Welcome to Bloom

Meet Marlene Plummer.

Marlene graduated from Indiana University in 1998 with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. In 2000, she completed an M.S. in Communicative Disorders from Jackson State University where she was the first recipient of the Outstanding Clinician Award.  Marlene has experience with speech and language disorders, hearing loss, and feeding disorders in a variety of settings which include schools, First Steps, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, NICU and private practice.  She has also completed courses in pediatric feeding and myofascial release.

Currently, Marlene serves on the board of Family Voices Indiana.

Marlene grew up near Bloomington in Solsberry and loves being able to work with families in this area.

Fun Fact: Marlene grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Greene County; her family still sells trees.

Meet Ashleigh Cummings.

Ashleigh is a registered Occupational Therapist who has been practicing in pediatrics since 2003.  She has practiced in various settings including outpatient rehab, First Steps (home based Early Intervention), school systems and NICU and has experience working with children from infant to adolescence. Ashleigh has several “tools” in her toolbox that facilitate successful outcomes for the pediatric population. Her specialized training includes infant feeding, myofascial release, visual motor/perception and sensory integration, though she is equipped to provide services outside of those specialties. Ashleigh is the mother of 2 beautiful girls who keep her on her toes.  She has a great love for the good Lord and a good cup of coffee and truly believes that those 2 things combined keep her alive and sane.

Meet Lindsey Dean.

Lindsey has more than 12 years of pediatric outpatient experience. She graduated from the University of Evansville with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005. Lindsey’s specializations include Neuro-Developmental Treatment Certification, training in Myofascial Release, Concussion Treatment, Wheelchair Fitting, and Orthotic Fitting and Management. Outside of work, Lindsey enjoys exploring Bloomington with her family and watching her three young kiddos participate in various hobbies and activities.

Meet Cora Horn.

Cora Horn graduated from the University of Indianapolis in December of 1999 as a Physical Therapy Assistant. In the past, she has worked in outpatient, orthopedics, aquatics, and home health. Cora has also specialized in outpatient pediatrics for the last 14 years, treating children from birth to 21 years old. Cora continues to attend courses and conferences regularly to continue to provide the best care and techniques for her patients. Cora loves to spend time outside with her three children and her pet goose, Popeye.

Meet Rachelle Ahaus.

Rachelle graduated with her M.S. in Occupational Therapy in 2010 and has loved working in pediatrics since graduation. Rachelle has worked in outpatient pediatrics, school systems, First Steps/early intervention, and has also worked with adults in the skilled nursing setting.

Rachelle has a passion for working with kids and their families who face challenges associated with sensory processing and integration issues, especially with feeding including selective/picky eating. She wants families to know that they don’t have to fight the battle alone, and that help is out there. Rachelle has attended trainings in SOS and Food Chaining. Additionally, Rachelle is trained in Therapeutic Listening and has attended courses on sensory processing and vision.

In her free time, Rachelle loves traveling, camping, and anything related to Italy.

Meet Jennifer McDaniel.

Jennifer graduated from Indiana University in 2009 with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences.  In 2012, she completed a M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Southern Illinois University.

For the past 6 years, Jen has specialized in pediatrics, working in private outpatient settings and First Steps/early Intervention.  Her specializations and trainings include Autism and behavioral based RTI, Talk Tools oral motor program, Social Thinking, alternative and augmentative communication systems (AAC), and phonological processes intervention.

Jen’s interests include spending time outside with her son, cooking, and playing competitive kickball.

Meet Kelli Usrey.

Kelli graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1976. Kelli’s family operated a meat packing plant in Bloomfield for over 50 years until her parents’ retirement. The business spanned 4 generations from her grandparents, her parents, Kelli, and her two children, Adam and Laci.

Kelli joined Bloom as the office manager in October 2018. Prior to coming to Bloom, she served 30 years as superintendent’s executive secretary at Bloomfield School District. Kelli has always loved working around children. Babysitting as a young girl was her job, usually making 50 cents an hour!

In Kelli’s free time she enjoys spending time with family, which includes her mother, who is 87 years young, husband Mark, and her six granddaughters and one grandson.

Jesus, coffee, baby snuggles, and big kid hugs are what makes her love for her job grow every day!

Meet Shannon Bothwell.

Shannon graduated from Indiana State University in 2015 with an M.S. in Communication Disorders. Since graduation, she has worked with the pediatric population in both home-based and outpatient settings. Shannon loves working with beginning communicators and sharing in the joy families feel when their child makes those first communicative attempts.

Shannon has received specialized training in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), DIR Floortime for Autism, and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

When she isn’t spending time with her husband and young son, Shannon enjoys gardening and dreams of owning a cut flower farm.

Meet Renee Bemis.

Renee is a certified occupational therapy assistant. She graduated from Brown Mackie college in 2014. Renee has worked in outpatient clinics for the last 5 years. Renee has experience with children with social/emotional difficulties, sensory processing, picky eating, oral motor/feeding. Renee is motivated to help kids explore sensory processing with regards to integration and regulation that can help them be successful in everyday life. Renee has taken continuing education courses on picky eating and oral motor/feeding issues. Renee strives to learn more though attending continuing education courses to better serve children and families.

Renee spends her free time raising her sweet and wild little boy. She and her husband enjoy their work in church music ministry where they often sing together.

Meet Nicolette Juncker.

Nicolette graduated from the University of Evansville in 2017 with a B.S. in Public Health and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019, also from the University of Evansville. She has experience in outpatient pediatrics and acute care as well as working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Nicolette loves working with children to help them reach their fullest potential by focusing on the foundations of movement. One of Nicolette’s passions is being active so she strives to help children she works with find their own favorite source of movement. Nicolette has experience with a variety of manual therapy techniques and working with children with neurological disorders.

Outside of work, Nicolette loves to travel and has visited 10 countries outside of the United States and is making progress toward her goal of visiting all 50 states by time she is 50! Exploring coffee shops and being immersed in a culture are her favorite things to when in new places.

Meet Abbey Barker.

Abbey graduated from Indiana University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and continued her education at IU, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology in May of 2019. Abbey has experience in both pediatric outpatient and school settings and is looking forward to starting her career as a speech language pathologist at Bloom Pediatric Therapy. Abbey has attended courses on Social Improv and Pediatric Swallowing/Feeding. She hopes to continue learning and growing by attending more courses in the future and by learning from the children she works with daily.

Abbey grew up in Bloomington and is happy she gets to continue working close to home. In the summer, Abbey loves spending time outside golfing or skateboarding on the B-line Trail. When it gets cold, she will stay indoors doing puzzles or playing board games with her friends and family.

Meet Elizabeth Mathews.

Elizabeth is a registered occupational therapist. She graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a B.S.K. in exercise science. In May 2019, she received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis. Elizabeth has fieldwork experience in outpatient pediatrics, school systems, and early intervention as well as inpatient rehabilitation, acute care and outpatient orthopedics. Elizabeth completed her doctoral capstone experience here at Bloom where she not only gained additional clinical skills in treating children with feeding difficulties, but she developed and implemented feeding handouts for Bloom’s feeding program. Elizabeth wants every child to achieve his or her best life possible and loved making a difference in the lives of children and their families. Elizabeth enjoys all things water, aside from playing with little girl and English Mastiff fur baby, Elizabeth spend her time at the beach, in the pool, or on the boat.