Meet the recreational Therapists
At Pure Abilities, recreational therapists create ENJOYABLE intervention techniques that help build HEALTHY client-to-therapist relationships. We hope to INSPIRE everyone through our PREMIUM therapy services.
Jordan Koenig, ctrs
Jordan Koenig graduated from Calvin College in 2016 receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. Following graduation in 2017, she received her certification to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). While completing her undergrad, she was a Lead Counselor for IKUS Life Enrichment Services facilitating adaptive group activities for adults and children with physical and cognitive needs. During this time, she completed her RT internship with Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation where she was able to treat individuals with traumatic brain, spinal cord, and orthopedic injuries. She provided one-on-one treatment activities using adaptive equipment, along with aquatic therapy sessions to increase each patient’s level of independence. Through her experiences Jordan provides a positive attitude and the patience necessary to recognize and cultivate the potential in others.
Mitchel Herron-Showman, ctrs
Mitchel graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology in 2016 with a bachelor of science in Therapeutic Recreation. While attending Indiana Tech, he served as the president of the Student Recreation and Leisure Society, a student organization focused on recreation and leisure activities for students. He and the group have organized many events for students on campus. He also assisted in bringing Bob Lujano, a star in the documentary Murderball, to campus to speak to students about his life and disabilities. Mitchel has been working in the field since May 2016 and joined Pure Abilities in September of 2017. He is looking forward to working with Pure Abilities and helping those with disabilities to improve their quality of life through recreation and leisure.
Lesley Rohrbaugh, ctrs
Lesley Rohrbaugh obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy and a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Toledo. Since receiving her CTRS certification in 2010, Lesley has worked in many different clinical settings, serving from psychiatric to geriatric populations. During this time, she has held several supervisory rolls including a director of program services and mental health administrator. She’s planned, organized, developed, and directed the overall operation of the activity department and facilitated many therapeutic groups for individualized and group therapies. With her diverse background using Recreational Therapy and Administration, she is looking forward to delivering outstanding results to the healthcare, city, and community organizations.
michael walters, ctrs
Michael Walters graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. He completed his internship at Kindred Healthcare in Raleigh, North Carolina where he worked with individuals with special needs ranging from ages four to ninety-eight. During his time at UNCW, he volunteered in numerous non-profit special needs programs at Camp Lejeune for children of military families. He volunteered at the YMCA in Wilmington NC at a day camp for special needs children and young teens. Michael is eager to use his skills that he has obtained over the years to help improve the lives of his future clients in both physical and cognitive abilities.
Erin Eaton, ctrs
Erin Eaton is a graduate of Slippery Rock University obtaining Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Recreational Therapy, Philanthropy and Non Profit Management and a minor in Animal Assisted Interventions in August of 2017. During her time at SRU she volunteered with the Best Buddies Organization on Campus, Pittsburgh Wheel Chair Rugby, and Animal Assisted Therapy program at the SRU Equestrian Center. She also volunteered as a counselor for Bradford Woods Camp Riley 3 where she worked with young children who received care from Riley Children’s Hospital. Her internships were at Developmental Services Inc, Columbus IN and Glade Run Lutheran Services, Zelienople, PA Since a young age she has been passionate about caring for with individuals, especially children, with disabilities. Erin is excited to use her experiences with multiple modalities to find the engaging and enjoyable therapeutic options that are available to each individual.
Heather sangl, ctrs
Heather Sangl graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. During her undergrad, she worked at Alleghany Valley Schools with adults with physical and cognitive needs. She also volunteered at the SRU Equestrian Program helping to run lessons for individuals with physical needs. She then completed her internship in Tucson Arizona at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Since becoming a CTRS in early 2010, she has worked in psychiatric, acute, community based and residential facilities with clients from ages 4 to 97.
shanna fortney, ctrs
Shanna Fortney graduated from Indiana University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Recreation. She has been practicing since 2006 as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Shanna has primarily worked in the aquatics setting providing services to people of all ages with a wide variety of physical and cognitive needs to assist them in improving their overall well-being. Her passion is to see her clients enjoy their time as they work toward meeting their goals. Shanna looks forward to working together with her clients to help them develop and implement a plan to improve their overall quality of life using a variation of recreation and leisure tools.