About Us

Connect Pediatric Therapy was started to provide occupational therapy services using a flexible treatment delivery model. This means therapy takes place in the context (home, clinic, or community) that matters most to your family.

The heart of the term occupation is a meaningful activity. And it’s focusing on the meaningful that makes a difference because each family has different valued activities that are meaningful to them.
The mission of Connect Pediatric Therapy is to meet children and families exactly where you are in life. From there, we determine together where you want to go. Therapy should foster childhood skills in an environment where they most naturally occur. This may be a clinic or it could be your kitchen table. Therapy is provided where it’s needed to get results, whether that’s in the child’s home, community, or our friendly clinic.

We understand the joy of small accomplishments:

  • Making it through the grocery store without a meltdown
  • Having a confident child who will try new things
  • Stress free mealtimes
  • Watching your child meet milestones
  • Feeling connected as a family
Kristen Phile providing therapy
Connect founder Kristen Phile

M. Kristen Pfeil, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist, Founder

Kristen received her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. During the last 17 years, she has worked in many different settings as a pediatric occupational therapist including private practice, early intervention, school systems, NICU, and sensory integration clinic. She brings a wealth of knowledge from each of these settings.

Kristen has spent the last several years learning advanced skills to help children with picky eating and sensory processing challenges. A highlight was an intensive mentorship at Star Institute in Denver. Kristen is so excited to bring the knowledge and tools of this training to help children with sensory processing disorders in the community in Lincoln, NE.

​Kristen’s other passions are running, traveling, church activities, and spending time with her husband, 3 children, and a black Labrador (who sometimes gets to participate in therapy).

Sarah Gervais

Occupational Therapist

Sarah graduated from Rush University in Chicago, IL with her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Sarah fell in love with the Lincoln community while attending the University of Nebraska working on her Bachelor in Special Education and is excited to be back living with her husband, John.

Sarah developed her passion for pediatric occupational therapy through several summers of volunteering at Camp SOAR, an adaptive and inclusive summer camp for children of all ages and needs. Sarah’s goal as an OT is to provide strengths-based, family-centered care to ensure that children have access to meaningful participation in daily roles and routines.

Outside of the clinic, Sarah’s favorite occupations include baking (especially chocolate chip cookies), rollerblading, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Connect founder Kristen Phile