Our Team

NeuroHope staffs Physical Therapists who specialize in neurologic recovery, and Rehabilitative Exercise Specialists who are devoted to bettering the lives of individuals living with spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke. NeuroHope works in collaboration with the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy.

Nora Foster

Nora Foster

PT, DPT - Director of Therapy

Nora is the Director of Therapy at NeuroHope and a founding member of the NeuroHope Board of Directors. Nora shares the vision of building Indiana’s first extended rehabilitative and wellness facility, and is excited to provide clients with the aggressive, activity based therapy and exercise they need.

Nora is a graduate of Bethel College (IN) and earned her Doctorate degree (DPT) from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. During her graduate studies, Nora became passionate about working with the neurologic population. She began her clinical career working at an inpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), and has also spent time at both skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics, and has attended courses in SCI, clinical education and wheelchair positioning.

She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a certified Clinical Instructor, and has helped create a SCI support group in the Indianapolis area. Her research activities include a published study in the NeuroRehabilitation journal on community-based group exercise for persons with Parkinson’s disease.

Nora married her husband Brent in 2013. They enjoy the outdoors and being active camping, kayaking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Megan Dearing

Megan Dearing

PT, DPT

Megan received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Health Fitness Specialist major from Indiana University, and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She has additional training from the NeuroRecovery Training Institute, and in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Megan developed an interest in helping individuals with neurological conditions early in her graduate studies. She began her career in the acute neurological setting, progressed to acute rehab and outpatient neurological settings, and has expertise in both adult and pediatric populations. Megan and her husband, Shane, have three energetic sons. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being active outside, and traveling.

Donna Peterson

Donna Peterson

MS - PTA

Donna began her work as a therapist immediately after earning her A.S. from Vincennes University in 1989. Her early career was spent at St. Vincent Hospital where she worked at inpatient and outpatient levels, as well as with patients in Home Care. In 1992, Donna became one of the first employees of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), where she quickly developed a passion for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Donna specialized in neurologic recovery throughout her twelve year tenure at RHI (1992-1996, 2006-2014), and has also served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Indianapolis, and a guest lecturer for various PTA programs around the state. Donna earned her B.A. in Health Sciences from IUPUI, and her Master’s in Education at Purdue University. Donna and her husband have four children, and she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and rooting on her beloved Colts and Packers!

Travis Jefferson

Travis Jefferson

MS - Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist

Travis is a graduate of Charleston Southern University (B.S. in Kinesiology), Miller-Motte Technical College (Therapeutic Massage), and California University of Pennsylvania (Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotion). He started his career as a Graduate Assistant for the Strength and Conditioning Department at Charleston Southern University.

Travis is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASE Speed and Explosion Specialist, Crossfit Level 1 instructor, and holds the ACSM Exercise is Medicine credential. He has experience working with collegiate athletes and the elderly and chronically ill population.

Travis moved to Indiana with his wife, Ariel, and bulldog, Princess, in June of 2016, one day after their wedding. They enjoy traveling, trying new foods, and attending college and professional sporting events.

Bart Richwalski

Bart Richwalski

MS, CSCS - Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist

Bart has developed a passion for the rehabilitation of musculoskelatal and neurological injuries while working as a strength and conditioning coach in the Indianapolis area over the past decade. From novice fitness enthusiasts to professional hockey players, Bart has utilized his skills to enhance performance, and rehab clients through traumatic injuries.

He received his B.S. from Purdue University in 2007 and his M.S. in Biomechanics from Ball State University in 2014. His primary research interests while working on his thesis included musculoskeletal injury mechanisms and targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR). He is excited to share his experience and innovative thinking with NeuroHope and its rehabilitation team. Bart is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys everything from camping and hiking to hunting and fishing, while sharing these activities with friends and family.

Marshall Sparenberg

Marshall Sparenberg

Therapy and Wellnes Tech

Marshall has a passion for helping individuals recover from any injury, but during an internship at NeuroHope, he developed a special interest in helping patients recover from neurological conditions. He is an ASCM Certified Exercise Physiologist, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Occupational Therapy from The University of Indianapolis in 2018. In the future, he plans to continue his education, and pursue a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

In his free time, Marshall enjoys watching baseball, golfing, and building wood furniture with his father. He also loves traveling and watching his favorite basketball team, the Purdue Boilermakers.

Natalie Robison

Natalie Robison

Practice Manager

Natalie Robison has more than 9 years of medical office management and billing / coding expertise. A 2008 Graduate from MedTech College, Natalie possesses a strong commitment to helping others throughout their medical treatment and recovery, providing a professional attitude of compassion, understanding, and support. She has been a credentialed member of the American Academy of Professional Coders since 2007.

Natalie and her husband Joseph were married in 2013 in the US Virgin Islands. They have two children, a 13 year old son named Gavin and a 3 year old daughter named Maeve. Natalie spends her free time crafting and runs a small T-shirt and decal business.

Chris Leeuw

Chris Leeuw

Executive Director

Chris Leeuw is the Founder and Executive Director of NeuroHope of Indiana, a 501(c)3 outpatient physical therapy clinic that specializes in recovery from neurologic injury. In August of 2010, Chris sustained an incomplete c4 spinal cord injury that initially left him paralyzed from the neck down. Throughout his two-year recovery process, he traveled to clinics across the country that combined aggressive therapy with integrated wellness programs at affordable rates to help patients maximize recovery after insurance visits were exhausted. In 2012, he returned home walking, independent, and determined to create a like-minded facility in Indiana. NeuroHope opened doors to its first patients in February of 2015. Prior to his spinal cord injury and recovery, Chris worked in television news at stations in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, and Ft. Myers FL in both production and as an on-air reporter. Chris is a graduate of Indiana University and earned his Masters Degree from the University of Miami (FL).