Our team is here to serve your family.
At Chatter Pediatric Therapy, your child is important to us. We are driven to provide our patients with highly researched therapy techniques in a welcoming atmosphere so that each child receives the best personalized care they deserve! Get to know the dedicated professionals at Chatter. These individuals come from all walks of life and are united by their passion for helping children and providing outstanding therapy.
KATIE A. KRINGEN
Owner, Speech & Language Pathologist
A native of Bottineau, ND, Katie received her Master's degree in Speech & Language Pathology from Minot State University. Katie worked in the public school system for six years until relocating with her husband and three children to Williston, ND, in 2015. Katie enjoys spending her time at Lake Metigoshe. Her hobbies include waterskiing, hunting, visiting family and friends, and taking in as many sporting events as possible!
JENNIFER R. LARSON
BS Business Administration
Growing up in Dickinson, ND, Jenny received her Business Administration, Management & Marketing degrees at Dickinson State University. Jenny married her college sweetheart and shortly after they moved to his hometown, Williston, ND. Jenny enjoys spending time at home with her husband, daughters, two cats and a dog. Photography, hockey, and coffee are a few of her favorite things.
Rayel M. McCoy
Rayel was born and raised in Upton, Wyoming. She moved to North Dakota to attend Dickinson State University where she ran track and cross country for the Bluehawks. Rayel received her Master’s Degree from the University of Mary. She has been an occupational therapist for almost seven years and has worked in a variety of settings. She is excited for the opportunity to provide therapy services to children in Dickinson and the surrounding area. Rayel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. Some of her hobbies and interests include going to the lake, fishing, visiting family and friends, reading, and watching sporting events.
Assistant Business Manager
Raised in the outskirts of Williston, ND, Gracie received her Business Management and Accounting degrees from Williston State College this spring. She is excited to jump into a career that utilizes her love for math and business! Gracie loves to be creative and has a lot of hobbies, including reading, painting, and spending time with her nephews. Gracie also enjoys working with animals, and being outdoors.
JOAN M. ZANDER
Mental Health Counselor
Originally from Minot, ND, Joan received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Joan worked in a variety of Social Service Agencies before beginning her career in Mental Health Therapy in 2012. She works with children and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant behavior, conduct disorder and other mental health issues. Joan has trained extensively in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and integrates play therapy into her sessions as well. When she is not at work, Joan and her husband keep busy raising their boys, spending time at the family lake house, and visiting family in Minot!
Speech & Language Pathologist
Originally from Minnesota, Hannah moved to Williston, ND in 2010. Hannah worked as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant for three years before going back to school. She received her Masters degree in Speech & Language Pathology from Emerson College. Hannah completed two externships at Chatter Pediatric Therapy and knew it was a great fit. She married her high school sweetheart in the summer of 2018. She enjoys warm weather and BBQ's, hanging out with family and friends, and traveling.
Speech & Language Pathologist
A native of Bismarck, ND, Samantha received her Master's degree in Speech & Language Pathology from the University of Mary in 2021. She has work alongside children with speech & language difficulties across the school setting as well as a private practice during her schooling. She finished her degree with an externship at Chatter Pediatric Therapy and is excited to be a part of the team! Sammy enjoys going to the lake, fishing, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
Dr. Meryl Willert
Child & Adolescent Psychologist
Dr. Willert completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota and Spokane Mental Health in Washington. He attended NDSU for his undergraduate degree in psychology. He has 26 years of experience in evaluating and treating children and adolescents for various mental health and behavioral problems in hospital, residential, and outpatient settings. He specializes in psychological testing for ADHD, autism spectrum, mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, emerging personality issues, and learning problems. For therapy, he primarily uses evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioral and acceptance approaches. He also uses play therapy, clinical hypnosis, dynamic/insight-oriented therapy, emotional freedom tapping, and percussion/music therapy when indicated. On the creative side of things, Dr. Willert has played drums and percussion professionally since he was 12 years old and still performs with a classic rock band. When he’s not working with kids or playing music, he enjoys being with his family, barbecuing with charcoal (old school style), and hanging out in Cabo San Lucas, MX.
BROOKE M. SANFORD
Certified Occupation Therapy Assistant
Brooke was born and raised in Watford City, ND. She graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN in 2018. She joins Chatter with previous experience working alongside children with a variety of special needs. Brooke enjoys spending time with family and friends at her family's lake cabin.
CARMELLA G. McCLURE
Speech & Language Pathologist
Carmella is originally from a suburb outside of San Francisco, CA. She received her Master's degree in Speech & Language Pathology from Minot State University. Carmella completed her externship in the public school setting and is excited to work in a private practice setting. She enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being active, and taking walks with her dog.
Dickinson Office Manager
Born and raised in Dickinson, ND, Amy has worked with children with special needs for the past five years at Prairie Rose Elementary School and the Head Start Program in Dickinson. She loves meeting and working with children and their families, and seeing the special bond that forms. Besides at Chatter, you can find Amy at the baseball field or gymnastics supporting her two children whom are her pride and joy.
Jane is originally from Bismarck, ND and after a tour around the country has returned back to North Dakota. She is so excited to be in this community, near family and making new friends. Jane graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from University of Saint Augustine located in St. Augustine Florida. She has worked in a variety of settings including private pediatric outpatient clinics, hospital settings, nursing homes and most recently school based services in California. Jane loves to work with kids of all ages, and really enjoys helping kids and families reach their full potential through play. Jane is so happy to be a part of the Chatter family, serving those in the community. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and exploring her new home in western ND.
Mental Health Counselor
Tami is originally from Lemmon, SD and lived in Montana for several years prior to moving to North Dakota in 2017. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Tami has an extensive work history in the human services field before becoming a counselor in 2008. She has worked with children in school settings and adults struggling with a variety of mental health issues. Tami enjoys spending time with her family, reading, walking, and traveling.
Kara is originally from Westhope, ND. She received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education in 2008 from University of North Dakota. She completed her Master's in Special Education in 2015 from Minot State University. She was a classroom teacher and most recently a special education teacher. Kara enjoys spending time with friends and family and going on adventures with her kids.