Degrees held by therapists and clinical assistant:
Masters Degrees in Occupational Therapy (M.S. & M.A.)
Exercise Science and Physical Education (B.S.)
Human Development & Family Studies (B.S.)
Padra Smith, MS, OTR/L, SIPT
Founder & Clinical Director
Padra Smith is the founder and clinical director of Mighty Minds and Muscles who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education from Arizona State University. After obtaining her B.S., she pursued a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine and trained at Mayo Clinic & the University of Champaign Hosptial and Clinics (and other locations).
To build on her exercise and research background, when Padra continued her studies at Washington University School of Medicine she studied how cognition develops and changes through the life cycle. Additionally, she studied how the physical environment affects one's ability to participate and be successful in the world. She also took care of a child with severe physical and mental diabilities and traveled internationally with and assisted a professional adult with quadripegia on a daily basis. These experiences inspired her to develop her practice using neurodevelopmental therapeutic interventions and coaching strategies. In addition to providing O.T. services, Padra also incorporates her skills as a Professional Organizer in order to help clients and their families to interact with their belongings and successfully complete life tasks in a calm organized fashion. She also acts as a consultant to a number of schools and provides teacher and parent workshops regularly.
Padra is constantly promoting her own knowledge and seeks to grow with each client as they grow and learn. Padra also provides mentorship to other therapists and emerging clinicians.
Padra is a Certified Tomatis Method® Practitioner, Certified Therapeutic Listening Provider, Certified iLS Provider and Certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and a Licensed Cellfield Reading Intervention provider. She is also training in the Masgutova Sensory Neural Reflex Integration program. She is very experienced in Handwriting Without Tears, Balametrics, Astronaut Training, The Alert Program and incorporates concepts related to Orton Gillingham, Writer's Workshop, Singapore Math, Brain Gym, Beckman's Oral Motor Techniques, NDT and many more programs.
When she is not working Padra loves to spend time with her devoted husband, visit with her family and friends, read, design (anything), cooking, photography, arts & crafts, going to the movies or shows and most of all she loves to travel.
Kailey Gruber, MS, OTR/L
Kate Foster, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist & Clinical Manager
Kate joined the MMM clinic team bringing 5 years of experience working with families and children in homes, clinics, and ABA center based schools. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a Masters degree of Occupational Science and jumped head first into the Early Intervention program for babies/toddlers 0-3 years old.
She believes strongly in the benefits of a therapeutic connection between child and therapist. She strives to give each child specific challenges to watch themselves attempt, fail, learn, grow, and succeed in their therapeutic activities and exercises. She has experience with selective eaters, delayed fine motor, increasing social skills, and leading group therapy sessions.
Outside of her work hours she enjoys meditation, playing piano, yoga, sweets, and jogging. She is recommitting herself to learn how to cook dinner meals for her family and always tinkering around making DIY toys for fine motor.
Jenna Varnauskas, MS, OTR/L
Jennifer Louie, DPT, PCS
Malinda continuously works to transform Padra's creative thoughts into a final product she loves!
Kiki Skeete, PT
Cathy Procopio, PT
Administrative & Clinical Assistant
Administrative & Clinical Assistant
Megan graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors's degree in Fashion Design, but was inspired to make a career change and is currently applying for her Master's in Psychology. She is from Chicago, IL, and comes from a family of educators. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, gardening, and sewing. Megan is so excited to be a part of the team and loves collaborating with her co-workers and interacting the kids.
Nicole is an aspiring Occupational Therapist. She is a current Senior at Pace University studying Psychology, Biology, and Neuroscience. She has been with the MMM team for over a year, starting as a student intern. She enjoys dance, having danced competitively most of her life.