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Testimonials

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Meet The Team

Karen Hanneman

M.A., CCC-SLP

One reason I love what I do:

I love getting to work with my sister every day and being a part of our amazing team that helps kids and their families!

My favorite way to spend the weekend:

Running, reading, and spending time with family.

Where I got my degree:

UNK and UNL for undergraduate, University of Northern Colorado for graduate school.

My favorite place:

The Sandhills

Something on my bucket list:

I have always wanted to see the pyramids!

Laura Steffensen

Office Manager

One reason I love what I do:

My job is very enjoyable for me because it capitalizes on my strengths of organization, problem solving, multi-tasking, and talking!

My favorite way to spend the weekend:

Doing a home-improvement project, cheering my kids on in their sporting events, and taking care of my chickens.

Where I got my degree:

Wayne State College

My favorite place:

Snuggled in bed with my family, watching a movie – with snacks!

Something on my bucket list:

I’ve always wanted to go to Tahiti!

Beth Brady

M.A., CCC-SLP

One reason I love what I do:

Kids are so funny!

My favorite way to spend the weekend:

Spending time with my family.

Where I got my degree:

Wesleyan and UNL for undergraduate, the University of MN – Twin Cities for graduate school.

My favorite place:

Hawaii

Something on my bucket list:

I want to run a marathon!

Maureen Mattas

M.A., CCC-SLP

One reason I love what I do:

I appreciate getting to work with parents who care so deeply for their kids and want the best for them.

My favorite way to spend the weekend:

Cooking for family and friends, going to fun events, meeting for hikes at local state parks…or staying in to binge read!

Where I got my degree:

UNL for both undergraduate and graduate.

My favorite place:

The Black Hills of South Dakota

Something on my bucket list:

I would love to go on a hot air balloon ride!

Kristen Pfeil

OTD OTR/L

One reason I love what I do:

Every day I get to experience joy through the eyes of a child or parent when a new skill has been achieved. Knowing I had a small part in that joy is such a blessing!

My favorite way to spend the weekend:

Outside, biking or running.

Where I got my degree:

UNL for undergraduate, Creighton for graduate school.

My favorite place:

St. Lucia

Something on my bucket list:

I want to travel to every continent!

Heather Feser

OTR/L

One reason I love what I do:

I love it when I see that spark in a child’s eyes when they’re happy and making progress!

My favorite way to spend the weekend:

Spending time with my family.

Where I got my degree:

South Dakota State for undergraduate, University of South Dakota for graduate school

My favorite place:

Maui

Something on my bucket list:

I would love to travel to Ireland!

Tessa Howsden

M.S., CCC-SLP

One reason I love what I do:

I never know what funny things the kids I work with will say next!

My favorite way to spend the weekend:

I love to go to live music events!

Where I got my degree:

UNK for both undergraduate and graduate school.

My favorite place:

San Diego

Something on my bucket list:

I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe!

Testimonials

Bradley P.

“The therapists at Heartland are MIRACLE WORKERS!!!!! They are excellent communicators and provide families with strategies that help foster continued growth at home! They have always been kind, thoughtful and willing to go the extra mile!  I can’t say enough great things about our experience!”

Jamie B.

“My son has been seeing Beth for Speech for years.  His progress has been amazing but is also measured by Beth each and every session, and discussed after.  Heather was hired as his OT when Heartland added her to the practice and she has been excellent as well. Both provide information and feedback after therapies.  They are extremely thorough, knowledgeable and appear to LOVE working with kiddos. They celebrate successes with the parents. I love having these therapists in our lives; I rely on them to help my son develop, learn and build skills to help him become as strong and independent as possible and they deliver, every therapy, every week, month after month, year after year.  We have considered moving across the country to be closer to family but one factor in staying in Lincoln is Heartland Speech.”

Emerald M.

“Heartland speech and OT has done so much for me and my family! My son has been seeing a speech therapist and an occupational therapist for almost a year. Before he saw these amazing therapists he wasn’t saying one word and he wasn’t understanding anything anyone said to him. Now he’s got confidence in himself and he can communicate his wants and needs! I recommend this place HIGHLY”

Casandra H.

“We have been going to Heartland Speech and OT for speech services once a week since my daughter was 9 months old. My daughter is now 4 and we still attend weekly. My daughter is deaf and wears bilateral cochlear implants. She would not be reaching the speech and language milestones she is without the help of Heartland. We are excited to go weekly because of the  great office staff (Laura), the amazing speech therapist she sees (Beth), the welcoming and clean atmosphere of the waiting room, the kindness of all the other therapists, and the wonderful families. As a family we love Heartland Speech and OT. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for services for their child.”

Molly H.

“My son has been going to Heartland for almost two years and everyone has truly become like family! Having a kid in therapy can be a roller coaster but everyone Heartland is truly invested getting your child to reach their full potential. They celebrate the small victories and are there by your side through the frustrations. We have done both Speech and Occupational Therapy here and would highly recommend them.”

Ashley P.

“The ladies at heartland speech have been a godsend for my family!! They have and continue to give us the encouragement and support we need to continue on this journey. I would never take my child to anyone else. They have become more than just our therapist but family!!”

Maria H.

“I highly recommend Heartland for both speech and occupational therapy. My son made consistent and quick progress. Most importantly, he enjoyed going. He genuinely looked forward to seeing Karen, Tessa, or Heather and their positive relationship with him was a big key to his success in therapy. He trusted them and they treated him like family. Laura at the front is so welcoming and can help with pretty much anything you need outside of therapy. We had the absolute best experience here. They helped change the trajectory of my son’s life.”

Jennifer K.

“Love that we can receive both speech and OT here. We are greeted warmly every week and have seen consistent and steady progress. I look forward to the day we no longer need services but it will be like saying goodbye to family. Highly recommend!”

Jessica G.

“We highly recommend Heartland for speech and occupational therapy. The staff has always been friendly and professional. The therapists are excellent with communicating with families and provide ways we can work on things at home. They make speech and occupational therapy fun and my son enjoys it!!”

Kristen M.

“Heartland Speech and Language treated us like family. Every therapist there knew my son’s name. Karen is amazing. My son would not be where he is today without her skills, hard work, patience, and guidance. After each session she would explain what they worked on and would give me pointers on how to keep working on the same things at home. That communication was fantastic. We were truly sad to leave Heartland Speech and Language  when he “graduated” but we’re so thankful to progress so much. We LOVE Heartland Speech and Language!”