Dana is a lifelong Alaskan, who has been working with children in Anchorage and across the state for over 25 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in 1991 and has enjoyed continued education in evidence based occupational therapy approaches. Her clinical experiences include early intervention, in patient acute care, outpatient clinics and outreach to infants and children in remote communities of Alaska. Dana uses the following approaches in treatment: D.I.R. Floortime, Oral Motor Treatments, Ayers Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Perception-Action Approach, trainings in ocular motor and visual perceptual skills, Integrated Listening Systems, treatments for Dyslexia, Yoga, Lindamood-Bell’s LIPS program, and Aquatic Therapy, to name a few.
Dana enjoys spending her free time with her family and dogs, gardening, doing home improvement projects, traveling, volunteering, and being creative.
Ashley is an Occupational Therapist traveling from South Carolina. She received her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Barry University in Florida. Her clinical internship experience involved working with children in a school setting in Pennsylvania focusing on behavior management and handwriting skills. She also has clinical experience in a skilled nursing facility focusing on rehabilitation and training for individuals with stokes, dementia, and Parkinson's. Ashley has a background in American Sign Language as she fell in love with the language at an early age. When not at work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her fiancé and dog being outdoors with them rock climbing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. Ashley also enjoys Acro and aerial yoga and singing whenever she gets the chance. Ashley too volunteers her time at local animal shelters and soup kitchens. Every year, she looks forward to volunteering at Tim Tebow's Night To Shine special needs prom that is held all over the world.
Grace is a licensed Occupational Therapist. She graduated with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas. She has worked in a variety of settings since graduating, including outpatient pediatrics, outpatient orthopedics, acute care, skilled nursing, home health, inpatient rehabilitation and working in the school district. Grace started out pursuing PT as a career but quickly made the switch upon learning what OT was. She is excited to return to the outpatient pediatric setting, as this is her passion. She has completed the Move Play Thrive continuing education course and several courses related to sensory regulation. When she is not working, Grace enjoys doing just about anything outside with her two dogs, Huey and Brisket Taco Basket, traveling, eating/cooking and has recently taken up sewing (but is not very good).
Sarah is a licensed occupational therapist. Her career started in special education which is where she discovered OT. She loves the OT approach to helping people overcome barriers and increase their participation in meaningful life activities.
She enjoys helping kids increase their fine motor skills and self-regulation through child led treatments. Her continuing education includes DIR Floortime, Beckman Oral Motor protocol, and courses focused on sensory modulation and emotional regulation.
Sarah enjoys all things outdoors. Some of her hobbies are hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing, and spending time with her Australian Shepherd, Ollie.
Madeleine (Maddie) is a licensed Physical Therapist traveling from Massachusetts. She received her bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Middlebury College in 2017 while competing as a student athlete in the pentathlon and heptathlon. During her undergrad years, she worked as a volunteer for Head Start at Mary Hogan Elementary school supporting underserved, low socioeconomic children ages 3-5 weekly throughout all four years of school. She received her doctor of physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in 2021, working in a multitude of areas including an inpatient rotation in a cancer hospital, a blended short-long term care facility treating children and adults with neurological disorders, an outpatient mixed setting treating general orthopedic conditions and vestibular diagnoses utilizing manual and aquatic interventions, and outpatient pediatrics. Her hobbies include eating her way through the cities/towns she travels to, digital photography (especially of landscapes/wildlife), hiking/biking, trail running, and snowboarding/cross country skiing. She’s lived in Sitka, AK this summer of 2023 and is so excited to find out what adventures and experiences Anchorage has in store for her!
Ariel Rice is a bilingual English-Spanish Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in early intervention and feeding therapy. She has a B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and a minor in Spanish from Grand Valley State University and received her M.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from University of Oregon. She loves traveling, cooking, and really any outdoor activities. When she is not working, she spends her time with her husband and their two huskies.
Kelsie Maynes is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow who is currently in the process of earning her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Completing her bachelor’s degree in Communication sciences and disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020, she continued perusing a career as an SLP by earning her Masters of Science from East Carolina University in 2022. Her clinical internships allowed for a wide range of experiences including working with Veteran’s on cognition, stroke-recovery, and voice disorders to pediatric experiences utilizing articulation, language, and feeding interventions.
Relocating to Alaska in June of 2022 with her husband and son, Kelsie is excited to explore Alaska with her family. In her free time, she enjoys getting outdoors, game nights with friends, and anything that brings out her creative side.
Laurel is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who is currently in the process of earning her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University in 2016 with bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Laurel taught for four years, during which time she relocated from Asheville, NC, to Anchorage! She spent her last two years as the Life Skills teacher at Goldenview Middle School. In the classroom she gained experience working with a diverse population and worked closely with the IEP team, including behavior specialists and the SLP. She learned a lot from both specialists and quickly became passionate about communication and making sure everyone in her classroom had a voice. In 2020, Laurel left the classroom to pursue a career as a SLP by completing her master’s in Communicative Sciences and Disorders through New York University. Some of Laurel’s passions including working with children with autism, play based therapy, feeding therapy, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Outside of the clinic, you can find Laurel enjoying time with her family and dog! Some of her favorite activities include running, hiking, camping, skiing, rock climbing, playing games, and reading.
Lauren is an SLP who grew up across the country in Northern Florida. She swam collegiately and received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University in 2019 and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University in 2022. Clinical internships during graduate training included preschool for children with hearing loss, virtual reading clinic, elementary school, inpatient acute care, home health, outpatient voice center, outpatient pediatric feeding clinic, camp for children who stutter, program for college students with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and inpatient rehabilitation. During her studies, she was engaged in research related to respiratory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and language/cognitive/behavioral disorders. She worked for a year in Alabama as an SLP-Assistant at a pediatric private clinic, and a year in Oregon as a Clinical Fellow in the schools. Lauren has also worked as a camp counselor at a variety of summer camps for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. Lauren loves to learn and participate in speech therapy globally. She spent a summer volunteering in Uganda for a nonprofit speech therapy organization and spent a couple of weeks in the United Kingdom learning from students and speech therapists about European therapy techniques and service provision. She loves working with children of all ages! In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, hiking, camping, drinking coffee, and being active!
Kate James grew up outside of Philadelphia before moving to the mountain west to complete her undergraduate degree at Colorado College and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Wyoming. She and her husband moved to Anchorage in 2014 and enjoy skiing, hiking, backpacking, and raising their two daughters. She specializes in working with children with autism, language intervention, treatment of articulation and phonological impairments, and reading/writing intervention. She is trained in the Wilson Reading Program, DIR Floortime, and the PROMPT technique.
Jamie Sue Schwartz has been a practicing pediatric speech-language pathologist since 2004 and has worked with a wide range of diagnoses and communication disorders. Her experience prior to working in private therapy clinics includes working in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, as well as working in three different intensive multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary feeding programs. Her special interests include working with children to improve their oral-motor and chewing skills as well as collaborating with their families and other professionals to prevent g-tube placement or wean from feeding tube dependence. She also enjoys working with early intervention and literacy and language processing. Over the years, Jamie Sue has been trained in a variety of therapy techniques. A few include: Beckman Oral Motor, D.I.R. Floortime, LAMP, PROMPT, Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing and LIPS, and the Hanen Programs, “It Takes Two to Talk” and “More Than Words”.
Hannah Smith is a licensed middle school math teacher and spent time with her husband traveling around the United States teaching at charter, private and Title 1 schools. Her most recent school year was teaching 7th grade math and Algebra 1 at Clark Middle School where she also served as the Math Department Chair, coached volleyball, and tutored students during the after-school program. Upon learning that she was pregnant with a baby girl, she resigned from the school district to be able to take care of her daughter with more flexibility in her career. She loves that she can apply her passion for mathematics in the business side of Achievement Therapy Center.
Outside of welcoming smiling faces in the clinic, Hannah enjoys playing volleyball, trying new recipes, having bonfires and barbeques with friends and family, and spending quality time with her family.
Brooke Cates is a certified Medical Administrative Assistant that received her certification in 2023. Originally from Oregon, she moved to Texas to be with her husband where she continued to work in a customer service role until, they relocated to Alaska in November of 2021. Since being in Alaska, she has taken a break from the workforce to stay home with her daughter and go to school. After completing her certification course, she now aspires to go back to school to pursue a degree in child psychology. In her free time, she likes to do crafts with her daughter, play with her dogs Sandy and Cairo, and try new restaurants.