About Ande

Training: I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. I worked in several settings around the Portland, Oregon area.  The bulk of my clinical experience was providing comprehensive speech-language services at Shriners Hospital for Children and my private practice, Assistive Technology NW. I focused my expertise in the areas of augmentative/alternative communication, dysphagia assessment and management, oral motor strategies, and evaluation and treatment of cleft lip/palate. My experience has been primarily with children and young adults with complex communication needs. 
Background: I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA. After completing my degrees, I moved to Portland, OR, for 9 years, which is where I honed my clinical skills in pediatric hospitals and my private practice. I also met my husband in Portland, and we have two wonderful children. We decided to move back to the Midwest in May 2016, and love being closer to family and friends and spending time at the lake!
Summary of my beliefs: “Communication empowers us to affect change on our environment, participate in human interaction, and assert ourselves into the world. It is essential to our humanity and to the creation of ourselves. Everyone has a voice, whatever form it may take, and I take joy in being part of the process to help others find that voice. Not being able to speak is not the same as having nothing to say.