Vanessa is a South Dakota native who attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and received her masters degree from the University Of South Dakota in 2010. Vanessa began her career working in skilled nursing homes in the area and then transitioned to servicing children full time. Her certified trainings include Talk Tools oral placement therapy, feeding specific to Down syndrome, planning and assessment of sensory motor feeding disorders, and Level 3 Certification. In addition Vanessa is certified in the SOS feeding therapy approach for problem eaters. Vanessa lives in her hometown of Canton with her husband Ryan, their son Drake, 2 dogs, and one cat. She is the Vice President of Augustana GOLD, an alumni group for graduates of the last decade.
Kelly is from Sioux Falls and attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln for undergraduate studies. She received her masters degree from the University of South Dakota in 2013. Kelly started her career working in outpatient clinics and skilled nursing facilities in Southwest MN serving a diverse patient population. She began working with Anderson-Smith Speech Therapy in October 2016. Kelly’s certified trainings include Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy, Planning and Assessment of sensory motor feeding disorders and Foundations in Myofascial Release for head, voice and swallowing disorders. Kelly resides in Sioux Falls with her husband, Andrew, daughters Ruby and Isla, and two cats.
Nikki received her B.A. from Augustana College in 2004 and her M.A. from the University of South Dakota in 2006. She has spent the last 13 years working in the schools with a particular interest in early intervention and feeding disorders. Nikki‘s certified trainings include: Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy and Sensory Motor Feeding Disorders. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Ryan, two children, Mahlaya and Zavier, and two very, very fluffy cats!
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Jessica grew up in the Phoenix area and graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Biology in 2005. She met her husband, Tim (a farm boy from Chancellor), and moved to the Sioux Falls area shortly after getting married in 2009. Their son, Lincoln, has Down syndrome and is the reason why Jessica is putting her management and human resources experience to use in a therapy environment. Jessica lives in Brandon with her husband and their three children Avalynne, Lincoln and Everett. Sadly, she doesn’t have any cats and cannot be part of the cat club with the therapists.