Meet  Our Team

Beth Manzanares, M.S., CCC-SLP

Beth Manzanares is the founder and director of Gather and Grow Therapy Services and our sister company, Inclusion on Purpose. She has been working in service of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities since 2009 and has intentionally cultivated expertise in autism and related disorders. Her passion is teaming with and empowering people across the spectrum. 

 

As a speech-language pathologist, Beth understands the intricately woven relationship that binds communication, emotional regulation, sensory processing, and behavior. She uses systematic analysis and continuous assessment to uncover unique learning style. Treating symptoms is ineffective. Investigating and supporting root cause is life-changing.

 

Gather and Grow Therapy Services, LLC is a passion project stemming from a gap in high-quality service delivery across the age span. Beth especially loves working with clients who are going through transitional phases of life. She believes it is her calling is to develop collaborative relationships with individuals, families, and communities to discover and uncover the amazing strengths that can be hidden by a diagnosis.  

Beth is inspired by her younger brother, Charlie, who daily reminds her to slow down, that the best time is time spent just hanging out. And that teddy bears are "stuffed" after dinner. He's got the best jokes.

Experience and Training

  • Expertise in unique adolescent through adult issues with experience in middle, high school, and transition programs​

  • Specialized AAC training through the Children's Hospital of Colorado's Talking with Technology program

  • Project ASSET federal grant recipient with training in FGRBI

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Jessie Gortsema, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Before becoming an SLP, I worked at a group home for neurodiverse adults with complex communication needs. It was there that I developed a passion for supporting individuals in becoming more independent by being able to advocate for themselves, express their needs, and actively participate in their community.

 

At Florida State University, I studied under a federal grant geared toward research and training in autism and related diagnoses. My experience there led me to working with children and families in the community, volunteering at local transition programs, and working alongside job coaches to promote language and regulation skills in workplace settings.

The past two years, I have worked in Utah as an SLP at a K-12 school designed to support neurodiverse students. I served on the Utah Assistive Technology Team, where I helped to support students using communication systems and a variety of assistive technology. I am passionate about making therapy functional and using client strengths to help individuals reach their fullest potential. 

In my free time, I can likely be found reading a book, watching Harry Potter, or taking my dog hiking and camping with me throughout Colorado.

Molly Anderson, M.S., OTR/L

As an Occupational Therapist (OT) and disability advocate, I want individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be able to (if they choose/desire to) attend college, be employed, increase independence, socialize and network with others, gain life skills, and most importantly feel like they aren’t limited because of their disability. 

I am passionate about collaborating with these individuals to determine ways to create opportunities to participate in meaningful occupations. 

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At the University of Missouri, I was a graduate assistant at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. There, I was a member of a clinical assessment team that provided recommendations for families and determined low risk signs of autism in children and adolescents. I also assisted with a life skills group, picky eaters as well as individual treatments for children with various diagnoses. I began to realize that there was a gap in services provided during post secondary transition. I quickly became passionate about figuring out ways to bridge that gap and change how society views these individuals through creativity, collaboration, and advocacy. 

I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago but my love for the outdoors and photography brought me to Colorado. In my free time you can find me outside whether that’s skiing, hiking, boating, walking my dog, playing games or traveling. 

Sarah Randow, M.A., CCC-SLP

Nathan Mutchnick, M.S., CCC-SLP

All of our therapists are passionate, compassionate, and have advanced training in their respective disciplines. Currently, Gather and Grow consists of a knowledgeable team of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and employment specialists with a vision toward providing comprehensive care in the areas of mental health counseling and alternative therapies. 

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