Occupational Therapy

Rebecca Dill, OTR/L

Rebecca (Becca) graduated with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Governors State University after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Calumet College of St. Joseph where she was the Valedictorian. There she received the Outstanding Science Baccalaureate Award and the Pioneer Award for Community Service. Her fieldwork experience included working in pediatrics with individuals and groups of children in schools, skilled nursing facilities, and an inpatient psychiatric unit. Becca has some training in manual therapy, sensory integration and sensory-based strategies from her fieldwork and job shadowing at Wee Care Therapy. She was a MOT Research Presenter at ILOTA in 2017 where she presented on “Perceptions of Professionalism in Level II Fieldwork.” She also served on the Fieldwork Panel at ILOTA’s Student Conclave at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. In her spare time, Becca enjoys competitive volleyball and basketball. She radiates positive energy which shines in her treatment. Becca respects family involvement in therapy, and eagerly awaits meeting you and your child.

Christina Guanzon, OTR

Christina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2008, and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from the University of Indianapolis. She has experience in pediatric inpatient acute care, outpatient therapy, clinic therapy, school therapy, early intervention, and NICU. She has worked with children from newborn to young adulthood involving cardiac surgery and cardiac limitations, hematology/oncology, respiratory illnesses, neurological disorders such as seizure disorders and brain injuries, and orthopedic injuries/surgeries. Other diagnoses included developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. She also works with adults in a hospital acute rehabilitation unit and teaches dance to children ages 9-12 years. Christina’s heart has always been in pediatrics and she looks forward to helping the children that she serves through a creative balance of work, play and leisure!

Raelene (Rae) Harvey, OTR

Raelene is a registered occupational therapist who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hope College in 2014, and a Master’s Degree in occupational therapy from Grand Valley in 2016. Her professional experience is from working in a hospital acute rehabilitation unit. Patient diagnoses included, but was not limited to, cerebrovascular accidents, arthroplasty, craniotomy, generalized weakness, and multiple sclerosis. As a student, she trained in rehabilitation and sub-acute care facilities, a camp for adults with developmental challenges, and a sensory integration clinic. She also volunteered and job shadowed at Wee Care Therapy. Raelene strongly believes that family involvement is important for children to achieve functional improvements. She has always been passionate about working with children. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, she served as a nanny for many years, including caring for some children with special needs. Raelene presented a poster presentation at the AOTA National Conference titled “Card Shop: Key Elements of an Interprofessional Vocational Program for Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities.” She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She is also certified in CPR. Raelene is a passionate, caring, creative therapist, and looks forward to meeting you soon!

Danielle Moyado, OTR

Danielle is a registered occupational therapist with a Master’s Degree in occupational therapy from Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, Illinois. She has experience working with diverse pediatric populations including children with autism, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. Prior to earning her degree, Danielle worked as a one on one aide for a boy with autism, and in the office of a pediatric therapy clinic for several years where she had wonderful opportunities to observe and learn from the therapists there. She has attended advanced training in the areas of sensory integration, sensory processing disorder, neurodevelopmental treatment, and food chaining. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She is also certified in CPR and the Interactive Metronome. Danielle brings a fresh, positive energy to her approach to therapy!

Elona Rhoda, OT

Elona has been an occupational therapist since earning her Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Chicago State University in 1986. She has a well-rounded background in sensory integration and neurodevelopmental treatment. She also has extensive training in the Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, myofascial release, kinesiotaping, reflex integration, TES (threshold electrical stimulation), and feeding. She is certified in CPR. Elona is comfortable with wide variety of populations including sensory processing disorder, autism, cerebral palsy, prematurity, developmental delay, Down Syndrome, brachial plexus injury, genetic syndromes, neurological disorders, and pediatric orthopedics. She is experienced in the NICU. In her spare time, she volunteers at her church in the nursery and as a youth leader. Elona enjoys working to improve the lives of children, and being a positive influence on their growth!

Susan (Sue) Swindeman, OTR

As a registered occupational therapist, since 1984, she has served numerous children with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, prematurity, sensory processing disorder, feeding difficulties, and various other disorders. Sue worked as an independent therapy provider for several years before opening Wee Care Therapy in 1994. She has advanced training in a variety of areas including, but not limited to sensory integration (certified), Interactive Metronome (certified), neurodevelopmental treatment (8 week Bobath training), craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, therapeutic listening, and the Wilbarger deep touch pressure proprioceptive technique. She believes that continuing education and advanced training are vital to the development of therapy skills. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and certified in CPR. Sue also presents continuing education seminars both internationally. She co-authored books and CD (available through Wee Care Therapy) that offers over-the-counter, user friendly sensory strategies for home, daycare, and preschool called: Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers, and Tools for Infants: Sensory-Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Intervention Providers. As the CEO of Wee Care Therapy, Sue believes that family involvement and team communication are critical to the therapy process!

Brenda Winkler, OTR/L

Prior to obtaining her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2019, Brenda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University in 1995, and a Master of Arts in Education from St. Xavier University in 2002. Before joining our team at Wee Care Therapy, she taught high school biology and psychology. She then worked with cancer research and social sciences administration in academia for over 15 years. Her hospital volunteer work in OT reinforced her decision to pursue a new career. Brenda’s fieldwork training focused on outpatient pediatrics in hospital and free-standing clinics and early intervention. In working with children, the common pediatric diagnoses she served included autism, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, feeding difficulties, hypotonia, hemiparesis, seizure disorders, brachial plexus injury, respiratory and cardiac dysfunction, torticollis and plagiocephaly, and other developmental disorders. She was a co-author for The Effects of Mindfulness Training on Wisdom in Elementary School Teachers which was published in the Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science. She also co-authored Occupational Self-Assessment which was published in the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Rehabilitation Measures Database. She gave a poster presentation at the 2018 Annual Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Conference on the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Positive Psychology Interventions for Clients with Mental Illness Symptoms Following Acquired Disability. With her passion for learning and working with children, Brenda ensures that each child receives compassionate care through holistic, evidence-based practices and thoughtful collaboration with families and members of the treatment team. She is highly attentive to the needs of individual children and their caregivers. Brenda strives to find creative solutions to overcome obstacles in order to help her clients reach their goals!