I attended Marquette University for my undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2011 and graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology in 2012. I have worked in Birth to Three and out-patient clinics since graduation. My philosophy is to look at the whole child and monitor all areas of development, which I draw from my training in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT). I believe that a patient’s mouth whether utilizing it for feeding or talking, does not function independently of the entire body. Consequently, if a patient is having difficulty in one area of development, it can affect multiple areas, and as a therapist, I strive to find those areas of difficulty, so that a patient’s mouth can be utilized for the daily functions of communication and feeding.
I enjoy working with clients that have difficulty with feeding and eating. In 2013, I completed my certification in S.O.S. (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) approach to feeding therapy. Through focusing on oral motor development and skills along with the sensory components to feeding, I target the development of foundational skills needed for successful oral feeding throughout the life span. This approach often results in therapy sessions that are silly and messy while patients learn to enjoy eating.
My passion is to help families find the best strategies that promote communication and feeding in their daily environments for their child. For this reason, I enjoy being a part of daily routines and activities during therapy to help families discover ways they can augment communication and feeding during daily routines.
Rehab Director – Southwest Region
I graduated from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1999 with a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After graduation I found my home with Rehab Resources and have enjoyed my work here since 1999. I love working with children and their families in their natural environment as part of the Birth to 3 program. Change can be made when therapy is provided during a child’s daily routines (play, mealtimes, dressing, bathing, and even when hanging out with parents, siblings, and peers). I offer strategies and home program recommendations to parents and caregivers in ways that they can understand so that they can successfully, safely and effectively implement them throughout the child’s day.
I work with a wide variety of young children who have communication and feeding issues. My areas of interest and specialty are feeding and swallowing, child language delays and disorders, Apraxia of Speech, and Autism. I have taken a variety of oral motor, feeding and swallowing courses, including The SOS Approach to Feeding. I have also attended many company sponsored in-services, workshops on language development and Autism and have attended the annual WSHA convention several times.
I work closely with parents and our Birth to 3 staff of early education teachers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to meet multiple needs of the children I work with. I am passionate about helping children experience successes (big and small) and helping families to celebrate the unique and individual needs their children.