We love the work we do here.
In designing our therapy approach, we have made a conscious decision not to mold your child to fit into our environment, but rather to teach your child strategies to function and communicate in all environments.
Our jobs are meaningful and purposeful-we know how to help! Red Door addresses functional, behavioral, emotional, and social development while incorporating fun and innovative activities.
Meet Our Team
Speech Language Pathology
Chelsea Phillipe, MS, CCC-SLP
Amber Fox, MS, CCC-SLP
Amber received her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Dakota in 2006. Originally from Velva, ND, she has found a home in Bismarck following graduation. Amber’s experience in the hospital setting allowed a varied caseload including outpatient adults and pediatrics, NICU, acute care, inpatient rehab and long term care. Her professional interests include autism, childhood apraxia of speech, auditory processing, chromosomal disorders, augmentative and alternative communication and pediatric dysphagia (swallowing disorders). Amber holds Autism Certification through UND, certification in PECS, apraxia treatment training in PROMPT and training in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric dysphagia. Amber believes strongly that a whole language approach focusing on the child’s strengths; communication and coordination of service delivery with other providers; and keeping family’s goals and carryover needs can lead to greater outcomes. She holds a current license from the North Dakota State Board of Examiners on Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Amber serves on the North Dakota Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She is slowly learning to snowboard and knit from her husband as they spend time with their cats and new baby boy.
Mandy Griffin, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®
Mandy received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Dakota in 2006. She has previous work experience in long-term care. She joined the Red Door team in 2016. Mandy’s professional interests include dysphagia, orofacial myofunctional disorders, infant and toddler feeding, early language development, articulation, and phonology. She is an active member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the International Association of Orofacial Myology. She earned her Certification of Orofacial Myology (COM®) in February 2021 and she is trained in GoMAP (Guided Oral Movement with Active Patterning for Infant and Toddler Feeding).
Mandy and her husband Matt are from Bismarck and have 4 kiddos. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, reading, and cooking.
Amber Rice, MS, CCC-SLP
Amber received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Mary in Bismarck. Her areas of interest include speech sound disorders, social communication, and feeding. She holds a current license from the North Dakota State Board of Examiners.
Amber lives in Mandan with her husband and son. She enjoys coaching dance, going for walks, and spending time with her family. She loves to travel and has been to many interesting places including Hawaii, Rome, Paris, and Barcelona, though she will always call Mandan home to stay close to family and friends.
Kayla Nustad, MS, CCC-SLP
Kayla received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Kayla’s professional interests include early language development, articulation/phonology, and apraxia of speech. She loves working with kids and being able to support their communication needs.
Sydney Nelson, CFY-SLP
Sydney grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 2013. She went on to play soccer and attend college at the University of Mary. She graduated from the University of Mary with her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Sydney has been working at pediatric outpatient facilities since graduation. Sydney has a passion for working with children. She has special interest areas within Early Intervention, Language Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Infant Feeding. Sydney currently lives in Beulah, ND with her husband Cody, twin boys Cooper and Nash, daughter Madden, and dog Luna. Sydney loves spending her free time with family and friends, reading, snowboarding, working out, and spending time at the lake.
Kelsey Kellow, CCC-SLP
Bonny Thomas, SLP-LA
Abby Fisher, MS, CCC-SLP
Abby attended the University of North Dakota for both undergraduate and graduate school. She grew up in Minnesota and lived in Colorado working at a Pediatric outpatient clinic before moving back to North Dakota. Her special interests relating to speech therapy include: feeding difficulties, American Sign Language (ASL), Autism, early language/language development, and articulation/phonology. She is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding approach, gestalt language processing, and SPEAK OUT! LOUD Crowd trained for Parkinson’s disease. In her spare time, you can find Abby spending time with her dogs and cat, golfing, spending time outdoors (hiking, biking, swimming), reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Sara Erickson, MS, OTR/L
Sara received her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota in 2013. She spent her first year as an occupational therapist working with adults/older adults in the Bismarck/Mandan area. Her previous work experiences include acute care, subacute care, inpatient rehab, and long-term care. Sara has always had a passion for working with kids and was excited to join the Red Door Pediatric Therapy team in the summer of 2014! Her professional interests include feeding/picky eating, sleep, reflex integration, assessment/diagnostics regarding: dyslexia and self-regulation skills.
Sara is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the North Dakota Occupational Therapy Association. She hopes to further her education by taking a more active role in these associations and other specialized groups.
Sara is from Bismarck and enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in outdoor activities, spending weekends at the river/lake, traveling, and learning about her professional interests!
Miranda Evanson, MOTR/L
Heather Weisbeck, MS, OTR/L
Heather received her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary in 2014. Heather’s previous experience includes fieldwork in pediatrics, acute rehab, transitional care unit, and in long term care. She has been with Red Door since January 2015. Heather is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and North Dakota Occupational Therapy Association. Heather’s professional interests include autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing, self-regulation, and feeding.
Heather lives in Bismarck with her husband and son. Her interests are spending time with family and friends, photography, playing sports, swing dancing, and traveling.
Lindsey Hysjulien, MS, OTR/L
Hayle Hauser, MS, OTR/L
Hayle received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Mary in 2019. In 2022, Hayle received her certification in perinatal mental health to assist parents during the perinatal period of time (conception to 1 year after birth). Hayle’s professional interests include mental health, sensory integration, self-regulation, and helping children and families reach their full potential.
Hayle loves spending time with her family and friends, coffee, camping, and working on arts and crafts projects in her spare time.
Courtney Kraft, OTR/L
Shelby Wittenberg, MS, OTR/L
Kellie Kvislen, MS, OTR/L
Alyssa Turner-Strong, M/OTRL
Alyssa attended the University of North Dakota for both undergraduate and graduate school where she received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. She grew up in Michigan, North Dakota. She has been working in outpatient pediatrics since graduation. She has always had a passion for working with children and is looking forward to continuing. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her dog and cat, going for walks, spending time with family, and reading.
Jill Dworshak, MS, OTR/L
Jill was born and raised in Aberdeen, SD, and graduated from high school in 1998. She then went on to get her degree from the University of Mary. Jill graduated in 2003 with her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. For the past 20 years, Jill has worked in a variety of settings. She has experience in an inpatient psychiatric unit, acute hospital care, and local nursing homes in Rapid City and Bismarck. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. Most recently, Jill has worked in outpatient pediatrics and absolutely loves it! Kids grow and new learn new things every day. Outside of work, Jill can be found enjoying time with her fiance, dogs, reading, fishing, going to the lake, and coaching Special Olympics.
Amanda Weisz, PTA (Licensed Assistant)
Amanda received her Associates of Applied Science as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Lakes Area Technical Institute in 2016. Amanda’s professional interests include working with children to develop gross motor skills that address delays and neurological disorders. She loves the joy that comes from working with kids and making therapy a fun experience for everyone.
Amanda is originally from Wahpeton, ND. She loves to travel, read, and spend time with friends and family.
Seriann Swiontek, DPT
Seriann attended the University of Mary where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2017 and her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2020. Seriann’s professional experience includes pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction, orthopedics, and gross motor development. Seriann’s professional interests include working on biking skills and pediatric pelvic health. Seriann enjoys working with children because each one is a unique puzzle piece and brings their own attitude and skills to each session.
Seriann is originally from Wahpeton, ND. She loves to travel, spend time with her family at the lake, and try new things.
Hayley Carlson, DPT
Hayley attended the University of Mary where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2018 and her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2021. Hayley’s previous experience includes fieldwork in outpatient pediatrics, school-based therapy, and rural outpatient and inpatient therapy. Hayley’s professional interests include working with children with neurological conditions, orthopedic issues, and gross motor delays.
Hayley is originally from Motley, MN. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and spending time with family and friends.
Hannah Scott, DPT
Taylor Schell, DPT
Jorden Beckman, MS, CCC-SLP
Jorden received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Minot State University in 2016. She joined the Red Door team in 2016 and loves working with kids! Jorden’s professional interests include speech-sound disorders, language development, and childhood apraxia of speech. She is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Jorden is from Mohall, North Dakota, but currently resides in Minot with her husband, dog, and two daughters. She enjoys golfing, reading, traveling, being at the lake, and spending time with family and friends.
Linaya Ming, MS, CCC-SLP
Linaya received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She also holds her Autism Certificate, and is certified in Beckman Oral Motor Stretches and Massage. She spent her first 3 years working at a private practice pediatric clinic in Fargo, North Dakota. Linaya has experience with articulation, language delays, fluency, voice, cognition, and alternative and augmentative communication.
Linaya’s areas of interest include: autism spectrum disorders, voice, and speech sound disorders. She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. In her free time Linaya enjoys traveling, reading, being outdoors, and watching anything sports related (especially hockey and football)!
Crystal Baerwald, MS, CCC-SLP
Crystal attended the University of North Dakota where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She also received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2018. During her professional career, she has had the opportunity to work with children with Developmental Delays, Feeding/Oral Motor Disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia, Fluency Disorders, and Articulation/Phonological Disorders. She is trained in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She strives to foster a positive environment in her therapy sessions and encourage a sense of confidence in the children she works with as they work to reach their full potential.
Erin Imsland, MS, OTR/L
Erin received her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota in 2016 and has been with Red Door ever since. Erin’s previous experience includes fieldwork experiences at Red Door, an inpatient psych facility, and a long-term care facility. Her professional interests include all things sensory processing! Erin is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Erin is from Bismarck and enjoys spending time with friends and family, biking, sports, coffee, and traveling.
Kimberly DePover, Human Resources
Kimberly loves both the challenges and rewards of working with people. She brings over 20 years of diverse human resources and management experience. Kimberly has worked mainly in the areas of non-profit family-centered organizations, small business ownership, education, and healthcare. During her free time, you can find her snuggled up with a cup of coffee and a good book, sitting in a lawn chair by the water, fixing fences, working cattle, attending truck pulls, or camping in her motorhome with her granddaughters.
Leslie Schill, Scheduler
Before coming to Red Door, Leslie worked for a staffing agency in the HR department. This is where she learned the true meaning of being compassionate toward others. Leslie loves to stay busy and loves life in general. It’s very rare to see her without a smile on her face.
Leslie currently resides in Bismarck with her husband and two daughters. Leslie keeps busy by hunting, crafting, painting, refurbishing furniture, and spending quality time with family and especially spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren. One of her life long dreams is to go to Mexico and swim with the dolphins.
Dawn Leingang, Scheduler
Dawn has joined Red Door Pediatric Therapy in addition to maintaining a flourishing career as a licensed Realtor®. She’s thrilled to be a part of the Red Door Pediatric team, as it will allow her to continue to pursue her passion of helping people and supporting her community.
Dawn grew up on a ranch in Mandan and currently resides in Lincoln. She adores her two children and loves spending her leisure time traveling, relaxing on the river, or riding her motorcycle.
Dena Daws, Scheduler
Kelly Feist, Medical Biller
Prior to joining Red Door, Kelly worked in the hospital setting for over 20 years. She has experience as a medical biller and holds a certificate as a medical coder. Kelly loves being busy and having a variety of jobs to do.
Kelly is a self proclaimed “Army brat” and has traveled the country. Her father retired after 20 years and settled in his home state. Kelly has been married to Daryl for 30 plus years (incidentally he is from the same hometown as her father). She has two boys. Kelly loves to travel! She also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She is a bit of a prankster, so watch out! Kelly believes, “Life is too short not to make someone laugh.” She is always trying to come up with new ideas for everyone to have some fun.
Katie Vettel, Medical Biller
Katie has worked in the health insurance industry for 14 years as a claims processor. She brings an understanding of the other side of the medical billing process. Katie is persistent and thrives on challenges. She is always ready to learn something new or find ways to make processes more efficient.
Katie was born in Oklahoma, but was raised on a small hobby farm outside of Carrington, ND. She lived in Bismarck for 15 years, and currently has been residing in Mandan for the last 3 1/2 years with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Katie spends time keeping her kids very busy running from one activity to the next. She is a parent leader in the special needs community, especially in the apraxia world as her son has an apraxia diagnosis. He was also recently diagnosed with autism and ADHD so she is finding her place in that realm of supporting her son as well as other families in the community. She loves to be involved with events and activities for our children with disabilities such as the ND Walk for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, which she chairs. She is a member of the iCan Bike camp planning committee and participates in events hosted by the Bisman Autism Families. Katie loves to cook, bake, and create fun cakes and treats.
Tia-Lee Whitted, Financial Specialist
Tia-Lee received an associate’s degree from Rasmussen College in 2009. She has experience working in child care and operated an in-home daycare for 3 years. Tia has experience with insurance companies, web-based billing systems, coding and scheduling. Her professional interests include utilization of spreadsheets, efficient scheduling, and excellent consumer relations. Tia maintains current compliance standards with insurance companies throughout the midwest.
She has one boy and one girl, both keep her busy and on her toes! Tia loves cats and spending time with friends and family.
Kylie Gartner, Office Aide
Kyile grew up in Karlsruhe ND, one of the smallest towns in the state. She moved to Minot with her sister back in the late 90’s and started her career in customer service at Choice Hotels Inc. Prior to coming to Red Door Pediatric Therapy, she worked as an Account Manager at a local insurance agency in Minot. Kylie has had the pleasure of meeting and working with extraordinary people and can’t wait to meet everyone that walks through the Red Door. Kylie and her husband Chris have two boys Kody and Connor. In their spare time, they love hanging out, playing card games, watching scary movies, working out, baking, and traveling to new places.
Autumn Serna, Scheduler
Autumn was raised in Zap/Beulah ND and continues to live in Beulah--a true hometown gal--with her husband Braidan and 3 children: Caea, Lochlan, and Stella. After 12 years of coaching and managing Northern Lights Gymnastics Academy in Beulah, she decided to retire in order to have more time with family. On the days she is not at Red Door, she still manages the Gymnastics Academy and Para Sub for Oliver Mercer Special Education. In her spare time, she prefers to stay home and be a couch potato!
Alexis Radke, Scheduler
Lexi is from Mandan, ND. Currently, she is in her senior year at Minot State University for Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to working at Red Door, she worked in the after-school program at three different elementary schools (both in Mandan and Minot). Lexi has seized some excellent opportunities working with DSP for Easter Seals Goodwill Inc. Outside of school and work, she likes to workout, be outdoors, and hang out with friends and family.
Stephanie Schneider, MS, CCC-SLP
Stephanie received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2008 from Minot State University. Go Beavers! Red Door Pediatric Therapy has been her home ever since. Throughout her career, she has experienced the unique challenges and great rewards of working with the children and families of this community. Stephanie’s professional interests include literacy, stuttering, and diagnostics. She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
Stephanie and her husband John are Bismarck natives. They are also the proud parents of three children and enjoy anything that includes family, music, or the great outdoors.
Brianna Mittelsteadt, MS, OTR/L
Brianna received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mary in 2015. She has experience working with pediatrics in several settings, including outpatient and school system. Brianna also has experience with the adult population as an acute care therapist . She joined the Red Door team in 2016 and is very passionate about working with children! Brianna’s professional interests include autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing, self-regulation, and feeding.
Brianna is from Mandan where she lives with her husband and children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the lake, boating, and other outdoor activities.
Chief Executive Officer
Brandi Breitbach, MS, OTR/L
Brandi received her master’s of occupational therapy degree from the University of North Dakota in 2003. At the beginning of her career, Brandi worked as an occupational therapist in Sidney, MT, covering inpatient, outpatient, home health and pediatrics. In 2007, Brandi started an occupational therapy department for Red Door Pediatric Therapy. Brandi’s professional interests include autism spectrum, sensory processing, and adaptive social behaviors. She is a registered practitioner in Therapeutic Listening. Currently, Brandi serves as Red Door Pediatric Therapy’s Chief Executive Officer.
Brandi is from Bismarck and enjoys spending time with family and friends, cheering on local football teams, cooking, and reading.
Kelli Ellenbaum, MS, CCC-SLP
Kelli received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Dakota in 2001. Kelli worked as a school Speech Language Pathologist in Kansas and North Dakota until 2005. In 2006, Kelli opened Red Door Pediatric Therapy in Bismarck with Heather Arnt. Kelli’s professional interests include the autism spectrum, auditory processing, augmentative alternative communication, myofunctional approaches to treatment, and language development. Kelli holds a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kelli served on the North Dakota Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for several years and is an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
Kelli is the mother of 4 busy girls and enjoys food and time at the lake.
Heather Arnt, MS, CCC-SLP
Heather received her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Dakota in 2001. Her previous work experience includes work in the school system in Arizona, as well as outpatient settings. In 2006, Heather opened Red Door Pediatric Therapy in Bismarck with Kelli Ellenbaum. Heather’s professional interests include childhood apraxia of speech, language development and articulation/phonology (especially those darn /r/’s!), as well as insurance rights and reimbursement as they relate to pediatric outpatient services. Heather serves on the Advisory Board for the development of undergraduate/graduate degrees in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Mary.
Heather is the mom to one bright and busy daughter. She enjoys great times with great friends and gobs of books.