About Thrive!

Hello! And a warm welcome to Thrive Occupational Therapy, Health & Wellness services specializing in holistic occupational therapy treatment treating the whole person.

We offer functional and integrative health and rehabilitation services. We are committed to offering clients comprehensive, goal-oriented treatment in a nurturing environment. Our personalized outlook on care delivers knowledge and empowerment to the client and a commitment from the therapist to provide results in a professional and efficient manner.

I always get so much out of my appointments at Thrive OT. I love the whole body approach and their knowledge base is very deep. I really appreciate the detailed attention they give each client and how much they teach about what and why they are doing what their doing as they implement different techniques. Highly recommend to everyone! – Laura K.

Meet the Owner

Erica Stevens – MOTR/L, CLT, CHC, CYT

Erica graduated with honors and Magna Cum Laude completing her master’s degree in occupational therapy at College of Saint Mary. She is part of the national honor society for OT graduate students, Pi Theta Epsilon, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas and holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and rehabilitative science. She is currently working on advanced certification through the Institute of Functional Medicine, along with her post-professional doctorate at Creighton University.

Erica is a passionate health & wellness occupational therapy private practice owner. Her private practice, Thrive Occupational Therapy, Health & Wellness PLLC, serves clients across the lifespan related to: Perinatal Rehab, Fertility Support, Food Mood and Hormones, Lymphedema Therapy, Scar Tissue Treatment, General Health and Wellness.

Additional areas of specialization and certification include women’s health and pelvic floor therapy, pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise specialist, certified lymphedema therapist, certified health coach, certified mental health integrative medicine practitioner, and biofeedback specialist, expanding her skills to meet the health and wellness needs of individuals across the lifespan.

Erica and her husband, Wade, have two children, Haddie and Calvin. She enjoys running, yoga, water skiing, reading, gardening, and spending time with family.

Specialization and Certifications

Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Comprehensive Lymphedema Management for American Health Care

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice

Institute if Functional Medicine

Optimal Fertility: Preconception Detoxification and Preparation Specialization

Integrative Women’s Health Institute

Certified Yoga Teacher

Aura Wellness Center

Certified Health Coach

National Society of Health Coaches

Pelvic Floor Training with Ultrasound Technology

Herman and Wallace Institute

Pelvic Floor Biofeedback Specialization

Marquette University

Medical Professional Therapeutic Yoga Specialization

Professional Yoga Therapy Institute

Pregnancy & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist

Core Exercise Solutions 

Marissa Horak – CLT, LANA, CPAM

Marissa Horak was hired in 2022 to expand services and thus offer help to more women and men. She serves as the Omaha Branch Lead and her passion for helping her patients aligns perfectly with Thrive OT’s vision and commitment to quality therapeutic interventions.

Marissa is an occupational therapist who specializes in lymphedema, oncology, and pelvic floor. She obtained a master’s degree Cum Laude in occupational therapy from the College of Saint Mary and has been practicing since 2016. She also holds a degree in psychology and rehabilitation studies. Marissa was the recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Saint Mary award from her graduate program – this highlights her compassion and drive for serving others.

Through her career, Marissa obtained top-tier training through the Norton School of Lymphatics for her certification as a lymphedema therapist in 2018 with over 200 hours of training. She is one of 34 practitioners in the state of NE and IA who holds a Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certification- indicating her skills are of the highest level of competency and expertise. She has advanced pelvic floor training and provides top quality services for male and female clients in all stages of life.

Marissa also has advanced specialty breast cancer rehab and male pelvic oncology certifications. Marissa prides herself in focusing on quality of life and helping clients thrive. She is a mom to an energetic two year old daughter. She and her husband have three dogs and support rescue through fostering. Marissa loves being outside, traveling, and family adventures.

Marissa is the branch lead for Thrive OT in Omaha, NE.

Specialization and Certifications

Certified Lymphedema Therapist, LANA Accredited

Norton School of of Lymphatic Therapy and Lymphology Association of North America

Pelvic Floor Specialist for Males and Females

Herman and Wallace Level 1 and Oncology of the Pelvic Floor 2A

Breast Cancer Rehab Specialist

Klose Training

Credentialed in Physical Agent Modalities

Physical agent modalities practitioner credentialing agency

Exercise Prescription Specialist

Accelerated Care Plus, Relias Learning, LANA education center

Kailey Bell

Kailey is an occupational therapist who completed her undergraduate and professional studies at Creighton University in Omaha.  She is originally from Colorado but met her significant other while finishing OT school and decided to stay and explore all that Iowa has to offer!

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, cum laude, and a doctorate in Occupational Therapy, with honors. Kailey currently works full-time for Green Hills AEA serving children birth-21 years old. She saw an opportunity to serve the pediatric community in Harlan and is excited to further expand Thrive’s mission to the pediatric population. Kailey has special interests in self-regulation, sensory processing, executive functioning, feeding, reflex integration, myofascial techniques, and fine motor skills.

She is a life-long learner and jumps at any opportunity to learn something new. In her free time, you can find Kailey golfing, gardening, cooking, reading a book, or exercising with her chocolate lab puppy Frank.

Specialization and Certifications

Myofascial Release for Traditional Healthcare

Various Handwriting Without Tears Trainings

Zones of Regulation Comprehensive Training

Marissa was incredibly knowledgeable and explained everything in layman’s terms. So relieved to have such a caring and capable person navigating me through this experience. – Patty N.

Mackenzie Wills

Occupational Therapist

Mackenzie is an occupational therapist from Papillion, NE. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from College of Saint Mary in 2021. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitative Studies. Mackenzie has received specialized training through Herman & Wallace for Pelvic Floor 1 and 2A, as well as Pregnancy Rehabilitation. She recently received her certificate in SOFFI®, a program designed to support oral feeding in infants. She is passionate about mother/infant health and overall pelvic floor wellness beginning in pediatrics and beyond. Outside of work, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 dogs. She enjoys hiking, watching every movie or tv show possible, and reading a good book.

Specialization and Certifications

Pelvic Floor Specialist for Male, Females and Pediatrics

Herman and Wallace Level 1 and 2A

MedBridge Treatment of Pediatric Pelvic Floor

Pregnancy Rehabilitation Specialist

Herman and Wallace

SOFFI Certified

Feeding FUNdamentals

Certified Physical Agent Modalities

Myofascial Release

Allison Hamre

Occupational Therapist

Allison is an occupational therapist from Bennington, Nebraska. She obtained her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the College of Saint Mary in 2021. She also holds a Bachelor’s Cum Laude in rehabilitation studies. Allison has specialized experience in Women’s health, pelvic floor, upper extremity, and aging in place. She is passionate about preventative care and ergonomics. Outside of work, Allison enjoys spending time in nature, riding horses, and playing with her dog Whinnie.


Ellie Sjogren

Administrative Assistant

Ellie is a dedicated Husker fan, outdoor adventurer, and an aspiring photographer. She is the youngest of 10 siblings, and the aunt to 20 nieces and nephews. Understandably, family is a huge priority in her life.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, visiting national parks, playing the piano, and exercising.

Ellie graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a degree in Criminal Justice and History. She has worked for many years as a nanny, a summer camp counselor, and previously as an admin for another occupational therapy clinic. She has a passion for helping people in tangible ways and finds life seeing people smile and helping people solve problems.

The Thrive OT staff were very helpful and very knowledgeable. – Steve R.

Chelsy Pattee

Administrative Assistant

Chelsy is a graduate of Creighton University with a degree in Finance. She has worked a variety of positions in banking, accounting, and other related areas. However, she is passionate about wellness and feels Thrive is a great career transition opportunity.

Chelsy and her husband, Davis, enjoy spending time with their four children and keeping up with their numerous activities. She also likes to spend time outdoors, walking, reading, gardening, cooking and baking.


Erica’s Story Creating Thrive OT

The main goal of Thrive OT is to help more people.

I began my OT career working in rural Iowa seeing patients of all ages in the acute, skill nursing, outpatient and home health settings. From these experiences, I recognized a missing link to our health care system. Yes, the sick are seen, but what about those who just do not feel well? Those who are technically functional, however are not living their best life?

Additionally, I began noticing trends within my patient populations: a large majority of diagnoses I treated could be traced back to poor lifestyle habits, moreover pinned to a lifetime of stress, lack of concern for optimal health and wellness, and poor coping strategies. A vast majority of my elder patients had some form of incontinence, resulting in nursing home placement at a young age, comorbidities related to poor bowel and bladder management, and an increased burden of care. Their lives were no longer their own story to write, but dictated by bouts of severe and disabling bowel and bladder incontinence, impacting what one could do each day.

I could not stand idly by and allow this trend to continue!

These discoveries paired with my own fertility, pelvic health, and wellness journey, led me to seek specialization within the scope of women’s health, pelvic floor therapy, stress management, and general health and wellness.

I am professionally passionate about improving one’s daily quality of life and empowering clients to live their best life. I am excited to share with my clients the life changing benefits occupational therapy can have physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

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