Kris Dickinson, M.S., OTR/L Owner, Occupational Therapist
Originally from Wichita, Kris got her bachelor's from the University of Kansas and her master's in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University (WMU) in 1993. After many years of being away from Kansas, she returned to Wichita in 2010 and opened TheraPlay Spot in June 2012. TheraPlay Spot started as a one-therapist practice in a charming little house with only 10 children. Incredibly, TheraPlay Spot has now helped over 2200 children in 10 years! Kris still enjoys treating by covering for other therapists on occasion, as well as mentoring new therapists. She is humbled by the responsibility of her evolving leadership role.
Her passion and daily goal is to create a fun and productive work culture where therapists and staff love coming to work, so that they can help our children and their families succeed where they would otherwise struggle.
Our Physical Therapists
Andrea has been a pediatric PT since 1987 when she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She joined TheraPlay Spot in 2015 and has extensive pediatric experience working in acute care, NICU, schools, home visits, and outpatient. When not at work, she enjoys time with her husband, family, and dogs. She also enjoys running, yoga, reading, or volunteering with Family Promise.
Our Office and Admin Staff
Kristi joined TPS as an office manager in June 2023, she has been in this field for over 10 years. She graduated at Wichita State University in 2011 with a Sociology Degree and Psychology Minor. Kristi has a strong passion when it comes to helping others. On her down time, she loves to read, travel and watch movies. She is happily married to her partner Danielle and they have two fur children Jack and Koda.
Beth joined the TheraPlayer team in January 2021 as our medical billing and accounts specialist. She has many years of related billing experience in the counseling world and now joins the pediatric therapy world. She is able to navigate the complex and, at times frustrating, world of billing insurance and fighting denials. As an advocate for our children, she will help parents maximize their insurance benefits. She loves spending quality time with her family and grandchildren. She also enjoys reading, taking walks, and caring for her 3 fur babies.
Rachel joined our team as a Front Desk Coordinator recently in July 2023. She graduated at Kansas State University with a bachelors in Animal Science. She finds sheer joy in aiding families and witnessing the infectious smiles of children. On her free time she enjoys the outdoors with her husband, their two kids and two dogs.
Evelina initially volunteered as a shadow at TheraPlay Spot in 2021. She successfully graduated from WSU and currently holds a position in the marketing field. During her spare moments, she enjoys exploring new hobbies and relishes spending time with her goldendoodle companion, Hoshi.
Mildred "Milly" recently joined our team in July 2023. She moved to Wichita from Nebraska "Go Big Red". She loves helping families in any way that she can. On her free time she enjoys spending time traveling, playing video games and with her family. She is an excited to be part of TPS!
Becky started very part-time, when we were much smaller, in November 2015 helping us stay clean and organized. Over the past 5 years, her hours have doubled and she notices how much we have grown by the ever-increasing need to order toilet paper! Ask any member of the TheraPlayer team, and they will tell you that Becky has the most generous and kind heart, and it's a common occurrence for her to leave thoughtful and unexpected surprises for people. She is appreciated beyond measure. Her job is unfortunately one that goes unnoticed if it's done well, and very much noticed during the rare times she has had to miss a time or two. This means that she does her job quite well, especially with all of the extra pandemic sanitizing she does!
Since we moved into the large clinic in November 2015, David has spent most days around the clinic in his overalls while making dramatic changes and improvements to the building. He has had various roles, including interim office manager, HR manager, and bookkeeper. He brings to the table years of expertise from being both a small business owner and an efficiency expert in the engineering world. He continues to wear many hats, including maintenance guy, computer repairman, IT dude, construction worker, electrician, carpenter, painter, plumber, carpet cleaner, dog walker, equipment purchaser, leaf blower, snow shoveler, landlord to the Office Spots tenants, and confidant (and loving husband) to the owner.
Heidi is a mini Australian shepherd and joined the TheraPlayer team when she was a wee pup in April 2016. She enjoys greeting the children, chasing balls and lasers, following people around when they have food, and stealing food out of the trash. You may have heard her full name: "Heidi Get-Out-of-the-Trash!"