MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Anne Anne loves being a PI monkey! Did you know that she is a trained opera singer? On weekends you might find Anne cooking, practicing yoga, playing her ukulele, or enjoying a sci-fi or fantasy novel. She makes it a goal to read 50 books a year. She still loves classical music and gets to sing in a quartet during mass every Sunday at church. Ms.Anne is also a proud "geek"--talk to her about Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, superheros, anime, Disney, Doctor Who, World of Warcraft, and The Office (she has watched the series 6 times!). She is always looking for a new book or a new fandom--so give her a recommendation if you see her in the office.
Ms. Aubrey, a new SLP at PI
Ms. Paula, who joined our billing team
Our summer volunteers: Audrey, Elizabeth, Hannah, Melaine
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Lindsey Ms. Lindsey has been with Pediatric Interactions for almost 8 years.. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young kids (Henry-4 and Hannah 2½). She is originally from Michigan and loves visiting family back “home” whenever she can. Ms. Lindsey enjoys reading, crafting, organizing things, and hanging out with friends when she can. Some other interesting things about Ms. Lindsey include; she is an identical twin, she is adjunct faculty at Elmhurst college and she has won a hotdog eating contest.
Ms. Thao celebrates her 5th year at PI (actually 6th if you count that she was a student at PI
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Griselda is one of our part-time speech therapists at Pediatric Interactions. She works full time at an acute care hospital with adults. She enjoys listening to audio books when she is driving in between her jobs. Currently, she is listening to “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High” by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan. Griselda enjoys living an active lifestyle. After a long day at work, she turns to lifting weights at the gym to help her unwind and destress. Her most recent fitness endeavor has been joining Ohana Martial Arts academy where she receives training in the areas of Brazilian Jiujitsu, striking, and Muay Thai. Not only does Griselda admire the skill, discipline, passion, and technique that is involved in learning martial arts, but she also appreciates the life lessons that can be learned from doing something that pushes your boundaries and encourages you to pick yourself up every time you are knocked down.
Ms. Gail celebrates her 3rd year at PI (actually 4th if you count that she was a student)
Ms. Alyssa celebrates her 2nd year at PI!
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Gretchen works part time helping out in the office and helps PI with social media. When she’s not working, she is all about family, family, family. Married to her high school sweetheart for 17 years, she and her husband mostly keep busy by entertaining their three boys, ages 9, 6 and 4. To make things even more exciting, they recently added to their family by getting a puppy. They try to take walks together as a family every day, most often in a forest preserve near her house—it makes for great exploring opportunities for active little boys. The family also makes an effort to take fun, nature-centered vacations every year and have enjoyed many beach vacations and trips to northern Wisconsin. This month they are excited to travel to the Smoky Mountains, mostly to hike. With spring approaching, Ms. Gretchen is very excited to watch Cubs games (and hopefully get to a few!) and watch two of her three boys play baseball in a local league. .
WORK ANNIVERSARY: Ms. Kristen is celebrating her 7th year at PI
EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION: March 1 is only one of many days Ms. Sarah is thankful for the wonderful PI family that we have and everyone's dedication to our shared mission and the families we work with. She couldn't ask for a better team Love, "Mama Monkey"
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Kathy. I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, one is in 6th grade and one is now a Freshman in high school! We stay busy between swim practice and Color Guard. My hobbies include making wire wrapped jewelry, gardening, and reading scary books. I love to go out with friends, eat great food, and dance!I am an active member of The American Legion Post 525 in Mt. Prospect and an Army Veteran. My favorite place to vacation is anywhere with a beach and warm ocean breeze.
Ms Angela and her husband celebrated the birth of their baby boy, Hudson
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Lisa is from the East Coast. She is looking forward to spending time with her family back in Connecticut this holiday season. On Mondays, Ms. Lisa has the joy and excitement of watching after her 2 grandchildren, Carter age 3 and Aubrey age 1. During her free time, Ms. Lisa loves to cook, go for walks and watch movies with her husband, Mike. She loves to try new things and bought her first bow and arrow 2 years ago. Ms. Lisa Thanks God every day for her wonderful family, friends, co workers and PI families with whom she works. God Bless you all this holiday season!
WORK ANNIVERSARY: Ms. Jean celebrates another year at Pediatric Interactions, we thank her for sharing time with us after her school day
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Marni lives in Wauconda with her husband and elementary-age son and daughter, but grew up in Indianapolis (near where most of her family still lives). She keep pretty busy with her kids’ many activities, volunteering in their classrooms when she can and trying to make sure we still play each day, even if only for a few minutes! She also keep herself busy with different hobbies and activities, which include trying out new somewhat-healthy recipes (especially desserts) and dancing. She's currently taking classes in multiple styles of dance, including Latin ballroom, hip-hop/jazz, and flamenco. She also loves to just dance around the house, and if you pull up next to her in her car you might find her dancing there, too!
Ms. Deanna celebrates her 5th year at PI
Ms. Sara celebrates her 4th year at PI
Welcome Gretchen to the Office and the PI Family
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Sara’s personal interests : Definitely not cooking, I would rather find an out of the way diner then cook dinner any day! I enjoy being outside ( kayaking, biking, hiking, skiing, sledding, relaxing, finding weird events, unique towns and road side attractions ). Most weekends involve some kind of an adventure, but then again going to the store with me can be an adventure. As my kids continue to grow and get older I am doing my best to remain active in their interest( band, aerial arts, Girl Scouts).
Ms. Alyssa is getting married November 9
Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served, especially our own Ms. Kathy
Ms. Jamie has been with PI for 10 years and helped to expand our McHenry clinic
Ms. Jill has been with PI for 10 years and has helped developed our Singing and Signing classes and grown our Monkey Group.
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Alyssa grew up in Vernon Hills and currently lives in Lindenhurst with her husband, Tommy, and their 2-year-old Lab-Corgi mix, Maddon. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College. Alyssa has two sisters, Ashley (a teacher) and Bri (a journalism major at Mizzou) and a 2-year-old nephew, Logan, who she adores. Her dad is a fire chief and her mom is a school secretary. Alyssa was recently married in August and looks forward to celebrating with her family and friends in November in Cancun, Mexico. When she is not working or planning her wedding, Alyssa enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ms. Lisa has been with PI for 13 years
Ms. Lane Congrats on your 10 year anniversary at PI!
Ms. Kricia Thanks for the many years at PI, we wish you the best of luck as you begin your new career!
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Angela is a speech-language pathologist who has been a part of the Pediatric Interactions family for 2+ years. She also works as an SLP with a local school district during the school year. Angela was recently married in May and loves to spend time with her husband and their American Bulldogs in her free time. During the summer months, you can most likely find her on the golf course, boating, or playing sand volleyball. During the winter, she enjoys doing DIY projects (huge Pinterest fan), puzzling, and escaping the cold with trips to Key West!
Ms. Anne finished her CFY this year with us and has brought new programs (like voice lessons) to PI!
Ms. Marni must love what she does at PI, she's been her 12 years!
Ms. Griselda: although she is full time at a hospital, she's continued with PI for 2 years!
Welcome to Maria Magidow, a graduate intern with Ms. Lane for the fall
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: 10 things you might not Know about Ms. Lindsey:
1. A Michigan Native
2. Has been friends with her husband, Andy, since she was 12
3. Mom to 2 young kids, Henry and Hannah
4. Is an identical twin
5. Enjoys traveling with her family and has been to 9 countries
6. Loves organizing
7. Won a hot dog eating contest in college
8. Teaches at Elmhurst College
9. Enjoys cooking
10. Has worked at Pediatric Interactions for 7 years
WORK ANNIVERSARY: Ms. Kathy has been a Developmental Therapist for 17 years and has been with our Monkey Group for 6 years
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Jean is a speech-language pathologist who has worked at Pediatric Interactions for 3 years. She also works as an SLP with a local school district. When not working, Jean loves to spend time with her husband exploring Grayslake. They love all of the walking trails in the area, but their favorite is Independence Grove. Jean also loves to bake and to shop, especially at Target! During the summer, Jean tries to travel to Chicago and to Michigan as much as possible to visit family and to enjoy the sunshine!
Ms. Lindsey started here as a CFY and has been here now 7 years.
Ms. Julie, although she's only with us part-time, we've enjoyed having her here the past 6 years.
Ms. Angela, after working all day at school, she's been coming here 2 years to see kids after school.
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: - Ms. Deanna and her husband are about to celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary. - She is the mom of 3 kids and 2 dogs. - She likes to spend time with family and friends going to festivals, the farmer's market, and watching her kids participate in sports and activities. - She likes to cook and make homemade foods for her family - She likes to shop on Amazon - Professionally she likes a holistic approach to treating each child and has completed coursework and training as a CranioSacral therapist - She likes to travel and try new things
Ms. Thao is celebrating her 4th year anniversary at PI. Did you know here when she was a graduate student here? She loved it so much she stayed (and we're glad she did).
Congrats to Ms. Angela, who is getting married this month
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Gail is a mother who enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible. Her favorite season is autumn! She loves taking walks to see the leaves change color, watching spooky movies, and carving pumpkins. In the summer, she spends her weekends at her campground with her son, boyfriend, and family. Her favorite part of camping is sitting around a bonfire telling stories and movie nights on the big projector. As a hobby, Gail also has an interest in all sorts of dance and performance. Her biggest interest has been the Polynesian culture. She has been learning and performing Polynesian dance for 26 years. She has been lucky enough to go to Hawaii twice but would love to visit again soon! As a family, Gail loves traveling to Wisconsin Dells, visiting sites in Chicago, and road trips to visit friends and family. Gail is celebrating her 2nd year at PI (3rd if you counted she started as one of our AMAZING student interns)
Alyssa is celebrating her 1st year anniversary at PI. We are so lucky that she joined the team and has helped so many families. We look forward to many more years with her in our family.
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Kristen is a wife to her high school sweetheart, John, and mother of two boys, Joshua & Jaxon. As a child Kristen vacationed with her family to Minocqua, Wisconsin. There she would spend hours fishing, and sightseeing the town with her parents. Kristen passed her love for Minocqua & fishing on to her boys. As a family they now vacation there each year, where they rent out a three cabin lodge and met up with Kristen's parents, siblings, and extended family. Kristen's family also loves short getaways to Wisconsin Dells. Their favorite place to stay is the Wilderness Resort. At home Kristen enjoys hosting family get togethers, spending time curled up in front of the fireplace with her cats and dogs, attending her sons plays, and attending events at her husbands VFW post. Pediatric Interactions thanks Kristen for the 7 years that she's been part of the PI Family this month.
Kricia is celebrating her 9th year at PI. We are grateful that she makes it so easy for families navigating services.
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Thao is a speech-language pathologist and has been at Pediatric Interactions for 3 years. Thao has many things she loves. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, Loki. When she can, she loves to travel, especially to Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she went to college and met her husband, or to Vietnam to visit her Dad's family. Thao loves to play board games and has quite a collection in her home. Thao also loves listening to music and singing in the car. Lastly, and most importantly, Thao loves sleep.
MONKEY OF THE MONTH: Ms. Lane is a speech-language pathologist who has been with Pediatric Interactions for 9 years and she has loved every minute of her time here! You might say Lane is a monkey on the move. Whenever she has the chance, Lane heads out by car, airplane, or boat with her husband to recharge their batteries. Whether visiting family in Georgia and Florida, hitting the slopes in Colorado, or relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean, Lane is making the most of it. When she is at home, Lane enjoys quiet activities like reading, writing, and jigsaw puzzles.