Mia Girard, Occupational Therapist, 1996
Masters: Occupational Therapy
Certified YogaKids Teacher
Mia grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Southern California, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After working in the field of mental health under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, she moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State Uuniversity for her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy. She graduated in 1995 and began her OT career at Poudre Valley Health Systems. Soon after, she found herself balancing work there, as well as in TLC's preschool and therapeutic services. With a growing family of her own, she decided to focus her career where her heart was, the TLC Learning Center. She readily says she loves her job, the team at TLC, the kiddos and their families, the small steps, and the huge accomplishments.
Mia has attended numerous trainings to improve her skills, most notably with regards to Sensory Processing Disorder, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Reflex Integration, The Alert Program for Self-Regulation, Handwriting without Tears, and the TEACCH conference. She received her certification with YogaKids in 2010, an internationally-acclaimed program of yoga education for children. She sees that the mission of YogaKids - to promote peace, understanding, health and education is a nice compliment to the mission we share at TLC- to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential. She teaches YogaKids classes within the preschool and after school and continues a relationship with YogaKids, serving as one of their mentors, writers and online trainers.
Mia is married and a mother of two beautiful children. When not working, she can be found at home in Fort Collins or in the mountains. She enjoys travelling, yoga, doing anything creative, and being outdoors relaxing, hiking, or fly fishing with her family.
Christy Griffith, Occupational Therapist, 2006
Bachelors: Occupational Therapy
I grew up on a small ranch near Hyannis, Nebraska, and then graduated from college from the University of Kansas Medical Center with my degree in occupational therapy, approximately 30 years ago. I have been working in pediatrics ever since, starting out in both private and public school settings in Denver and Boulder. During this time, I was fortunate enough to become certified in NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment). I took about three years off, when my husband got transferred to New Mexico for a year long assignment, and our two oldest were infants. I then returned to work part time for Becky Brandli at Pediatric Interventions. When her company merged with TLC, I came along and became an employee of TLC Learning Center. Once again, I took a few years off when we adopted our two youngest children, and then returned to work at TLC again in the fall of 2006, as I couldn't imagine a better place I would want to work. All of my children attended preschool at TLC, then the Tiny Tim Center, and even though they are all grown now, they will still occasionally say that they wish they could return to school at Tiny Tim because it was so fun there. I became certified in BIT (Brain Integration Technique)in 2011, so am able to now offer this specialized service at TLC.
I currently live here in Frederick with my husband, Bruce. When I can actually squeeze in time for hobbies, I enjoy reading, genealogical research, gardening, and crafts. My faith is very important to me, and I spend quite a bit of time praying for the children I work with, so that I can better help them to reach their goals, while having fun along the way.
Bethany Kaiser, Occupational Therapist, 2019
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, 2007
Master of Occupational Therapy, 2018
Bethany Kaiser was born in Texas but lived in Missouri for most of her childhood. She attended Drury University in Springfield, MO, where she earned a BA in Elementary Education. She went on to work as an elementary teacher for four years at a private international school in South Korea. When she returned to the U.S., she settled in Arizona for a few years. There she worked as a speech therapy assistant in a public school and as a respite care provider for families of children with special needs. This was when she decided to pursue a career in occupational therapy. In 2016, she moved to Texas for the Master of Occupational Therapy program at Texas Woman’s University.
She came to TLC Learning Center in 2018 for her final fieldwork experience before graduation. During her three months here, she had a wonderful experience that confirmed that pediatric occupational therapy is where she belongs. In 2019, she was able to return to TLC when she was hired as an occupational therapist. When Bethany is not at work, she enjoys exploring her new home state, traveling, reading, and spending time with family.
Shari Karmen, Therapeutic Services Manager & Occupational Therapist, 1999
Bachelors Degree: Occupational Therapy
I have been an OT for many years. I love working with families and children. I especially enjoy helping babies and children with growth, nutrition, and feeding issues. We provide services in Longmont United Hospital Neonatal ICU and this is a special place for me. I also have a passion for working with children with multiple issues who are medically fragile. When therapy is successful and I see a parent joyful or a child be successful, my day is made! I strive to make OT fun, meaningful, and not a chore.
I am also the Therapeutic Services Manager. This allows me to work closely with my peers, as part of the Management team, with several families, and with other community agencies. I enjoy representing TLC Learning Center in this capacity.
A little about me. grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, have a wonderful husband, 2 great kids, and a big dog. I like to cook, hang out with friends, be active, and read historical fiction. I love elephants and have many on my desk, at home, in my jewelry, just about everywhere!
Kathy Keith, Occupational Therapist, 2004
Bachelors: Occupational Therapy
Kathy Keith was born in Colorado but grew up in Wyoming. She attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. There she received a BA in Psychology. She then went on to receive her degree in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. She graduated from the OT program in 1994 and started her career in Lubbock, TX, working exclusively in an Early Intervention program for four years. After leaving Lubbock, she was able to do some travelling therapy and spend time in a variety of settings and locations before finally landing back in Colorado and finding the TLC Learning Center. She started her adventure at TLC in 2003 and has been a part of its amazing team ever since. One of her greatest blessings is working with children and their families in ways that makes therapy an empowering experience for everyone.
Kathy is married with two amazing children and loves all that Colorado has to offer. When not working you can find her playing with her kids, spending time outside, and finding time to run or kickbox.
Christina M. Ramirez, Occupational Therapist, 2017
Bachelor of Science in Biology, minor in Health Education, 2011
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, 2014
Christina was born in Aurora, Illinois, but was raised in Texas. She recently relocated to Colorado during the summer of 2017. Christina is married and lives with her husband Roy, their teacup Yorkie named Augustus, and a 15-year-old turtle named Turtle. Christina had a successful 15+ year career as a licensed massage therapist but decided to return to school in order to continue her education. She fell in love with occupational therapy and decided to pursue her master’s degree. She found renewed passion for her career when she started her pediatric fieldwork rotation while working on her master’s. She enjoys working with children of all ages and with a wide variety of strengths and abilities. Christina also has a deep love of science and incorporates this passion into her work with children. She can often be found outside collecting rocks, leaves, bugs, lizards, and anything else that catches her eye. When not outside on nature scavenger hunts, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, sewing, painting and crafting.
Jessica Fiegland, Physical Therapist, 2008
Bachelor’s: Health Science in physical therapy
Jessica was born in Gainesville, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with her degree in physical therapy. She has worked in a variety of different settings, home health, outpatient, and acute care in Florida and Virginia.
She moved to Colorado in 2008 and was excited to work at TLC Learning Center as part of an amazing interdisciplinary team of therapists. Jessica is married and has two children who are both TLC graduates. When she is not working, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, running, skiing, and being outside in the lovely Colorado weather.
Speech Language Pathologists
Fawn Gold, Speech Therapist, 2013
MA-CCC, Speech Language Pathology, University of Northern Colorado
Special Interest in AAC (assistive technology)
Fawn graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her Master's Degree in 2008. She spent five years working for Centennial Boards of Cooperative Educational Services in Greeley. She worked in many schools and programs all the way from preschool through the transition program for 18-21 year old students. After leaving BOCES, she worked for a small private practice where she worked mostly with adults using communication devices before spending one year in the St. Vrain Valley School District. She is happy to have found TLC and loves working with the students and staff. She spends most of her mornings in the preschool rooms and afternoons with outreach clients. When shes not at work, she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and family while hiking and traveling, and crafting with friends.
Grace LeVasseur, Speech Therapist, 2016
MS in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) from Pacific University, 2014
Grace received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) from Pacific University in 2014. She has worked as a Speech language therapist for Denver Public Schools and the Thompson School District before joining TLC. She was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado and received her Bachelors in Sociology from CU in 2008. After graduation, she worked in Juneau, Alaska as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with children and adolescents in community programs. Grace is married and has a daughter. Outside of work she enjoys playing the piano, drawing, and riding bikes. Grace is excited to join TLC and to be a part of their positive community of educators and therapists.
Amy Thrasher, Speech Therapist, 2019
MA in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) from University of Colorado, 1997
BA in Psychology, Williams College, 1993
Amy grew up on the water in Rye, New York. A family trip to Yellowstone at age seven inspired her to move out west, and she now lives in Eldorado Springs with her husband and dog. She loves rock gardening, welding, and any kind of art, as well as a day spent on the river. Amy found her way to speech language pathology along a journey from camp counselor with United Cerebral Palsy, to a psychology degree, to working as a para-educator in an elementary school. There she learned that SLP is so much more than “just speech;” it’s communication and connection. She has served children and families at Sewall in Denver, as a clinical professor at CU Boulder’s Child Learning Center, and now, with enthusiasm, at TLC!