Stephanie Anderson, M.S. CCC-SLP
Hello! My name is Stephanie Anderson and I am a certified Speech Language Pathologist and owner of Twin Cities Speech Therapy. I am passionate about empowering and supporting families in order to ensure each child has the best opportunity to overcome their speech and/or language needs. I believe that working as a team with families, caregivers, and other professionals gives each child the best opportunity to gain confidence and competence in communicating and connecting with others.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a Minnesota state Speech Language Pathology professional license, a Minnesota state Speech Language Pathology educator's license, and a Minnesota city business license. I am a member of both the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association.
I have been providing speech-language services in the greater Twin Cities area since 2016. I have provided speech/language services for a number of children with a variety of communication impairments; including speech sound disorders (articulation therapy), language disorders (both receptive and expressive), stuttering (fluency disorders), childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), cognitive impairments, cleft lip/palate, down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders.
I have worked in a variety of settings, including schools, private practice, outpatient clinics, early intervention, and in-home therapy. I have found the most success when therapy happens in the child’s natural environment!
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends outside. You can find me walking my dog, practicing yoga and pilates, or enjoying time out on the lake!
Kenzie Braden, M.S. CCC-SLP
Hello! My name is Kenzie Braden and I am a certified speech language pathologist. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I am certified through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and hold professional licensure through the state of Minnesota.
I am passionate about helping children reach their greatest potential in their communication. My favorite part of working with children is seeing the exponential growth that every child is capable of reaching. I also highly enjoy working with families and caregivers to develop a successful home program that is unique to each child and family needs. I have worked with children who have demonstrated a variety of communication needs including but not limited to articulation impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, stuttering impairments, language delays and disorders, and autism spectrum disorder.
I specialize in treating children who exhibit risk factors for persistent stuttering. I am Lidcombe Program trained for young children who stutter under the age of six. I use a variety of approaches to treat children who stutter including J. Scott Yaruss’ family focused indirect treatment approach, direct treatment approaches, syllable timed speech and the Lidcombe Program. I also serve on the board for Star Lake Out Loud: A Camp for Kids Who Stutter, where I work collaboratively with a group of speech language pathologist’s to create and plan a variety of activities for a 3 day overnight camp for children ages 8-17.
When I am not working, I like to be outside enjoying all that nature has to offer! I enjoy kayaking, hiking, biking, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I am a big traveler and I am always looking for a new adventure. I am also a lifelong dancer and still coach and teach in my spare time.
Samantha Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP
Hello! My name is Samantha Johnson and I am a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and my Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. I am certified through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), where I am also a member, and I hold professional licensure for Speech-Language Pathology through the state of Minnesota.
I have been providing speech-language therapy services in the greater Twin Cities area since 2018 and have experience working with children ranging from the ages of 1-23 years old in non-profit outpatient pediatric clinics, as well as some time spent working with adults in an acute rehabilitation clinic. I have experience working with those who have a variety of communication impairments including: speech sound disorders (articulation), language disorders (receptive and expressive, verbal and nonverbal, gestalt language processors, etc), childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), Down syndrome, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fluency disorders (stuttering), children with a history of trauma, and various cognitive impairments.
My passion lies within being able to work with a child and their family to determine what their individual speech and/or language needs are and what ways I can best support functional communication in their daily lives. I was once challenged to “find what makes a child smile, and then BE that smile”, and this is something I take with me into every session; I believe a child can be most successful when provided opportunities that are natural, play-based, highly motivating, fun, and engaging - a lot of my sessions often appear to be more child-led, which allows me to “enter into their world” to target various areas of need. I also like to remind parents/caregivers that while I am the speech-language professional, THEY are the professional of their own child - having open communication and working together as a collaborative team allows me to provide the best possible therapy to their child in 1:1 sessions, as well as give parents/caregivers appropriate recommendations for home programming that will “fit” into their daily routines.
When I am not working, I am spending as much time as possible with my family and friends outside, whether it be hiking, biking, camping, running, walking my dog, or simply reading a book in the backyard. My husband and I recently took a liking to pickleball (surprised everyone including ourselves by being named “league champs” in our first go around), and I still somehow manage to run up and down a basketball court with my parks & rec league on a weekly basis.