Meet Our Team

Our Directors

Meet Our Team

Deb Fenton, M.S., CCC-SLP

Executive Director / Owner
  • Deb is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Colorado State Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). She previously served on the board for the Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Her pediatric experience includes working in a variety of settings including pediatric outpatient clinics, brain injury rehabilitation hospitals, public school settings, and private practice. She currently serves on a transdisciplinary team of mental health, educational, speech and occupational therapists that provide play-based child assessments for children aged 6 months though 6 years of age through the Child Assessment and Training Center of Denver. She has extensive training relating to early literacy, learning disabilities, and motor speech disorders (apraxia). She is skilled in both the diagnostic assessment and treatment of language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. She is trained in PROMPT and the Kaufman Program for treatment of apraxia and has advanced training in the Yoshimoto Orton Gillingham approach to teaching reading. She is a recipient of the ASHA “ACE” Award for her commitment to Continuing Education. Debra is not accepting new clients at this time.

    Debra Received her B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1991. She completed her Master’s of Science Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Minot State University, North Dakota in 1993.

    During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and pack of rescue animals. She enjoys hiking, skiing, mountain biking, reading, and volunteering.

    deb@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Rae Kroger, BHSc OTR/L

Clinical Director of Occupational Therapy
  • Rae is a certified member of the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She is a New Zealand native and graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2000. After 2 years of working with adults who had sustained a traumatic brain injury, she realized that pediatrics is where her passion lies. Rae and her husband Carl immigrated to the US in 2003 and since then she has worked in a variety of pediatric settings in California, Virginia and Ohio. Her pediatric experience includes public schools, private schools, private practice and a large nationally ranked pediatric hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has recently arrived in Colorado from a 3-year adventure in New Zealand with her family, where she ran her own private practice.

    Rae has experience and training in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening, executive function disorders, feeding, fine motor skills, developmental coordination disorder and handwriting.

    Rae believes strongly in a holistic and family centered approach. While she is a strong advocate for OT, she also appreciates and enjoys being part of a multi-disciplinary team. Her goal for each child is to help them build the developmental skills they require to reach their full potential to perform with confidence and success at home, school and in the community.

    During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children, and dog Poppy. She enjoys reading, sewing, running, yoga and is very excited to learn to snowboard this year.

        

    rae@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Erin Heighway, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Director of Speech Language Pathology
  • Erin is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated from Indiana University with her Masters in 2008 and relocated to Denver in 2010 with her husband, who is a physical therapist. Erin has worked with Lowry Speech and Occupational Therapy since September 2012 and is our Clinical Director. She enjoys treating children with expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic language and social interaction concerns, stuttering, articulation and apraxia of speech. Erin completes diagnostic assessments for dyslexia, provides Orton-Gillingham based reading intervention, and helps students learn strategies for reading comprehension and written expression so they can best demonstrate their knowledge in their academic environments. She is a strong believer that all intervention should focus on not only developing skills but also supporting improved self-confidence and a child’s ability to self-advocate for increased success. She also works closely with the Occupational Therapy department to support children with sensory processing, attention, and handwriting needs.

    On the weekends she can be found spending time with her son, daughter and husband in the mountains.

    erin@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

Our Speech-Language Pathologists

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Anna D. M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
  • Anna has been a member of ASHA since 2008. Anna has worked in a variety of settings including: schools, home-based early intervention programs, skilled nursing facilities, and educational/training facilities.

    A sense of adventure led Anna to employment overseas in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan where she trained parents and professionals on child development, diagnostic, and treatment topics. For the past 3 years, she has been working in Germany with military and international families in both an early intervention and private practice setting.

    Anna’s special interests include articulation delays, receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language impairments, sensory integration, fluency disorders and feeding issues. Anna has received specialized training in the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” and the DIR Floortime Model, and places an emphasis on parent and caregiver education and child-led intervention.

    Life has brought Anna to relocate to beautiful Colorado, where she plans to continue satisfying her love of adventure, sunshine, and the outdoors. In her spare time, you’ll find her either in her kitchen, in a bookstore, in the forest, at an improv acting class, in a wood-working shop, or on an airplane to her next travel destination.

    anna@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Nicole Kessler, M.S., CFY

Speech Language Pathologist
  • Nicole is originally from Austin, Texas and moved to Colorado in 2018. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Nicole has gained experience in a variety of areas including: language and literacy, articulation, phonological processes, early language development, feeding, and social communication.

    During her time at Baylor University, Nicole participated in Camp Success, an intensive day camp focused on helping children with dyslexia and other language based learning disabilities develop fundamental language and literacy skills. She also participated in the Language and Literacy Clinic where she treated and assessed children with expressive and receptive language disorders as well as other language based learning disabilities.

    Nicole completed an internship at Children’s Hospital Colorado Briargate in Colorado Springs. At Children’s Hospital Colorado, she gained experience evaluating and treating children with articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, expressive and receptive language disorders, as well as feeding and swallowing difficulties. She ran an early language and literacy group that provided parents with strategies to stimulate their children’s language development. While targeting emerging language, it also taught children early social communication skills and how to participate in a structured environment. Nicole also led a phonology group that treated children with a variety of phonological processing disorders. Her special interests include social communication and early language development.

    As a new Colorado resident, Nicole is excited to enjoy the outdoors and the mountains with her husband. She can be found camping, hiking, kayaking and taking pictures of it all!

    nicolek@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Christina McCall, B.A. SLPA

Speech Language Pathology Assistant
  • Christina was born and raised as an Indiana Hoosier. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in May of 2011. She is an Associate Member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Christina has worked as an SLP-Assistant in multidisciplinary pediatric outpatient clinics as well as in school-based settings for the past five years. She has been a valued member of our therapy team since 2013.

    Christina is skilled in working with children with a variety of communication difficulties including articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), and language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Christina has been trained in the 40 hour Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading and spelling and provides reading intervention services in our clinic at a discounted rate.

    Christina loves working with children every day and is always eager to learn new skills and techniques to become a better therapist. Her warm personality and playful approach to therapy makes her a favorite among clients. Christina plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in the near future.

    Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active outside, snowboarding, cheering on her favorite sports teams, traveling, and cooking.

    Click here to learn more about an SLPA.

    christina@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Erin Heighway, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Director of Speech Language Pathology
  • Erin is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated from Indiana University with her Masters in 2008 and relocated to Denver in 2010 with her husband, who is a physical therapist. Erin has worked with Lowry Speech and Occupational Therapy since September 2012 and is our Clinical Director. She enjoys treating children with expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic language and social interaction concerns, stuttering, articulation and apraxia of speech. Erin completes diagnostic assessments for dyslexia, provides Orton-Gillingham based reading intervention, and helps students learn strategies for reading comprehension and written expression so they can best demonstrate their knowledge in their academic environments. She is a strong believer that all intervention should focus on not only developing skills but also supporting improved self-confidence and a child’s ability to self-advocate for increased success. She also works closely with the Occupational Therapy department to support children with sensory processing, attention, and handwriting needs.

    On the weekends she can be found spending time with her son, daughter and husband in the mountains.

    erin@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Tricia Maher MSLP, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
  • Tricia is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Colorado State Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA) and former Certified member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Her pediatric experience includes working with children, from diverse backgrounds, aged three through adolescents and across a variety of environments. Tricia is skilled in the assessment and treatment of early language acquisition, language learning difficulties, articulation difficulties, phonological awareness difficulties and stuttering. She has a special interest in working with children with Autism and social/pragmatic language learning difficulties.

    Tricia is a trained practitioner of the Secret Agent Society – Social Skills Program improving the social skills and emotional understanding of eight to twelve year olds. She has experience running social skills groups for children of all ages and levels of language. She enjoys working closely and collaborating with other speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, parents and teachers in order to set up her clients for success beyond the therapy session. Tricia is an advocate for school-aged children to have equal opportunity to achieve success in the classroom along with his or her peers.

    Tricia received her Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2007 and her Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia in 2010.

    In her additional time Tricia enjoys spending time with her husband Sam and their dog Mack making the most of Colorado’s beautiful outdoors. Together they enjoy snowboarding, running and flying trapeze.

    tricia@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Meghan Welsh, M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
  • Meghan received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa in 2013 and her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois in 2013. Meghan has been a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association since 2015.

    Upon graduation, Meghan completed her clinical fellowship with one of the few specialty schools in Chicago Public Schools, providing her with extensive experience and appreciation for working with children with autism, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, and emotional-behavioral difficulties. Since 2016, Meghan has worked in the clinic setting as well as providing home based services. She has experience working with a multidisciplinary team and strongly believes in the power of collaboration.

    Meghan’s professional career has been centered around the pediatric population. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children with a variety of speech and language difficulties. Meghan has worked with children from diverse backgrounds ages birth to 16 in the clinic, home, and school setting. Meghan is skilled in the assessment and treatment of expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic language concerns, reading comprehension, written expression, word retrieval, fluency, articulation, and phonology. She has a special interest in working with children with language based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. Meghan is trained in the Orton Gillingham approach for teaching reading and spelling and also completes diagnostic assessments for dyslexia.

    As a Colorado transplant from the Midwest, Meghan can almost always be found outside when not working. She loves exploring all that the beautiful outdoors of Colorado has to offer with her dog, Scout. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, and running.

    meghan@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Rachel West, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
  • Rachel was born in Orange, California, but mostly grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and English minor from the University of Iowa in 2013.  She then went on to Rush University in Chicago to obtain her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. After receiving her Master’s in 2015, Rachel gained experience in both school and private practice settings.  She has experience working with children with needs related to apraxia, ASD, expressive/receptive language delays, feeding, and literacy, as well as augmentative/alternative communication devices. Over the years, she has deepened her knowledge by receiving advanced training for the following treatment approaches: Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum, DIR/Floortime, Interactive Metronome, LAMP Words for Life AAC software, and the Orton Gillingham reading approach.

    With a desire to be closer to family, and a love of the great outdoors, Rachel journeyed west to Denver, Colorado.  She is thrilled to be part of the team at Abound Children’s Therapy, and looks forward to helping children learn and grow!  In her spare time, Rachel enjoys riding her bike, creative writing, and camping.

    rachel@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

Our Occupational Therapists

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Rae Kroger, BHSc OTR/L

Clinical Director of Occupational Therapy
  • Rae is a certified member of the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She is a New Zealand native and graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2000. After 2 years of working with adults who had sustained a traumatic brain injury, she realized that pediatrics is where her passion lies. Rae and her husband Carl immigrated to the US in 2003 and since then she has worked in a variety of pediatric settings in California, Virginia and Ohio. Her pediatric experience includes public schools, private schools, private practice and a large nationally ranked pediatric hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has recently arrived in Colorado from a 3-year adventure in New Zealand with her family, where she ran her own private practice.

    Rae has experience and training in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening, executive function disorders, feeding, fine motor skills, developmental coordination disorder and handwriting.

    Rae believes strongly in a holistic and family centered approach. While she is a strong advocate for OT, she also appreciates and enjoys being part of a multi-disciplinary team. Her goal for each child is to help them build the developmental skills they require to reach their full potential to perform with confidence and success at home, school and in the community.

    During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children, and dog Poppy. She enjoys reading, sewing, running, yoga and is very excited to learn to snowboard this year.

        

    rae@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Eve Goodson, COTA, CPMT

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Eve, a Texas native and certified occupational therapy assistant, completed her OTA Program at Navarro College, and received her national certification in 2016. In 2017, she earned her national certification as a Pediatric Massage Therapist under Tina Allen’s Liddle Kidz Foundation in Los Angeles California. Her background includes working with pediatrics, adolescents, adults and seniors, who experience muscular/neuro deficits, sensory processing disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and developmental delays. Eve specializes in individualizing therapy to fit each person’s style of learning, utilizing her specialized training in Astronaut Training and Pediatric Massage. She also draws on additional training in sensory processing, gross/fine motor coordination, feeding therapies/disorders, socialization skills, play-based skills, and motor planning skills in collaboration with behavioral therapists, speech pathologists, and physical therapists.

    Eve became interested in the field while volunteering for a non-profit organization that dedicated services to cerebral palsy children and their families and working as a caregiver for a family with an autistic child. It was then she felt that serving children and their families was her true calling, which lead her to occupational therapy. She loves helping to make a difference in the lives of those she works with and aiding to improve their ability to functionally participate with their family and peers. Her creative spirit makes therapy fun and exciting!

    In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, Netflix binges, taking her dog Gracie Bear for walks, and spending quality time with her dear friends and family.

    eve@aboundchildrenstherapy.com

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Melinda (Linde) Moulton M.S. OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
  • Linde is originally from southern California and relocated to Colorado in 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

    Linde’s interest in occupational therapy was initially sparked in college during a semester spent interning at a private school for students with special needs in Plano, TX.

    Linde earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2016. Linde has spent the past two years working for a large pediatric therapy company based in southern California. In this position, she provided direct and consultative school and clinic-based occupational therapy services to preschool-12th grade students in general and special education. She worked collaboratively with a team of multidisciplinary professionals to support students’ fine motor, visual motor, sensory processing, self-regulation and motor planning skills. She ran a weekly sensorimotor skills group for children with moderate to severe cognitive and behavioral challenges. Her professional interests include fine motor skill development, including grasp and handwriting.

    In her free time, Linde enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking (especially cupcakes!), exploring new restaurants and traveling.

     

    linde@aboundchildrenstherapy.com