Meet Our Staff

Director

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Stephen Olson

BS, OTR/L

Stephen received his bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota. He has been working in pediatrics since 1999 in multiple settings including acute care, outpatient, school-based services, and community-based services. Stephen was a primary therapist for specialty clinics serving children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, pediatric neurological injury, and growth and development for NICU graduates.

He has extensive training in the areas of NDT, sensory integration, growth and development, splint and orthotic fabrication, handwriting, and feeding. Stephen is certified in the SOS feeding program. He is an active NDOTA and AOTA member. He also serves on the ND Medicaid task force. Stephen was appointed by the governor to the State Interagency Coordinating Council in 2003.

Stephen enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and spending time with his children. He is also involved in coaching youth basketball, baseball and football.

Stephen also serves as the OT coordinator and owner at Pediatric Therapy Partners.

Coordinator

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Stacey Miller

MS, ECSE

Stacey has a master of science in early childhood special education from Minot State University and received her bachelor of science degree in child development family science from North Dakota State University with a minor in individual and family wellness.

Stacey's prior experience include being the head infant teacher in a local daycare program, being a Head Start preschool teacher for five years and a self-sufficiency case manager for four years at a community action agency. She has experience working with children, families, and community agencies.

Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, reading, and being on the State PTA Board. Stacey joined Early Intervention Partners as coordinator in May of 2011.

Occupational Therapists

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Alyssa Sauvageau

MS, OTR/L

Alyssa received her master of science in occupational therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.

Alyssa is a certified provider of the Therapeutic Listening Program and is also SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) Certified.

Alyssa has taken several American Sign Language classes, five years of Spanish classes, and has a minor in psychology. Alyssa’s areas of special interest include developmental therapy for infants and small children and sensory integration. Alyssa believes in working alongside the children’s families and caregivers in their natural environments to help them reach their full potential.

Alyssa enjoys dance, reading, being outside, spending time at the lake, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Alyssa joined the Pediatric Therapy Partners team in 2012 and transitioned to Early Intervention Partners in 2016.

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Megan Hauck

MS, OTR/L

Megan received a master's of science degree in occupational therapy at the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining Early Intervention Partners, Megan worked in long term care and transitional care settings.

Her areas of interest include working with children with autism and children with disabilities. She was trained in ABA therapy in 2003 and spent time working with kids with autism while going to college.

In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, family, and going to the lake.

Megan joined Early Intervention Partners in 2012.

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Rochelle Dingmann

MS, OTR/L

Rochelle received her master's degree in occupational therapy from University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including NICU, inpatient, and outpatient therapy.

Rochelle has specialized training in the treatment of neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, working primarily on early feeding difficulties, orthopedic management, positioning, and environmental stimulation management. She also is a trained provider of the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Program and provides individual treatment addressing feeding issues in children.

Rochelle joined Early Intervention Partners in 2011.

Early Interventionists

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Allison Hakk

Early Interventionist

Allison joined EIP with a degree in elementary inclusive education from Minnesota State University Moorhead as well as a minor in special education developmental disabilities. She holds a teaching license in both North Dakota and Minnesota.

As a past child care provider and preschool teacher, Allison enjoys working directly with children and their families. She sees firsthand the positive impact early intervention can have on communities when children’s development is supported at home.

Outside of work, Allison likes to travel and spend time at the lake with her family and friends. Allison joined EIP in the summer of 2016.

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Brandi Engelstad

Early Interventionist

Brandi received a master of science in early childhood special education from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor of science in speech, language, and hearing sciences from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She also holds an autism spectrum disorder certificate from UND and has a current North Dakota educator’s professional license with a special education/child childhood endorsement.

Prior to EIP, Brandi was a speech therapist for a local Head Start for over 12 years, a Head Start teacher, and a child care provider. She has always enjoyed working with young children.

Brandi believes that listening and accommodating the individual needs of each family are keys to successful early intervention. Working closely with all family and caregivers in the child’s natural environments and helping to generalize new skills from one environment to another is very important to her.

Outside of work, Brandi enjoys live music, reading, and spending time with her loved ones. She joined EIP in 2015.

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Dawne Schmid

Early Interventionist

Dawne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has experience as an early childhood specialist, Head Start teacher, curriculum specialist and education coordinator, and was involved with Head Start for 13 years.

In addition to her early childhood development experience, Dawne has been a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician for 12 years and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor for two. She also teaches classes for families on car seat safety and other safety topics for children.

Watching families grow together and learn from each other fuels Dawne’s passion for her career. She especially enjoys doing messy sensory activities, either inside or outside, because she believes that sometimes the best learning happens when we are having fun.

For her fun and learning outside of work, Dawne enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She joined EIP in 2015.

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Dani Lundberg

Early Interventionist

Dani received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education from Valley City State University in 2003. She is currently attending the University of North Dakota for her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. Prior to joining Early Intervention Partners, Dani was a teacher with Clay-Wilkin Head Start. Through this she provided supports to families and worked very closely with parents to provide the best learning environment for their child. Dani has a five-year-old daughter and enjoys spending a lot of time with her family. In her free time, she loves to read books, especially mysteries. Dani joined Early Intervention Partners in 2012.

Dani works as a per diem Interventionist.

Speech-Language Pathologists

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Rachel Stoltman

MS, CCC-SLP

Rachel received a bachelor of science in early childhood education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master of arts in speech-language pathology from the University of North Dakota.

Rachel has worked with the pediatric and adult population in medical and school settings and is qualified to provide therapy for language, articulation, voice, augmentative and alternative communication, fluency, social aspects, and cognition. She is certified in Visual Phonics and Beckman Oral Motor.

Rachel believes that each child has her own unique learning style and home visits should be tailored to meet the needs of each individual. She also believes that open communication is an important component of working with all families.

Outside of home visits, Rachel enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and being out at the lake. Rachel joined Early Intervention Partners in 2013.

Physical Therapists

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Kim graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. In addition to her time as a student, she also taught pediatric curriculum content for the UND Physical Therapy program, has been a consultant to the state Early Intervention program, and has experience providing physical therapy to individuals across their lifespans, in both residential and outpatient settings.

With a pediatric certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), Kim is especially passionate about serving patients through early intervention services and developmental needs and with spasticity management and adaptive equipment. She credits her most valuable teachers as the children and families she has worked with over the years.

Kim and her husband enjoy spending time at the lake with their three grown children, one grandson, and friends. Depending on the weather, you can find her hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or inside with a good book.

Kim joined EIP in 2015.

Screening Coordinator

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Jacey Lindblad

Screening Coordinator

Jacey graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in human development family sciences. She has experience working as a preschool teacher, working in a daycare, and working as a personal care attendant with children with special needs.

Jacey is passionate about working with young children and their families.

In her free time Jacey spends time with her husband, their puppy, and their family, along with going to the lake, being outside, and reading.

Jacey joined the EIP team in 2015.