Kearney Tree Top Therapy- Located next to Family Practice

At Tree Top Therapy, we provide skilled services in a safe and child friendly atmosphere tailored to children with special needs. We offer specialized outpatient services in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. Our therapists strive to create a fun and safe environment for children to develop and grow their newly learned skills. We provide fast and easy scheduling and are often able to see same day walk-in visits as needed. Please stop by any time to learn more about what Tree Top Therapy has to offer.

620 E 25th Street, Suite 7
Kearney, NE
Phone: 308.455.1781
Fax: 308.455.1782


Our therapists offer a wide variety of specialties including infant prematurity, torticollis, car seat fitting and safety, vestibular rehabilitation, sensory integration, feeding aversion, pediatric LSVT LOUD, pivotal response treatment and much more!

Tree Top Therapy is also a TIPS provider clinic for premature infants.

Services List

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
    • Gait analysis
    • Developmental delays
    • Special needs therapy including cerebral palsy, autism, downs syndrome, and many more
    • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
    • Muscle weakness
    • Vestibular rehabilitation
    • Sports injuries
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy
    • Sensory integration
    • Reflex integration
    • Handwriting
    • General fine motor skills
    • Feeding
    • Self-care skills
  • Pediatric Speech Therapy
    • Articulation
    • Receptive/Expressive Communication
    • Feeding/swallowing difficulties

Our Staff

(Back row pictured from left to right)

Brittany Schuster: Occupational Therapist

Shelby Paxton: Physical Therapist Assistant

Shelby grew up in Stuart, NE and got her Physical Therapist Assistant license from Northeast Community College. She knew she wanted a career in helping make a difference in someone’s life. She feels it is very rewarding to help people attain or regain their goals. Her favorite part about being a PTA is getting to watch the progress of all her patients as well as building relationships with each one. In Shelby’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading and running. A quote she lives by is, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford

Matt Kenny: Physical Therapist

Matt is from Red Cloud, Nebraska and got his undergraduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and went to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for his advanced degree in Physical Therapy. He chose Physical Therapy as a career because he wanted a career where he could help people. Therapy is such a unique opportunity to get to work together with patients towards achieving their goals. He especially likes meeting new people and helping them reach their goals so patients are able to return to their normal life and/or even possibly better than before they came and saw us. In Matt’s spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends. A quote he lives by is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

(Front row left to right)

Cassie Fish: Speech Therapist

Cassie grew up here in Kearney and got her undergraduate and an advanced degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  She knew speech pathology was the perfect profession for her when she saw her passions of critical thinking and giving back to others merge into meaningful work. She especially enjoys how each day brings new challenges, new gains, and always leaves her with a smile on her face. In Cassie’s free time she is a frequent goer to country concerts, she enjoys playing volleyball and golf,  she is an avid traveler, but also loves to cozy up at home and read a great book next to her puppy, Boston. A quote she lives by is, “Be honest. Be kind. Be Silly.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Marissa Castillo: Physical Therapist Assistant

Marissa grew up in Benkelman, NE and got her Physical Therapist license from Colby Community College. She knew she wanted to work in the health field and had always found the body very interesting and loved learning the anatomy. After completing observation hours, physical therapy caught her eye after watching a patient walk for the first time after a terrible car accident. In Marissa’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family. She also likes wake-boarding and anything that has to do with summer/water. A quote she lives by is, “Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” -Jack Kerouac

Logan Payne: Physical Therapist

Logan grew up here in Kearney and graduated from Rockhurst with her undergraduate with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science and received her advanced degree in Physical Therapy from UNMC in Omaha.  She had physical therapy when she was a senior in high school following a knee injury. She really enjoyed her time in physical therapy and developed a close connection with her PT.  Her favorite part about being a Pediatric Therapist is watching kids grow and develop gross motor skills. Their faces seem to light up when a new task is accomplished. In Logan’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, enjoys the outdoors whether its out on the lake, on a walk, or outdoor target archery. A quote she lives by is, “No ‘Payne,’ no gain” (Hint: Last Name).

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Sydney Wagner: Speech Therapist

Sydney grew up in Lexington, NE and went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Her favorite part of her day is that every day is different and there’s always an opportunity to make activities functional (and fun) for the patient. She believes it is very rewarding seeing a child meet a speech or language goal that they’ve been working on diligently and helping a patient learn safe swallow strategies so they aren’t coughing during meals when eating with family and friends. She went into the field because she’d always enjoyed teaching, yet wanted to be in the medical field. Being an SLP is the perfect mix and allows her to teach her patients strategies for speech, communication, memory, and how to improve their swallowing function. In her spare time you will find her snowboarding and traveling with her husband, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends. A quote she lives by is, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances.” Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rogene Rasmussen (Ro): Occupational Therapist

Ro grew up in Amherst, Nebraska and went to Mid Plains Community College and got her advanced degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center.  She became a  therapist because her grandma had a stroke when she was in high school and she came to live with her family and they took care of her. It was at that point in her life she knew she wanted to be in the health care field. Her favorite part of her day is coming to work every day with amazing co-workers and watching people become pain free, stronger, safer and more independent. In Ro’s free time she enjoys anything outdoors, walking, riding horses and watching rodeos. A quote she lives by is,  “Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.”

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