with OT, PT and families to help achieve our clients goals along with making a difference in their lives. In my free time, I enjoy watching/playing sports, baking sweet treats, spending time outdoors and playing board games with family and friends.
Allie Radloff MS, OTR/L
I graduated from the UW-Madison in 2011 with my Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology. In 2014, I graduated with my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University in AZ. I started my career out in AZ working primarily with an adult population focused on neurological rehabilitation. My husband and I moved back to WI in 2018 to start our family, and I then made the switch to pediatric therapy with a focus on early intervention and development with the Birth to 3 program. It was here I realized my passion for the pediatric population and my love for helping shape the little minds in our community! I am excited to be working at Progressive Beginnings back in outpatient rehabilitation and continuing to help kids of all ages. I have also started a new adventure with school based occupational therapy and will be around Progressive Beginnings after school hours and in the summer! When I am not working you can find me with my own 2 little boys enjoying the outdoors and making memories!
Kristin Winkel, MA, SLP-CCC
Speech Language Pathologist
I completed my Bachelors degree from USF in Tampa, FL in 2009 and my Masters degree in 2012 from UCF in Orlando, FL, both in Communication Sciences & Disorders. I began my career working with the geriatric population in inpatient rehab in skilled nursing. I moved back home to Wisconsin in 2018 to be closer to family. Around that time, I had an opportunity to expand my skills as an SLP and switched populations to work with pediatrics in the Birth-3 Early Intervention program. I look forward to being a part of the Progressive Beginnings team and serving all ages in our community. When I’m not working, I can be found spending time with my son & dog, at the beach or on a hike, working out, or in the kitchen.
Patient Services Manager
I am proud to be joining a team that offers excellent care for our community and is centered around helping others grow. As Patient Services Manager I look forward to assisting our therapists and management team. I feel this new role is a perfect fit for me - it is very meaningful and purposeful for me to be able to help patients with access to the care they need. My plans in the near future are to enroll at LTC. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my two dogs, working out, kayaking and remodeling my house.
Becoming part of the Progressive Beginnings team has been amazing. I am so glad to have joined such a caring and positive group of people. Finding a place to go to work and feel supported is such a great feeling. I enjoy getting to meet every new person who walks in the door and getting to hear from those whom I see weekly. Being someone who has seen the benefits that Occupational Therapy can have on an individual it feels great to be able to see it again and again everyday. My family and I recently moved here from Austin, Texas a couple of years ago and we are loving it. In my free time I enjoy working on our home, being with my family and watching the Packers.
Latest Clinic News:
The importance of good sleep hygiene
Mar 19, 2021
Good sleep hygiene involves getting 7-8 hours per night. Here are some tips to getting a good night sleep:
➡️ Maintain a daily routine such as reading before bed
➡️ Consider learning meditation or deep breathing techniques to clear your mind
➡️ Stop drinking liquids 3-4 hours before bedtime
➡️ Stay active, avoid naps
➡️ Prescriptions and over the counter medications can affect sleep
➡️ Reduce or eliminate drinking alcohol
Find your LOVE for movement!
Feb 2, 2021
Our bodies are designed to move. Although the idea of moving seems simple, we often forget how much our bodies need movement!
The CDC recommends that:
-KIDS have 60 minutes every DAY of moderate to vigorous activity
-ADULTS have 2.5 hours every WEEK, or 30 minutes each DAY at least 5 days a week of moderate activity.
If you feel limited in your ability to participate in activities of exercise, let our PB team create an individualized movement plan for you! It's never too late to find your love for movement.
Exercise in water can help reduce chronic pain.
Oct 13, 2020
Exercise in water utilizes several principles and has a number of benefits that will speed recovery, boost your muscle performance, and help to reduce pain. By using equipment such as water paddles or noodles, the therapist can create gentle currents aimed at specific areas of the body, helping to improve problem areas.
Autism in children.
May 7, 2020
Autism is a spectrum of related disorders having a shared core of signs and symptoms. All kids on the spectrum have difficulties with (1) communicating non-verbally and verbally, (2) relating to the world around and to others, (3) behaving and thinking flexibly. Looking for resources? We can help support your family.