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The MPTC Staff

Learn More about the best Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy,  Occupational Therapy and Orofacial Myology Team in Plymouth, MN

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 25 years has narrowed to focusing on Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD), Tethered Oral Tissue (TOTS) / Tongue and Lip Tie, and working with infants who have difficulties breast or bottle feeding.  

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), and Talk Tools Level 4 trained therapist.

Membership and Professional Activities: I am a member of Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA), Down Syndrome Association of MN (DSAM), Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA), American Academy of Private Practice Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (AAPPSPA), International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), and International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals. 

I am on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). 

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 children who have muscle-based and sensory-based feeding disorders. I have taken many courses on infant development / feeding to support mothers who are having difficulty nursing; have years of experience working with children and adults who suffer from 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

Kaye founded MPTC in 2007. Speech and Orofacial Myology has been her passion for more than 2 decades

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 am passionate about communication and helping children express their needs, thoughts, and feelings with others. I believe in a team approach to therapy and working closely with families and other therapists to help children reach their full potential. I believe therapy should be individualized, family centered, and fun!

Areas of Expertise: I have experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including receptive and expressive language disorders, pragmatic language impairments, articulation and phonological disorders, and fluency disorders.  

Education: I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I hold my certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Specialized Training: I am trained in the use of Prentke Romich (PRC) and Tobii Dynavox Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and have training in the Talk Tools oral motor therapy program.

Sarah Halls

I am passionate about communication and helping children express their needs, thoughts, and feelings with others.

Interaction with infants and young children and their families has inspired me to work in pediatrics in a variety of settings since 1990.

Areas of Expertise:  I have extensive experience with infants and children with a wide range of diagnoses including Torticollis, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, cardiac conditions, orthopedic injury, Down syndrome and hypotonia.  I emphasize core strengthening, modifying yoga and pilates techniques for young children.  I utilize kinesiotaping techniques for carryover between sessions. Each session, I provide family education for home activities for optimal progress.

Education:  I received my B.A. in Biology, Athletic Training and Health Fitness from Gustavus Adolphus College and my B.S. in physical therapy from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo. 

Specialized Training:  I am certified in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT).  I am also certified as an Infant Massage Instructor and teach families techniques for calming and communicating with their infant.  I have taken multiple courses on pilates, yoga, kinesiotaping and handling techniques over the years.

Kara Quist

Interaction with infants and young children and their families has inspired me to work in pediatrics in a variety of settings since 1990.

I have always enjoyed working with children and I can confidently say I have my dream job! I've found a passion in "helping kids be kids", working with children on improving their ability to participate in their daily activities, family time, and in their communities. I enjoy educating my families on developmental milestones and empowering families to find fun ways to work on those skills in their own environment. 

Areas of Expertise: I have practiced as a pediatric occupational therapist, working primarily with children ages 1- 15 years with a variety of disabilities and diagnoses including Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, feeding delays, and mental health diagnoses. My specialty areas of interest include sensory processing disorder, feeding, and mental health. 

Education: I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 

Specialized Training: I am trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) approach to feeding. I am also trained in Handwriting Without Tears. I have attended courses concerning sensory processing & trauma, reflex integration, and postural stability.

Kristina Labarre

I have always enjoyed working with children and I can confidently say I have my dream job!

Helping children has always been my passion. Watching them grow and be successful is the most rewarding job I can ask for.

Areas of Expertise: I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2013 in a variety of both school and clinical settings. I work with children aged 0-18 with motor and sensorimotor deficits. I work on improving their core strength, stability, trunk control and overall posture which will help them improve their fine motor strength and overall functioning in school and other daily activities. 

Education: I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from St. Catherine's University and Masters of Occupational Therapy degree at New York University. 
 
 Specialized Training: I have taken courses that specialize and focus on handwriting skills, visual motor integration, posture stability and reflex integration. I am trained in “Let’s Do it Write” handwriting program.

Shoshanna Rubin

Helping children has always been my passion. Watching them grow and be successful is the most rewarding job I can ask for.

I love children and am passionate about treating kids of all ages with diverse backgrounds and abilities. Collaborating with parents in order to maximize a child’s functional performance in daily life is something I both enjoy and emphasize for each family’s unique situation. I am dedicated to providing effective treatment and making the therapeutic process fun and engaging for the child. 

Areas of Expertise: I have worked primarily with children ages 1-16 years with a variety of disabilities and diagnoses including Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, handwriting/ fine motor difficulties, visual perception/ motor difficulties, low tone, and oral motor difficulty. 

Education: I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. 

Specialized Training: I am trained in Therapeutic Listening and Handwriting Without Tears. I have attended courses regarding sensory processing, early intervention, and self- regulation.

Jordan Stanley

I love children and am passionate about treating kids of all ages with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

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.

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.