Damon Simmons, OTR/L
I received a degree in occupational therapy from Winston-State University in North Carolina in 2003. Since then, it’s been my passion to help children lead happier and more functional lives. I’ve worked in private practice and private schools, as well as creating and directing therapy programming at therapeutic day schools. I use a combination of treatment approaches, including The Listening Program, Zones of Regulation, Kawar Vestibular-Ocular Protocol (Astronaut Protocol), DIR Floortime, sensory processing interventions, and techniques to promote self-regulation and desentization. I pride myself on helping to find the “just right challenge” for each child, and to safely and compassionately push their limits to help them reach their potential. I’m excited to be a part of the Missoula community.
Nicole Simmons, MS CCC-SLP
I was born and raised here in beautiful Missoula, MT. After leaving to explore the world and develop my career, I’m overjoyed to be back to raise my family here. I received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in communication studies, and a master’s degree from Northwestern University in 2014 in communication sciences and disorders. I hold post-graduate certifications in feeding therapy and complex feeding issues, and I am a certified DIR/Floortime provider through ICDL. I have experience helping children with a variety of speech, language, and feeding disorders in public and private schools, client homes, medical facilities, and in private practice.
Emily, Client Care Specialist
Hello! I’m here to help with new client intakes, scheduling, payments, and answering any general questions about Kidzoola. I love meeting new kids and families and helping them to feel welcome in our space! I live here in Missoula, where I grew up and attended college. Prior to Kidzoola, I worked with kids at SpectrUM as an educator. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and staying involved in the community. When I can, I like to explore Montana, spend time outdoors, play with my cats, and bullet journal.
Kelly, Speech-Language Pathologist MS, SLP-CF
As a born and raised Montanan, I love to take advantage of Montana’s outdoor activities by hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and skiing. Prior to entering speech-language pathology, I worked for six years as an elementary special education teacher in Missoula. In 2021, I received my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Montana. I have experience with speech, language, voice, and feeding disorders in children and adults in private practice, hospitals, and medical clinics. Additionally, I have experience identifying the individual needs of children and creating a supportive and effective environment they need to succeed. I believe in taking a wholistic approach to each child.