Meet the Team
We view our personal relationships with our families as a privileged role, and never lose sight of the enormous trust placed in our hands. Together, we can celebrate the “inchstones” as well as the “milestones” that mark each child’s progress toward their goals.
Owner – Occupational Therapist
The founder of Little Roos is Laurel McMillan, MA, OTR/L, an occupational therapist specializing in infant and pediatric therapy services. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego and earned her master’s degree at the University of Southern California. She has many years of specialized experience treating infants in a variety of settings, including outpatient rehabilitation, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and in the community. Laurel has thorough experience and knowledge in infant development, specifically motor skill acquisition and feeding development. She is eager to support families every step of their journey and help their little ones thrive..
Speech Language Pathologist
Katrina Graf is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in working with babies with complex feeding difficulties. She grew up in the midwest and attended graduate school at the University of Arizona. She has worked for 8 years in the acute care and NICU settings, working with patients with neurological, respiratory, cardiac, GI, and other medical and surgical diagnoses. Her passion is helping families become confident in feeding their babies by either breast or bottle and finding feeding solutions for infants with complex feeding challenges. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor and has taken TOTS training for tongue-ties. When she is not helping babies eat, she can be found taking care of her dogs and chickens, cooking something tasty from her garden, or hiking and biking around Arizona with her husband and toddler son.
Alison has been a pediatric physical therapist for 22 years, working in acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient, NICU, school-based, and aquatic therapy. Her passion is empowering families and kids to reach their goals while participating in all aspects of family life. Originally from Long Island, NY, Alison received her Master’s of Physical Therapy from The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. Her career started in a school for children with disabilities in White Plains, NY. She then worked as a staff physical therapist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She met her husband in Philadelphia while he was attending dental school at Temple University. After a one year layover in San Antonio, TX, for her husband’s residency, Alison moved to her husband’s hometown of Phoenix. In addition to being a physical therapist, Alison helps her husband with his dental practice, learning more than she ever wanted to know about teeth and dental insurance. Alison has three children and enjoys cooking and hiking in her free time.
Melissa graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and her Master of Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University.
Melissa has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings including, schools, early intervention, hand therapy, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation. She works with children and their families to help facilitate developmental milestones and return of function. Melissa is dedicated to her work in pediatrics and passionate about working with children and their families. Melissa has a special interest in advanced training in pediatric feeding.
Becca Schira is an occupational therapist from Gilbert, AZ. She received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of CA. She developed a love for pediatric occupational therapy during OT school and moved back to AZ to pursue working with children. Becca’s experience includes clinic and home-based therapy, with an emphasis on sensory integration. She has worked with children ages 0-18 with a wide variety of developmental and sensory-based needs for 4+ years. Recently, Becca has found an interest and passion for working with families during their journeys with tethered oral tissue and completed the TOTS (tethered oral tissue specialty) course this summer! Becca utilizes a client-centered; strengths-based approach to support the child and family as a whole throughout the therapy process. It is her goal to bring joy into every session! When she is not working, Becca can be found at home playing with her puppy, Millie!
Speech Language Pathologist
Yulia Zach received her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Purdue University in Indiana. During her years of graduate school, she became certain she wanted to be a pediatric therapist, and her experience in a pediatric setting only confirmed her passion for helping children learn, communicate, and think. Yulia believes that children learn best through play and relationships, and her little clients know that she respects them and their interests. She has worked with children 1-18 years old with various needs and developmental levels. Yulia has completed extensive training on developing communication skills in children on the Autism Spectrum and earned an Advanced Certificate in the DIR Floortime model. Yulia is also interested in bilingualism as she and her family speak three languages: English, Russian, and German. She is married and has two beautiful daughters, one of them on the spectrum. Yulia loves reading, biking, hiking, and traveling with her family and dog Maxwell.
Speech Language Pathologist
Audra Blewitt (M.S., CCC-SLP), is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in working with the pediatric and adolescent population. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to Indiana in 2018 to continue her education and is now in Arizona to continue her career development. She received her bachelor’s degree (double major in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and Psychology) from the University of Connecticut in 2018 and received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Purdue University in 2020. Since graduation, Audra has worked to serve children and families in both the outpatient rehabilitation settings and the school settings, giving her well-rounded clinical application skills and understanding of various service systems. Audra believes in neurodiversity-affirming service provision and creating a partnership that prioritizes the communication goals of children & their families. Her main priorities in sessions are connection, building trusting relationships, and learning/communicating through play. Audra has had training and extensive clinical practice in working with children/adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, children with intellectual disabilities, and children with a variety of communication delays and disorders. When not at work, Audra can be found hanging out with her cat, Pickles, attempting to grow a succulent garden, ordering coffee at the nearest Dunkin’, or reading a new book.
Jennifer graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. She has over 25 years of experience working in pediatrics in a variety of settings including hospital, clinic, home, and community. Jennifer began her career at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis before transitioning into owning her own practice providing contracted services in early intervention. After living her whole life in Indiana, Jennifer and her husband moved to Scottsdale in early 2023.
Over the years, Jennifer has worked with children of all ages, but has developed a niche providing services to infants and toddlers. She has experience with a variety of complex diagnoses. Specialty areas include oral-motor and sensory-based feeding challenges, sensory processing differences, motor development and extreme prematurity. Jennifer is comfortable working with medically fragile children and has developed a thorough understanding of the complex bodily systems impacting occupational performance.
Jennifer’s enjoyment in working with families is palpable. She strives to empower parents by providing holistic support and education about all aspects of their child’s development. She realizes each child’s journey is unique and she utilizes a variety of tools and techniques to tailor treatment plans to the distinctive needs of the child and family.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys yoga, outdoor fitness, cooking and spending time with her husband, three daughters and her dog, Phoebe.
Speech Language Pathologist
Jordan Wakser is a speech-language pathologist from Phoenix, AZ. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. Since graduation, Jordan has worked in clinical settings with the pediatric population targeting all aspects of speech and language treatment, specializing in oral-motor pediatric feeding disorders. Outside work, Jordan can be found trying new restaurants and hanging out with friends and family!
Director of Services
Meet Matt, the Director of Services at Little Roos, who brings a wealth of experience to our team. With a background in software development and leadership, Matt is a strategic thinker and problem-solver, committed to delivering high-quality pediatric therapy services.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys playing music and spending time with his family. He brings his passion for creativity and collaboration to his work at Little Roos, where he is constantly seeking new ways to improve our therapy services.