Meet The Staff


Jennifer Tvrdy, OTDR/L

Jennifer Tvrdy, OTDR/LJennifer Tvrdy graduated from Creighton University in 2005 with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various outpatient pediatric therapy settings with a focus on sensory integration prior to opening Therapy Junction. She is extremely passionate about children, development, and improving overall quality of life. Her love for the water inspired her to open Therapy Junction in 2004. She witnessed the profound impact this therapeutic medium offered children with a wide range of abilities and diagnoses through her private practice. She has instructed and facilitated the development of pediatric aquatic therapy courses for Aquatic Therapy University. She is currently a Core Specialist for Masgutova Neurosensory Reflex Integration (MNRI) and instructor of Aqua Reflex Integration for the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI). She is dedicated to her practice and the extension of knowledge for the betterment of healthcare worldwide.




Amy Holsten, M.S. CCC-SLP

Amy Holsten, M.S. CCC-SLP

Amy received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from St. Cloud State University in 2004.  Since then, she has provided services to countless children with communication disorders.  Amy’s experience and areas of interest include stuttering, cluttering, autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome and childhood apraxia of speech.  She has attended specialized trainings on the Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering Intervention, the DIR/Floortime® approach and early intervention for childhood apraxia of speech.




Kristan Angerhofer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kristan Angerhofer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kristan received a master’s degree in communication disorders from St. Cloud State University in 2004. She joined the Therapy Junction team in September of 2013. She has been working with the pediatric and adolescent population in the rehab setting for the last seven years. Kristan enjoys working with a variety of children and their families. She takes a special interest in feeding therapy, social language skills, early language development, articulation therapy, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Masgutova Neuro-Sensory-Motor Reflex Integration (MNRI). Kristan has taken courses specifically in MNRI including oral-facial reflex integration I & II.






Claire Truniger, MA, OTR/L

Claire received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University. She joined the Therapy Junction team in January 2013 with a background in psychology and several years of experience with children of all abilities and ages under her belt. Claire has training in Masgutova Neuro-Sensory Reflex Integration including Birth and Post-Birth Reflex Integration, Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration, Visual and Auditory Reflex Integration, Neuro-Structural Reflex Integration, and Breathing Reflex Integration. Claire is trained in the Astronaut Protocol (a sound activated vestibular-visual protocol) and has experience with the SOS approach to feeding.






Jana Fossum OTR/L

Jana Fossum OTR/L Jana received her degree in occupational therapy from the University of Minnesota. She has been practicing in pediatric sensory-based clinics for over 12 years. She has a passion for building strong relationships with the kids while helping parents better understand sensory processing and how it affects their child. She has training in sensory integration and is certified in the Sensory Integration Praxis Tests (SIPT) as well as Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program, SOS Approach to Feeding, and Interactive Metronome.






Sarah Dusheck, OTR/L

Sarah Dusheck, OTR/L Sarah received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University in 2010. Prior to coming to Therapy Junction, Sarah gained experience in both pediatric and adult outpatient settings. She is certified in The Listening Program®, use of Physical Agents of Modalities (PAMS) and has attended courses related to Craniosacral therapy, vision processing and therapy, yoga & mindfulness, and Kinesio taping. Sarah is currently pursuing certification in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) Method and has completed the following MNRI courses Dynamic and Postural reflexes, IPET Dynamic and Postural Reflexes, Archetype Movement Integration, Proprioceptive and Cognitive Integration, Lifelong Reflex Integration, Neurostructural reflex Integration, Aquatic Reflex Integration, Birth and Post Birth Reflex Integration, Breathing, and PTSD




Jaclyn Hutchins M.A. CCC-SLP

Jaclyn Hutchins M.A. CCC-SLP Jaclyn received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Minnesota. Jaclyn has experience working with pediatrics and adolescents in outpatient clinics, and in elementary and high schools. Jaclyn is familiar with the wide range of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems that are available and has experience both evaluating and treating children with AAC needs. She is interested in working with social language and has attended a variety of continuing education courses to further pursue this area of interest. Additionally, Jaclyn has training in Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Facial Reflex Integration and has completed courses in Oral Facial I and Oral Facial II.




Summer Shepstone MS, OTR/L

Summer Shepstone MS, OTR/L

Summer has more than 15 years experience working with individuals of all ages with a variety of abilities and diagnosis. During her Graduate Degree education, Summer volunteered with an Aquatic therapy program and participated in a Fellowship program in Early Intervention through the Waisman Center, one of 9 centers for excellence in Developmental Disability in the nation. Summer also completed and presented research in Tactile Defensiveness.

Clinically, Summer has a variety of passions and has developed expertise in treating Parkinson’s, Pain, and Pediatrics. Summer began her OT journey at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction Colorado where she interned in the general Adult Rehabilitation programs as well as in the NICU and Pediatric clinics. While there, she also discovered Frequency Specific Microcurrent, FSM, a modality to treat pain.Summer continued her professional journey at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago across all units of the hospital including Parkinson’s, Stroke, Head Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Pain and Pediatrics. She chaired the Parkinson’s committee and introduced FSM for pain to RIC and its patients, and continued pursuing advanced training. After nearly 5 years at RIC life brought Summer to Minneapolis and in turn to Therapy Junction. Summer celebrated 1 year at Therapy Junction in July of 2014 and she has thoroughly embraced the TJ community. The Aquatic, SI and MNRI treatment modalities mesh very well with her love for Neuro Science as well as treating both pediatric and adult populations. Summer has taken the following MNRI courses Dynamic and Postural, Tactile, Archetype, Birth and Post Birth, Post Tramautic Stress Disorder, and Breathing, and is scheduled for Tactile IPET, Neurostructural, Neuro-structural IPET, Archetype IPET, Oral-Facial 1, by the end of 2014. Summer accepted the role of Clinical Rehabilitation Manager in August of 2014. Summer will continue to embrace the Therapy Junction community in both therapeutic and management roles. Summer strives to support the growth and progress of the children, their families, adult clients, and the staff at Therapy Junction in any way she is able, and to the best of her ability, every day.




Willow

Willow Willow is a purebred yellow Labrador retriever who lives with one of Therapy Junction’s speech therapists, Amy Holsten. She was born in December of 2012 and began training to become a therapy dog when she was just 12 weeks old. In August, 2014, she passed her Pet Partner’s test and became registered as an official therapy dog! Since beginning her work, Willow has won the hearts of the children, families and employees of Therapy Junction. She provides limitless growth opportunities for the clients she works with. Whether working on fine motor skills by being fed a treat with tongs, cuddling with her buddies during reflex integration or being the “patient” while working on imaginary play with the vet kit, Willow helps children make progress towards their individual goals in a calming and motivating delivery. Willow loves playing fetch, especially with tennis balls! She also loves cuddling, swimming, chewing on bones and playing with her best friend, Denver. Follow her adventures on her community.

Follow her adventures on her community Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Willow-Talktome/215654081916943

Denver

Denver Denver is a purebred golden retriever puppy who, like Willow, lives with speech therapist, Amy Holsten. He was born January 30th, 2014 and is currently in level 4 of the Humane Society’s training program. Once Denver passes his Canine Good Citizen test, he will be enrolled in a 10-week therapy dog class at the Humane Society in Golden Valley. When he is over a year old, he will take the Pet Partner’s test to become a registered therapy dog. Once he passes his test, Denver will begin alternating days with Willow at Therapy Junction. In the meantime, Denver spends his free time visiting public places who have given us special permission to enter their buildings (Target, Ridgedale Mall and Walmart) as well as dog friendly places like Home Depot, Lowes, PetSmart and Petco. Denver loves to relax, play with his best friend, Willow, have his tummy rubbed, have his fur brushed and play with stuffed dog toys. Follow his progress on his community Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Denver-Fozzie-Therapy-Dog/1583266135233433


Keri Nelson, Administrative Manager

I am very excited to meet all the new families and kids who come to Therapy Junction for services. My job is to provide families with administrative support by answering questions regarding the intake process, billing, insurance, and benefits. I strive to make the process of joining Therapy Junction all the way to discharge as smooth and enjoyable as possible. I look forward to being a part of your journey.