Lifting Spirits Therapy Services, Inc.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

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.

Jennica Pridemore, DPT

Julie Deane, CCC-SLP

Yuridia Garza, MS OTR/L

Kyle Davis, DPT

Lyndsey Nichols, Lead-DPT

Harlee Paetzold, CCC-SLP

Dr. Adriana Foster is a graduate of Jacksonville University where she received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy in 2022. Adriana was born and raised in a Mobile, AL. She moved to Georgia in 2022 to join our clinic for a job! In her free time, she enjoys crafting, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering in the community with her sorority. Adriana has prior internship experience with pediatrics, adult rehabilitation, adult neuro, and young adults experiencing homelessness. She is very passionate about helping children excel in their community to reach their full potential. 

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. 

Jeron Trotman, BCBA

Melanie Reilly, CCC-SLP 

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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.  

Dominic, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, began her career while studying at the University of
Tennessee, Martin (UT Martin), where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While
completing her undergraduate studies, Dominic obtained the positions of case manager, and mental health technician, supporting adults with mental health and intellectual disabilities as well as seniors
experiencing behavioral/mental health crises.  Later, Dominic began working with children through an internship at UT Martin, where her passion for the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sparked. She went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Psychology with a focus in ABA in 2017, and eventually relocated to Georgia to continue her journey.  While working in the field, Dominic has been able to provide direct behavior therapy to numerous children diagnosed with Autism and other disabilities, consultation services to schools and providers in her community, and support to many families.  She also serves as Secretary for a nonprofit organization, Black Applied Behavior Analyst, Inc., that provides support and recognition for Black professionals in the field of ABA.

Dominic leads with compassion in her work and has an intense devotion to underserved communities. In
her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies, Bo and Cookie, visiting the lake,
and traveling.

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.

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, her daughter Amelia, and their dog, Kato.

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. 

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.

​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. 

Harlee received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Harlee has gained experience working with children in the school system, private practice, and early intervention. Harlee is passionate about working with children and making therapy fun and individualized. Harlee enjoys spending time with her husband, baking, and traveling. 

Tori Pou, DPT

Dominic Holt, BCBA

Claudette Brumant, MS OTR/L

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.

Paula Nagorski, MS OTR/L

Adriana Foster, DOT

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.

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.  

Kiera Linton, MOTR/L - OT Lead