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Speech Therapy Team

Heather Hickman
Heather Hickman, MA/CCC-SLP
Heather received two bachelors degrees, one in Speech Language Pathology, and one in Audiology, and a minor in psychology form the University of Northern Colorado. She has also has a masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Heather enjoys working the pediatric clients of all ages, and is especially interested in articulation disorders and phonological delays. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going for walks, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family.
Betsy Obourn
Betsy Obourn, M.A./CCC-SLP, SLP
Betsy earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Betsy has been practicing for 24 years, and cannot imagine doing anything else! Her passion is working with language impairments and all of the interesting characteristics that can come with that. She also enjoys working with motor speech and phonological speech disorders. Now that her children are bigger, she is finding more time for reading, traveling and spending time with friends.
Judy R. Edwards
Judy R. Edwards, MS/CCC-SLP
Judy graduated in 1974 from Ohio University with a BS in Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in Audiology. She went on to graduate from Miami University in 1980 with an MS in Speech and Hearing Science. Judy has worked as a speech pathologist for the past 36 years in the public schools, private practice, rehabilitation facility, hospitals and home health care settings. Her specialty is working with children and adolescents with Autism, delayed speech and language disorders and fluency issues.
Denise Noda Denise Noda, M.S./CCC-SLP
Denise received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Utah. She has over 20 years of experience and has enjoyed exploring diverse caseloads ranging in age from birth to the geriatric population. Her areas of specialty include early intervention, school-based speech/language services, and adult rehabilitation of neurogenic communication disorders. She enjoys collaborating with patients and families to help them achieve their goals.
Claire Leborgne Claire Leborgne, M.A./CCC-SLP
Claire is a graduate of the University of Denver (Bachelors of Music) and the University of Colorado (Masters of Art – Speech Language Pathology). She is currently in the process of completing her Clinical Fellowship and adores working with various types of clients. Her particular passions include pediatric therapy and voice disorder therapy. Outside of speech and language therapy, Claire teaches music lesson and enjoys performing with local theater and opera companies in the Denver Metro area.
Lindsay DePalma
Lindsay DePalma, M.S., CCC-SLP
Lindsay DePalma received a Master of Science degree from Ithaca College. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). In addition to working at Handprints Home Health, she is an employee of EC BOCES and provides speech/language services in the Bennett and Strasburg school districts. Lindsay has post graduate experience working with individuals with varying disabilities, including receptive/expressive language delays, articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, TBI, etc. She also has training in the use of AAC technology such as the Tobii Communicator, Nova Chat, and various iPad applications. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the mountains skiing, hiking, and biking with her friends. Lindsay also enjoys traveling, cooking, and going to concerts.
Emily Pote
Emily Pote, M.S./CCC-SLP
Emily Pote is originally from New York with a B.F.A in Acting. She later pursued Speech-Language Pathology at Lehman College in NYC., and went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 2016. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and enjoys working with children of all ages. She currently works full-time as a school-based SLP working with children ages 2-18, and loves working with younger children with phonological and/or language delays. In addition to working in the schools, she has worked with children with more severe needs in the private practice setting for the past year. She loves collaborating with other specialists and working closely with families. While Emily loves her job, she occasionally needs to unwind with some yoga, running, reading, and socializing.
Brianna Freed
Brianna Freed, M.A., CCC-SLP
Brianna graduated from Utah State University in 2016 with a 2nd BS in Communication Disorders & Deaf Education. She went on to earn an MA in Speech-Language Pathology at University of Northern Colorado in 2018. Since graduating, Brianna has worked as a travel speech-language pathologist, serving Denver-area students in preschool through 12th grade with a wide range of deficits and diagnoses—including expressive/receptive language disorders, speech sound/phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy. She is passionate about early childhood intervention and, specifically, monitoring pre-literacy skills to improve later literacy outcomes. In her free time, Brianna enjoys spending time with family & friends and taking in the beautiful Colorado sunshine with her wonderfully needy rescue dog.
Jean Howe
Jean Howe, M.S./CCC-SLP
Jean received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from South Texas State University and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has over 30 years of experience working as a Speech/Language Pathologist in various medical settings as well as in the public schools. She especially enjoys working in Early Intervention with children diagnosed with ASD as she has specialized training in articulation, language and feeding skills. In her spare time, Jean plays competitive tennis, enjoys photography and painting and loves to travel.