Your Team of Caring Professionals— Here to Serve You!
Mandy Carlsen, MOT, OTR/L
Partner and Occupational Therapist
Mandy is an occupational therapist specializing in feeding and mealtime skills. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Arizona in 2001. She then moved to Seattle to pursue her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Sunny Tucson drew her back to the Southwest in 2004 with her husband. She has been in private practice working with children with feeding challenges and their families in southern Arizona for the last nine years. She became a founding partner with Mealtime Connections in 2007 and is a founding member for Nourish, a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting families whose children have feeding challenges (www.nourishaz.org). Mandy enjoys spending time with her family and colleagues and taking advantage of all Tucson has to offer.
Kimberly Edwards, MS, OTR/L, CLC
Partner, Occupational Therapist, and Certified Lactation Counselor
Kimberly Edwards is an occupational therapist, certified lactation counselor and partner at Mealtime Connections. Kimberly moved to Tucson in 1980, graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 1995 and from Arizona School of Health Sciences with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1999. Kimberly has been working in pediatrics since 1999 with experience in school districts, home based and outpatient clinic based services with an emphasis on feeding the medically fragile infant and child. She was involved with the Pediatric Intensive Care Team for five years, has been actively involved with the Smooth Way Home Project, and recently completed the Fragile Infant Feeding Institute training. Realizing there was a need to support families with complicated breastfeeding concerns, Kimberly became interested in pursuing additional education in lactation and became a certified lactation counselor in 2015. She especially enjoys supporting medically fragile infants and their families. Kimberly has lived in Tucson for more than 30 years and enjoys participating in community events with family and friends.
Randi Morgan, M.A., CCC-SLP, CLC
Speech Director, Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Lactation Counselor
Randi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. Randi joined the Mealtime Connections team in 2009, where she is the Director of Speech Language Pathology. Randi is also a community campus partner with the University of Arizona for the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department providing supervision and clinical training for students in the Speech Language Pathology graduate program. Randi specializes in pediatric feeding, dysphagia, and speech and language skill development, and has practiced in hospital, clinic, and home based therapeutic settings. She has significant expertise evaluating and treating infants / toddlers / children with both special healthcare and developmental needs. Randi pursued her interest in supporting moms and babies with complex breastfeeding concerns, becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2015. Randi has advanced dysphagia assessment and management training in cervical auscultation and the Frazier Water Protocol. Randi is also certified in the Tscharnuter Akademie for Motor Organization (TAMO) handling technique (now called Perception-Action Approach). Randi is proficient in Spanish and American Sign Language.
Erin Phillips, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Science from the University of Arizona and a Master of Sciences degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Arizona. She joined the Mealtime Connections team in July 2013 during her clinical fellowship year. Erin specializes in assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding, dysphagia, oral-motor skill development, and speech and language skill development. Erin has direct experience working with infants, preschool-age and school-age children in clinic and home based therapeutic settings. Erin pursues an interdisciplinary approach in providing comprehensive care in coordination with other medical professionals at Mealtime Connections and within the Tucson community. Erin continues to focus her interest in pursuing continuing education in pediatric dysphagia for medically complex children, infant speech and language development, oral motor and swallowing function, and Perception-Action Approach for movement and function. Erin has also been a teacher for a selection of different courses at Mealtime Connections addressing pediatric feeding challenges. Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, running, baking, and crafting.
Lacey Miller, M.S, CCC-SLP, CLC
Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor
Lacey Miller is a speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor who grew up in northeast Missouri, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Truman State University in 2004. After moving to Tucson in 2005, she began serving infants and toddlers with developmental delays contracting with the Division of Developmental Disabilities and directing the Arizona Early Intervention Program. She also participated in the Smooth Way Home task force supporting fragile infants in the NICU transition home with developmental support services. After 10 years of in-home support services, she returned to school and received her Master's of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona to support her favorite population through a new scope of practice. She joined Mealtime Connections in 2017 and now specializes in pediatric feeding disorders, breastfeeding challenges, and speech and language disorders. Outside of work, Lacey is a busy wife, mother to three children, and is active in her church
LeAnna King, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC
Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor
LeAnna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from The University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at The University of Utah. She joined the Mealtime Connections, LLC team in 2018 for her clinical fellowship year and received her Certificate of Clinical Competency in 2019. LeAnna has experience treating pediatric feeding, dysphagia, and speech/language disorders across outpatient, inpatient and home settings. She enjoys the interdisciplinary approach at Mealtime Connections and the unique, integrative care it provides families, as well as the ongoing learning opportunities she receives from her colleagues. LeAnna prioritizes continuing education, with a focus on dysphagia, feeding, and developmentally supportive treatment for medically complex infants and children. She has a special interest in treating infants and children requiring respiratory support. Currently, LeAnna is working toward becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor and looks forward to incorporating these skills into the care she provides her families. Outside of the clinic, she values volunteering with two local non-profits, Nourish as well as St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic. LeAnna loves spending time with her family, reading, concerts, going on outdoor adventures, playing sports, hammock napping, and never turning down the opportunity to enjoy a churro.
Shannon Collins, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC
Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor
Shannon Collins is a speech-language pathologist who grew up in western Colorado, receiving her bachelor's degree in Sociology at University of Denver. She has also worked with women and children across the globe through various humanitarian programs. She moved to Tucson in 2018 to pursue a career in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, where she obtained a Master’s of Science. Shannon enjoys all aspects of pediatric speech pathology with special interest in pediatric dysphagia, speech, and language. She currently is working toward certification in lactation consultation and craniofacial rehabilitation specifically with oral-motor skill development. Outside of work, Shannon is an avid outdoors woman who loves camping, gardening, skiing, boating, and mountain biking.
Alex Folger, SLPA
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Alex joined our Mealtime Connections team in 2021. She is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona where she majored in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and minored in Public Health and Business Administration. Her observation hours were done with our team which gave us an opportunity to work with her while she was still in school. She has also recently completed her 100 clinical hours with our team as a part of her Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certification. She assists our Speech Language Pathologists with therapy sessions here at the clinic. She has appreciated the mentorship from her colleagues here and is excited to continue working with, and learning from, our wonderful team. She will continue her education by getting her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders to ultimately become a certified Speech Language Pathologist herself. In her off time Alex loves spending time with her family and friends, exercising, and being outdoors.
BreAnne Robison, M.S., OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Occupational Therapist
Bre received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Occupational Therapy at A.T. Still University. She joined the Mealtime Connections team in February 2015 as a feeding fellow with the Marsha Dunn Klein Feeding Fellowship Program. In addition to treating infants and children with feeding and developmental concerns, Bre is a Get Permission Master Educator, assists with teaching Get Permission conferences and has aided in the developmental and presentation of the updated Anxious Eaters Anxious Mealtime parent class. Bre also provides supervision, training and mentorship to students and fellows here at Mealtime Connections. When she’s not working, she spends time with her family and enjoys reading, cooking, eating, and using her creativity on Pinterest.
Katelyn Solverson, OTD,OTR/L
Katelyn received a Bachelor of Family Studies and Human Development from The University of Arizona in December of 2014 and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in May 2018. She completed the Marsha Dunn Klein Feeding Fellowship in 2020, assists with Get Permission Institute, and co leads Help, I Have a Picky Eater Class virtually. Katie specializes in pediatric feeding and evaluation/treatment of children with developmental delays, medically complex history, fine motor/gross motor impairments. ranging in age from 0-21. She has experience working in an outpatient pediatric clinic setting as well as a pediatric hospital inpatient setting. Katie has participated in continuing education at a National Level having attended Anxious Eater, Anxious Mealtime Course by Marsha Dunn Klein, Pediatric NDT Course by Suzanne Davis, and Infant Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Course by Robin Glass and Lynn Wolfe.
Rebekah Robinson, BS, COTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Rebekah graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Family Studies and Human Development. In 2019 Rebekah became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant from St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rebekah has experience working in the early intervention population from birth to five. Rebekah has an interest in becoming versed in pediatric feeding. In her spare time Rebekah loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys Jiujitsu, hiking, plants, and traveling.
Allison Whiteside, PT
Allison has practiced pediatric physical therapy since 1980. She received her Basic Pediatric NDT training in 1982. She completed advanced studies in NDT in Baby Courses with Joan Mohr and Mary Quinton, Lower Extremity and Gait course with Lois Bly, and the Refresher course. She is an inactive NDTA Coordinator Instructor having assisted in eleven Pediatric NDTA courses and she has instructed numerous introductory NDT courses. Currently, Allison has provided in home physical therapy services for infants and toddlers through her private practice, Building Blocks. She has also worked for the Newborn Follow Program (NICP), Easter Seals/Blake Foundation, and Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services. Allison co-authored, Facilitation Techniques Based on NDT Principles, with Lois Bly in 1997 and Positioning for Play – Interactive Activities to Enhance Movement & Sensory Exploration with Rachel Diamant in 2005. She has also written articles for Parent Articles, “NDTA Network”, and Parent Articles About NDT.
Beka Johnson, PT, DPT
Beka joined the Mealtime Connections team in 2020. She received her Bachelor’s in Applied Health Science from Messiah University and graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She presented her research on Physical Therapy for children with Down Syndrome at the national level and highly values using evidence based practice in the clinic. Beka enjoys partnering with children of all ages and stages and their families to achieve their goals. When she is not in the clinic, Beka is finding new trails to run with her husband, playing in the park, reading a good book, or playing her cello.
Lucille Cooke, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Lucille Cooke is a dietitian specializing in pediatric nutrition support. Lucille graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Nutritional Sciences emphasizing Dietetics in 2015. She completed her dietetic internship at Banner University Medical Center Tucson in 2016, where she continued to work at, covering all of the pediatric units until 2020. Lucille has since transitioned to sharing her time between Mealtime Connections and Children's Clinics for Rehabilitative Services, working with children with complex nutritional needs. Lucille maintains her RD credential in addition to being certified in pediatric nutrition (CSP), which she obtained in 2017. Lucille loves working with children and their families to help promote healthy growth. In her free time, Lucille enjoys reading, going to concerts and spending time with her pets Taco, Olive, and Hermione.
Referrals Coordinator / Front Desk
Tahtianna joined our Mealtime Connections team in 2020 after volunteering with us as a student for the previous Fall semester. She manages our new client referrals and is one of the first people you’ll meet when you come in the door. She also handles documentation with pediatrician offices to ensure a smooth start to services for your child. As a recent University of Arizona graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies, she hopes to gain experience and knowledge from our outstanding Occupational Therapists to one day pursue the profession as well! Tahtianna loves coffee, travelling, and enjoys spending time with family and her dog Chance in her off time.
Office Administrator / Front Desk
Sarah joined Mealtime Connections in 2019 and she manages our very active front desk. She also handles registration for classes, marketing, and staff credentialing. Sarah is a Tucson native and she lives here with her husband, their toddler, and a house full of pets. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science at the University or Arizona in Care, Health, and Society with a minor in Public Health. When she is not at the office, Sarah enjoys cooking, art projects, and curling up with a good book.