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Speech, Language, Myofunctional, and Feeding Therapy serving Lincoln, NE and surrounding areas


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Kelly Villafane

Speech-Language Pathologist
Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM®)
Owner of Link to Communication

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Kelly is a certified member of the American Speech Hearing Association.  She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through the national American Speech Hearing Association, a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.  Kelly is a certified member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, COM®.  She is certified to evaluate and treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and is a TOTs (tethered oral tissue) trained professional.  She loves taking a collaborative approach to treatment with other professionals in and around the Lincoln area. She enjoys educating other professionals and speech-language pathologists about myofunctional disorders through mentorship, trainings, and guidance, as well as providing continued education and support to speech-language pathologists in their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). Kelly has a passion for helping her clients and their families communicate better.

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Emily Ediger

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Emily Ediger is a certified Speech Language Pathologist (Certificate of Clinical Competence) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She provides therapy in the areas of articulation, language, social skills, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and speech fluency. She has experience with a variety of students, including children with autism, ADHD, and genetic disorders. Emily also has experience working in a rehabilitation setting with children and adults with a focus on swallowing, language, articulation, and cognitive communication therapy.

 

Emily has additional training in the area of orofacial myology. She chose to pursue this area of the field based on her interest in swallowing and articulation therapy and the need she saw in many populations to receive more specialized therapy in this area. Emily enjoys collaborating with families and other professionals to provide the best possible care to her clients.

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Kate Wessels

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Kate is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Nebraska and a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her graduate degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Kate has experience working in school-based settings with preschool and elementary students. She provides therapy in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, social skills, augmentative and alternative communication, and voice. Kate has experience working with a variety of children, including those with autism, hearing loss, behavioral disorders, apraxia, and genetic disorders. During her graduate program, she also gained experience working in outpatient and acute medical settings in the areas of swallowing, language, and cognition. Kate has additional training in orofacial myology and continues to research best practices in order to provide evidenced based therapy. She enjoys collaborating with families and other professionals to provide individualized plans that address each client’s unique needs.

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Paige Schmidt

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Paige is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She has experience working with preschool through secondary students in a school-based setting as well as in a private setting with a focus on stuttering, language, social, and speech sound disorders. She has practiced with a variety of students, including children with autism, apraxia, hearing loss, and genetic disorders.

She enjoys collaborating with caregivers and other healthcare professionals to provide the best outcome for her clients. She values being a life-long learner and staying current on her evidence-based practices.

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Brianna Tickle

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Brianna Tickle is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (Certificate of Clinical Competence) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and graduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Brianna has experience working in rehabilitation and school settings providing therapy in the areas of articulation, language, social skills, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), speech fluency, dyslexia, cognitive-communication, and dysphagia. She has worked with a variety of individuals, including those with autism, behavioral disorders, apraxia, genetic disorders, and children who are learning English as their second language. She has additional training in orofacial myofunctional disorders as well.  Brianna is passionate about using a person-centered approach and collaborating closely with families and other professionals in order to meet the unique communication and swallowing needs of each individual.

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Amberly Parker

Speech Language Pathologist - Clinical Fellow

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Amberly is from Columbus, NE, and is currently a certified Speech Language Pathologist - Clinical Fellow through the State of Nebraska. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with specialized interprofessional training with Deaf Educators during her graduate program. Amberly has experience working with a variety of individuals in clinical, school, and rehabilitation settings, providing services across all ASHA areas. Some of her hobbies include going on walks, shopping, and golfing. She loves coffee, Italian food, and cheering on the Huskers in all sports! She comes from a family of 7 (4 sisters) and enjoys traveling to the east coast with them visiting new places and exploring. Amberly is passionate about supporting individuals with a variety of disabilities and differences through intentional, meaningful, and skilled intervention services while providing an engaging, welcoming, and warm learning environment.

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Zoe Reineke

Patient Care Coordinator

Zoe was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Spanish, Ethnic Studies, and International Studies. She has experience working with elementary through secondary students in a school-based setting. Zoe taught first grade in Lincoln for three years prior to joining the Link to Communication team. 

 

In Zoe’s free time she enjoys going on walks with her dog Oly, hanging out with her friends, and spending time with her family. Zoe’s hobbies include reading, traveling, going to the lake in the summer, and taking care of her plants!

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Lisa Zimmerman

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist

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Lisa is a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist through NHA. She has 25 years of experience. Lisa lives in Crown Point, Indiana. A little about Lisa is that both of her parents were born in Italy and she is a first generation Italian born in the United States. Lisa spent many summers in Italy growing up. She has been with her husband for over 23 years and married for 19. They have 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls in that order. They are 18,16,13,11 and 9. Some of Lisa's interests are spending time with her family, cooking, and pretty much anything outdoors.  Lisa's favorite quote is something her father would always say,  “If you really want to do something, you will always find a way.”   

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