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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Alexa recently graduated with her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from California University of Pennsylvania. There, she also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. She has specific clinical experience with children who present with speech sound disorders including articulation, phonological, and fluency disorders, as well as adults who have suffered from strokes and traumatic brain injuries, resulting in both cognitive and language deficits.
Alyssa graduated from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2017. She spent her first year of her career working in a Nursing Home, then spent over 2 years treating children Birth to Three in their homes and daycares. She was excited to join the PlayWorks team in 2020! She loves working with children with feeding and sensory difficulties, as well as helping children and adults increase their independence and participation in their daily routines and activities. Alyssa loves building relationships with the clients and parents and using their personal interests and hobbies within their therapy sessions.
Ashley is a 2016 graduate of West Virginia University where she received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Before joining the PlayWorks team in 2020, she was a manager/director of rehabilitation at a skilled nursing facility. She is excited to now be expanding her horizons and working with children and adults of all ages and abilities.
Brielle graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at California University of Pennsylvania. Brielle has specific clinical experience working with children in Autistic support and life skills. Most of her experience has been in outpatient therapy where she has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and adults. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of communication disorders.
Brock earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University in 2019. He holds his Bachelor’s degree from WVU as well, and he received his degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis on Aquatic therapy. During his clinical affiliations, Brock gained pediatric experience in the school-system setting, Birth to Three, and outpatient pediatrics.
Chelsey graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with concentrations in Nutrition and Pre-Health from the University of Alabama in 2012 and got her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University in May 2015. At PlayWorks, she treats individuals of all ages and diagnoses and specializes in the recommendations of appropriate durable medical equipment and orthotic needs/prescription. She additionally has taken extensive coursework in the treatment of various neurological conditions and toe walking, as well gross motor development.
Chelsey joined the PlayWorks team in August 2016. She graduated from Bethany College in 2013 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University in 2015. Chelsey started her physical therapy career at the Washington Health System, treating acutely ill patients of varying ages and diagnoses. She has a particular interest in treating pediatric patients of all ages and abilities.
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.
McKenzie graduated from West Virginia University in 2017 with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She joined the PlayWorks team in July 2019 after previously working in skilled nursing and home health. Throughout her schooling, she found her primary interest in pediatrics and is thrilled to be working in a setting in which she can work with this population.
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.
Karissa graduated from WVU with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2008. She has worked in multiple settings from early intervention to long-term care. Her passion is pediatrics, and she has experience within outpatient clinics, the school system, and WV Birth To Three. She has also attended the SOS Feeding course for training to treat picky eaters and problem feeders.
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!