Our Therapists

Tracy Gunderson M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Tracy is co-owner of Prairie Wind Speech Therapy, Inc. Tracy received her Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She practiced at the Munroe-Meyer institute of the University of Nebraska Omaha and at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, prior to moving to Champaign, IL. Her practice has included parent collaboration and therapy with young children through young adults. She particularly specializes in autism, apraxia of speech, motor speech, feeding, stuttering and receptive / expressive language. Tracy is Hanen certified (More Than Words®) and has received extensive continuing education in social cognitive models from Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner), as well as attending in-depth workshops in autism, apraxia of speech and feeding.

Tracy’s style of therapy draws from the Hanen approach and Social Thinking ® models from Michelle Garcia Winner. She uses a multimodal therapy format that includes visual supports, picture based communication systems and sensory integration techniques (tactile, oral and vestibular) in a play-based format. Tracy deeply values partnering with the parent or care provider so that the intervention is functional for the child.

Tracy enjoys spending time with friends and family. She and her husband, Jon, like taking walks and being outdoors. She has two grown children, Palmer and Kathryn.

Cheryl Yepez M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Cheryl is co-owner of Prairie Wind Speech Therapy, Inc. Cheryl received her Masters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a bilingual (English/Spanish) speech-language therapist for local school districts, a provider for the Illinois Early Intervention System, and a Clinical Instructor at the University of Illinois. Her practice has included family collaboration as well as individual therapy, and she has treated children from age one to age fourteen. She particularly specializes in speech sound disorders, language delay, communication disorders in bilingual children, and autism. Cheryl is certified in DIR/Floortime®, is trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS), and has received extensive continuing education in Social Thinking, autism, bilingual language development and disorders, and apraxia of speech.

Cheryl’s approach to therapy is family-centered and functional. She begins with the child’s interests and builds a therapy program that may include sensory integration techniques, visual supports, structured work, home programming, and play. Cheryl believes that communication is the foundation of all relationships. Through collaboration with families, she seeks to help children communicate in the most effective way they can.

Cheryl enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her three daughters.

Erika Hiser M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Erika received her Masters from Western Illinois University. Erika started at Prairie Wind Speech Therapy in the fall 2018. Her practice has been primarily in the school system working with children ages 3 - 21 and at Prairie Wind. Erika recently attended a two-day workshop by

Melanie Potock on pediatric feeding therapy. In addition, Erika has been trained in Picture Exchange Communication and has attended in-depth training in autism spectrum disorder. Erika has a special interest in nutrition and feeding and the role it plays in communication development. Erika collaborates closely with families in the therapy setting and builds therapy goals from a child's strengths. Erika incorporates sensory components including tactile, oral and vestibular input along with visual supports. Erika combines structured work and play therapy to develop new skills. Erika has a special interest in nutrition and feeding and the role it plays in communication development. In addition, Erika's special interests include articulation and phonological disorders, language delay, autism, apraxia, Down syndrome, stuttering, and cognitive training.

Erika has three children, one of which has Down syndrome. She enjoys running, spending time with her kids, hiking and being outdoors.

Ashley Medina CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor

Ashley received her training at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University. She has worked with a variety of populations, from infants through adults. She has experience working in outpatient pediatric clinics, a special-needs school, skilled nursing facilities, group homes, and in adult and pediatric home health. She particularly specializes in pediatric feeding/swallowing disorders, including medically fragile and premature infants. Her other areas of interest include articulation and phonological awareness disorders, language disorders, cognitive aspects of communication, reading and writing difficulties, autism, and behavioral difficulties. Ashley is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and is also trained in Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI).

Ashley’s approach to therapy is holistic and family-centered. She believes that children and families are most likely to succeed when they have the opportunity to practice their skills with their loved ones. She uses a variety of approaches tailored to the individual, including sensory integration techniques, visual supports, incidental teaching and family counseling.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, vegetable gardening, art, and spending time with her daughter.

Rachel Germanovich M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Since receiving her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University, Rachel has worked with the pediatric population (ages 3-22) in a variety of settings - hospital, private clinic, and school environment. In addition to her OT education, Rachel has received continued training in the areas of DIR/Floortime treatment model, treatment of ocular motor deficits, neurological disorders, sensory processing disorder, behavior management, and autism. Rachel uses a multi-modal approach to treatment that incorporates the use of functional fine and gross motor activities, sensory supports and sensorimotor activities, and visuals (schedules, timers, first/then).

Rachel uses a top down approach to treatment, working with families to set client-centered goals that address functional deficits. She believes that teaming with the family and embedding therapy activities into daily life is the best way to meet functional goals, encourage development, and enhance engagement in meaningful activities.