Our Speech-Language Pathologists

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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 and is certified through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI). 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 grown children, and pack of rescue animals (2 Labrador Retrievers and 3 cats- whew!). She enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, and reading.


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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!


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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!


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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. 


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Aly Backhaus, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
  • Aly is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and recently moved to Denver, Colorado in August 2019.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology & Audiology in 2016 and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017 through an accelerated degree program at Marquette University.  After graduating, she began her career working with both pediatric and adult populations.  Aly most recently worked at a pediatric outpatient clinic where she gained experience evaluating and treating children with a variety of diagnoses and disorders in the areas of articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language, social/pragmatic language, cognitive-communication, AAC, and feeding/swallowing.

    In addition to developing her clinical skills, Aly has a passion for leadership and community development.  She recently assisted in planning an adaptive triathlon for children of all abilities and headed a continuing education course for SLPs in Southeastern Wisconsin.  She looks forward to continuously meeting professionals and families throughout the Denver area as she joins the Abound Children’s Therapy team!

    Aly is excited to explore her beautiful new city!  She loves to be outdoors (running, hiking, skiing) and enjoys traveling with friends and family.



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.


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Alexa Herbers, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
  • Alexa grew up in the south, primarily living in Louisiana and moving to Arkansas to attend college. Alexa attended the University of Central Arkansas where she played four years of Division 1 college soccer while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014. Alexa continued school at UCA to complete her Master’s degree in 2016. Alexa gained experience in school, hospital, and clinical settings.

    After graduating, Alexa moved to Denver where she began working in public schools for her first three years as a speech-language pathologist. There she gained experience treating and evaluating students from pre-school through high school age with articulation, receptive and expressive language, pragmatic language, and fluency disorders. Alexa has worked with students with high needs, multiple disabilities, and mild-moderate speech/language impairments. Alexa was a speech therapist in the Autism center-based program for all three years where she gained experience in augmentative alternative communication (AAC), running social communication groups while partnering with psychologists, and developed strengths in emotional regulation de-escalation strategies. With a strong area of interest in social communication, Alexa enjoys using different pragmatic language programs and adapting it to different learning levels, styles, and different personalities.

    With a love for the outdoors, Alexa is very active in her free time. She enjoys going to the park, playing soccer, running, and hiking through the mountains with her dog, Maggie. 



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.  She is certified through the International Dyslexia Association Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI).

    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.


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Allison Jarboe, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
  • Allison was born and raised in Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Delaware in 2014 and her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Radford University in 2016. Allison began her professional career in Roanoke, Virginia before relocating to Denver in January 2018.


    Allison currently works full-time at an outpatient clinic for children with Autism ages 3-15 and will be working at Abound Children’s Therapy on Saturdays! Allison is skilled in evaluating and developing a plan of treatment for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders, language disorders, phonological disorders, articulation disorders, pragmatic deficits, attention-hyperactive deficit disorders as well as developing and training children and their families in the use of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) devices. Allison greatly values and enjoys collaborating with Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Occupational Therapists, teaching instructors and family members to discuss, strategize, and implement care delivery strategies in order to provide the best therapy for her clients.


    In her spare time, Allison enjoys camping, hiking, skiing and exploring Colorado! Allison is so excited to join the Abound Children’s Therapy team!


Our Occupational Therapists


Celeste James M.S. OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
  • 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.


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Julie Skafidas, M.S. OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
  • 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.


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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.



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Vickie Morse, M.S., OTR/L

Lead Occupational Therapist
  • 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.