Kara Vonderheide


Kara graduated from St. Louis University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. With 22 years experience in pediatrics, throughout her career she has worked with children with a wide range of diagnoses and abilities in inpatient rehabilitation, community re-entry, early intervention, school, and outpatient settings. She has certifications in Advanced Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Interactive Metronome (IM), and IM Home with additional training in non-traditional practices of hippotherapy and aquatics. Kara has experience in the development, coordination, and execution of innovative multi-disciplinary programs that supplement core therapy services such as camps and intensives focusing on handwriting, social skills, motor coordination/ sensory processing, play skills, infant development, and fitness, among others. She enjoys mentoring student practitioners from accredited programs as well as pre-professional interns and volunteers. Kara is passionate about helping families be intentional about routines and habits that will help children and parents thrive, and has helped families achieve this through direct client service as well as parent/ school presentations, written articles, and co-hosting a podcast about therapy related topics. A Louisville native, Kara lives with her husband and three children and a series of beloved pets. In her spare time she can be found either coaching or cheering on the sidelines of a school sporting event.