Jocelyn Beck, MS, OTR/L
Jocelyn is an Occupational Therapist licensed in Pennsylvania. She has been part of the Capable Kids staff for two years. Jocelyn began her journey with Capable Kids as an Occupational Therapy student, in 2018, studying under Miss Alyssa! She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 where she studied Occupational Therapy. Jocelyn practices Occupational Therapy both in the clinic and school. Jocelyn enjoys working with kids of all ages, but she loves the enthusiasm and playfulness of preschool aged children. When Miss Jocelyn is not treating our Capable Kids, she enjoys reading books and walking her dog.
Alexis Yeager, COTA/L
Alexis has been an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Capable Kids for almost 5 years. Before her career in OT, she earned degrees in Counseling Psychology and School Counseling and has worked in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Alexis then made the decision to attain her BA in Occupational Therapy from Penn State Shenango. She completed her Level 2 fieldwork at Capable Kids and accepted a full-time position after graduation. Alexis is very interested in children's overall health and well-being. She and Alyssa Pomerico presented a poster at the AOTA conference in New Orleans in 2018 reporting the results of their group titled "Combating Obesity by Increasing Occupation". She loves working with patients' social interactions and emotional regulation skills. Alexi is Interactive Metronome Certified.
Hannah Kruger, CCC-SLP
Hannah is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist practicing at Capable Kids since August 2019. She attended Clarion University for her undergraduate degree followed by her Master Degree from Kent State University in 2019. She enjoys treating speech sounds and grammar skills in sessions, but also enjoys comprehension and vocabulary skills. Hannah says, “The best feeling in the world is when a child achieves one of their targets in speech! Building their confidence, and helping them to feel successful and confident is the best gift I can receive from my work”. A fun fact about Miss Hannah is that she has been to Honduras four times on mission trips. Those trips are what helped her to realize her passion for speech therapy! She also loves reading, and has two full bookshelves at home.
Our Team Members
Chelsea Wolfe, PTA
Chelsea graduated from Reynolds High School where she originally went on to Clarion University to pursue her career in Early Education & Special Education. She then switched gears after a year & transferred to Thiel College in her hometown to accomplish a degree in Biology for 2 years. That’s when she decided to pursue her college career at Penn State Shenango & graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 2014. Chelsea worked in geriatrics until 2017 until she started at Capable Kids. She quickly became very passionate about working in pediatrics. She loves working with all ages of children, but her favorite is treating preschool aged kids. She loves to see their progress while having fun. Reporting their improvements to their loved ones is very rewarding for her. Miss Chelsea is married to her high school sweetheart, they have 4 children, 2 dogs and fish. She enjoys spending time with her family when she isn’t working at Capable Kids.
Tawnya Moore, COTA/L
Tawnya received her BA in Occupational Therapy from Penn State Shenango in 2014. She has worked for Capable Kids for more than five years as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Tawnya treats in both clinic and school settings. Tawyna says her favorite area of therapy is sensory, “I love everything about sensory!” She enjoys reading and finding new ways to treat children with sensory needs. Tawnya is currently enrolled at Muskingum University pursuing her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Tawnya is excited to expand her knowledge and provide continued care for clients as an Occupational Therapist. Tawnya enjoys spending time with her husband and six children. She also enjoy working out, hiking, explore waterfalls and caves with her family, gardening, and going camping.
Megan M Tkacik, COTA/L
Megan has been practicing Occupational Therapy for more than three years and has been a team member at Capable Kids since, 2018. Megan has Bachelors in Psychology and Neuroscience from Allegheny College. Megan then pursued an Associate’s Degree of Occupational Therapy Assistant at Community College of Allegheny County. Megan treats both outpatient and school-based children. She enjoys working with a variety of different types of clients. Megan specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma. She presented a course at the AOTA 2020 Virtual Conference series with Alyson Stover entitled: "Trauma Informed OT: Transforming ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) into Smiling Faces". Outside of work Megan likes spending time with my family and reading.
Alyssa Pomerico, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Director of Clinical Services
Alyssa is a Pennsylvania licensed Occupational Therapist at Capable Kids. She completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology at Slippery Rock University and her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University. Alyssa practices pediatric OT in the outpatient and school setting. She also serves as a part-time instructor at Penn State Shenango’s Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy Program. Alyssa is an annual attendee of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) national conference where she actively seeks out continuing education and collaboration with other practitioners. Alyssa loves working with all clients, but her favorite clients are children who are receiving therapy for the first time so she can start them on their journey and help them grow. She works hard to collaborate with client’s family members, teachers, and other service providers to provide support in all settings. When Alyssa is not at work she enjoys playing with her dog, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Lauren Dietz, PT, DPT
Lauren is a licensed physical therapist in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Grove City College with her B.S. in Exercise Science in 2014 and recently graduated from Slippery Rock University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the spring. She completed her last clinical internship at Capable Kids and is excited to be stepping into this position. Lauren loves working with children of all ages and enjoys helping them meet their physical therapy goals to improve their ability to play and interact with peers and family.
Jenna McNeely, PT, DPT, EP-C
Jenna is a Pennsylvania licensed Physical Therapist who received her B.S. in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University. She then completed her professional training at Wheeling Jesuit University where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and also has experience in Total Motion Release (TMR) for Tots and Teens. Jenna has more than five years of clinical experience in pediatrics spanning both outreach and outpatient settings. Her favorite focus area is torticollis, as she has previously worked on establishing a Cranial Asymmetry Repositioning Evaluation (CARE) clinic alongside an orthotist to treat infants with plagiocephaly and torticollis. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys exploring the outdoors, baking, and reading. A military spouse, she has recently relocated to the area to raise her one year old son around family after being away for over five years..
Annie Benedek, OTD
Annie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate program in 2020 and is now a licensed Occupational Therapist in Pennsylvania. Annie’s time with Capable Kids began in 2019 as a field work student of Miss Alyssa’s! Annie primarily practices within the schools, and works with students from kindergarten through high school. Annie enjoys collaborating with parents/families, teachers, and other providers to ensure a holistic and team approach is used to help her kiddos reach their full potential! Outside of work, Annie enjoys spending time outside with her husband and dog Rudy, volunteering at her church, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicholle Yanak, SLP
Nicholle has worked at Capable Kids since December 2020. She graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Clarion University. Nicholle's favorite part of being an SLP is individualizing activities to incorporate children's interests outside of therapy into their therapy sessions all while targeting their goals. When Nicholle is not at Capable Kids you can find her helping on her family farm or doing something outdoors!
Cassie Shearer, CCC-SLP
Cassie is a speech therapist who has been with Capable Kids since March 2018. Cassie received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Cassie loves working with children because it allows her to get really creative with her therapy! Miss Cassie loves working with early language development because she loves to see the progression kids make from not communicating at all, or very little, to using language to express themselves and communicate with their families! Cassie also loves working on articulation with her clients to improve the quality of their speech. In her free time, Cassie enjoys hiking with her husband, exercising, reading, and seeing movies.
Alyson D. Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP
Director of Clinical Services
Alyson is an owner and Occupational Therapist at Capable Kids. She completed her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Science and her Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2008 she returned to school and completed her Juris Doctorate, with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Law, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Alyson has practiced in various settings, including schools, early intervention, outpatient pediatrics and acute care and long term rehabilitation care at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Children's Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center. She is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh's Doctor of Occupational Therapy and affiliated health law faculty for the Center for Bioethics and Health Law University of Pittsburgh. Alyson serves as a Board of Director member of occupational therapy's national board, AOTA. Alyson's expertise includes the holistic approach to pediatric and family evaluation and intervention, trauma-informed occupational therapy and occupation-based approaches to substance use disorder. She is trained and certified in Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, and Mental Health First Aid, as well as splinting and taping protocols. Along with working with children, Alyson provides non-lawyer advocacy for children and families who need assistance accessing resources. As a published author, nationally grant-funded research investigator, and subject-matter expert, Alyson provides continuing education for healthcare practitioners, educators, first responders, and the community. Alyson is committed to working closely with families and our community to increase the health and wellness in Mercer County.
Mikaela Perrino, CCC-SLP
Mikaela has worked at Capable Kids since September 2020. She graduated from the University of Mount Union with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and received her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kent State in 2018. Mikaela enjoys coming up with fun and creative ways to help kids achieve their speech and language goals and to feel confident in their progress, while also collaborating with the families every step of the way! Outside of work, Mikaela loves traveling and visiting National Parks, hiking, bike riding, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog!