Shana Banas-

Hi, my name is Shana! I started my career as a Sign Language Interpreter before graduating with a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders in 2012 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

My favorite part of being a speech language pathologist is the creativity involved in creating and adapting materials and activities to help children communicate to the best of their abilities. Currently, I practice at our Lino Lakes clinic as well as in a school setting with Middle School and High school students.

When I'm not working with kids in the clinic or school settings, I love spending time with my family, singing, and traveling.


Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

​Email: shana@advancetherapy.org


Judith Gelderman-

Hello, you can call me Judy! I joined the Advance Therapy team in 2012. I have over 25 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. Sharing my passion for speech language pathology has been a focus for me over the years, especially my active role(s) in the Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association. Outside of the clinic, I love to read, volunteer with church, and spend time with my husband and sweet, little dachshund.


Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

Email: judy@advancetherapy.org

Marjorie Carlson-

Hello! I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, where I earned a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders in 2002. I have clinical background experience across age ranges from preschool through adulthood in a variety of settings including schools, group homes, day programs, private practice, in-home services and summer camps. I am passionate about being a Speech-Language Pathologist and truly love working as a team with the kids, their families, teachers and other service providers in creating innovative, unique and fun ways to learn to communicate. I love to volunteer, paint, draw and create, practice yoga and spend time with family and friends.


Email: marjorie@advancetherapy.org


Sue Grissom-

completed my bachelors degrees from the University of Missouri - Kansas City with degrees in psychology and Speech & Hearing Science. My masters degree is from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in Communication Disorders. I also have post graduate training from the University of Minnesota for Director of Special Education. 
I have many years of experience in early childhood special education and have served as Speech/ Language Coordinator and Director of Special Education in the past.  Currently, I work with with a charter school team in St. Paul. I excel at and enjoy working with students who are unintelligible and those struggling to meaningfully use oral language as well as a wide variety of communication needs.
At home, I enjoy reading, paddle boarding, working out, and time with my husband and three children.

Samantha Godfrey-


Hi, my name is Sam! I graduated with a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Marquette University in 2018. I joined the Advance Therapy team in August of 2018. Currently, I practice at our White Bear Lake clinic, as well as in a nearby Charter School working with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. My favorite thing about being a Speech Language Pathologist is working with children of all different ages and engaging with caregivers to promote functional communication growth through innovative and unique approaches. When I am not working I love to cuddle up with a good book, practice yoga, and spend time with my family and friends. 


White Bear Lake Clinic: 651-683-2953

Email: sam@advancetherapy.org

Jenny Jensen-

Hello! I am a licensed speech language pathologist and co-founder of Advance Therapy.

earned my master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2001. I have worked with children with speech and language disorders since 1995 where I began my career at Fraser Child and Family Center in Minneapolis. I have a “whole family” approach to intervention by emphasizing communication skills that will improve family life. 

I have post-graduate training and experience with PROMPT, TalkTools, Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems, Social Thinking, and more. 


Email: jennifer.jensen@advancetherapy.org

​Lino Lakes office: 651-784-7007

Jessica Vietor-


White Bear Lake Clinic: 651-683-2953

Email: jessicav@advancetherapy.org

Anna Pfau-


Hi, I'm Anna! I graduated from Lawrence University with a bachelor's degree in linguistics and French in 2012, and completed my master's degree in speech-language pathology at Northwestern University in 2016. I joined the Advance Therapy team in 2016, where I practice full time at the Lino Lakes clinic.
My favorite part of being a speech therapist is that I get to play and be creative all day! I love watching kids grow over months and years, and helping them to gain confidence in themselves.
In my free time, I am involved in several types of folk music and dancing around the Twin Cities, and I travel frequently for singing. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and hiking with my dog.


Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

​Email: anna@advancetherapy.org


Kris Stork-

I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology from Eastern Illinois University in 1981, and my Master's in Communication Disorders from St. Louis University in 1983. Most of my early career was with adults but in the last few years, I got back into working with the younger population in the schools.  I joined Advance Therapy in January of 2014 as a part time Speech Therapist at Hmong College Prep Academy. It's an exciting field where I really enjoy working with children of varying ages, seeing each one's unique qualities!   I love to find interesting places to explore, refine my baking skills, and do my best to keep up with my two kids!

Child Speech and Language

Children's speech and language development follows a typical pattern. Some medical and developmental conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Dyslexia, and Brain Injuries can impact a child's ability to communicate.  If you have concerns about your child's speech or language, a speech-language pathologist can determine if there are areas of need and design a plan of care to improve communication skills.


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

Sarah Williams-

Hi, my name is Sarah! I graduated with a Master's degree from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2007.  I joined the Advance Therapy team in August 2013.  What I love most about being a speech therapist is seeing children get excited when they learn how powerful their communication can be.  

In my free time I enjoy sampling the fine cuisine that the Minneapolis area has to offer and, during football season, I absolutely LOVE to watch Green Bay Packer games with my family. GO PACK GO!

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

​Email: sarahw@advancetherapy.org

Kaylen Whetstone-

Hello! I graduated with my Master's Degree in Communication Disorders in 2008 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In addition to earning this degree, I have extensive training and experience working with challenges such as augmentative communication (AAC), apraxia, auditory and language processing disorders, hearing impairments, and autism. My favorite part of being a speech language pathologist working with kids is watching them learn and use new skills.  Outside of the clinic, I love anything outdoors, cooking, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. 


Email: kaylen@advancetherapy.org

​White Bear Lake Office: 651-683-2953


Allison Fayard-

Hi, I'm Allison! I graduated from the University of Iowa with both my bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012 and my master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. I have clinical experience, post-graduate training, and an interest in the areas of autism, bilingual language development and disorders, and mild traumatic brain injuries.  I joined the Advance Therapy team in 2017, where my role involves providing speech-language services to students in an elementary school setting and occasionally providing services in the clinic. I truly enjoy collaborating with teachers and parents to make treatment outcomes functional for children, and I also have a passion for differentiating language differences from language disorders. Outside of work, I greatly enjoy learning languages, exploring Minnesota, participating in book club, and trying any and every cuisine! 


​Email: allison@advancetherapy.org