Galaxy Brain Center Owner
Meg Scaling/OTRL is the owner of Galaxy Brain Center and has been providing excellence in community-based occupational therapy for over 15 years. Meg began private practice community-based intervention in 2001, later establishing Life Skills Community Rehabilitation and Associates, LLC in 2007 to offer enhanced treatment exceeding industry standards. Her experience has led her to assemble the team of Life Skills Community Rehabilitation therapists who go above and beyond to provide community-based individualized therapy. Meg received her Occupational Therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1999. Her clinical experience includes: acute care, sub acute rehabilitation, sensory integration certification, pediatric therapy, drivers retraining, outpatient neurological rehabilitation, home and community-based intervention, and anxiety and PTSD exposure and desensitization therapy.
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. She 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.
Alysha Gillison, MS, OTRL
While exploring career paths in the health care field, Alysha stumbled upon brain injury rehabilitation and immediately found that this was her passion. She entered into Western Michigan University's accelerated master's program and has experience working in brain injury rehabilitation and in the acute care setting. Alysha is honored to be apart of such a forward-thinking group of talented individuals and to bring client centered occupational therapy to those in need. Throughout this journey, Alysha has also found a passion for general health and wellness including fitness and healthy eating. As brain healing is impacted by, not only movement but our food choices.
Alysha also has the pleasure of running the Galaxy Guys Social group with Leigh Harter (SLP). This group meets weekly to work on social skills both in the clinic and the community. Please see the events tab for more information!
Anna Keough, MOT, OTRL
Anna received a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. She has a variety of clinical OT fieldwork experiences across the lifespan and care continuum, including: preschool, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry, and most recently outpatient and community-based neuro rehabilitation. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to join Life Skills Community Rehabilitation and Associates team in 2016, and is proud to be working with a team of passionate, focused, and creative therapists, who are invested in their clients’ success. From experience as a caregiver and working with her clients, she has found that best outcomes emerge from collaboration: with team members, families, and most importantly with the clients themselves, to provide therapies that are meaningful and beneficial.
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 toteaching, 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.
Nicole Gordon MOT, OTRL
Nicole’s interest in occupational therapy began in 2010, when she volunteered with an adaptive sports program in Telluride, Colorado, helping individuals with disabilities participate in outdoor activities. This experience, along with a volunteer stint at one of the country’s top brain injury hospitals, inspired her to pursue a second career. Drawing on nearly 10 years as a health-and-lifestyle editor, Nicole worked toward her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at Wayne State University, which she received in 2017.
Today, Nicole is grateful to follow her passion to work with brain injury survivors. She brings a depth of field experience to her role, including work with both
Jill Burress, MSHP, OTR/L
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!
Lauren O’Connor, MOT, OTR/L
Lauren O’Connor, MOT, OTR/L received her Master's in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University in 2017. She was introduced to the occupational therapy field while wrapping up her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University, where she received her Bachelor's of Science. During this time in her education, she found an increased need for clinical, community, and educational experiences for students studying pre-occupational/physical/speech therapy and founded the Rehabilitation Therapy Sciences Organization.
Lauren had the opportunity to complete a wide range of clinical OT fieldwork experiences including: outpatient pediatrics, hand therapy, acute care (general, trauma/burn, neurological), and community-based TBI. She is excited to begin her career with such an upbeat, empowering, and collaborative team at Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center.
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 Therapy 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.
Leigh Harter M.S., CCC-SLP
Leigh received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Master of Speech-Language Pathology from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Following graduation, she accepted a position in Houston with TIRR Rehabilitation and Research, treating patients with neurologic disorders in acute, out-patient and in-patient settings. As a newly transplanted Michigan resident, she eagerly accepted a position at Galaxy Brain & Therapy Center after observing the vision of the company come to life. She is proud to work for a company who treats the whole person with individualized treatment plans focusing on returning to work and community reintegration. She has a passion for working with executive functioning, aphasia and memory and likes to illustrate those present in real-world experiences. Her strong educational foundation and skilled mentorships have helped move her career in a direction that enhance the quality of life for those around her. She thrives on the ability to use her creativity, compassion and dedication to serve others.
Lindsey Liber, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Lindsey received her Bachelor's in science degree from the University of Illinois in 2011. During her time at the University of Illinois, Lindsey interned at a private speech clinic focusing on Alternative and Augmentative Communication. There, she learned how to program a variety of speech generating devices and the importance of making communication a right, and not a privilege for all.
Lindsey received her Master's in Education from Georgia State University in 2013 and was able to gain clinical experience across the lifespan. Following graduation, Lindsey accepted a position working within the Georgia school system focusing on children with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. She learned how to improve the student's transition from school to the work force through her participation with Project L.I.F.E (Learning Independence for Future Employment).
After working in the school system, she 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.
Lindsey is a recent transplant to the Michigan area. She 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.
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.
Aaron A. Klassen, BS/HSM, CBIS
Vice President of Operations
Aaron is a Michigan native who has spent much of his career working with people in a variety of roles. He has always had an innate desire to help people in need. With a background in vocational rehabilitation, residential TBI rehabilitation, case management, culinary arts, and leadership/management, he brings a broad range of leadership skills to the Galaxy team.
Aaron holds degrees in Human Services Management, Communications, Ministerial Studies diploma in Theology, and he completed a 3-year leadership training program.
Aaron spent 3-months living in Palestine working at a humanitarian aid organization and later started a nonprofit residential program for at-risk youth in the suburbs of Chicago focused on leadership training. He was the executive chef at Forgotten Harvest—a humanitarian aid organization feeding individuals suffering from food insecurity in Metropolitan Detroit.
Aaron employs a person-centered approach as his model for effective helping and is a big fan of the late Carl Rogers. Aaron believes that it is important to be honest, candid, and vulnerable when talking with people as “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Susie, our Billing Specialist, has worked for Life Skills Community Rehabilitation since 2010. She files all medical claims to insurance companies for payment. Prior to working with Life Skills, she worked as a medical biller for an Internist. Susie works with multiple insurance companies including Auto-no-fault, Medicare, Blue Cross, and other medical insurance companies, and follows up with any questions clients may have with regard to insurance.
Leslie, our Human Resources/Accounting Manager, has worked for Life Skills Community Rehabilitation since August 2010. Leslie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management as well as an Associate Degree in Legal Assisting from University of Cincinnati. Prior to working for Life Skills Community Rehabilitation, she worked for Formica Corporation as a Marketing and Sales Coordinator. Leslie started working as an administrative assistant at Life Skills Community Rehabilitation. Now that the company has grown, she now works as manager in HR/Accounting. Currently, Leslie performs human resources responsibilities, accounts payable, payroll, and acts as a liaison in communication between the therapists, clients, doctors, case managers, and insurance companies.
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.