Rachel received her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. After graduation, she relocated to Northern California where she worked for a private practice that specialized in early intervention and Auditory Processing Disorders. She has experience across the lifespan in various settings, including private practice, skilled nursing facilities, and schools; but feels her passion lies with toddlers thru teens. She specializes in the area of social-pragmatic therapy in group and individual settings. Throughout these years as a therapist, Rachel has spoken at several Autism workshops regarding social skill development and therapy, as well as conducted in-services for college professors regarding social and sensory challenges for students on the spectrum. While working in the Inver Grove Heights school district, she played an integral role on the school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports team, as well as acted as the district’s lead speech therapist for Assistive Communication.
Rachel believes strongly in developing skills and progress through a multi-modal approach. She has training in Integrated Listening Systems, Interactive Metronome, Social Thinking, and the Kaufman Early Intervention Program. She individualizes each treatment session and uses this training as needed. Rachel has a strong desire to continue her education through trainings, reading, and networking. When she doesn't have her nose buried in a book, she enjoys spending time with her AMAZING husband (his words), family, friends, and her two dogs, baking (Mmm, monster cookies), exercising, and traveling.
From a young age, Kortney knew she would work in a profession that involved helping others. After taking an introductory course in communication disorders, Kortney realized that she would pursue a career in speech-language pathology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Minnesota Duluth. After graduation, she continued her education and received her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During graduate school, Kortney worked in a variety of settings with all ages but knew she wanted to work in a pediatric setting.
Her love for pediatric and family-based therapy has truly evolved with every experience she’s had. Kortney has experience working with groups targeting social interactions, feeding, and functional communication. She enjoys collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team, as well as the children and their families she serves in order to promote effective communication. Kortney is dedicated to providing individualized treatment for every child in order to account for all of their unique strengths and differences. At Therapy OPS, Kortney will continue to utilize the most up-to-date evidence-based practice as well as collaborate with the multi-disciplinary team. Kortney is excited to be back in Minnesota and in her free time, enjoys being on the lake and spending time with friends and family.
Shawna is an Occupational Therapist who received her Masters of Arts degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University. She has experience across the lifespan in a variety of settings including private practice, charter schools, and skilled nursing facilities. To broaden her knowledge base, Shawna has received additional training in Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Handwriting Without Tears, reflex integration, and vision training. She has experience in developing and leading groups for children that have an emphasis on sensory integration and self-regulation and speaking at community events focused around specialized programs that she utilizes during practice. In her years as a therapist, Shawna has identified that her passion lies in working with children and their families and finds it rewarding to help them achieve their goals. She strongly believes in a holistic approach, in which every person is an essential piece to the puzzle when it comes to helping children achieve their maximum potential. Away from work, Shawna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, going the cabin, traveling, and cooking.
Christine received a bachelor degree in Psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She continued her education at the College of St. Catherine's where she obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy. She has 10 years of experience working with children with a variety of needs. To expand her knowledge and experience, Christine has received additional training in Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Approach, integrated reflexes, Interactive Metronome, Vestibular-Visual Protocol and Integrated Listening System. She believes in a bottom-up approach with focusing on addressing the sensory integration concerns needed to accomplish the higher level skills. With this approach, she believes every child has great potential and individualizes each treatment session to reach that potential. She enjoys working in the pediatric setting because the children are always full of laughter and surprises. In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being active outside, reading and has a new passion for yoga.
Lola completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Central Missouri in 2006. She received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis. Lola has experience working in inpatient acute care with adults and outpatient pediatrics. Before becoming an OT, Lola worked in both center and home based daycare. Play is the occupation of childhood and Lola enjoys being able to work with children and their families through play each day.
Lola has completed additional training in S.O.S feeding, Beckman Oral Motor, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Interactive Metronome/IM Home, Therapeutic Listening, and Quickshifts. She uses a play based client-centered approach incorporating a child and family’s interests into sessions to promote progress. She enjoys being part of a multidisciplinary team to help meet the needs of the whole child. In her spare time, Lola enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband, friends, and cat Sammie.
Rachelle always knew she wanted to work with children when she ‘grew up’. She spent four years teaching Pre-K and developed a great appreciation for the relationships molded with the children and their families. Knowing she wanted to do something more to promote the success of the children in the classroom, she went searching for ways to further her education. She stumbled upon the field of occupational therapy when a classmate of hers began receiving OT services after an automobile accident. A few years later, Rachelle graduated with her Associates of Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Anoka Technical College. As a student, Rachelle was fortunate enough to spend time building her knowledge and exploring the specialized field of pediatrics here at Therapy OPS. Upon graduation, she graciously accepted a position alongside the knowledgeable women who had already taught her so much. In her free time, Rachelle enjoys spending time outdoors exploring new places, swimming, hiking, gardening, and playing in the rain with her daughter. During our lovely colder months, Rachelle can be found reading books near a fire, snow tubing or exploring the newest exhibits at the Science Museum.
Lindsey is a new graduate who spent both her undergraduate and graduate school experience at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, ultimately earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. At a young age, she knew she wanted to work with children because of their resilience, pure honesty, and joyful energy. In order to progress her knowledge about the pediatric population, she was fortunate to have multiple experiences working with children in a variety of settings. Those settings included Children’s Hospital in St Paul, UWL Physical Activity Mentoring Program for Persons with Disabilities, Madison Metropolitan School District, Hennepin County Medical Center, an outpatient private practice, and Dance Abilities in Onalaska. Each of the experiences gave her the opportunity to explore creative ways to adapt her communication and interactions in a way suitable and motivational for the children she served. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys playing softball, reading a good book, running, hiking, relaxing on the lake, and spending time with her family. She recently started traveling and has a goal to visit each of the national parks in her lifetime.
Children have always been a passion of Jenna’s. Her realization of this passion started with the births and time spent with her two nieces and two nephews. She incorporated her passion into her profession after graduation from St. Paul College with a degree in sign language interpreting in 2011. After this, Jenna worked at an elementary school in Inver Grove Heights as an Intervener, which is a one-on-one specializing in DeafBlind. During her time at the elementary school, she had the privilege of being a close team member with speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. Working so closely with this team, she became enthralled with all of their practices and felt a connection with occupational therapy. She will be going back to school starting in the fall of 2014 to start her journey to become an occupational therapist. She also has experience as a Personal Care Assistant. After hours from school and work, Jenna loves spending time with her family and friends. Also, being a new home owner, the house projects keep her busy. Recently, she added a new member to her family. Her name is Barrow and she is a Netherlands Dwarf rabbit. She provides Jenna with lots of laughs and really makes the house a home. Jenna looks forward to continuing her journey starting as a team member of Therapy OPS as the receptionist and insurance specialist.
Chris received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Saint John’s University in Minnesota. After graduating in 2002, he spent 15 years working for a large bank where he held roles in various areas including risk/compliance, finance, project management and team manager. If you made it through that last sentence without yawning, congratulations! In 2014, Chris joined his wife Rachel in opening Therapy OPS with the intent to provide a safe, comfortable place for families to gain support, training, and the therapy their children need. Rachel’s passion and excitement coupled with his desire to be part of the TOPS family drove his move from the corporate world to Therapy OPS. Chris’ new role will be as a jack-of-all-trades, but will mainly include all of the business management fun that Rachel used handle. In his spare time, Chris enjoys anything outdoors, the Minnesota Twins, making his son laugh, Rachel’s reactions to all the hilarious things he says, cooking and time together as a family.
Nicole is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who provides mental health services to families, adults, teens and children ages 5 and up. She has a private practice located within Therapy OPS which allows her to work closely with the TOPS staff to provide full-spectrum care for clients. Nicole received her Master of Social Work degree from St. Kate’s/St. Thomas and interned at an agency where early mental health interventions were the goal. She has experience working in schools, non-profit and private settings where she has worked with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and general adjustment behaviors.
Nicole has been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy and family systems, and uses a variety of experiential techniques in her individual, family and group sessions with clients. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family (including chasing around her two little kids), camping, hiking, gardening and baking.