About Us

Meet the Team

 Andrea Howard - COTA/L  

Andrea has an Associate Degree from Anoka Technical College and has been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant since spring of 2008. Andrea has worked with children and young adults with disabilities for 15+ years. She has been a nanny for children with special needs and has also worked as a personal care attendant before attending school as a COTA. She has particular experience working with diagnoses of Down Syndrome, Autism and developmental delays. Andrea has been trained in the SCERTS Model, ILS and Handwriting Without Tears. She has a strong focus working on handwriting skills, gross motor strength and coordination, activities of daily living and executive functioning skills. Andrea strives to develop a relationship with each child that will help build independence, confidence and success.

Andrea lives in Inver Grove Heights, MN, with her husband, Brian, and son, Landon. She enjoys exploring life as a new mom, baking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends. Andrea can usually be found with a good cup of coffee nearby.

Rachael LeVahn - COTA/L  

Rachael graduated from Anoka Technical College in May of 2013 with an  Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  From her early years, Rachael has always enjoyed interacting with children.  She previously worked as a personal care attendant providing services to a variety of children with special needs and collaborated with families to best meet the needs of the children. 

As a student, Rachael gained experience in both pediatric and adult out patient settings.  Working in the pediatric occupational therapy field fulfills her passion of utilizing playful engagement to help children meet the demands of their daily life with success. 

In her free time, Rachael enjoys spending time outdoors, photography, games, drinking coffee and engulfing herself in a good book, and being with friends and family.

Jenna Elliott - MOTR/L 

Jenna received both her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences from The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She has gained clinical experience at an inpatient rehabilitative setting as well as at a pediatric outpatient setting that provides services to a high population of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jenna always had a passion for helping children learn, grow, and reach their full potential. Prior to obtaining her occupational therapy degree, Jenna worked as a toddler, preschool, and school age teacher at a childcare center and nannied for a family of three children. 

In her free time, Jenna enjoys traveling, being on the lake and outdoors, fishing, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

Aspen Carter - MOTR/L

Aspen graduated with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 2016. Since as far back as she can remember, Aspen has always an affinity for working with children, in particular children with disabilities. Her professional background entails working as an occupational therapist in an ABA clinic with children with autism and in a transitional care unit with the geriatric population. Prior to obtaining her license, Aspen had experience working as a personal care attendant, direct support professional, and caretaker of individuals with various impairments and from a variety of backgrounds. Throughout graduate school, Aspen had exposure interning with other occupational therapists in a public school, outpatient pediatric clinic, inpatient pediatric hospital, mental health day program, hand rehab facility, and a nursing home.

In her spare time outside of the office she enjoys going up North to spend time at the cabin, hanging out with family and friends and coaching an adaptive cheer-leading team (ask her about this if your child has interest in joining the team!!!)

She looks forward to working with each family to not only meet the needs of each kiddo she sees, but as well as the entire family.

Cailey Grupe - M.S. CCC-SLP

Cailey graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015 with her Masters in Communication Disorders. Cailey has always enjoyed working with young children. Starting at a young age, she nannied and babysat for close family friends. Later on, she worked as an infant room teacher at a small private daycare. Cailey loves to see kids make progress, communicate more effectively, and have more confidence in their speech and language skills. She uses naturalistic and play based interventions to engage and interact with her clients. Cailey likes her clients to have fun and enjoy coming to speech therapy.

In her free time, Cailey enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling in and out of the U.S., going to the lake, and playing tennis.

Laura Gaudian - MS, CCC-SLP

Laura graduated with a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 2015, and also has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Psychology. Her professional background includes working in several ABA clinics including a mock middle school, early childhood development center, and skills development center. During her career, Laura has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders, but most extensively with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Laura’s practicum experiences in graduate school included acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, as well as in a skilled nursing facility.

Outside of work Laura enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.





"Thanks for all the work with Maddison. Her progress since coming to your clinic is impressive. Under your guidance she has made great strides and Bruce and I really appreciate you and your staff."




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