Specializing in ABILITY!
Jenny Kortuem Freier
Jenny provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for a variety of communication and swallowing difficulties. Both adult and pediatric populations receive exceptional therapy services. Jenny prides herself on working with the patient and the family/caregivers to develop functional goals that will impact the person's quality of life. Jenny Graduated from MSU, Mankato in 2004 with a BA in Communication Disorders and a Minor in Linguistics. She went on to get her Master's Degree in Communication Disorders from MSU, Mankato and graduated in 2006.
Jenny is an experienced and highly skilled clinician. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and helping caregivers support their loved ones.
Jenny is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health. She also sits on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Disorders at MSU, Mankato.
Jenny's passion for communication started at the age of 5. She had the privilege of attending school with an individual who was Deaf and began learning sign language in Kindergarten. Later, she took post-secondary American Sign Language classes from MSU, Mankato. Those classes introduced her to the Communication Disorders program and a career path in speech pathology.
As a speech therapist, Jenny is able to feed her passion for learning. A quote Jenny feels is true of her "job" is, "if you love what you do, you won't work a day in your life."
Jenny is also passionate about her FAMILY! She has 2 children whom she enjoys learning with every day. Jenny and her family enjoy outdoor adventures and all things nature. In her free time, Jenny enjoys most anything outdoors: camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, gardening, landscaping, bonfires, and snow storms. She also loves being creative with antiques or old "junk."
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Some of you will actually be able to read the above sentence. Imagine, however, just how difficult your world would be if all of your communication had to be “deciphered” as above?
Coming from a large extended family, Brenna learned early on how to communicate and interact with people of all ages – from youth to seniors. Often tagged as having “The Gift of Gab”, Brenna knows that the ability to communicate (or lack there-of) touches every aspect of our lives. This is what fuels her passion for the field of Speech Language Pathology.
Brenna received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders and her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health. She is certified in Modified Barium Swallow and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (Vital-Stim) therapy for the treatment of swallowing disorders. Brenna has extensive experience serving children and adults with communication, cognitive, pragmatic, neurological, and swallowing disorders. Her greatest joy is witnessing the profound impact these therapies have for her patients.
“I am so thrilled to find colleagues who share my philosophy of FUNCTIONAL therapy. Patients need to be in an environment that fosters learning and application of what they learn.”
Brenna and her husband, who is a Special Education teacher, have two young daughters and enjoy their home in the country. Her spare time is spent reading, camping, gardening, walking in the woods and just about anything that can be done outdoors with her family. And of course…one of her greatest joys is being able to visit with people.
Sam has been a practicing Occupational Therapist since 2013. Sam graduated from the College of St. Benedicts in 2009 with a major in Biology and minors in Psychology and Spanish. She graduated in 2012 from Creighton University with her doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
Sam enjoys working with persons throughout their lifespan, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Her passion is working with neurologic & pediatric populations. Sam especially enjoys working with adults that have experienced a brain injury, a stroke, concussion/post-concussive disorder and those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
She also specializes in working with persons with cognitive disorders, helping to retrain the brain or set various compensatory strategies into place. Sam loves the energy, fun & joy that comes from working with pediatric populations. Sam’s goal is to provide a holistic approach to therapy with a focus on function so that therapy is easily incorporated into everyday life.
Sam’s professional certifications include: Parkinson’s LSVT Big, Integrative Listening Systems (iLs), Interactive Metronome (IM), and Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs).
Sam is certified by NBCOT and is licensed through the MN DOH. She is also a member of AOTA.