Our Team

Tara Beck, SLP

Clinic Director

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.   

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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, SLP

Specializes in Apraxia of Speech

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, 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.

Laura Frye, SLP

Dyslexia & Literacy Specialist

Laura  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.

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Kaitlin White, SLP

Kaitlin moved from Omaha, NE to earn her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Rockhurst University. Kaitlin has experience working with children of all ages with expressive and receptive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and phonological disorders. She has worked extensively with the birth to three population and their families focusing on language development. Kaitlin's goal is to continue to learn and develop therapy strategies to help children and effectively and confidently communicate. Outside of work, Kaitlin enjoys reading, traveling, and spoiling her dog, Benny.

Abigail Wilson, SLP

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. 

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 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.  She completed her Doctoral Capstone at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Oak Park, Illinois. She has treated a wide range of diagnosis 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. 

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Adriana Gomez, 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.

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.  

Katie earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities and believes in building off a child’s strengths in order to help them achieve their goals! She completed her Masters clinical rotation at CTS and is excited to continue working in pediatrics. In her free time, Katie enjoys exploring her home town of Kansas City, reading, and is always crafting something new.

Administrative Team

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Betty Collins, Office Manager

Andi Rexroad

Furry Friends

Zoe

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!

Bondi

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

Tori Turner, SLP

Tori is originally from Atlanta, and received her Master’s in Communication Disorders from Auburn University. Tori has experience working with children of all ages with receptive and expressive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, traumatic brain injuries and hard of hearing individuals. Tori is a strong advocate for early intervention and loves working with families through parent education. During her free time, she loves to play tennis, cook and spend quality time with her family.

Katie Kralicek, OT