MEET OUR TEAM

Leadership Team

Tom Hoel

Founder, CEO/Owner

Tom Hoel

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/Owner

Sarah Mason

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 Rutten

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.”

Katy Gavin

PT, DPT, Vice President of Therapy Services

Katy Gavin

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.”

Business Office Team

Meaghan Haug

Business Office Lead

Woodbury

Meaghan Haug

Meaghan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Music from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Winona. Meaghan has always enjoyed the healthcare industry and has experience in several diverse areas of healthcare. She enjoys the intricacies and complexities that go along with insurance and billing. Meaghan finds great joy in explaining those intricacies to our clients and families, thus providing additional positive experiences for all! In her spare time Meaghan enjoys cuddling her cat and getting lost in a good book. “I provide hope and improve lives by providing and explaining information, while problem solving complex insurance matters, to alleviate additional worry in the busy lives we lead.”

Occupational Therapists

Angie Ellingson

OTR/L, Clinical Operations Manager

Bloomington

Angie Ellingson

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.”

Kyle Nelson

OTR/L, Woodbury Occupational Therapy Manager

Woodbury

Kyle Nelson

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.”

Tiana Burda

OTR/L, Woodbury OT Lead

Woodbury

Tiana Burda

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.”

Alli Fox

OTR/L, Bloomington Occupational Therapy Lead

Bloomington

Alli Fox

Alli graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor’s in Biology with an emphasis in Health Medical Science before pursuing her occupational therapy degree. Alli graduated with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from University of North Dakota. During her career Alli has worked in primarily pediatric therapy clinics and experienced working in consistent collaboration with behavioral therapy and speech therapy. Alli is a Certified Autism Specialist and trained in the TR-eat feeding approach by the Pediatric Feeding Institute. “I provide hope and improve lives by appreciating each child and family’s unique strengths and using those strengths to promote progress and growth.”

Taylor Smith

OTR/L, Bloomington Occupational Therapy Lead

Bloomington

Taylor Smith

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.”

Elizabeth Coleman

OTR/L

Woodbury

Elizabeth Coleman

Elizabeth graduated from Mount Mary University with her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy. She completed her doctoral capstone project on emotional regulation and is passionate about helping kids achieve their full potential. “I provide hope and improve lives by collaborating with families and using clients’ interests and motivations to encourage their participation in meaningful activities.”

Lauren Distad

OTR/L

Bloomington

Lauren Distad

Lauren graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Physiology and a minor in Health Psychology before receiving her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the U of M. Her favorite part of working in pediatrics is getting to know each child and family and seeing the positive effect that occupational therapy has on their lives. She is passionate about life skills and improving independence. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating a client and family-centered, fun, and meaningful experience for my clients. I will meet clients and families where they are, and support them at every stage to improve specific skills, reach goals, and improve overall quality of life.”

Erin Finnegan

OTR/L

Woodbury

Erin Finnegan

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.”

Tina Hanson

OTR/L

Woodbury

Tina Hanson

Tina completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and received her master’s degree in occupational therapy at St. Catherine University. She has experience with working with children of all abilities and is excited to be working in a pediatric setting. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with family. “I provide hope and improve lives by collaborating with clients and their caregivers to understand their needs and interests and help them reach their full potential.”

Sami Larson

OTR/L

Woodbury

Sami Larson

 

Sami received her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation & Human Services and her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota. Her favorite part about working in the pediatric setting is helping individuals reach their personalized goals and encouraging them to have fun while doing so. In her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and going for walks. “I provide hope and improve lives by offering a client led approach and facilitating opportunities for play so they can engage in meaningful activities to improve their quality of life.”

Angela Mann

OTR/L

Woodbury

Angela Mann

Angela received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Catherine. She has a unique perspective and understanding as a mother and sister to individuals with Down syndrome. Angela has had a variety of work experiences including outpatient mental health, acute care and home care; she most recently began offering nature based therapeutic summer camps for children of all abilities.
“I provide hope and improve lives by advocating for accessibility, acceptance and inclusion and through connection and collaboration with clients and their families to meet goals that are meaningful to them.”

Katie Mrozek

OTR/L

Bloomington

Katie Mrozek

Katie graduated from St. Catherine University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science before receiving her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy. Katie is passionate about making an impact in her client’s lives to help them achieve their goals. “I provide hope and change lives by empowering clients to engage in meaningful activities. I strive to create a positive environment and collaborate with families and caregivers to meet each client’s specific needs.”

Nponda Nadjombe

OTR/L

Bloomington

Nponda Nadjombe

Nponda graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s in health administration and policy with a public health focus before receiving her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about impacting her community one family at the time to provide clients with the best support possible to promote a fulfilled childhood. “I provide hope and improve lives by being attuned to the family needs and developing fun treatment sessions to help kids grow to their fullest potential.”

Hamdi Nur

OTR

Bloomington

Hamdi Nur

Hamdi graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She went back shortly after to complete her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with children in various settings. Her passion is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children by providing the support needed to achieve their goals. “I provide hope and improve lives by giving families a voice to feel confident in supporting their children to accomplish the things they want to achieve.”

Corinne Peick

OTR/L

Bloomington

Corinne Peick

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.”

Rebecca Pilet

OTR/L

Woodbury

Rebecca Pilet

Becca received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Kate’s and her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin. Her favorite part of being a pediatric OT is seeing the joy and excitement of kids and their families when they gain a new skill. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating a fun environment to help my clients and their families grow to their fullest potential.”

Julia Rupp

OTR/L

Bloomington & Woodbury

Julia Rupp

Julia graduated from St. Catherine University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health as well as her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Julia has had multiple experiences working with children in her past and finds each child she works with to be their own unique self, adding to her passion for working with this population. Julia also enjoys using her creativity and positive spirit to make the most out of every moment. “I provide hope and improve lives by fostering meaningful relationships and by providing a positive atmosphere that allows my clients and their families to succeed and grow to their fullest potential.”

Ben Stagg

OTR/L

Bloomington

Ben Stagg

Ben graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s in Psychology before pursuing an Occupational Therapy Doctorate. He has had experience learning in a variety of clinical settings including pediatric therapy clinics and loves to be part of a team with speech and physical therapy. Ben has always had a passion for working with children, which greatly contributed to his decision to become an occupational therapist. He cannot wait to work with each child and their family to help them be the best version of themselves. “I provide hope and improve lives by meeting each child and family where they are at and collaborating to increase engagement in all parts of life.”

Katie Stewart

OTR/L

Woodbury

Katie Stewart

Katie received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota in Casper, WY. Katie chose the occupational therapy profession to be able to support individuals across the lifespan in navigating the challenges and successes along their journey to optimizing their quality of life. In her free time she enjoy fishing, gardening, and getting creative with DIY projects. “I provide hope and improve lives by fostering a therapeutic relationship that engages the client and their family in establishing self-confidence to engage in their most meaningful daily tasks.” ”

Courtney Tymus

OTR

Bloomington

Courtney Tymus

Courtney attended UW-Madison for her undergraduate in Rehabilitation Psychology before completing OT school at Creighton University. She completed her doctoral capstone focus in supporting children with complex behavioral needs. Courtney enjoys doing all things outdoors, trying new recipes, and spending time with family and friends. “I provide hope to clients and their families by encouraging independence and confidence in meaningful activities!”

Stacy Tri

OTR/L

Woodbury

Stacy Tri

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.”

Anna Westlund

OTR

Bloomington

Anna Westlund

Anna graduated from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. Anna graduated with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. Her favorite part of working in pediatrics is serving clients and families holistically and working in an interdisciplinary team. “I provide hope and improve lives by collaborating with clients and their families to achieve their goals and improve their overall quality of life.”

Physical Therapists

Katy Gavin

PT, DPT, Vice President of Therapy Services

Woodbury

Katy Gavin

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 Friedli

PT, DPT, Marketing & Bloomington Physical Therapy Lead

Bloomington

Cassie Friedli

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, from babies to adults, to help them be the best version of themselves. 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 improve lives by making therapy sessions fun so that hard work doesn’t get discouraging while my patients are making working to reach their goals. I love finding ways to make the world more inclusive as well as promoting Family Achievement Center’s mission in our communities.”

Aaron O’Donnell

PT, DPT, Woodbury Physical Therapy Lead

Woodbury

Aaron O’Donnell

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 Adams

PT, DPT

Woodbury

Karynn Adams

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 Chyzyk

PT, DPT

Woodbury

Sarah Chyzyk

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 Moore

PT, DPT

Bloomington

Trista Moore

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.”

Allison Ruthe

PT,DPT

Bloomington & Woodbury

Allison Ruthe

Allison graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL where she received both her Bachelor of Degree is Health Sciences and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Allison enjoys working with the pediatric population and seeing how physical therapy can be fun and functional helping the child reach their goals. As a therapist at Family Achievement Center, Allison enjoys the collaborative care that can be seen daily and how the family and child’s needs are always at the forefront. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating individualized treatments for each child where the child can have fun, improve their function, and reach their goals.”

Speech Therapists

Jana Smith

CCC-SLP, Speech Therapy Manager

Woodbury

Jana Smith

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.”

Aly Mueller

CCC-SLP, Woodbury Speech Therapy Lead

Woodbury

Aly Mueller

Aly attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her favorite aspect of Speech-Language Pathology is working with children and their families to support the growth of communication. Aly’s areas of special interest include language development, articulation, and phonology. “I provide hope and improve lives by collaborating with clients and their families to foster a fun, comfortable, and functional environment to learn and grow.”

Elizabeth Tickle

CCC-SLP, Bloomington Speech Therapy Lead

Bloomington

Elizabeth Tickle

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.”

Shannon Zimmerman

CCC-SLP, School Therapy Lead

Woodbury

Shannon Zimmerman

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.”

Rachel Beck

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Rachel Beck

Rachel obtained her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Oregon. She obtained a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at University of North Dakota. Rachel has experience in working with individuals of all ages and various cultural backgrounds in clinics, hospitals, schools and residential facilities. She has a unique interest in articulation, language, fluency, social skills, and AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) systems. In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with family, and her two cats. “I provide hope and improve lives by implementing play, creativity, and humor into each session.”

Caitlin Buhr

CCC-SLP

Bloomington

Caitlin Buhr

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.”

Chaise Buss

CFY-SLP

Bloomington

Chaise Buss

Chaise attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities to obtain her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. Her favorite part of Speech-Language Pathology is the ability to make so many new connections and continually learn new things about her clients as well as herself. She has experience working with both children and adults in clinics, schools, and skilled nursing facilities. She shows a special interest in articulation & phonological disorders, language development, and the development of AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) Systems. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating a safe & trusting environment to allow for creativity and confidence, while focusing on individuality and functional goals to facilitate growth and development during and outside of the therapy session.”

Teresa Gonia

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Teresa Gonia

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.”

Jeanne Gunvalson

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Jeanne Gunvalson

Jeanne received her Bachelor degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of MN Duluth and her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at St. Cloud State University.
She is passionate about working with kids and especially loves this setting to get to know families and siblings so they can all collaborate together. Her specific interests include motor speech disorders, apraxia of speech, early childhood language development, phonological development and articulation disorders.
“I provide hope and improve lives by focusing on enjoyment and trust during therapy sessions and strive to provide confidence and encouragement for my clients to reach their best potential.”

Michelle Hilden

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Michelle Hilden

Michelle received her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She has experience working with the pediatric population in the outpatient setting and hospitals (with the majority of her caseload having Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or trauma history). Michelle has always been passionate about working with children and has unique interests in pediatric dysphagia, AAC, language, articulation, and phonology. Michelle enjoys fostering therapeutic relationships and collaborating with her clients, families, and other professionals in order to help each client reach their fullest potential. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating a nurturing learning environment rich in language, play, and creativity to encourage each clients’ individual growth and development while celebrating every achievement and milestone along the way.”

Angela Matheson

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Angela Matheson

Angela attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology. She has always had a passion for working with kids of all abilities. Angela’s special interests include supporting the growth of children with articulation & phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, language deficits secondary to Autism, and the development of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems. “I provide hope and improve lives by encouraging individuals to find their own voice and ability to communicate effectively, taking a team approach, providing ongoing support and tools to facilitate growth and development outside the therapy room, bringing creativity and individuality to meet the needs and interests of all my clients and to celebrate every milestone no matter how big or small!”

Anna McCormick

SLP

Bloomington

Anna McCormick

Anna received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Disorders from the University of Kansas and her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa. She has always had a passion for working with children of all ages. Her special interest areas include Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems, apraxia, autism spectrum disorder, and early intervention. Anna values getting to know the whole client and collaborating with other disciplines to create a bigger impact.  “I provide hope and improve lives by honoring and encouraging all modes of communication and by encouraging families to be an active participant in the therapy process. I prioritize functional goals so that therapy makes a positive impact on my clients’ daily lives.”

Kelly Nelson

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Kelly Nelson

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.”

Madisyn Plumhoff

CFY-SLP

Woodbury

Madisyn Plumhoff

Madisyn received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has always had a passion for working with children. Her favorite aspect of Speech-Language Pathology is building relationships and collaborating with my clients, families, and other professionals to support the growth of communication. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating a welcoming and positive environment for children and families. I prioritize making personalized relationships to help each child communicate effectively and reach their highest potential while celebrating all moments, big and small!”

Kelsey Smith

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Kelsey Smith

Kelsey attended the University of Minnesota – Duluth for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech Language Pathology. She has experience working with children and adults in an outpatient setting and with children in an educational setting from 4K-12th grade. Kelsey’s areas of special interest include social communication, articulation, and language development. “I provide hope and improve lives by taking a client led approach to therapy that focuses on functional goals in order to help individuals and their family members to feel engaged and valued throughout the therapeutic process.”

Anna Udenberg

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Anna Udenberg

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”

Taylor Vlasak

CCC-SLP

Woodbury

Taylor Vlasak

Taylor attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her favorite aspect of Speech-Language Pathology is working with the multiple different modalities to give a variety of people a voice and ability to communicate. Taylor’s areas of special interests include language development, Augmentative and Alterative Communication (AAC) Systems, and social skills. “I provide hope and improve lives by incorporating laughter, creativity and fun into therapy to make each session personable and relatable to the client inside clinic and outside in their everyday lives.”

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