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, SOFFI (Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants), 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 University 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 Level 2 TalkTools trained and is 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 known 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, Verbal Behavior Approach, High Functioning Autism Behavior Intervention, and Behavior Management. Laura is seeking further training in Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding and will be Talk Tools Level 2 certified in the summer of 2020. 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.
Mandy was born and raised in South Dakota, growing up in Mitchell, home of the world’s only Corn Palace. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of South Dakota – Go Coyotes! The majority of her experience has been in pediatrics in a variety of settings including outpatient hospital settings, serving multiple school districts through an educational cooperative in northeast South Dakota, and with Birth to Three. She has taken the Talk Tools Feeding Therapy: A Sensorimotor Approach course as well as the Oral Placement Therapy course. She is currently working on Sonia Story’s Brain and Sensory Foundations First Level course, which is an in-depth training of innate rhythmic movements and reflex integration that impact development. She hopes to complete the Second Level within the next year. Mandy has also attended an Empowered to Connect conference featuring the work of the late Dr. Karyn Purvis focusing on ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), neuroscience, and TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intevention). Mandy and her husband, Jeremy, live in Sioux Falls with their 3 children, Landon, Calla, and Ivy, and their dog, Loki.
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 children Avalynne, Lincoln, Everett, and a new addition coming summer 2020. 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.