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.
Lara Dykhuis, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
Lara loves working with families and their children to find functional modes of communication to use throughout daily routines, while watching their child blossom into a successful communicator. She earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Calvin University, and is a member of the American and Colorado Speech-Language Hearing Associations. Lara has worked with children from one to eighteen years of age in outpatient and home health settings with diagnoses of speech sound disorder, language disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, disfluency, developmental delay, feeding disorders, and users of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Lara grew up in Traverse City, MI, and has a soft spot for any large body of water as a result. She moved to Colorado with her husband, Timothy, in 2020. In her free time she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, playing violin, and sharing good food and conversation with friends and family.
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.
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.