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Tracy L. Daniel, Ed.S., Ph.D., E-RYT-200, RCYT-95

Dr. Tracy L. Daniel, founder of Mindful Child Aerial Yoga and Wellness, has more than 20-years experience as a psychologist and 5-years in special education administration. Dr. Tracy has a specialist in education degree and is educated in clinical, school, and health psychology. She is the author of Mindfulness Activities for Children: 150+ Mindfulness Activities for Happier, Healthier, Stress-Free Kids. Dr. Tracy is a former adjunct health psychology professor, hot yoga instructor, and six time marathon runner.

Dr. Tracy is a trained yoga professional, certified in Hatha, Kundalini, AntiGravity, and children’s aerial yoga. She is registered as both an adult yoga teacher and children’s yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Dr. Tracy completed her Hatha 200-hours under Angie Eckenroth through the Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training (KCYTT). She completed her Kundalini 200-hour and children’s 95-hour specialty under Shakta Khalsa, founder of the world renowned Radiant Child Yoga. Dr. Tracy trained under Yuki Block, owner of Fly Studios, for her AntiGravity certification. She also completed aerial yoga training under Occupational Therapist, Lindsey Lieneck. Dr. Tracy is certified in mindfulness, Brain Gym, and crisis intervention from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).

Dr. Tracy uses her eclectic psychology and yoga training to provide classes that optimize the learning capacity of the brain. Dr. Tracy has been using evidence-based mindfulness and yoga effectively for a number of years in her psychological work with children. She has had phenomenal success significantly decreasing hyperactivity, anxiety and depression, while enhancing executive functioning skills, by teaching children how to self-regulate their behavior using health-based practices.

Dr. Tracy focuses on brain-based movement and behavioral nutritional therapy in order to offer services that would compliment the benefits clients are receiving from traditional medication and psychotherapy services. She obtained her Ph.D. in Health Psychology, as she recognized the mental health benefits of a healthy lifestyle to enhance children’s well-being. Dr. Tracy is no longer practicing psychology, but uses her knowledge to teach mindfulness and aerial yoga classes to help children be happy, healthy, and resilient.

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Kennedy Myers, Registered Nurse, Aerial Yoga Teacher

Kennedy obtained her Bachelor of Exercise Science degree from the University of Kansas and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Research. She works as an Operating Room Registered Nurse at Overland Park Regional. Kennedy plans to continue her education by obtaining her graduate degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. Kennedy has been practicing yoga for over 12-years and teaching it for 7-years. She earned her 200-hour yoga certification from the Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training (KCYTT) when she was 17. Kennedy trained under Yuki Block, owner of Fly Studios, for her Antigravity (aerial yoga) certification.  While at KU, she was hired as the KU swim and dive team yoga instructor.  She has taught hot yoga at various yoga studios in Kansas City.  In her free time, Kennedy practices yoga at CorePower Yoga and assists her mother, Dr. Tracy, at Mindful Child Aerial Yoga.

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Kara Hoegerl, Occupational Therapist

Kara obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University. Kara’s clinical experiences include: acute care, community-based, inpatient rehabilitation, school-based practice, outpatient pediatrics and early intervention. Kara is certified in MNRI, DIR Floortime play therapy, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning, and Beckman Oral Motor protocol. Kara played tennis in college and has been practicing yoga for four-years.

Shelby Arpin, Physical Therapist

Shelby graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2014.  She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Washington University in 2017.  Shelby has extensive pediatric experience evaluating and treating children with a wide range of diagnoses.  In addition to 4-years of physical therapy pediatric work, she is an Education Coordinator for Kansas City Pediatric Alliance and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Pediatric and Neurology sections.  She is a former Assistant Cross-Country Coach for Blue Valley West High School.  In her spare time, Shelby takes strength training classes at Freight House Fitness.  She enjoys spending time in Colorado hiking with her husband and dog, Stella.

Haven Herndon, Occupational Therapist

Haven received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University. Her clinical experience includes early intervention, school-based practice, outpatient pediatrics, teen and young adult practice, as well as geriatrics. She obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Kansas City Yoga Kula in 2020. Haven enjoys combining her knowledge of both occupational therapy and yoga teachings to help children explore and interact with their environments mindfully while helping them gain skills to succeed in their daily lives. Haven has a background in ballet. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and all things outdoors.

Lauren Strauss,  Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Lauren obtained her Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree from St. Charles Community College. Lauren’s clinical experiences include: Pediatric Outpatient, Early Intervention, Pediatric Home Health, and School Based Practice. Lauren has 15 years of dance experience and has been practicing yoga for 3 years. Lauren has a passion for working with children and watching them set and achieve goals throughout therapy.

Hannah Sewester, Physical Therapy Doctoral Student, Aerial Teacher/Assistant

Hannah is currently pursuing her physical therapy degree (DPT) at University of Kansas Medical Center. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor of science in kinesiology. She has 16 years of dance training and experience, including both collegiate and professional. She was introduced into the aerial arts and aerial yoga world while dancing and attending college in Arizona, and quickly fell in love. She has 4 years of experience working with children in the outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation realm. She incorporates movement into every aspect of her life and is always seeking new ways to move and explore the capacities to which the mind and body connect. In her free time, she teaches Yoga Sculpt at PowerLife.  She loves hiking, traveling, yoga, and reading!

Kyra Hayes, Registered Nurse, Aerial Dance Teacher

Kyra obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with a minor in Spanish Language from Rockhurst University. She currently works as an Operating Room Registered Nurse at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. After 15 years of studio dancing, she decided to start practicing yoga when she moved to Kansas City. She has worked with children for over 7 years — including working at a childcare center, teaching 4-13 year olds different styles of dance, and working as an au pair teaching English in Spain. In her free time, she enjoys taking all sorts of dance classes, practicing yoga, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Sadie Thomas, Physical Therapy Doctoral Student, Aerial Assistant

Sadie is currently pursuing her physical therapy degree (DPT) at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Motor Behavior and a minor in Psychology. She has a passion for working with people and hopes to use her knowledge of movement and her experience of working with children to create a positive and fun environment that promotes mindfulness. Sadie has practiced yoga for many years and regularly uses mindfulness techniques in her daily life. She is a firm believer that instilling these tools in children and young adults early on is instrumental in their development. In her free time, she loves painting, yoga, pickleball, traveling, and learning!

Emma Ivers, Physical Therapy Doctoral Student, Aerial Assistant

Emma obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Kansas.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Since obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, Emma has had hands on clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Emma has a drive to help people become their healthiest and happiest self through the power of exercise and self-care. She believes that mindful meditation has the power to heal and bring peace to a busy world. In her free time Emma enjoys running, reading, practicing yoga, and hanging out with friends.

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Katie Lause, Occupational Therapy Student, Aerial Assistant

Katie is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University. She also obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Rockhurst University, where she majored in Health Science on a health and disability track. Katie plans to gain clinical experience in acute care, outpatient musculoskeletal, school-based pediatrics and hospital-based rehabilitation in her time in the OT program at Rockhurst. She has worked with a variety of ages and abilities over the past 6 years through volunteering and babysitting/nannying. She has also helped lead summer camps as a camp counselor for children ages 6-12. Katie practices yoga at PowerLife Yoga. When not busy with schoolwork, Katie enjoys lifting weights, taking walks with friends and FaceTiming her family and nieces.

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Deana Vermillion, Administrative & Medical Billing Assistant

Deana has over 28 years of healthcare experience. She earned her certificate of Phlebotomy from St. Luke’s Phlebotomy school in Kansas City. She is currently working on her bachelor’s in health science degree from UMKC. She has experience in working with all age groups, including children. In her free time Deana enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading and time at the Lake.

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