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STEP Therapy






CEO & Founder

Mariah Runkle, MS, OTR/L

Meet Mariah, a Colorado native through and through, with a heart as expansive as the Rocky Mountains themselves. With over two decades immersed in the healthcare realm, Mariah's journey has been a tapestry of compassion and dedication. For the past twelve years, she's been a guiding light as a pediatric occupational therapist, weaving joy and progress into the lives of countless children.

Her roots trace back to The University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007. Fueling her passion further, she pursued her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Touro University, Nevada, graduating in 2012 with a boundless enthusiasm to make a difference.

In 2015, destiny handed Mariah the reins to her mentor's business, an opportunity she embraced with open arms and a heart brimming with purpose. And so, STEP Therapy Pediatrics was born, a beacon of hope and support for the Denver Metro Area and beyond.

Mariah's expertise spans a myriad of challenges, from Autism to Sensory Processing Disorder, from Handwriting Difficulties to Developmental Delay. Yet, amidst the complexities, she sees the beauty in every child, each one a teacher in the grand symphony of life.

For Mariah, it's more than a profession; it's a calling, a journey fueled by love and a profound belief in the resilience of the human spirit. She knows that within the walls of STEP Therapy Pediatrics, the most remarkable families gather, forming a tapestry of support and understanding that resonates with the very essence of community.


"During my child's time at STEP her speech therapy progressed leaps and bounds- she graduated!"

"With PT they have helped my child improve balance, kicking, throwing and climbing. My child can now ride a bike!"

" With OT my child has learned strategies to help her regulate much better and she has improved her hand strength.  My child now has a willingness to try!"

"Love our OT’s!

Our son started with STEP four years ago with Chelsey , with a few in between have enjoyed our time with Chris and now with Kait

ALL STARS  in our books"

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