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.

Tori Pou, DPT

​Michael received a Bachelor's of Science with emphasis on Special Education from Georgia Southern University in 1995 and a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The Pennsylvania State University, PA in 1999.  He has clinical experience in multiple settings including Hall County school system, inpatient rehabilitation, and travel therapy.  He has completed Doctorate level research and courses in Fluency from The Pennsylvania State University and enjoys working with children.  Michael enjoys teaching students and serving as clinical supervisor for new SLP graduates completing their CFY.  He has experience working with children with a variety of different diagnoses including, articulation and language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia of speech, and fluency/stuttering disorders. Michael enjoys spending time with his family and LSU fooball.

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.

Sarah Asbury, RBT

Kiera Linton, MOTR/L

Claudette Brumant, MS OTR/L

Greta graduated from Brenau University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is licensed by the State of Georgia, certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and a member of GOTA.  She is interested in improving the independence and quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays. Due to her combination of professional and personal family experiences with disability she has a unique insight to therapy. Greta is passionate to optimize treatment for you and your child. She enjoys crafting, traveling and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband, two sons, and furbabies.

​​Amy Profesorsky is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a graduate of Emory University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017.   She has clinical experience through her time at both undergraduate and graduate universities in various practice areas and settings yet has focused primarily in pediatrics via early intervention and home health.  She enjoys creative projects, time outdoors, and exploring the city of Atlanta with friends and family on the weekends. 

Yuridia Garza, MS OTR/L

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.  

Amy Profesorsky, DPT

Jeron Trotman, BCBA

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.  

Hope Bullock, MS OTR/L

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.


Jennica Pridemore, DPT

​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 their dog, Kato.

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.

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. 

Sarah graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Science in 2014. She is currently enrolled at Florida Institute of Technology taking Master's Level courses in Applied Behavior Analysis and is working towards obtaining her BCaBA Certificate. Sarah has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2018 and has experience working in clinic and school settings. When not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Chaston, gardening, hiking, and doing pottery. 

Steven "Zack" Sofley, DPT

Paula Nagorski, MS OTR/L

Ruth Street, MS OTR/L

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Michael Tramontana, CCC-SLP

Melanie Reilly, CCC-SLP

Kayla Gillispie, CCC-SLP

Barbara received her Bachelor's in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1982 and later completed an Executive Master's in Health Administration from UAB in 2018.  Barbara has extensive experience in pediatrics including her work at Children's of Alabama, NICU, outpatient pediatrics, adult home/outpatient, and international missionary work in the country of Jordan.  Barbara enjoys mentoring PT students and serving as clinical supervisor.  Barbara lives in Habersham County with her husband Greg and has two adult daughters.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, mother, and daughters. 

Leah Phillips, DPT

Hope graduated from Brenau University in 2016 earning her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Hope completed long term training at an orthopedic clinic and an outpatient pediatric clinic. After graduating from OT school, she has practiced as an occupational therapist in settings including pediatric home health care, outpatient pediatrics, and acute rehabilitation. Hope has always enjoyed working with children and is excited to continue to learn in this field. Hope is certified in Physical Agent Modalities. In her free time, Hope enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time outdoors.

Megan Meadows, BCBA

Steven Zachary Sofley graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.  In 2020, he graduated from Emory University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  He has experience with outpatient orthopedic, outpatient pediatrics, and acute rehabilitation through his clinicals rotations. He also has experience with children through volunteering for events with Gigi's playhouse around the Atlanta metro area.  In his free time, he enjoys going to the beach, spending time outdoors either in recreational activities or hiking around the Atlanta area, traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

​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. 

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.

Jessica Crittenden, CCC-SLP

Julie Deane, CCC-SLP

Barbara Kelsoe, PT

​Kayla Gillispie was born and raised in West Virginia, but moved to Georgia during the summer of 2019. She recently completed her clinical fellowship in the Hall County school district working with elementary-age students.  Kayla graduated with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University, and completed her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.   She enjoys working with the pediatric population in school system and outpatient clinic.  She spends her free time traveling to see family and friends, playing with her pup, and reading a good book. 

Ruth Street is a graduate of Brenau University where she received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Ruth has prior internship experience in settings including skilled nursing facilities, hand therapy and outpatient pediatrics. Throughout her life, Ruth has always found the most joy and fulfillment when working with children. Ruth especially enjoys developing relationships with children and their families and creating child-specific interventions that promote occupational performance. Most importantly, Ruth enjoys playing and having fun as often as possible! When not working, Ruth enjoys exploring new places in the area, spending time with friends, and relaxing at home. 

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.

Greta Blankenship, MS OTR/L

Lifting Spirits Therapy Services, Inc.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

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.