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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. She recently finished 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. While at KU, she was hired as the KU swim and dive team yoga instructor. She enjoys teaching hot yoga, vinyasa, and mixed level flows. 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.

Kristen Galle, Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, Clinical Coordinator

Kristen has over 15-years of health care experience.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Kansas State University in 2004, with a secondary degree in Gerontology.  Kristan earned an Associates of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010 from Newman University. She is certified in mindfulness and children’s yoga and has incorporated it into her patient care at Ascension-Via Christi Hospital. Kristen’s clinical experience includes long term care, acute care, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation.  In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, and reading.

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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.

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Emma Sobetski, Occupational Therapist, Registered Behavioral Technician

Emma is received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Rockhurst University. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science and an emphasis in Early Child and Autism Intervention. After 32-weeks of practicum in KU’s early intensive behavioral intervention clinics, Emma became a Registered Behavioral Technician. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have varying levels of ability for 7- years. Emma has a passion for helping others become the most confident, independent versions of themselves. Emma was a gymnast and dancer for over 8 years and now enjoys hot yoga, running, horseback riding, and fostering shelter dogs!

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Hannah Sewester, Physical Therapy Doctoral Student, Aerial 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 loves hiking, traveling, yoga, and reading!

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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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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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Cayley Madsen, Administrative Assistant

Cayley graduated from the University of Kansas with dual degrees in Behavior Analysis and Psychology. She has worked with children for over 7-years including work at Elizabeth Layton Center as a case manager.