Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center®️ Owner
Meg Scaling/OTRL is the owner of Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center®️
Meg states, "My favorite thing about Galaxy is the mission-driven value system that we all hold true to. I believe in the brain and body's ability to get better, and I think that building trusting relationships, empowering positive change, and helping clients and staff members alike move forward and give back is key to the joy I have in coming to work every day." Meg's expertise is in helping individuals gain independence through innovative whole-brain remediation exercise, as well as providing unique compensatory strategies for executive functioning deficits. Meg states, "The brain never stops making neuro-connections, and I will never stop believing in our client's ability to overcome!"
Meg Scaling/OTRL is the owner of Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center®️ and has been providing excellence in community-based occupational therapy for almost 20 years. She began private practice in 2001 and started her LLC in 2007. The LLC was proudly re-branded to Galaxy Brain & Therapy Center in February of 2017 when the first clinic was opened. Meg received her Occupational Therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1999. Her clinical experience includes acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, sensory integration certification, vestibular and concussion certification, pediatric therapy, drivers retraining, outpatient neurological rehabilitation, community-based intervention, and anxiety and PTSD exposure/desensitization therapy.
MR. DARCY DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT SERVICES
Mr. Darcy grew up on the outskirts of Boston, MA and is a recent Michigan transplant. His parents worked with the Guiding Eyes for the Blind and inspired him to pursue a life of service. He spent the first two years of his life training with NEADS World Class Service Dogs in a medium security prison and was inspirational to the men and the women that he had the privilege of working with in the correctional facilities.
Mr. Darcy loves being a part of the Galaxy family and prides himself on being able to bring joy to each and every person he meets. In his free time, Mr. Darcy loves swimming in the lake, spending time with family, and checking out all the best eating places in Ann Arbor.
Mr. Darcy is still an avid supporter of the NEADS program and is always actively raising money so that other dogs can learn to serve others the way he serves his Galaxy family.
COURTNEY WANG MHS, OTRL - CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Courtney is a 2006 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia with a Master’s Degree of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. She strives to be a well-rounded therapist who can assist her clients become more independent no matter how difficult their circumstances. She has found each client’s situation is always unique and enjoys problem solving with them to develop the best solution for their needs.
Through her experience with her clients she has found that computers and mobile technology–such as smart phones and tablets–are invaluable assistive tools that increase her clients’ ability to be independent in the community and she wants to make sure her clients are at the forefront of integrating technology into their daily lives.
JESSICA SMITH MOT, OTRL - EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR
Jessica’s interest in occupational therapy began when she was 15, following her father’s automobile accident resulting in a diagnosis of mild brain damage. In 2010, she graduated with honors from Wayne State University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.
Jessica has worked at Beaumont Hospital in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation on the neurological, orthopedic, and cardiac floors. She was excited to join Life Skills Community Rehabilitation and Associates because of the company’s unique vision and philosophy. She knows firsthand from family and clinical experience how therapy and recovery work best in a team setting. She aims never to leave as a stranger. She strives to build a relationship from the very first day so each client is excited for what the future holds.
DEBBIE LOFTUS, MS/OTRL - COMMUNITY DIRECTOR
Debbie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University. She has experience in neurological rehabilitation, community reintegration, home care, orthopedics, and industrial rehabilitation.
Debbie is also enthusiastic about educating others about Occupational Therapy practice and has authored a book chapter titled: Documentation of Occupational Therapy Practice in the book: Preparing for the NBCOT Exam: 45 Days & Counting; in affiliation with Wayne State University’s Occupational Therapy Department. Debbie has a passion for occupational therapy, specifically in the area of TBI, and her main goal as a therapist is to enhance people’s quality of life through meaningful activities and occupation.
Debbie has natural skills and talent for creating compensatory strategies for home organization and executive functioning. Debbie has been with Life Skills Community Rehabilitation from near inception, and has a vision for implementing new treatment strategies in order to meet the unique needs of out clients.
ROSANNE DIZAZZO- MILLER PHD, OTRL
Rosanne received her bachelor’s degree from Adrian College, Michigan, her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University, and her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She serves on the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Prior to teaching, she worked in clinical practice in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, treating clients from pediatrics through late adulthood. She serves as a professional educator accreditation reviewer for the Distance Education and Training Council.
Research interests include family caregiver training for persons with dementia, various modes of instructional learning delivery, and outcomes research. She is a certified dementia practitioner, presenting at the state, national, and international level. Rosanne provides national board exam review sessions throughout the country based on her book Preparing for the National Occupational Therapy Board Exam: 45 Days and Counting. Her current memberships include the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association (MiOTA), International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment (ISTAART), the Sloan Consortium, The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Emily Fleishman, MOT, OTRL
Emily graduated from Wayne State University with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2019. She additionally has two bachelor of science degrees in Psychology and Health Sciences. Emily’s love for OT was discovered when working with children on the autism spectrum back in 2008. She would often use music and art to engage the children and help them find creative, therapeutic, and meaningful outlets. Since that time she has worked with varying populations in settings such as: home health care, inpatient care, acute care, clubhouse/ community centers, and outpatient hand therapy.
Emily loves to hike and camp with her dog and create art as often as possible. She is excited to bring her knowledge and experience, not only as an OT but as an artist and holistic thinker into such a dynamic environment as Galaxy. Her greatest joy is supporting every client in achieving a full, meaningful and purposeful life.
JILL BURRESS, MSHP, OTRL
Jill received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire beginning her career as an OTR in 1991, with her first job at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit.
The majority of her career has been with neuro rehabilitation in inpatient, outpatient and skilled nursing settings. She has been a nationally certified massage therapist since 1998 specializing in John Barnes’ Myofascial Release and John Upledger’s Craniosacral Release.
Jill firmly believes that the hands-on work of massage and the masterful use of functional activity are critical in neurological repair and personal return to a purposeful life. Her career includes specialized training in Saebo, Bioness and Rehabilitation Driving Instructor.
In 2013, she returned to academia for her Master of Science in Hospice and Palliative Care from Madonna University, with a special cognate in Bereavement. Jill’s most recent career path was in Hospice just before joining Galaxy™.
Jill is married with a college aged daughter. She loves travel, motorcycles, music and scrapbooking! She comes to this new journey with a wealth of experience and a spirit that is always learning!
MARA MONTE, MOT, OTRL
Mara graduated from Wayne State University in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Following graduation, she worked in a setting with clients with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. After a year she decided to pursue her dream of being a traveling occupational therapist; traveling to various settings in California. She has a variety of clinical experiences, including: neurological rehabilitation, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and subacute rehabilitation.
Mara is excited for this opportunity to work with Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center®️ as she is passionate about working with individuals with traumatic brain injuries. She strives to make a difference in the lives of her clients. She wants to help everyone live as independently as possible and enjoy every aspect of their lives.
Erin Skotzke, MOT, OTRL
Erin received her Bachelor of Health Science degree and Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she is working towards developing her skill sets in research and academia. Additionally, she also teaches as an adjunct professor in the occupational therapy program at Baker College in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Erin strives to enhance TBI recovery through facilitating participation in meaningful occupations, or the things we need and want to do! Erin’s practice aims to build resilience, boost self-confidence, and empower people to live the lives they want to live. She has a passion for working with her clients in their own natural environments and communities. In doing so, she hopes that her clients will find a newfound sense of belonging in their own world.
Outside of her roles as a student, OT, and educator, her other meaningful occupations include gardening, riding her bike, and being a dog-mom to her pitbull, Belle.
SHELLY ROLLER, MPT
Shelly received her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Michigan’s Division of Kinesiology with an emphasis on Movement Science and Exercise Physiology. She then returned to school and graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy from The University of Michigan - Flint in 1999. She has experience in inpatient and outpatient neurological rehabilitation, acute care, orthopedics, pediatrics and home care.
Recently, Shelly became certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Management. Shelly strives to individualize care for each client and bring out the best effort in every client, as well as using a multi-faceted approach during her treatment sessions. We are excited to have her as a part of our team.
JEN WEISZHAAR, MPT
Jen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesology from the University of Michigan in 1993. She returned to school after working as a Physical Therapy Aide for a year and received her Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Souther California in Los Angeles in 1996. She has extensive experience in outpatient neurological rehabilitation treating a wide range of diagnoses over the last 20 years at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit and Novi, and Foote Hospital in Jackson. Jen is PWR!
Certified to maximize function with clients who are challenged with Parkinson's Disease. She enjoys getting to know each client and help them reach their maximum potential as part of a dynamic team of professionals. Joining the Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center®️ team in 2017 has given Jen the opportunity to continue to serve the neuro population she loves and incorporate whole-brain challenges to expedite her client's endeavors.
ANNIE LAURIA, MA, CCC-SLP
Annie Lauria, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with two decades of experience serving adults with acquired speech, language, and cognitive disorders.
Since earning her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa in 1998, Annie has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, skilled nursing, and university clinics. Annie worked as a senior speech pathologist at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program for six years before moving to Missoula, MT to supervise graduate student clinicians and teach at the University of Montana.
Annie was also the founding director of the Big Sky Aphasia Program, the only intensive, comprehensive aphasia program in the mountain west. A native of Michigan, she is pleased to be back in her home state working with clients and their families to improve quality of life and participation. Annie is passionate about helping her clients focus on building and using residual skills to meet individualized, meaningful goals.
SUE TUCKER, MA, CCC-SLP
Sue has worked as a speech-language pathologist for nearly 30 years serving adults with neurogenic communication disorders throughout her career. After graduating with her Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University she accepted a position at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital working for 6 years on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit before transferring to St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital where she worked as the sole SLP covering the inpatient and outpatient needs for the community-based hospital. In 2007 she accepted a position at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan - Novi Center where she treated a variety of adult patients, working closely with her colleagues to meet the needs of her patients. She has supervised graduate clinicians as a Clinical Educator at Eastern Michigan University’s Speech and Hearing Clinic as well as in her practice throughout her career and values these mentoring opportunities.
In 2018 she joined the Galaxy team and is thrilled by the enthusiasm and effectiveness of the therapy provided here. She finds great satisfaction in collaborating with patients and their families to empower them to utilize their strengths to lead fulfilling lives following their
Sue has many interests! She enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants. She loves traveling with her husband of 30 years, especially to see their grown son who is a sports writer in Wisconsin. She is an avid reader and enjoys being outside, whether gardening, hiking, snow shoeing or just hanging out on her front porch!
Although she has lived on both coasts, Kim is a Michigander at heart. After spending many years in kitchens, she discovered her love of food was less about the cooking, and more using food as a way to connect with people.
After almost 10 years at Zingerman's Bakehouse in various roles, she took her passion for service to manage a small Ann Arbor bakery, and is thrilled to be now be here to help our clients and our staff have a wonderful experience at Galaxy™.
LINDSEY LIBER, M.ED., CCC-SLP
Lindsey received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois in 2011 and her Master's in Education from Georgia State University in 2013. During her varied clinical placements, Lindsey gained experience working with diverse populations across the lifespan, and continues to embrace work with clients with varied skills and needs.
Lindsey has worked in both subacute rehab and long term acute care settings focusing on patients with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, head and neck cancers, and progressive/non-progressive neurogenic disorders. She is certified in LSVT and Vital-Stim, and is bilingual in Spanish. In addition to these areas, Lindsey enjoys working with clients with high- and low-tech AAC needs and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.
Lindsey is a native of Georgia, and a recently moved back home. She is excited to remain as part of the team and serve as the Social Media and Digital Marketing Administrator. Lindsey She enjoys thinking critically and being a Jill of all trades. She believes communication is a right for all, not a privilege for some, and is excited to be a part of Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center®️ and to be a part of a team that treats the whole brain, whole body, and whole person.