Meet the Team
Dedicated & Certified
Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist
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 clinics. 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.
Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist
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, both as a student and as a coach. 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.
Craig graduated from St. John's University | College of St. Benedict with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, later achieving his Master of Arts in Speech Language Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has worked with neurotypical and neurodiverse kids from toddlers to teenagers. His work as a caretaker for kids with complex needs helped him to better understand the pivotal role communication plays in all its forms, and how important communication is to team members, families, and community members.
Craig lives in South Minneapolis with his partner Laura and their two cats Mocha and Josh Groban, along with far too many potted plants.
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. Ann lives in Cottage Grove with her husband and two rescue dogs.
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 care to a diverse population within the Twin Cities. After graduating from Anoka Technical College in 2015, Laura has found her calling working with children and their families using personalized care to cater to child-centered skill development and independence in a fun, creative setting. Laura is married to John, who she met in OT school, and they have a rambunctious one-year-old son, Jay!
Occupational Therapy Assistant, Administrative 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 is devoted to incorporating meaningful activities for each child, staying client- and family-centered.
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!