Mia Girard, Occupational Therapist, 1996
- Masters: Occupational Therapy
- Certified YogaKids Teacher
About Mia Girard
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
About Christy Griffith
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.
Kathy Keith, Occupational Therapist, 2004
- Bachelors: Occupational Therapy
About Kathy Keith
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
About Christina Ramirez
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.
Katharina Kasemir, Physical Therapist, 2016
- PhD, University of Colorado
About Katharina Kasemir:
Katharina earned her doctorate in PT from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in May 2011. She has been working in an orthopedic setting since graduating, but her heart is in pediatrics. She ran her own summer camps for Shining Mountain Waldorf School just to be with kids. Katharina took six months off to travel and immersed herself in the Spanish language before finding her home at TLC.
Janice Moore, Physical Therapist, 2012
About Janice Moore
Janice Moore has worked as a physical therapist in Colorado, California and Texas. Her degrees are in Exercise Physiology, from California State University, Chico and Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. She and her husband, along with their two children, moved to Colorado in 1998 and enjoy lots of hiking and running. As a PT for TLC since 2012, she loves working with children, and their families, to help them improve their functional motor skills using play based therapy. She also works for Boulder Valley School District and is a Trustee for the Town of Erie.
Speech Language Pathologists
Michelle Gallagher, Speech Therapist, 2014
- MA Speech Language Pathology, CU Boulder
About Michelle Gallagher
Michelle is originally from Texas and graduated with her undergraduate degree in human development and family studies from Texas Tech University. After teaching preschool for several years, Michelle took an extended break and stayed home with her two sons. She recently graduated from CU Boulder with a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed her internship at TLC last spring and was thrilled to accept a full-time position in August. Michelle is excited to be part of such a caring and knowledgeable team of teachers, therapists and staff.
Michelle is married and has two sons. When not working she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading and traveling.
Fawn Gold, Speech Therapist, 2013
- MA-CCC, Speech Language Pathology, University of Northern Colorado
- Special Interest in AAC (assistive technology)
About Fawn Gold
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
- TLC Parent
About Grace LeVasseur
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.