Jodi Walker, MA, CCC-SLP, COM, CYT
Jodi is a speech-language pathologist and certified orofacial myologist with 25 years of experience working with children and adults. She is certified yoga instructor. Jodi specializes in the following areas:
Motor speech and apraxia: PROMPT certified
Feeding and myofunctional therapy including muscle reeducation for sleep disordered breathing and TMJD
Cessation of thumb sucking and other oral habits
Breathing reeducation via Buteyko breathing program
Postural and alignment work via yoga
Floortime/child directed interventions with autistic individuals
Strength based treatment/functional life skills for older individuals with disabilities
Jodi also provides wellness coaching for adults including postural/alignment work, yoga private lessons, elimination of oral habits, improving cranio-facial-respiratory health, etc. and outdoor unstructured play experiences for children and families. She is currently training in John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR).
Max Doman, MS, CCC-SLP
Max received his professional license from ASHA in June 2018 and has been working with Jodi for over 3 years. With a well-rounded clinical experience and substantial course education, Max is eager to continue his professional career. He has completed additional specialized training courses, including: Introduction to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, Introduction to PROMPT Therapy. Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention & The PROMPT Technique Practicum Project. Max will be completing the PROMPT Certification course in Spring 2020.
Dr. Lea F. Schweitz, Ph.D.,
Lea is a writer, nature play consultant, and an award-winning educator. She is also a thoroughgoing Midwesterner. She grew up in rural, northern Illinois, went to college in Decorah, IA to receive a B.A. from Luther College in biology and philosophy, and has spent most of the last two decades in and around Chicago. During that time, she first received her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy of religion at the University of Chicago; then, she was Associate Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. Now, she lives in Oak Park with her musician/composer husband, Kurt, and her two inspiring, energetic kids, Isaac and Kalder. She is finishing a book on practices to connect city folks to nature in their neighborhoods and building spaces to get more kids playing outside for more than the recommended 120 minutes a week!
Jim Basten has come out of his retirement to find a new career as a therapy assistant. He is a presence of light and love in our practice and donates his time to the work. He cannot believe that after years of laboring outside he is choosing to spend time traipsing around after children outdoors yet here he is and he loves it.