• Lino Lakes: 651-784-7007
  • White Bear Lake: 651-683-2953

Karissa Hanson-

My name is Karissa and I graduated from St. Catherine University in 2016 with my Master’s of Arts in Occupational Therapy. I began working at Advance Therapy in January 2021. Although I have worked with a variety of ages, I love working with kids the most! I have experience working in the clinic as well as the school setting. My favorite part of being a pediatric Occupational Therapist is helping children and their caregivers be successful with activities that are important to them. I love that I can help them learn through fun and creative activities and it is amazing to see their growth along the way. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family including my 2 year old son who keeps me very busy.

email: karissa@advancetherapy.org

Kendra Mertes-

BIO coming soon!

​Shari Weyer-

I am an occupational therapist and graduated from the University of MN, Twin Cities campus. I joined the Advance Therapy team in August of 2021. I have worked in pediatric, hospital and home care settings and I am excited to be back in a pediatric setting again. I love working with kids, helping them grow through play, learn new skills and collaborate with caregivers. I am married, have 3 adult children and 1 grandson. I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, reading and traveling. 

White Bear Lake Clinic: 651-683-2953
email: shari@advancetherapy.org

Lia Del Sol-

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

Email: lia@advancetherapy.org

Sarah Johnson-

Sarah is providing services to students in one of our charter school partnerships. 

Hannah Stegora-

Hi there! My name is Hannah and I am a registered occupational therapist with a doctoral degree from the University of Mary—Billings, MT campus. I received my degree in 2021 and have been with Advance therapy since graduating. I have a background in clinic-based behavioral therapy and enjoy using those skills and experiences when providing occupational therapy services. My favorite parts about pediatric occupational therapy are learning the unique strengths of each client, and finding out what motivates them to be their best selves. Outside of the clinic, I enjoy traveling, reading, skiing, gardening, and spending time with my loved ones.

White Bear Lake Clinic: 651-683-2953

​email: hannah.carlson@advancetherapy.org

Alexa Piekarski-

BIO coming soon!

Alaina Tolzmann-

​My name is Alaina Tolzmann, I am an Occupational Therapist. I graduated with my Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 2018. I also began working with Advance Therapy in 2018. I love working with kids both in the clinic and at school, incorporating what motivates them into our sessions. I appreciate getting to support and collaborate with my clients' caregivers and school staff. I enjoy spending time outside with my husband and dog. I also love reading, running, singing, and playing guitar. 

White Bear Lake Clinic: 651-683-2953

Email: alaina@advancetherapy.org

Megan Gray-

My name is Megan Gray and I am an Occupational Therapist. I graduated with my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May of 2021. My fieldwork experiences during graduate school included using parent-coaching methods and working with families towards feeding goals for children with Autism. I have always loved working with kids, and was excited to join the Advance Therapy team in the summer of 2021! In my free time, I enjoy reading, camping, and hiking with my dog.

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-700

email: megan@advancetherapy.org

Katie Rascher-

BIO coming soon!

Lino Lakes: 651-784-7007

email: katie@advancetherapy.org

Paula Metling-

I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy, both from St.Catherine University in St. Paul. I joined Advance Therapy the first time upon graduation in 2010, providing occupational therapy services in the clinic and in charter schools through June 2014. I returned to Advance Therapy in September 2016. I love discovering and using children's unique strengths to support their development and independence in their everyday activities. In my free time I enjoy hobby farming, hiking, kayaking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

White Bear Lake Clinic: 651-683-2953

Email: paulam@advancetherapy.org

Occupational therapy is an important service for children with a variety of conditions, including premature birth, developmental cognitive delay, congenital anomalies, neurological disorders, sensory processing difficulties, challenging behavior, neuromuscular disease, prenatal drug exposure, attention disorders and autism. Services address feeding skills, sensory integration, motor development, environmental exploration, play skills, adaptive behavior, and interactions between the child and the caregiver.

Our occupational therapists have training in 

  • Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI)
  • ​CranioSacral Therapy
  • ​Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding
  • ​Interactive Metronome
  • Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) 
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) 
  • Handwriting
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • ​Sensory Processing Disorder

Emily Iniguez-
I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology and a minor in Family Violence Prevention, then went on to get my Master of Occupational Therapy from the U of MN in 2011. I began working at Advance Therapy in the summer of 2011. I love being an occupational therapist because I really enjoy being active and “playing” with kids all day. (Don't worry, it looks like we're playing, but the kids are actually working hard!) In my free time I love traveling, running, reading, and spending time with my family.

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007
Email: emilyi@advancetherapy.org

Jessica Olson-

My name is Jessica and I am a 2014 graduate from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. I started work at as an OT at a day treatment Center for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and then transitioned to working in the outpatient clinic based setting. I joined the Advance Therapy team in 2015.  I have loved every minute of my work with Advance! I enjoy getting to work with such amazing and unique children each and every day. It is a blessing to be able to help them and their families reach their fullest potential. In my free time I enjoy working out, reading, spending time with family, and catching up on all things sports with my husband!

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

​Email: jessica@advancetherapy.org

Jennifer Corbin-

Hi, my name is Jen. I am a co-founder of Advance Therapy and a registered and licensed occupational therapist with a master's degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Since graduating in 2001, I have been working with children assisting them to build independence in all daily living skill areas and teaching them to learn and use age appropriate social, emotional, and functional skills. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, I earned a bachelor's degree in recreation therapy. 

I am a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota graduate occupational therapy program for topics of developmental disabilities and auditory processing disorder. In addition to lecturing, I have presented on various topics to parent groups, school personnel, and medical professionals. 

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

Email: jennifer.corbin@advancetherapy.org

​Amy Golla-

My name is Amy Golla, I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant.  I graduated from the College of St. Catherine’s in 2004 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree for Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Since I graduated I have enjoyed working with pediatrics.  I have been an Advance Therapy team member since 2006.  I am passionate about making a positive impact on my clients’ daily lives.  I also enjoy being a helpful resource to caregivers.  I am married and enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and dog.  I love the outdoors and can be found camping, boating, and exercising in my down time.

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

Email: amy.golla@advancetherapy.org

Victoria Holmquist-
I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2015. I started as a fieldwork student at Advance Therapy and was able to come on board as a licensed occupational therapist after graduation. I have been at Advance Therapy ever since and couldn't imagine working anywhere else! I have loved working with pediatrics and love that therapy goals can be achieved simply through play! It's also such a joy to see children make gains in their goals. In my free time I enjoy biking and several times through the summer I have even biked to work! Camping is another favorite activity that my husband and I do together. 

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007
Email: victoria@advancetherapy.org

Jennie Frison-
I am a licensed and registered occupational therapist with a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. I received my degree in 2009 from the College of St. Catherine. I joined the Advance Therapy team in September 2009. I have training in Sensory Integration, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding therapy, reflex integration, Integrated Listening Systems, Therapeutic Listening, Berard Auditory Integration Training, play-based strategies, and CranioSacral Therapy. My favorite part of being an occupational therapist is helping children grow and learn through exploration, play, and fun!
When I am not at Advance Therapy, I enjoy baking, gardening, reading and cheering for MN Wild and White Bear Lake hockey. I also enjoy heading up to the cabin for boating, relaxing, and fishing with my husband and our 3 kids. 

White Bear Lake Clinic: 651-683-2953
Email: jennie@advancetherapy.org