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Recreational Therapy

What is Recreational Therapy?

Recreational therapy is a systematic process that utilizes leisure as the primary means for intervention with the intention of improving or maintaining physical, cognitive, social, emotional and/or spiritual functioning. By utilizing leisure as the primary modality of treatment, recreational therapists tailor programs to meet each participant’s unique interests, strengths, and needs. As an evidence-based practice, recreational therapists may employ activities including but not limited to sports, games, drama, music, movement, and arts & crafts.

Furthermore, recreational therapy embraces a humanistic definition of ‘health’ which is not only defined as the absence of ‘illness,’ but extends to the enhancement of strengths, utilization of facilitators, and incorporation of past, present, and future goals. This framework allows therapists to apply functional interventions that are motivating and efficacious to the development of the individual as a whole.

Our Recreational Therapists

Serving Marion, Morgan, Hendricks, and Johnson Counties

Michaele Gambrall

My name is Michaele Gambrall. I graduated from IU Bloomington in 2014 with a degree in Recreational Therapy. Following graduation I sat for my certification exam and became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I worked at Meadows Hospital for about 2 1/2 years. Then I studied Arboriculture for a couple years. Now I work at this company serving people on the Medicaid Waiver. The county’s I currently work in are Marion, Morgan, Hendricks, and Johnson. Some of the things that bring me joy include, anything outdoors, attending live music shows, visiting with animals, being creative with different mediums, and staying open to new activities.

Serving Marion County, South and Southeast

Tyler Neimeyer

Tyler received his bachelor’s degree in community sport management from the University of North Florida and Masters of Science from Indiana University in recreational therapy. He is currently a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and a visiting lecturer at Indiana University. Since 2015, Tyler has been working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities as an ABA therapist, behavioral therapist, and director of an inclusive basketball program. Furthermore, Tyler has served on Jacksonville’s Mayor’s Council on Fitness and Wellbeing, the board of Indiana University’s Graduate Recreation Society, and collaborated in various research endeavors. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys CrossFit, cooking, and spending time with family.

Serving Marion and Hamilton Counties

Stephanie Salters

My name is Stephanie, and I have a degree in Recreational Therapy from Central Michigan University and a degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Toledo. I became a CTRS in 2016, and have since worked with a variety of populations through my experience at a skilled nursing facility. I have been working with children and young adults since 2011 through various volunteer experiences with the Special Olympics, coaching, and classroom assistance. In addition to being a CTRS, I enjoy exploring Indy with my dog, crafting, and being active in the community! I am passionate about helping others, and I am excited to bring recreational services to our consumers. I currently serve Marion and Hamilton counties.

Serving Marion, Hamilton, and Hancock counties.

Hannah Polston

Hannah graduated from Indiana State University in 2018 with a degree in Recreation and Sports Management, specializing in Recreational Therapy. Following graduation, she interned with the Indianapolis VA Domiciliary, providing recreational therapy for homeless veterans. She then sat for her certification and became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). After this, she took a position providing care and activities for those in an assisted living center.