Anneke graduated from Calvin University with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022 after earning her Bachelor’s degree there in 2021. As a part of her clinical experience, Anneke had the opportunity to intern at Wee Care Therapy in addition to completing other rotations in pediatric medical and educational settings. She is CPR certified. Anneke has experience working with children to increase a variety of speech, language, and feeding abilities, including those who have articulation and phonology disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, fluency disorders, and social communication difficulties. She anticipates learning more about your child’s unique goals and interests in order to provide therapy services that are functional and engaging. Anneke is eager to embrace the individuality of you and your child, and she looks forward to promoting your child’s strengths in order to foster success!
Melissa (Missy) D., MHS, CCC/SLP
Missy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University-Fort Wayne in 2008, and went on to receive a Master of Health Science degree in Communication Disorders from Governors State University in 2010. She has experience working in outpatient clinics, home health via early intervention, and public schools. Missy has participated in continuing education courses for food chaining, gestalt language processing, speech sound disorders (including childhood apraxia of speech), floor-time approach, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She has served various populations, including such as autism, Down syndrome, apraxia, clients with g-tubes, and velopharyngeal dysfunction. She is CPR certified. Missy enjoys spending her free time with her family, including attending the sporting and after-school events of her many nieces and nephews. She also enjoys walking her dog and riding her exercise bike. Missy believes that if therapy is fun, client-driven, and your whole team/family is on board, the sky is the limit for what your child can achieve!
Kelly F., MS, CCC/SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Kelly pursued her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from IN University in 2004, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2002. In 2005, she earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Kelly was the recipient of Wee Care Therapy’s First Steps Excellence in Early Intervention Award in 2022. She has experience working with children who have a variety of speech/language-feeding difficulties, such as autism, 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 and interaction, neurodevelopmental treatment, and oral motor feeding skills. Kelly is play-based master clinician who incorporates sensory-based intervention techniques into her therapy sessions. In addition to individual therapy, she also runs our “Wee Sprouts” social skills group. She encourages family involvement, empowering you to help your child. Kelly makes learning fun!
Rachel L., MA, CCC/SLP
Rachel graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology in 2008 from Northwestern University, and then earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-hearing Association. She is certified in the Interactive Metronome and CPR. Her experience comes from training and direct application of behavioral and sensory-based therapeutic techniques, supporting a variety of diagnoses and disorders such as autism, apraxia, expressive/receptive language disorders, social language delays, auditory processing disorder, tethered oral tissues (TOTs), feeding disorders, and fluency. Rachel believes in working with “the whole child” and takes time and care to honor each child’s unique sensory needs. She empowers families, recognizing that progress starts with family involvement. She provides speech therapy services as a First Steps Assessment Team evaluator. She also serves as a provider for First Steps, clinic and private schools through Wee Care Therapy. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful children. Wee Care Therapy is Rachel’s “happy place” and she looks forward to getting to know you and your child!
Christina M., MS, CCC/SLP Speech/Language Pathologist
Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree in 2011 and Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2013 from St. Xavier University. In 2011, she received the outstanding Communication Sciences and Disorders Student Award. Her training included hospital and rehabilitation settings. Christina earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014. She has worked in pediatrics in the schools and in early intervention since graduation. She also has some experience with adults. Christina has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism, expressive and receptive language delays, central auditory processing disorder, articulation, phonological disorders, fluency problems and other developmental and chromosomal disorders. She has attended continuing education on feeding/swallowing, articulation, phonation, assistive technology and sensory processing. Christina uses a play-based approach to therapy and eagerly awaits helping you and your child!
Mandy N., MHS, CCC/SLP
Mandy has been a licensed speech/language pathologist since getting her Master of Health Science degree in 1985 from Governor State University, following a Bachelor of Science degree from Norther IL University in 1983. She then earned her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She was honored with the 2011 Autism Association of Northwest Indiana’s Shining Star Award for outstanding service to individuals with autism, and the recipient of Wee Care Therapy’s First Steps Excellence in Early Intervention Award in 2020. Her areas of expertise include autism, sensory processing disorder, prematurity, oral-motor challenges, and communicative/interactive delay. Mandy has attended numerous seminars on sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment and oral motor/feeding techniques. She presents internationally on sensory-processing, engagement and feeding. She is CPR certified. She currently provides services through Wee See Teletherapy, focusing on caregiver coaching to help families become successful at interspersing facilitatitive strategies throughout daily routines. She feels it is crucial to acknowledge that interactive skills underlie quality communicative development. Mandy strongly believes in family involvement, and that functional skills are best learned in a play-based, fun environment!
Crystal R., MS, CCC/SLP
Crystal earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing from IN University in 2007 and a Master of Science degree from St. Xavier University in 2013. Prior to joining us, she 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, sensory processing disorder, and other social emotional differences. 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!
Claire S., M.A., CCC-SLP Speech/Language Pathologist
Claire earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders (2014) and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (2016) degrees from Saint Louis University. She has worked in pediatrics since graduating in school and clinic settings. She earned a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2016. Claire has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, expressive and receptive language disorders, apraxia, articulation, phonological disorders, fluency problems and other developmental and chromosomal differences. She has attended continuing education on feeding/swallowing, articulation, phonation, assistive technology and orofacial myology (tongue thrust and beyond). Claire uses a play-based approach and is looking forward to working with your child to promote success!
Rachel S., MHS, CCC/SLP
Rachel pursued her passion for speech language pathology at Governors State University, earning a Master of Health Science degree in speech language pathology in 2021. Throughout her clinical rotations, she had the opportunity to work with little ones at Wee Care Therapy as well as in an elementary school setting. In 2022, she earned her certificate of Clinical Competency from the American speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is CPR certified. Rachel enjoys working with individuals to increase fluency, improve intelligibility, increase understanding and expression of language, strengthen developing social skills, and come alongside those using alternate communication modalities to deepen quality of communication between clients those they love the most. She is a strong believer in the research-based connection between quality play and early cognitive language development. In the past, she has enjoyed working in a special recreation setting to increase program inclusion for those with exceptionalities and teach through movement. Rachel looks forward to learning about the strengths, interests, goals, and unique dynamics of your family!
Laura W., MS, CCC/SLP is an ASHA certified pediatric speech pathologist who earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University in 1994 and 1996 respectively. She has over 25 years experience working with pediatric patients with speech disorders, feeding difficulties, and dysphagia. Laura specializes in the treatment of breastfeeding problems, selective eating, pediatric dysphagia and paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction. Laura’s work in feeding is recognized internationally in medical journal periodicals and conference presentations on pediatric feeding disorders. She is the co-author of the books “Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: From NICU to Childhood” and Food Chaining: The Six Step Solution to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems and Expand Your Child’s Diet.” During her career, she has primarily provided services in acute care and outpatient settings. Laura provides her services with Wee Care Therapy virtually, and she “virtually” can’t wait to help your child progress!