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 TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy, Level 4 Certification ,PROMPT Bridging trained, feeding specific to Down syndrome, and planning and assessment of sensory motor feeding disorders. Vanessa has also done specialized training in Myofascial Release, Apraxia of Speech, Reflex Integration and Pediatric Dysphagia. In addition to these trainings Vanessa is also pursuing certification in Orofacial Myology (COMCR) and is one of 7 US TalkTools instructors. Vanessa is on the Board of Directors for Wonderfully Made, a Down syndrome family support organization. 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 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 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 and Feeding Therapy: a Sensory Motor Approach. Jane resides in Sioux Falls with her husband Tony and one dog. Sadly, they have no cats.
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 and son Nyle. Like Jessica, Anna and her family don’t have any pets but hope to soon be fur parents to a puppy!
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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. Jessica is on the Board of Directors of Wonderfully Made, a Down syndrome family support organization. Sadly, she doesn’t have any animals and cannot be part of the pet club with the therapists.