Speech / Language Department

Samantha Erickson, MA, CCC-SLP
Department Director

Where did you graduate from: University of South Dakota- Vermillion

What degree did you achieve: Masters of Arts

With Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. since: 2005

What you like best about your job: I love working with children and being able to connect with the whole family. It is so rewarding when you are able to make a difference in a child’s ability to better communicate with those around them.

Family / Pets: My husband and I have a daughter and two sons.

Hobbies / Interests: I love to be outdoors running, gardening, hiking, and biking. Indoors, I love to cook and bake.

Elizabeth Landgraff, MS, CCC-SLP

Where did you graduate from: Minnesota State University- Mankato

What degree did you achieve: Masters of Science

With Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. since: 2006

What you like best about your job: The expression on a child’s face when they realize they have learned a new skill. It is such a privilege to be a part of a child’s development. I enjoy being able to help children communicate better with their parents and others in their daily life.

Family / Pets: My husband and I have one son.  We have one cat.

Hobbies / Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, fishing and reading. I also have a love of theatre and watching old musicals.

 

Amy Alger, MA, CCC-SLP

Where did you graduate from: Minnesota State University- Mankato

What degree did you achieve: Masters in Communications Disorder

With Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. since: 2009

What you like best about your job: Each child I work with learns in a different way and helping families learn to teach their child is the best part of my job. No two kids or families are the same.

Family / Pets:  My husband and I have a daughter. We have two dogs. One of our dogs, Brick, is our therapy dog who visits the clinic from time to time. We are expecting our second child in May.

Hobbies / Interests:  I love to sew. I started with making quilts and have now branched out into many different projects. I love to tinker and make new things with cute fabrics. My family also likes to camp during the summer months.

Beth Fleming, MS, CCC-SLP

Where did you graduate from: Minnesota State University- Mankato

What degree did you achieve: Master of Science in Speech-Lange Pathology

With Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. since: 2009

What you like best about your job: It is very rewarding to be part of a child’s communication progress and to assist families by providing strategies to facilitate that communication, but the absolute best part of my job is to share in the joy when a child realizes those successful moments and you can see the joy, confidence, and pride the are feeling.

Family / Pets: My husband and have two sons. We have three dogs.

Hobbies / Interests: I spend my free time as a ‘sports spectator’ watching my sons play sports-football is my favorite! I also enjoy reading, scrapbooking, boating, fishing, and biking.

 

Terri Boettcher, SLP Assistant

Where did you graduate from: South Central College

What degree did you achieve: AAS in Speech Therapy Assistant

With Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. since: 2003

What you like best about your job: I love working with the kids and their families and see them all grow with their skills.

Family / Pets: My husband I have a son and a daughter. We have two cats.

Hobbies / Interests: I enjoy family outings, hanging out with my girlfriends watching movies, scrapbooking and card making.

 

Amber Becker, SLP Assistant

Where did you graduate from: South Central College

What degree did you achieve: AAS in Speech Therapy Assistant

With Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. since: 2004

What you like best about your job: Being able to help the kids and their families reach their goals in such a kid friendly environment!

Family / Pets: My husband and I have two sons and a daughter. We have one dog.

Hobbies / Interests: I enjoy watching my family grow and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy crafting, reading, running, and eating desserts!

 

Stephanie Blume, MS, CCC-SLP

Where did you graduate from: Minnesota State University- Mankato

What degree did you achieve: Masters of Science

With Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. since: 2010

What you like best about your job: I enjoy getting to know the children and their families. Kids are truly the best to work with- they always keep me smiling!

Family / Pets: My husband and I have one daughter. We have one dog.

Hobbies / Interests: A few of my favorite things are spending time with my family and friends, traveling, biking, camping, kayaking, boating, crafting and decorating with neat vintage and antique things! 

Thea Bennes, MS, CFY-SLP

Where did you graduate from: Minnesota State University- Mankato

What degree did you achieve: Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology

With Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. since: 2013

What you like best about your job:The kids. They always manage to make my day brighter and I always leave work with a smile!

Family / Pets: I have an older brother and sister.

Hobbies / Interests: I like to go for walks, read, bake cookies, run, and do yoga!