Our Team

Tara Beck speech pathologist Mission Kansas
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Tara Beck, SLP
Clinic Director,
Apraxia Kids Directory

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.   

Childhood apraxia specialists in Mission Kansas and Overland Park Kansas
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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. 

Ann Kirkland speech pathologist Overland Park Kansas
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Ann Kirkland, SLP
Apraxia Specialist
Apraxia Kids Directory

Ann’s experience includes working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, visual impairment, 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.

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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, is trained in DTTC, 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.

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Adriana von Dorpowski, SLP
Bilingual Spanish/English

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.

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Arianna is returning to her Kansas City roots as a clinical psychologist for CTS after spending 3 years as a psychologist in Sioux Falls, SD. She earned her PhD in School Psychology from Oklahoma State University before completing pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health in Omaha, NE. Arianna has experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of presenting concerns including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ODD. She enjoys helping children and their families find strategies that allow them to reach their full potential and live a life they enjoy. She loves spending her free time with family and friends

Dr. Arianna Sparks

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Kelly Stacy, 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.  

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Sarah is a Kansas native and earned her bachelor and masters degrees from The University of Kansas. She previously worked in public schools, which gave her experience in supporting a wide variety of communication needs. She has experience working with phonological and articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Autism. She describes her therapy style as relationship-focused and loves pursuing continuing education to better her therapy practices. Outside of work, you'll find her playing with her twin sons, reading fiction, or watching movies with her husband.

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Jamie is originally from northern New York and is new to Kansas. She earned her bachelor and masters degrees from Nazareth College of Rochester. She has experience working with children with receptive and expressive language delays, phonological disorders, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, and Autism. She works to expand her skills through continuing education and training. Jamie is looking forward 

to working as a team with children and their families to promote success. In her free time she enjoys reading fiction, baking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends. 

Jamie DiSalvo, SLP

Sarah Ayers, SLP

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McKenzie Jackson , OTR

Kenzie is a KC native who graduated from Rockhurst University with a B.A. in psychology and her Master's in Occupational therapy. Kenzie has experience working with children of all ages, and worked in child development for several years prior to beginning her career as an OT! Kenzie completed her master's clinical rotation in pediatrics and has experience with children of varying conditions and abilities. Kenzie has experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, fine motor deficits, sensory processing, and various developmental delays. She enjoys collaborating with children and their families to extend progress made in clinic into the home. In her free time, Kenzie enjoys taking her dog, Harper, on walks, going to the gym, cooking/baking, or doing crafts!

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Sarah Pitzer, SLP

Sarah is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and earned both her bachelor and masters degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University. During her graduate career and time working in the school system, she has gained experience working with children with expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonology disorders, Austin Spectrum Disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and hard of hearing individuals. Sarah is excited to work with children and their families to grow in their communication skills! In her free time, Sarah loves spending time with family and friends, reading, rock climbing, and continuing to explore the KC area.  

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Megan is a Nebraska native, but calls Kansas City her home. She earned her graduate degree at Rockhurst University. Megan worked with a variety of communication disorders with clients across the lifespan as a graduate clinician. Her experience working with children includes receptive and expressive language delays, phonological and articulation disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Megan is ecstatic to be a part of this team and continues to expand her skill set through continuing education. She loves being able to work with children alongside their families to achieve their goals. In her free time, she enjoys exploring KC, going on runs, and spending time with friends and family. 

Megan Clausen, SLP
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Leslie Dorrell, SLP

Leslie is an SLP 

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Marisa Lenners, SLP

Marisa is originally from Omaha, NE but loves living in the KC area. She has experience working with Augmentative and Alternative Communication, expressive and receptive language, Autism Spectrum Disorder and phonological disorders. She loves advocating for her clients and helping them reach their communication goals in and out of the therapy room. In her free time she likes to hang out with her dog Lola and visit her family back in Nebraska. 

Administrative Team

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Betty Collins, Office Manager

Katherine Waechter, Receptionist

Furry Friends

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Zoe

You may see this feisty little Bostiewawa running around the clinic. She loves treats, may jump in your lap and give kisses.

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Sir Francis Alexander AKA Frank

You will probably be greeted by this little fuzzball when you enter thie clinic. Frank is everyone's friend!

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Bondi

This Aussie Pug will be happy to say hi when you visit our clinic!