Alumni Spotlight of the Month
Lisa and Matt Cooseman
Occupational therapists Lisa (FitzGerald) Cooseman, ’00, ’02, and Matt Cooseman, ’00, met as students at Maryville, and now they work together as co-owners of Leaps & Bounds, a pediatric therapy center in St. Peters, Mo., that employs more than 20 full- and part-time therapists and assists about 220 children a week.
Lisa Cooseman, 35, co-founded the business with another therapist, Carrie Salyer, seven years ago. Carrie’s husband Rob is also a co-owner of Leaps & Bounds, which specializes in assisting children with sensory-processing concerns. The center works with children from birth to age 18. Some have autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or attention issues. “We have a fair number of children who come in without a medical diagnosis, but who are struggling,” Lisa Cooseman explains. In those instances, therapists often work with children’s doctors to recommend a treatment diagnosis; they provide therapy so families receive the help they’ve been needing.
The couple, who have two children of their own —Brayden, 5, and Reese, 2—say Leaps & Bounds offers an initial consultation for free, where families can talk with a therapist to see if a child may benefit from the services Leaps & Bounds provides.