FUNctional Kids Pediatric therapy was created with the intention of providing quality care to kids and families in a non-traditional way. We recognize that families face barriers in getting their child the therapy that they need and value supporting the child within their natural environments, which is why we offer a combination of in-home, community-based, and clinic-based services.
Our goal is to provide individualized occupational therapy services to promote skill development, adapt the environment as needed for success, and empower families to best support their children! We evaluate each child using a holistic approach to identify all factors that may contribute to their current challenges.
Meet the Team
Nicole Fluth, OTR/L
Sarah Dickes, OTR/L
Nicole received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Dakota in 2018. With a passion for pediatrics, Nicole has worked in outpatient pediatrics specializing in feeding, the Early Start Denver Model for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and in sensory processing. She also worked within the school setting to provide services within the preschool classroom as well as in the elementary and middle schools. Nicole has completed continuing education in primitive reflex integration, strategies for picky eaters and problem feeders, parent-child interaction therapy, sensory integration, interoceptive awareness, and attachment theory.
Sarah received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Dakota in 2013. Sarah has 9 years of experience working with the pediatric population, recently specializing in the treatment of children with feeding difficulties as a part of an multidisciplinary team intensive feeding program. She has received training in the Early Start Denver Model curriculum for young children with Autism and has been using this approach for over 3 years to serve families in our community. Sarah is passionate about helping families identify and implement strategies that will make day to day life more FUNctional. We're thrilled to have Sarah on our team!
Katherine Christensen, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Katherine graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Lake Area Technical Institute May of 2020 and received her AAS in OTA. Katherine has two years of experience working and serving the pediatrics population, including children with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, ODD, OCD, and feeding. Katherine has completed continuing education courses on trauma and its effects on developing children, sleep disturbance and disorders, working memory, feeding, toileting, and reflex integration. Katherine is a new addition to our team and we are so excited to have her on board with us!
Ashley Musch, OTR/L
Ashley attended the University of South Dakota for graduate school and obtained her doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2019. Since graduating, Ashley has moved across the country 3 times and gained valuable experience working with children in the NICU and outpatient settings, as well as providing school-based occupational therapy services. Ashley has completed additional training in Mosgutova Neurosensorimotor Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration, the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, and Ayres Sensory Integration. Ashley is passionate about helping children thrive and we are thrilled to have her on our team!