The Therapy SP/OT offers child-centered speech and occupational therapy support, building on each child's individual strengths and interests to help her or him reach their highest potential. All clinicians at The Therapy SP/OT are licensed speech or occupational therapists who value strong relationships with each child and family as a prerequisite to quality treatment. Support for your child at The Therapy SP/OT will take a team-based approach and can include collaboration with anyone involved in her or his care, including you, teachers, and other care providers. The Therapy SP/OT is conveniently located in the Highland Park neighborhood, nestled between Minneapolis and St. Paul and on a bus route. We look forward to serving you and your child!
MEET THE TEAM
Anne Nelesen, M.S., CCC-SLP
Anne attended undergraduate at Marquette University and obtained a master's in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While starting a family, Anne continued to work part time across
settings, including schools, skilled nursing facilities, home-based settings, and outpatient clinic. From this varied experience, Anne learned that the most meaningful aspect of work is connection to families, whether the client being served is a child or an adult. Anne lives in the Highland Park neighborhood with her husband and four children. Three of her four children have received both occupational therapy and speech therapy services, solidifying for the Nelesen family the absolute need for talented and caring practitioners in this area.
Alexandra Kuch, M.A., CCC-SLP
Alex earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She began to recognize the value and power of communication as part of the Speech and Debate community in high school
and college. The experience of building confidence and learning valuable communication skills, coupled with her love of children, ultimately drew her to the field of speech-language pathology. Alex has worked in a variety of pediatric settings and enjoys cultivating confidence in children with communicating their wants, needs, and ideas. She values being part of a strong team and collaborating across disciplines to provide the best possible care, fostering growth in all the clients she serves.
The Therapy SP/OT was founded by Anne and Alex in November, 2018 in response to the closing of a valuable clinic in the heart of Saint Paul's Highland Park. We have assembled a highly qualified and therapeutically effective team with three years of experience working together to achieve the best outcomes.
Laura Skalitzky, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Laura’s passion for working as an occupational therapy assistant began at a young age. Using nature, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and other creative modalities, her passion for uplifting and encouraging the lives
closest to her began. Prior to getting her license in occupational therapy, Laura worked in group homes, day programs, senior centers, and in homes to provide home care to a diverse population within the Twin Cities. After graduating from Anoka Technical College in 2015, Laura has found her calling working with families and children using personalized care to cater to child-centered skill development and independence in a fun, creative setting.
Laura married her husband John in the summer of 2018 and they welcomed their gorgeous son Jay Robert on 5/21/2019!
Lily Daws, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Lily has always had a passion for working with children. Prior to obtaining a degree as an occupational therapy assistant, Lily worked with kids for many years. She worked as a nanny and personal care attendant
for a range of ages. After obtaining her degree at Anoka Technical College in 2017, Lily worked at a senior day center and then moved to pediatric outpatient clinics, finding her niche. Lily has always had the determination to help kids grow to their greatest potential and reach a level of independence to send them off on their own. Lily loves to challenge herself to learn something new everyday and to bring new creative ideas to each session with kids. She has a devoted attitude to incorporate meaningful activities to each child, staying client and family centered.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"My child with autism receives many therapies throughout his week. For kids like him, it is important to have a few trusted individuals among them. These are our trusted individuals for both me and my son. They make us feel comfortable and taken care of."
Beth Bonniwell, M.S., OTR/L
Beth obtained her bachelor’s from Gustavus Adolphus and her master’s in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2005. During her OT program, she had the opportunity to participate in a
variety of health care settings in Colorado, Mississippi, and Australia, and was able to see the power of Occupational Therapy to help people live life to the fullest. Since moving back to Minnesota after graduate school, Beth has worked both full- and part-time as she started a family. She has four children, two of whom have participated in speech or occupational therapy. The experiences as a clinician and as a parent have provided a depth of knowledge of the importance and significance occupational therapy and speech therapy can have in helping children achieve their goals!
Ann Eckstrom, MOT, OTR/L
Ann obtained her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Beloit College and her
master’s in Occupational Therapy from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2014. Since obtaining her degree, Ann has primarily worked
with children in schools, and she currently works at a charter school with preschool through high school aged students. Ann lives in Cottage Grove with her husband and two rescue dogs.