Meet the awesome therapists who keep Early Bird thriving!
Beth Moody was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis. In 1994, she received a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Dayton. She volunteered as a teacher on an Indian reservation in Montana after graduation from UD. She returned home and began to teach in daycares and a preschool program. Upon falling in love with working with little children, Beth decided to pursue a degree in occupational therapy with a strong desire to work in pediatrics. In 2001, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Her special interests are working with children to improve their visual motor and fine motor abilities, sensory integration skills, and self-help capabilities. She especially enjoys working with children in the Birth to Three Program with a variety of diagnoses, including Down syndrome, autism, developmental delays, and many others. One of her favorite parts about her job is making personal connections with each of her families. She likes to get to know what their interests and needs are and then together they figure out how these can be met.
Corey, originally from Long Island, NY, relocated to Charlotte in 2006. After graduating from QuinnipiacCollege in Hamden, Conn. in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Corey has spent her career focused solely on the pediatric population. She has practiced in the home, clinic and school settings working with children of varying diagnoses and abilities, with much experience working with children on the autism spectrum and children with sensory based issues. Professional development over the years includes Certified Infant Massage Instruction training, Therapeutic Listening, PECS training, and Handwriting Without Tears, along with multiple courses on sensory integration based topics, autism, behavioral approaches, and child development. In addition to her experience as a therapist, Corey is also the proud mother of a little girl with Down syndrome, which she feels has not only had a positive effect on her life but on her career as well.
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Dana is from Buffalo, NY and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY in 2003. After volunteering with the Stony Brook University Medical Center Occupational Therapy Department and UCP Children’s Learning Center of Cheektowaga, NY, Dana fell in love with the field of occupational therapy. She graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in Long Island, NY with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006. Following graduation, she worked as a school-based therapist with the New York City Department of Education until October 2012. Additionally, Dana has worked in sensory based clinics and performed home care visits for the New York City Early Intervention program. Dana has experience and training in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, Interactive Metronome, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and is working towards completing her certification in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Dana’s outlook on home-based therapy has changed since recently becoming a mother of two. She strives to fully understand the challenges her families face and collaboratively works to develop effective, sensible and fun ways to support her clients’ participation in their daily activities. Dana enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, and relaxes with arts and crafts in her spare time.
Jennifer graduated from Tufts University in Boston in 1993 with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from St Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. After graduating from OT school, Jennifer moved to Seattle where she worked in skilled nursing facilities, a children’s therapy center, and a school district. While working in Seattle, she particularly enjoyed participating in hippotherapy and aquatic therapy programs. Jennifer grew up in a beach community outside Los Angeles, where she developed a love for the ocean, participating in junior lifeguards and triathlons. Before moving to Charlotte in 2003, Jennifer lived in England with her husband and 3 children, spending five years as a stay-at-home mom. Jennifer has certifications in Neuro Developmental Treatment for children with Cerebral Palsy, Kinesiotaping, Therapeutic Listening, and has taken a three-course intensive in Sensory Integration. She has a Level 2 certification in Hippotherapy Treatment Principles. Jennifer has experience working with children with a variety of disabilities including CP, traumatic brain injury, autism, sensory processing disorders, Down syndrome, Osetogenisis imperfecta, Charge syndrome, Coffen Lowrie syndrome, brachial plexus injuries, Williams syndrome, and developmental delays.
Kathleen Storey received her master of science degree in Occupational Therapy from ColumbiaUniversity in New York. She is originally from Long Island, NY, but went to BostonCollege for a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and has since then lived in New York City, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Charlotte, and Atlanta. She is certified in administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, and has training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, SOS Feeding Treatment, and NICU infant treatment. In addition to specializing in sensory processing disorders, Kathleen enjoys working with feeding issues and handwriting difficulties. She is married with two children.
Keira Gathers, originally from Idaho, graduated with her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 2005. Her specialty areas of practice and certifications include early intervention, pediatric feeding, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, Therapeutic Listening, and certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). She has experience treating children with developmental delays, feeding issues, sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, and fine motor delays. Keira’s passion is living life to the fullest and working with clients to do the same. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, hiking, tennis, music, and spending time in the sun.
Maggie joined the staff at Early Bird in June, 2014 when she and her husband moved to Charlotte from Fairfax, Va. Maggie has always had a love and passion for working with infants, toddlers, and children, and has fun while “working” every day. She graduated from George Mason University, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, then went on to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia, summa cum laude, with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has had experience with Early Intervention, outpatient private practice, home-based therapy, and group therapy- all in pediatrics. Maggie enjoys working with speech and physical therapists, learning valuable information and techniques from each discipline. She is trained in sensory integration, visual-perception, Handwriting Without Tears, and Therapeutic Listening. When she isn’t working, Maggie likes to enjoy the great outdoors running, biking, hiking, walking her dog, or soaking up the sun.
Michelle graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Psychology with an emphasis on child development. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from FloridaGulfCoastUniversity. She is married with two young girls. Michelle has worked with various diagnoses and she is trained in Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, Neuro-Developmental Techniques, Aquatics, Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, Interactive Metronome, SOS Approach to Feeding Difficulties, Handwriting without Tears, in addition to strengthening, fine motor and perceptual training.
Sarah graduated from Lenoir-RhyneCollege with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2008. She has experience with adults and pediatric populations in a variety of settings including outpatient and inpatient hospital settings, mental health, home health, and NICU. Sarah has experience in sensory integration, Handwriting Without Tears, splinting, Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, infant massage and other pediatric related courses and training. Sarah enjoys working with children in the home environment where she can include the entire family and caregiving team in making a positive impact on the child’s outcomes. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and their sweet chocolate lab, Porter. They spend most of their free time remodeling their beloved mid-century home. When they aren’t remodeling they enjoy camping, hiking, biking and traveling.
Andrea Guidetti grew up in a town just outside Boston, Mass. She attended Emerson College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then went on to pursued her master’s degree at MGH Institute of Health Professions (A graduate school founded by Massachusetts General Hospital) and received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2005. Andrea has always been interested in the medical aspects of communication and swallowing disorders, working in acute care and rehab settings in both adult and pediatric hospitals in the Boston area before relocating to Charlotte NC in 2010. Since moving to the Charlotte area she has focused her work in Early Intervention. She enjoys working closely with families and seeing the growth and progress within each child. Her areas of interest are pediatric feeding and swallowing as well as early language development. When not working, Andrea keeps busy at home with her two children.
Charlotte is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, but relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2006. She received her Masters of Communication Disorders degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1997, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to her Masters degree, she received her Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Communication Disorders degree from the University of New Orleans. She has worked in a variety of settings, including early intervention clinics, schools, homes, and skilled nursing facilities. For the past 16 years, her primary focus has been the pediatric population and she has had clinical experience with childhood language disorders, apraxia, fluency disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and motor speech disorders. When not working, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter going to concerts and museums.
Chelsey Bostelman went to The University of Toledo where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and played on the volleyball team. She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and is Level 1 certified with the American Hippotherapy Association. Hippotherapy has become a special area of interest for her, as it combines her love for animals, the outdoors and speech therapy! She also loves being able to play outside and incorporate sports into therapy sessions. She is from Grand Haven, Mich., but has been living in Charlotte since 2009.
Corey Harris has worked for Early Bird as a Speech-Language Pathologist since the summer of 2012, after working for Capable Kids Home Therapy for 5 years prior to the merger of the companies. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2007 with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She also earned her undergraduate degree from Appalachian in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology, in 2005. She loved Boone so much that she couldn’t leave! She grew up in Morganton, N.C., right in the foothills of the mountains, and moved to Charlotte in the summer of 2007. Currently, she seeks and maintains a wide variety in her caseload, but her main areas of interest are feeding (sensory based, oral motor difficulties and/or behavioral) and apraxia/motor planning speech disorders. She is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Food Chaining (The Get Permission Approach) and Talk Tools Oral Motor approach. Corey is Level One trained in the PROMPT approach for apraxia and motor planning difficulties. She also has training in augmentative communication with PRC and Dynavox and additional training in educating and treating children with Down Syndrome. Corey lives in Charlotte with her husband, a cockapoo named Ruby, and a new little daughter named Emory. She loves spending time with family and friends, travel, photography, being active, seeing music, and finding fun DIY/craft projects to make and design. In her opinion, the best part of her job is working with amazing little kids and their families. She finds it incredibly rewarding to see them grow and develop, and having just a small part in helping them reach their potential makes her feel amazing, and keeps her coming back to work every day. She feels immensely blessed to work in this field and says she really, truly, loves her job!
Jayne Walton is originally from Dayton, Ohio and moved to North Carolina in 2008. She is a North Carolina licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Jayne received her undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She minored in Special Education and has always had a passion for children with special needs. She obtained her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in 2007. Jayne has experience in local school settings, as well as clinical based therapy clinics, and is trained in Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding. She enjoys working with early language development, developmental delays and non-verbal learners. In addition, she has a special interest in a holistic approach to therapy; collaborating with other service providers and supporting families as we work towards a common goal. Lastly, she enjoys spending time with friends as much as possible.
Jennifer graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2008 and graduated from North Carolina Central University with a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2011. She is a, “military brat” who has lived all over the world, including: Texas, Germany and South Korea, but calls Fayetteville, NC home. Jennifer enjoys working with children from all different backgrounds and cultures to help them improve their expressive language skills and has an interest in working with children with Apraxia. She feels that she has done her job if a child/parent leaves the session confident and happy with their progress. When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys watching and discussing sports, probably more than most men!
Justine Burns, M.S. CCC-SLP is a certified and licensed Speech Language Pathologist through the American Hearing and Speech Association (ASHA) and North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists. She graduated from New YorkMedicalCollege with a Master’s of Science in Speech Pathology and has a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Disorders from SUNY at New Paltz. Justine has worked in a wide variety of settings including schools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities, private outpatient clinics, homecare, children’s hospitals, and feeding disorder clinics. She specializes in oral-motor and feeding disorders, childhood language disorders, and developmental delays. She is a certified Vital Stim Therapy provider (i.e., NMES). Justine relocated from Astoria, NY in June 2013, and is excited to explore Charlotte. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, paddle boarding, and biking, and spending time with family and friends.
Katie Hein graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2008 with a bachelor of science in Communications Disorders and Sciences and from Buffalo State College in 2010 with a master of science in Speech and Language Pathology. She is originally from Long Island, NY. Her special areas of interest are autism, augmentative and alternative communication, and articulation. Out of all of her job responsibilities, she most enjoys working with the kids.
Born and raised in small town western Pennsylvania, Krista Lengacher earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from PennStateUniversity in 2002. After graduation she moved across the country to Colorado to attend graduate school at The University of Northern Colorado (the other UNC), earning a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2004. Following graduation, she married and stayed in Colorado where she worked for the public school system in Denver. During her time in the schools she developed a real interest in helping the population of Latino families she served become better connected to their surrounding community. A few years passed and once again Krista found herself packing her bags for yet another long-distance move; this time to Guatemala where she immersed herself in culture and language for two years. There, she achieved her goal of becoming conversationally fluent in Spanish before returning to the states and finally settling down in Charlotte. Over the past decade she has developed a passion for the Latino culture and loves that Early Bird affords her the opportunity to help Charlotte‘s Latino families prepare their children with the tools they need to be successful.
Lauren Sussman is originally from Princeton, NJ and relocated to NC in August of 2014 to enjoy the warm weather and to make a change with her husband. She is a North Carolina licensed and ASHA certified SLP. Lauren received her undergraduate degree, which was a B.A., in Hearing and Speech Sciences in 2008 from the University of Maryland. She received her M.A. degree from Queens College in Flushing, NY in 2010. Lauren worked as a SLP in New York, NY for four years at a special education preschool and elementary school. She enjoys working with the special education population and has always enjoyed working with students who learn in different ways. In addition, Lauren has worked with the early intervention population and has taken the first PROMPT course. In her free time she enjoys exploring restaurants, cooking and working on her new cooking blog!
Lindsay Starr, originally from Indianapolis, Ind., is a North Carolina licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. In 2006 she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Milligan College where she also minored in French. She then earned a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Missouri. (Go Tigers!) Lindsay worked as a school based SLP in the Chicago area before relocating to Charlotte with her husband in 2013 where she continues to work in the school setting. Lindsay’s professional areas of interest include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and developmental delays. She is trained in PECS as well as Structured TEACCHing. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys exploring her new city, taking advantage of the great weather in the southeast, and spending time with her family and friends.
Lynda Shorter graduated with a master’s degree Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in December of 2005. She holds a North Carolina permanent SLP license and Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Lynda is originally from the UK, however, she has lived in the USA now for almost 20 years. She holds The Hanen Program ® ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ Certification, and she is an Independent Certified Instructor for the Baby Signs ® Program. Her special areas of interest include fluency disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, language delay, late talkers, and articulation/phonological disorders. She enjoys gardening, jogging, practicing yoga and spending time with her three daughters.
Tammy Ofsanik has been a licensed Speech Pathologist since 1994 – first earning her Bachelor’s degree from Bowling GreenStateUniversity, in Ohio, and then her Master’s degree from the University of Redlands, in California. Her first job was as a school Speech Pathologist in Ohio working with children, K-12. She next took an unexpected, but blessed opportunity to work with adults of all ages in a variety of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care, and outpatient. For a few years she had the added responsibility of being the Director of Rehabilitation, overseeing a couple of skilled nursing facilities and a team of therapists, in addition to providing Speech Pathology services. In 2000, Tammy and her husband moved to Charlotte from the Los Angeles area and started a family. In 2003 she took a break from working as a Speech Pathologist to stay home with her 2 young children but returned in 2007, focusing primarily on early intervention, but working with children of all ages. Tammy is currently serving the Charlotte area between Uptown, South Charlotte, Southwest Charlotte, and West Charlotte. Tammy enjoys the hobbies of genealogical study, scuba diving, biking, camping with her family, and gardening.
Wende Toth was born and raised in Schenectady, NY. After high school she attended and graduated from the State University of New York College at Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in May of 1998. She also graduated from Western Illinois University with a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in May of 2000. She enjoys the field of Speech-Language Pathology for its ever changing challenges and opportunities. Throughout her career she has enjoyed working with children of all ages, from toddlers to high school students. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, especially at the beach or lake.
Whitney Miller is from Mooresville. She moved to Charlotte in 2010 from Wilmington, where she worked in a private practice serving children from 2 to 18 years old. Whitney graduated from UNC Greensboro with a bachelor of science in Communication Science and Disorders in 2007. Her family is largely made up of Appalachian State graduates. Much to their pleasure, she attended Appalachian State University for graduate school where she graduated with a master’s degree in Communication Disorders in 2009. While working with the pediatric population for the past four years, she attended the PROMPT course developed by Deborah Hayden and the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding course developed by Kay Toomey. She also has experience using eye gaze systems with augmentative communication devices and enjoys the variety of her caseload. In her free time, Whitney enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with her husband at the WhitewaterCenter.
Ashley has been a physical therapist for 13 years, practicing exclusively in pediatrics for the past 11 years. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and in 2000 with a master’s degree in Physical Therapy. Originally from Charlotte, she recently moved back to the area from Durham and now serves the north Charlotte area. She has practiced in outpatient pediatrics, Special Care Nursery, home health, and school settings during her career. She has served a variety of diagnosis, including Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, torticollis, prematurity, gross motor delay, osteogenesis imperfecta, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other orthopedic issues in children ages birth to 18 years old. She has received specialized training in NDT Facilitation, aquatic therapy, Theratogs, orthotics, wheelchair and equipment fitting, torticollis, treatment of the premature infant, and Partial Weight Bearing Gait Training. She especially enjoys working with children with cerebral palsy, torticollis and premature infants. When not practicing she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, biking and going on hikes.
Chrys Kub graduated with a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1987. She has spent most of her professional career specializing in pediatrics. Chrys has experience with Early Intervention in the home and the clinic with specialization in neurodevelopmental treatment. Chrys is also a yoga therapist and yoga teacher and leads therapy trainings for yoga teachers and health professionals throughout the country. Chrys is a Charlotte native, has two teenagers and is an avid cyclist. Her favorite part about working with children is their appreciation for life and ability to live in the moment!
Carrie Stead received a bachelor of science in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia in 2000, and a master of physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 2002. She is originally from Atlanta, Ga. Carrie has been practicing pediatric physical therapy for 11 years and is especially interested in medically fragile children, although she loves all aspects of pediatrics. She has worked in an inpatient pediatric hospital, outpatient pediatric clinic and home health/early intervention setting. Out of all of her job responsibilities, Carrie finds working with the families and becoming a part of their “extended family” to be most enjoyable. She is married and has a 4-year-old son. She and her family love to be outside, attend sporting events (especially UGA football games), and play with their dog, Cooper.
Debbie Miller has worked as a pediatric physical therapist since 1987 in a variety of settings including an early intervention program, home care, a preschool for children with motor difficulties, a therapeutic riding program, and briefly in a neonatal intensive care unit. She has a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University in Durham, NC. Her continuing education focus has been on the treatment of children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, prematurity, hypotonia, and genetic syndromes. She has also had training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), motor learning theory, therapeutic horseback riding, orthotics, and sensory processing issues. Most of her experience has been in working with children in the birth to 5 age range. Debbie especially enjoys working with families and empowering parents to be directly involved in helping their child to reach his/her maximum potential. She also enjoys collaborating with therapists from other disciplines, service coordinators, physicians, orthotists, and equipment specialists. Due to her many years of working in an early intervention program, she is knowledgeable about all areas of a child’s development and she incorporates a variety of developmentally enriching activities into each physical therapy treatment. Debbie grew up in Pennsylvania, but has lived in Charlotte with her husband since 1989 and has two young adult daughters in college. She sees children in the South Charlotte, Pineville, Ballantyne, and Matthews areas.
Tammy graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. She found her passion for pediatrics in a summer internship at United Cerebral Palsy while a physical therapy student in Houston,Tx. Tammy has specialized in pediatrics for 27 years with professional experiences in early intervention, home health, school system, aquatic therapy and hippotherapy. Tammy is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has advanced training in seating and positioning equipment, sensory integration, pediatric myofascial release, aquatic therapy, and orthotics. She has resided in Charlotte for 18 years with her husband and two children and enjoys refinishing furniture and sewing.
Community Based Rehabilitative Service Providers:
Lisa Cook graduated from the University of Maryland in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. In 1997 she earned her master’s degree in Special Education at HofstraUniversity in Uniondale, NY. She holds certification with North Carolina Infant Toddler Family Services and is ABA/Behavioral Therapist/behavioral Intervention Lisa is originally from New York. The job responsibility she finds most enjoyable is working with families and seeing fundamental changes. She says, “Love, love, love my job!” She loves her family and has two amazing kids and husband. A fun fact about her life is that in her spare time she loves to bake and she has a chocolate business where she makes homemade chocolates!