Janise Harmon, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
Janise loves working with families and sharing in their joy when their children begin to communicate effectively. She is committed to developing treatment plans that will help each child develop to his or her full potential. Janise earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. She has a wide range of experience in her field, including children with behavior difficulties, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Janise is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association. A Colorado native, she and her husband, Brad, have two boys–Jack and Cole. They love this area and venture out to hike with their two dogs, snowshoe, ski, and bike on their days off together.
Annette Schaefer, BS, MOTR/L – Occupational Therapist
Annette particularly loves working with children to enable them to become more independent and confident in their everyday activities. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from University of New Mexico. Annette has experience working in home health, mental health, veteran’s health, acute and long-term care, as well as school-based therapy and pediatric outpatient therapy. Prior to joining Talk and Play, Annette worked as a school-based OT.
A wife, mother, and grandmother of three, Annette is originally from Maryland. She and her husband, Fred, spent 30 years traveling the world raising their three wonderful children while he served in the U.S. Air Force. Annette enjoys hiking the Colorado hills, reading and playing with her grandchildren, and especially quilting when she has the time.
Jennifer Cupples, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
Jennifer enjoys assisting parents in learning strategies to support their young child’s communication development at home. She earned degrees from the University of Utah and California State University, Sacramento. Jennifer has worked with children from birth to high school in inpatient and outpatient settings, working with issues such as feeding and swallowing, language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, voice and resonance disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and cleft palate.
Jennifer is a member of the American and Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Associations and is certified in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk® program. She and her husband, Ken, have two children, Luke and Hope, volunteer with preschool-aged children at her local church, and enjoy bowling in the local and state community.
Jessica Hinrichs, COTA/L – Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jessica has always had a passion for early childhood development and pediatrics, and her experience and passion for the medical field and education led her right to a career in Occupational Therapy. She earned an Associate’s degree in Applied Science at Pueblo Community College to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Jessica enjoys the magic in a therapeutic setting when families and children learn and grow together, becoming more independent and confident through meaningful and functional activities.
Prior to working at Talk and Play, Jessica enjoyed working as a paraeducator and Exceptional Education secretary and as a medical assistant and emergency room registrar. She is a wife and mother of two boys, ages 17 and 14. She spends most of her free time at a track—either watching her 14-year-old compete in motocross or her 17-year-old as a sprinter.
Marissa Gonzales, BS, COTA/L – Occupational Therapy Assistant
Marissa Gonzales, BS COTA, is a graduate of New Mexico State and National American University. From a young age, Marissa knew she wanted to work with children as a professional. She has an extensive background in the area of Kinesiology. Marissa has been a gymnastics coach for the past few years and facilitated a program that provides tuition-free gymnastics to children with special needs. Her favorite part about working with children is watching them overcome challenges. Marissa has a kind, gentle spirit with a heart to serve children and families.
Marissa grew up in a small town in New Mexico. She enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, hiking, running, crafting, and traveling.