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 LittleRoos 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 masters degree at the University of Southern California. She has many years of specialized experience treating infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at a major Phoenix hospital. With a deep understanding of the challenging journey many NICU families have successfully completed, Laurel can provide expert continuing support after the transition to home. Laurel also has extensive experience in outpatient pediatric care, and subacute pediatric rehabilitation – working with a wide range of children from 0-18 years old requiring various levels of developmental, neurological, orthopedic, and medical fragility support. Laurel also holds specialty certifications in neonatal therapy and massage, and has been a program leader for GiGi’s Playhouse in Phoenix for several years.
Caitlin Oakey is an Arizona native. She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University in Arizona. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Caitlin was a preschool teacher and then a 5th-grade teacher. She has extensive experience with babies and kids of all ages. Following graduation, Caitlin developed a love and interest in feeding therapy. She has been trained in swallowing disorders, sensory-based feeding, and oral motor skills. Caitlin uses a sensory integrative approach to therapy and enjoys providing care for families in their natural home settings and outpatient clinic.
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.
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.
Director of Services
Matt McMillan has a background as a programmer and technology leader. He is ecstatic to apply the skills he has gained and learn many new ones while directing service and technology for Little Roos. Matt loves spending time with his wife Sarah, his daughter Tessa, and dog Daisy. You can find them hiking trails and trying out restaurants in the Tucson area.