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Administrative Staff

Laurie Emerson

Laurie Emerson

OT/PT Billing Administration

Laurie worked as a special education paraprofessional for 4 years, then joined the Functional Kids team in June of 2005. She works for the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments taking care of insurance billing and appeals, parent billing and other miscellaneous administrative and insurance duties. In her spare time she enjoys baking, hiking, camping, spending time with family and friends.

Kim Bauer

Kim Bauer

Speech Administrative Assistant

Kim joined the staff at Functional Kids in February 2003 as the morning receptionist. She is responsible for answering incoming phone calls, greeting the public and a wide variety of other duties. She enjoys the interaction with the patients and her co-workers. Kim resides in Maplewood, MN with her husband Ed and their 4 children.

Jennifer Michlitsch

Jennifer Michlitsch

OT/PT Billing Administration

Having grown up with several relatives with special needs Jennifer was drawn to Functional Kids Clinic and joined the team in 2007. She is an insurance billing administrator for the occupational therapy and physical therapy businesses. She process claims and payments, verifies eligibility, submit authorizations and referrals, and other administrative duties. Jennifer attended St. Catherine University and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, visiting art museums, and watching foreign films.

Teresa Petersen

Teresa Petersen

Teresa worked her way back into the workforce after being home full time with her daughter for 10 years. She started working the daily afternoon shift at the reception desk in December 2013, after a year of filling in as needed and working Fridays during the school year. Teresa lives in Blaine with her daughter. She has a BS in Journalism, Science and Technical Writing, and a minor in Physics from South Dakota State University. She loves to read, crochet blankets, and attend Minnesota United FC soccer games.

Kristen Degonda

Kristen Degonda

Kristen is one of the receptionists; she recently joined the Functional Kids Clinic in 2016.  She graduated from St. Mary’s University and worked as a Special Education paraprofessional for 3 years.  She enjoys her daily interactions with the clients and their families.  She enjoys reading and loves attending country concerts.

Faith Larson

Faith Larson

Faith stayed home for 19 years to raise her now adult boys.  During this time she volunteered in many capacities in the Minneapolis Schools.  She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA in Accounting.  She is the Speech Billing Specialist taking care of insurance billing and processing claims and payments along with other administrative duties.  In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends, cook, walk her dog and garden.