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.
In her free time, Alex enjoys reading a book and any opportunity for live music. She teaches piano lessons on the side, where she gets to combine two loves: music and children. Alex is currently pursuing adoption (solo!), working with an agency in the domestic infant adoption program. She is eager to share any new addition to her family with The Therapy SP/OT family!
Amber earned her undergraduate degree in International Business and Intercultural Studies at Biola University, located in beautiful Southern California. Having always had a love for working with kids & traveling (15 countries & counting!), she spent her first year post-grad living in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she taught kindergarten at an International School. It was there that she learned about Speech-Language Pathology, and her passion for child development and child empowerment deepened. While completing her graduate studies in Communication Sciences & Disorders at Baylor University, Amber interned here at the Therapy SP/OT! It was “love at first therapy session” & the rest is history. After finishing her clinical fellowship year working as an SLP in a middle school in Farmington, Amber made the transition back to the SP/OT.
Amber was born and raised here in Minnesota, and now lives in the south metro area. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, cuddling with her kitties (Kihei & Yoshi), and trying out new Twin Cities restaurants with loved ones! And of course, if her budget & calendar allow, traveling to new cultures and places is also a high priority.
Colee is a gopher-alum fanatic, graduating from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology, coupled with minors in child psychology and family social science. She received her master’s in occupational therapy from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she participated in a diverse range of settings including adult day treatment, orthopedics, and the lifestyle setting at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Colee spent additional time in the brain and spinal cord unit at Courage Kenny, yet she continued to yearn for pediatrics, stemming from prior experience in special education, as a personal care assistant, and from clinical work. She is inspired by the enthusiasm, curiosity, and imagination of children, and loves to find creative, child and family-centered fun that fosters growth and independence!
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
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.
Sharon completed her undergraduate at St. Thomas and received her MS in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in 2007. She has worked in a wide range of healthcare settings with a focus in neurological rehabilitation, assistive technology and homecare. She has a special interest in mindfulness/nature-based healing, and obtained a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University in 2017. Fun fact! Sharon was a karate instructor (for adults and children) early on, where she learned the value of open communication, meaningful connection and joyful play – skills she continually weaves into her work as an OT.
Sharon is grateful to live and work in the St. Paul community she resides. She enjoys spending time with her beloved dog (Rex) and cat (Willow) and foraging locally for native medicinal plants.