Pediatric Therapy Central Region

*The Shining Star Team provides pediatric therapy services. The Central team covers Kane, DuPage, Kendall counties, near Chicago, Illinois. If you don’t see your county listed, but live in a nearby county, please call us to see if we can make accommodations to work with you and your child.

Pediatric Therapy Central Region Team


Carrie R., M.S. OT

Occupational Therapist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist

Carrie joined Shining Star Therapy with 14 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy – specializing in both early childhood and early invention. As an Early Intervention specialist and evaluator, she has designed interventions for children; served as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations; and worked one-on-one with children and families. Carrie has a wealth of experience with children who have sensory motor challenges including autism, Down syndrome, developmental delays, fine motor delays, prematurity, and cerebral palsy.

Hema P., B.S., PT

Physical Therapist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist

Hema was born and raised in England, then moved to Canada, where she earned her B.S. in PT from McGill University in Montreal. Since 1995 she’s lived and worked in the U.S. in home health, schools, hospitals, rehab facilities, and outpatient clinics. Her experience includes evaluating and treating patients with both acute and chronic conditions, short and long term, from children to geriatrics. She’s chosen to now specialize in Early Intervention. “The value I add to a family’s life by maximizing their child’s potential for movement through physical therapy is priceless.”

Jennifer G., B.S. DT

Developmental Therapist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist

Jennifer is a Certified Early Intervention Specialist with over 9 years of experience working with children. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education as well as an Illinois Type 03 Teaching Certification from Northern Illinois University. As a teacher, tutor, nanny and camp counselor, Jennifer has worked with children ranging in age from birth to 12 years old. Through her vast experiences working with children, Jennifer has become both knowledgeable about child development and passionate about having fun with her students and patients.

Karen D., M.A. CCC_SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator

Karen received her Early Intervention credentials in Speech Language Pathology in 2006, shortly after earning her Master’s Degree. Initially she worked in skilled nursing facilities, then moved on to provide services in the classroom to children. Since 2009 she’s specialized in EI. Karen is also an EI Evaluator, trained to determine initial eligibility and assess children’s developmental, occupational, physical and speech therapy needs. As a Speech Language pathologist, Karen has treated children with autism, sensory deficits, apraxia, articulation/phonological disorders, and dysphagia. In addition, she’s provided supervision, guidance and mentorships to speech therapist assistants, clinical fellows, graduate students and volunteers. She has also worked with 3-5 year olds and provided home health geriatric services.

EI Evaluator
Specialty areas: Apraxia, Motor planning Karen has completed the following courses:
– The PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)

Suzanne H., M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Early Intervention Specialist and Evaluator

Suzanne brings more than 12 years of speech language pathology experience in schools, clinics and early intervention settings to the Shining Star team. As an Early Intervention Evaluator, she has completed more than 750 hours of direct treatment, in addition to meeting standards for the State of Illinois to achieve this credential. As a therapist, Suzanne has worked with both school-aged and pre-school children, administering screenings, assessments, formal and informal documentation of patients. She has co-treated patients with developmental therapists in a group setting. In addition, Suzanne has served as a supervisor to a staff of speech language assistants and graduate students.

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