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Occupational Therapy Service

* Sensory Integration

* Fine & Visual Motor Development

* Daily Living Skills

* Motor Planning and Praxis

Occupational Therapist teaching wall climbing
small girl in OT program
Child on treadmill
Child playing with a pizzle
Occupational Therapy Team
Occupational Therapist

Brooke Hassler, MOT,OTR/L

Brooke received her Bachelor of Science degree from Carroll University in 2014 and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University of Health Science Center in 2017. She completed fieldwork in a variety of settings and learned an array of treatment approaches such as an hippotherapy, water therapy, sensory integration, and the SOS protocol. Brooke has been a part of the Hillmann Pediatric Therapy team since November of 2017. She has always had a love for working with kids from being a nanny to teaching dance lessons and horseback riding lessons. Brooke initially fell in love with occupational therapy when she worked as an Applied Behavior line therapist for children with autism. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog Kipper and her husband Matt. Brooke would love to work with you and your family to empower your child to live their lives to the fullest potential. 

OTA/Clinic Director

Dania has been practicing as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for the past 28 years. She has participated in a multitude of continuing education courses to improve her knowledge in the areas of Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing as well as in behavior management and Autism. She also completed a variety of management and team building courses that have supported her in her role as the Director of Clinical Services. Dania is a Certified Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) trainer. Dania has been a part of the Hillmann Pediatric Therapy team since August of 2008. In her free time, Dania has earned her black belt in the art of Kajukenbo Karate and has been involved with a local travel baseball team as the assistant travel commissioner. Dania is married and 2 children that she enjoys watching play college softball and baseball. 

Dania Polly, COTA/L

Director Clinical Services

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Megan Mutz is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She graduated from South Suburban College with an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008. Megan joined the Hillmann Pediatric Therapy team in 2008. She has worked in pediatrics since graduating. Megan has experience in outpatient pediatrics, in schools, and Early Intervention (age birth-three). She is passionate about helping children and their families. While working in the clinic Megan takes pride developing goals that are important to the child and his or her family. Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, being outdoors and traveling.

Megan Mutz, COTA/L

Occupational therapist
Stephanie Meyn, MOT,OTR/L LMT

Stephanie received her Bachelor degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Services from
Northern Illinois University in 2019 and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from North Central
College in 2021. Prior to becoming an OT, Stephanie has had several opportunities working with
children in a variety of backgrounds and abilities, and each opportunity has only further solidified her passion for the pediatric population.   She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings,including schools and outpatient clinics.  She has been a part of the Hillmann Pediatric Therapy team since July of 2023.  Stephanie strives to develop meaningful relationships with clients and their families.  Through a holistic approach, she loves to create interventions that are exciting and fun for children. There is no better feeling than seeing clients overcome obstacles, no matter how big or small.  In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, traveling, and cooking new recipes.

occupational therapist
Samantha Thompson, MOT,OTR/L

Sami received her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University in Normal, IL and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from North Central College in Naperville, IL. Sami completed her clinical fieldwork in a variety of areas including inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, schools, early intervention, and outpatient pediatrics at Hillmann Pediatric Therapy in Shorewood, IL. During these clinical rotations Sami had the opportunity to treat individuals of all ages with a variety of diagnoses including neurological impairments, neurodegenerative diseases, orthopedic injuries, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, cerebral palsy, among many others. Sami has also worked and volunteered with children of all ages and abilities in recreational programs and within the school system as she has always had a passion for working with children and their families. When Sami is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her Fiancé, family, and friends, exercising, and spending time outdoors. 

occupational therapist
Nicole Meyers, MS,OTR/L

Nikki started her degree towards Occupational Therapy at NIU with a focus in Family and Child
Connections. She transferred to Western Michigan University where she was accepted to their
4+1 Masters program. Nikki graduated with her Bachelors Degree with a focus in Occupational
Therapy in 2017 and  Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2018. Nikki has been with working at
Hillmann Pediatric Therapy for 5 years both in the clinic and school settings. She enjoys having
the opportunity to work both at the schools and the clinic setting. At the clinic, Nikki enjoys
working with the Early Intervention population and older kids working on functional life skills
such as cooking. Her favorite activities are anything that involve getting messy and having fun
because that’s the best way to learn. When not at work, Nikki enjoys traveling, spending time
with her family or taking walks with her dog.

occupational therapist

Melissa is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who began working for HPT in
2019. She attended and graduated from McHenry County College in 2018. Melissa truly
enjoys working within the pediatric setting ranging from ages 0-18 in both clinic and
school settings. She loves working as a team with parents, guardians, and teachers to
promote a better learning experience and continue furthering a child’s development.
During her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her kids and family, being
outdoors, and horseback riding.

Melissa Long, COTA/L
occupational therapist
Hannah Miller MSOT, OTR/L

Hannah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Individual Development and
Psychology in 2018 from Northern Illinois University. She received her Masters degree in
Occupational Therapy from Lewis University in 2021, where she gained clinical experience in
outpatient pediatrics, school-based services, and in a community setting utilizing collaborative
skills to develop programs for individuals across the lifespan.
Hannah’s passion for working with children and families stems from her prior experience in early childhood education. Witnessing the positive impact of early intervention solidified her desire to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Since February 2023, he has been a part of Hillmann Pediatric Therapy. Hannah thrives on building strong relationships with young children and their families, and is passionate about helping children learn and flourish through fun and play. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her young daughter, husband, and 2 dogs, who keep her very busy!

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