Get to Know Our Team

A B O U T  M E

Melisa Moreira, Owner


Melisa received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Penn Valley Community College in 1991. She attended Graceland University, Lamoni, IA and a graduate of Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.  She has worked with a variety of patients and settings in her career across the lifespan. 


Prior to opening Summit Pediatric Therapy Corp, an outpatient clinic in 2016, she founded Mid-Missouri Rehab, LLC in 2005, providing school-based therapy for local and rural school districts.  


She holds certifications in Interactive Metronome. Learning without Tears and Listening Systems. Melisa practiced as a Lymphedema Therapist for 3 years.  In addition, she has served as a guest Lecturer, board member, and holds workshops.  


The vision of this clinic is to offer child-focused occupational, physical, and speech services close to home. She feels completely blessed to have worked with occupational therapists and physical therapists who have guided her to where she is today. She feels completely blessed to have an outstanding team of therapists. Her vision is to bring quality therapy close to home.


During her free time, she enjoys gardening and seeing what wild plants will come up each year. She has a grown daughter who is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and lives in Kansas City. Melisa travels to Honduras yearly to visit her grandmother. She also holds workshops with the Honduran teachers who travel to the United States with Friends United Organization. Melisa is a graduate of Lee’s Summit Leadership, a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber and partners with several local community organizations in Lee’s Summit.


Emma is an Occupational Therapist and is excited to be part of the Summit Pediatric Therapy team. She graduated from Rockhurst University with a Psychology Degree and continued her education at Rockhurst University for her Master's of Occupational Therapy. She is from St. Louis but has enjoyed living in the Kansas City area for the past couple of years. Her free time is spent exploring her new city, taking her dog for walks and spending time with friends. 


Emma Carr,  


 Monica is a 2002 graduate of Rockhurst University, where she earned her Master of Occupational Therapy with over 17 years of experience working with a variety of populations, but her true passion is for pediatrics. She strives to help children to unlock their potential. She enjoys working collaboratively with other disciplines, as well as families, to achieve the best possible treatment outcome. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 24 years, and their two children.


Monica Frazier


 Leah received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree in 1996. She has been with Summit Pediatric Therapy Corp. since 2006.  She has 23 years experience in school based practice.  She has a strong passion in vision rehab, and she has worked and trained as a vision therapist for 3 years.  Leah moved to the Lee's Summit area in 1988. She has been married for 31 years, has four children and 7 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, swimming, fishing and traveling when she can.


Leah McCauley


Kristie graduated from Creighton University School of Occupational Therapy. She has worked in pediatric therapy for 16 years. She has experience in clinic, school, and home-based therapy. Kristie is certified in Therapeutic Listening and Sensory Integration Praxis Testing. She has worked for Summit Pediatric Therapy since 2005. Kristie lives in Fairway, KS with her husband and two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, boating, and spending time with her family.


Kristie Clifft, 


 Bev was a public school district teacher for 22 years and “retired” in 2013.  She taught second grade for eleven years, gifted education for eight years, and remedial reading for three years.  She began working for Summit Pediatric Therapy in 2015 as a part of the speech department. She quickly discovered, as a retiree, that she missed the sound of children laughing and playing.  She began tutoring a dyslexic child two years ago and now substitutes in the public schools and enjoys tutoring dyslexic children for Summit Pediatric Therapy.

MSE, GE,Dyslexia Specialist 

Bev Chaney


Samara graduated in 1996 from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  She handles all of our insurance billing, credentialing, and contracting services.  Prior to her billing experience, Samara has had over 15 years of Retail Management experience along with three years of Executive Administration and Contract Management experience.  


When she’s not working, Samara enjoys hanging out with her dog, Zeus, traveling and visiting family as often as she can.  Samara and her husband Chad also enjoy spending time four-wheeling in the sand dunes, trail riding on their mountain bikes, and kayaking.  They are currently building a new house in Southwest Missouri and look forward to spending time with their new granddaughter, who lives in nearby Northwest Arkansas.

Credentialing and Billing Agent

Samara Hoofnagle

Tel 816.607.5333

Email  info@summitpediatrictherapyls.com

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