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.

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, providing physical therapy services for infants through teenagers.

Ashley Hopkins Ashley Hopkins

Ashley Hopkins is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Communication Disorders in 1997 and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology in 1999 from the University of Arkansas. She has worked in early intervention and school settings with children and adolescents. She enjoys working with children with a variety of diagnoses.

Jaime Pears Jaime Pears

Jaime Pears has been a certified speech-language pathologist since 2013, working primarily with children. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama. In addition to providing after school therapy in our Chelsea location, Jaime currently works in the Shelby County School system and PRN at UAB hospital. Jaime is well versed in articulation and language therapy. She loves working with children and seeing all of the progress they make!

Talitha Rector Talitha Rector

Talitha Rector is a licensed Physical Therapist. Her passion has to been to work with children with disabilities since she was a young girl. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University where she specialized in pediatrics, spent three months of fieldwork at Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and received awards for excellence in community service and research. Since becoming a physical therapist in 2007, Talitha has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings.

Her work experience includes Kennedy Krieger’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Baltimore City Public Schools, and home health care. Talitha values the importance of patient/parent education and believes it is her job to assist in integrating therapy into the daily lives of her patients. Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference.
Laura Vickers Laura Vickers

Laura Vickers is a registered and licensed occupational therapist. Laura received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science from Auburn University and received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from UAB. Laura began her career here in Birmingham at an in-patient rehabilitation hospital. She then followed her passion for pediatrics into a job at a local public school system and providing after school therapy at Child's Play. After leaving the public school system following the birth of her son, she is now at Child's Play several days a week.

She is excited to work closely with children and their families. She is passionate about providing the very best occupational therapy services to both children and their parents. Laura possess certification in Integrated Listening Systems (ILS), Interactive Metronome (IM), and has attended a number of continuing education courses including Handwriting Without Tears Workshops, Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding, Pediatric Feeding Institute workshop, and has attended course 1 of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).