Thomas has been the owner and operator of The Enrichment Garden since February 2009. With his background in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Healthcare Administration, Thomas handles the day to day operations of the business along with all insurance related issues. Thomas began The Enrichment Garden as an extension of a dream my mom already had in place; to offer a place for all children of any stage in life to help them succeed and become the greatest members of society. Thomas is proud of all the professionals that we have here at The Enrichment Garden and believe we have the best program in the area. In his free time he enjoys spending time on the river, spending time with friends and family, and traveling as much as possible.
Shannon has been a part of The Enrichment Garden family since fall of 2010, first as a teacher, later as a mother and now both. Shannon has a bachelors in Literature with a Theatre Minor from Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN. Shannon, together with her husband, Erik, have two little girls. Shannon and her family enjoy camping and being on the river in the summer. During the winter Shannon enjoys snuggling up with a hot cup of tea and a good book, while dad plays outside in the snow with the kids.
Blakeley has been working with children for over half of her life. Blakeley graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Special Education in the Spring of 2014. In May 2014 Blakeley started working full time at The Enrichment Garden. Blakeley believes that each child is a best-selling novel just waiting to be written; and every day is an open book full of learning and experiences.
Anne graduated from Moorhead State University with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Anne has training in oral myofascial therapy. Anne specialized in infant oral motor development and its relationship to breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Anne is also trained in the SOS Feeding Therapy and Beckman Oral Motor Assessment/Intervention.
Anne's experience includes working in public schools, early childhood intervention sites, private schools, pediatric rehabilitation hospitals, as well as pediatric and adult traumatic brain injury sites. Anne has performed treatment of pediatric feeing aversion, apraxia, disorders related to cleft lip and palate, receptive language disorders, expressive language disorders, aural rehabilitation, stuttering, dysphagia, and social communication language disorders in infants, toddlers, preschool children, school-aged children, as well as young adults.
In addition to her work as a Speech Language Pathologist, Anne serves on the Cleft lip and Palate team providing team intervention approach to families of children with cleft lip and palates. Anne is an active member of the Bismarck Sertoma Club who are committed to speech and hearing needs within our community. Anne was honored as Sertoman of the Year for her dedication to this cause. Anne has been a guest speaker in the topic or oral motor development to surrounding hospitals and medical support staff. She has also been a guest presenter at The American Speech and Hearing Association national convention in regards to the team approach for social communication within the childcare setting.
For the past 25 year Anne has focused her clinical skills on treating younger clients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, swallowing related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, early childhood intervention, stuttering and social language issues among preschool and school-aged children.
Anne is an honorary member of the International Association or Orofacial Myology (AIOM), holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American, Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Erica is a native of Bismarck, ND. Erica graduated in 2007 from the University of Mary with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Erica has experience in orthopedics, work related injury, ergonomics, and pediatrics. Erica enjoys watching children succeed through creative play, hard work, and determination. Erica is a lover of life and laughter, who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Erica has been a part of the Enrichment Garden team since 2017.