Jennifer Larson is the mother of a young man with regressive autism. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in marketing, psychology and speech communication and a graduate of the OPM program of Harvard Business School. Jennifer is the owner and CEO of Vibrant Technologies, incorporated 1998. She is also the owner, founder and CEO of the Holland Autism Center and Clinic, the Founding Board Chair of the non-profit Children with Autism Deserve Education (CADE), and Director and founder of the non-profit Health Choice. Jennifer has been honored with several business and media awards during her career including the Minneapolis Business Journal’s 2007, Forty under Forty award and 2008 Women to Watch award. She has been interviewed by Brent Bowers of the New York Times (“Out of Adversity an Opportunity“, “Entrepreneurs Press On, and Obstacles Fall“), and wrote “Is He High Functioning” on the Age of Autism.
Mark Blaxill is the CFO of Vibrant Technologies Inc and the Holland Center. In addition, he is co-founder and Executive Director of XLP Capital, a firm founded in 2015 and focused on technology strategy development, advanced data analytics and technology-based investments. Before starting XLP, Mr. Blaxill was a co-Founder and Managing Partner of 3LP Advisors, a firm focused on IP strategy development, patent transactions and IP-based investments. Previous to the launch of 3LP in 2008, he was a 25-year veteran of The Boston Consulting Group, where as senior vice president and partner, he headed the firm’s Strategy Practice. He is the co-author of The Invisible Edge: Taking Your Strategy to the Next Level Using Intellectual Property (Portfolio, 2009), which was named Best Strategy Book in 2009 by a leading business journal. He has been named one of “The World’s Leading IP Strategists” by IAM Magazine.
Mark is also the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism. He has published numerous scientific articles and co-authored three books on autism with Dan Olmsted: The Age of Autism (Thomas Dunne, September 2010), and Vaccines 2.0 (Skyhorse Publishing, February 2015) and most recently Denial: How Refusing to Face the Facts About Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families—and our Future (Skyhorse, 2017).
Mr. Blaxill earned an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Brittany Fink, MOT, OTR/L Holland Connections Division Director
Brittany Fink MOT, OTR/L
Brittany attended the University of Minnesota, where she received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has provided Occupational Therapy services for children who have a diagnosis of Autism for seven years. Brittany’s areas of special interest include Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), sensory integration, and feeding therapy. Brittany is passionate about helping her clients to achieve their highest level of functional independence while having fun along the way.
Keri attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she received her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has provided Speech Therapy services to children diagnosed with Autism for ten years. Keri’s interests include Augmentative and Alternative Communication, early language development, and gestalt language. She is certified in the Beckman Oral Motor assessment and intervention protocol, which focuses on mechanical muscle responses to increase oral motor function. She has also received training in the SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) approach to feeding. She loves working with clients of all ages and helping them communicate their wants and needs for everyday life.
Jenna attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development and Family Studies, with a minor in Psychology. She then attended the University of Minnesota, where she received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Jenna’s areas of special interest include trauma informed care, emotional regulation, and feeding therapy. She has received additional training in the SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) approach to feeding. Jenna enjoys working with the wonderful multidisciplinary team, clients and families at Holland Connections!
Sophie Wilmshurst, COTA/L Team Lead – Mendota Heights
Sophie attended the Health Science Institute in Kansas City, where she received her Associate’s degree to become a COTA. Before that, she attended the University of Kansas, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Community Health. Sophie has 4 years of experience working with the pediatric special needs population, with diagnoses including Traumatic Brain Injuries, Strokes, and Autism. She started at Holland Center as a student during one of her clinical rotations and continued on to become an employee. Sophie loves being creative to find a fun way for client’s to learn and participate in meaningful activities.
Marina has been working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant since 2017 after earning an Associates degree from St. Catherine’s University. Her areas of special interests are cognitive and visual impairments and sensory integration. Marina is passionate about discovering her clients personalities and watching them gain confidence through their independence.
Abby attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, with a minor in Neuroscience. She then attended the College of St. Scholastica, where she received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Abby’s areas of special interest include brain body connection, regulation, and executive functioning. She is a certified Spelling to Communicate practitioner. Abby enjoys working with clients and their families to improve their everyday lives.
Kaitlyn Hirvela, M.S., CCC-SLP Team Lead – Eden Prairie Outpatient
Kaitlyn Hirvela M.S. CCC-SLP
Kaitlyn attended the University of North Dakota, where she received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She also has minors in Special Education and Psychology. Specific areas of interest include articulation and phonological disorders, as well as feeding therapy. Kaitlyn is certified in the Beckman Oral Motor assessment and intervention protocol, which focuses on mechanical muscle responses to increase oral motor function. She enjoys working with children and teaching them to communicate their wants and needs and having fun while doing so.
Tyler attended Colorado State University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a focus in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. He then attended Clarkson University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Tyler is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and has previous experience as a Pre-school Teacher. He enjoys working with individuals of all abilities and is passionate about helping his clients to achieve their goals.
Cassie attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Nordic Studies. She then attended Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa where she received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She enjoys identifying fun and meaningful activities individualized to each child to help them achieve their goals and increase their independence.
Kenzie Larson, COTA/L Occupational Therapy Assistant
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Kenzie graduated from Western Tech located in La Crosse, WI with an Associates Degree in Applied Science. Prior to becoming a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, she worked with adults 18 and older within a group home setting. There, she focused on enhancing everyday activities of daily living to provide meaningful services and care to clients of all abilities. She looks forward to starting a new chapter in her life, working with children at Holland Connections to help them achieve their goals and increase independence within all desired activities within a fun and safe environment!
Megan attended St. Catherine’s University to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Before that, she attended Augsburg University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. She has a passion for helping the pediatric population reach their full potential through all of their occupations. She is very excited to work at Holland Center and is ready to continue learning new ways to enhance independence in children’s lives.
Nicole (Niki) graduated from Anoka Technical College in 2019 with an AAS degree – Occupational Therapy Assistant. Niki started her COTA career in post-acute rehabilitation, working with adult clients with various conditions and diagnoses for two years. After always having a passion for the pediatric population, Niki was looking for a change and found Holland Center where she began in June of 2022. Niki is looking forward to learning and growing in her career as a COTA here at Holland Center!
Savannah attended Concordia University Wisconsin, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science. She is currently continuing her education at Concordia University Wisconsin to earn her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Savannah is passionate about occupational therapy and enjoys the large scope of practice that it has to offer. Savannah’s areas of special interest include emotional regulation and community involvement.
Jake Quinton, MS, CF-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
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Jacob attended the University of North Dakota, where he received his Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He also has a minor in Psychology. Specific areas of interest include language disorders and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC). He enjoys helping people with Autism discover and communicate their interests and coming up with strategies to help them thrive in their everyday lives.
Jenny attended the University of Alabama, where she received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communicative Disorders with a minor in Psychology. Specific areas of interest include language therapy and the implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT Loud) which may be utilized with some children to improve vocal loudness and clarity. She enjoys working with children and giving them multiple ways to communicate their wants, needs, and opinions to improve overall independence.
Holland Center is expanding! We are currently seeking a full-time or part-time Speech-Language Pathologist to provide services to children enrolled in our autism program as well as children of varying diagnoses enrolled in our growing outpatient program.
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.
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