Katie Davis received her BA in Speech with a concentration in Communication Disorders at Georgia State University and went on to receive her MS in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2020 at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Katie has clinical experience working with children in the school setting, home health, and private practice in addition to experience working with adult populations. Katie is very passionate about working with children and helping them reach their full potential. Katie enjoys spending time with her family, her fiancé, John, and her dog Abby.
Anjanette (or Angie) graduated from Georgia State University with her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2020. She received her B.S. Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorder from the University of Georgia in 2018. She has always loved kids and is passionate about empowering people with the ability to communicate across the lifespan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, or listening to a good album, from start to finish.
Melanie received her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. She has clinical experience in the school system working with children ranging from pre-school to 5th grade. She has experience working with children with a variety of different diagnoses including, articulation and language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia of speech, and fluency disorders. Melanie is very passionate about early intervention and enjoys working with young children. She believes that working in a one-on-one setting helps to better determine the individual needs of each child and can further promote growth and development. Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband, Jerry, and her daughter, Amelia Jordyn, and their dog, Kato.
Rebecca Fish received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She graduated with her master’s in May 2021. Rebecca has gained experience with children with a variety of diagnoses in the school and private practice setting. She is passionate about working with children and making therapy a fun experience. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and cooking.
MacKenna received her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edniboro, PA. She has clinical experience in providing speech and language services with infants through adults in the hospitals, outpatient clinics, and schools. MacKenna has worked as a speech-language pathologist providing speech therapy services in the school system working with children ranging from pre-school to 5th grade. She has experience working with children with a variety of different diagnoses. MacKenna is very passionate about helping children with complex communication needs to increase their functional communication skills. She is dedicated to helping all children develop and improve their targeted skills across many areas of need (articulation, language, social communication, feeding, etc.)
Chelsea Harris, MA, BCBA, completed her master’s in applied behavior analysis at Ball State University with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). She earned her bachelor’s in special education from the University of North Georgia. Chelsea has experience providing behavior analytic services to children ages 2 to 13 with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and developmental delays in various settings, including clinics, schools and home. Prior to entering the field of ABA, Chelsea was a special education teacher in Gwinnett and Forsyth county. Chelsea's passion is to teach her clients functional communication to reduce challenging behaviors, increase their overall level of independence, and working with therapists and caregivers to train them in implementing strategies, as well as working with caregivers to promote generalization of skills in the home environment. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys spending time at the lake, pool, and with her friends and family including her husband and one year old son.
Dr. Leah Phillips is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and graduated with a degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) in 2017. She then completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Emory University in 2020. Her primary pediatric clinical experience includes time at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, working with children in the PICU, PACU, and hematology/oncology floors. She is passionate about working with kids and is so excited to begin her career with Lifting Spirits! In her free time, she loves working out, hiking, playing sports, and traveling with family and friends.
Dr. Natalie Edwards completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Emory University in 2020. Prior to her time at Emory, Natalie graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia. Natalie has experience treating patients in various settings including Acute Care Rehab, Inpatient Women’s Health, Outpatient Orthopedics, and Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation including Vestibular Rehabilitation. She is excited to expand her therapy experience in Outpatient Pediatrics! In her free time Natalie enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Josh, and their dog, Riggins.
Julie Deane has over 21 years' experience working with children as a speech-language pathologist. She received her Master's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1997 from the University of Georgia. She has worked with children with a range of disabilities, from mild to profound.
She has specialized training in autism treatment, orofacial myology, articulation, fluency and language disorders. She works with children ranging in age from infants to teens.
Julie is bilingual, speaking Spanish as well as English. She enjoys giving children the individual attention they need to increase their communication capacities and believes a successful collaboration between parents and therapist is a key component to that growth.
Kiera is a graduate of Georgia Southern University where she received her Bachelor's in Liberal Arts and Social Studies and a graduate from Nova Southeastern University where she received her Master's in Occupational Therapy in 2019. Prior and during her schooling, Kiera worked at various daycare centers and has long history of working with children of all ages. Kiera is passionate about working alongside clients, families, and caregivers to provide the best care and treatment through collaboration, creativity, and commitment. Kiera enjoys lifelong learning and spending quality time with family and friends. She also enjoys music, dancing, and working out.
Bridget received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2018. Since graduating, she has worked in acute care, inpatient medical rehabilitation, outpatient neuro rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long term care. While Lifting Spirits Therapy Services is her first pediatric job since graduation, she is not new to the Lifting Spirits crew! She has had two previous internship experiences with Yuridia Garza in 2016 and 2018. When not working, Bridget enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband. She enjoys playing piano and working with the middle and high schoolers at her church.
Jeron Trotman, MS, BCBA, holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Jeron is a Board Certified Analyst and has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis for 8 years. He has professional experience working with children and adults with special needs in a variety of settings, including schools, private homes, clinics, and residential facilities.
Yuridia Garza is a graduate of Brenau University where she received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2002. She has practiced as an occupational therapist in various settings including pediatric home health care, clinic-based therapy, aquatic therapy, equine assisted therapy, adult acute inpatient rehabilitation, and inpatient pediatric rehabilitation. Currently, she serves patients in the home and natural environments in Hall, Dawson, and Forsyth Counties as well as outpatient setting in her Gainesville, GA Clinic. Additionally, she has been working at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) on the weekends for the last 9 years. Yuridia has extensive practice and continuing education in Sensory Integration theory and practice, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Equine Assisted Therapy and Oral Motor/Feeding Therapy, including the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Shaker Course Training, SOFFI Method, and the Can Eat Approach amongst others. Yuridia is NDT/Bobath Certified in the Management and Treatment of Adults with Hemiplegia, Certified in Physical Agent Modalities, is a Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner (KTP), Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Certified in Crisis Prevention and Intervention, and Level II Clinician in Hippotherapy. She obtained the AOTA Pediatrics Board Certification in May 2017. Yuridia has a good working relationship with Brenau University and enjoys working with Level I and Level II students. She enjoys working out, traveling, sports (GO DAWGs!), and spending time with her fiancée Jay and sons, Chevy and Max.
Dr. Tori Pou is a graduate of Medical College of Georgia where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009. She has been practicing physical therapy for 8 years in various settings such as Early Intervention services, home health, outpatient pediatrics, and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation. In her 8 years of practice, she has treated a variety of diagnosis from general developmental delay, brain injury, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, torticollis, and many other syndromes that result in abnormal tone. She currently provides care for pediatric patients within their home through Early Intervention services. She also works in the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta treating pediatric patients with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multi-system trauma. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is certified in Crisis Prevention and Intervention. She is passionate about advocating for her patients to ensure that her patients receive the best care possible to facilitate her patients reaching their highest potential. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Sam, and her four girls.Type your paragraph here.
Claudette graduated with a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Dominican College in New York. After graduating, she worked in early intervention and pediatric settings both home and school. The last 11 years has specialized in pediatric settings provided services including sensory integration and engagement in therapeutic activities to children both on the spectrum and/or with physical challenges.
Megan Meadows, M.A., BCBA, is a graduate of The University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science and a graduate of Ball State University where she received her Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism and her Master of Arts in Special Education. She has practiced as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Case Supervisor, and Registered Behavior Technician in various settings including in-home therapy, clinic-based therapy, school-based therapy, and community-based therapy. Currently, she serves patients in-home as well as in the clinic, but likes to incorporate other environments into sessions whenever possible. Megan believes in an individualized and comprehensive approach to ABA and loves to train and teach both families and new learners about the positive practices and methodologies of ABA. When not working, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports, and traveling.
Dr. Jennica Pridemore graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In 2016, she graduated from The University of North Georgia with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is certified in Vestibular therapy from AIB and Dry Needling from SMI. She has experience in home health/outpatient pediatrics, acute care and outpatient orthopedics through her clinical rotations and has practiced in outpatient orthopedics. Jennica and her husband, TJ, love spending time with friends and family.
Paula Nagorski is a graduate of Brenau University where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Paula has experience in settings such as skilled nursing facilities and outpatient pediatrics. She provides services in clinic in Gainesville and home based services in the Cumming and Dawsonville areas. Paula lives in Cumming with her husband and six children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jessica Crittenden is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Collaborative Education and a graduate of the University of Alabama where she received a Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders. Jessica has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, school based therapy, and inpatient rehabilitation. Her clinical experiences have afforded her the opportunity to work with a variety if learners including individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and apraxia, as well as, traumatic brain injury, dysphagia, and aphasia. She currently works as a member of the preschool team in a nearby school district. Jessica is passionate about early intervention and believes that families are an integral part of a child’s communicative journey. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, playing sports, and traveling.
Dr. Lyndsey Nichols graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2021. Before earning this degree, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Georgia. Dr. Nichols has experience from her clinical rotations in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient orthopedics/pediatrics. Most of her 32 weeks spent in these multiple locations focused on post-operative, orthopedic, developmental delay, trauma, neurology, oncology and cardiorespiratory.
Dr. Kyle Davis is a graduate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Before receiving his doctorate, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University. Kyle comes to us with experience in pediatrics, adult neuro, adult orthopedics, and acute care. Kyle’s passion for pediatrics came after becoming a father in 2020. He would move heaven and Earth for his daughter’s well-being and looks forward to helping parents with that same passion for their kids.
Rachel Schmidtka graduated with her masters degree in occupational therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2015. She has experience working in and outside of a hospital setting with all ages, from new born to older adults. Rachel was born and raised in a small town outside of Syracuse, NY. She moved to Georgia in 2018 for a job (and to get out of the snow)! In her free time, she enjoys going for walks and runs with her two dogs, spending time at church, and she started her own podcast with a friend of hers! She enjoys cooking and baking and hosting friends for dinner.
Kathryn "Katie" earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of West Georgia in 2017 and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Brenau University in 2020. Growing up she enjoyed playing sports, especially softball, helping put on camps for children of all ages to learn the sport. Katie has prior internship experience in settings including skilled nursing facilities, school system, and hand therapy. She loves working with children and looks forward to becoming specialized in Sensory Integration. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with husband, Allen, and dog, Moose.
Tiffani is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Science and a Master’s degree in Special education with an emphasis in Adapted Curriculum and Autism. Tiffani has worked with children with special needs since 2015 as a special education paraprofessional, teacher, direct ABA therapist, and as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked with children with autism, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, and vision impairments. Her first job as a paraprofessional sparked her desire to continue her education in special education and applied behavior analysis. Through her master’s program, Tiffani gained valuable experience working in UGA’s Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research. Her work with the center included clinical work focused on promoting social communication in young children with autism and working in model special education classrooms for students in Clarke County Schools. Since then, Tiffani briefly taught special education and has since been providing aba therapy for clients in home, school, and clinic settings. Tiffani is passionate about helping children achieve independence and success in their daily environments. In her free time, Tiffani enjoys spending time with her husband, son, dogs, extended family, and friends. She also enjoys cheering on the dawgs on any given Saturday (Go Dawgs!) and relaxing with a good book!