Meet Our Staff

Leadership Team

TomTom
Founder, CEO
Tom Hoel is the Founder and CEO of Family Achievement Center. As a parent of a child with physical and developmental disabilities, he saw the opportunity to create a vision and environment that believed in every child. He is passionate about helping families through a unique model that leverages a holistic view of the child’s care team. Tom has an extensive background in business and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to starting Family Achievement Center, he was in various leadership positions in the corporate arena including business planning, market analysis, customer management systems, and product forecasting. “I provide hope and improve lives by continuously seeking ways to better serve our clients. I love connecting with our families because I understand what they are going through. I sincerely want them to know they are not alone in their journey.”

VeronicaVeronica
OTR/L, President
Veronica graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of MN and has a passion for working with children. Her experience includes working in a school setting and at a variety of out-patient pediatric clinics. Veronica believes strongly in using a bottom up approach in therapy, understanding that she is just a piece of the puzzle, and works closely with families and synergistic partners to help a client reach their full potential. “I provide hope and improve lives by providing the therapy tools and environment conducive to meeting the needs of the client, family, and the team. I empower and trust in the team’s ability to strive for therapy excellence and that we are all colleagues working towards the same goal of making a positive difference is someone’s life.”

SarahSarah
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University and always had an interest in healthcare. Sarah appreciates the positive and supportive environment Family Achievement Center provides to its clients and employees. As part of the administrative team, Sarah values the professional and creative opportunities afforded me to face the numerous challenges of managing a therapy clinic. She thoroughly enjoys interacting with the kids and therapists during therapy sessions. “I provide hope by helping families navigate the intricacies of their insurance plans and by offering personalized customer service.”

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Business Office Staff

Candi
Insurance Specialist
Candi brings many years of customer services and medical experience to the FAC team. She appreciates the positive and supportive environment Family Achievement Center provides to its clients and employees. She finds the job very rewarding and loves to watch the children meet and exceed expectations and goals. “I provide hope by helping families navigate the intricacies of their insurance plans and by offering personalized customer service.”

Melissa
Patient Care Coordinator
Melissa is a Patient Care Coordinator with many years of experience in both Child Care as well as the Health Care field. She has worked in several different settings and brings those skills to FAC. She enjoys the variety included with her job and likes how each day is different and unique. She loves watching the therapists interact with the families on a personal basis. Melissa loves seeing a child get excited when they see their therapist. “I provide hope and improve lives by making registration and coordination as stress free as possible so families can focus more on care, and helping their child reaching their goals.”

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Occupational Therapists

CeliaCelia
OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist
Celia graduated with her Masters of Arts degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University. She has special interest in sensory processing, and enjoys working with children as well as adults. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, going on bike rides, and spending time with family and friends. “I provide hope and improve lives by collaborating with the whole family to support a child’s growth and success.”

SaraSara
OTR/L
Sara graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies and a Master’s Degree is Occupational Therapy. She currently services the pediatric population in the schools and in the outpatient setting. “I provide hope and improve lives by finding fun and engaging ways for children to learn, grow and succeed in their everyday lives!”

KyleKyle
OTR/L
Kyle graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.He brings a unique perspective and understanding to pediatrics through my experience of having and working with a sibling with Autism. “I provide hope and improve lives by connecting with each individual through their own interests and abilities to help them live their lives to the fullest.”

AshleyAshley
OTR/L
Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Northwestern-St. Paul, and her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Ashley went into occupational therapy with the hope of making a positive impact on those that she serves. “I provide hope and improve lives by her positive attitude and her determination to provide treatment strategies that help individuals grow and reach their full potential.”

Ashley
OTR/L
Ashley Graduated from St. Catherine University with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. One of her favorite aspects of being a pediatric occupational therapist is being able to witness the excitement the children have when gaining a skill they have been working so hard for. “I provide hope and improve lives by building a relationship with both the patient and family to focus on personal goals and interests to ensure happiness throughout life.”

Peter
OTR/L
Peter received his Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI and his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked primarily in pediatrics both in outpatient and school-based settings. He emphasizes a child-centered approach and facilitates occupational therapy through the lens of play. “I provide hope and improve lives by creating therapeutic opportunities immersed in a play-filled environment, allowing each child to achieve goals while also having FUN”

MichelleMichelle
OTR/L
Michelle graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked with adults and children over her years of experience in a variety of settings both in the USA and abroad including an international NGO in southwestern China and an orphanage in Hong Kong. She has experience in clinic, developmental preschool and home health settings providing early intervention to at-risk infants and children with neurological conditions and developmental delays. She has a desire to serve children and their families and enjoys the rich rewards of watching children develop and reach their full potential through therapeutic interventions. “I provide hope and improve lives by giving compassionate care to her clients and listening to caregiver’s concerns to develop meaningful strategies to help them reach their full potential for independent living.”

Nikki
OTR/L
Nikki received her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Pacific University of Oregon, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has focused her career in pediatrics, finding tremendous value in tailoring play-based therapy techniques to the interests and abilities of each unique child. Nikki has previous experience working in hospital, out-patient, and school-based settings. She especially enjoys the opportunity in pediatrics to work as a multidisciplinary team, including the families as key players in the collaborative effort toward therapeutic success. “I provide hope and improve lives by honoring and celebrating all achievements with kids and their families, because even the smallest gains can be triumphant!”

Darii
OTR/L
Darii earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University in Kansas City MO. She has an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Denver so she especially enjoys working with families from diverse cultural backgrounds. As the parent of a child who has benefited from multiple therapy services, she has a special appreciation for the challenges and joys families experience when working to accomplish goals. Darii currently serves the pediatric population in schools and in the outpatient setting.“I provide hope and improve lives by helping children and their families develop skills they need to participate fully in the community and in activities they love.”

Catherine
OTR/L
Catherine graduated from St. Catherine University with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. One of her favorite parts of being a pediatric occupational therapist is having the opportunity to provide children with tools to assist in reaching their full potential. “I provide hope and improve lives by helping each child and their family along their own unique pathway towards a successful, fulfilling life.”

Maria
OTR/L
Maria received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University after completing her degree as an Occupation Therapy Assistant also from St. Catherine University. She has 10 years of experience with a passion for Pediatrics including a special interest in Sensory Integration and Autism. Her favorite aspect of being a pediatric OT is being involved with all the “little miracles” she gets to witness with her clients. In her free time, Maria enjoys softball, volleyball, and being a mom of her four children. “I provide hope and improves lives by providing a holistic family/client centered approach to ensure every child reaches their full potential.”

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Physical Therapists

KatyKaty
PT, DPT, Lead Physical Therapist
Katy received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is passionate about helping a pediatric population and loves being able to work with not only her patients, but also their families. Katy also loves collaborating with other disciplines at FAC to help her patients achieve the best outcomes. “I provide hope and improve lives by encouraging my patients and their families to never give up and to always believe in themselves. I strive to make each session fun and unique to the patient based on their individual needs and interests.”

Cassie
PT, DPT
Cassie graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts in Health Science and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduating, Cassie worked with adults in an orthopedic setting and with pediatrics. She is now happy to be working full time with our pediatric cliental. Cassie enjoys working with people of all ages and seeing smiles on their faces when they accomplish their goals. As a therapist at Family Achievement Center, Cassie loves being a part of a team where many disciplines can be working with one child to improve their life. “I provide hope and improves lives by making therapy sessions fun so that hard work doesn’t get discouraging.”

AaronAaron
PT, DPT
Aaron received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota. One of his favorite aspects of being a pediatric physical therapist is the opportunity to witness improvements in kids’ functional mobility day in and day out. He especially enjoys thinking up creative and fun ways to personalize treatments and make them as effective as possible. “I provide hope and improve lives by supporting both the patients and their caregivers.”

JaneJane
PT
Jane received a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She shares her many years of work experience with the children she treats in a local school district (birth to three program) as well as with the clients she sees at Family Achievement Center. The favorite part of her job at FAC is working directly with children and their families. In her free time, Jane enjoys gardening and spending time with her family. “I provide hope and improve lives by making sure each family, caregiver and patient has all the resources needed to be successful and achieve their goals.”

Trista
PT, DPT
Trista received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Concordia University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has experience treating children and adults of all ages in a variety of settings, but is especially passionate about working with the pediatric population and their families. Trista strives to provide compassionate, fun, and effective patient-centered care in order to achieve their individual goals. “I provide hope and improve lives by motivating and educating my patients and their families in order to reach their goals. I believe in the importance of working as a team to achieve the best outcomes for my patients.”

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Speech Therapists

JanaJana
CCC-SLP, Lead Speech Therapist
Jana attended the University of Minnesota- Duluth to obtain her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She has experience working with adults in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and with pediatrics in the outpatient setting. She has been trained in PROMPT, Beckman Oral Motor, and Interactive Metronome. “I provide hope and improve lives by working together with families to help children reach their highest potential.”

LauraLaura
CCC-SLP
Laura attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls to obtain her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology. Laura enjoys using Social Thinking curriculum and has been trained in Beckman oral motor assessment and intervention and in Talk Tools oral motor therapy programs for improving communication through oral motor placement therapy. “I provide hope and improve lives by celebrating all achievements, working as a team with caregivers to find the best approach to reach each client’s max potential, and never losing sight that anything is possible.”

KarenKaren
CCC-SLP
Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Minot State University. Being a speech pathologist allows me the opportunity to work a variety of people and help to give their lives more quality. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family. “I provide hope and improve lives by increasing a persons ability to communicate effectively across the settings that they interact (home, school, community).”

Miriam
CCC-SLP
Miriam received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has experience working with pediatrics in a variety of settings including: home, child care centers, and schools. She has specialized training related to play based therapies and speech and language training for children on the autism spectrum.
“I provide hope and improve lives by providing individualized therapy which considers each child’s needs, interests, and strengths so they can effectively communicate and express themselves at home, at school, and at play.”

ShannonShannon
CCC-SLP
Shannon attended Saint Cloud State University where she received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Her special interests include supporting the growth of children with articulation & phonological disorders, early language intervention, pragmatic language deficits secondary to Autism, apraxia of speech, and the development of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems. “I provide hope and improve lives by encouraging parents to become an active member in the therapy team; giving them the tools & ongoing support to feel empowered and successful in facilitating their child’s speech-language growth and development.”

KellyKelly
CCC-SLP
Kelly completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The majority of her experiences prior to working at FAC involved serving children and adults on the autism spectrum. She also has experience working with children in the areas of articulation, phonology, language, fluency, and social skills. What she loves most about being a Speech-Language Pathologist is that I have the opportunity to assume the role of both a teacher and a student. “I provide hope and improve lives by helping clients and families see and take pride in their great potential every step of the way.”

Malory
CCC-SLP
Malory attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth in for her Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Malory enjoys working with children and their families in areas including early intervention, language and articulation disorders, developing augmentative and alternative communication systems, and promoting functional communication among all of her clients. In addition to treating clients at FAC, She provides services for a K-8th grade charter school in St. Paul. “I provide hope and improve lives by empowering families while honoring and treating the whole child.”

Maggie
CCC-SLP
Maggie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from the University of North Dakota, and received her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Montana. She has worked with adults in the hospital and outpatient clinic settings, and with pediatrics in the outpatient clinic and school-based settings. Maggie has a younger brother with cerebral palsy, and says growing up with him and being a part of his therapy experiences is what inspired her passion of helping others. She loves working with families and other treating therapists, and believes collaborative teamwork is the key to helping each child reach their greatest potential! “I provide hope and improve lives by building trusting relationships, instilling confidence in all of my kiddos, and by making therapy fun, engaging, creative, and unique to each child. Throughout every step of the process I strive to offer unwavering support, to be a positive light at the end of the tunnel, and to celebrate whole-heartedly in all the joys and successes we experience along the way!”

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