Our Speech Team
Meet Lauren Glessing, M.S. CCC-SLP, Owner of OWL Therapy Services
Lauren is a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota - Duluth and a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University, where she earned a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Lauren began her dream of starting OWL Therapy Services in 2011.
Growing up with a sister with special needs, Lauren understands being on both sides of the therapy table and is now one of her sister's legal guardians. Lauren understands the struggles, concerns and celebrations that go along with being a caregiver, and believes that your life should be easier when it comes to therapy services.
Lauren's experience working in Birth-Age 3 programming made her realize the importance of home-based therapy, both to reduce stress on families, and to include parents, siblings and friends in the therapy process in a child's most comfortable environment. Running to another appointment and entering an office room is not always the most welcoming environment. Lauren is thrilled you would consider welcoming her into your home and into your world of communication.
Meet Jeffery Glessing, M.S. CCC-SLP!
Jeff is a speech-language pathologist and a person who stutters. Jeff knows the experiences of those who stutter both as a clinician and a former therapy client. He is focused on providing therapy services with the highest levels of client satisfaction & will do everything he can to meet your expectations.
With a vast amount of experience with all ages of people who stutter, Jeff does not have a one therapy fits all approach, rather care is taken to diagnose each client's specific needs and beliefs to design a therapy program to aid them in becoming a more effective communicator over the course of their lifetime. An investment that will payoff for the client for the rest of their lives.
Meet Becca Graner, M.A. CCC-SLP!
Becca graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences in 2013. She then traveled out west to earn her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Washington University graduating in 2015. After graduation, Becca returned to Rochester to work for the Rochester Public Schools. She grew up in Rochester, so returning to this great community was an easy choice. Within the Rochester Public Schools, Becca has worked with a wide range of populations, from early childhood to middle school. Her experience includes working with communication needs including articulation disorders, language disorders, Autism, Deaf and hard of hearing, and AAC.
Becca now lives in Oronoco with her husband and two young children. In her free time, she enjoys being outside and spending time with her family. As a mom to young children, she understands the role of being a parent and how difficult that role can be sometimes. With that perspective in mind, Becca believes that connecting with parents is important to the therapy process. Parents are the most important member of the child’s team! Becca’s therapy approach also includes creating a strong relationship with her clients. Children need to like and trust the therapist they are working with. Without this relationship, therapy will be more difficult. Becca finds creative ways to connect with her clients and make therapy fun. Becca looks forward to creating these strong relationships and watching your child’s communication grow!
Meet Jay Harvey, M.A. CCC-SLP!
Jay Harvey has worked with persons with disabilities of all ages in school, home, and community settings. Jay decided to become a speech-language pathologist after observing many communication challenges in the populations he worked with, and how growth in communication skills could significantly improve a client's quality of life. Jay completed his graduate studies at Western Kentucky University in 2019 and moved back to the Midwest after residing for several years and completing his clinical externship experiences, in the desert Southwest. Jay believes that successful, effective therapy requires a blend of both art and science. Jay enjoys working with children with receptive language, expressive language, social, and cognitive impairments. Jay is new to southeast Minnesota, so when not busy working, Jay is busy being a dad to his young children and exploring the many parks and trails in the region. Jay is excited to become a member of the Owl Therapy team.
Meet Maria Schmidt, M.A. CCC-SLP!
Maria graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. During her graduate career she secured several externships in the medical setting at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System as well as a pediatric outpatient clinic. She gained experience serving patients with pediatric dysphagia, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, head and neck cancer, voice disorders, spinal cord injury, ALS, MS, dementia, and patients who utilized communication devices.
At a pediatric outpatient clinic Maria served clients with fluency needs, those with language and articulation disorders, as well as those with rare syndromes. Her clients ranged in age from 2-16 years old. She gained experience with animal-assisted therapy at this site and realized her passion for this treatment approach. Maria also has experience co-treating with both physical therapists and occupational therapists during aquatic therapy as well as in a treatment room setting.
Following her graduation Maria moved back to her hometown of Rochester, MN to serve the students in the Rochester Public School district at the elementary level. She is currently training her dog, Diggity, to be a therapy dog for her clients at OWL. She is so excited to be a part of the team at OWL and to provide services to her clients!
Meet Sydney Moon, M.A. CCC-SLP!
Sydney graduated from California State University, Chico with her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. She spent the last two years as the speech-language pathologist at a Montessori elementary school in California. Sydney worked with a wide variety of students, ranging from 4-14 years old, with needs in articulation, expressive and receptive language, fluency, social language, and dyslexia.
Sydney also has experience with in-home play-based therapy for children receiving early intervention services. She is passionate about literacy-based therapy for children of all ages. She recently moved to Rochester with her husband and daughter. When Sydney is not working at OWL, she is exploring Minnesota’s trails and parks.
Sydney currently serves OWL families in home and at two school sites to best fit student needs. Welcome Sydney!
Meet Diggity Schmidt, Therapy Dog and Very Good Girl!
Diggity aka "Dig" is a certified therapy dog through Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Dig was rescued from North Dakota through Coco's Heart Dog Rescue. Her owner, Maria, quickly realized she was special and began working toward therapy dog certification.
Through animal-assisted therapy, Dig helps to motivate and support clients as they work toward their communication goals. Dig can even "talk" by pressing a button to play pre-recorded messages! Several of Diggity's favorite hobbies include: eating peanut butter, enjoying boat rides, volunteering in nursing homes and going on camping trips. She can't wait to meet you and become best friends!
Our Occupational Therapy Team
Meet Emily Breunig, M.S. OTR/L!
Emily Breunig graduated from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. The focus of her work has been in pediatrics and has many years of experience working with children with sensory processing disorders and Autistic children. Emily has specialized training in Therapeutic Listening, the Astronaut Training Vestibular- Visual Protocol, and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Approach for picky eaters and problem feeders.
In her free time, Emily enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children, time outside, traveling, and doing yoga.
Emily has a passion for working with children and their families and will not hesitate to advocate for their needs. She feels her creativity, playfulness, and collaboration are great benefits for being a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.
Lauren graduated from UW-La Crosse in 2016 with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After that, she moved to western Massachusetts and graduated with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College in 2018.
Lauren has worked with children and their families in a variety of settings, including early intervention, schools, and outpatient clinics.
Lauren's areas of interest include sensory processing, feeding, and visual perceptual skills. She says 'I love working with families and helping children succeed and participate in their daily tasks using play.'
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys hiking, running, playing soccer, and spending time with her husband and family.