I am a mama to my daughter, Violet, and a wife to my artistic and thoughtful husband, Jason. Our Goldendoodle, Waffles, has the loudest bark in the neighbourhood!
I began my post-secondary studies at the University of Manitoba where I discovered a love for languages and took many courses in French and Spanish. I eventually figured out that I wanted to earn an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics.
During my undergraduate work, I simultaneously worked at a French school as an educational assistant and completed numerous speech-language volunteer placements in both a private clinic and schools in Winnipeg. It was during that time I knew I wanted to move south of the border to Grand Forks, North Dakota to complete my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
While attending the graduate program, I received a ton of pediatric clinical experience and made many lifelong SLP friends. My graduate research examined the correlation of parental involvement with children’s speech therapy outcomes.
I started working a day after graduation for a local non-profit agency for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. This is where Jade and I later met. I have since completed an intensive three-year certification process to specialize in working with children who have hearing loss and I also hold an additional designation as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. I now have over a decade of experience working with children from birth through school age, and I am continuously expanding my knowledge and education by attending professional development conferences.
It was while I was on maternity leave that Jade and I knew we needed to start up a private practice to improve the quality of care for children and empower parents at the same time. So, Sandbox Speech Therapy was born!
We now reach families all over the province with our one-on-one therapy services and have reached many families internationally with our workshops and online courses. We are so glad you’re here with us!