Welcome to Pediatric Foundations! My name is Kristen and I have been providing pediatric occupational therapy services in home, community, and school settings since 2010. My heart is happiest when in nature and in the mountains. You can often find my family enjoying the great outdoors through mountain biking, camping, hiking, skiing, or just playing in the mud.
My passion for feeding therapy has grown over the last few years as I constantly found myself with a lack of places to refer my existing clients to for advanced support in feeding, oral motor control, or picky eating. Pediatric Foundations was born out a need to fill that service gap.
I have completed extensive training in the world of feeding, including the following courses:
- Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention Protocol
- Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
- Mealtime Miseries: Management of Complex Feeding Disorders
- Using Crumbs as a Tool in Pediatric Feeding Transitions
- Improving Eating Behaviours in Children with Feeding Aversions
- Feed the Peds
- and counting!
Speech and Language Pathologist
And my name is Katie! I have also been providing pediatric speech and language therapy services in home, community, and school settings since 2012. Unlike Kristen, my heart is not happiest when doing all the wild outdoorsy things she does (we are quite opposite when it comes to this) – but I love being outside in the summertime with my dog, drinking a good cup of coffee, listening to music & dancing, or being by the lake where I grew up back home.
Kristen and I have worked together for over 10 years now, and in fact, she taught me how to be a better SLP! After some time apart, I decided I missed her too much, and wanted to share clients with her again. So, here we are.
I have a strong passion for working with the neurodiverse population. I pride myself in building a strong rapport with the families I work with, so we can collaborate together and find ways to help your child’s communication grow, in a way that works best for YOU. For the past ten+ years, I have worked with children with varying abilities to help support: developmental language delays, social communication, speech sound production delays/disorders.
I am an Occupational Therapist working in Calgary with over 10 years of experience in Pediatrics. I received my Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Psychology from Dalhousie University followed by the completion of my Masters of Occupational Therapy at The University of Alberta.
I have supported children and families with varying needs at home, in schools and in community settings. I am passionate about helping children and families thrive in their everyday lives. I believe in supporting early growth and development through every child’s most meaningful activity of play.
I have a special interest in feeding, eating and oral motor development. I have specialized training in Oral Motor Placement Therapy, A Sensory-Oral Motor Approach, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS), Beckman Oral Motor approach and more. I love learning and continue to advance my knowledge in several areas including feeding development, coordination disorders, executive functioning, sensory regulation, mind-body connection and fine motor development.
In m leisure time, you can find me outdoors with my husband and two daughters hiking, camping, skiing and enjoying the mountains.