MEET OUR TEAM
Jennie Bjorem, SLP
Owner, Apraxia Specialist
Jennie has been a practicing SLP for over 20 years. Jennie’s area of expertise is in early intervention birth through 5, parent education and childhood apraxia of speech. Jennie has extensive experience and training in childhood apraxia. She is recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She has trained the staff at CTS to work with CAS. Jennie is traveling the country teaching an speaking on the topic of childhood apraxia. Jennie is not currently taking on new clients.
Tara Beck, SLP
Tara is a Kansas City native who has been working as a clinical director for several years. Before CTS, Tara directed the therapy program at a private separate day school in Kansas City with extensive training in behavioral modification. Tara's director skills have trained her in leadership, billing, and clinic organization and she assists CTS in running all daily activities. You may see her around the clinic or behind the front desk with her dog, Frank. Tara is experienced diagnosing and treating receptive and expressive language delays, autism spectrum disorder, pragmatic language delays, phonological disorders, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), reading/literacy, and feeding/swallowing.
Ann Kirkland, SLP
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 has been trained in DTTC. She truly enjoys working with and educating parents/caregivers on strategies to ensure success for their children.
Andrea Onnen, SLP
Andrea enjoys treating teens and young adults experiencing Exercise-Induced Vocal Cord Dysfunction. She has experience working with kids with developmental delays, childhood apraxia of speech, 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.
Laura Frye, SLP
Dyslexia & Literacy Specialist
Laura Frye is a recent addition to the CTS team. She has extensive experience in the school settings, private practice, and university clinics. Most recently, she comes to us from the University of Missouri where she was an associate clinical professor in the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic. While there, she specialized in comprehensive diagnostics and treatment for dyslexia.
Nicole Griffith, SLP
Nicole has experience working with children with developmental delays, receptive and expressive language disorders, phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, Down’s syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has been trained in DTTC. She enjoys working with children and adolescents of all ages. Her goal is to improve her clients’ communication skills to help better their quality of life. Nicole has worked full-time in the schools as well as in the acute care hospital setting. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Kansas.
Abigail Wilson, SLP
Dr. Regan Longtin, OTD
Regan graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with her Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) in May 2019 and is licensed in the State of Kansas. She has a passion for helping children reach their full potential and creating a fun and enjoyable experience for her kids and their families. She believes that effective therapy stems from a strong therapeutic relationship and that it should always be playful in nature.
Regan has experience working in the Kansas City area in a private practice setting with children and adolescents. During her clinical experiences in graduate school, she had the opportunity to study and practice at Children’s Hospital Colorado at their preschool for children with medically complex needs. She completed her Doctoral Capstone at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Oak Park, Illinois in which she helped develop and write policies and procedures alongside the business owner as well as completed research on Social-Emotional interventions. She has treated a wide range of diagnoses and can address skills in fine motor, visual motor, handwriting, self-care, functional play, developmental, social-emotional, sensory regulation and more.
In her free time, Regan enjoys spending time with her puppy and exploring Kansas City! She likes to play board games, hike, and read as well as play with her 6 (soon to be 7!) nieces and nephews back home in Des Moines.
Abby is a fun loving, KC native that joined our team in 2020. She previously worked in schools and has experience in receptive and expressive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), phonological disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She experienced hands on training with Jennie Bjorem during her undergraduate career working with kids with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and continues to gain experience in this area through DTTC training and continuing education. Abby enjoys working with children and families to provide ideas and support to encourage continued success in daily life.
Olivia Hargreaves, OTR
Olivia is a Kansas City native who graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2016. Olivia was trained extensively under Dr. Winnie Dunn. Dr. Dunn is the author of the Sensory Profile assessment and is internationally known expert for her studies about sensory processing in everyday life. Olivia has recently moved back to Kansas City after working as an Occupational Therapist in Dallas, TX for the last four years. While in Dallas, Olivia worked as a School Occupational Therapist for Frisco ISD and at Baylor Medical Center. Olivia has received training with the Handwriting without Tears curriculum and the Keyboarding without Tears program. Olivia is thrilled to be part of the Children’s Therapy Services team and to be back home in Kansas City!
Kelly Chambers, SLP
Kelly earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kansas State University. During her graduate career, she had the opportunity to assist clients across the lifespan with a variety of communication disorders. Her experience includes working with children with developmental delays, expressive and receptive language delays, phonological disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has been trained in DTTC and continues to develop her clinical skills through continued education. Kelly is thrilled to be working with children and their families to help them reach their maximum potential. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with family, exploring Kansas City, and spoiling her puppy, Athena.
Adriana Gomez, SLP
Adriana is originally from Michigan and new to Kansas. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Andrews University. She is an enthusiastic and flexible bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist that joined our team in 2020. She has experience working with Spanish-and-English speaking preschoolers, receptive and expressive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and children with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Adriana enjoys encouraging children and adolescents of all ages in each session while incorporating music, creativity, and visual aids. Her goal is to be a cheerleader and create a positive space for each client to aid in their ability to tell their stories.
Furry & Feathered Friends
You may see this feisty little Bostiewawa running around the clinic. She loves treats, may jump in your lap and give kisses.
Sir Francis Alexander AKA Frank
You will probably be greeted by this little fuzzball when you enter thie clinic. Frank is everyone's friend!
This Aussie Pug will be happy to say hi when you visit our clinic!