Leadership Team

Tom Hoel
Founder, CEO/Owner

Tom Hoel is the Founder and CEO of Family Achievement Center. As a parent of a child with physical and developmental disabilities, he saw the opportunity to create a vision and environment that believed in every child. He is passionate about helping families through a unique model that leverages a holistic view of the child’s care team. Tom has an extensive background in business and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to starting Family Achievement Center, he was in various leadership positions in the corporate arena including business planning, market analysis, customer management systems, and product forecasting. In 2020, Tom was also the co-founder of the newly formed Family Achievement Foundation. This nonprofit 501(c)(3) was founded specifically to help parents who face a challenging parenting journey. “I provide hope and improve lives by continuously seeking ways to better serve our clients. I love connecting with our families because I understand what they are going through. I sincerely want them to know they are not alone in their journey.”



Sarah Mason
President/Co-owner

Sarah is passionate about Family Achievement Center’s mission to help families, and enjoys building community and professional collaborations with like-minded organizations. Over the past twenty years, she has been at the executive and board levels in various organizations. Her expertise is strategic planning, organizational and brand development, workplace engagement, operations, and building sustainable business models that make a difference. Her passion for pursuing a mission, while at the same time building collaborative and engaging workforces are a great match for the FAC culture. In partnership with her husband, Tom, Sarah, is also the co-founder and board chair of the newly formed Family Achievement Foundation. This nonprofit 501(c)(3) was founded specifically to help parents who face a challenging parenting journey. As a parent herself with a child with mental health challenges, Sarah has made it her personal mission to help families. “I provide hope and improve lives by sharing my own parenting heartaches, and by pursuing every possible opportunity to help lighten the journey in any way I can.”


Kristine Rutten
Vice President

Kristine is a seasoned senior leader with years of experience in organizational infrastructure. She is skilled at business analytics, process re-engineering, project management, client services, technology support, and compliance and operations. She enjoys supporting the community and giving back to further the mission of Family Achievement Center. Kristine is passionate about a positive workplace culture, while providing support to everyone around her and helping people while digging in to solve problems. Her passion for helping people aligns seamlessly with FAC’s mission to provide hope and improve lives. As a parent with a daughter that has had struggles, Kristine desires to share in the journey of others by listening and showing compassion to those facing challenging times. “I provide hope and improve lives by showing care and kindness to people on life’s journey of ups and downs while dedicating my time and energy in helping people to know they are not alone.”

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Business Office Staff


Candi
Insurance Specialist, Woodbury
Candi brings many years of customer services and medical experience to the FAC team. She appreciates the positive and supportive environment Family Achievement Center provides to its clients and employees. She finds the job very rewarding and loves to watch the children meet and exceed expectations and goals. “I provide hope by helping families navigate the intricacies of their insurance plans and by offering personalized customer service.”


Amanda
CCC-SLP, Business Department Lead, Bloomington

Amanda received a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She enjoys working with children and especially likes working on articulation and phonological disorders as well as early language intervention. She has training in Social Thinking programming, S.O.S Approach to Feeding and a variety of programs utilizing Talk Tools. She also enjoys using her therapy background and business office experience to connect the different departments at FAC. “I provide hope and improve lives by working with patients and families to facilitate speech and language growth as well as helping families understand the therapy process.”

Annie
Patient Care Coordinator, Bloomington

Annie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Cell Development from the University of Minnesota. She has always been interested in healthcare and pediatrics in particular. She enjoys working with families to help them set up schedules and to answer their questions. Working at the front desk Annie loves to watch the therapists interact with families and patients and enjoys watching how FAC staff makes therapy fun and exciting. “I provide hope and improve lives by helping families and patients feel comfortable at FAC through attentive customer service.”


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Occupational Therapists


CeliaCelia
OTR/L, Occupational Therapist Manager, Woodbury

Celia graduated with her Masters of Arts degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University. She has special interest in sensory processing, and enjoys working with children as well as adults. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, going on bike rides, and spending time with family and friends. “I provide hope and improve lives by collaborating with the whole family to support a child’s growth and success.”


Angie
OTR/L, Occupational Therapist Manager, Bloomington

Angie graduated with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of MN. She has experience working with children and teens with sensory integration and enjoys seeing the positive changes they make through OT. She is also passionate about working with parents and is a Mad2Glad certified parent coach. “I provide hope and improve lives by fostering a supportive and collaborative relationship with kids and their families to work toward the goal of improved function and harmony in daily life.”


Taylor
OTR/L, Bloomington

Taylor graduated from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology before receiving her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University. Her favorite part of working in pediatrics is collaborating with families and celebrating victories, whether they are big or small. She loves how working at Family Achievement Center gives her the opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines to help contribute to a child’s success. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating a fun, positive, and personalized therapeutic experience for my clients. I will always support my clients and families at every step of their therapeutic journey.”


Stacy
OTR/L, Woodbury

Stacy received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and her Bachelors from St. Olaf College. During her career, she has worked in in-patient rehabilitation, home health, in school settings, and in other pediatric outpatient clinics. She has been trained in the Wilbarger Therapressure protocol, Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, and Beckman’s Oral Motor techniques. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, sing, travel, and spend time with her family. “I provide hope and improve lives by working with children to find that ‘just right’ challenge and I collaborate with families and other providers to help children reach their full potential.”


KyleKyle
OTR/L, Woodbury

Kyle graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. He brings a unique perspective and understanding to pediatrics through his experience of having and working with a sibling with Autism. “I provide hope and improve lives by connecting with each individual through their own interests and abilities to help them live their lives to the fullest.”


Kristi
OTR/L, Bloomington

Kristi graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Her favorite part of being a pediatric occupational therapist is being creative to make sessions fun and seeing her clients progress towards achieving their goals. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating a fun atmosphere that challenges clients to work towards their full potential.”


AshleyAshley
OTR/L, Woodbury

Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Ashley went into occupational therapy with the hope of making a positive impact on those that she serves. “I provide hope and improve lives by her positive attitude and her determination to provide treatment strategies that help individuals grow and reach their full potential.”


Corinne
OTR/L, Bloomington

Corinne graduated with her master of arts in occupational science in June 2016, from St. Catherine University. During under-graduate and graduate school, she worked as a therapy aide and billing professional in a habilitative clinic setting. She specializes in sensory processing disorders and sensory integrative techniques, and enjoys embracing all progress with her clients, even if it is hard to see with the naked eye. Corinne has an interest and focus in social skills facilitation, and was the social skills group specialist at her previous clinic. “I provide hope and improve lives by working with clients and their caregivers to support their success and independence within their daily lives.”


Darii
OTR/L

Darii earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University in Kansas City MO. She has an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Denver so she especially enjoys working with families from diverse cultural backgrounds. As the parent of a child who has benefited from multiple therapy services, she has a special appreciation for the challenges and joys families experience when working to accomplish goals. Darii currently serves the pediatric population in schools and in the outpatient setting.“I provide hope and improve lives by helping children and their families develop skills they need to participate fully in the community and in activities they love.”


Erin
OTR/L, Woodbury

Erin received her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has a variety of work experience including outpatient pediatrics, schools, inpatient acute care, and adult hand therapy. She is excited to be working in the pediatric setting with a multi-disciplinary team to tailor treatments to each individual child and their family. One of her favorite things about being a pediatric occupational therapist is being able to share in the successes of each child and their family. “I provide hope and improve lives by finding fun ways to learn and engage in therapy sessions, while also working closely with the family to ensure optimal functioning in daily life.”


Tiana
OTR/L, Woodbury

Tiana graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Sciences and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Her favorite aspect of being a pediatric OT is being able to work with all abilities and skill levels to achieve success across all environments. “I provide hope and improve lives by facilitating a fun and creative environment to foster achievement of goals for all children and families.”


Kim
OTR/L, Woodbury

Kim received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. Her favorite thing about being a pediatric occupational therapist is facilitating tiny victories which lead to fulfilling big dreams. In her free time, Kim enjoys swimming, gardening and crocheting. “I provide hope and improve lives by working with the client, family and team to increase confidence and independence as much as possible.”

Reed
OTD, OTR/L, Bloomington
Reed graduated with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Minnesota before receiving his Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Boston University. He brings a unique perspective having travelled to many places around the world to study, including studying occupational therapy in Ecuador. His favorite part of being a pediatric occupational therapist is using his creativity built from various diverse experiences to develop unique therapy sessions to assist clients in achieving their goals. “I provide hope and improve lives by collaboratively working with family members and clients throughout the therapy process to make them feel empowered to reach their full potential.”



Sam
MOT, OTR/L, Bloomington

Sam received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from South Dakota State University, then went on to Colorado State University and graduated with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She loves collaborating with children and their families to find creative ways to enhance abilities and help children reach their full potential. “I provide hope and improve lives by maintaining a positive outlook as I connect with clients and families to promote growth and participation in everyday activities.”
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Physical Therapists


KatyKaty
PT, DPT, Physical Therapist Manager, Woodbury

Katy received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is passionate about helping a pediatric population and loves being able to work with not only her patients, but also their families. Katy also loves collaborating with other disciplines at FAC to help her patients achieve the best outcomes. “I provide hope and improve lives by encouraging my patients and their families to never give up and to always believe in themselves. I strive to make each session fun and unique to the patient based on their individual needs and interests.”


Cassie
PT, DPT, Marketing Lead, Bloomington

Cassie graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts in Health Science and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Cassie enjoys working with people of all ages and seeing smiles on their faces when they accomplish their goals. As a therapist at Family Achievement Center, Cassie loves being a part of a team where many disciplines can be working with one child to improve their life. “I provide hope and improves lives by making therapy sessions fun so that hard work doesn’t get discouraging.”


AaronAaron
PT, DPT, Woodbury

Aaron received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota. One of his favorite aspects of being a pediatric physical therapist is the opportunity to witness improvements in kids’ functional mobility day in and day out. He especially enjoys thinking up creative and fun ways to personalize treatments and make them as effective as possible. “I provide hope and improve lives by supporting both the patients and their caregivers.”


Karynn
PT, DPT, Woodbury

Karynn received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Jamestown in Fargo, ND. Her favorite part about being a pediatric physical therapist is seeing her patients accomplish a challenging task and the joy that it brings them. Karynn enjoys being able to work with her patient’s families directly and being able to work with other disciplines. “I provide hope and improve lives by working with my patient and their families to create a plan that is specific to their needs so that they can achieve their goals.”


Sarah
PT, DPT, Woodbury

Sarah received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. She enjoys the diversity, creativity, and family interaction that is involved when treating the pediatric population. Sarah enjoys being a part of the Family Achievement Center team and getting to work with other disciplines to help a child reach their fullest potential. “I provide hope and improve lives by fostering a supportive and collaborative relationship with my patients and their families to help them achieve their individual goals.”

Trista
PT, DPT, Bloomington

Trista received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Concordia University, St. Paul and her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from St. Catherine University. Her favorite part of being a pediatric physical therapist is engaging patients through play while challenging their balance, coordination, strength, and motor skills. Trista strives to help patients and families achieve their individualized goals by providing fun, compassionate, and effective patient-centered care. She enjoys celebrating and sharing in her patients’ successes throughout their time at Family Achievement Center. “I provide hope and improve lives by motivating and educating my patients and their families to reach their goals. I believe in the importance of collaborating with other disciplines to achieve the best outcomes, level of independence, and quality of life for patients.”

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Speech Therapists

JanaJana
CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist Manager, Woodbury

Jana attended the University of Minnesota- Duluth to obtain her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She has experience working with adults in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and with pediatrics in the outpatient setting. She has been trained in PROMPT, Beckman Oral Motor, and Interactive Metronome. “I provide hope and improve lives by working together with families to help children reach their highest potential.”


LauraLaura
CCC-SLP, Woodbury

Laura attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls to obtain her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology. Laura enjoys using Social Thinking curriculum and has been trained in Beckman oral motor assessment and intervention and in Talk Tools oral motor therapy programs for improving communication through oral motor placement therapy. “I provide hope and improve lives by celebrating all achievements, working as a team with caregivers to find the best approach to reach each client’s max potential, and never losing sight that anything is possible.”


ShannonShannon
CCC-SLP, School Therapist Lead, Woodbury

Shannon attended Saint Cloud State University where she received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Her special interests include supporting the growth of children with articulation & phonological disorders, early language intervention, pragmatic language deficits secondary to Autism, apraxia of speech, and the development of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems. “I provide hope and improve lives by encouraging parents to become an active member in the therapy team; giving them the tools & ongoing support to feel empowered and successful in facilitating their child’s speech-language growth and development.”


Elizabeth
CCC-SLP, Bloomington

Elizabeth attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth to obtain her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She has experience in in-patient adults and pediatrics and outpatient pediatrics. She also has experience in the educational setting. She has been trained in PROMPT, Therapeutic Listening, MNRI Oral Facial Reflex Protocol, and the SOS Feeding Program. She also has experience with AAC devices/systems, CORE Language, and CranioSacral Therapy as it relates to Speech and Language. Elizabeth enjoys spending her time with her husband and two children exploring the outdoors! “I provide hope and improve lives by working side by side with a child’s families, celebrating each and every milestone they achieve, and assuring them that their child will tell us what they are going to achieve and when and we are only the facilitators of that growth and development.”


KellyKelly
CCC-SLP, Woodbury

Kelly completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The majority of her experiences prior to working at FAC involved serving children and adults on the autism spectrum. She also has experience working with children in the areas of articulation, phonology, language, fluency, and social skills. What she loves most about being a Speech-Language Pathologist is that I have the opportunity to assume the role of both a teacher and a student. “I provide hope and improve lives by helping clients and families see and take pride in their great potential every step of the way.”


Will
CCC-SLP, Woodbury

Will received his Masters degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. His favorite aspect of speech therapy is the opportunity to learn from his clients every day. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating a fun and engaging environment where my clients feel comfortable and ready to reach their full potential.”

Teresa
CCC-SLP, Woodbury

Teresa received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Cloud State University after completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She has experience working in schools as well as in pediatric outpatient settings. She has always had a passion for working with kids and has unique interests in early childhood language development, fluency disorders, social skills development, and articulation disorders. She uses a lot of humor and play in her therapy to engage clients and motivate them to be an active part of their own journey.“I provide hope and improve lives by working closely with families as I use each child’s unique strengths to build upon areas of growth.”


Caitlin
CCC-SLP, Woodbury

Caitlin received her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has experience with the pediatric population in the outpatient setting (with the majority of her caseload having ASD and/or trauma history) as well as the school-based setting. Caitlin enjoys collaborating and building trusting therapeutic relationships with her clients, families, and coworkers to help reach the clients’ fullest potential. “I provide hope and improve lives by bringing a positive attitude to every session, working as a team with all that are involved, and making each session fun and individualized towards the needs and interests of the client.”


Rachel
CCC-SLP, Bloomington

Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She then received her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Rachel is dedicated to providing the essential gift of communication to all of her clients. “I provide hope and improve lives by listening, joining, collaborating, sharing, and connecting.”.”


Katie
CCC-SLP, Bloomington

Katie received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. She brings a unique perspective as a therapist because her older sister with Down syndrome and herself both grew receiving speech therapy services. She was considered a “late talker” until age 4. “I provide hope and improve lives by collaborating with clients and their families in order to aid the client in reaching their fullest potential.”


Anna
CCC-SLP, Woodbury

Anna graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has experience working with a wide range of ages and needs within the pediatric outpatient setting. Anna enjoys using a team approach to therapy, collaborating with family, teachers, and other professionals to individualize therapy for each client. “I provide hope and improve lives by bringing creativity and laughter into therapy and helping each client and their family feel confident bringing therapy successes into everyday life”


Katie
CFY-SLP, Woodbury & Bloomington

Katie received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has experience working with the pediatric population in both pediatric outpatient settings and schools. She has unique interest in articulation, language, fluency, and social skills. Katie enjoys keeping therapy fun and upbeat while finding creative ways to elicit speech and language. “I provide hope and improve lives by combining intellect with a love for humanity by teaching, loving, and encouraging.”

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