Shana Banas-

I started my career as a Sign Language Interpreter before graduating with my 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. 

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


Marjorie Carlson- 

I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, where I earned my B.S. in Communication Disorders in 1998 followed by my M.A. 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 completed my master’s thesis on replacing problem behavior with communicative alternatives and have a specialized career interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Autism Spectrum Disorder and severe/profound developmental and cognitive disabilities. 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 way in learning 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-
Sue completed her bachelors degrees from the University of Missouri - Kansas City with degrees in psychology and Speech & Hearing Science. Her masters degree is from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in Communication Disorders. Sue also has post graduate work at the University of Minnesota for Director of Special Education. 
Sue has many years of experience in early childhood special education, she has served as Speech/ Language Coordinator and Director of Special Education in the past.  Currently, Sue works with with a charter school team in St. Paul.  Sue excels and enjoys 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, Sue enjoys reading, paddle boarding , working out, and time with her husband and three children.

Jenny Jensen is a licensed speech language pathologist and is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. 

She earned her master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2001.

She has worked with children with speech and language disorders since 1995 where she began her career at Fraser Child and Family Center in Minneapolis. Jenny has a “whole family” approach to intervention by emphasizing communication skills that will improve family life. 

Jenny has post-graduate training and experience with PROMPT, Talk Tools, Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems, and more. 


jennifer.jensen@advancetherapy.org

​Lino Lakes office: 651-784-7007

Here is a link to a video about Rite Care grants to help families pay for speech/language services:


http://ritecaremsp.org/testimonials/charlie-ritecare-msp/


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.


Kaylen Whetstone graduated with her Master's Degree in Communication Disorders in 2008 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

In addition to earning this degree, Kaylen has extensive training and experience working with challenges such as augmentative communication (AAC), apraxia, auditory and language processing disorders, hearing impairments, and autism. Kaylen's favorite part of being a speech language pathologist working with kids is watching them learn and use new skills.  Outside of the clinic, Kaylen loves anything outdoors, cooking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. 


Email: kaylen@advancetherapy.org

​White Bear Lake Office: 651-683-2953


Sarah Williams-
I graduated with my 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 Packer games with my family.

Lino Lakes Clinic: 651-784-7007

​Email: sarahw@advancetherapy.org

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