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Pediatric Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy & Dyslexia in Gilbert, AZ

What We Do!

Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (PT) and Speech Therapy (ST) help children to restore or develop their functional performance in a variety of areas. For children, some of the areas include play, self-help skills, functional mobility, school performance, and social skills. At Way to Grow, LLC, we provide individualized, play-based and child-centered OT, PT and ST services. Our treatment sessions are provided in a clinic setting with a sensory based gym, featuring a wide variety of equipment, toys and activities to motivate, encourage and provide each child with a "just right" challenge to foster maximum skill development. Your child will love to grow and learn with us in our fun, safe and supportive environment!

Areas of Focus

• Fine and gross motor skills
• Upper body strength and coordination
• Postural stability and balance
• Motor planning
• Visual motor skills
• Visual perception
• Eye-hand coordination
• Activities of Daily living (dressing, grooming, bathing, etc.)
• Attention difficulties
• Sensory processing difficulties (tactile, auditory, visual, vestibular and proprioception)
• Executive function, time management and organization
• Handwriting difficulties
• Feeding issues
• Upper and lower extremity strength
• Range of motion
• Balance and coordination
• Trunk strengthening for postural control and stability
• Gait deviations
• Mobility skills 
• Communication
• Speech Difficulties
• Apraxia
• Phonemic Awareness
• Pragmatics
• Working Memory
• Reading Comprehension
• Written Expression

Diagnosis Treated

• Developmental Delays
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Dyspraxia or motor incoordination
• Sensory Processing Disorder
• Cerebral Palsy
• Spina Bifida
• Down's Syndrome
• Erb's Palsy
• Neuromuscular Disorders
• Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
• Idiopathic toe walking and other gait abnormalities
• Hypotonia /hypertonia
• Juvenile idiopathic arthritis 
• Childhood Apraxia of Speech
• Articulation Difficulties
• Stuttering
• Phonological Disorders
• Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders
• Auditory Processing
• And more

Who We Are!

Way to Grow, LLC is a therapist owned and operated, Pediatric Therapy clinic serving children and their families in the Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe areas of Metro-Phoenix, AZ. Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy services are currently available from birth to age 16 yrs. Currently we provide out-patient, clinic-based services at 2715 S. Alma School Rd., Suite #3. 

Occupational Therapy Team

Heather Baumgartner OTR/L, Owner

Heather, B.S. OTR/L, Owner

Heather Baumgartner is the founder, owner, and supervising Occupational Therapist at Way to Grow, LLC. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1995, with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Through the years and scope of practice, she has had a wide range of experience in pediatrics through home health, clinic based, hospital, and school settings. Heather specializes in the treatment of pediatric clients (birth to 18 yrs.) with emphasis on SPD (Sensory Processing Disorders) and SI (Sensory Integration), NDT (Neurodevelopmental Theory) and Motor Learning theories. She also has an abundance of experience with childhood development as a SAHM for 10 years while her 4 girls were young and attending elementary school. Heather has also dedicated many hours of study and continuing education to keep up with the latest information on SPD research, Autism and Pediatric information by attending conferences, completing continuing education course work, participating in mentorship programs and independent study. Heather is certified in the “Handwriting Without Tears” program, the “Integrated Listening Program” (iLs) and recently became certified as a provider for the S.O.S feeding program (Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Program) through Dr. Kay Toomey. She also had the honor and privilege to become an Advanced Level 1 Mentored Clinician in SPD through the mentorship/training program at the STAR Center (Sensory Treatment and Research Center) in Denver, Colorado, June 2015. Heather also recently received formal training in the “Bal-A-Vis-X” program, Sept. 2016 and is currently a member of both state (Arizota) and national (AOTA) OT associations.

When she’s not working, Heather enjoys time with her husband (Jimmy), and their family either at the gym or going on vacations where there’s warm water and sandy beaches! She also has 2 boxers dogs, and has a love for decorating, creating jewelry and shopping with her 4 daughters!

Marianne Sword, COTA/L

Marianne, COTA/L

Marianne Sword joined Way to Grow, LLC in December 2014 as a Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She received her degree from Brown Mackie College Phoenix in 2012 and completed her fieldwork rotation at a specialized Sensory Integration outpatient clinic where she was hired as a full time COTA/L after graduation. She has had hands on training and mentorship from talented therapists whom she still collaborates with regularly. Marianne has also completed several continuing education courses including Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding with Dr. Kay Toomey, Pediatric Feeding: Big Picture I &II with Jennifer Meyer, Brachial Plexus education, as well as attending several conferences including the SPD Foundation 3S Symposium with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Arizona Spring Conference Linking Play to Function through NDT and SI with Lezlie Adler. She has also completed the CPI (Non-violent Crisis Intervention) training. Her passion lies in working with children with sensory processing difficulties, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delays and children with feeding challenges. She has also completed intro and advanced conferences in the Applications of Kinesio Tape and is a practicing Kinesio Taping provider.

Marianne is from the mid-west and has called Arizona home since 2000. When not working, Marianne enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and mountain biking with her family.

Kaylee Finnigan MOT, OTR/L

Kaylee, MOT, OTR/L

Kaylee joined the Way to Grow team in May 2022 as an occupational therapist. Originally from Southern California, Kaylee attended Colorado State University to pursue her master’s degree. After completing her coursework in 2016 she began practicing in variety of pediatric settings, working with kiddos ranging in age from birth to 21. Kaylee has additional training in sensory integration, NDT, feeding, and emotional regulation among other areas. She is passionate about working with all children and their families, helping them discover tools to thrive. When she is not working Kaylee enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, or finding a new coffee shop.

Lynsie McLenna

Lynsie, COTA/L

Lynsie recently joined the Way to Grow team in August as a Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Lynsie graduated with her degree from Pima Medical Institute in 2015, and began practicing at a Sensory Integration clinic shortly after. She has worked with children ages 2-21, with hands-on training and experience in sensory integration and feeding therapy. Lynsie has worked with a variety of different diagnoses and is passionate about helping children and families to gain the tools they need to support all aspects of daily life. She has completed a variety of continuing education courses including “Implementing Sensory Integration into Practice”, “The Get Permission Approach to Anxious Eaters/Anxious Mealtimes” and “Assessment and Treatment of the Baby via NDT”. In her free time, Lynsie enjoys being outdoors through hiking and paddle-boarding, as well as crafting and spending time with her friends and family.



Ali joined the Way to Grow team in June of 2023 as an Occupational Therapist. After growing up in Chandler, Ali graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Child Development (BS) from Texas Christian University in 2017. She then returned home to earn her doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) in 2021 from Northern Arizona University. Ali has prior experience working at a pediatric clinic, specializing in sensory integration. She has additional training in feeding therapy, emotional regulation, and mental health, along with being a TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner, for working with children and families impacted by trauma. In her free time, Ali enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors, trying a new restaurant, or on the couch with the latest show or book!



Liz joined the Way to Grow team in August of 2023 as an Occupational Therapist. Liz is originally from Colorado and moved to Arizona after earning her doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) in 2017 from Creighton University. Liz has prior experience working at a pediatric clinic specializing in sensory integration and as special faculty for Creighton University teaching the Children and Youth course. Liz holds a certification in Sensory Integration from USC, Board Certification in Pediatrics through AOTA and is certified in the “Therapeutic Listening Program” (TLP). Liz's clinical expertise and passion is diverse; sensory processing, development milestones, feeding eating and swallowing and infant treatment. In her free time, Liz enjoys traveling, going to sporting events and spending time with her fiancé Bill and her two Boston Terriers, Blackjack and Ace.

Speech and Language Team

Erin McBride  M.A., CCC-SLP

Erin, Team Lead, M.A. CCC-SLP

Erin joined the Way to Grow team in January 2021 as a Speech Language Pathologist. Erin earned her bachelor's degrees in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences (BS) and Creative Writing Poetry (BA) at Arizona State University in 2015. Erin earned her masters in Communication Disorders (MA) at New Mexico State University in 2017. Through her 3+ years experience in clinic based pediatric therapy, Erin has gained experience in evaluating and treating a wide range of disorders and diagnoses. Erin is passionate about early intervention and play based therapy, as well as feeding therapy and articulation therapy. Erin is hoping to further her career by looking into orofacial myology to further her experience with treating and evaluating tongue thrust.

Erin was born and raised in Arizona. In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, writing, cross stitch, gardening, and playing with her dogs. She is very proud that she has had the opportunity to travel to 13 different countries.

Kayleigh Jones CCC-SLP

Kayleigh, M.S. CCC-SLP & Creative Coordinator

Kayleigh joined the Way to Grow team in June 2021 as a Speech Language Pathologist. Kayleigh earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders (BS) at University of Nebraska Kearney in 2015. She earned her masters in Speech Language Pathology (MS) at Midwestern University – Glendale. Through her 3 years experience in clinic based pediatric therapy, she gained experience in evaluating and treating pediatric speech and language disorder and diagnoses. Kayleigh is passionate about alternative and augmentative communication, social communication, sensory integration in speech and language intervention, play based therapy and feeding therapy.

In her free time, Kayleigh enjoys running and hiking with her fiancé and dog.

Brodi Blomdahl, SLPA

Brodi, SLPA

Brodi joined the Way to Grow team in May 2022 as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. Originally from Southern California, Brodi moved to Arizona in early May of 2022 after graduating college.

Brodi earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders (BS) and received a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certification from California Baptist University in 2022. Brodi has a passion for the autistic community as well as early play-based language intervention, social communication, and phonological disorders. She plans to expand her interests as she works within the Speech and Language Pathology field.

Brodi is excited to be a part of the Way to Grow team and is eager to build relationships with not only those receiving treatment but also with their families. Brodi wants to ensure that everyone's experience at Way to Grow is positive and rewarding.

Brodi was born and raised in Riverside, California. Although Brodi is new to Arizona, she is excited to explore the wonderful things the state has to offer. In her free time, Brodi enjoys playing soccer, drawing, road trips, and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.

Bridget, SLPA

Bridget, SLPA

Bridget joined the Way to Grow team in June 2023 as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree and received her Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certification in 2022. Bridget is passionate about working with children in a play-based setting. She is excited to be a part of the Way to Grow team and is looking forward to building connections with both the patients and their families. Bridget was born and raised in Arizona. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her friends.

Office Administration Team

Nikkie Procter

Nikkie, Practice Manager

Nikkie joined the amazing Way to Grow team in July 2021 as the Practice Manager. She made the decision to start a career in the medical field in 2005 and has developed an extensive background in many aspects of patient care ever since. She started her journey as a Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist and worked her way up to Management in 2007. She opened and managed multiple Urgent Care facilities in her hometown in California before moving to Arizona. Nikkie is excited to be a part of this exceptional group of individuals who love what they do, and she is eager to help ensure that everyone's experience at Way to Grow is a positive and rewarding one.

In her spare time, Nikkie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her kids play sports and going to the gym.

Stephanie Tripp - Billing specialist/Patient Care Coordinator

Stephanie, Billing Specialist

Stephanie joined the way to grow team in November of 2018. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, she moved to Chandler, Arizona in 1991, at the age of 7, and has made it her home ever since. In 2013, she started her medical billing career journey and 7 years later, she still enjoys behind the scenes work. When she is not at work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her six kids (four girls and two boys) and her three dogs.

Jaden Coules

Jaden, Receptionist

Jaden joined the Way to Grow team in September of 2022 as a receptionist. He lived in Southern California for 12 years until moving to Gilbert, Arizona. He graduated from Higley High School in 2022 and is now attending college at Chandler Gilbert Community College. Jaden is in school learning about business management in hopes of owning a successful business in the future. He has a background revolving around customer service and strives to ensure the patients and parents are pleased with our services. Jaden is excited to work at Way to Grow and looks forward to getting to know the patients and parents along the way.

In his free time, Jaden enjoys spending time with family, playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.


Cindy, Patient Care Coordinator

Cindy recently joined Way to Grow in July of 2023. She has many years of medical office experience and loves working in such a rewarding field! She has four grown kids and two fur babies. When she’s not at work she loves yoga, hiking, eating desserts or vacationing on a sandy beach anywhere tropical.


Here's what families are saying about Way to Grow

"My kids have grown exponentially with the help of these ladies!!! They are warm, inviting and extremely good at what they do! The office/paperwork side of the business is very responsive and super professional! I would highly recommend Way to Grow!!!

-Laura M.

"The staff is warm, loving, knowledgeable and simply amazing. We are so lucky to have WTG in our lives. WTG has been a "game changer" for our son. I am so thankful for all they have done for our son and family.

-Megan B.

Pediatric Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy & Dyslexia Services in Gilbert, AZ, Phoenix,Tempe, Chandler, Mesa,Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Mesa,Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Paradise Valley, Maricopa, Casa Grande, SanTan Valley, Queen Creek, Phoenix Metro area, East Valley

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Contact Information

2715 S. Alma School Rd., Suite #3
Chandler AZ 85286

Phone: 480-508-5252


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