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Meet the Team


Olivia Rhoades, MA, CCC-SLP


Speech-Language Pathologist

Hi, I'm Olivia! I’m a speech-language pathologist by day, and a player at heart! From the living room to the therapy room, I’ve observed how taking a play-based approach to life leads to stronger language skills, relationships, and overall enjoyment of life!

In 2014, I graduated with my master’s from Eastern Michigan University. While at school, I was honored to be a Brehm Scholar, named most outstanding graduate student, and successfully defended my thesis.

After working in schools for years, I decided to take the plunge into the world of private practice. Over the past three years, Play Awhile has expanded to include a talented team of therapists, office staff, and neurodiversity affirmative services for local children and beyond!

Now, I work directly with my ideal clients (if you’re wondering, it’s young neurodivergent kids!) and am hard at work on developing my framework for playful parenting and therapies: The Play Awhile Approach.


Jenna Spruytte, BSBA

Practice Manager

Hey there, my name is Jenna. I received my Bachelors of Business Administration from Davenport University and have a diverse business background working with both small and large organizations.

My current hobbies are hanging out with my husband, son, and daughter! I love a spontaneous day, so we find ourselves on many adventures! I have a passion for the performing arts, and hope to get back into that when our kids are a little older. But for now, I will just sing show-tunes in the living room with my son!

Play Awhile is an amazing place to work and an amazing place to have you child do therapy at (as I know firsthand-my son is a client here!) From the moment you walk in, you are family. Being on both sides, this practice is truly incredible and I’m so happy to be part of the team!


Deb Kubinski, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hello, I'm Deb. I love being a speech-language pathologist, almost as much as I love children. I chose this field because I have an affinity for both. At its core, speech pathology is about empowering individuals; it’s about finding their strengths and building on them. No matter the population or setting, my goal is always self-actualization. I’m especially passionate about literacy and have devoted countless hours to it in both professional and volunteer capacities.

I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1995 with a master-of-arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as an elementary teaching certificate.

Since graduating, I have published and spoken at state and national conferences and I currently have an educational game in the works. My heart has always belonged to the little ones. I love the innocence and curiosity that young children possess. I am so happy to be a member of the Play Awhile family.

Currently, my husband and I are semi-empty-nesters. My son and daughter are my pride and joy. I sometimes can’t believe what a lucky mom I am. When I’m not at work or with family, you can find me out on the Zumba dance floor or curled up with a good novel.


Grace Kuza, MA, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hi, I'm Grace. I received my bachelors degree in human biology, and my masters degree in communicative sciences and disorders, both from Michigan State University (go green!). I am a recent graduate, and am excited to finally be working in the field.

I have a diverse background in speech-language pathology, with experiences ranging from school-based services, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. My passion lies in building strong relationships with my clients and their families, as I believe the greatest gains in therapy are made when a child feels truly comfortable and connected with their therapist. I also have a passion for play-based and evidence-based therapy.

I have a HUGE extended family, and grew up around lots of baby cousins, this is where my love for working with children stems from! I also am a lover of the outdoors, reading, and any and all artistic outlets.

My clinical interests include:

-Communication differences related to Autism

-Alternative and Augmentative Communication

-Building a strong language and early literacy connection.

-Early Childhood Speech and Language


Abby Keener, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hello! I am Abby. I am a speech-language pathologist with a passion for the hard work of play. I believe access to communication is a human right and value all forms of communication equally. It is my job to meet a child where they are, join them in their play, and provide support for their communication development. I love working with children and collaborating with their families.

I completed my master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University. Over the last several years, I have worked in early intervention and public schools with preschoolers through young adults. I am nationally certified and licensed in the state of MI.

At home, I have a husband, child, and 3 cats (never meant to have 3!). We love to spend time outdoors hiking, exploring, and adventuring whether it is a national park or our yard.

Special Interest Areas:

-Alternative and Augmentative Communication

-Early childhood language

-Narrative language development

-Providing affirming services for all abilities


Sara Wollenweber, MA, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hi! My name is Sara.  I have a passion for helping kiddos learn and enhance their communication skills with family members, peers, and others using all types of communication avenues. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University and recently graduated with my master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Toledo in May 2023. I am also currently earning my certificate to become a reading tutor to enhance literacy skills in children and adults. In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes, taking yoga classes, reading, spending time with family, and taking trips to the beaches in Michigan.

My areas of clinical interest are:

-augmentative and alternative communication

-apraxia of speech


-early intervention.

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