I was born and raised in Minnesota, growing up in Alexandria and Grand Rapids. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from the College of Saint Benedict in 2006, where I also competed in track & field at the Division III National level, earning All American honors. Following this I worked in the twin cities area for two years as a Mental Health Professional for the Fraser Autism Program, St. David's Child Development Center, and as a personal support specialist for a family, working with many different children with a variety of special needs.
I received my masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During my graduate studies I spent a spring break in Guatemala studying spanish and providing hearing and language screenings to children in rural villages. I also worked for the TEACCH program in Chapel Hill which provides evaluations, trainings, and therapy services to people with autism spectrum disorders.
I obtained my Certificate of Clinical Competence while working for Raleigh Therapy Services, Inc., in Raleigh, North Carolina and the surrounding rural counties. There I provided speech-language services for the early intervention population (birth-3) and children ages 18 months to 21 years, including bilingual therapy for young spanish-speaking children, in the home, preschool, daycare, and clinic settings.
I have experience working with a variety of communication impairments, including articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, Down's Syndrome, FAS, and children with broad developmental delays. I truly enjoy working with children and helping them to become the best communicators they can be.
I currently reside in Rochester with my husband, our 1 year old daughter, and our beloved redbone coonhound. In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time in the outdoors, reading, trying new food, listening to live music, and watching my daughter discover the world.