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Our Therapists

All Child’sPlay therapists are trained and experienced in various areas of pediatric therapy. They are also caring people who want the best for you and your child.

Anne Abernathy Anne Abernathy

Anne is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She was born and raised in Alexander City, Alabama and graduated with a Bachelors in Rehabilitation Services from Auburn University. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Anne has experience working with children and adolescents with autism, children with emotional and behavioral disorders, and providing therapy services in the school setting. She has received training in the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, Integrated Listening System, Interactive Metronome, and SOS Approach to Feeding. Anne is also part of the Trauma Team at Child'sPlay, which aims to accommodate the unique needs of children with traumatic backgrounds. Anne is excited to be part of the Child's Play team to pursue her passion of helping children meet their goals and succeed in all areas of life!

Rachel Ashcraft Rachel Ashcraft

Rachel Ashcraft is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. Rachel received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion from Mississippi State University and received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from UAB. She currently serves as President for the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association and is a member of the AOTA school of mental health community of practice workgroup. She has been at the forefront of the national OT movement towards more trauma informed care across the profession. She has received recognition from both State and National Occupational Therapy Associations for her work with vulnerable children, including receiving the 2018 Emerging & Innovative Practice Award from The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. and the 2017 OTR of excellence award from the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association.

Rachel is a Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Practitioner. Rachel has additional specialty training in the following areas: Handwriting without Tears, Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening System, Sensory Processing, Feeding Intervention with Pediatric Feeding Institute. She is licensed to provide Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) through the Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute (TS-BTI). Rachel has presented at the Autism Society of Alabama Conference, The Simpson Ramsey Symposium, The Northeast Adoption Summit, Local foster parent association meetings, the Alabama State Occupational Therapy Conference, the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, and provides continued education and training for school systems related to behavior management and trauma informed school practices.
Rachel is passionate about trauma informed school-based OT services and was the lead author on a chapter regarding childhood trauma in the text “Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools, 2nd Edition” published through AOTA. Rachel was instrumental in the development and implementation of Focal Point, Child’sPlay’s intensive treatment program for the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Rachel is passionate about occupational therapy and loves helping her clients meet their full potential. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and serving as the founder and director of Foster the Future Alabama, a 501(c)3 with the mission of reducing inequality in access to health and wellness services for children in foster care.
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Caroline Bauldree Caroline Bauldree

Caroline is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist originally from Auburn, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University (War Eagle!) in Communication Disorders and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Montevallo. Caroline completed most of her graduate clinical work with children in clinic, school, and early intervention settings. She has a passion for articulation, early language, and pragmatic skills and has experience from her graduate studies with the Orton-Gillingham approach. She received her certification following work in a private pediatric clinic and a skilled nursing facility.

Outside of work, Caroline enjoys going on walks with her husband and dog, participating and serving in church events, and providing makeup services for weddings.
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Morgan Bernd Morgan Bernd

Morgan is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University in 2014 and earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016.

She completed a pediatric fieldwork rotation at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and she also has experience working with medically fragile children at a prescribed pediatric extended care facility in Meridian, Mississippi. Morgan has received training in Integrated Listening System, Interactive Metronome, and Beckman Oral Motor Training for feeding therapy. She is excited to continue working with children at Child'sPlay Therapy Center to further her passion of working with children to help them achieve their highest potential. In her free time Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband, playing with her golden retriever, cross stitching, and hiking.
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Megan Lentz Bickelmann Megan Lentz Bickelmann

Megan is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia but her family moved to Wilsonville, Alabama in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Auburn University (War Eagle!) in Psychology with a professional focus in early childhood development. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016.

She has dedicated her entire career to pediatrics and has a passion for helping kiddos and their families achieve their fullest potential. Following graduation, she worked in Texas and just made the move back to Alabama. She is thrilled to be continuing her pediatric career with Child'sPlay. She has special training in sensory integration, interactive metronome, neuro developmental techniques, and kinesio-taping. Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending her time outdoors with her three dogs, daughter, and husband exploring the beautiful state of Alabama and attending Auburn football games!
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Alyssa Bodine Alyssa Bodine

Alyssa is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Alyssa received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia in 2010. She then moved to Savannah, Georgia where she was a lead teacher for three years in both the 3rd and 5th grades. Alyssa then decided to pursue her passion to work with children with special needs as an occupational therapist. She moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 2014 where she completed her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University.

Alyssa worked as a pediatric occupational therapist at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky before moving back down south to Birmingham. Alyssa has received training in feeding therapy, Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, aquatic therapy, and Interactive Metronome. In her free time she enjoys watching college football (Go Dawgs!), boat rides at the lake, and spending time with her family.
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Pam Bruner Pam Bruner

Pam Bruner, a licensed and registered occupational therapist, received a master's degree from UAB in occupational therapy. She has 20 years experience working with the pediatric population in the school, Early Intervention and evaluation/outpatient setting. Pam worked at Childs Play Therapy Center six years ago before taking a break to be a stay at home mom. She is excited to be back working with children and families.

Katie Burt Katie Burt

Katie is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist from central Louisiana. She received her bachelor's degree in Communication Services and Disorders from Ouachita Baptist University and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Arkansas,

Katie loves working with children of all ages and has a passion for serving others. In her free time, Katie enjoys serving at her church, crafting, and spending time with her family, friends and dog Lucy.
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Mickalyn Clemons Mickalyn Clemons

Mickalyn is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in communication disorders and Master of Science in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. Mickalyn completed her clinical fellowship at The University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has a special interest in feeding and swallowing disorders, language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental disorders.

Mickalyn is married to her high school sweetheart, Paxton. They were born and raised in Decatur, Alabama, but now reside in Birmingham with their golden retriever, Lucy.
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Maggie Cox Maggie Cox

Maggie is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders. She received her Masters of Communication Disorders in Speech-Language Pathology at Auburn University in 2014. Maggie completed her clinical fellowship at University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparks Clinics, an interdisciplinary pediatric diagnostics clinic. Maggie has experience working with children of all ages in schools and private practice.

Her special interests include language disorders, articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and other developmental disorders. Born and raised in north Florida, Maggie now resides in Birmingham with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family and dog.
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Deidra Davies Deidra Davies

Deidra is a licensed physical therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Auburn University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Florida.  She completed her pediatric internship at Madonna Rehab Center in Lincoln, Nebraska and has also worked in the adult orthopedic setting.  Deidra has worked with children in many settings including an integrated preschool for children with Autism and in the community as a case manager for children with a mental health diagnosis.  She is passionate about providing individualized care while making therapy fun and enjoyable. 

In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing the guitar and spending time with her husband and two sons. 
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Lauren Day Lauren Day

Lauren Day is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist. She received her master's and undergraduate degrees from Auburn University. Lauren interned at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, where she gained both acute care and outpatient pediatric experience. Lauren was employed by the public school system of North Carolina for 4 years. She worked with preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students with a variety of disabilities. Lauren is well-versed in articulation, fluency, and language therapy and enjoys working with parents to maximize their children's gains.

Martha Davis Martha Davis

Martha Davis is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Montevallo in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Montevallo in 2008. She has worked in pediatric private practice since graduating in 2008.

She enjoys working with children of all ages! Her special interests include developing language skills, working with children with fluency issues, teaching reading skills, and improving oral motor skills. Martha has special training in the following areas: Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy, Orton-Gillingham reading program, and Integrated Listening Systems. She is also a Trust-Based Relational Intervention informed therapist and is part of the Trauma Team at Child’sPlay. She is passionate about making the learning of new and difficult skills fun while simultaneously supporting families as they help their children walk through challenges.
In her free time, Martha enjoys reading, shopping, Netflixing, and spending time with her husband and 3 sons.
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Lacey Ellis Lacey Ellis

Lacey Ellis is a licensed physical therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She began her work experience in Bradenton, FL working with children in a private outpatient clinic and through the school systems, as well as working with adults in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation.

Since moving to Birmingham in 2013, she has continued to further her pediatric experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as through school systems and Early Intervention (EI). Lacey is a Certified TheraTogs Fitter and has specialized training in Interactive Metronome (IM) and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). In her free time, Lacey enjoys travelling, spending time with her niece and nephews, and cheering on the Tennessee Vols.
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Ali Ellott Ali Ellott

Ali Elliott is a Registered Dietitian with particular experience in the nutrition assessment and treatment of Pediatric patients. Ali's postgraduate fellowship emphasized clinical work with adolescents and children through the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) training program at UAB. Ali practiced clinical nutrition at Children's of Alabama where much of her work focused on Failure to Thrive infants, Feeding Issues, Weight Management and Disordered Eating. Ali furthered her experience working as a Medical Liaison with Nestlé - Gerber Maternal and Infant Nutrition Division.

She received extensive training and education pertaining to nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life (from conception to the child's 2nd birthday). Nestlé/Gerber exposed her to the most current and innovative science research associated with nutrition throughout childhood beginning with infancy. Using primarily evidenced based approaches and motivational counseling techniques, Ali provides nutrition therapy to Infants, Children and Adolescents at each developmental milestone. Ali recently became a Certified Lactation Counselor to best support the breastfed infant.
Ali is a wife and mother of two daughters. She enjoys swimming, outside activities with her family, and teaching Sunday School.
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Rachel Evans Rachel Evans

Rachel is an ASHA-certified and state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist originally from Madison, Alabama. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Disorders from Auburn University. She has experience working with children in both the school and private practice settings and is a trained Orton-Gillingham therapist. She loves working with children of all ages to reach their full potential. Rachel is married to her high school sweetheart, Stephen, and has one son named Liam.

Jessi Garzarek Jessi Garzarek

Jessi Garzarek is a certified and licensed speech language pathologist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alabama in 2010 and her Master of Arts in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Georgia in 2015. She has a background in research focused on narrative language, literacy, and autism. Jessi previously worked in the private school setting serving children with a variety of language learning needs.

She loves working with families and supporting children to make meaningful progress in their communication development.

Deana Heath Deana Heath

Deana is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Communication Disorders, followed by a Master’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of South Alabama. Deana has over 6 years experience working with elementary and middle school students in the public school system.

She loves working with children to help them meet their communication goals. Deana enjoys spending time with her family, watching baseball and gardening
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Michelle Henderson Michelle Henderson

Michelle is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. She graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology before completing her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She loves working with children in a variety of pediatric settings including schools and at Child’s Play Therapy Center. She is certified to provide Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems (including home programming), Child’s Play’s Focal Point program and teach handwriting using

Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. Michelle enjoys cooking, playing dress up with her little girl and listening to live music with her husband.
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Mandy Kelly Mandy Kelly

Mandy Kelly is a certified and licensed speech and language pathologist. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders with a minor in English. She received her Master of Science in speech and language pathology, also at the University of Alabama. She has been practicing speech therapy since January 2003 with experience in geriatrics and pediatrics. She has previously worked in Early Intervention and outpatient therapy. She currently is contracted through Child'sPlay to work for a local public school system. Mandy is dedicated to serving children and their families to meet their maximum potential.

Caroline Laird Caroline Laird

Caroline is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from The University of Alabama in 2015 and earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2018.

Caroline has experience working with adults and children in the outpatient setting. She completed a pediatric fieldwork rotation at Child'sPlay providing therapy services to children and adolescents in the outpatient and school setting. Caroline currently provides school-based therapy services at a local school system. She enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them to maximize their independence at school and home.
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Laura Lee Laura Lee

Laura Lee is a physical therapist who has worked in pediatrics since 2005. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a master's degree in physical therapy in 2003. After graduating, Laura worked for a year and a half in the setting of adult inpatient rehabilitation. Laura then began her pediatric career at Children's of Alabama where she worked for 10 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings and in several clinics including down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and weight management. During her time as an inpatient therapist, she worked on a research project involving UAB's cystic fibrosis center which was published in three different medical journals. She has worked for Child's Play Therapy Center since 2015, primarily in the school setting, which she finds very rewarding.

Amy Moore Amy Moore

Amy Moore has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 1998. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Communication Disorders, followed by a Master's Degree in Education specializing in speech pathology from Alabama A & M University.

Amy has worked with both children and adults in a variety of settings. These include long term care facilities, home health, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation clinics, preschool and elementary school settings, and early intervention. Amy enjoys working with children, and specializes in early intervention, language, and oral motor/feeding disorders. Amy provides services to Child'sPlay as an independent contractor.

Sarah Morlandt Sarah Morlandt

Sarah is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University in Waco, TX. Originally from Texas, Sarah interned at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas before working in the public school system for five years.

arah also has experience working with children of all ages in pediatric private practice. Her special interests include language and literacy and early language development. After Sarah's daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, she developed a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for non-verbal children and adults.

In her free time Sarah enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and four children.
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Allyson Pasternack Allyson Pasternack

Allyson Pasternack is the Clinical Supervisor of Speech-Language Pathology. She is a state and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has 15 years of experience in the profession. Allyson was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and relocated to Hoover in 2012 with her husband, son and daughter. Allyson graduated summa cum laude from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus where she completed both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

While attending the graduate program at LIU, Allyson also served as an adjunct professor, teaching undergraduate courses in Phonetics, Language Disorders in Children and Anatomy & Physiology of the Head and Neck. She received both academic honors and service distinctions upon completion of her Masters degree.

Prior to working at Child'sPlay Therapy Center, Allyson worked for 9 years in the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools in New Jersey, providing diagnostic and treatment services to preschoolers and school-aged populations with a wide range of communication disorders. Allyson's clinical interests include Language and Articulation delays/disorders, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a particular passion for working with children and adults who stutter. She has completed specialized training in Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) and has completed two levels of training in Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy. She is also a certified SpeechEasy provider. Allyson is a past recipient of an ASHA ACE award for continuing education. She annually attends the State speech and hearing convention where she keeps on top of the latest research and topics in the field and continues her own professional growth and development in her areas of clinical interest. In her free time, Allyson enjoys playing piano, musical theater and being a Baseball Mom!
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Katie Roberts Katie Roberts

Katie Roberts is a licensed physical therapist and is originally from Tupelo, Mississippi. She completed undergraduate studies at Ole Miss, earning a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science before pursuing masters work in Health Promotion at Mississippi State. She then moved to Birmingham, Alabama where she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After working with adults in the inpatient setting at UAB’s University Hospital for 2 years, an opportunity arose for her to pursue her true passion, working with children. She worked for 4 years at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She and her husband moved to Nashville, TN for his medical training where she continued her passion as a pediatric PT for Pediatric Therapies of Cool Springs.

She is excited to relocate back to Birmingham with her husband and continue her passion. She began working for Child’s Play Therapy Center in September of 2019. Katie is an American Physical Therapy Association credentialed clinical instructor and a certified Child Passenger Safety technician with advanced training for transporting children with special healthcare needs. She enjoys baking, traveling, reading, and playing with her King Charles Cavalier named Theodore.
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Danielle Russo Danielle Russo

Danielle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with children, teens, and their families. She received her Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy From
The University of Alabama. She completed clinic hours at Sprayberry Education Center, DCH Employee Assistance Program, and the Capstone Family Therapy Clinic. She has also worked in private practice for 2 years with children and families. Danielle has experience working with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to behavioral issues and complex trauma.

Working with children is different from working with adults because they do not have the language to express what they are experiencing internally. Danielle utilizes play therapy techniques to help them explore and process what is going on for them internally and in life. When she’s not working with kids, she likes to spend time with her friends, family, and pets.
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Janet Simon Janet Simon

Janet is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She completed her internship at T.K. Martin Center, a center that specializes in assistive technology and early intervention services, and the Mountain Brook School System. She graduated with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She earned the Elizabeth Ann Davis Occupational Therapy Scholarship Award and the Cecile Clardy Satterfield Award for Humanism in Health Care.

Janet enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them reach their full potential and independence in their home and school environments. Her areas of interest include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Integration disorders, and genetic disorders. She has specialized training in the Handwriting Without Tears program, as well as the Therapressure Technique for sensory defensiveness. She is also a certified Integrated Listening practitioner. She is also certified in Interactive Metronome. Janet, her husband Eric, and daughter Victoria live in Hoover. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading mystery books, and running races for charitable causes in the community.
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Chelsea Thomas Chelsea Thomas

Chelsea is an occupational therapist. She is originally from Ozark, Alabama. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Auburn University and received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Chelsea was a former front office staff at CPTC and completed her Level 2 fieldwork as a student at CPTC. Chelsea has experience with working with children in the foster care system through Foster the Future Alabama a nonprofit providing occupational services through trauma informed social skills groups, where she serves as the Service Coordinator. Chelsea has a passion for working with children and families to assist them in attaining their full potential by enabling children to participate in their daily occupations. In her free time Chelsea enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and Goldendoodle Jade.

Taylor Tidmore Taylor Tidmore

Taylor is a certified and licensed speech language pathologist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 2015. She received her Master of Communication Disorders degree from Auburn University in 2017. Taylor has experience working with children of all ages in schools and private practice and has completed training in Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy. Her special interests include language disorders, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, and other developmental disorders. Taylor loves working with families to help children take steps toward their goals and develop functional communication skills. Taylor lives in Homewood with her husband, son, and 2 crazy dogs, and loves watching college football-War Eagle!

Lindsay Vargas Lindsay Vargas

Lindsay Vargas is a certified and licensed speech language pathologist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University where she received both her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication Disorders. Lindsay completed her clinical fellowship at Columbus Speech and Hearing Center in Columbus Georgia. Lindsay has experience working with children and adults in the private practice setting. Her specialties include articulation, early language, fluency and augmentative communication. Lindsay is certified in Integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome. She is also trained in Talk Tools and Orton Gillingham.

Jessica Varnadore Jessica Varnadore

Jessica is a certified and licensed occupational therapist. She graduated from the University Of Alabama Birmingham with her Master's degree in occupational therapy. She is a huge UAB Blazers fan, and loves going to games with her husband and friends.

Alicia Varner Alicia Varner

Alicia Varner is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Her desire to become a speech-language pathologist came from her own experience receiving speech therapy as a child in elementary school. Alicia graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and from Texas Christian University where she received her graduate degree in speech-language pathology. Alicia completed her clinical fellowship working for Cherokee County School District in 2011-2012. She has experience working with pre-school through adolescent aged children.

Her interests include phonology, pragmatic language, fluency, and working with bilingual/multi-cultural children. Currently, Alicia is contracted through Child's Play to work for a local public school system.
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Kelly Watson Kelly Watson

Kelly is a certified and licensed occupational therapist. She received her undergraduate degrees (B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Medical Sociology) and graduate degree (M.S. in Occupational Therapy) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Kelly enjoys providing occupational therapy in many different settings to people of all ages. She currently provides Early Intervention services to clients aged birth to three years throughout Jefferson County, after school therapy at Child’sPlay, and school-based therapy at a local high school.

She also works on an as needed basis with adult patients at a local inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Kelly is a staff member at a week long summer camp in Nauvoo, AL, for individuals with mental and physical disabilities; camp is what inspired Kelly’s passion for occupational therapy over 10 years ago. She is proud to be a member of Child’sPlay’s wonderfully supportive and exceptional team of practitioners. When she’s not providing therapy, Kelly enjoys baking for her friends, playing with her dog Belle, and watching movies.
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Lauren Watts Lauren Watts

Lauren is a Clinical Fellow in Speech-Language Pathology. She was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama and graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Disorders from Auburn University. She received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kentucky. Lauren has worked with individuals with swallowing disorders in acute care, stroke survivors in inpatient rehabilitation, and preschoolers in Head Start programs. Lauren currently serves Child'sPlay as an early intervention specialist and loves empowering families and daycare providers to become the best teachers for their toddlers.

Brooke White Brooke White

Brooke White has been part of the Child's Play team since 2011 as an occupational therapist. She now serves as the Director of Clinical Operations for the Hoover and Chelsea locations. Brooke graduated from UAB in 1991 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She began her career with adults but started working with children in 2000 and has loved every minute of it. Brooke's experience includes treating children with sensory processing disorder, autism and feeding challenges. She previously worked in Tennessee in a public school system and in an inclusive preschool with an outpatient clinic. Brooke has additional training in sensory processing, Wilbarger Protocol, Interactive Metronome, Integrative Listening Systems, Handwriting Without Tears and the Sequential Oral Sensory feeding program. When not working Brooke enjoys spending time with her husband, dog and horse. She has volunteered at The Red Barn combining both of her interests: children with special needs and horses!

Rebekah Whitt Rebekah Whitt

Rebekah is a Speech-Language Pathologist who joined Child’sPlay in May of 2020. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Alabama, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Rebekah’s clinical experience includes internships at The University of Alabama Autism Clinic, Tuscaloosa City Schools, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Caring Days of Tuscaloosa, and Adult/Pediatric Outpatient settings.

She also participated in the Alabama Head Injury Foundation’s Traumatic Brain Injury Camp. Rebekah’s special interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Pediatric Feeding, and Traumatic Brain Injury. She is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and has training coaching parents of children with Autism using the ProjectImpact curriculum. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys spending time with family and friends, Amazon shopping, and cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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Teresa Wiggins Teresa Wiggins

Teresa is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Sociology with a focus on Medical Sociology. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Brenau University in 2015. Teresa has recently moved back to Birmingham, Alabama from Atlanta, Georgia to be closer to her family and friends. Teresa has experience working with children in both a clinic and school system setting. She has a passion for helping children and their families learn the skills needed to thrive in their everyday life. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and looking for a unique find at local antique markets.

Shelley Zepp Shelley Zepp

Shelley is a licensed and registered speech-language pathologist with over 16 years experience. She received her Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Florida State University. Shelley received her Masters of Science in Clinical Speech Pathology from Northern Arizona University. She has worked in clinical and school settings with most of her career spent in elementary schools. Her interests include articulation disorders, phonological disorders, and language impairments. Shelley loves working with children and seeing all the progress they are able to make in therapy. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and two children.