"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." - Plato
Jennifer - Speech Language Pathologist
Jennifer has been working in the field of speech language pathology since 1994, working in a variety of settings including clinics, public schools and pediatric rehabilitation centers. She taught at the University of Northern Colorado and supervised graduate level students at the campus speech pathology clinic. Her passion is “honoring” children and working with the “whole” child. She is holistic and intuitive in her approach in working with children and families. Jennifer took a brief break from the profession in 2008 to pursue radio broadcasting. She hosted and produced a live call-in talk radio show in central California. She has a special interest in speech and communication with children over the age of 5 and children in their preteen and teen years. She has experience working with apraxia, voice therapy, CAPD, and children with cleft lip and palate. She volunteered overseas with the organization Operation Smile in 1999 and 2001. She currently lives in the greater Olympia area with her animal friend “Sam the Zen" cat.
Christopher - Speech Language Pathologist
Christopher Heistand has been working in the field of speech pathology since 1997, working in a variety of settings including private practice, schools and medical (pediatric outpatient, adult inpatient and NICU). His passion remains working with the pediatric population and their families. He enjoys the vast variety of personalities and speech related challenges that he encounters. His approach to therapy is a total communication approach, customizing therapy sessions to fit the needs of each uniquely opposed child and with providing families the strategies and confidence to integrate therapy into their everyday activities. Christopher lives in the greater Olympia area with his wife and two children where they enjoy year round boating, the outdoors, traveling and family activities that are focused on eating fine cuisine.
Melissa - Speech Language Pathologist
Melissa Reamer joined our practice from an elementary school setting in Montana, where she practiced for 2 years. Melissa received her master’s degree from Utah State University in 2015 and graduated with an emphasis in Listening and Spoken Language. She has a strong background in auditory-verbal therapy as well as a variety of communication disorders. She enjoys improving the communication abilities of children across the pediatric age span.
Nancy - Administrative Assistant
Nancy has a degree in Business Administration/Operations Management. She comes to us with many years of experience. She has worked as a Government Executive Assistant, and as a Corporate Business Administrator. Nancy is currently working part-time at Therapeutic Beginnings on Capital. Where she is the Administrative Medical Billing Specialist. Nancy is also, an avid outdoor person who loves to ride her horse, hang out with her giant tortoise, garden, clam dig and boat on Puget Sound.