Evangeline M. Bauer, MSW, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Certified Autism Specialist
Come Play, STL Founder and Owner
Hi, my name is Evangeline Bauer. I started Come Play, STL to give children and families a better, well-rounded approach to pediatric mental health. I am so glad I did, because I get the chance to engage with children who aspire to be artists, doctors, teachers, and fire fighters but currently are struggling with this season of life. Because we work as a collaborative team, I get to work alongside the other, very talented professionals at Come Play, STL and get to know the child’s parents, teachers and school administrators well during this season.
My educational background is in Social Work. I graduated from Concordia University in Chicago with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and from Dominican University with a Master's degree in Social Work. I have been trained as a Registered Play Therapist, a Certified AutPlay Therapist, EMDRIA approved in EMDR, and a Certified Autism Specialist. I have also been trained in TheraPlay, Sandtray Therapy, mindfulness, and storytelling, and I have taken courses from The Star Institute in Denver, which specializes in Sensory Processing Disorder. I have had the privilege to work with children who were struggling with a transition in their life, to children who had panic attacks, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, struggled with attachment, had severe trauma or were on the Autism Spectrum.
A little bit about me: I am married to a wonderful man who works hard at ensuring we as a family have fun activities planned throughout our week. We have been blessed with two girls who are constantly teaching us patience, how to extend grace, to stay quick on our toes and enjoy every moment no matter how big or how small.
I look forward to getting to know you and discovering how Come Play, STL can benefit your child and family.
Bethany D. Arkills, MOT, OTR/L
Director of Occupational Therapy
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Movement and Sports Science, with a minor in Psychology, from Purdue University; and a Master of Occupational Therapy, with honors, from Saint Louis University.
I have extensive experience providing therapy to children with a variety of diagnoses, including: Autism, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Visual Impairment; and I have provided therapy in both public school and private settings. I have completed additional continuing education courses including: sensory processing, The Alert Program, Zones of Regulation, Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorders, yoga for children, handwriting, and visual processing. As well, I completed the Advanced Mentored Clinician in SPD Level I training offered through the STAR Institute, located in Denver, Colorado, which is a renowned leader in Sensory Processing Disorder research and treatment.
Some of my favorite things to do with my husband include: travel, bicycle, take our two dogs for long walks in the park, attend Cardinals games, try new restaurants, find fun, and shop at out of the way local retailers. I love to bake and create new recipes. I have two rescue dogs, Mia and Lilly, who bring me and my husband so much joy!
My decision to join Come Play, STL was a natural move because I am passionate about helping each child be able to participate in meaningful activities. I also love using the multidisciplinary team model, which encompasses a holistic approach in order to meet each child's individual needs.
Rachel Brown, Psychological Examiner, M.A.Ed
I earned my B.S. in Psychology in May of 2005, as well as my Masters of Arts in Education in Special Education (Mild to Moderate Cross-Categorical K-12) in August 2006 from Truman State University. Since that time, I have also earned my School Psychological Examiner certificate from Lindenwood University. I taught special education for five years prior to becoming a School Psychological Examiner. I began my career as a middle school resource teacher in the Special School District and moved to Premier Charter School a year later to become the K-2 Special Education teacher. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, I became the full-time School Psychological Examiner. Recently the opportunity to join the Come Play, STL team arose and, with my expertise, I am able to assist families with the completion of psycho-educational evaluations. These evaluations provide families with an understanding of their child’s intellectual and educational achievement abilities, which reveals a child’s academic strengths and weaknesses and may lead to the identification of a learning disability. These results also produce recommendations important to educational development of the child.
In my free time, I am a wife and mother who enjoys spending time with family and friends. Some of our favorite family activities include visiting the animals at the zoo, finding hidden parks across St. Louis, and exploring other family friendly attractions on the weekends. Personally, I love attending concerts, watching movies, reading, and finding new crafts and recipes to try on Pinterest. I also play the violin and am in the process of teaching myself to play the ukulele.
Liz Colizza, MAC, LPC, NCC
I love being part of the team at Come Play, STL where I can use my experience in adult and couples therapy to help both individuals and families. I work collaboratively with my colleagues to ensure that your family is served in a way that benefits your child or children, your marriage, and yourself.
I earned a Bachelor's degree in English literature and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. After graduating, I worked as a case manager for a mental health organization, then as an HIV/AIDS health volunteer. These experiences led me to graduate school at Covenant Theological Seminary where I earned a Master's degree in Counseling. Since graduating from Covenant, I've worked in private practice, specializing in adult and couples therapy.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors. I have completed levels I and II of Gottman Couples' Therapy, which is a research-based and research-proven approach. I am also a trained EMDR therapist. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative approach that is proven highly effective for the treatment of trauma. In addition, I am a certified Gottman “Bringing Baby Home” educator and teach parenting classes in the St. Louis area.
A bit about me: I am married and have three kids. I enjoy spending time camping and hiking with my family. I am an enthusiast of good coffee, good food, and compelling stories. I dabble in various handicrafts and love exploring the city.
It would be a privilege to work alongside you and your family at Come Play, STL.
Kristen Borgmeyer, MS, MSW, LCSW, RPT, Certified Theraplay(r) Practitioner
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am excited to be a part of the Come Play STL team, where I can work collaboratively with experts in other child development domains to maximize treatment potential for children and families.
I hold a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Communications from DePaul University, a Masters in Child Development from the Erikson Institute, and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. I have specialized clinical training in Theraplay®, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC). I am also a registered Circle of Security® Parent Educator .
A little bit about me: I am a wife and mother who enjoy exploring my new hometown of St. Louis with family and friends. I love dance fitness, taking walks through parks and neighborhoods, going to the symphony and theater, and trying new foods and restaurants.
Danielle Carey, MOT, OTR/L
Hello, my name is Danielle Carey and I am so excited to be joining the Come Play STL team! My calling to pursue occupational therapy as a career began in an unlikely way. As a life-long horse lover, I choose to complete a bachelor degree in Equine Science from Colorado State University. After graduation, I accepted a position at a therapeutic horseback riding center outside of Denver, Colorado for children with special physical and emotional needs. I soon discovered that I loved interacting and working with these incredible children. Within a few years I knew that I wanted to dedicate the rest of my career to helping children improve their confidence, function and independence. I felt that occupational therapy was a wonderful platform to help me achieve that goal. In 2015, I earned a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Tech University.
I am passionate about my work in pediatrics and have experience working with children with a wide variety of diagnoses and backgrounds including Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Spinal Cord Injury, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Delay. I have provided therapy to patients in the home, daycare, schools, inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. I have also received continuing education in the areas of hippotherapy, handwriting, mealtime challenges, autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing. I am a firm believer in the collaborative team approach of Come Play, STL and look forward to meeting your child and exploring ways of helping him or her reach their highest potential.
In our spare time, my husband and I like to stay active and especially enjoy horseback riding, volleyball, biking, skiing and traveling abroad. We are fairly new to the St Louis area and are delighted to get to know a new city with seemingly endless opportunities for fun! We have one cattle dog and two horses that are helping us to explore our new neighborhood as well as the beautiful countryside.
LaKeta Jefferson, M.A.Ed, Psychological Examiner
I am excited to join the team at Come Play, STL. Over the past 18 years, my career has focused on providing a quality education to children of all ages. Most recently, I have served as a psychological examiner by supporting the needs of children across St. Louis. As I strive for excellence, I continue to be a lifelong learner. I previously earned my BS in Science from Grambling State University, my MA in Educational Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. I also obtained a teacher and principal certification in Houston. My education, certifications, and licensure are each used daily as resources for families and agencies. My goal is to support the families of Come Play, STL by providing efficient psychoeducational assessments while meeting the needs of diverse learners.
For leisure, I love to travel, read, and I am involved in public service organizations. The public service organizations strongly emphasize helping others, which is what my charge will be from an educational aspect, as a member of the Come Play, STL team.
Julie Kopf, MSW, LCSW, RYT, Registered Play Therapist
I am thrilled to be a part of the team at Come Play, STL! I love working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to facilitate positive & healthy growth for children and families.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Attending Harding University, I earned a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and later obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work, specializing in School Social Work from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Throughout my career I have gained experience in schools, preschools, and hospital settings. I am a Registered Play Therapist and have received training in Positive Behavior Interventions, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based Perspective, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Trauma-Informed Interventions, and Theraplay. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and enjoy practicing and teaching yoga regularly. I have training in Trauma-Informed Yoga and Yoga with Youth.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, three kids, and dog, Maxee. I’m often found at a ball field, soccer field, or school gym watching my children play. We enjoy traveling as a family, especially to National Parks. Hiking, practicing yoga on mountain tops, dancing to 90’s music, and eating amazing food are some of my favorite things to do.