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Thank you for visiting the Garden City Therapy Center of The Futures HealthCore website. We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with information regarding our center and services.

At Futures, our clinicians, customers and patients are treated with the highest personal and professional respect. We recognize that all can exercise choice in the working relationships they seek and maintain within the health care community. It is our goal to preserve long and successful relationships.

Susan Murtagh, RN, BSN

Regional Director, Michigan

Susan Murtagh brings over 16 years of nursing experience to Futures. As Regional Director, her primary responsibility is to support and manage clinicians in nursing, dietary and speech language pathology. Prior to joining Futures, Ms. Murtagh spent several years at a community agency servicing persons with developmental disabilities where she provided health services and supports to people with a broad range of complex medical and psychiatric disorders. Her past nursing experience also includes several years in acute medical surgical nursing and case management. Ms. Murtagh has been a contributing member on various committees such as Workplace Safety, Patient Education, and Peer Review.

Sandi Scott, B.S., OTR

Occupational Therapy Manager and Therapy Center Manager and Coordinator of Therapy Center Programs

As a graduate of the occupational therapy program at Eastern Michigan University, Sandi has spent 19 years working with individuals with autism, mental retardation, Down's Syndrome, cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. She works both with clients in the home, at work programs, and at the Therapy Center, where she is also occupational staff manager and trains staff. Sandi has created incredible rapport with families and individuals with disabilities, providing better quality of life for all she works with. Most importantly, she is innovative and enthusiastic, having, in the past, initiated the volunteer work experience at Livingston Services Agency, which involved working in a school setting with an occupational therapist, and she participated in the implementation of Motor Moms program in the Garden City Public Schools.

Emily Petrous, M.A., CCC-SLP

Area Manager of Clinical Operations for Speech-Language Pathology

Emily, who received her bachelor's degree from Michigan State and Master's degree from Eastern Michigan University, has been with Futures HealthCore for four years, beginning as a clinical fellow and working her way up to area manager of clinical operations for speech-language pathology, which involves being responsible for the management of therapists, contract sites, and program development, all while continuing to provide clinical services for children and adults in the outpatient, hospital, and home health settings, with specific interests in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. In addition, Emily was recently appointed Vice-President of Public Relations for the Michigan Speech-Language Association.

Jenny Bunio

Office Administrator

Jenny has worked for 3 1/2 years as Office Administrator, and is often the first voice to greet individuals and families, as she does all of the scheduling for the Therapy Center in Garden City. She coordinates all new referrals and does appointment reminder phone calls to families. In addition, Jenny does all scheduling and coordination of center staff and provides them with organized and up to date information to help cumulate the best experiences for families and staff for maximum benefits to the children Futures HealthCore services. Jenny is always there to help staff navigate the system and to provide a vital connection between families and therapeutic providers.

Dawn Ham-Kucharski, B.S., M.A.

Consultant

As Consultant for The Futures HealthCore, Dawn facilitates caregiver supports groups, while providing outreach networking for professionals and education programs, and has spent years advocating for individuals with disabilities and their families. She is co-author, of The Autism Book: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions and serves as Board Secretary for The Michigan Autism Partnership and participates as a member of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Workgroup for the Michigan Department of Community Health. She enjoys presenting in the health care and educational community and is mom to a son with autism, hearing loss, and cerebral palsy. Dawn also teaches English courses at Schoolcraft College.