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We are a humble team of individuals passionate about our mission. Click on our pictures to learn more about us.
Raised in Houston, Tracey grew up competing in sports. Her love of an active lifestyle and her passion for children inspired her to become a physical therapist.
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M (whoop!) and her PT degree from UT Health Science Center, Tracey joined Methodist Children’s Hospital where she served inpatients and outpatients. She also helped develop specialty care programs for children with special needs as well as a program to combat childhood obesity. Many of Tracey’s patients wanted to increase their activity by playing sports, but opportunities did not exist for all of her pediatric patients. Always up for a challenge, Tracey asked, “Why not?” Her answer was two words—Kinetic Kids.
While she knows children with special needs benefit from our programs, she also loves watching the happiness they bring to family and friends! Her favorite moments are when sees families go from “my child never will” to “look at my child, he is an athlete.”
Tracey LOVES being a part of getting ALL kids onto a sports field. That’s probably because Tracey’s favorite place is on the sidelines cheering for her three teenage children at football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and volleyball.
And when she isn’t at a sporting event? Find her volunteering as a board member of Scholars & Athletes Serving Others, serving on NISD PTAs and committees, running for exercise, laughing with friends on Girls’ Night, or cherishing a date with her husband.
Kacey has been serving children with neurological disorders for over 27 years. In her early years as a physical therapist, her pediatric patients always wanted to dance or do gymnastics in the therapy session. This led Kacey to become determined to figure out how to give all kids a chance to play the sports of their choice. Her tenacity led her to co-found Kinetic Kids. Watching Kinetic Kids thrive on the field, the stage, the court, or wherever their dreams take them, makes every day a joyful one for Kacey. When she isn’t hanging out with Kinetic Kids, you might find Kacey serving on a mission trip with her church, sneaking away to Dallas to spend time with her son, relaxing on her boat on Lake Medina, or on a long walk with Jax and Evie, her Siberian huskies.
Melanie McKinney, PT, DPT, ABPTS Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist is a clinician with over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings. Melanie has been with Kinetic Kids in some capacity from the organization’s start, including serving as President of the first Kinetic Kids Board of Directors. The vision of providing children with special needs the opportunities and supports necessary to participate in life’s adventures through play, sports, recreation, and arts inspires Melanie’s work. Melanie shares her adventures with her husband, Mark, and their three dogs–Izzy, Sage, and Carver!
Although she was born and raised in south Florida, Jenna spread her wings to Pennsylvania where she pursued a degree in Public Health. The move paid off when she came across her true passion of adapted sports. Obtaining a master’s degree in Adapted Physical Activity has given Jenna many amazing opportunities such as attending the Rio Paralympic games and ultimately joining the Kinetic Kids to lead the Xtreme division. Jenna feels at home in Texas and is excited to use her love of sports to create opportunities for children with disabilities.
If she isn’t traveling or outdoors on the water, you might find her digging into a bowl of ice cream…she can’t resist it!
From Alaska to Alabama and several states in between, this “military brat” now claims Texas as her home.
After Carrie graduated BYU on a gymnastics scholarship, she pursued her masters in Occupational Therapy at Rockhurst University in Missouri. During her clinical rotation at Methodist Children’s Hospital, Carrie met Kinetic Kids co-founders Tracey and Kacey and formed a lasting friendship.
After working at Easter Seals, she had her first son, Noah, who had Down syndrome. Merging friendship, gymnastic, OT and love of kids with special needs, she joined Kinetic Kids to start our first gymnastics program.
Fifteen years and five more children later, she still loves to see kids challenged to reach their full potential and she is currently working to expand our competitive programming.
Carrie enjoys volunteering at church and spending time with family and friends.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Andrew overcame many obstacles to acquire his GED and ultimately graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a major in Communications and a minor in Nonprofit Management.
Andrew’s journey to success makes his connection with Kinetic Kids even more meaningful. Seeing Kinetic Kids push themselves everyday to excel and seeing them enjoy the benefits of being included in a team motivates Andrew everyday and his passion to help others is reflected in his work. Andrew tackles any task thrown his way because he knows the payoff supports something greater than himself.
In his spare time, you’ll likely find Andrew at the AT&T Center rooting for the Spurs or at a local skate park thrashing!
Suzy is a native Texan who grew up in San Antonio and now lives in Helotes. As a self-described “Type A” personality, keeping things organized and balanced comes second nature to Suzy. We’ve been putting her talents to use since 2007 as she maintains financial records, handles accounting, runs payroll and manages our human resources. Prior to working with Kinetic Kids, Suzy worked as a bookkeeper at two different law firms.
A dynamic group of individuals, our board of directors brings a varied but balanced combination of professionalism, experience, creativity, and a personal, vested interest in providing strategic direction to shape the future of Kinetic Kids.
The people you see below are the heart of our program. Safety is our top priority and 100% of our program directors hold degrees in pediatric physical, occupational or recreational therapy. Their guaranteed presence at all Kinetic Kids programs provides parents peace of mind and instills confidence in the children we serve. Our coaches and instructors are enthusiastic, experienced and adept at teaching fun, skill-based curriculums.
Noa Alexander, OTR
Nikki Bott, SLP
Stephanie Brockman, PT
Monica Deschaine, PT
Analy Flores, OTR
Adrienne Gaither, OTR
Judith Guerrero, PT
Amber Keller, PTA
Sarah Kendrick, PT
Kat Kubista, OTR
Rick Ochoa, PT
Sabrina Ponce, OTR
Jamie Rodell, PTA, DPT
Jessica Rourke, OTR
Amanda Saunders, OTR
Kelsey Schultz, PT
Rebecca Toedt, PT
Mallory Wyble, PT
Colin Dowling, PTA
Samuel Flores, OTR
Scott LeBlanc, CTRS
Tanya Perez, OTR
Calandra Snowden, RRT
Dr. Chrisopher Rábago
Kinetic Kids offers internships each semester to individuals with a passion for serving the pediatric special needs community. Under the direction and guidance of a skilled therapist, our interns gain valuable experience by providing direct assistance to participants with a wide variety of diagnoses.
Most applicants are seeking to fulfill scholastic requirements in fields such as kinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and nursing. For more information contact Melanie McKinney at email@example.com.