Our Team

NeuroHope staffs Physical Therapists who specialize in neurologic recovery, and Neurorecovery 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.

Megan Dearing, PT, DPT

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.

Lydia Arney, PTA

Lydia Arney, PTA

Lydia received her Exercise Science Bachelor’s degree and Physical Therapist Assistant Associate’s degree concurrently from the University of Indianapolis. During her education she became an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, earned a minor in Psychology and completed a Healthy Diploma concentration. In her final year of school she had the opportunity to intern at NeuroHope and discovered her passion for helping those with neurological conditions. She is excited to continue being a part of the NeuroHope team as a PTA.

Lydia enjoys yoga and going to coffee shops with her fiance as well as spending time with her friends, family and cats!

Bart Richwalski, MS, CSCS

Bart Richwalski, MS, CSCS

Wellness Director

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.

Travis Jefferson, MS

Travis Jefferson, MS

Neurorecovery 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.

Marshall Sparenberg

Marshall Sparenberg

Neurorecovery Exercise Specialist

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 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.

Megan Lashley, MS

Megan Lashley, MS

Wellness Coordinator

Megan’s passion for neurologic recovery began when she was a sophomore in college after completing shadowing hours at NeuroHope for her undergraduate degree. Less than a year later, she returned to NeuroHope as an intern, where she once again fell in love with NeuroHope’s mission. Megan completed her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at the University of Indianapolis, completing her degree early to attend graduate school. She will complete her Masters of Science in Exercise Science in 2021 to become a Clinical Exercise Physiologist to further her knowledge in improving functionality and quality of life for individuals with chronic diseases.

Megan aspires to travel to all of the national parks within the US, while also spending time in all 50 states, following in her grandparents footsteps. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and corgi, Henry.

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).