Recreational Therapy

Jessica Mahoney, BS, CTRS


Areas Served: St Joseph and Elkhart Counties

Experience: Jessica has more than ten years of clinical experience working with both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Jessica is board certified through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Association and is a member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Expertise/Special Interests:  Jessica focuses on helping clients of all ages live a healthy lifestyle through recreation and other activity-based interventions. She works on developing a fitness routine, healthy food choices and meal preparation, and meditation and relaxation techniques.  Jessica is passionate about physical fitness and helping clients feel their best. I also utilize creative arts, sports, and leisure education.


Sara Norris, MS, CTRS


Areas Served: St Joseph, Elkhart Counties

Experience:  Sara has been a recreation therapist working with a variety of individuals of all ages.  She has worked as a recreation therapist in rehabilitation and mental health services and then in a supervisory role for approximately 30 years.   Sara also has worked as an aquatics therapist helping patients and clients achieve increased wellness and function.

Expertise/Special Interests: Sara has utilized recreation therapy to assist with increasing independence in the community, identifying and development of healthy leisure skills, and defining constructive leisure as part of a healthy lifestyle.   She has special interest in adolescents through older adults.  Identifying the needs of each individual to increase physical, emotional and social participation to help each person engage in a healthy lifestyle are where Sara has a special interest.


Samantha Resendez, MPA, CTRS


Areas Served: St Joseph and Elkhart Counties

Experience:  Samantha Resendez has been a board certified recreational therapist (CTRS) for seven years and enjoys helping individuals of all ages thrive and live healthy lives through recreation and leisure. 

Expertise/Special Interests:  Samantha is flexible when it comes to working around the needs and interests of the individuals she serves. Her goal is to provide community integration and be a personal advocate of client rights.