Jennifer Tvrdy graduated from Creighton University in 2005 with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various outpatient pediatric therapy settings with a focus on sensory integration prior to opening Therapy Junction. She is extremely passionate about children, development, and improving overall quality of life. Her love for the water inspired her to open Therapy Junction in 2004. She witnessed the profound impact this therapeutic medium offered children with a wide range of abilities and diagnoses through her private practice. She has instructed and facilitated the development of pediatric aquatic therapy courses for Aquatic Therapy University. She is currently a Core Specialist for Masgutova Neurosensory Reflex Integration (MNRI) and instructor of Aqua Reflex Integration for the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI). She is dedicated to her practice and the extension of knowledge for the betterment of healthcare worldwide.
Sarah received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University in 2010. Prior to coming to Therapy Junction, Sarah gained experience in both pediatric and adult outpatient settings. She is certified in The Listening Program®, use of Physical Agents of Modalities (PAMS) and has attended courses related to Craniosacral therapy, vision processing and therapy, yoga & mindfulness, and Kinesio taping. Sarah is currently pursuing certification in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) Method and has completed the following MNRI courses Dynamic and Postural reflexes, IPET Dynamic and Postural Reflexes, Archetype Movement Integration, Proprioceptive and Cognitive Integration, Lifelong Reflex Integration, Neurostructural reflex Integration, Aquatic Reflex Integration, Birth and Post Birth Reflex Integration, Breathing, and PTSD
Melissa received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the Therapy Junction team since December, 2015. Melissa’s previous experience includes working in pediatric settings with an emphasis on treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as experience working in an adult mental health setting. She is passionate about working with children of all ages and stages of development. She has training in Masgutova Neurosensory Reflex Integration (MNRI), SOS Approach to Feeding, Astronaut Training (sound-activated vestibular-visual protocol), and MORE: Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions.
Jenny has worked in the outpatient pediatric setting for 9 years. Her favorite part is getting to laugh, cry, and celebrate with her families while embarking on the therapy journey. The progress children make inspires and motivates her both in her personal and professional life. Jenny is trained in sensory integration and self regulation, auditory interventions (therapeutic listening, the listening program, and integrated listening systems), interactive metronome, Masgutova Neurosensory Reflex Integration (MNRI), Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) Reflex Integration, Handwriting Without Tears, cranial sacral therapy, and sensorimotor approach to regulation and developmental trauma.
Brionna went to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN for a Bachelors degree in Communication and later attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND for my Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. Brionna has been working in a pediatric outpatient setting for 2 1/2 years and loves observing a child's progress over time as well as seeing their response to various intervention strategies. Brionna is trained in the following interventions: Astronaut Training, Zones of Regulation, Therapeutic Listening, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Approach, and Sensory Integration.
Summer specializes in treating chronic conditions and disregulated nervous systems across the lifespan and has more than 10 years experience in sensory processing/integration and aquatic therapy. Shecompleted her Master’s Thesis on Tactile processing at the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Fellowship in Early Intervention. Summer is a MNRI Core Specialist in training with over 20 courses completed, a certified yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner as well as clinically trained in how to use Essential oils theraputically. Summer also has the following interventions: Frequency Specific Micro Current, Aquatic Therapy Training, Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, Kinesiotaping, and Trauma Informed Therapy
Amy received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from St. Cloud State University in 2004. Since then, she has provided services to countless children with communication disorders. Amy’s experience and areas of interest include stuttering, cluttering, autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome and childhood apraxia of speech. She has attended specialized trainings on the Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering Intervention, the DIR/Floortime® approach and early intervention for childhood apraxia of speech.
Kristan received a master’s degree in communication disorders from St. Cloud State University in 2004. She joined the Therapy Junction team in September of 2013. She has been working with the pediatric and adolescent population in the rehab setting for the last seven years. Kristan enjoys working with a variety of children and their families. She takes a special interest in feeding therapy, social language skills, early language development, articulation therapy, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Masgutova Neuro-Sensory-Motor Reflex Integration (MNRI). Kristan has taken courses specifically in MNRI including oral-facial reflex integration I & II.
Kelsey attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and a minor in Music. From there, Kelsey went to Minnesota State University-Mankato where she received her master's degree in Communication Disorders. Kelsey has had experience providing services to children in home, daycare, and school settings as an Saint Louis Park. Kelsey also completed an internship at a private practice in Manhattan, where she provided speech and language services to both children and adults. One special interest of Kelsey's is to incorporate music into therapy for language and literacy development. Kelsey is trained in The Guardian Way Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation approach to dysphagia therapy as well.
Admin Manager//Comm. Director
Laura graduated from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. In Laura's past work experience she has had 5+ years working with kids with learning disabilities, behavioral issues and medical conditions. Laura now facilitates communication with patients and owner. She also manages the administrative side of Therapy Junction.
Willow is a purebred yellow Labrador retriever who lives with one of Therapy Junction’s speech therapists, Amy Holsten. She was born in December of 2012 and began training to become a therapy dog when she was just 12 weeks old. In August, 2014, she passed her Pet Partner’s test and became Therapy Junction’s first registered therapy dog! Since beginning her work, Willow has won the hearts of the children, families and employees of Therapy Junction. Willow loves playing fetch, especially with tennis balls! She also loves cuddling, swimming, chewing on bones and playing with her best friends, Denver, Wrenley and Hunter.
Follow her adventures on her community Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Willow-Talktome/215654081916943
Denver, a purebred golden retriever, is Therapy Junction's dashing gentle giant! He is 80 pounds of sweet, calm and playful! Denver has been a therapy dog since 2015. He completed his training to become a therapy dog at the Humane Society in Golden Valley. He loves to sleep, lie on bean bags and play fetch with his friends.
Follow his adventures on his community Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Denver-Fozzie-Therapy-Dog/1583266135233433
Wrenley, a purebred female golden retriever, completed her obedience and therapy dog training at the Humane Society in Golden Valley and Cloud 9 Dog Training in Minnetonka. She passed her Pet Partner’s evaluation in September, 2017. Wren is the younger sister of Denver and has the same calming presence as her big brother. She loves playing in big piles of pillows, dancing with her friends, cuddling and performing tricks. In her free time, Wren enjoys playing fetch, wrestling with her brother and sister and chewing on bones.
Follow her adventures on her Community Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Wrenleytherapydog/