About Us

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

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In May 2003, originally located in Grayslake, Illinois, four experts, with nearly 100 years collectively of multidisciplinary specialization in pediatric counseling, feeding, occupational, speech, and physical therapeutic services, formed Birth to Three & Beyond Pediatric Therapies, LLC.
Realizing the need to accommodate the growing and differing needs of our communities, our collaborative expertise, and our ability to provide therapeutic services not only to children three and under, but also to older children, parents, siblings, couples, individuals, and our local communities as a whole, we changed our name to The Therapy Tree, LLC.

By July 2010, we moved to our current 18,000 square foot center in quaint downtown Lake Villa, Illinois. We have grown to over 20 therapists bringing experience from various special education agencies and private practice. Our expansion has allowed us to create new programs to include individual and small group therapies for feeding, physical, occupational, speech, developmental screenings, and child and adult counseling services.
Programs include developmental screenings and evaluations, parent and sibling support groups, specialized therapy groups, literacy groups, peer modeling and socialization groups, family-focused programs and summer camps.

We provide holistic, family-centered services using traditional and complementary techniques and methods. We focus on the whole child and the family unit in both individual and group settings. To embrace the beauty and strength of the mind-body connection, we are fortunate enough to have created a community Wellness Center that focuses on total mind and body wellness offering various classes and services for adults and children alike, such as Yoga, Energy Healing, Martial Arts, Massage Therapy, and Skin Care Services to name a few. For more information, visit our Wellness Center page.

We hope that you have time to view the rest of our site and see all that we hope to offer you!

The Therapy Tree proudly supports Community Outreach and Education (C.O.R.E.) Foundation, not-for-profit organization. CORE provides monthly parent support meetings, educational seminars, support services and therapy scholarships for families of children with special needs.

Mission Statement

The Therapy Tree is a group of specialized therapists committed to the health and wellness of the pediatric and adult population while empowering families.


To provide the highest quality services in a warm , friendly, and playful atmosphere that encourages healing and optimal growth for children and families.

Our Founders

The Therapy Tree, LLC Founders

Pictured Left to Right: Zaida Medina, Rebecca Cain, Laura Houston, Carol Bettendorf

We are blessed to have an incredible team of clients, instructors, therapists, and administrative support who make The Therapy Tree, LLC all that is it today. We know together we will soar and help each other reach even more of our children, adults, and families in Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin. Please read about our Founders and meet the rest of our amazing Therapy Tree Team, by clicking on this Our Team link!

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