Why Speech Therapy Express?
Experience, Excellence, & Value
20-years experience working coast-to-coast in hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, daycares, and home visits. I've learned from every person I've worked with. I have a wealth of knowledge and insight. I want you to feel confident that you've chosen the best speech-language pathologist for your loved one or yourself, so I offer a complimentary consult.
Convenience & Options
You can come to me or I can come to you to provide therapy in your home, place of work, or other community location in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Teletherapy (video call) is also offered to address select needs of clients in some locations. FSA, HSA, cash, and credit cards are accepted. I am an out-of-network provider. Documentation for possible insurance reimbursement is provided. Third-party financing is also available through Advance Care.
Sessions are typically 30-45 minutes in length. There is no pressure or expectation to commit to a therapy frequency of 1-2x/week, if that doesn't fit your schedule. It's à la carte, whatever works best for you. If you want to space out visits more, the home program can be expanded. As part of the initial evaluation, I will provide you with a Good Faith Estimate of the total cost of therapy.
All interventions are designed to derive benefit during everyday interactions as soon as possible. To that end, input and feedback from family members is often critical. I typically ask if some family members can join our session, in part or in whole. By creating a therapy session that resembles everyday life, newly acquired skills are more readily applied to situations outside of therapy.
I will work myself out of a job as fast as I can.
Highly personalized home programming, plus
family involvement accelerate progress.
"How do you do it? How do you get results so fast?"
- Supervisors & Colleagues
"This is the first time we've ever seen any progress."
"I thought my son would never talk! I thought he'd scream forever."
"I did what you recommended. It worked--even when I didn't think it would!"
- Teachers & Paraprofessionals
"Carrie is the best therapist we've ever worked with, bar none."
"Where do you get your ideas?!"
"You've helped me in my recovery more than anyone."
"You have such a calming presence."
- Patients & Family Members
"Do you do this for everyone?"
- Family member commenting on a highly personalized home speech binder.
Areas of Service
Articulation & phonological disorders.
Childhood apraxia of speech & motor-planning deficits.
Dyslexia. Reading Rehab: A Trans-Disciplinary Approach to Dyslexia by Carrie Lundell
Infant feeding & swallowing.
Special education contractual service.
I am qualified to diagnose tongue tie (tethered oral tissue); however, I do not have advanced training in related orofacial problems yet. If you seek treatment for tongue tie and related orofacial problems, I highly recommend Kaye Koelker Baumgardner, MS, CCC-SLP at Minnetonka Pediatric Therapy. She is a speech-language pathologist, who is also certified by the International Association of Orofacial Myology.
Education & Qualifications
M. A., Speech-Language Pathology
The George Washington University, Washington, DC, January 2002
B. A., magna cum laude, with departmental honors, French Literature Major, Music Minor (voice, piano)
University of Minnesota, May 1998
All professional credentials are filed under my legal name: Carolyn Ann Lundell.
Minnesota SLP Health License, No. 8148, Expires January 31, 2023
Minnesota SLP Teaching License, File No. 453207, Expires June 30, 2026
Member, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Member, Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association
Health Freedom Member, Physicians for Informed Consent
Infant Feeding & Swallowing Courses by Catherine Shaker, M.S., CCC-SLP
📷: Nancy Kuehn
People often ask why I became a speech-language pathologist, what drew me to the field. There were several draws. It feels good to help others. There's a broad scope of practice so I'm continually challenged. In particular, children energize me. While I sometimes turn up the pressure, we generally have fun and laugh a lot. I feel fortunate to spend my days cultivating joy, while simultaneously stretching my brain. I'm blessed to share in others' accomplishments. I'm also special needs myself.
As a child I experienced huge processing delays. This was paired with unintelligible speech at age 6. In kindergarten, I was placed in the lowest and smallest reading group, with students who now reside in group homes. I struggled for years to learn how to read. With mounting "learned failure," I figured that I was just stupid. Did you know that a child's IQ can vary 50 (!) points over the course of childhood, with the biggest variable being a parent's involvement? My dad believed that I was capable of straight A's. I seriously doubted it but I set my sights on a 4.0, because, well, I was kind of scared of my dad. I started asking a lot of questions at school and my teachers (God bless them) went out of their way to help me. I somehow developed other effective compensatory strategies. By 7th grade I earned straight A's.
Freshman year of high school, I joined the speech team and competed in the storytelling category. I bombed. I ranked the lowest at each meet. All season long. But this time failure didn't phase me. I knew how to apply myself. Judges were constructive in their criticism, my coach was supportive, and I kept practicing. The same teachers, who saw me through my difficulties in elementary school, welcomed me into their classrooms to practice telling folk stories to their students. As I acted out the stories, I knew I was nailing it, when every child's face mirrored my facial expressions. My senior year, I actually won the Minnesota State High School League speech competition in the category of storytelling! A month later, like a tortoise stepping over the finish line, I graduated valedictorian.
Even though I had gained a sense of accomplishment, I really didn't understand how my brain worked or how I got from one end of the academic spectrum to the other, apart from grit. So, yes, I partially entered this field to better understand both my struggles and successes. Now I recognize that they are two sides of the same coin. We all have certain traits that, depending on how we apply them, or depending upon the situation, are strengths or liabilities. Where there is a weakness or liability, I trust that there is also a strength to be leveraged. With this belief, I've come to embrace obstacles--the harder the better. As I see it, the bigger the deficit, the bigger the gain will be. The bigger the gain, the greater the high I experience every time a client, patient, or student makes a breakthrough. I live for that high. It feels transcendent.
📷: Milly Lee
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What to expect from your 15-minute, phone or video consult:
A sense of child-therapist fit.
Appropriate referrals, if needed.
Practical suggestions for immediate implementation at home, when possible.
All communication with Speech Therapy Express is confidential.
By appointment only.
690 Cleveland Ave. S., Suite 103
St. Paul, MN, 55116, USA
Or I can come to you,
in your home, school, or your child's daycare.
Or we can both stay put,
and work together via live video chat, when appropriate.