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LLA Spotlight: Jessica Bendele

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Jessica Bendele!

Jessica is a Physical Therapist who has been with LLA since January 2021. She serves clients at our new Mentor office! She became a therapist after observing a PT working with a child she babysat for who had Downs Syndrome and after having been thru physical therapy herself to recover from a broken elbow. One of her favorite things about being a therapist is literally getting to play and have fun with the kiddos every day! She loves being able to come up with fun activities and games! She also loves seeing the look on a child’s face when they achieve a skill they they have never been able to do before (especially jumping!).

Let’s get to know Jessica better!

What is your therapy passion?

Making kids as independent in their mobility as possible- whether that is rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping or being able to propel themselves in a wheelchair-I just want kids to be able to get anywhere they want to be! I also love helping babies achieve milestones!

What is your best advice for parents who are embarking on a journey with therapy with their kiddo?

Take a deep breath-it may take some time but we will get there! Make home exercises fun and do it with them as you are their biggest supporter! And parents-you know your child the best and are their biggest advocate, don’t be afraid to speak up when you think something is working or you have questions!

What is your favorite team?

The Ohio State Buckeyes! (Proud Alum!)

Are you an Early Riser or Night Owl??

Early Riser

What is your Favorite Inspirational Quote

“Dream without fear, Love without limits”

What do you like to do in your free time?

Work out, go outside with my kiddos, spend time with my family, play card games, read, do crafts, go shopping

What is the best therapy advice you have ever received

“Everyone is a snowflake” meaning each patient will present differently and react differently to various interventions as everyone is an individual!

Where did you grow up?

Glandorf, Ohio-a small village in the northwest side of the state

What is your favorite pizza topping?


What is the best concert you have ever been to?

It’s a tie between Eric Church and O.A.R

Tune in to our next Spotlight to meet another one of our wonderful therapists!

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Crystal Scheibe

Great place, glad we found them. Been going to Medina over 2 months now and he loves Lauryn and Kyler. Wish they had more ABA therapy places available... live in Wooster and long drive everyday.

Karrie Swan LaRock

My 11 year old son has dyslexia and has made noticeable gains in working At LLA THERAPY. Katie is strong in her approach toward him and also keeps him comfortable enough to perform well. We will continue visiting both the Fairlawn and Hudson offices and recommend them highly.

Ron Monroe

My 9 year old just completed about 9 months of weekly speech sessions (due to his stuttering) with Matt Hagge at LLA and we are thrilled with the experience and results. What I thought might be a negative (what kid really wants to go to speech class?) was made very positive by Matt, and my son never hesitated or complained when we talked about class. He really enjoyed it and really took what Matt taught him to heart. His speech has been greatly improved and we definitely recommend LLA. Thank you so much!

Heather Dougherty-Pantoja

My son’s Occupational Therapist, Jess, is an amazing OT! She gives practical tips on working with my son at home and school!

Terri Apgar

I cannot say enough good things about LLA Therapy. My daughter was a client of Teal Simmons’ for approximately 2 years and was just released from speech therapy! She was diagnosed with Apraxia in 2015 and worked with Teal twice a week. Through Teal’s application of PROMPT therapy, my daughter had age-appropriate speech after one year. All of the staff we interacted with at LLA were absolutely wonderful. They really care about what they do and making sure your child achieves their goals.

Kelli Geisler Davisson

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for my son as well as my family! My son always asks, "When can I go see Ms. Jeannine again, is it Monday??" He has also made huge gains in only 5 months! I would highly recommend LLA and have already shared my experience with friends looking for services!

Victoria Hansford-Price

We are so grateful for our Speech Therapist Ms.Teal. We have seen a great improvement with our sons confidence and communication abilities since we have started "Prompt" therapy. What we love the most about LLA and Ms. Teal is that Kohl feels comfortable and relaxed which has played a critical role in his progress. Thank you Ms. Teal for all you have done.

Laura Lee Hogsett

They have helped in numerous ways. Speech, OT and behavioral. I've had numerous compliments on my son's progress thanks in very large part to LLA. I would recommend LLA before I recommend our local children's hospitals, though they are good, they don't have the staff that LLA does.

Amy Furukawa

We had a great experience with Matt Hagge at LLA! Our Middle School age son was becoming very conscious of his voice, which is nasal due to a cleft palate. Matt helped him to better form his sounds and project his voice in a way that makes the unavoidable nasality less noticeable.Our son is more confident and outgoing & even took on a speaking role in the church play. Matt has the perfect personality to relate with our son, and we would recommend him to anyone needing speech therapy services!

Jessica Havalotti

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for our daughter. I would highly recommend LLA. Miss Grace was so amazing and I can't believe how quickly our daughter showed improvement. Thank you!
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