Denise is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she received her B.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Go Gophers!). She went on to live in Gwangju, South Korea teaching English to elementary students for a year before returning to the states to earn her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Portland State University. She has experience interning at a large pediatric hospital and middle school as well as working in a private pediatric clinic setting. In her free time she enjoys cooking, attending live music shows, traveling, and all the amazing outdoor activities that San Diego has to offer – hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, paddleboarding and swimming at the beach!