Nicole Scherbarth
Program Director

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry Certified, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Swim Teacher (ARC trained), Certified Aqualot TM provider, Aquastretch TM provider, Ai Chi Certified, Chronic Pain in Aquatics Certified, Swim Teacher

Nicole Scherbarth has been using a combination of her skills as an aquatics fitness instructor, adaptive swim teacher, recreation therapist and aquatic therapist to help her clients recover from traumatic injuries and chronic pain for 18 years.  She is the founder and owner of RAW Therapy, LLC, and Director of S3 Aquatics Program, which is an innovative and specialized total aquatics program utilizing Montessori methodology.   

Nicole is eclectic in her approach to recovery, using a variety of techniques to assist clients in reaching their goals. Her Recreation Therapy approach focuses on a client to reinvent themselves after an injury, uncovering previous interests and exploring outside of the box leisure interests.  Specially trained in the area of aquatics therapy and adaptive aquatics, Nicole is also trained in therapy for catastrophic injuries with multiple issues.  She has specific training in aquatic bodywork techniques, including Trained in Watsu, Bad Regaz (American Style), Burdenko, Aquastretch and Ai Chi which are particularly helpful with anxiety, fear, pain as well as neuro recovery. 

Joan Stauffer
Program Manager

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry Certified, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Swim Teacher, Adapted Kayak Instructor

Joan graduated April 2012 from EMU with a bachelors in Recreational Therapy. She is the Program Manager of S3 Aquatics program and is dual certified as an Recreation and Aquatic Therapist. She owns Joan of Art, LLC providing mindful Recreation and Aquatic Therapy for individuals with a variety of abilities. She interested in promoting and advocating Recreational Therapy in a variety of environments, especially through aquatics programming.

Marisa Colpetzer, B.S, CTRS, ATRIC

Marisa joined RAW Therapy in July 2020 as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Aquatic Therapist. Marisa graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. Marisa is certified in Aquatic Therapy and Rehab, and Lifeguarding/first aid/ CPR. She has several years of  experience providing Aquatic Therapy in an outpatient rehabilitation setting with various age groups. She has experience in outpatient rehabilitation, acute rehabilitation, as well as home and community setting. She has worked with many different populations including pediatrics and older adults with physical disabilities, individuals with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, and group dynamics of all ages. Through her experience Marisa has developed a true passion for her profession and the populations that she works with.