Meet Our Team

Amy Bruce

MS CCC-SLP/L

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Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner

Amy earned a BS in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1997, completed Beginning American Sign Language I, II, & III at Cincinnati State in 2001, and earned a MS in Speech/Language pathology at Miami University in 2000. Amy spent her first years of practice in Cincinnati, Ohio diagnosing and treating an array of commutation disorders in the public school system. In 2002, she moved to Illinois where she again worked in the school system. She founded ABC Pediatric Therapy, LLC in 2004 and provided therapy to children in the Early Intervention System as well as school age children. Her experiences include: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Deaf, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Articulation Disorders, Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders, and Fluency Disorders (stuttering). These experiences allow her to help children of all ages to develop communication skills so they can develop to the best of their abilities.


Zac Medema

MS CCC-SLP/L
Clinic Supervisor
AAC Consultant

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Speech-Language Pathologist

Zac earned a BS in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in 2008, and a MS in Speech-Language Pathology from SIUE in 2010. Since graduation, Zac has been working at ABC Pediatric Therapy as a speech-language pathologist and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Consultant providing speech and language therapy and AAC services to children and young adults, their families and support personnel. He has continued to participate in a broad range of continuing education courses and hands-on study in the ever-evolving field of AAC in order to remain on the cutting-edge of this specialized practice. He has extensive experience with a broad range of speech and language disorders as well as with individuals who have severe, multiple and/or complex communication needs.


Jamie Burch

MA CCC-SLP/L

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Speech-Language Pathologist

Jamie earned a B.S. in Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University in 2014 and an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at St. Louis University in 2016. While in school, Jamie focused on assisting those effected by Autism Spectrum Disorder by raising awareness and acceptance and assisting individuals with pro-social activities. Since graduation Jamie has worked at ABC Pediatric Therapy providing speech and language therapy to children with a wide variety of needs. Her experience includes: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pragmatic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Language Disorders, Articulation Disorders, Phonological Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impaired, Esophageal Speech and Electro-larynx therapy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), Voice and Resonance Disorders, Transgender Voice therapy, and Fluency Disorders (Stuttering). These varying experiences assist her in helping children of all ages to better communicate with others across environments.


Melissa Lisk

MA CCC-SLP/L

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Speech-Language Pathologist

Melissa earned a BS in Communication Disorders from Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in 2013 and a MA in Communication Disorders from SEMO in 2016. During graduate school, Melissa gained a wide range of experiences at the SEMO Center for Speech and Hearing and completed externships in an elementary school and a brain injury rehabilitation center. Upon completion of graduate school, Melissa has been employed at ABC Pediatric Therapy. Her pediatric experience includes: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Articulation Disorders, Phonological Disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Fluency (Stuttering), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Voice and Resonance, Hearing Impairment, Down Syndrome, and Cognitive and Social Aspects of Communication.


Katherine Bakouris

MA CCC-SLP/L

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Speech-Language Pathologist

Katie earned a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. Louis University in 2016 and a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at St. Louis University in 2018. While in school, Katie gained a wide range of experiences at the St. Louis University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, as well as St. Louis University's Early Childhood Language/Literacy Center. Katie completed externships in an early childhood center, elementary school, a center for head injury services, and an acute care hospital. Upon completion of graduate school, Katie has been employed at ABC Pediatric Therapy. Her pediatric experiences include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Articulation Disorders, Phonological Disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, Fluency (Stuttering), Hearing Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Cognitive and Social Aspects of Communication.


Bailey McDonald

MA CCC-SLP/L

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Speech-Language Pathologist

Bailey earned a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Illinois State University in 2017 and an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Saint Louis University in 2019. During graduate school, Bailey gained a wide range of experiences with the pediatric population. Her pediatric experience includes: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pragmatic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Articulation Disorders, Phonological Disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Fluency Disorders (Stuttering), Augmentative Alternative Communication, and Hearing Impairment. These experiences allow Bailey to assist in helping children of all ages better communicate with others.


Michele Renth

PT

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Physical Therapist

Michele is a 1993 graduate from the Saint Louis University program of physical therapy. Her career has included practice in a wide variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, work-related rehabilitation, acute care and sub-acute rehabilitation, and home care. For the past eight years, Michele has been evaluating and treating students for gross motor delays in the local public school systems. In addition, she has provided outpatient pediatric rehabilitation to clients in the area. Michele’s pediatric experience includes: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Muscular Dystrophy, a variety of chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, delayed milestones and developmental delays, scoliosis, general orthopedic conditions, as well as sports- related or overuse injuries.


Christine Rabenort

DPT

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Physical Therapist

Christine earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University in 2010. Before joining the team at ABC Pediatric Therapy, she worked in children’s homes providing home health and early intervention services.  She also has acute care experience, from working once a month at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  She recently completed a service trip to Cuba in 2015 where she was able to help distribute and adjust 40 pediatric wheelchairs. Christine has experience with children with developmental delay, torticollis, orthopedic conditions, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, stroke, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, brachial plexus palsy, TBI, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various genetic conditions. Christine enjoys the opportunity to work together with both family and other team members to accomplish a child’s goals and to help them reach their highest possible quality of life. She enjoys pediatrics because it allows her to turn therapy into play.


Jamie Kilquist

PTA

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Physical Therapist Assistant

After twelve years of serving the public as a police officer, Jamie wanted to pursue a career that would allow her to still care for others, but be available as a mom to her two young children. In 2018, Jamie earned her Physical Therapist Assistant degree, and following an internship in a local school system, she began treating patients in the Illinois public schools. Soon after, Jamie joined ABC Pediatric Therapy to assist in the growing physical therapy department. This blend of outpatient services and school-based experience has allowed Jamie to gain valuable experience in the pediatric area of physical therapy. Jamie brings both life experience and enthusiasm to the office. She has experience with many diagnoses, including toe walking, hypotonia, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Down Syndrome, as well as generalized orthopedic conditions. Jamie love working with children and families because assisting a child in achieving a new skill is so rewarding. As a busy mother of two, Jamie strives to provide the same level of care and compassion that she would want for her own children.


Credentials Legend

CCCClinical Competence Certificate
LProfessionally Licensed in the State of Illinois
SLPSpeech Language Pathologist
PTPhysical Therapist
PTAPhysical Therapy Assistant
DPTDoctor of Physical Therapy
MSMasters of Science
MAMasters of Arts

Services

Our therapists have a wide range of experience with:
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Augmentative Communication Evaluations
  • AAC Programming
  • AAC Consultation on site and off site
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Delayed Milestones
  • Spinal Muscular
  • Atrophy
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Feeding
  • Oral-Motor Deficits
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delays
  • Hearing Impairment/Deaf
  • Fluency Disorders (Stuttering)
  • Chromosomal and Genetic Abnormalities
  • Scoliosis
  • Torticollis
  • Toe walking

Testimonials

My son enjoys going to ABC and working with his therapist. I can tell he enjoys it, because he runs in and then talks about it afterwards! He often corrects my speech when I make a mistake! - Parent

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