Mike and Lorie Lentz have always believed that every child deserves a safe, encouraging, and FUN place to grow. A place where children, parents, teachers, and therapists could work together to achieve extraordinary goals. Determined to meet the needs of every child, Mike and Lorie opened PlayWorks in January 2005.
PlayWorks has grown from one initial occupational therapy client with “Mr. Mike” – to include our professionally staffed preschool and free-standing therapy clinics in Morgantown and Fairmont, West Virginia. PlayWorks Therapies offer occupational, physical, and speech therapies to individuals of all ages and abilities. PlayWorks Preschool has nurtured thousands of children over the years while preparing them for kindergarten and school life.
In our community, PlayWorks is proud to serve as the West Virginia Chair for Variety the Children’s Charity’s “My Bike, My Stroller, and My Voice” Programs. These Variety programs distribute adaptive bikes, adaptive strollers, and communication devices to special needs children completely free of charge. Since partnering with Variety in 2014, PlayWorks has helped facilitate delivery of over 300 bikes, strollers, and communication devices to grateful children and families in West Virginia.
Trusting PlayWorks to be a small part of your child or loved-one’s life is an awesome responsibility that we value above all. Mike and Lorie guarantee that your child, loved-one, and family will always be treated with honesty, kindness, and respect by everyone at PlayWorks. Although our facilities and PlayWorks’ family have grown exponentially over the years, the simple belief that “Every child deserves a safe, encouraging, and most importantly FUN place to grow” will always remain our guiding principle.
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Holly began her career at PlayWorks upon graduating from the West Virginia University Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She additionally received her Bachelor’s degree from WVU with a degree in Exercise Physiology, an emphasis in Aquatic Therapy, and a minor in Disability Studies. She enjoys treating clients of all ages and diagnoses and has a specialized interest in infant development and the treatment of torticollis and gross motor milestone achievement.
Megan joined the PlayWorks team in 2015, after graduating from West Virginia University with her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. She is passionate about providing Augmentative and Alternative Communication services and treating language and social delays in children with Autism. She has a special interest in treating children with speech sound disorders and apraxia of speech. Megan is an energetic and outgoing clinician who tailors her therapy sessions to meet the unique needs of each client
Seneca graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from West Virginia University in 2015. She has worked for 5 years in different settings, with both children and adults, and joined the PlayWorks Staff in 2020. She is passionate about helping her clients reach their highest potential in terms of language, speech, and socialization and helping parents find the best means of communication for their children. She loves getting to know her clients personally and utilizing play-based therapy.
Stephanie has been working with PlayWorks since her licensure in 2013. She is a graduate of Saint Francis University and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She specializes in pediatric OT, including Sensory Integration as it relates to task completion as well as use of the Handwriting Without Tears program to improve handwriting performance. With a background in ABA Discrete Trial Therapy, Stephanie provides a well-balanced Client-centered approach to therapy working toward short and long-term goals for Clients of all ages and abilities.
Haley graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2021, where she received her Associate’s degree of Physical Therapy. Following graduation, she worked a school year in an Autistic Support Classroom as a paraprofessional. This is where her passion working with pediatrics as well as individuals with intellectual disabilities began. Haley joined Playworks as a PTA in August 2022, bringing a positive attitude to our team. She enjoys working with patient’s across the lifespan to develop, grow, and reach milestones to impact their quality of life.
Amber graduated from Marshall University in 2007 with her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders. She has worked in nursing homes, public schools, and private schools specializing in supporting autistic students. Amber joined the PlayWorks team in 2022. She enjoys empowering language learners develop functional communication through their most successful mode (e.g. speech, picture exchange, voice output device). Specific clinical interests include social communication disorders, ASD, and augmentative and alternative
Chelsey graduated from West Virginia University where she received her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. She also completed her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Infants & Toddlers and English at West Virginia University. During her graduate schooling, Chelsey gained experience in a variety of different settings and with a variety of populations. She is passionate about early language intervention and providing functional means of communication for her clients.
Shari attended University of Pittsburgh to receive her Bachelors in Physical Therapy and then continued on to receive her Masters in Pediatric Development Disabilities. She has an extensive history of working in pediatric inpatient/outpatient facilities, including UPMC Children’s Hospital and West Penn Hospital in NICU. Shari has worked the previous 25 years in early interventions, helping children of birth to three-years old develop and reach age-appropriate milestones. She joined Playworks in February of 2023, becoming a valuable member of our team due to her previous work experience. Shari also works at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She enjoys and has always had a passion working with pediatrics as well as a special interest in neurological disorders, showing compassion to all her patients to reach their fullest potential in life.
Nicole received her Master’s degree in occupational therapy at WVU in 2010. She began working in skilled nursing and home health following graduation, but soon found that her passion lies in pediatrics. Nicole has devoted several years to working in early intervention and joined the Playworks team in February of 2023. She is the mother of a child with autism and has a special passion for working with adults and children on the spectrum, as well as infants and individuals with neurological disorders.
Lia graduated from West Virginia University with her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2023. During her time as a student, Lia completed a clinical rotation here at PlayWorks where she fell in love with the environment and excellent team of therapists. She is passionate about building confidence in children and their families through working towards client centered goals and reaching their highest potential!
Julianna graduated from West Virginia University where she received a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She was previously an elementary education teacher from which her love of language and narratives comes from. Julianna is passionate about helping children find their voices through early language intervention and advanced reading and language instructions. She enjoys play-based therapies and having fun with her students.
Avery graduated from West Virginia University with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2022. Although from Pittsburgh, PA, Avery decided to stay in Morgantown after graduating to pursue her passion in pediatric occupational therapy and joined the PlayWorks team in June 2022. Avery is committed to helping her clients reach their fullest potential and impact lives through her practice as an occupational therapist!
Hannah graduated from West Virginia University in 2023 where she received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. During her graduate schooling, Hannah gained experience in a variety of different settings ranging from hospitals to schools and with a variety of populations across the lifespan. She is passionate about helping families and clients receive the services they need to be successful communicators all while promoting a fun, child-led environment.
My son goes to PlayWorks for physical, occupational, and speech therapies. We cannot say enough great things about them! He is making great progress, his therapists are amazing, and Mr. Mike is so nice! I couldn’t imagine our little guy going anywhere else!
We had an amazing experience with Holly at Playworks. She gave us the tools we needed to help our newborn with her head and neck problems. Our baby girl officially “graduated” tonight and we are so pleased. Thanks to Holly for being so caring and patient and making all of this so much easier for our family. Highly recommend.
The PlayWorks staff is absolutely amazing! We love them all. They are not just therapists; they’re like a second family.
The Playworksstaff have given my child more than therapy, they have given us hope for his future. I have been with Playworks for over 12 years. I would never go anywhere else, they treat us like we are family. My son is who he is today because of all of the wonderful staff at Playworks.
Ryker has been going to PlayWorks for several years and he really enjoys it! All the therapists know how to make it fun and incorporate his interests. I don’t think he realizes just how much work he is doing!