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The MPTC Staff

My passion is making onboarding into the MPTC family easier.  I strive to help them navigate through the registration process, initial evaluation and beginning therapy.  I love to see the smiles and hear laughter when clients are coming into the clinic.  The interactions with the providers is so special.  It really does fill my heart with joy knowing that I am part of this process and wonderful community!

Conya Nelson

Areas of Expertise: I have over 12 years of experience working with children and adults who have articulation & phonological disorders, expressive & receptive language disorders and fluency disorders.

 
Education: I received my Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College and my Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders from St. Cloud State University. I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and am a member of ASHA, IAOM (International Association of Orofacial Myology) and MNSHA (Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

 
Specialized Training: I have specialized training in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy from Mary Billings & Dianah Davidson and have taken courses on articulation & phonological disorders, language disorders and fluency. I also have training in the use of Tobii Dynavox Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.

Kate Lamb

I believe effective therapy begins with a family-centered, whole-child approach and should inspire children to be the best they can be!

I have been fortunate to deliver occupational therapy services for many years to children in a variety of settings to help them grow and learn. I enjoy all aspects of occupational therapy, but my passion is working with children with feeding difficulties to help them to improve nutrition and enjoy eating.  

Areas of Expertise: I have worked in pediatrics for 27 years. I have broad experience in helping children with feeding, motor skills, and neurodevelopmental disorders. I have worked with children with a variety of diagnoses from infancy to preteen.  

Education/Certification: I received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1991. 

Specialized Training: I am trained in the following areas: Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding (SOS), Food Chaining, TOTS- Tethered Oral Tissue, and Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention. I have also completed training in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT).

Kim Dieken

I have been fortunate to deliver occupational therapy services for many years to children in a variety of settings to help them grow and learn.

I have a passion for working with children, seeing them grow and reaching their full potential. I enjoy getting to play throughout my day and make a difference in the lives of children and their families. 

Areas of Expertise: I have over 20 years of extensive experience with speech and language disorders, sound production disorders and feeding/swallowing impairments. 

Education/Certification: I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in Speech, Language Hearing Science from Michigan State University. I hold my certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Specialized Training: I have specialized training in Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) and Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTS) / tongue and lip tie (ankyloglossia). I have taken many courses on infant development / feeding to support mothers who are having difficulty nursing. I am PROMPT level 1 trained, and have training in Fast ForWord, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, and in Talk Tools oral motor therapy program. Lastly, I have trained in the use of Dynavox and Prentke Romich augmentative communication devices as well as in the Kaufman Speech Praxis program.

Traci Smallwood

I enjoy getting to play throughout my day and make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

I have always been passionate about working with children and helping them reach their fullest potential. I value collaborating with parents and caregivers to provide the most appropriate individualized speech-language therapy sessions for the children I work with. I use a play-based child led approach to ensure that therapy is fun, and to allow children to learn in the most natural way possible-through play!

Areas of Expertise: I have experience working with children and adults ranging from 1-25 with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation/phonology disorders, and fluency disorders.

Education/Certification: I received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota. I hold my certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Specialized Training: I have attended a variety of courses in DIRFloortime and I have specialized training in facial, auditory,  as well as dynamic and postural reflex integration (MNRI).

Annalyn Alt

I have always been passionate about working with children and helping them reach their fullest potential.

Sarah Moen

My goal is to give children the hope and the services they need to excel and live a healthy life, as well as give parents the tools and education to promote mobility, strength, and wellness in their homes. With evidence based knowledge and my passion to serve the Minnetonka community, I will provide my patients and their families with the best possible care. I have a creative mind that desires to instill healing and inspire confidence into the lives of children.

I have always loved working with kids and find so much fulfillment helping kids reach their potential. When possible, I use a play-based approach to target important, and sometimes tricky, life skills through fun and engaging methods. I find collaboration with the clients, their caregivers, and other professionals on their team important to help kids learn the skills they need to be successful in a variety of environments.  

Areas of Expertise: I have experience working with children ages 2-16 years old, primarily with diagnoses of autism, developmental delays and ADHD, as well as lack of coordination, and delayed milestones in childhood.

Education: I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the Universidad de Alcala in Spain. I received a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota. 

Specialized Training: I am trained in craniosacral therapy (CST-1) from the Upledger Institute. I have training and experience in ABA therapy principles. I have attended courses on a variety of topics, including handwriting, executive functioning, and core strengthening.

Bri Hedge

I have always loved working with kids and find so much fulfillment helping kids reach their potential.

I am passionate about helping all children to communicate. I use a total communication approach which allows children to express themselves using any modality, whether it is with verbal words, sign language, visual communication systems, or speech-generating devices.

Areas of Expertise: I have had multiple opportunities to work with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of communication disorders. I have experience working in pediatric teams of Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapists, and I believe in the importance of collaborating across disciplines. I have expertise in receptive and expressive language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), apraxia, articulation, phonology, and fluency.

Education/Certification: I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Cloud State University. I hold my Certificate of Clinical Competency through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Specialized Training: I am PROMPT Level I trained and have training in the Talk Tools oral motor therapy program. I have also taken courses on the programming and use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices (AAC) through Tobii Dynavox and AssistiveWare.

Meg Stumpf

I am passionate about helping all children to communicate.

To believe, to hope, to empower! These are the values that drive me as I provide therapy and guide my great colleagues at Minnetonka Pediatric Therapy Center.

Areas of Expertise: My expertise over the past 28 years has narrowed to running MPTC and working as an expert feeding specialist for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD), Tethered Oral Tissue (TOTS) / Tongue and Lip Tie, and working with infants who have difficulties breast or bottle feeding (lactation) and / or transitioning to solids.

Education / Certification: I graduated from Illinois State University in 1994 with a Master’s Degree in Speech & Language Pathology. I hold my certificate of clinical competency through the American Speech Language Hearing Association and am licensed in the state of Minnesota. 

I am the second person in the state of Minnesota to become a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM) through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), am a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC), a Talk Tools Level 4 trained therapist, coauthor of Feeding Foundations class and Talk Tools speaker.

Membership and Professional Activities: I am a member of  Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA), American Academy of Private Practice Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (AAPPSPA), International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), AOMT and on the IAOM Board of Directors.  

I speak regularly at local parent groups have had two publications in the Newsletter of the National Down Syndrome Congress.

Specialized Training: I have had extensive training and years of experience evaluating and working with infants and children who have muscle-based and sensory-based feeding disorders. I have taken many courses on infant development / lactation / feeding to support mothers and babies who are having difficulty nursing; have years of experience working with Tethered Oral Tissue (TOTS) ~ tongue and lip ties; restorative breathing; and Orofacial Myology Disorders. I have trained in Talk Tools programs since 1999 and hold their level 4 Talk Tools Certification.

Kaye Koelker Baumgardner

I believe effective therapy begins with a family-centered, whole-child approach and should inspire children to be the best they can be!

Working with children of all ages as a speech language pathologist and helping them succeed is something I have enjoyed since 2007.

Areas of Expertise: I have expertise and experience in the treatment of disorders in the following areas: orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD), breast and bottle feeding, oral motor, Apraxia, feeding/swallowing, articulation and phonology, fluency, and expressive and receptive language.

Education/Certification: I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology with a focus in pediatrics from the University of Northern Iowa.

I hold the certificate of clinical competency through the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and am a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group Division 5 on Speech, Speech Science, and Orofacial Disorders. I also am a member of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA) and the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).

Specialized Training: I am PROMPT Level I trained. I am also trained in the sequential oral sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, food chaining, and Beckman oral motor assessment and intervention. I have training in the Talk Tools oral motor therapy program and am a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®) through the International Association of Orofacial Myology.  I have taken many courses on infant development / feeding to support mothers who are having difficulty nursing.

Lindsay Barrett

Working with children of all ages as a speech language pathologist and helping them succeed is something I have enjoyed since 2007.