Board Members

Phylicia Nieft, COTA/L

Phylicia Nieft, COTA/L

WYOTA President

I am an Occupational therapy assistant working at Casper Orthopaedics. I graduated in 2011 from Casper College, and I have worked in orthopaedics ever since I graduated! I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping,and love playing softball, bowling and watching football! I love spending time with family and friends! I have a long term goal of eventually going back to school through a bridging program to obtain my Masters in Occupational Therapy!

Kelsey Hieb, MOTR/L

Kelsey Hieb, MOTR/L

WYOTA Secretary

I am currently an occupational therapist at Sensational Kids in Casper. I practiced in geriatrics and home health before finding my heart leading me to pediatrics. Pediatric OT has treated me well as I get to enjoy playing all day! I graduated from the University of North Dakota (Casper satellite program) with a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2017, after obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Wyoming in 2014. I am a Wyoming gal, through and through, loving everything outdoors including hiking, camping, and exploring our beautiful state. I have a wonderful husband and together we love to travel, explore Wyoming, cook, and spend time with our loved ones! I joined the WYOTA board in September of 2019, and I am excited to help advance the profession of occupational therapy in Wyoming.

Jessica McWilliams, MOTR/L

Jessica McWilliams, MOTR/L

WYOTA Treasurer

I graduated from University of North Dakota in 2009 with Masters of Occupational Therapy degree. I have practiced in pediatrics, geriatrics, inpatient, outpatient, and home health settings for the past 7 years. I currently work in a pediatric clinic, Sensational Kids in Casper Wyoming. I have two beautiful children, a dedicated husband and three dogs. I prefer to work with children since their primary work is play my days are filled with fun activities that help them achieve happy fulfilling lives.

Shellie Szmyd, OTR/L

Shellie Szmyd, OTR/L

WYOTA Legislative Chair

Shellie is a pediatric occupational therapist and owner of Sensational Kids, LLC. Shellie graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. The first few years of her career were based in outpatient adult therapy. After moving to New Mexico, she began working in the public schools which she continued after moving to Colorado. In 2007, Shellie returned to her hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming and began working at the Child Development Center. Throughout her career, she recognized that the educational setting can't always provide the intensity of therapy needed to help children succeed across all environments. In 2010, she opened her first outpatient pediatric clinic specializing in the treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder. Recognizing that the need for additional therapy for children is great in many areas of the state, she has since opened clinics in Cheyenne and Casper.