Our dedicated and experienced staff is here to provide you with all the support and information you need. Learn a little more about our individual backgrounds and what we can contribute to your relationship with your child.
Meet Our Team
Benny Delgado, DT
Benny Delgado has over 20 years of experience working with children with developmental delays from birth to age eight. He has extensive training and knowledge in the area of autism and relationship based/family centered care. Benny received a degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago and currently serves as president of the Illinois Developmental Therapy Association. He is certified in the DIR-Flootime and Functional Capacities for Development Model developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder. Benny has provided parent and professional training workshops on a variety of topics including challenging behaviors in young children, typical and atypical development, providing early intervention services in the natural environment, empowering parents to become active participants in their IFSP meetings, maximizing parents' engagement in therapy sessions, routines-based intervention and best practices in developing child and family outcomes. He is bilingual and fluent in both Spanish and English and provides ongoing services and workshops in both languages. Benny enjoys supporting families in achieving their goals for their children, providing education for families and professionals and spending his free time with his wife and two young daughters.
Alysia Olvera, MS., CCC-SLP
Alysia Olvera is a certified speech-language pathologist. She received a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders and went on to receive a MS in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from Elmhurst College. She has gained a variety of experience working with children and their families through providing speech and language services in an elementary school, volunteering for special recreation associations, and assisting with social/play groups. Alysia utilizes play-based interventions within the child and family’s natural environments and strongly believes in a family-centered approach to treatment. She currently lives in Addison, IL and enjoys visiting new places and spending time with her family and friends.
Brittney Woodruff, MS., CCLS, CIMI, DT
Brittney has been providing services within the Early Intervention system since October of 2012. She lives in Hampshire with her husband and 3 and a half year-old little boy. She feels that having a young child has been the best education and has allowed her to relate to parents that she works with, providing a true understanding of all that goes along with parenthood. In order to broaden her knowledge in the development of children she earned a Masters in Child Development from Erikson Institute in 2002. She is certified as a Child Life Specialist, and has worked in two, large Chicago-land children’s hospitals providing therapeutic intervention, medical education, and expressive and emotional support to children and families from ages 0-18 with varying diagnoses. Brittney has a special interest in working with children and families who may have a medical diagnosis, and has special experience working with children who have tracheotomies and need ventilator support. She is certified as an Infant Massage Instructor, as well as a Lekotek leader, focusing on adaptive toys and meaningful play for children with special needs. Throughout her career she has trained and specialized in providing family centered/relationship based services. Brittney believes in supporting the parent child relationship, and empowering the parent in taking an active role in the development and progress of their child. She provides services within the areas of: Huntley, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Gilberts, Burlington, Lily Lake, Campton Hills, Marengo, Algonquin, Lake In the Hills, and Crystal.
Allison Oswald, MS., CCC-SLP
Allison Oswald is a pediatric speech language pathologist who has been working with families in Early Intervention, and preschool settings since 2005. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Illinois, Champaign, and completed her graduate studies at Northern Illinois University. Allison strongly values the parent-child bond, and works to help families build on their strengths giving strategies and ideas using play based learning. Allison enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, 2 kids ages 3 and 7, and dog.
Darcy Armbruster, PT, DPT,CCI
Darcy received her Bachelors degree in Biology from Pittsburg State University in 2009 and went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. During her schooling she had the opportunity to have a PT internship at Shriners Hospitals for Children and from that point on she knew she had to work in the field of pediatrics. She fell in love with the way children persevere through challenging times and the way she can support each child and family along their unique journey. Since graduating she has worked with children and adults from birth to 21 years of age and has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses including medically fragile ventilator dependent children. With a love for learning and always looking to better support the families she works with she became the first PT in the state of Illinois to be a Cure Duchenne Cares Certified Physical Therapist. In her free time she enjoys being in the great outdoors and spending time with her family.
Emily LaDuke, M.Ed, DT
Emily received a M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education at Elmhurst College and Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from St. Xavier University. Her work experience includes eight years working as a Speech and Language Assistant for a special education co-op in the south suburbs and at a pediatric clinic in Matteson, IL. Emily has been a strong member of multi-disciplinary teams in diverse settings that include classrooms and families’ homes. Her experience with children spans from birth through adulthood. Emily has been involved with families of all backgrounds through the school system, Special Olympics, and Early Intervention. She builds and maintains positive relationships with children and families through family centered approaches and play-based learning in natural settings. Emily lives in Evergreen Park with her husband and two children.
Kirstin Peterson, M.Ed, DT
Kirsten has been working with children and families in the Early Intervention Program since 2014. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Kirsten enjoys working with families in their homes and within the community. She strives to provide children and families individualized support within sessions to help them reach the goals they’ve created. She loves learning from the families and other professionals she works with! Kirsten lives in Lombard with her husband and infant daughter.
Kelly Novak, MS CCC-SLP
Kelly Novak is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who completed her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University and her graduate studies at St. Xavier University. She has been working as an Early Intervention credentialed provider and evaluator since 2004. In addition Kelly has completed the Assistive Technology Certificate Program at the University of Illinois Chicago in 2010.
Kerry Galarza, MS OTR/L
As a pediatric occupational therapist, Kerry provides specialized assessment and home-based early intervention with children and their families while partnering with the network of professionals collaborating in the targeted care of each child's circumstances. Kerry strives to engage the family in naturally occurring, meaningful home-based methods to empower autonomy and maximize functioning. Earning her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois, along with extensive training from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Kerry specializes in helping the families she serves navigate the impact of the environment on their ability to thrive holistically. She is also a proud mom of three wild little boys.
April Leigh, MS., DT
April brings over 12 years of work experience in Early Childhood. April received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio Northern University and her Master’s of Science in Child Development from Erikson Institute, with a specialization in working with children with special needs. She spent 9 years working as a Service Coordinator in Early Intervention working in Ohio, Florida, then Illinois. April has worked 4 years within the Head Start system as a teacher, coach, and coordinator. Of course, her biggest accomplishment is her little boy, Brixton. Watching him grow and being able to stay at home with him for his first year, April has learned even more about child development. April works part time as a Developmental Therapist, while spending her other days at home with her son. As a DT, April hopes to support the parent and child relationship as the basis for positive growth in the child’s development. She believes in supporting the child and family in the natural environment through routines based play, focusing on keeping the family culture and priorities at the heart of it all
Sarah Erickson, M.Ed, DT
As a Developmental Therapist, Sarah provides play based learning in a natural environment. She received a BA in Pre-Physical Therapy at Trinity International University and later went on to receive her M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education at Elmhurst College. Sarah provides a unique perspective as she also has experience in ABA therapy working as a field therapist. However, her most important experience is with her own family as she believes that having kids of your own teaches you so much as well. She currently lives in Johnsburg, IL with her wonderful husband, Stephen, and their two amazing daughters, Evelyn & Olivia, and equally amazing son Elijah!
As billing administrator, Chrissy performs Leaps & Bounds' day to day operations including medical billing submissions. She has previous office experience performing operations assistance and data entry while working at a trucking company and a logistics warehouse. She spends the majority of her time as mom to the Delgado children, Olivia and Lucinda ages 8 and 4 and enjoys nature walks, sewing and time with her family.