Meet the Team

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We at Vybrence are excited to introduce ourselves to you. We are a team of certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) with +50 years of experience combined.  All team members have worked in pediatrics and with adults with various articulation, language, voice, fluency, pragmatic, and feeding/swallowing disorders, as well as worked in the SLP corporate world, which encompasses professional communication consulting and accent management / modification.  We believe that all individuals have a voice and celebrate all forms of individuality, cultures, & races.

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Kate Taheny

Kate Taheny

MS, CCC-SLP/L

Co-Owner

Kate earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College and her Masters of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She has worked in school and private practice. Kate has experience with both pediatric and adult populations.  She has mentored fellow clinicians in various roles.  

 

Kate loves learning about other cultures and languages! She studied abroad in Europe during her time at Augustana College and that experience shaped and influenced her love of different languages and cultures.  She is of German and Polish descent and is the Grandaughter of a Polka Drummer!  Many of her elders speak German and Polish and she grew up hearing and deeply appreciating the different cultures and customs. 

 

Kate’s two children participate in a Mandarin Immersion program. They have been reading, writing and speaking  Mandarin Chinese for a combined total of 9 years (and counting!) She has learned so much about the Chinese culture through her children!  Kate appreciates the beauty of the written and spoken language and is fascinated by the language learning process and loves watching her children learn Mandarin. Nĭhǎo!

 

Kate’s hobbies include reading, cooking, running and boating with her family on the lake.  She has run the Chicago Marathon and many half marathons, 10, 8 and 5Ks!  

Jennifer Brandt

Jennifer Brandt

MA, CCC-SLP/L

Co-Owner

Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois and a Master’s of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Cincinnati.  She has worked in clinic and hospital settings and has supervised graduate-level clinicians in the university setting.  Jennifer has been published in the Cleft-Palate Craniofacial Journal and has presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference.

Jennifer is of German descent and grew up with many of her elders being non-native English speakers.  Having both an immigrant father and immigrant grandparents, has given her a deep appreciation of other cultures, languages, and ethnicities.  Jennifer values working with individuals on their unique communication goals.

 

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, group fitness, and traveling with her family.  Her appreciation for different cultures has been enhanced by her travels to Canada, China, Europe, and Mexico.    
 

Marina Peri

Marina Peri 

MA, CCC-SLP/L

Co-Owner

Marina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Elmhurst University and her Master's of Arts in Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northwestern University & holds various certificates & training to further advance in her field.  She worked with adults and in pediatrics in the clinical and hospital settings. Marina spent a summer working in Germany & France, where she was able to study the healthcare systems and consult with other healthcare professionals for optimal patient care.  She has also had the privilege of supervising graduate-level clinicians both in clinics & in the university settings, as well as lectured at colleges, seminars, & conventions about various topics in the field.  

 

Marina is not only passionate about her field, but also loves cooking, traveling, and, like Kate, is an avid runner.  Marina is on a racing team.  She and her teammates race around the world.  She enjoys volunteering with an non-profit organization that organizes running events with children or adults with disabilities so that they can gain the racing experience. 

 

Furthermore, Marina is first generation Italian-American and is proud to be bilingual.  Having parents & family members who are immigrants and who speak with accents, she has seen how effortful it can be when trying to express your wants, needs, and desires in a foreign country.  And yes, she proudly speaks with a American accent when speaking to her family in Italian. ​

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Certified Compton P-ESL Instructors & Members of CORSPAN

ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence

PROMPT Level I & II Training

Kaufman Training for Apraxia

+50 years of

COMBINED EXPERIENCE

We have the know-how you need.

Orofacial Myofunctional Training

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)

SOS Approach to Feeding Certification

Get Permission Approach to Feeding Certification

TOTs Certification

Specialized Training in Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Beckman Oral Motor Therapy

Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display Certified (PODD)

SOFFI Method Certification

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) Trained

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