Chris obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology at California State University at Sacramento. She also obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence and has been a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since completing her Master’s Degree.
Early on, Chris obtained clinical experience with school-aged children in the public schools in California. Upon moving back to Utah, Chris worked in the hospitals and home care with the geriatric population. She returned to treatment with the school-aged population while working for Rite Care in 1999.
In addition to RiteCare, Chris is employed in the Weber District with a strong emphasis on working with both parents and their preschool students that display phonological disorders. She has experience with preschool children classified with Autism as well as Speech and Language impairments. She has a strong background with articulation, apraxia related impairments as well as stuttering and receptive and expressive language delays. Chris passionately believes that children make lasting progress when their parents are involved in the process. As such, Chris has recently invested in obtaining a certification with the prestigious Hanen Center “It Takes Two” program, a parent/child centered language-learning program.
Chris and Todd, her husband of 25 years, have raised their two boys in Ogden, Utah. Her family loves the mountains and the West! Their family participates actively with our local Ogden/Ogden Valley Community including the GOAL foundation as well as actively advocating for the sport of hockey and building and maintaining Ogden as an amazing tourist and family destination.
When not treating kiddos, Chris enjoys hiking, riding her bike, teaching spin classes and photographing in and around this amazing Wasatch Front mountain community.
Esther graduated with honors in Elementary Education from Utah State University in 1994. She taught in the Alpine Utah School District, the Yukon Oklahoma School District, and then in the Granite Utah School District. While working in the Granite District, she had the title of Reading Specialist. In 2001 Esther opened her own business – The See Hear Do Company. She then became an acclaimed beginning reading specialist and had multiple successes as a tutor for hundreds of struggling students. She also creating her own comprehensive learning system; The Amazing Action Alphabet which was officially launched in 2004. She has sold over 10,000 books throughout the United States. She draws upon over twenty years of teaching experience and continues to write and work one on one with early learners and struggling students. Esther enjoys presenting at various FACS conferences, Early Childhood conferences, and Utah Educator Conferences. She also enjoyed the opportunity to have her books highlighted on the local television programs, Good Things Utah and KUTV: Family Matters. Currently, Esther works at Scottish Rite and fully enjoys the students and staff she works with. Please visit her at www.seeheardocompany.com or www.amazingactionalphabet.blogspot.com.
Kaitlin is a Speech Language Technician for Box Elder School District where she helps students (ages 5-13) with speech and language impairments. Meanwhile, she is a Speech Language Aide at Scottish Rite Care where she helps administer articulation therapy to children with phonological patterns (ages 3-5). She graduated from Utah State University with her BS in 2013. During her college years, Kaitlin worked as a Research Assistant at USU and focused on narrative intervention for children with language impairments. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys playing tennis, fishing and camping with her husband, Aaron.
Mary Oregon, M.A.E.D.
Mary began her career with the Head Start community. During this time, she studied to receive an associate degree in early childhood education and her bachelor’s in business management. She continued her education at University of Phoenix, receiving a master’s in education.
Mary has been a reading therapist for Rite Care’s Ogden Learning Center since 2009. She also works as a kindergarten teacher in public schools, and has served on the board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Utah.
In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, reading and sewing.
- License of Education – K-3 – LEVEL 2 – State Office of Education – Utah
- Elementary Math Endorsed
- Orton Gillingham Trained
- Teaching students in preschool through sixth grade
- Working with dyslexic students.
Kirsten graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders in 2008, and a master’s in speech pathology in 2010.
She has served children ranging 12 months to 13 years old, in both public schools and private settings. She has experience treating children with disorders in: articulation, receptive and expressive language delays, apraxia, phonological processing disorders, stuttering, developmental delays and social language delays. She is passionate about helping children improve their communication skills and educating parents and caregivers about their important roles as language facilitators.
Kirsten and her husband, Ryan, have two children. They enjoy watching their kids participate in soccer, basketball, baseball, dance, tumbling and piano. Some of Kirsten’s hobbies include: marathon racing, reading and traveling, especially to Disneyland.
Emma was born in the United Kingdom, raised in South Africa, and then returned to the UK as a teenager. She completed her first college degree from Birmingham City University in 2003 and then immigrated to the United States in 2006. Emma graduated from the University of Utah with another bachelors degree and then went on to complete her masters in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University.
Emma has worked for the Davis School District since 2010 and throughly enjoys all of her assignments which includes working in an elementary school (preschool through 6th grade), transition program (12th grade +), principle therapist for her district’s motor speech assessment team, and member of the Davis Assistive Technology Team (DATT) – a member of the Utah Assistive Technology Teams (UATT).
Emma has a special interest in early developing language, non-verbal or minimally verbal children for which alternative or augmentative communication (AAC) can assist, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She also loves incorporating books and narratives whenever she can during therapy. Her favorite part of being a speech-language pathologist is the joy she feels developing relationships with those she treats and collaborates with (other therapists and families).
Emma has owned her own private practice based in the homes of her clients since 2011. In addition to using traditional methods for articulation disorders, Emma also uses electropalatography to help particularly difficult cases where added biofeedback is needed. Emma is ASHA certified and lives in Layton, Davis County. She loves to hike, bike, take photographs, use power tools, and cook delicious healthy food.
Carol spent her early career as a pediatric nurse and early interventionist, working in both Kansas and Michigan. During that time she also earned a master’s degree in human development from Kansas State University. She moved to Utah in 1996 and quickly grew to love it here.
She went back to school in 2001 to earn a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Brigham Young University. She has worked in home based, school and clinic settings. She has specialized training in stuttering, autism, motor-speech disorders, brain injury, behavioral based feeding disorders, narrative interventions, and parent coaching.
She loves working with children of all ages and especially likes to incorporate play and literacy into speech therapy. She values the unique backgrounds and priorities of families and enjoys collaborating with parents.
Carol has three adult children and loves to be with her two young grandchildren whenever she can. She also likes cycling and swimming, and is a dedicated fan of poetry and live music.
Jennifer was raised in Utah and graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders in 1997. After graduation, she moved to North Dakota where she received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Dakota. Jennifer earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association while working for the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington. Following her year in Washington, she moved to Minnesota where she married her husband, Chris, and spent 10 years working with children between the ages of birth and 18 in the public-school setting.
In 2009, Jennifer, Chris and their two children moved to Utah where Jennifer started working in the Early Childhood Special Education Preschool program in the Canyons School District. She was soon able to return to working with her favorite population when she began working for the Jordan School District Early Intervention Program (kids birth- age three).
In 2015, Jennifer took one school year off to take care of her family and began her own private practice. She then joined RiteCare of Utah in August 2016.
Jennifer is certified to teach the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” and “More Than Words” programs. She is also P.R.O.M.P.T. trained.
When Jennifer isn’t busy providing therapy, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, walking, and birdwatching in the spring, summer, and fall and cuddled up with books and movies in the winter.
Valisa grew up in Anchorage, Arkansas. After meeting her husband and a move to Utah her passion for school was put on hold as she had four children. Her children are grown, and now, it’s her six grandchildren that take a lot of her free time. She has a passion for working with children and adults. She’s also has had many opportunities to work with special populations including students with autism, stroke and traumatic brain injuries. She teaches an online course for Utah State University, and enjoys working in the school district as a speech pathologist, mentor and coach. In her very limited free time she loves to swim, ride motorcycles with her husband and friends, sew and travel to new places with her family.