Our Therapists

Jennifer Bluske (Krull)
Jennifer Bluske (Krull)OTR/L, Director
Jen is an occupational therapist and director at Children’s Therapy Network. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy. Jen has worked in the school, home and private clinic setting as well as for programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, Birth to Three, and preschools. Jen is passionate about working with the whole child, specifically in the areas of sensory processing, regulation within the parent/child relationship, autism, feeding and eating disorders, social interaction difficulties and behavioral concerns. Through her work and experience of parenting two adopted children, Jen has sought extensive addition training in the areas of attachment, parent child regulation and trauma. Click to Continue Reading >>
In her free time Jen loves to run, explore nature, rehab her 100 year old home, and listen to live music.  Jen’s goal in opening Children’s Therapy Network is to provide a place for families and the community where they will consistently receive a high level of expertise within the areas of behavior and emotional regulation.  We strive to support children in the context of their family and larger community.
Gretchen Becker Crabb
Gretchen Becker CrabbOTR/L, CLC
Gretchen Becker Crabb, OTR/L, CLC, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Program, and is pursuing a Master of Science in Adult Education Degree with a Human Services concentration at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in hopes of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Since 2007, Gretchen has also worked as a Certified Lactation Counselor. Over the last 16 years, she has practiced pediatrics in a variety of settings including private practice, Birth to Three, Head Start, Early Head Start, and in home intensive autism programs. Click to Continue Reading >>
The foundation of her practice is in sensory integration with a special emphasis on feeding, attachment and mental health, especially in infancy and early childhood.  Gretchen has a passion for helping parents use their strengths to not only make a difference in the lives of their children, but in their family as a whole.    She loves to spend time with her husband and three children cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, exploring the outdoors, swimming, running, and biking.
Heidi Eckstein
Heidi EcksteinMPT
Heidi graduated with her bachelor of science from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and master’s degree in physical therapy from Carroll College in 1998. Heidi has focused the last 17 years of her practice in helping children move and be. Click to Continue Reading >>
She draws from a wealth of tools and techniques (including craniosacral therapy) to help children achieve their happy place. Heidi is a mom of three (ages 13, 10, and 10!) and enjoys photography in her spare time.
Danna Hamlett
Danna HamlettMS, LMFT
Danna received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in 2007 with the goal of working with children through a family systems approach. Danna built her clinical experience working with children with autism in various settings, providing in-home family therapy for children with emotional and behavior challenges, and doing outpatient therapy with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, and attachment disruptions. In session, Danna incorporates a variety of treatment approaches including play therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Theraplay, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Click to Continue Reading >>
She completed yoga teacher training through Alignment Yoga in 2016 and often brings the power of yoga into treatment. Danna loves connecting with children and families through play and building a better understanding of the interplay of temperament, relationships, emotions, and behaviors in order to support positive change. Finding creative ways to incorporate movement, mindfulness, and yoga into treatment is a challenge that keeps Danna inspired. Personal interests include roller coasters, waterslides, puppies, knitting and crocheting small creatures, and spending time with her family.
Andrea HermansonMS, CCC-SLP
Andrea attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. After Andrea graduated in 2004, she moved back home to Madison and received a position as a speech-language pathologist in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Over her 12 years as an SLP in Madison schools, she has worked with children at all ages and has vast experience working with children who have delays in receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonological processes, fluency and social language. In 2014, Andrea broadened her knowledge of special education and accepted a position as a program support teacher for special education. Click to Continue Reading >>
Her primary role was to evaluate children for all disabilities, however she missed working with children on a regular basis which led her to Children’s Therapy Network. Andrea has a passion for children who are diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech as well as children who require AAC to communicate. In addition, Andrea views the collaboration between the SLP and families as vital to move the student forward in reaching their goals. Andrea is beyond excited to join the CTN team!
Laura Hewitt
Laura HewittMS, OTR/L
Laura is an occupational therapist who graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at the UW she participated in research on supporting the well-being of caregivers of children with autism. Laura blends various therapeutic strategies, tailoring them to the needs of each client and family. Laura’s passion is making connections with children and their families and collaborating to find ways to improve their quality of life. Click to Continue Reading >>
Prior to becoming an OT, Laura worked for many years for non-profit conservation organizations.  When she is not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her daughter and exploring new places whenever possible.
Lindsay Kaufman
Lindsay KaufmanMS, CCC-SLP
Lindsay graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders in 2007. She found her path to speech-language pathology after spending two years working with an in-home therapy program for children who had been diagnosed with autism. Over the past 10 years, Lindsay has worked with Birth to Three, a few Madison area school districts, and a private practice clinic. At Children’s Therapy Network, Lindsay takes a creative approach to speech-language therapy by incorporating movement, sensory strategies, and play-based therapy techniques into sessions. Click to Continue Reading >>
She is passionate about sharing her approach with children and their families, and has a special place in her heart for children with oral motor coordination challenges, language processing difficulties and social language difficulties.  Lindsay spends her free time with her husband and three little girls hiking, traveling, or exploring all of the fun things Madison has to offer.
Theresa Murray
Theresa MurrayDPT
Theresa is a physical therapist who graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, in 2015 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. When she isn't at Children's Therapy Network, Theresa spends her time as a physical therapist at Central Wisconsin Center, working with teens and adults with profound developmental disabilities. Click to Continue Reading >>
She also volunteers as an enthusiastic member of the Exceptional Kids Yoga Project in Madison.  Theresa is excited to continue growing and exploring her pediatric practice at Children’s Therapy Network.
Jessica (Jess) Walsh
Jessica (Jess) WalshMS, OTR/L
Jess graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She worked for a period of time in a research setting before returning to graduate school to pursue her dream career and received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011. She brings a breadth of experience in a variety of settings including autism research assistant, personal care assistant, preschool teacher, neurological rehabilitation therapist, anatomy teaching assistant, swim instructor, and soccer coach. Jessica has the unique ability to treat from an intuitive level while integrating principles of reflex integration, sensory integration, neuromuscular, and relationship-based techniques. Click to Continue Reading >>
Jess is able to relate to clients easily and makes families feel comfortable, no matter what their abilities, personalities, or interests are. For these reasons, she is able to develop trusting therapeutic relationships with families and engage the client as an active participant in treatment, while also joining the fun herself. She has a passion for working with highly sensitive and anxious individuals, from young children through adulthood. Jess feels the most rewarding aspect of therapy is building an individual’s self-esteem and confidence to attain goals and participate more fully in life activities. Outside of CTN, Jess enjoys being outdoors, especially with her husband and daughter, drawing and craft projects, cooking, and playing sports.
Cassie Wilcox
Cassie WilcoxMS, OTR/L
Cassie received her Master in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cassie was exposed to the world of sensory integration early in graduate school while serving as a therapy aid at a local clinic and working in a research lab. Cassie’s love of science and passion for play come together in her work with children. She loves getting to know a child and finding their “magic recipe” for success. Cassie enjoys many areas of her work: from collaboration with families, to supporting self-advocacy, to sharing in the excitement as a child’s success starts to unfold. Click to Continue Reading >>
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect is helping children become their “truest self” and seeing families grow in their understanding of what their child is capable of and how to best support them. Cassie is a true nature lover and avid home cook. Her weekends are often spent with her husband, young son, and friends and family while outdoors or in the kitchen.
Lindsey YawMS, CCC-SLP
Lindsey graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her Master in Speech-Language Pathology. Before moving to Wisconsin, she specialized in traumatic brain injury in Nebraska and Maryland area hospitals. Click to Continue Reading >>
She has a passion for fluency disorders, swallowing therapy, and social skills development. Lindsey enjoys spending her free time outdoors camping, kayaking, and going to the zoo. It is her goal to visit every zoo in the country!

Our Administrative Staff

Emily Consingy
Emily ConsingyOffice Manager
Emily has been part of the CTN team for three years. She works in the office primarily providing support to the CTN staff, as well as to the clients and families of CTN. Emily graduated from Edgewood College in 2012 with a B.A. in Art Therapy. She has worked with children of all ages from diverse backgrounds in various art therapy settings. Click to Continue Reading >>
She loves keeping the office organized while simultaneously building meaningful relationships with the children and families by creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere. Emily is passionate about making the clinic experience smooth and enjoyable to help facilitate successful, healing therapy for the whole family.
Julia DiPiazzaOffice Manager
Julia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005 with a B.A. in English. After working in the service industry in various capacities, she joined our team as Office Manager in October 2015. Click to Continue Reading >>
She enjoys getting to know our families and watching our clients grow and acquire new skills throughout the course of their treatment at CTN. In her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, and dining out.
Amber Tierman
Amber TiermanBilling Manager
Amber has over 12 years of medical billing, insurance and administrative experience in addition to having a graphic design degree. She is passionate about assisting and supporting families with their insurance and billing concerns and really enjoys getting to know the families at CTN. Click to Continue Reading >>
In her free time, Amber loves spending time with her husband and two teenage sons, working on DIY projects, watching the Badgers and Packers and listening to all kinds of music, especially classic rock!