August 1, 2016
Today Susan LeVine became one of the first people certified as a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. More information on IAYT.org about becoming certified. Susan has over 20,000 hours as a yoga teacher and over 6000 hours as a Yoga Therapist, practicing since 1995. Read more on our "About Us" page.
NEW YOGA STUDIO IN HUTCHINSON OPENED BY SHAMBHAVA TEACHER
CONGRATULATIONS to Wendy Hobart and her teachers in Hutchinson, Kansas, for opening their new studio, SUNFLOWER YOGA! Wendy is an amazing teacher, and her community will benefit greatly for her presence there.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR OWN GOVINDA---NOW DR. SEAN HESS!
We’d like to introduce our newest speech language pathologist, Dr. Sean Hess! We are excited to have him on the team. Sean earned a doctorate in communication sciences at Wichita State and looks forward to helping children find independence and success at Heartspring.
Q. How did you get into working in speech?
A. Before studying speech and language, I studied opera performance. While working at Larkspur Bistro & Bar, a Wichita restaurant, I would occasionally sing “Happy Birthday” in Italian for guests. One of these guests I sang for was the chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wichita State, and she recruited me.
Q. What made you decide to stick with speech language pathology and pursue a doctorate?
A. There was a need. Speech language pathologists do what is called a practicum where they practice working with clients. I always had children impacted by autism on my caseload. I was fascinated by how uniquely autism presents itself in each child, and I enjoyed the challenge of individualizing therapy to suit each child’s needs.
Q. What motivated you while you were earning your doctorate?
A. There’s something magical that happens when you find something that piques your interest and gets into your heart. I felt a strong passion for working with these kids.
Q. Why did you stay in Wichita?
A. I stayed in Wichita upon graduating because of Heartspring. The team-based approach to individualizing interventions and supports is right in line with the clinical and research work I engaged in during my doctorate degree.
Q. What made you decide to work at Heartspring?
A. I feel like I’m in the right place. I feel like this is where I’m supposed to be and this is what I’m supposed to be doing. Our work is challenging, and I love that we have a team for every child that supports each child and each team member every day.
Q. Why do you think Heartspring, and what they do, is so important?
A. If I could pick my top one, it would be the way we work with these kids. Every child we serve has very specific needs. We constantly strive to meet them where they are, get to know them on an individual basi, and tailor our work to meet their unique needs.
Q. What do you like to do for fun?
A. I teach yoga and meditation at a local yoga school. I like meditating, practicing yoga and spending time in nature.