Meet Our Speech Language Pathologists


Scott Busteed

Clinical Director



A Nebraska native, Scott received his bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2010 and 2013, respectively. An interim gap year provided him with an introduction to pediatrics while he served as an instructional assistant in an early childhood classroom for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Dublin, Ireland. A member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2013, he began his career in the Chicago area within the public schools before transitioning to pediatric outpatient settings.

Scott is skilled in the evaluation and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech, articulation & phonological disorders, fluency disorders, language impairment and social/pragmatic language. He is experienced with identification of and early intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders, assessing children for use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), implementing positive behavioral supports, working with culturally- and linguistically-diverse learners, and co-treating with social workers, behavioral interventionists and occupational (OT) & physical (PT) therapists. His clinical training includes the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Chmela Fluency Intervention, the SOS Approach to Feeding, the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol and Tobii-Dynavox AAC Evaluation & Programming. Scott enjoys facilitating social skills groups for children of all ages and is a Certified Provider for the Secret Agent Society Program.

Outside of the clinic, Scott loves exploring Colorado with his wife, Elizabeth, and their rescue pup, Gia. During his down time, he enjoys cooking, climbing, hiking, camping, running and traveling.


Alexa Herbers



Alexa grew up in the south, primarily living in Louisiana and moving to Arkansas to attend college. Alexa attended the University of Central Arkansas where she played four years of Division 1 college soccer while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014. Alexa continued school at UCA to complete her Master’s degree in 2016. Alexa gained experience in school, hospital, and clinical settings.

After graduating, Alexa moved to Denver where she began working in public schools for her first three years as a speech-language pathologist. There she gained experience treating and evaluating students from pre-school through high school age with articulation, receptive and expressive language, pragmatic language, literacy, and fluency disorders. Alexa has worked with students with high needs, multiple disabilities, and mild-moderate speech/language impairments. Alexa was a speech therapist in the Autism center-based program for all three years where she gained experience in augmentative alternative communication (AAC), running social communication groups while partnering with psychologists, and developed strengths in emotional regulation de-escalation strategies. With a strong area of interest in social communication, Alexa enjoys using different pragmatic language programs and adapting it to different learning levels, styles, and different personalities. She is a Certified Provider for the Secret Agent Society social skills program.

With a love for the outdoors, Alexa is very active in her free time. She enjoys going to the park, playing soccer, running, and hiking through the mountains with her dog, Maggie.


Aly Backhaus



Aly is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and recently moved to Denver, Colorado in August 2019.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology & Audiology in 2016 and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017 through an accelerated degree program at Marquette University.  After graduating, she began her career working with both pediatric and adult populations.  Aly most recently worked at a pediatric outpatient clinic where she gained experience evaluating and treating children with a variety of diagnoses and disorders in the areas of articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language, social/pragmatic language, cognitive-communication, AAC, and feeding/swallowing. Aly administers diagnostic reading evaluations for struggling readers and also provides reading intervention services. She has completed the 40 hour Yoshimoto Orton Gillingham Approach to teaching reading and spelling.

In addition to developing her clinical skills, Aly has a passion for leadership and community development.  She recently assisted in planning an adaptive triathlon for children of all abilities and headed a continuing education course for SLPs in Southeastern Wisconsin.  She looks forward to continuously meeting professionals and families throughout the Denver area as she joins the Abound Children’s Therapy team!

Aly is excited to explore her beautiful new city!  She loves to be outdoors (running, hiking, skiing) and enjoys traveling with friends and family.


Amanda Fransen



Amanda attended college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2008. After graduation, she also completed her Speech-Language Pathology Assistant certification through the University of Colorado at Boulder. Throughout her career, Amanda has found working with children who have language-based learning disabilities to be one of her areas of true interest. It is this passion that prompted her to continue her higher education through the University of California - Riverside, and was the catalyst for her becoming a Certified Educational Therapist (CET) in 2015. In early 2018, Amanda completed a 40-hour Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham continuing education, in order to become better versed with this multi-sensory reading, writing and spelling intervention. She is certified through the International Dyslexia Association Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI). Amanda is currently continuing her professional development in other areas of specialty by working to obtain a certified autism specialist certification through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. She is in her final year of her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northern Arizona University, for which she has an anticipated graduation date of August 2020.

Amanda has had the opportunity to work with children who have a wide range of speech, language, and educational challenges throughout her career, and has worked predominately in the private practice setting. During her time working as a certified educational therapist and speech-language pathology assistant, Amanda has found her areas of specialty to be working with children on the autism spectrum, working with people who stutter, and working with children diagnosed with a language-based learning disorders. It is the underlying language foundation of many language-based learning disorders that prompted Amanda to continue her higher education in speech-language pathology, versus educational therapy. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time outside, going to concerts, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her cat, Marcel.


Nicole Kessler



Nicole is originally from Austin, Texas and moved to Colorado in 2018. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Nicole has gained experience in a variety of areas including: language and literacy, articulation, phonological processes, early language development, feeding, and social communication.

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