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Welcome to Holland Connections

Always Striving for Excellence through Commitment, Integrity, and Compassion!

“WELCOME TO HOLLAND”- A Poem by Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help
people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would
feel. It’s like this……

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a
bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David.
The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go.
Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”
“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in
Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of
pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And
you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve
been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice
that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about
what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s
where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a
very very significant loss.

But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free
to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.

Holland Connections Staff

Jennifer Larson
Owner, CEO
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Mark Blaxill
Mark Blaxill
CFO
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Brittany Fink, MOT, OTR/L
Holland Connections Division Director
Occupational Therapist

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Keri Derauf, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathology Trainer
Speech-Language Pathologist

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Sophie Wilmshurst, COTA/L
Team Lead – Mendota Heights
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Kaitlyn Hirvela, M.S., CCC-SLP
Team Lead – Minnetonka
Speech-Language Pathologist

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Brenna Dedeker, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
 Mendota Heights

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Jenna Neis, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
 Minnetonka

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Briana Hedge, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
 Mendota Heights

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Marina Underberg, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Minnetonka

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Kari Luedtke, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Minnetonka

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Abby Ihli, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
 Minnetonka

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Stephanie Nielsen, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
 Mendota Heights

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Sara Folk, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
 Minnetonka

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Rachel Martonik, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Mendota Heights

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Mackenzie McCarthy, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
 Minnetonka

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Aubri Kolb, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Mendota Heights

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Bailey Reiner, M.S., CF-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
 Mendota Heights

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Gabriela Torres, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Minnetonka

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Lauren Czarnetzki, MOT, OTR
Occupational Therapist
Mendota Heights

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Kenzie Larson, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Minnetonka

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Bailey Fezler, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Mendota Heights

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Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume to info@hollandconnections.com.

Our mission at Holland Connections is to help individuals across the lifespan gain or regain functional independence within meaningful activities in order to live life to the fullest. Whether it is teaching a child with a diagnosis of autism to speak their first words or helping an adult who experienced a traumatic brain injury regain skills to return to work, our team of passionate Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists is committed to facilitating life-long learning in a safe and supportive environment. The members of the multidisciplinary team at Holland Connections specialize in the development of client-centered programming and implementation of evidence-based interventions to assist individuals with reaching their greatest potential while having fun along the way.

Holland Connections

West Location (housed within Holland Center):
10273 Yellow Circle Dr. Minnetonka, MN 55343

East Location (housed within Holland Center):
1160 Centre Pointe Drive Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Eden Prairie Location (housed within Holland Life): 6533 Flying Cloud Drive Suite 200 Eden Prairie MN 55344