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.
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.
Michelle O’Sullivan, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinical Director of Speech Language Pathology
Michelle is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 12 years of experience spanning clinical therapy as well as supervisory and mentorship roles. Helping children build their speech and language skills has long been a passion for Michelle since she worked with refugee children in ESL classrooms in upstate NY as an undergraduate in 1998. Michelle feels fortunate to continue this passion and to be able to do what she loves everyday!
Prior to relocating to Denver, Michelle supervised 30 speech therapists across 11 New York City public schools as part of New York University’s ASD Nest Support Project. Nest created inclusion classrooms in nearly 50 NYC public schools for students with ASD. Michelle supported the speech therapists in her 11 schools so that they understood the social language needs of their students and how to implement effective, research-based therapy to improve their social communication and friendship skills.
Before her work with Nest, Michelle provided therapy to students with language-learning and social-emotional disorders in an independent therapeutic school in Manhattan called the Parkside School. Michelle’s work included strong collaboration with teachers, occupational therapists, social workers, and families in order to provide the most individualized and holistic speech-language and social therapy for her students.
Prior to Parkside School, Michelle practiced speech pathology for nearly two years at the Tree House School in London, UK. While at Tree House, an ABA school for children on the autism spectrum, Michelle gained extensive experience in augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) therapy and technology, and created the school’s staff training and implementation of social-pragmatic therapy.
Prior to London, and after earning her M.S. in speech pathology, Michelle honed her work with children experiencing a variety of speech-language difficulties as a therapist at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. In this clinical setting, Michelle served children with feeding disorders, learning disabilities, social-emotional disorders, apraxia of speech, stuttering, articulation/phonological disorders, cerebral palsy, autism and a variety of other developmental delays and syndromes. She also ran social groups and co-treated with her OT and psychology colleagues.
While a graduate student at the University of Arizona, Michelle studied and trained with Pamela Crooke, the partner of Social Thinking’s Michelle Garcia-Winner and author of Social Detectives. Michelle ran social groups in an Autism clinic founded by Ms. Crooke and the University of Arizona. In addition to her work with children on the spectrum, graduate school also laid the groundwork for Michelle as a general practitioner in speech pathology, treating children and teens with a wide variety of speech-language challenges.
Michelle holds a M.S. in speech language-therapy from the University of Arizona and has been a member of ASHA since 2006. She is trained in PROMPT, SCERTS, PECS, Social Thinking, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, The Hochman Writing Method, and Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS). Michelle has helped children aged 0-18 with a wide range of needs and is honored to be able to help yours here at Abound Children’s Therapy!
Michelle is loving life in Denver with her two young children and husband. She is happy to have her concrete jungle days behind her and can’t get enough of the sunny mountain lifestyle.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists
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.
Nicole Kessler, M.S., CCC-SLP
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.
Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors and in the mountains with her husband and new Goldendoodle Winnie!. She can be found camping, hiking, kayaking and taking pictures of it all!
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 eight 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, social/pragmatic disorders, 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. Christina is also a trained practitioner of the Secret Agent Society – Social Skills Program which is a program designed for 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.
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 is currently working towards obtaining her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active outside, snowboarding, cheering on her favorite sports teams, traveling, and cooking.
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Olivia Betulia, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Olivia was born and raised in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Siena College in 2012 and her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Touro College in 2016. Olivia began her professional career in Los Angeles, California in the public school setting working with children 3 to 12 with a wide range of diagnoses and disorders (speech/language impairment, language delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Autism, articulation, pragmatics, fluency, etc.).
In the summer of 2018, Olivia relocated to Denver and began working in the public school setting at the preschool and elementary level. She has a great passion for working with children with high needs, especially the younger ones! As a growing therapist, she is driven by expanding her knowledge and therapy tool kit to provide the best therapy for her clients. Olivia is skilled at assessment and treatment of a variety of communication difficulties including articulation disorders, language delays and impairments, fluency disorders, and social skills/pragmatic concerns.
Olivia works full-time in a public school district and works on Saturdays from 8:00-1:30 in our clinic.
Since relocating to Denver, you can find Olivia exploring Colorado, cooking, hanging with family and friends, and cuddling with her lab puppy!
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.
Perri Cazan, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Perri has been practicing as a speech therapist since 2012. She is a graduate from James Madison University with a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology, as well as a degree in Spanish. Interest in holistic health led her to acquire a certification as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner in 2017. Her experience in pediatrics includes working with children 0-18 yrs with a wide variety of diagnoses in public schools, home health, and out patient settings. From her love for therapy and nutrition emerged a passion for working with children with feeding and swallowing disorders. Perri is trained in the SOS (Sensory Oral Sequential) Approach to Feeding, as well as the SOFFI Method: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants.
Given her experiences working alongside pediatric health providers, educators, and parent/caregivers, Perri believes that interdisciplinary collaboration among all care team members is an essential component for patient success. She considers all aspects of a child’s life to best meet his or her needs so that newly developed skills are generalized outside of the therapy room. She is compassionate and fun-loving, and incorporates a balance of play and structure into each therapy session.
Perri currently works on Saturdays from 8-1:30 in our clinic.
Since her move to Colorado in 2015, Perri has enjoyed everything that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. On her days off, you will find her camping, skiing, mountain biking, or hiking with her Boxer puppy.
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.
Amanda Fransen, CET, B.A., SLPA
Certified Educational Therapist
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Amanda attended college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2008. After graduation, she also completed her Speech-Language Pathology Assistant certification through the University of Colorado at Boulder. Throughout her career, Amanda has found working with children who have language-based learning disabilities to be one of her areas of true interest. It is this passion that prompted her to continue her higher education through the University of California – Riverside, and was the catalyst for her becoming a Certified Educational Therapist (CET) in 2015. In early 2018, Amanda completed a 40-hour Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham continuing education, in order to become better versed with this multi-sensory reading, writing and spelling intervention. Amanda is currently continuing her professional development in other areas of specialty by working to obtain a certified autism specialist certification through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, as well as by pursing her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northern Arizona University, for which she has an anticipated graduation date of May 2020.
Amanda has had the opportunity to work with children who have a wide range of speech, language, and educational challenges throughout her career, and has worked predominately in the private practice setting. During her time working as a certified educational therapist and speech-language pathology assistant, Amanda has found her areas of specialty to be working with children on the autism spectrum, working with people who stutter, and working with children diagnosed with a language-based learning disorders. It is the underlying language foundation of many language-based learning disorders that prompted Amanda to continue her higher education in speech-language pathology, versus educational therapy. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time outside, going to concerts, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her cat, Marcel.
Our Occupational Therapists
Celeste James M.S. OTR/L
Celeste was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and relocated to Denver in 2019. She earned her undergraduate degree in Recreational Therapy from Central Michigan University and her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University in 2017.
Celeste started her career in Detroit at Henry Ford Hospital, as well as at Sensory Systems Clinic (a private pediatric clinic). Celeste has always had a passion for working with children to support their development in areas of sensory processing, emotional regulation, fine motor, visual motor, and motor planning skills. Celeste’s professional interests include sensory integration and fine motor skill development.
For fun, Celeste likes to cook, hike, and travel. Her favorite place to travel is Costa Rica but her farthest trip was to Indonesia and Australia. Celeste also enjoys spending time at home with her fiancé and cats.
Julie Skafidas, M.S. OTR/L
Julie grew up in New England, moving to Virginia to begin her career as an occupational therapist in 2015, following her graduation from the University of New Hampshire with her master’s in Occupational Therapy. In Virginia she worked in a variety of settings, including pediatrics, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities where she discovered her passion for working with children. Her pediatric experience includes working in a large Certified Autism Center where she became skilled in evaluation and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In this role, she collaborated with speech language pathologists, ABA therapists, and certified occupational therapy assistants to support the unique needs of each child and family. She relocated to Colorado in 2017 and continued her work with pediatrics, providing individual and group therapy to children diagnosed with, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delays, fine and gross motor delays, and sensory integration deficits. Julie’s areas of professional interest include sensory integration, as well as visual and gross motor skills.
Julie’s hobbies include cooking and traveling across the country to run marathons. Her goal is to complete a race in every state.
Melinda (Linde) Moulton M.S. OTR/L
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.
Vickie Morse, M.S., OTR/L
Vickie was born was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Colorado in 1995. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University.
Vickie has over ten years experience working in hospitals, sub-acute care, home health, school-based settings, and as a fieldwork educator. Vickie currently practices in pediatrics at several schools in Denver, Colorado and continues to work part-time with adults. She offers pediatric services which include evaluations, individual treatments, family education, and creation of home programs. Vickie specializes in treatment for physical rehabilitation, fine motor skills, sensory processing skills, visual-perceptual skills and visual-motor integration skills. In addition, she evaluates possible needs for environmental modifications, adaptive equipment, and assistive technology.
Vickie’s evaluation and treatment philosophy considers the presenting problems of each child along with the demands of their daily environments. Her goal is to enable each individual the skills to fully participate in meaningful daily activities. The needs and concerns of families are incorporated into service delivery. She is inspired by the clients she works with and strives to deliver the best occupational therapy services to each individual.
In her spare time, Vickie enjoys hiking, snowboarding, attending barre classes, reading, and spending time with her new daughter.