Client Care Team

Amanda Lopez

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Staff Credentials: 
PhD, LP
Staff Position: 
Clinical Psychologist
Team Member Since: 
2018

I graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2011.  I have provided treatment and assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment settings.  I have also served in an academic administrative role supervising graduate students and upcoming professionals.  My goal in working with clients and their families is to help individuals reach a meaningful life in whatever form that takes.  I enjoy being part of a team that can help individuals fulfill their potential by using their skills and talents

Heather Heppe

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Staff Credentials: 
MS, OTRL, DRS, CDI
Staff Position: 
Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
Team Member Since: 
2018

I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2015. With a background as a Commercial Truck Driver in construction I was very intrigued with Driver Rehabilitation throughout my academic career. My final fieldwork at Western was with a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist where I assessed individuals with physical, cognitive, and/or visual impairments for driving. Once introduced to Driver Rehabilitation this quickly became a passion and is a natural fit because of my experience.

April Toivenen

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Staff Credentials: 
MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Staff Position: 
Speech-Language Pathologist
Team Member Since: 
2016

I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with my Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1992. I have worked in a variety of settings over the years including acute care, outpatient, schools, and skilled nursing facilities. I have always had a love for working with those that have experienced a brain injury and their families because I am able to devote my time helping others get their lives back!  I am truly blessed and proud to be a part of such an amazing organization here at Origami!

Kristin Brooks

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Staff Credentials: 
MPP
Staff Position: 
300-hr Yoga Instructor
Team Member Since: 
2016

I love yoga. What started out almost 15 years ago as a way to get some exercise, has become an important piece of what I do, how I live, and who I am. While the physical benefits of yoga are real and numerous, this is a lifetime practice because of how it lifts the spirit, clears the mind and brings a sense of peace and holistic wellness. Because of yoga, I am stronger, kinder and more patient. Through teaching I hope to help others find the ways in which yoga benefits and enriches their lives.

Mariah Moncada

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Staff Credentials: 
PT, DPT, CBIS
Staff Position: 
Physical Therapist
Team Member Since: 
2016

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science and received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2016.  I was lucky enough to have my final, full-time clinical internship at Origami and now have been blessed with the opportunity to join this amazing staff! My experiences have allowed me to work with a variety of populations including traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accident, spinal cord injury, geriatrics, and numerous orthopedic conditions.

Mackenzie Patterson

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Staff Credentials: 
MS, OTRL, CBIS
Staff Position: 
Occupational Therapist
Team Member Since: 
2016

Hello! I graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Psychology.  Thus, I am a huge Michigan State football and basketball fan--Go Green! I received by Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 2015. Throughout my academic career, I was fortunate enough to work within a variety of populations and settings, including pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, and brain injuries.

Emily Chase

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Staff Credentials: 
MS Ed
Staff Position: 
Art Instructor
Team Member Since: 
2013

Hello, my name is Emily and I am the Art Program Developer at Peckham, Inc. I began my career as a special education teacher for the New York City Department of Education, where I developed a curriculum to create an enriching visual arts experience to address the diverse needs of each student. I have also facilitated art classes for the adult homeless population at a Lansing shelter and taught afterschool art activities in the Detroit Public Schools. I earned a Bachelor's of fine art in Art and Design and a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Charissa Shadduck

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Staff Credentials: 
MS, RD, CBIS
Staff Position: 
Registered Dietician
Team Member Since: 
2007

Hi, I have been practicing as a Registered Dietician since 2002. I completed my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Dietetics at the awesome college of Michigan State University. I then went on to complete my Master’s of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After graduation, I moved back to the Lansing area to marry my wonderful husband. I have been working in the area since counseling for many different nutritional situations. I am excited to be a part of the Origami Team!

Brendan Fisher

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Staff Credentials: 
CBIS
Staff Position: 
Rehabilitation Aide
Team Member Since: 
2009

I moved to Michigan in 1994 from a small town in England called Bradford-on-Avon.  My employment with Origami began in 2009, working as a Living Skills Staff member, before I began my current role as a Rehabilitation Aide.  I find working with individuals that have sustained a TBI a rewarding experience, especially when I can help people achieve their goals.  I take pride in my work and had the honor of being nominated as Origami’s employee of the year in 2011.

Michael Kingsley

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Staff Position: 
Direct Support Professional
Team Member Since: 
1997

I have had the pleasure to be with Origami since the day the doors opened (April 9, 1997). It’s been rewarding watching 35 acres of woods and grass fields turn into a beautiful rehab center! We have grown to becoming one of the top rehab facilities in the state. What I enjoy the most about my job is working directly with people. I find great satisfaction in giving of myself, and helping those in need, I like to think that the support/encouragement we offer in our rehab makes a big difference in people’s lives!