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Meet The IL Braxy Team


Abby Hellrigel

Virtual SLP

"Abby loves using a play-based approach in her therapy sessions and enjoys connecting with children based on their interests." Location: Virtual Clinical Interests: Abby primarily treats areas including: receptive language, expressive language, articulation, phonology, and social pragmatics. A little extra: Abby loves to hike and explore the mountains and hot springs!

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Jessica Wyatt


"It is my goal to help my clients develop speech and language skills in the most fun and functional way possible. Communication is a right and everyone deserves access to it." Location: Oswego, IL Clinical Interests: I have worked in a variety of settings including pediatric private practice, adult rehabilitation, as well as in public schools. A Little Extra: I graduated with my bachelors from Elmhurst College in 2009 and went on to obtain my masters at Governors State University in 2012.


Elizabeth Foster


"It is such a privilege to help my clients communicate to meet their wants and needs, succeed in school, build relationships, and increase their self- esteem." Location: New Lenox Clinical Interests: Expressive and receptive language, pragmatics, articulation and phonology, AAC, fluency, feeding, swallowing, cognitive treatment, and more. A little extra: I attended the University of Illinois for my bachelors degree and received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Illinois University.


Jenna Mortensen


"I take a play-based approach to therapy, with the idea that learning should be fun!" Location: Livingston County Clinical Interests: My passion is working on early language learning and supporting first words, but I have experience working with almost everything communication: expressive language, receptive language, articulation, phonology, AAC, pragmatics, feeding, stuttering, and more. A little extra: I believe we are a team in your loved ones communication growth and I value including all family members in therapy. There is so much power in communication and I feel honored to be a part of that journey for the individuals I serve.

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Ashley House


"I truly believe in finding everyone a voice; whether it is expanding verbal language, exploring any and all modes of AAC (high, mid and light tech), and shaping challenging behaviors and nonverbal body language into functional communication." Location: Clinical Interests: Developing functional communication, receptive and expressive language development, and pragmatic language skills. I also have an interest and years of experience in working with toddlers with speech delays as well as with adults with cognitive and swallowing disorders. A little extra: While I have been a Speech Language Pathologist for 14 years now, I also got to experience and live the parental side of therapy as my daughter also received EI services. In my heart, I now understand more how parents and families feel and what they experience with their child with a new and wholesome perspective.

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Maureen Dickman


"I love working with young children and finding the best strategies and tools to support their communication!" Location: Clinical Interests: A little extra: I earned my bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Central Michigan University and my masters in Speech Language Pathology from Saint Xavier University.

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Jenny Kraus


"Jenny has experiences in a variety of settings with a variety of populations and especially enjoys working with those who utilize Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)." Location: Plainfield Clinical Interests: Jenny has experiences evaluating and treating patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Speech Sound Disorders, Selective Mutism, Auditory Processing Disorder, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Delays, and those with multiple medical needs. A little extra: Jenny likes traveling, cooking and trying new foods, reading mystery books, spending time with her friends and watching anything on Disney Plus in her free time!

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Shannon Roehn


"I’m so excited to join the Braxy Speech Therapy team and connect with you and your child to help foster essential communication skills within your home!" Location: Joliet/Naperville Clinical Interests: I have a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and experience with AAC, gestalt language processing, expressive/receptive language, early literacy, speech sound disorders, fluency, and more! A little extra: I received my bachelors degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Western Illinois University and my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University!

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Heather Groetzenbach


"It is my goal to help your child to experience feeding, speech, and language acquisition in a playful, comfortable, and safe space. The learning journey isn’t always easy for our kids, but it should feel rewarding and fun." Clinical Interests: While my primary background is outpatient pediatrics, I have extensive experience in acute care and rehabilitation. I have a strong passion for feeding/swallowing disorders and brain injury rehabilitation. A little extra: When I am not working, you might catch me camping, visiting national parks, and basically anything outdoors with my dog.

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Jessica Purvis


"Being a part of enhancing another’s ability to effectively communicate is truly a gift!" Location: Shorewood, IL Clinical Interests: My passion for working with individuals with special needs began when I started working at a special needs summer camp 6 years ago. Each year, I've learned a great deal about a variety of disabilities and speech-language disorders. A Little Extra: I earned my bachelors and masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame.


Kate Mosher


"I want kids to love working on their speech and language skills and I believe the key to that is to make therapy fun and rewarding!" Location: Oswego, IL Clinical Interests: I greatly enjoy working on articulation as well as receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language. I also have experience working with clients with voice disorders. A little more: I am a graduate of Augustana College (B.A.) and the University of Nevada, Reno (M.S.). I live in Oswego with my husband and our 3 children. I also have a dog named Minnie!

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Kelsey Kozikowski


"Speech should be fun and functional! It is an honor to join you and your loved ones on their communication journey." Location: Joliet, IL Clinical Interests: Receptive, expressive and pragmatic language, articulation, fluency and more! A Little Extra: I have experience with children ages 4-14!

Administrative Team

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Taylor Fontenette

Executive Assistant

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Nikki Lindroth

School Contract Coordinator


Sydney O'Rourke

Social Media Coordinator

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Brittany Buccini

Website Manager

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Ashley Ruettiger

Payroll Manager

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