TEAM

Jennie Bjorem, M.A., CCC-SLP

Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist

Jennie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University and graduated from Truman State University with her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 1999. Jennie is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves ice hockey, lacrosse, traveling with her family and spending time at the gym. She has a great understanding from a parent perspective as she has a young child with special needs. Prior to establishing Children’s Therapy Services, Jennie worked as a school based Speech Pathologist with children ages 3-12. She has been working with the birth to three population since 2001. Jennie's experience includes working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, DiGeorge Syndrome (22q), Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental delays, language delays and articulation difficulties. Jennie’s area of expertise is in early intervention birth through 5 and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She enjoys working with parents providing education to help encourage their children in all areas of development. Jennie has presented to parent groups on topics of early speech-language development, the power of play, Apraxia, feeding and behavior in young children.

Katie Hensler, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Katie was born and raised in the Leawood area. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from The University of Central Missouri. Katie is an avid runner and loves to work out. She also enjoys baking, spending time with family and friends, and her cat, Lucy. You may also find her cheering on the Wildcats in one of the happiest places in the world, Manhattan, KS! Katie currently works for the Shawnee Mission School District where she provides services for EC through 4th grade. With two specialized programs at her school, including a communications program and a life-skills program. Katie has gained a lot of experience working with children with Autism, Down’s syndrome, and a variety of other types of developmental disabilities, all with varying severities and behaviors.  Additionally, Katie has worked with students on articulation, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, receptive and expressive language, and social skills. Although Katie enjoys working with kids of all ages, she especially enjoys the little ones where she can help develop their vocabulary and receptive/expressive language skills.

Claire Selin, M.S., CCC-SLP

Director of Child Language and Literacy, Doctoral Student, Speech-Language Pathologist

Claire received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Rush University in Chicago, IL in 2013.  She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Child Language at the University of Kansas with research interests focused on specific language impairment.  When she’s not busy studying, Claire enjoys exploring and getting to know the Kansas City area with friends!Prior to beginning at Children’s Therapy Services, Claire worked as a speech-language pathologist at a pediatric clinic in Chicago.  She has worked with a variety of diagnoses from birth to adolescence; however, she has developed clinical expertise in school-aged language and literacy disorders including specific language impairment, dyslexia, reading comprehension, written composition, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD.  She enjoys educating clients and their parents on the many facets of language and literacy, and working together to implement individualized strategies for everyday social and academic success.

Sarah ORR, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah is originally from Buffalo, NY and moved to Kansas City in 2012 for her husband’s employment. Upon moving to Kansas City she completed an intensive prerequisite program in Communication Sciences and Disorders through The University of Kansas and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from KU in 2016. Prior to receiving her Master’s degree she graduated from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Sarah currently splits her time between the Rehabilitation Institute in Kansas City and CTS.

Sarah has experience treating clients across the lifespan. She has worked in the elementary school setting with diverse populations and has experiences with language disorders, articulation disorders, autism, Down syndrome, English language learners, traumatic brain injuries and intellectual disabilities. Her main passion is in working with early childhood and adolescent populations in the areas of language and literacy disorders. In her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling and taking long walks with her husband and goldendoodle.  

Corinne Walker M.A., CF-SLP

Doctoral Student, Speech-Language Pathologist
Corinne received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Augustana College and completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. She is continuing her studies in the doctoral program at KU in Speech-Language Pathology with a focus on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Corinne is completing her clinical fellowship year during her doctoral studies. She has experience treating a variety of speech and language disorders and delays with clients ranging from young children to young adults. She has a special interest in working with individuals with complex communication needs, including language, Apraxia, articulation delays and individuals who use AAC. Corinne has a passion for collaborating with her client’s support system to increase the child’s progress and inclusion across all settings. In her spare time Corinne enjoys exploring Kansas City, running, hiking and travel.

Natalie Tarbutton, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist, Doctoral Student
Natalie graduated from The University of Kansas with her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2013. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at The University of Kansas. Natalie currently works as an OT in Early Childhood Special Education in the Blue Valley School District. She is from Overland Park and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, crafting, and spending time at the gym.

Her experience includes working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, visual perceptual difficulties, motor delays, coordination difficulties, and other developmental delays. Natalie also has experience working with children and adults with neurological impairments including spinal cord injury, brain injury, and strokes. She has co-authored an article published an on visual impairments and has presented at a brain injury conference. Natalie also enjoys parent education, and helping to bring insight into challenges in daily routines and activities.

Lacey Hadel, M.Ed, ECSE

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Developmental Therapist
Lacey received her Bachelor's degree in Unified Early Childhood (birth through 3rd grade general and special education) in 2009 at the University of Kansas. She then went on and completed her masters in special education in 2015 at the University of Kansas as well! Rock chalk!! Prior to beginning at Children's Therapy Services, Lacey worked in the Blue Valley school district as a special educator for 7 years.

She began her career as a elementary center based special education teacher and then became an early childhood special education teacher. Lacey has a wide range of skills and has worked with a variety of students. She has experience working with children with Autism, speech and language delays, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, sensory disorders, fine and gross motor, behaviors as well as cognitive delays. She believes that all children have the right and ability to learn and it is the teachers responsibility to find out how they learn best and make the most progress. Lacey has also been trained in Positive Behavioral Intervention and supports and believes that by having the right supports in place helps all children be successful in the classroom and home environment.

In Lacey's free time, she loves spending time with her little girl that was born in November, trying out new restaurants with her husband and cooking. She has also recently taken up gardening. She is looking forward to getting to know both your child and your family!

Leslie Dorrell, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Leslie Dorrell was born and raised in Edina, MN. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Kansas. She then went on to obtain her Masters Degree from the University of Tulsa. She is married with two children and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Leslie has over 20 years experience working with children and adults with communication difficulties. She started her career working in adult rehab but the transitioned to children and worked as a school-based speech language pathologist I the Olathe school district for 8 years. Leslie has been working privately for 10 years. She has experience working with children with Autism, Downs Syndrome, articulation and language delays, developmental disabilities, Apraxia and social skills. She truly enjoys working with children of all ages and their families.

Kelley Nelson-Strouts, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist



Kelley received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Kansas and is currently working for a local school district as well as providing services at CTS part-time. Before her time at KU, she completed an intensive prerequisite program in Communication Sciences and Disorders through Saint Louis University and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition. Even though her degrees are from all over, she was raised in Manhattan, KS and is a devoted Wildcat at heart! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring Kansas City with her husband and goldendoodle.

Kelley has experience treating clients from 6 months through 80 years in age but is particularly interested in working with the early childhood population in the areas of language and literacy disorders. She likes to incorporate stories into her sessions and recognizes the impact that language and literacy skills have on a child’s lifelong successes. Kelley also values the importance of culturally responsive teaching in her therapy and enjoys working to include all of the child’s support systems in the therapy process.

Kim Leach, B.B.A

Office Manager and Marketing Director
Kim is a southern girl at heart, originally from Alabama, but relocated to Leawood in 2011, after a 5 year stay in Tampa, for her husband’s employment. Kim graduated in 2002 from Athens State University with a B.B.A, in Management and a B.B.A, in Human Resource Management. She currently lives in Leawood with her husband, Dustin, and two full of life twin boys; Porter and Grayson.Although her degree is in business she has always had a passion for the healthcare industry and comes to Children’s Therapy Services with over ten years’ experience as a Pharmaceutical Representative. Throughout college, Kim worked in a primary care medical office. This experience helped her gain an understanding of patient medical care needs, billing and insurance.It was the journey of having a son with high functioning autism that lead her to develop a love and passion for children with developmental delays. Through her own search to meet her son’s needs, Kim became active in the Blue Valley Community. She hopes to be a resource to other parent’s in need of additional services for their child’s needs.Kim, herself, wanted to be a part of the team that made such a significant difference in her own son’s life – Children’s Therapy Services. Kim never thought she would give up the corporate life but now there is nothing she’s more proud of than her family - they are her life!!! Kim absolutely loves being on the water and enjoys exercise, especially kickboxing!

Catherine Paulsen, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Catherine Paulsen graduated from the University of Nebraska Kearney in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. In 2015, she received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She finished her clinical fellowship the spring of 2016 with Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Catherine’s experiences include both children and adults in various settings. She has worked in the elementary school setting with diverse populations. These experiences include language disorders, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, autism, emotional disturbances, English language learners, intellectual disabilities, and developmental disabilities and syndromes. Catherine has also worked part time in a post-acute inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Catherine is currently working in the Olathe School District as the speech-language pathologist in a middle school. At CTS, Catherine will work with school age children focusing on language, reading and dyslexia. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active, trying new recipes, sewing, and going to concerts with friends.

Andrea Onnen, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Andrea has lived in Kansas City since 5th grade, but considers herself a native Kansas Citian. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Kansas State University and went on to earn her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. She is married and has two daughters. She enjoys reading, traveling, playing games, running and spending time with family and friends.

Andrea worked in the public schools with students K-12, spent a year and half at a French Immersion charter school and for the past several years has been working in a private practice setting. She has experience working with kids with developmental delays, language and articulation delays, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and dyslexia. She is passionate about early intervention and working with children and their families to achieve their communication goals.

Lauren Wilcox

Preschool Enrichment Para

Karen Martin, M.ED, ECSE

PReschool & Kinder Teacher, Parent Ed

Karen received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and special education from Fort Hays State University and her Master's in special education from the University of Kansas. She later received her early childhood special education certification.

Karen has a vast experience in working with children from ages birth to adult in a variety of settings. She has experience supervising birth to three services in Nevada. Her teaching experience includes teaching kindergarten, early childhood special education, and students with multiple delays in Olathe school district and implemented the role as a kindergarten transition specialist for Olathe school district. Her most recent experience is teaching early childhood special education for Blue Valley school district for the last 5 years. While living in St. Louis she served as an early childhood administrator for Parkway School District and coordinated a parent-child program for that district for several years.

Karen's expertise and passion is working with families and providing parent education for families of young children. She believe that when families are empowered and provided knowledge, they become their child's strongest and best teacher.

Karen is married and a mother of four grown children and is Mimi" to 5 grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, cooking and decorating in her spare time. Her and her husband enjoying traveling and spending time with family.

Emily Wright, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

A California native, Emily received her Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011 and her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy in 2012, both from the University of Southern California. While obtaining her Master’s, Emily participated in a selective grant program offering specialized training in pediatric practice.


After completing the occupational therapy program, Emily gained experience in school- and clinic-based settings, working with children from age two through adolescence. Highlights of Emily’s practice in California include creating and implementing therapy programs using the Handwriting Without Tears and Zones of Regulation curricula. Emily moved to Kansas City in 2015 and has absolutely loved getting to know a new area. She currently also works for Spring Hill School District, gaining continued experience with students from early childhood through middle school. Emily has experience working with with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, chromosomal abnormalities, and motor, sensory, coordination, or visual processing difficulties. She also loves utilizing the framework of occupational therapy to aid in behavior management and structuring of daily routines. In her own daily routine.


Emily loves spending time with her husband and her dog, running, dancing, traveling, and cheering for the USC Trojans!

Marsha Tarr, M.A., ED

Developmental Therapist /Parent Educator/Trainer
Marsha has worked with families of young children for 28 years. She recently retired as an active Parent Educator with Hickman Mills C-1 PAT Program and is a Special Instructor with Missouri First Steps. Marsha travels the country as a Parents as Teachers National Trainer.

Marsha has administered developmental screenings, provided early intervention strategies for parents to do at home, helped families to advocate for their child’s early intervention services, given parents information about child development as it relates to their child, and provided therapy and consultation services on issues of typical development and behaviors as well as development that presents concerns and challenges.

Marsha has two grown children and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and traveling with her husband. She looks forward to partnering with you to help meet your child’s needs.

Hilary Cindrich, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Hilary received her Bachelor of Science in 2005 and Master of Science in 2007 in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University. She is married with two young children. Hilary has experience working with both children and adults with communication difficulties. She worked as a school based speech-language pathologist in early childhood for six years. She has experience with children with variety of language and articulation delays. She also has experience transitioning children from birth to three services into the school setting. She enjoys interacting with families and seeing the joy on children's faces when they accomplish a new skill!

Erica Browne, M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Erica grew up in the Leawood area. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech- Language- Hearing: Sciences and Disorders as well as her Master’s degree in Speech- Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. A die-hard Jayhawk, Erica is an avid reader and enjoys spending free time with her husband, baby boy, and Jack Russell Terrier.


She currently splits her time between CTS and the Gardner- Edgerton School District where she provides services for early childhood- 4th grade. Additionally, Erica supports a specialized program for students with communication needs. She has experience working with children with Autism, Down syndrome, articulation and language delays, developmental disabilities, Apraxia, alternative communication (AAC) and social skills. Erica especially enjoys interacting with the little ones to help them achieve their communication goals.

Connie D. French, M.Ed.

ECSE Teacher, Developmental Therapist, In-District Autism Consultant, Trainer

Connie received her Master’s degree in special education instruction from Arkansas State University, and her Bachelor’s degree in special Education from the University of Central Missouri. She is certified in the field of Early Childhood Special Education. Connie has extensive experience working with children on the Autism spectrum, medical needs, behavioral issues and a variety of developmental delays and diagnoses. Connie has designed and implemented a number of ABA programs and has been trained in the STAR (Strategies for Teaching Autism based on Research) curriculum. She is certified by Project ACCESS through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as an in-district Autism Consultant. Connie has been working part-time as a developmental/behavioral therapist for First Steps since May of 2008 and has worked as a special education teacher for 15 years, before becoming an Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator


Connie has three sons. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends. She has had the pleasure over the past several years of working together with families, and enjoys being part of a team that works together in seeing each child reach their fullest potential.


 

Andi Rexroad

Administrative Assistant
Andi is a K-State graduate and received her BS in Parks & Rec. Management. She is married and has two beautiful children. She has an active boxer and an anti-social cat to round out their household. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as going to the park with the kids to play with the neighbors.

Sascha L. Web

M.A., LPC, LCPC, NCC

Sascha serves as the Play and family Therapist for Children’s Therapy Services. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. Shortly thereafter, she earned her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. She has went on to further her education as a Certified Gottman Marriage therapist, Play therapist, TBRI therapy, and an Equine Healthcare Provider. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisior in the States of Texas, Kansas, and Missouri.


While specializing in Marriage and Family counseling, Sascha also has extensive experience working with the foster care and adoption community including home studies, transitional care, and private home care. In this environment, she has been able to assist both the children and the families of those in their adoption transition stages. She also has experience in psychological testing and confidential cognitive testing. This includes but is not limited to assessments of teens and children for advance placement, 504 classification, and special needs. She also thrives in the area of play therapy for children from all walks of life. Sascha has actively served as a supervisor training, supervising, and teaching therapist within her field over the past 7 years.


She has seen individuals and children find healing in the midst of family strife. Her unique ability to address the whole family dynamic and still meet individual's goals and expectations has garnered praise from clients and colleagues alike.

Ann Kirkland, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Ann was born and raised in the Kansas City area and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Rockhurst University. She continued on to receive her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst in 2006. She then began her career in California, where she worked with a diverse population of children birth-5 years old. In 2012, Ann and her husband became pregnant with twins and moved back to Kansas City for family support. Ann enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, going to sporting events, and doing fun activities with her 4 year old twins around the Kansas City area. Ann has been working with the birth-3 population since 2009. Ann’s experience includes working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, visual impairment, bilingual, receptive/expressive language delays, and articulation disorders. While Ann enjoys working with children of all ages, her passion is working with children suspected/diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech in the birth-3 population. She truly enjoys working with and educating parents/caregivers on strategies to ensure success for their children.

Located in Leawood, Kansas, our clinic is easily accessible by using Metcalf off of I-435. We would be happy to answer your questions and invite you to contact CTS if you have concerns about your child’s cognitive, speech, language, sensory, or social development.

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