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.
I graduated from UW-Madison in 1997 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy, after returning to college as an adult student.
Following graduation I worked with adults with developmental disabilities through St. Coletta’s and treated children in grades EC- 8 in Jefferson School District for five years. Although I enjoyed both of these positions immensely, I found myself drawn to working with younger children.
In July 2002, I began working for Rehab Resources, and have been a part of the Early Intervention Programs of Dodge, Green Lake, Rock, and Jefferson Counties. I have treated kids with a variety of diagnoses, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, torticollis, gross motor delay and several more rare syndromes as well. I have additional training in sensory integration, treatment of motor dysfunctions, therapeutic taping and NDT techniques.
As a pediatric physical therapist, I become very invested in each child and their parents, as we work together to maximize the child’s abilities during the important developmental period of early childhood.
It is my pleasure and privilege to work with parents and a group of professional therapists, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and early childhood specialists, in order to develop the most effective and appropriate program for each child.
I received my Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Marquette University in 1996 and have been working as a pediatric speech language pathologist since that time. I started my career providing speech therapy to children (infancy through age 15) at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Waukesha, WI. Following that, I worked for the Random Lake School District, working with the children in the early childhood and special education classrooms. In 2001, I moved to Jefferson County with my husband and infant son, and I graciously accepted a position with Rehab Resources, serving children in the Jefferson County Birth to Three Program.
Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of children and families; children with speech and language delays, developmental apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment… Along the way, I’ve learned as much from the children and their families as they have learned from me. I believe that language has the power to connect us all and that every child deserves a voice. I have a passion for helping children and their families as they navigate challenges that come with communication difficulties.
I have extensive experience and training in the evaluation and treatment of the following disorders: receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, apraxia and oral motor planning, and sensory and motor feeding. I have specialized training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Beckman Oral Motor Intervention, Kaufmann approach to apraxia treatment, and augmentative/alternative communication strategies.
In my spare time, I love to cook, craft, travel, and share new experiences with my family and friends.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders. Following graduation, I lived in Singapore for 9 months where I volunteered at a school for young children with autism. I worked closely with their Speech Language Pathologists and Special Education Teachers in a classroom based setting as well as settings to facilitate activities of daily living, such as restaurants and the swimming pool. Upon moving back to Wisconsin in January, 2014, I began working full time with Rehab Resources.
I work with many young children with a variety of feeding difficulties and communication delays and disorders, including children with language delays, Apraxia of Speech and Autism. I have taken many continuing education classes and training programs to strengthen my knowledge in the communication and feeding world, including The SOS Approach to Feeding and attending the annual ASHA convention. I have also attended a variety of company sponsored workshops on communication and problem behaviors.
I enjoy working with children and their families in the child’s natural environments, such as the home or daycare, as a part of the Birth to 3 Program. I offer strategies and home program suggestions to help parents make the most favorable changes in their child’s communication or mealtimes within daily routines, such as dressing, play and lunch time. I believe changes are best made through a team approach. I work closely with parents and other Birth to 3 staff members, including Early Education Teachers, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists to best meet each child’s individual needs. I enjoy seeing children develop to the best of their abilities and work to ensure each child is having fun while learning!
In 2001, I graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelors of Occupational Therapy degree. During college, I worked as a line therapist with children on the Autism spectrum and continue to have a passion to help address the sensory needs of children with Autism. I have been working for Rehab Resources in Jefferson County since 2002.
My continuing education includes Therapeutic Listening, Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, SOS Feeding Approach, NDT Handling techniques, vestibular and visual courses and a wide variety of sensory and behavioral courses.
Through the years, I have learned so much from the families and children I have worked with, along with bringing my own experiences of having 4 children. I truly enjoy becoming a part of a family’s interaction and routine with their child in order to help accomplish the goals of the family and team. It is a privilege and a reward to be a part of Early Intervention.
I have worked for Rehab Resources since May 2008 after graduating with my Masters Degree from University of WI Whitewater in 2007. I enjoy working with children with a variety of communication needs and abilities, with an emphasis on children from birth to three. I have taken several advanced classes focusing on children with motor planning disorders, feeding and swallowing issues, sensory processing disorders and children on the autism spectrum. I enjoy working directly with families, helping parents/guardians find the tools they need to enable their child to reach his/her goals and helping children learn new skills through play and inquiry.