About

Providing authentic, high quality occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) speech-language therapy to toddlers, children and teens with developmental delays and disabilities

Jill Tullman

Jill received her Bachelor degree in Communication Disorders from Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri.  She received her Master of Science degree from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992.   Jill has spent her career working with individuals who have complex communication needs and rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies, techniques and speech generating devices/AAC technology.  Prior to starting this private practice in 2002, Jill worked in hospital, clinic, and public school settings in Colorado, California, and Oregon.  Jill works with and consults with families, schools, and intervention teams across Colorado. She regularly speaks at local, national, and international conferences.

Carlee Andress

Carlee received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Purdue University of Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2010. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of South Dakota in 2016. Her first opportunity working with children who use AAC devices to communicate was in 2011 while serving children with special needs through a RESPITE care agency in Michigan. Since then, AAC became an area of specialty within the Speech-Language Pathology field. Since then, she has dedicated research, continuing education classes, and therapy toward the AAC field. Previously, Carlee worked in Early Intervention, school settings, home health, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient rehabs across several different states including Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Indiana, and Michigan.

Christie Bowers

Christie joined Jill Tullman & Associates in June 2019, and she has been supporting children and families in various educational settings since 2000.  She earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science degrees in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  While in an educational setting, Christie served as a direct service provider, AAC consultant, and AAC coordinator.  She addresses children’s individual needs through targeted assessment, writing meaningful goals, teaching skills directly, and supporting the generalization of skills through consultation.  Christie takes great pride in her collaborative approach with families, educators, and special service providers to support children and their functional communication needs. Christie is passionate about collaborating with children’s teams to best support their communication needs in a positive and effective manner.

David Adelstein

David received both his Master of Business Administration and Master of of Arts degree in Education from American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California in 2001.  He has been with Jill Tullman and Associates since its beginning as its Chief Financial Officer.  He is instrumental in running day to day financial operations and implementing systems.

Deanna Schnotala

Deanna joined Jill Tullman & Associates in August 2021. She was born and raised in Chicago (go Cubbies!!) and moved to Denver in the summer of 2021. She received both her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Iowa and has been practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2019. Deanna has loved helping children find their voice through AAC since graduate school. When she is not working you can find her hiking, doing yoga, or enjoying a concert with friends.

Jenny Kitchen

Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia in 2010 and her Master of Arts degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. Jenny began her career at Jill Tullman and Associates, where she worked for four years. After treating children and adults in a home health setting in Tennessee, Jenny was thrilled to return to Jill Tullman and Associates in 2019.  Jenny knew from a young age that she wanted to be a speech therapist, and she is passionate about helping individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC.  She considers it an honor to be a part of someone’s communication journey and to help her clients use language to participate in life to the fullest extent possible.

Lauren Powell

Lauren received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Michigan State University (go green!) in 2020. She recently graduated with a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston. She learned about the impact and excitement of AAC through an internship at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Augmentative Communication Program, where she fell in love with the endless possibilities of this area of speech-language pathology. Thus far, Lauren has truly enjoyed working with the amazing therapists, staff, and clients at Jill Tullman and Associates and she looks forward to building more relationships and partnerships within the JTA community.

Michelle Lange

Michelle is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow and member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA. We are thrilled to have Michelle with Jill Tullman & Associates two days a month to address the seating, positioning and access to assistive technology needs of individuals we work with.

Nicole Verrett

Nicole is our lovely OT that joined the practice in September. She joined us from the east coast and has worked as an Early Intervention provider for many years. She sees many of our kids but also has her own clients here as well, that do not use AAC. For kids that are appropriate, we love co-treating with her and collaborating to meet our kids’ needs!

Nicole Wight

Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota. Prior to joining Jill Tullman & Associates, she worked in hotel and country club management and sales. She moved to Colorado when her twins were 3 years old, in 2003. Through volunteering at her kid’s elementary school, Nicole became passionate about helping children with disabilities and spent several years working as an Educational Assistant. That desire to help others led her to Jill Tullman & Associates to be able to continue with her business background, while still being involved in watching kids, teens and adults thrive through and communicate to their full potential.

Sandy Everds

Sandy is here on Fridays to help us with pretty much anything! From finalizing therapy materials (e.g., laminating, cutting, velcroing) to helping Nicole with office administration tasks, Sandy does it all and is always happy to help! We are so grateful to have her.

Tara Bohle

Tara joined Jill Tullman & Associates in June 2021. However, Tara is no stranger to the practice, as her family has been a client for years. Like many who seek out Jill Tullman & Associates, Tara and her husband wanted to help their son find his voice through AAC. Tara was so inspired with her experiences that she went back to school so she too could help others with their own complex communication needs. Tara graduated as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant at MSU Denver in May, 2021. Additionally, Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Norbert College in Communication, Media and Theater and a Masters of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University. In addition to Tara’s education, she is the President and Co-Founder of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called Colorado Rare. Colorado Rare’s mission is to be a united voice in Colorado to support and represent the needs and challenges of individuals living with rare diseases and their families. Tara is passionate about helping others and is excited to help you or your loved one with their AAC needs.

Alexa Thompson

Alexa received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University in Nashville, TN in 2023. Prior to that, she spent the past 5 years working as a pediatric OTA in early intervention, school, and outpatient settings. During graduate school, Alexa played a pivotal role in establishing a nonprofit organization that bridges the gap between accessibility and mobility within the home and community, while also educating the public on the importance of adaptive recreational equipment for individuals with disabilities. Alexa is deeply passionate about supporting individuals with special needs, incorporating animal-assisted therapy, and using assistive technology. She is certified as a pet therapy team alongside her therapy dog, Koda. Alexa and her family moved from Arkansas to Colorado and joined Jill Tullman & Associates in 2024.