After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in 2002, Kelly pursued her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University in 2004. In 2005, she earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kelly has experience working with children who have a variety of speech/language-feeding difficulties, including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, aphasia, apraxia, articulation/phonology disorders, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, and feeding difficulties. She has attended numerous continuing education seminars relating to sensory integration and sensory processing disorder, social communication/interaction, neurodevelopmental treatment, and oral motor feeding skills. Kelly is play-based and incorporates sensory-based intervention techniques into her therapy sessions. She encourages family involvement, empowering you to help your child. Kelly makes learning fun!
Rachel is a licensed speech/language pathologist who graduated from Northwestern University, and subsequently earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-hearing Association in 2008. She absolutely loves working with children and has experience with ages ranging from birth to early elementary with a variety of diagnoses including: autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, sensory-processing disorder, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Rachel has attended numerous seminars on feeding, social communication, and sensory processing. In addition to individual therapy, she also runs our “Wee Sprouts” toddler social skills group. She is CPR certified and certified n the Interactive Metronome. She is on the Assessment Team for First Steps in Porter County, and provides services in some schools. She recognizes the importance of family involvement in play-based therapy to further your child’s success. She looks forward to meeting you and your family!
JoLynn received a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010 from Ohio University after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences from Purdue University in 2008. She earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2011. JoLynn is CPR certified. She has experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders including expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, dysfluency, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, and children with hearing impairments who use hearing aids or cochlear implants. JoLynn is particularly interested in augmentative communication devices, and working with children with hearing impairments. She has advanced training in sensory processing, feeding, and social communication. In addition to individual therapy, she also runs several of our social skills groups. She looks forward to working with you and your family to improve your child’s ability to communicate effectively!
Lexi received a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Saint Xavier University in 2017 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Indiana University in 2015. She earned her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2018. Lexi has professional experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders including: traumatic brain injury, auditory processing disorder, expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonologic disorders, autism, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, dysfluency, dysarthria, apraxia, and aphasia. Her experience was in clinic, school, and hospital settings. Lexi also has personal experience helping child family members with cerebral palsy. She has been active in the community including volunteering for Wee Care Therapy and Girls on the Run, and fund raising for a neonatal intensive care unit trough the Indiana University Dance Marathon. She is CPR certified. Lexi is passionate and sensitive in her approach to working with children. She looks forward to helping you and your child!
Christina Molenstra, MS, CCC/SLP
Christina earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders (2011), and Master of Science in speech-language pathology (2013) degrees from St. Xavier University. In 2011, she received the outstanding Communication Sciences and Disorders Student Award. She has been working in pediatrics in the schools since graduation, but also has some experience with adults with communicative, cognitive, and swallowing deficits. Her training also includes hospital and rehabilitation settings. Christina earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014. She has worked with children with a variety of communication and feeding disorders. Diagnoses have included autism, expressive and receptive language delays, central auditory processing disorder, articulation, phonological disorders, fluency, and other developmental and chromosomal disorders. She has attended continuing education in the areas of articulation, phonation, assistive technology, and swallowing. Christina uses a play-based approach to therapy and looks forward to helping you and your child!
Mandy has been a licensed speech/language pathologist since 1985, earning her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association shortly thereafter. She strongly believes in family involvement, and that functional skills are best learned in a play-based, fun environment. Mandy is the recipient of the 2011 National Autism Association of Northwest Indiana’s Shining Star Award, which honors people who have provided outstanding service to individuals with autism. Her particular areas of interest include autistic spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, prematurity, oral-motor difficulties (both feeding and speech) and general communicative / interactive delay. She has attended numerous continuing education seminars on sensory integration and sensory processing, neurodevelopmental treatment, therapeutic listening, and oral motor/feeding techniques. She is CPR certified. Mandy feels it is crucial to acknowledge that interactive skills underlie quality communicative development!
Hannah Opat, MS, CF/SLP
Hannah earned her Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech from Purdue University in 2016, and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University in 2019. She is currently entering her clinical fellowship year which consists of nine months of supervision before applying for her Certificate of Clinical Competency, and is being supervised by Kelly Fairris. She is certified in CPR. Hannah worked in the Autism and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Research Lab at Purdue University which enhanced her learning and passion for working with children with autism combined with AAC. She also has experience working in applied behavioral analysis therapy for children with autism prior to graduate school, and received her registered behavioral technician certificate in 2017. Her graduate education provided her with the clinical experience working with both pediatrics and adults with speech and language, cognitive and swallowing deficits within a daycare setting, school system, university clinic, rehabilitation hospital, and outpatient care. Hannah participated in an intensive four-day summer camp, Camp GIZMO, that provided multidisciplinary therapy services to a child with severe disabilities and family. She has experience working with children with aphasia, articulation/phonology disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment, developmental delay, Down syndrome, feeding difficulties, and Rett syndrome. Hannah uses a play-based approach to speech therapy and is eagerly looking forward to working alongside you to help your little one reach their full potential!
Crystal earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing from Indiana University in 2007, and a Master of Science degree from St. Xavier University in 2013. Prior to joining us, Crystal had experience as a speech/language assistant in the schools. She earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014. She is CPR certified. Crystal has worked with children with a variety of communication disorders including expressive and receptive language delays, central auditory processing disorder, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, and other disorders of social impairment. She has experience in clinic and early intervention (natural environment) settings. She has attended continuing education in the areas of feeding, sensory processing, therapeutic adaptations, torticollis, and treatment perspectives. Crystal involves you in your child’s treatment, and brings a fresh perspective to her approach of working with you and your child!
Elaine earned her Bachelors in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Purdue University in 2004, and her Masters in Speech/Language Pathology from New York Medical College in 2006. While in graduate school, she was also chosen to be in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) – an interdisciplinary leadership training program, which focused on promoting innovative practices to enhance cultural competency, family centered care, and interdisciplinary partnerships. Elaine received her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association in 2007, and is CPR certified. She enjoys working with children with all ability levels to achieve functional communication. Her special interests include infants and children with multiple disabilities, complex medical needs, airway anomalies (e.g. tracheotomies), and feeding/swallowing disorders. She loves to collaborate with her colleagues, problem solve, and continue to learn from her children and families. She looks forward to meeting you!