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Pediatric Occupational Therapist work to improve children's global development including physical, cognitive, and foundation skills such as sensory processing to assist the child and family in maximizing their success in all areas of daily life.

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Our daughter, who joined our family through adoption, has developmental trauma, and traditional OT and other therapies were not sufficient to meet her needs.   

We contacted the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, TX to learn more about trauma and how to find a therapist who may have the expertise to help our daughter.   We learned that Erica is one of a handful of trained and certified child trauma academy OTs in the country.

We live in the Midwest and Billings, Montana is a 15-hour (one way ) drive from our home.  However, bringing our daughter to work with Erica was well worth the trip!!!

Erica demonstrated a wealth of   knowledge, compassion, a genuine caring heart, and passion about OT and trauma OT as she worked one-on-one with our daughter.  She also worked closely with our whole family as she knows the effects of trauma affect the entire family unit.

Erica also navigated our family through how to treat and parent a trauma child.  She shared a wealth of resources, tools and options for us to try. She also recommended many therapy tools and products that we could obtain to use at home.

Erica spent a lot of time in evaluating our daughter’s unique situation and needs, and  she prepared a detailed treatment plan that would help our daughter start to heal.

After a month of implementing Erica’s personalized strategies for our  daughter we saw progress with our 6 year old daughter .

Our daughter’s multi-disciplinary therapeutic team (at school and private therapy) has implemented the healing strategies as well so there is consistency and predictability for our daughter. Erica has also offered to work directly with the team of therapists to offer expertise and support too if need be.

Erica,  truly has a gift working with children!! Working with Erica has literally been a life-changing improvement for our daughter and our family.!!  We cannot recommend her highly enough for any family that wants to provide expert care for a child with developmental trauma, trauma or any needs that require occupational therapy.

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Brian Schuppe

Brian Schuppe

Brian Schuppe, a candidate for LCPC, was born and raised in Billings.   Brian is an Army Veteran and after his military career, he returned to Billings where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Health Care Information Systems. Brian completed his Master’s Degree in Clinical Professional Counseling at Montana State University-Billings.  Brian has advanced training…

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Kendra Pryor

Kendra Pryor

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Kendra started her second career in the field of OT after she saw the remarkable differences OT made for her family following the injury of her younger sister. Kendra decided to pursue a career in helping others and graduated from St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, MN. Kendra has spent her entire life taking care of…

Madyson Klapmeier

Madyson Klapmeier

OTR/L

Maddy completed her Level 11 Fieldwork with Wild Roots Therapy during the summer of 2019 and officially joined the Wild Roots team after graduating from the University of Mary with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Maddy’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Montana. She has a B.S. in Science in Health and Human…

Erica Schuppe

Founder, Occupational Therapist

Erica has been an occupational therapist for 15 years and in private practice for more than half of that time. Erica started her career working in the rural schools and has served Montana districts from Colstrip, to Broadview, Red Lodge, and all the miles in between. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from…

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EMILI CROWDER

Emili Crowder

Lead Occupational Therapist

Emili has a Bachelor’s degree from MSU-Billings in Exercise Science and a Master’s Degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary. Emili has been working with kids in a private practice setting since 2017. In that time she has already gained experience with equine and aquatic therapy as well as assessment and treatment of…

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Tenika Capouch

Occupational Therapist

Tenika Capouch graduated from University of Mary in 2018 where she earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Tenika has always wanted to work in pediatrics and traveled to Peru during the summer of 2017 to provide services to school-aged children with various physical disabilities.

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JULIE CLARK

Julie Clark

Clinical Social Worker

Julie Clark is a licensed clinical social worker with Elysian Counseling and Trauma Care. Julie works with children, adults and families who have experienced adverse trauma and the lasting effects it can create throughout the lifespan. Julie specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy…

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  • Erica is great with my little guy. She has an active and creative therapy approach that helps with sensory issues.

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  • Erica has been the most beneficial therapist to work with my son by far! Diagnosed ASD/SPD 2 1/2 years ago. Erica has pulled us thru every challenge and obsticle. She helps us understand our son's challenges and how to help him at home and school as well. My son and our family would still be lost somewhere on the spectrum if it wasn't for Erica. She is truly the Austism Whisper! I would recommend Wildroots for any special needs family!

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  • By far one of my favorite professionals. I wish I could clone Erica and take her everywhere. If you have the opportunity to work with this woman, do it! You won't be sorry!

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