Vanessa is a South Dakota native who attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD and received her masters degree from the University Of South Dakota in 2010. Vanessa began her career working in skilled nursing homes in South Dakota and then started her own private practice specializing in motor speech and feeding disorders in 2013. Her certified trainings include TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy (Level 4 Certification), PROMPT Bridging, Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty, and The SOS Approach to Feeding. Vanessa has also done specialized training in myofascial release, apraxia of speech, pediatric dysphagia and orofacial myofunctional disorders. In addition to these trainings Vanessa is a Certified Orofacial Myologist® through the International Association of Orofacial Myology. She is a TalkTools® instructor and serves on the board of directors for Wonderfully Made (a Down syndrome family support organization), the Huntington’s Disease Society of America South Dakota Chapter, and the South Dakota Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She lives in her hometown of Canton with her husband Ryan, their son Drake, 2 dogs, and one cat.
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, Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty, and Foundations in Myofascial Release for head, voice and swallowing disorders. Kelly will be pursuing Level 3 TalkTools certification as well as seeking further training in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. 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, Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty, and Sensory Motor Feeding Disorders. Nikki is currently pursuing Level 2 TalkTools certification as well as seeking further training in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Ryan, two children, Mahlaya and Zavier, and two very, very fluffy cats!
Jane is a South Dakota transplant from Iowa. She has lived in Sioux Falls for over 30 years and is happy to call this her home! Jane attended University of South Dakota for her undergraduate studies and graduated with her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 2001. Jane began her career with Children’s Care Hospital and School (now knows as Lifescape) where she spent 7 and half years. She then spent 8 years in the Harrisburg School District where she focused on Birth to Three and Early Childhood Services. After becoming a grandma and wanting a more ﬂexible schedule, Jane retired from the school district and works part-time at the clinic. She also works as a contracted provider covering Birth to Three in the Sioux Falls area. Jane is working towards Level 2 TalkTools certification and is certiﬁed in TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy, Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty, and Feeding Therapy: a Sensory Motor Approach. Jane resides in Sioux Falls with her husband Tony and one dog. Sadly, they have no cats.
Speech Therapist/Behavioral Specialist
Laura was born and raised in Minnesota, but has lived in South Dakota for more than 15 years. She completed her undergraduate studies at Augustana University and received her Master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 2010. The first four years of Laura’s career was spent working at a behavioral residential school as well as with the Birth to Three population. She spent the next five years working with preschool through 5th grade students at Luverne Elementary. Laura has worked with a variety of patient populations and has a special interest in autism, behavior management, social thinking, oral motor and feeding. Laura’s certified training includes Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy Level 1, Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty, Pivotal Response Training, Discrete Trial Training, and Behavior Management. Laura is seeking further training in Verbal Behavior Approach, High Functioning Autism Behavior Intervention and Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding. She lives in Sioux Falls with her love Walter, and can often be found in the garage helping build motorcycles. Sadly, she doesn’t have any animals (yet!) so she and Jessica have formed their own club.
Anna is from Sioux Falls and received her Master’s degree in Multi-Categorical Special Education from USD in 2014. She is certified to teach K -12 special education in SD and has worked in higher education for over 10 years. Anna completed Orton-Gillingham training through IMSE and is passionate about providing students with the tools and support they need to be successful. Anna lives in Hartford with her husband Chad, son Nyle, and their new fur baby Tucker!
Office Director/Medical Billing and Insurance Specialist
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. Jessica is on the Board of Directors of Wonderfully Made, a Down syndrome family support organization. Sadly, she doesn’t have any animals so she and Laura have formed their own club.